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.
PO Box 109, Malindi Tel: +254 (0)42 31554, 20845 www.kws.go.ke
North Coast, Malindi
Distance from Mombasa
10 square km
Go to www.kws.go.ke or contact tour operator.
Humid with mean annual temperatures ranging from 22-34°C.Rainfall about 500 mm per annum
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