Watamu Marine National Reserve

Watamu National Park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats along the Kenya’s north coast.  It is enclosed by the Malindi Marine National Reserve which also encloses Malindi Marine National Park. Habitats include intertidal rock, sand and mud, fringing reefs and coral gardens, coral cliffs, sandy beaches and the Mida Creek mangrove forest. Marine life attractions include fish, turtles, dugongs and crabs. The Mida Creek forest has a high diversity of mangrove species including Ceriops tagal, Rhizophora mucronata, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza, Avicennia marina and Sonneratia alba. These provide refuge to a variety of both resident and migrant bird species.

ACCESS

North Coast, Malindi – Kenya

PARK GATES

By Road: Watamu is 120 kms north of Mombasa and 28km south of Malindi. At Gede, which is on the main Mombasa Malindi Road, you turn towards the Indian Ocean. 11kms from the main road is Watamu itself.

By Air : Malindi airport is your arrival point

SIZE / LOCATION

10 km2.

North Coast, Malindi – Kenya

CLIMATE

The Coast is humid with mean annual temperatures ranging from 22-34 C. rainfall is about 500mm pa.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Haven of green turtle

Unique coral garden

Mida creek

Kipepeo project

Gede ruins

ABUNDANT BIRD LIFE

Over 100 species of bird are found in the cultivated gardens, shambas and bush. Commonly seen overhead is the Black Kite, whilst the Common Bulbul, White-Browed Coucal and Speckled Mousebird can be seen scuffling in the undergrowth. Bright Yellow Canaries and Golden Palm Weavers flash in the bush, whilst the Lizard Buzzard and the Lilac Breasted Roller are often seen perched on poles and wires.

WHERE TO STAY

There is Currently no accommodation in the reserve, a wide range of options exist in nearby Malindi town.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

Wind surfing

Snorkeling

Water skiing

Sunbathing

Diving

Glass bottom boat rides

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