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.

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

Solio Private Game Reserve – The game reserve, is a home to the big five wild animals and also harbors the endangered black Rhinos.

Solio Private Game Reserve Safari destination

Kenya has private parks providing unique encounters with most of the most popular species in Africa. Solio is one of the highest, nestled in a Black Rhino rehabilitation project along the mountain slopes of Kenya. The park is locked, which reduces the attraction and allows the forest to hold protected. The animals at risk are the star of the safari, but you’ll see the remaining five large ones in the reserve. The cabin is luxuriant and opulent, with the impression of wildlife roaming under the balcony. There are safari activities offered at the reserve such as biking and horse riding as it is a private reserve will contribute to privacy this ranks as the famous spot for visitors on honeymoon.

Shimba Hills National Reserve – This is one of the small game reserves offering day-trip mainly from Kenya’s southern beaches.

Shimba Hills National Reserve Safari destination

There are hundreds of elephants seen passing through the sandy antelopes and also, there are many rare plants growing across this small reserve’s coastal forest. you will also sight a few other large mammals although they appear to be fleeting since the park cannot be supported a wealth of wildlife. Shimba Hills is mainly visited by visitors to a nearby Diani Beach resort during packaged excursions. Shimeba Hills is a perfect opportunity to enjoy friendly experiences with the tusked pachyderms in a holiday based on the southern beaches of Kenya. The small amount and lack of other big mammals are most likely to undermine those who take a safari other than in Kenya. Sometimes, the good occurs as you will be spending time with elephants along the white sand beach.

Samburu National Reserve  – The main inhabitants in the game reserve are the Samburu tribe and the mixture of Africa’s great mammals.

Samburu National Reserve Safari destination

The land in Samburu remains completely untouched by modernity, the reserve, has is situated around the hillsides and mountain plateaus. To explore this region, several tourists make comparisons with the journeys of previous European adventurers, Livingstone, Speke and others. It is western Asia, spinning from ancient times toughly. Visitors to most of the region are limited since the land has been split into various private reserves, including the National Reserve of Samburu. In most reserves there is a strong sense of involvement by the population, and the local Samburu communities continue to share land with wild animals harmoniously.

 The sanctuary is a host to different animal species such as; Hyenas, elephants, impalas, Entire area has indices and combat guides offer casual meetings for walking safaris. during the nature walk, will have a chance to see tigers, leopards and other popular large mammals, although the trip is far more about marking off species. You will be able to explore a visit to a manyatta Samburu or a building, and search for the endangered species from many angles. Samburu sessions are venerated and often interactive. Don’t come to take photos that are emblematic. Head far into the forest to observe their lives. Walking safaris deliver an outstanding instinctive adventure into the culture of Samburu. It can last two days or two weeks and takes you into a world unseen by local guides. From hard paw printing to fruit-capped trees, every indication is inspected. The people have worked together with wild animals all their lives; it’s their daily life to travel and sleep in such remote parts of Savannah. For a tourist, the term is exciting and a trip into the unknown unknown. For the traveler.

Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park  form one not only in Africa but in the world as a whole of the main wildlife sanctuaries. The Yatta plain, renowned for its vast expanse of flat thorny brush, is the dominant feature in East Tsavo. The west side, with its rocky cliffs, hills and large outcropping giving a wonderful view, is regarded as more stunning. Both parks span 80,382 sq. miles and are situated at an altitude of at least 230 meters, with the highest being 2000 meters. Amongst several things that make this park particularly special is the great difference in altitude.

In the past, there were several popular lion attacks that had made this place famous in Tsavo. It was believed that, these lions in the area liked the taste of human flesh, which they devoured especially during the era of Slave Trade, when human bodies were deserted in the forest. This is more a fictional novel, just like so many African Legenders, so you must not think about these lions because there are no lions in the region anymore. Therefore, feel free to visit the park during any time of your safari holiday. While fortunate, at least one of these animals can be seen around the park.

Tsavo West national park is a spectacular display of recent geological developments, with a large range of vegetation, animals and a youthful mountain landscape special in Kenya. This new volcanic area is full of hills and mountains, lakes and rivers and other geographical features, as the Kilimanjaro Volcano is built on its face. The grandeur of this park would certainly keep you spellbound. Tsavo West National Park is a magnificent Mzima Well, packed with 220 million liters of crystal-clear water every day, and ranks 40-50 kilometers from the subways of the Chyulu Range, known as the Lava Massif.

Mzima forms a haven for a wealth of wildlife, elephant swimming half in the water, hippos, light-footed but heavy-looking, seemingly weightless, bottom-sided tipping, crocodiles blowing on the bank, swirling across the water, gazelles and zebra and giraffes hiking around the banks.

Nairobi National Park – Is one of the most unique parks in the world where you can spot animals in a national city, the park is a home to a wide range of animals such as the rhinos, buffalos, giraffes, animal viewing in this park, takes the shortest time possible for you to spot the animals in the park.

Before the city was discovered in the late 19th century, the lions would wander the city streets daily, the settlement was built on the protected habitat of the Masai Mara and the northern lakes. The migration of wildlife has been stopped from the time the park was established, but wildlife has not passed away, they are still in existence. Throughout Africa, this wild game is nowhere else except the outskirts of the city. Rhino, buffalo and giraffe often travel under the shadow of the town skyscrapers, lions are also found here though now restricted to the boundaries of the fenced-in national park comfortably, not only is the park a host to animals, there are more than 400 bird species.

Nairobi National Park

Mount Kenya National Park – The mountain peak is snow caped throughout and the main inhabits are the primates seen roaming through the lower-altitude forests.

 Mount Kenya, is the second highest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain measures up to 5199 meters above sea level, bursting with monkey and wild savannah forests. The roads are far smaller than Kilimanjaro, but still, you can enjoy riding across the African snow for a spectacular panorama of the famed plains. You will also have an opportunity to spot the Black and white colobus monkeys as you go up through the lower elevation trees, when walking through the lunar scenery that flutters into the snow lines, are among the attractions. Mount Kenya may be similarly inspirational, although it does not have the popularity of Kilimanjaro. This is always a range of 5,000 meters that allows you to go up through different landscapes. Routes up and down the mountain with accommodation in mountain huts on the way for three to five days. This is a smoother climb with a much higher percentage of summit achievement relative to Kilimanjaro. Although it’s not so iconic that you’ve gone up the highest peak in Africa, it is still a great inspiration.

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.