Why Should One Visit Mwea National Reserve
The Mwea National Reserve is one of the many reserves in Kenya found within the Eastern Province. This reserve is located within Mbeere district which grants the Mbeere county council to co-manage the reserve together with the Kenya national Reserve. In Kenya, Mwea region is the host of the largest rice growing irrigation scheme by the name of Mwea Tebere.
The rice from these scheme and other small scale farmers not only serves their needs but also serves the needs of rice for the entire country. You don’t have to miss this wonderful and exciting moment of planting or reaping the rice from its flooded docks. The Mwea National Reserve was gazette as early as 1976 and is found at the confluence of the Tana and Thiba Rivers which are also found in the eastern province as well.
In addition, the Mwea National Reserve is also a host of two islands which are found within Kamburu dam which was also established in 1976. The Mwea National Reserve is located to the North West part of this dam. In order to solicit funds to develop the Mwea National Reserve, a Mwea National Reserve Trust was formed in 1991 and this together with the efforts of the KWS has seen the reserve grow to greater heights up to what it is today.
Just within the vicinity of the Mwea National Reserve are settlements known as Makima settlements and which were established in 1914. For this reason, there is always conflict between wild animals in the Mwea National Reserve and human activities which have prompted the installation of an electric fence to form the Mwea National Reserve’ s north boundary while the Tana River forms the southern boundary and Thiba river on the east.
Being an area of heavy clay soils to facilitate the growth of rice, the Mwea National Reserve is considered a heavy breeding ground for tsetse flies which are both a nuisance to the human around as well as livestock as well. The major attraction to the reserve includes the several dams which are either found within or without the reserve confinement.
One such dam is the Kamburu dam which was established in 1976, masinga, Gitaru, Kindaruma and Kiambere dam. These dams are not only a tourist attraction but also an important part of the nation of Kenya since they are used for the generation of hydro electric power. Other attractions include falls along the Tana River which include Mutonga Falls, Usueni Fall, Adamson Falls, and the Kora falls. These falls also offer beautiful scenario for campsite and picnics as well as sandy and stony beaches about four kilometers long and hippo points. Apart from these natural and man made attractions, the Mwea National Reserve is characterized by a variety of game within the park. The best and most outstanding ones are the approximately 150 different species of birds. Others include reptiles like snakes and lizards.
Outstanding game within the Mwea National Reserve include the Dik-dik, giraffe, elephant, ground squirrel, Cape hare, lesser kudu, yellow baboons, Buffalo, water buck, grant gazelles, Impala, duiker, Sykes monkey and tortoise among others. With all these attractions and many more to consider, failing to visit the Mwea National Reserve is losing one great opportunity of a life time and one which can never be replaced by any other in a lifetime.