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.
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
Distance from Nairobi
350 km east of Nairobi and 240 km north of Mombasa
171 square km
Go to www.kws.go.ke or contacttour operator.
The climate is generally hot and dry
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