Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve

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Watamu National Park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats on Kenya’s north coast stretching from Malindi town to beyond the entrance to Mida creek. It is enclosed by the Malindi Marine National Reserve which also encloses Malindi Marine National Park.

Habitats include inter-tidal rock, sand and mud; fringing reefs and coral gardens; beds of sea grass; coral cliffs, platforms and islets; sandy beaches and Mida Creek mangrove forest.

The park was designated as a Biosphere reserve in 1979. Mida creek is a large, almost land-locked expanse of saline water, mangrove and inter-tidal mud.

Watamu National ParkWatamu National Park

Its extensive forests are gazetted as forest reserves and the extreme western tip of Mida Creek is part of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve.

Contact detailsPO Box 4, Hola Tel: +254 (0)46 2035 www.kws.go.ke

Contact person

Senior Warden


Coast Province

Distance from Nairobi

350 km east of Nairobi and 240 km north of Mombasa


171 square km

Park fees

Go to www.kws.go.ke or contacttour operator.

Climatic conditions

The climate is generally hot and dry

Major attractions

Tana River Primate National ReserveTana River Primate National Reserve

River Tana; Tana River Primate National Reserve is a mixtureof savannah and riverine forest; game viewing; bird watching;endangered primate watching


Grevy’s zebra, the Maasai and reticulated giraffe, oryx, buffaloand lesser kudu. The river hosts plenty of crocodile and hippo,and the variety of water birds is not to be missed. Endemicred colobus and mangabey monkeys are found here.


Road: The reserve is accessible via the Malindi-Garissa road. Located 250 km north of Mombasa on the Malindi to Garissaroad.


Campsites, Bandas, Trails

Best time to visit

All year round


Walking, game viewing, bird watching, primates watching

Grevy’s zebra,Grevy’s zebra,

Other Related Pages

Kakamega Forest National Reserve | Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park | Kisumu Impala Sanctuary | Kiunga Marine National Reserve | Mount Elgon National park | Kora National Reserve | Marsabit National Park in Kenya | Masai Mara National Reserve

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