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Why Should One Visit Malindi National Reserve

Why Should One Visit Malindi National Reserve


Malindi Marine Park and reserve was the first marine protected area in Kenya and it was established in 1968 and designated as a biosphere Reserve under the man and Biosphere Reserve program of UNESCO in 1979. Malindi Marine Park and reserve is the oldest marine park in Africa. Malindi Marine Park and reserve has a total area of 6km2. It is located in the southern part of Malindi town and it extends to Mida creek.


Malindi Marine Park and reserve in next to Gede ruins and the forest of Arabuko Sokoke. Malindi Marine Park and reserve is surrounded by a national reserve and a 100 ft strip of coastal land which starts from Vasco-da-Gama pillar to Watamu. The reserve covers 213 km2 and it extends three and half nautical miles out to seaward.


The Malindi Marine Park and reserve contain features like being assessed with ease by road, it hosts rich and relatively unaffected marine biodiversity, and it has beautiful beach and warm water which is safe for swimming among other factors so as to attain the above outlined objectives.


Malindi Marine Park and reserve has magnificent resources like fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, mangroves, sea grass beds, high fish diversity, and marine mammals, like dolphins; shorebirds and turtles. The main biotopes of Malindi Marine Park and reserve comprise of fringing and patch reefs which are distributed on the seaward edge of barracuda channel. These reefs’ structure is influence by the prevailing physical conditions, especially wind and sediments from River Sabaki which runs north of Malindi.


The fringing reef is close to shore, 150m or less in some of the areas and it is exposed during low tide, though it gradually drops to a sea grass bed precipitously drops to a deep channel called the barracuda channel. A small submerged patch reef with the top covered by algae and sides dominated by large heads of Goniastrea retiformis occurs on the eastern edge of the channel. A large patch reef, and a north reef has developed further offshore and this reef is the main focus of much of the tourism activity in the Malindi Marine Park and reserve.


The Malindi Marine Park and reserve reefs are seasonally inundated by waters with silt from River Sabaki. The maximum river discharges happens during the long rainy seasons of April-July and the short rainy seasons of October to December at the coastal region. The Malindi bay waters are colored red at this time and depending on when the winds switch from the Northeast monsoon to the southeast monsoons, the sediment plume may reach as far as Malindi Marine Park and reserve. Sometimes this decreases visibility and the aesthetic quality of the reefs in Malindi Marine Park and reserve.


When one uses road to access the Malindi Marine Park and reserve, it is 118kilometers tarmac road from Mombasa to Malindi town. There is also Malindi Airport near the Malindi Marine Park and reserve.


On visiting the Malindi Marine Park and reserve you will experience green, Olive Ridley, loggerheads and Hawksbill turtles breeds. This is a place you will experience an amazing new world under water. The location is cool with posh accommodation and plenty of pleasing sites to enjoy watching. The security in the area is very high and you will enjoy your tour with maximum security around you.


Why Should One Visit Malindi National Reserve

Why Should One Visit Malindi National Reserve


Malindi Marine Park and reserve was the first marine protected area in Kenya and it was established in 1968 and designated as a biosphere Reserve under the man and Biosphere Reserve program of UNESCO in 1979. Malindi Marine Park and reserve is the oldest marine park in Africa.


Malindi Marine Park and reserve has a total area of 6km2. It is located in the southern part of Malindi town and it extends to Mida creek. Malindi Marine Park and reserve in next to Gede ruins and the forest of Arabuko Sokoke. Malindi Marine Park and reserve is surrounded by a national reserve and a 100 ft strip of coastal land which starts from Vasco-da-Gama pillar to Watamu.


The reserve covers 213 km2 and it extends three and half nautical miles out to seaward.

The Malindi Marine Park and reserve contain features like being assessed with ease by road, it hosts rich and relatively unaffected marine biodiversity, and it has beautiful beach and warm water which is safe for swimming among other factors so as to attain the above outlined objectives.


Malindi Marine Park and reserve has magnificent resources like fringing reefs, coral gardens in the lagoons, mangroves, sea grass beds, high fish diversity, and marine mammals, like dolphins; shorebirds and turtles.


The main biotopes of Malindi Marine Park and reserve comprise of fringing and patch reefs which are distributed on the seaward edge of barracuda channel. These reefs’ structure is influence by the prevailing physical conditions, especially wind and sediments from River Sabaki which runs north of Malindi. The fringing reef is close to shore, 150m or less in some of the areas and it is exposed during low tide, though it gradually drops to a sea grass bed precipitously drops to a deep channel called the barracuda channel.


A small submerged patch reef with the top covered by algae and sides dominated by large heads of Goniastrea retiformis occurs on the eastern edge of the channel. A large patch reef, and a north reef has developed further offshore and this reef is the main focus of much of the tourism activity in the Malindi Marine Park and reserve.


The Malindi Marine Park and reserve reefs are seasonally inundated by waters with silt from River Sabaki. The maximum river discharges happens during the long rainy seasons of April-July and the short rainy seasons of October to December at the coastal region. The Malindi bay waters are colored red at this time and depending on when the winds switch from the Northeast monsoon to the southeast monsoons, the sediment plume may reach as far as Malindi Marine Park and reserve. Sometimes this decreases visibility and the aesthetic quality of the reefs in Malindi Marine Park and reserve.


When one uses road to access the Malindi Marine Park and reserve, it is 118kilometers tarmac road from Mombasa to Malindi town. There is also Malindi Airport near the Malindi Marine Park and reserve.


On visiting the Malindi Marine Park and reserve you will experience green, Olive Ridley, loggerheads and Hawksbill turtles breeds. This is a place you will experience an amazing new world under water. The location is cool with posh accommodation and plenty of pleasing sites to enjoy watching. The security in the area is very high and you will enjoy your tour with maximum security around you.


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