MALINDI/ WATAMU MARINE PARKS

MALINDI MARINE NATIONAL PARK

The Malindi Marine National Reserve encloses Watamu and Malindi Marine National Parks. The area also includes several coral islets, notably Whale island at the entrance to Mida Creek in the Watamu Marine National Park. The reserve is 213 km2 forming a complex of marine and tidal habitats on Kenyas North Coast. It extends 5 km into the sea and stretches 30 km along the coast from Malindi town to beyond the entrance to Mida creek. Habitats include intertidal rock, sand and mud; fringing reefs and coral gardens; beds of sea grass; coral cliffs, platforms and islets; sandy beaches and mangrove forests. Mida creek is a large, almost land locked expanse of saline water, mangrove forest and intertidal mud protected in the Watamu Marine Reserve. Its extensive forests are gazetted as forest reserves and the extreme western tip of Mida Creek is part of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve.

Malindi Marine Parks’ unique historical features include Vasco da Gama pillar build slightly over 500 years ago.

Roads: 118 kms from Mombasa ( Malindi Town)

Airstrips: Via Malindi Airport.

Facilities: KWS Bandas.

Activities: Snorkelling, diving.

Reptiles/fish: It is a key spawning ground for many fish species. Turtles, Parrot fish, Several species of coral fish

Insects/arthropods: Butterfly, Mosquito

Vegetation: Mida Creek has important mangrove forests with a high diversity of species including ceriops tagal, rhizophora mucronata, bruguiera gymnorrhiza, avicennia marina and sonneratia alba.

Coral reefs are among the richest, diverse and biologically productive ecosystems, with more organisms per square meter than any other type of ecosystem in the world. A total of 140 species of hard and soft corals have been recorded along the Kenya coast. These corals live in symbiosis with chlorophyll generating animals, which give corals their spectacular colours.

WATAMU MARINE NATIONAL PARK

Watamu National Park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats on Kenyas 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 intertidal 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 intertidal 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.

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

Airstrips: Mombasa or Malindi Airports.

WHY BOOK WITH US?


We are a specialist destination travel company, focused on creating tailor-made and group travel holiday packages in Kenya


We have over 20 years experience in organizing Tours & Safaris.


A Kenyan based company with extensive local knowledge


Book everything through one contact, a seamless and painless vacation for you


Save time and get honest advice by booking your Kenyan safari holiday through us


Tailor-made travel for any need and budget

Enquire or Book Your Safari

14 + 5 =

Do not hesitate to give us a call

+254 722 277 107

+254 723 489669

+254 727 863163

Related Tours

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Total Area Covered: 200 sq.km Best Time to Visit: November-May. Nearest City: Nakuru Attractions: Flamingoes, Black rhino, the endangered white rhino sanctuary, and migratory birds. Accommodation: Delamers Camp tree House, Lake Nakuru lodge, Sarova Lake Nakuru, a...

MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK

Altitude 5,199m Area 715sq. kms. Distance from Nairobi 175 kms. Naro Moro airstrip Opened December 1949 Excellent game viewing Mountain Climbing Fantastic scenery: Lakes, Tarns, Glaciers & Peaks Rare Birds & Animals Natural Minerals Springs Mountain Forest...

MERU NATIONAL PARK

Altitude: 1,000-3,400 Ft Area: 870 Sq. Kms. Distance from Nairobi: 348 Kms. Opened April 1968 Beautiful landscape, 13 rivers Former home of George & Joy Adamson & "Elsa" the Lioness Game viewing: elephant, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah Campers paradise...

ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK

Altitude: 7,000-14,000ft. Area: 767sq. kms Distance from Nairobi: 180 kms Mweiga & Nyeri airstrips Opened May 1950 Game to view includes: Bongo, Leopard, Elephant, Second largest Population of Indigenous Black Rhino Diverse Eco-System - Rainforest, Waterfalls,...

MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Total Area Covered: 1,672 sq.km Best Time to Visit: July - October. Nearest City: Narok Attractions: It is the most visited park in Kenya, being an extention of the Serengeti. Abundant game including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, black rhino, cheetah, zebras and...

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Total Area Covered: 390 sq.km Best Time to Visit: May-December every year. Nearest City: Namanga Attractions: Black rhino, Elephant, Gerenuk, Kori Bustard and Ostriches. Accommodation: Amboseli Lodge, Amboseli Serena lodge, Kilimanjaro Safari Lodge, Tortilis tented...

TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK

Total Area Covered: 8,500 sq.km Best Time to Visit: December-March. Nearest City: Voi Attractions : Ngulia Mountains, Ndawe escarpment, Mzima springs, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, Chaimu Crater, Shetani Lava flow and caves, Elephant, Kudu, Lions Baobab Trees, Pygmy Falcon....

TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK

Total Area Covered: 11,000 sq.km Best Time to Visit: December - March. Nearest City: Voi Attractions: Aruba Dam, Mdanda rock, large herds of elphants, Rhino, Ostrich, walking safaris. Accommodation: Voi Safari lodge, Patterson...