Most people come to Tsavo East to see the famous red elephants of Tsavo – their colour comes from bathing in the red Tsavo mud (to keep the skin cool and prevent insect bites). The two Tsavo parks have the largest elephant populations of any Kenyan parks and include a third of the country’s total, although herds are quite small. Lion and cheetah sightings are also common; unusually, the male lions are almost maneless.
Tsavo East is also notable as one of few places in southern Kenya where you can tick off some species usually seen only much further north. We've had luck here with the Somali ostrich (notable for its blue neck) and the gerenuk, an unusual breed of long-necked gazelle that ‘browse’ by standing on their hind legs and stretching their necks, as if yearning to be giraffes.