Mwea National Reserve
Mwea National Reserve
Mwea national reserve was gazette in 1976 it is bordered by the Tana River to the south and the Thiba River to the East. On the northern boundary, there is an electric fence that protects animals from invading the local farms and settlements around the park. Mwea national reserve is an indication of how man and wildlife can coexist peacefully in the same habitat. The settlements around Mwea national reserve can be traced back to 1914.
The establishment of an animal conservation point in 1972 meant that the Kenya wildlife service had to determine ways in which the animals and the humans could coexists without causing harm to either.
Mwea national reserve is quite dry meaning that the area is partly semi arid and traces of grassland and shrubs can be seen throughout the park. Rainfall is also minimal and it approximately 510-760mm per annum.
The Kamburu dam that is strategically locate3d in the park also serves as an attraction site for tourist that wish to enjoy boat rides. Game viewing is another fun activity that can be done at Mwea national reserve. There are numerous number of wildlife that can be seen. They include the elephant, the kudu, and crocodiles of the Nile, giraffes, leopards and buffalos. Rare wild animals such as the yellow baboons can also be found at Mwea national reserve.
Mwea national reserve serves as not only a park for their attraction of tourists but also serves as a source of funding for local reserve projects. Part of the entrance fee that tourists pay to get into the park is put aside for development of various aspects of the projects. For instance the funds are sometimes used to fund the translocation of animals from one area to another. It is also used for the purchase of boats that the tourists use in the park.
Mwea national reserve is also a great tourist destination for bird watchers and lovers as the park has over 200 different species of birds. The water birds and the waders are particularly common. Mwea is home to some world endangered bird species such as the Hinde babbler, Pel’s fishing owl and the white heron. Game viewing and bird watching are the two main tourist fun activities all year round Mwea national reserve. Mwea national reserve is easily accessible via the road or the air. By road the par is approximately 160 kilometers from Nairobi and travelers will have the use the Thika-Matuu-Masinga Dam road.
Once at Masinga dam it will take the tourist another 10kilometres through a dusty road to get to the Mwea national reserve gate. If the tourist prefer to use the air, they can do so due to the presence of the Masinga airstrip that is located at Masinga lodge. Once at the airstrip they will then be required to get a cab to the entrance of Mwea national reserve.
Accommodation is currently unavailable in the park and the tourist are therefore advised to make hotel reservations at the Masinga lodge which is located at Masinga dam. Campers are also not permitted to camp at Mwea national reserve as it is not safe. Self catering services is also not allowed.
Mwea national reserve is an experience of the wild and nature co existing with man peacefully. Tourists are advised to take drinking water, binoculars and the cameras with them so as to fully enjoy their tour of Mwea national reserve.