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Malindi Marine National Park

15 March 2016 by Coastal Circuit 7164 Views

Malindi Marine Park is 6 km2 while Watamu is 10 km2. Both parks were designated as a Biosphere reserve in 1979. The reserve engulfing the parks is 213 km2 extending 5 km into the sea and 30 km along the coast. The area comprises fringing reefs, a series of coral reefs, coral gardens inside the lagoons, sea grassbeds and the Mida Creek mangrove forest.

The coastline of the protected area has great tourist hotel developments.

ACCESS

 

By Road: Malindi Marine National Park is situated on Kenya’s magnificent Indian Ocean coastline, Malindi town, some 110 km North of Mombasa

 

By Air: Malindi Airport is your arrival point

 

LOCATION

 

South Eastern Kenya

 

CLIMATE

 

Tempepature ranges from 20-300 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm

 

Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December

 

SAFARI CARD REQUIRED?

 

Smart card required: at present the park does not operate on smart card system. Entry is by cash only (KSH or US$).

 

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

 

  • Footwear, e.g. sandals or flip flops (to protect your feet from the reef)
  • T-shirts (to protect your body from sunburn)
  • Snorkel, mask, fins, all of which are available for hire
  • Camera, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant
  • Guide books
  • Plenty of drinking of water
  • A friend(s)

 

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

 

  • Fishes
  • Inverterbrates
  • Benthic cover
  • Corals
  • Dolphins

 

MARINE LIFE

 

Prolific marine life includes crabs, corals, sea urchins, jellyfish, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. Different varieties of coral species comprise of Acropora), Turbinaria and Porites

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

There is currently no accommodation in the reserve. Visitors can stay in Malindi town which offers various accommodation options. There are lots of luxurious, comfortable and culturally rich hotels and lodges to choose from in close proximity to the Park.

 

 

Camping Facilities

 

Campsite has cool shade of indigenous trees which provides scenic and serene environment with a marked nature trail. Your stay here will bring back memories of unspoiled splendor because nature is precisely as it was intended to be. Equipped with 2 erected barbeque and cooking area, working security lights, 2 flush toilets, 2 pit latrines, 5 showers.

 

 

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

 

  • Swimming in the warm ocean water
  • Boat Excursion rides
  • Visits to the coral gardens  to see tropical fish in their habitats
  • Trips to Manyugu, a tidal Island, where you can have fresh food
  • Glass bottom boat rides
  • Conferencing: A resource centre with audio visual equipment with a capacity of 50 and a library

 

An education centre with audio visual equipment

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