Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks together make up the biggest national park in Kenya at just under 22 000 sq km. In May 1948, a month after the park’s conception, Tsavo National Park was divided into east and west for administrative purposes. Named after the Tsavo River which flows from west to east, the park is considered one of the world’s biodiversity strongholds. Tsavo East is the only Kenyan park that permits night drives. It is a vast park and guests will often have to be patient during game viewing activities, but the reward is great. The experienced safari guides are familiar with the game movements and season migration paths and times of Tsavo’s wildlife. Some of Tsavo East’s popular attractions are Mudanda Rock, Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls. The surface of this part of Tsavo is essentially flat and covered with low, dry vegetation. The reserve is popular for short safaris from the Kenya coast, such as Mombasa, which makes for a stunning East Africa beach and bush vacation. Tsavo East is popular for short safaris combined with a beach destination, such as Mombasa, which make it a popular destination that steers away from the crowds of the Masai Mara during peak season. Tsavo East is the ideal Kenyan destination for exclusive camping, interesting traversing circuits, and adventurous activities. The middles area of the park is where visitors will be shown many rock and cave paintings. Tsavo has a legendary story about its lions, 2 of which became known as ‘man-eaters’ after many people working on the Kenya-Uganda railway in the late 1800s were attacked and eaten by this vicious pair. This story was made into a film called The Ghost and the Darkness. The eastern park is much flatter and arider than its western counterpart, which can be quite swampy. There are stunning water features in the East, but generally, it is a vision of dry, rolling savannah.