Tana River Primate National Reserve

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At the time of establishment, the reserve occupied approximately 171 km of forest, dry woodland and savanna habitat on the east and west of the Lower Tana River. 16 patches of forests ranging from 10 to 625 hectares in size fall within the reserve.

The Tana River National Primate Reserve was gazetted in 1976 to protect the Lower Tana riverine forests and two highly endangered primates, the mangabey and the Tana River red colobus.

The reserve consists mainly of patches of riperian forest extending for 16 km along the meandering course of the Lower Tana River, 350 km east of Nairobi and 240 km north of Mombasa.

Tana River National Primate ReservePrimates in Tana River National Reserve

Contact details

PO Box 109, Malindi Tel: +254 (0)42 31554, 20845 www.kws.go.ke

Contact person

Senior Warden


North Coast, Malindi

Distance from Mombasa

118 km


10 square km

Park fees

Go to www.kws.go.ke or contact tour operator.

Climatic conditions

Humid with mean annual temperatures ranging from 22-34°C.Rainfall about 500 mm per annum

Major Attraction

Haven of green turtle; unique coral garden; Mida creek


Reptiles/fish: fish, turtles Insects/arthropods: crabs


Roads: Access is via tarmac road from Mombasa or Malindi.Air: Mombasa or Malindi Airports.


There is currently no accommodation in the Reserve, a widerange of options exist in nearby Malindi town.

Best time to visit

All year round


Wind surfing, snorkelling, water skiing, sunbathing, diving.Watamu Marine Park & Reserve

Tana River primates

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  Nairobi animal orphanage | Ruma National Park in Kenya | Saiwa Swamp National Park | Samburu National Reserve | Shimba hills National Reserve | Sibiloi National Park in Kenya | The Tana River National Primate Reserve | Tsavo East National Park | Tsavo West National Park |

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