THE MARINE LIFE AT KENYA

What’s your plan for this summer holiday, vacation, or relaxation plan? Are you a fan of the sun alongside the sea? It’s high time you pack up your things and let me take you through the beautiful marine life in Kenya.

Kenya is an East African country located on the shores of the Indian ocean having savannah areas, Lakelands, mountains, highlands, and the dramatic rift valley. Mostly the country is well known for its wildlife which includes elephants, rhinos, and lions. Its Maasai mara reserve sounding because of the wildebeest migrations and the Amboseli national park that gives you the best view of Tanzania’s mountain Kilimanjaro.

Kenya has got about six marine parks and reserves and these include the kisite mpunguti marine park and reserve, the kiunga marine national reserve, the Malindi marine national park and reserve, the Mombasa marine national park and reserve, and lastly the Watamu marine national park and reserve.

 Are you the adrenaline-filled outdoor adventure junkie? These parks have got you covered with lots of activities that include nature walks, sunbathing, bird watching, camping, diving, snorkeling, water skiing, windsurfing, and the glass-bottom boat rides

THE PARKS AT A GLANCE

Watamu marine national park and reserve

this park is located on the north coast having unique birdlife and fish, turtles plus dugongs. Watamu has got over 100 bird species and it’s on an area of 10 sq km with humidity mean annual temperatures ranging from 22-34oc and the rainfall of about 500mm pa climatically.

The park is also known as the haven of the green turtle. The park can be accessed by road and by air;

By road, Watamu is 120kms north Mombasa and 28kms south Malindi. On the main road of Mombasa Malindi, you turn towards the Indian ocean while at gede. Watamu is 11kms from the main road

By air, you get to Watamu via the help of Malindi airport as your arrival point

Watamu marine national park has got lots of attractions which include the haven of the green turtle, unique coral garden, mida creek, kipepeo project, and the Gede ruins.

Mombasa marine national park and reserve

The park is also known for its allure of natural beauty. The place is filled with the warm azure ocean, swaying coconut palms on the white sandy beaches. Mombasa marine national park has got a colorful variety of marine species like crabs, starfish, stonefish, cucumbers sea urchins, corals, turtles, seagrasses. Mombasa is located between mtwapa and Tudor creeks having blue waters that are fit for windsurfing, water skiing, diving, and snorkeling.

Sited on an area of 210sq km with hot and humid climatic conditions.

Mombasa marine can be accessed by road from Mombasa city center and connect by boat from the vast points along the beach

The park has got 3 main attractions which include the vegetation, birds and the marine life

         Malindi marine national park and reserve

It’s famous for its coral gardens, swimming along with zebrafish to windsurfing.

This marine life area occupies an area of 213sq km with temperatures ranging from 20-30oc  and rains of 200mm-700mm. have particularly two rain seasons.

The park is gifted with fringing reefs, coral gardens, seagrass beds, mangroves, mudflats, marine mammals, turtles, and numerous species of shorebirds.

The park can be accessed by road and by air to go and catch up with the fishes, magical island, clean oceanic beach and warm water, sea turtles, invertebrates, benthic cover, corals, and the dolphins.

By road, Malindi marine is situated on Kenya’s Indian Ocean  coastline, Malindi town 110km north of Mombasa

By air your arrival point is Malindi.

Kiunga marine national reserve

This is Kenya’s enchanted world far north of the Indian Ocean coastline. Key features include coral reefs, dune, kiwayu island. Having annual temperatures ranging 22-34oc and rains of 500mm makes it a perfect place for water skiing, windsurfing, sunbathing, snorkeling and diving.

         The park can be accessed by either road, sea or air . by road king is 150km east of Lamu, by air its one at dodori n reserve and lastly by sea kiunga can be reached from Lamu and you get to kiwayu island by dhow or speedboat.

Kisite mpunguti marine park and reserve

This park was established to safeguard the scenic island and special habitats of the wide range of endemic marine animals and breeding migratory birds. The is also known as the home of dolphins this park is more so one of the famous snorkeling locations at the coast. Covering an area of 39 sq km with annual temperature ranging from 22-34 oc and rainfalls of about 500mm.

This park is about 5meters above sea level and always open around the year though the gets rough between April and July during southeast monsoon winds

For the love of dolphins, turtles, glass-bottom boat rides, water birds, sunbathing, diving, snorkeling, camping, water skiing, and the sand beaches, I advise booking with local tour operators like ADVENTURE IN THE WILD SAFARIS so they have professional tour guides ready to take you through your vacation safe and sound enjoying the African cuisine, accommodations and the lots nature and wildlife.

Mombasa town Kenya

Mombasa town is situated in Kenya and its one of the main tourist destinations in Kenya. It stands on Kenya’s east coastline, bordering the Indian Ocean, offers some of the famous sites like the beaches Mombasa also offers various services such as marine life, world-class hotels for your comfort, and an atmosphere of friendliness with hospital people in the country.

Mombasa is the biggest transportation hub on the east Africa and Kenya’s second largest city. this is a-must visit destination in Kenya that you ought not to miss. The international airport has links to numerous East African destinations and direct flights from Dubai to Italy. all roads from the west that almost all tours to the coast of Kenya pass Mombasa by road or air transport.

The old town of Mombasa is a trip into an ancient colonial age. Swahili townhouses are decaying amid a network of peat-facing centers, while market stalls are street-draining. Most of the eighteenth-century houses also blended African, Arab and European design with beautiful terraces and intricately decorated gate. Many look out to Fort Jesus, a 16th century UNESCO World Heritage site and a remnant of Portuguese occupation along the Indian Ocean coast. This sweet old town is a cultural day trip or rest for safari-beach roads. For two to three hours, the old town is driven and a steam is attempted.

Malindi is the most popular coastal resort in Kenya for many years and promises ceaseless thousands of white sands. The architecture has continually concentrated on comfort, and each of the resorts and lodges is spacious. This is where the leaders come to a beach holiday with the blurring tropical waves in the majestic waters of the Indian Ocean. Classic excursions allow you to explore the coast while a variety of fine restaurants are concealed in the palm trees. But as Malindi is there, dinner is more likely to be fresh lobster on the porch than to have to cook. After the Kenyan safari, the coastal destination is often used as the final stop, it is worth checking the travel advice of your country, since in recent years the north road from Malindi has occasionally been listed as dangerous.

Masaai mara game reserve

Maasai mara is located southwest along the Tanzania border in the rift valley province of Kenya near Narok town established in 1961. It’s covering an area of 1,510km2 is governed by the trans-mara county and the Narok county.

It’s a savannah wilderness with a variety of wildlife, rolling hills, and grassy plains separated by the talek river and the mara river surrounded by villages of the Maasai people.

Maasai mara is the largest game reserve in Kenya and it delivers its name from the Maasai people who migrated from the Nile basin towards Kenya. The area is very famous due to the great wildebeest and its extraordinary numbers of lions, cheetahs, bush elephants, and leopards.

By 1961 when it was established as a wildlife sanctuary, it covered only 520km2 of the current area. the park is gifted with all members of the big five which are the black and white rhinos, the Cape buffalo, elephant, leopards, and lions.

Why you should miss out on visiting the Masai mara

The game reserve is famous for the wildebeest migrations that take place between July and October but besides that, the place has got the largest concentration of wildlife worldwide with over 40% of the big mammal found in Africa. The park has also got over 400 bird species. The Maasai people also have covered a few ranches of the park having few villages in the Masai mara game reserve. These are notices who migrated from the semi-arid Nile valley north of Lake Turkana. Having driven its name mara from the landscapes of the reserve and this means spotted and it’s as a result of the spotted short bushy trees and shrubs along the rolling plains of grasslands.

Birding in the Masai mara

The game reserve has got about 47 prey bird species and 500 bird species including the largest bird on planet earth which is the ostrich. The bird list includes the abdim’s stork, the African wood owl, ayres’ hawk-eagle, African finfoot, Cinnamon-breasted bunting, Denham’s bustard, Giant kingfisher, Grey-crested helmet-shrike (NE), Grey penduline tit, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Jackson’s widowbird, Lazy cisticola, Ostrich, Purple grenadier, Red-throated tit, Ross’s turaco, Rosy-throated longclaw, Rufous-bellied heron, Rufous-throated wryneck, Saddle-billed stork, Schalow’s turaco, Secretary bird, Silverbird, Southern ground hornbill, Swahili sparrow, Tabora cisticola, Temminck’s courser, Trilling cisticola, Usambiro barbet (NE), White-bellied go-away bird, Woolly-necked stork, Yellow-mantled widowbird, yellow-throated sandgrouse.

 

 

 

Wilde life in the masai mara

Masai Mara is home to the big five and these are easily seen while on your game drives. The big include the lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, and the buffalo though sometimes they add on the cheetah, giraffe, zebras, and the hippos to call it the big nine.

The list of the present mammal at Masai mara include the following ;

Aardvark

Aardwolf

Antelope

Banded mongoose

African hare

Bushbuck

Bat-eared fox

Bushbaby

Coke’s hartebeest

Common eland

Red-tailed monkey

Dwarf mongoose

Crested porcupine

Grants gazelle

Honeybadger

Impala

Kik’s dik-dik

Klipspringer

Olive baboons

Oribi

Pangolin

Side striped jackal

Slender mongoose

Spotted hyena

Straw-colored fruit bat

Topi

Vervet monkeys

Warthogs

Wildebeest

Thomson’s gazelle

 

How to get to masai mara

 

Masai mara can be accessed by both air and by road

By air, you start with a flight to Jomo Kenyatta international airport and then from here you are to use the domestic air travel from Nairobi Wilson airport to the mara and this takes you 45 – 60 minutes.

By road, Masai mara can be reached via going through the bumpy roads

Nairobi City: Nairobi Kenya Travel Guide 2020

Nairobi has worked endlessly to take away its derogatory global reputation and this is a region where few tourists come to visit. A poor Nairobi tale seems to have been read by everyone; few seem to recognize its appeal. Kenya’s capital is the most common entry point for the whole region, with East Africa’s largest airport. A large number of tourists come here, typically only for a single night before they head for the safari or for their departure flight home. Nairobi blends perspectives by supplying the whole country with a microcosm. Views of the wild game and the renowned encounters of saved giraffes are in the affluent outer suburbs. You can go to Karen Blixen’s place, prod the giraffe through his dormitory doors, and look around at the luxuriant Nairobi valley for a long time. Throughout the town you will find great dining restaurants and places that show how Nairobi is definitely the most established city outside South Africa in sub-Saharan Africa. Come visit Nairobi’s capital and you will be shocked with all the amazing attractions and the serenity of this city.

Nairobi Travel Guide 2020

This article will offer you region information on the game reserves, attractions, national parks, the things to do when you travel in and around Kenya plus the general tours when visiting Kenya. Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and its one of the fascinating places that you will enjoy exploring on African safari. Some of the charming attractions in this city include the fabulous restaurants where you will eat, the fascinating cultural life of the people that call it their home plus the night life which make Nairobi worth a visit on Kenya safari. On your way to Nairobi, you will encounter with extremely interesting and remarkable national park which are located close to this wonderful city. Some of the wildlife attractions are in the center of the city, you will have an insight to visit the national museum and a series of aspects which will catch your glimpse sight as you experience the reality of the Nairobi city.

Popular Nairobi Attractions:

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

To all travelers exploring the Nairobi city, visiting David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a great ideal especially to all travelers who have an enthusiastic for animals and those that are in love with nature. You will get time to interact with the Rhinos, baby elephants plus other orphaned wildlife. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is an organization which is multifaceted with other responsibility but one of them to raised orphaned wildlife like the orphaned elephants and after some time it reintroduces them back to the wilderness.

Giraffes Centre

The giraffes Centre visit can be done while on your journey to Nairobi and experience the place for about a day or two days. The giraffe center is about 5 kilometer from Nairobi city and a visit to this center will give you a chance to get so close to the fascinating gentle creatures and you will interact with them as you admire they gentleness.

Karen Blixen Museum

This is one of the top five fascinating attractions in the Nairobi city. The Karen Blixen Museum will give you a chance to learn more about the ancient Kenya history concerning the Karen Blixen’s Memoir base. The museum is about 30 kilometer away from Jomo Kenyatta International airport, it is found on the farmland on the base of the rolling Ngongo Hills.

Nairobi City Destination Guide

Nairobi acts as a hub place where a lot of traveler use as a base to access other safari destination in Kenya and the capital has a lot to offer all travelers that consider it on a Kenya safari. Nairobi city is ranked as one of the largest cities and great well established in Africa. You will encounter populations of tourists that first spend some time in this fascinating city before they proceed for their planned African safari destinations or the Kenya’s mesmerizing national parks to experience the African big five in its natural habitats. To access Nairobi city travelers will jump on a direct flight from anywhere in the world and land in Jomo Kenyatta international airport which is a recognizes largest airport in East Africa, then you will be transferred to booked hotel of residents in Nairobi where will enjoy a bountiful od adventurous activities  on  your Kenya safari.

Meru National Park

Meru National park is famous for hosting the big five wild game, the species nestled between riverine woods and dense savannah in the park. It is difficult to miss 300 bird species streaming across the forest, lions roaring from the woods, and wading hippos. And the backdrop of Mount Meru is a remote magical means of seeing black rhino. In many respects Meru is the more private edition of Amboseli National Park, the setting for pictures being a magnificent volcanic peak. Luxury and quiet accommodations increase the sense of nature and offer multiple ways to safari. In fact, Nairobi’s connectivity allows this an excellent choice for exclusive safari events.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Adjacent Conservancies – Lewa’s combination of daily favorites and unusual characters make it a common destination for luxurious Kenyan safaris. On game drives, you will spot the black and white rhinos, elephants and lions. And then the beisa oryx rumbles across the forest, the wild cats pick a carcass, and unusual Somali ostrich. This small forest focuses on lush trees and promises protection and great views over a nature waterfall. There is an atmosphere of charm from the old world and opulence, which contributes to the long list of visitors from Lewa to famous artists. Unlike some private conversations, however, luxury comes with a superb record for conservation and the opportunity.

On two to three days, the bulk of guests come and mix several activities offered in the park such as the game drive safari and walking path. There are also very unusual few days of camel safaris, where visitors spend time walking and traveling. Woodland, forests and savannas converge to provide a refuge for various species and preserve the freshness of the safari. Five accommodation choices deliver secluded comfort and a wild animal parade. Lewa holds an annual marathon of fundraising for the explorers, which collects money. It is hot, difficult and lauded as one of the toughest in the world, animals spotted here include; zebra, giraffe, rhino and elephant etc. which is quite challenging to see and takes about 26 miles, across a beautiful bushland for you to catch the sight of animals. Contact Us to Book your Kenya Tour to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Adjacent Conservancies

Watamu Marine National Park

The Gede Ruins–Watamu Marine National Park & Reserve has all that Green Turtles, special marine gardens. The park is part of a marine and mare habitat complex with a wide variety of life, fish, tortoises among others along the northern coast of Kenya. The park also offers a wide range of activities for the visitors such as; white sandy beaches, snorkeling, water skiing, windsurfing and boat trip on the lake. Watamu Marine National Park

 Watamu National Marine Park Guide

The Watamu national park is a famous place for the snorkelers, the scuba divers plus tourists who are nature lovers. This marine park covers an area of about 10 square kilometers and it was declared a UNESCO Biosphere reserve that is situated about 120 kilometers north of the Mombasa town and about 28 kilometers south of the Malindi town. The Watamu national Marine park host the top beautiful scenic beaches in the entire world therefore it has a year round sun-worshipping tourist that flock the park to enjoy relaxing on the soft white sand beaches, they get soaked up with all peace and the repose of their natural surroundings.

The marine park is home to about 150 soft and hard corals, sponges, the fans as well as over 500 species of the tropical Watamu Marine parks and reserves thus it a great plus to combine with your east African bush safari. You will as encounter marine life such as the whale Sharks, turtles, the Manta Rays, lionfish plus a crowd of other colorful and intriguing marine animals.

The Watamu national Marine Park is home to the magical world experiences that are focused on the coral reefs. These coral reefs which are adjacent to the shores gives room to the water sports adventure activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling among others. Experienced and skilled driver will get a chance to explore the outer coral reefs that have large coral brains which hosts a bountiful of sea life.

The Watamu national marine park can be tailor made with the visit to the Tsavo National park which is the oldest and largest Kenya’s national park. These two reserves are close to each other’s

The watamu national marine park is great spot for the bird lovers and it is home to hundreds of bird species that will be spotted in the Arabuko –Sokoke Forest close to the Mida Creek Reserve. Some these birds are migratory birds such as Pygmy Kingfishers, the Osprey among others. The Mida Creek is a great place for the greater and lesser Sand plovers as well as Crab- Plover. You will encounter with about 65 Aquatic bird species which are found in the area. The Mida Creek hosts exciting history therefore visitors should consider it so that they get a chance to explore the old Swahili Ruins at Gede when they visit the area.

A visit the watamu national Marine Park will offer you a chance to immerse yourself in active adventure via activities such as canoeing experience on one of the fascinating and Romantic island where you enjoy a picnic lunch as well as the Dhow excursion experience while in the Reserve. You will enjoy activities such the bill and game fishing where you catch various types of fish like the Sailfish, the broadbill Swordfish, striped, blue and black marlin which is found in the marine waters and rarely found in the protective coral reefs. During the Monson months like may, June and July when the reserve experiences strong winds, heavy rains as well as rough seas, fishing is limited.

Lake Nakuru National Park is Famous for hosting a high concentration of flamingos, and also stands as the best destination in Africa to see the Rhinos.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru strives to create a sense of rustic charm or forest. The entire park is fenced and Nakuru is not a wild bush experience because of its proximity to it. Yet three of Lake Nakuru’s excellent sites make the Kenyan safari course very challenging to skip. The millions of flamingos are greeted by the recognizable colors of the water. Visit the plains and have an opportunity to encounter large numbers of white rhinos that has recently been introduced in to the park. Go into the woods and see the black indigenous rhino. The two rhino populations are not just one of the only areas you can see but are practically guaranteed by their large numbers (it is interesting that the fencing and natural features added to the defense of rhinos from wild poachers). The healthy leopard of Lake Nakuru completes the game drive experience and regularly takes part in a safari. While the park is inhabited by several other species, these 3 famous images are often captured from a day in the park. Nakuru skip other safari paths to the wilder parks farther north until the recent restoration of the Rhino. It’s a tough strategy to defend the black species and add the white. Nakuru is also conveniently located and can be reached elsewhere for a single day. The rhinos are usually found all day long, but rare leopard encounters are impossible, except during the morning and the night. Contact us to plan a visit to Lake Nakuru National Park .

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is famous for inhabiting the highest concentration of Hippos filling the waters of the lake. This lake, stands out has one of the fantastic stopover destinations for the travelers taking on drive through Kenya’s safari attractions.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha National Park

During your safari activities, mainly for the boat cruise or driving along the lake you will have stunning views of rumbling hippos cover Lake Naivasha and appear to chew on the lakeside grassy plains at night. Different species of monkeys inhabit the nearby acacia trees as marabou squawk their way through the plant. The evening quiet could be beautifully loud, split up by two male hippos or by a monkeys ‘ troop hooting. Lodges overlook the lake and the main attraction is the scenes with wildlife. Lake Naivasha is no national park, no one charges entrance fees to experience it all. The nature is just part of the landscape and Naivasha is halfway between Nairobi and Nakuru rendering the trip an idyllic holiday. Many tour operators use this place as lunch enroute stopovers for guests before continuing their journey. The boat trip on the lake, takes only one hour, this reveals hundreds of hippos settled down in the water, besides the hippos, there are more than 100 bird species seen around this lake including large pelican flocks. Visit Lake Naivasha National Park.