Mwea National Reserve

The Mwea National Reserve is located within Mbeere District, in Eastern Province, a distance of about 200km from Nairobi.  The savannah ecosystem comprises of small hills with bushy vegetation and scattered large trees. Other areas are open grasslands while along the main rivers, large trees with thick undergrowth are found. Trees mainly found within the ecosystem are the different Acacia species and baobab trees.  The ecosystem’s main features are the meeting point of rivers Tana and Thiba, Kamburu and Masinga hydro-electric dams, which harbour variety of biodiversity.

Major wildlife attractions include the  elephants, Rothschild giraffes, Common zebras, Lesser kudu, Buffalo, Water Buck, Bush buck, Impala, Vervet Monkeys, Aardvark, Yellow baboons, Grants gazelle, Dik dik, Cape hare, Warthog,  Black backed jackal, Duiker, Sykes monkeys, Genet cat, Slender mongoose, Stripped ground squirrel, Dwarf mongoose, Crested porcupine, Rock Hyrax, Tree Hyrax and tortoise. Hippos and crocodiles are also found in the dams and rivers. Different birds and reptile species have been recorded in the reserve.

ACCESS

By Road: From Nairobi, via Thika-Matuu-Masinga Dam(160 km).this route is surfaced until Masinga Dam Bridge-a further 10 km of dirt road lies between here and Makima Gate. Access is also possible via Embu-Machanga.

By Air: Masinga airstrip near Masinga lodge.By Air: Masinga Airstrip near Masinga Lodge.

SIZE / LOCATION

 

42 km2

Mbeere District, Eastern Province

CLIMATE

 

Semi-arid with an annual rainfall of 510-760 mm pa

SAFARI CARD REQUIRED?

 

At present the Reserve does not operate the Safari Card system. Entry is by cash only.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

 

Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

 

Game Viewing

Boat rides at Kamburu dam

Hippo Point

Realm of Rare birds

Walking circuit

WILDLIFE

 

Elephant ,lesser kudu, Nile crocodile, hippo, giraffe, Burchell’s  zebra, buffalo, leopard, grey  duiker, black-backed jackal, bushbuck, waterbuck, olive baboon, sykes’ monkey, serval cat,  spotted hyena, warthog, rock hyrax, bush pig, impala and  hartebeest. Rare animals like; Stripped ground squirrel, Genet cat, Black backed jackal yellow baboons, are also found in Mwea

BIRDS

 

Over 200 species of birds, Mwea is renowned for its water birds and waders. The only protected area in which the globally threatened and Kenya-endemic Hinde’s babbler is known to occur, the Reserve also shelters two other rare species; Pel’s fishing owl and the white-backed night heron

WHERE TO STAY

 

In - Park Accommodation

There are no lodges, tented camps or self-catering accommodation options in Mwea Reserve. Masinga Lodge is located at Masinga Dam outside the Reserve.

Camping Facilities

Mbogo, Silvester, Mavuria, Kyangosi, HippoPoint,  Kanyonga , Githechu

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