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Discovering Lugard Falls

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Lugard Falls

Lugard Falls, situated in the central region of Tsavo National Park within Taita-Taveta County, is a captivating natural marvel renowned for its abundant historical significance. Its name pays homage to Frederick Lugard, a distinguished British explorer and colonial administrator.

Geographic formation

Lugard Falls
Lugard Falls

Lugard Falls is formed by the Galana River as it encounters a series of geological features in its course. The river’s rapid flow leads to a plunge into a large pool, creating a mesmerizing display of natural power. The surrounding landscape, shaped by the relentless force of the river, has resulted in a narrow rocky gorge through which the water flows, culminating in the breathtaking cascade of Lugard Falls.

The falls are known for their impressive white water rapids, caused by rocks obstructing the Galana River’s path. The water plunges into a large pool, offering a captivating spectacle. 

One of the distinctive features of Lugard Falls is the presence of multicolored rocks. These rocks, exhibiting beautiful strips of pink, light grey, and white, add to the unique appeal of the falls. The constant flow of water has shaped and carved these rocks, contributing to the visually stunning landscape.

Opening Hours:

Lugard Falls is open for visitation from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm every day.

Best Time to Visit:

The falls can be visited throughout the year, regardless of the season. However, the rainy season, which typically occurs from March to May and October to December, offers a more powerful, and visually striking experience as the water flow intensifies.

What to Wear:

To make the most of your visit to Lugard Falls, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Additionally, bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent to protect yourself from the sun and potential insects in the area.

Additional Information:

Lugard Falls

Crocodile Point: Located about a kilometer below the falls, Crocodile Point is a habitat for giant crocodiles and hippos. It’s an interesting spot to observe these fascinating creatures.

Safety Precautions: While exploring Lugard Falls, always adhere to safety guidelines. Stay a safe distance from the falls and follow instructions from park rangers to ensure a secure and enjoyable visit.

Activities to be enjoyed at Lugard Falls


Here the starting point is from Lugard and Harlech Road, you can walk either way and later you will end up back at the same time spot, following the clockwise there is a great view of the Peak Tower as you finish your hike this takes you around 40 minutes. There are several hiking trails around the peak but this is a very easy option that is a gentle walking path rather than a hike. It is a flat and pave the whole way even small children with little legs can manage it easily, you pass many people on the way and it is a popular running spot for locals.

The path takes you through typical jungle-like Hong Kong growth, Banyan tree root system, tentacle-like. Lugard Falls is also a nice point of interest and if there has been recent rain it will be full flow, cascading down the mountain

Guided Tours

For a more enriching experience, guided tours are available at Lugard Falls. Knowledgeable park rangers can accompany visitors and provide valuable insights about the falls, the surrounding ecosystem, and the diverse wildlife species in the area. 

Wildlife safaris

Lugard Falls

There are various animal species in Lugard Falls and including the cheetah, zebras, hippos, wildebeest, giraffes, wild dogs, hyenas, and many others and the Lugar Falls also acts as a good sighting area for those animals during your visit to the Tsavo East National park.

Birds Safaris

In Lugard Falls you also be able to view or observe the unique variety of bird species such as crowned crane, black kite, lovebird, sacred ibis, and many more, here you can observe the bird species since the falls are on a flat land with dry plains a cross in the Tsavo East national park.

Nature walking safaris

Nature walking offers an incredible wildlife experience, this safari is done on foot and the visitors around led by the ranger guides for protection from animal attacks for example like from the crocodiles in Lugard Falls, the tourists or visitors enjoy the beautiful nature of the Lugard falls that is by viewing the power of the waterfall disappearing in deep chasms in its boundaries, you can be able to see hippos and crocodiles below the fall.


If you’re seeking an immersive outdoor experience, camping is an option within and around Lugard Falls. Galessa Camp, located a short distance upstream from the falls, offers a picturesque camping site. The camp is open year-round, allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of the area regardless of the season. 

The climate

The climate in this region is generally hot and dry, with refreshing cooling breezes that can be attributed to the nearby Lugard Falls. Camping amidst the natural splendour of Lugard Falls provides a unique opportunity to connect with nature and fully immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the surroundings.

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