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Why Should One Visit Kitui National Reserve


There are so many national reserves and parks in Kenya that are worth visiting. Among the key reserves is the Kitui National Reserve which covers a total area of about 1900 square kilometers. The reserve is a home to a wide range of wild animal species including predators such as the cheetah, leopard and lion. Other wild animals in Kitui National Reserve include giraffe, hippos, black rhino, oryx, Lesser Kudu, yellow baboon, zebra, gemsbok, gerenuk, Coke’s hartebeest and gazelle. There is also a wide range of species of birdlife that are worth viewing. The landscape and flora of Kitui National Reserve is characterized by acacia woodlands, bushy grasslands, ivory palm, dotted baobab and saltbush.


With respect to its location, Kitui National Reserve is located in the Southern part of Kitui district in the Eastern province of Kenya. The reserve extends to the Northern side at the Tsavo East National Park. This means that majority of the wildlife species found at the Tsavo East National park are also found at the Reserve. However, the wide range species that are hosted at South Kitui National Reserve are far stronger than those at the Northern part of the park at the Northern part of Kitui County.


Despite the fact that Kitui National Reserve is a home to different game species and is lose to Nairobi, town, the reserve has been known to attract only a few visitors. The main reason for the few visitors is because of the popularity of the neighboring Amboseli National Park and the Tsavo National Park. This means that visitors prefer visiting the two parks in comparison to Kitui National Reserve.


Kitui National Reserve should definitely be considered as a major tourist destination because of its serene landscape and intriguing scenery. The neighboring Umbi Hills and Kiothiwa hills serve in proving a pristine scenery and landscape. Getting to Kitui National Reserve is quite easy. However, visitors should keep in mid the fact that the roads to the reserve can be quite rough especially in the reserve and around the reserve.


Approaches to Kitui National Reserve can either be from the Eastern or Western parts. There is a road of 373 kilometers from the Arewale National Reserve on the shores of River Tana. This road runs west of the South Kitui country through the villages of Kakya and Mutiboko. Visitors are advised to use a four-wheel drive vehicle when getting to Kitui National Reserve because the main road used to get there is in a rough shape. From the capital city, Nairobi, one should travel to Kitui town using the A3 Main road. This should be followed by taking the Garissa road and the Southwards along the B7 road.


An alternative is to get to Kitui National Reserve through Machakos town along the A109 main Nairobi-Mombasa road followed by moving along the C97 road. From the town of Kitui, visitors should travel southwards for 70kilometers along the B7 road to Mutomo town and then turn eastwards on a decent road that lead to Mutha junction on the D507 Road. From Mutha, visitors should proceed on a rough road that leads to the entrance of Kitui National Reserve. There is no airstrip located at a close proximity to Kitui National Park. This means that traveling by road is the only option. Kitui National Reserve is definitely a tourist destination that is worth exploring.