Lugard's waterfall

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Formed where the Galana river passes through volcanic rock, carving a path narrower than its own width and creating a series of rapids and falls as the water flows faster. It was named after Frederick Lugard, who passed this place on his way to Uganda.

Today the site is one of few points in the park where visitors can alight from their vehicles, with a number of features to see including the falls themselves, and rock patterns formed from cooled lava.

What to do thereExplore the area from both sides of the river, with two crossing points, and a lot of features to see. The are several viewpoints along this stretch of river, some of which are good spots to see crocodiles, the volcanic rock, the Yatta plateau in the distance, or the falls.

A list of other things to see in the park can be found on our attractions page.

Best time to visitAny time of the year.

Location of Lugard's waterfallLugard falls are located on the Galana river of southern Kenya, and inside Tsavo east national park. The Yatta plateau is also visible from here, and the river flows calmly a short distance from here - both upstream and downstream.

For more information on this location, please see the map below.

How to get there?By air or road.

There is an airstrip next to the falls for easy access, as well as all seasons dirt road, though some parts may get a bit muddy during the rainy seasons. Thus a safari drive from the nearest Manyani gate should get you there in about an hour.

There is a railway and passenger buses passing near Manyani gate, though the nearest stations are at Voi. Either way, a vehicle would still be needed to get there, unless if flying directly.

For more information on park fees and tariffs, please see the KWS website.

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