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Watamu Marine Nationa Park and Reserve

15 March 2016 by Coastal Circuit 124 Views

Watamu National Park is part of a complex of marine and tidal habitats along the Kenya’s north coast. 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, coral cliffs, sandy beaches and the Mida Creek mangrove forest. Marine life attractions include fish, turtles, dugongs and crabs.

The Mida Creek forest has a high diversity of mangrove species including Ceriops tagal, Rhizophora mucronata, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza, Avicennia marina and Sonneratia Alba. These provide refuge to a variety of both resident and migrant bird species. Over 100 species of bird are found in the cultivated gardens, shambas and bush. Commonly seen overhead is the Black Kite, while the Common Bulbul, White-Browed Coucal and Speckled Mousebird can be seen scuffling in the undergrowth.

Bright Yellow Canaries and Golden Palm Weavers flash in the bush, whilst the Lizard Buzzard and the Lilac Breasted Roller are often seen perched on poles and wires. The Coast is humid with mean annual temperatures ranging from 22-34 C.

–     In the North Coast of Kenya 110kms from Mombasa

–     3 to 5m

–     10km²

–     Kenya Wildlife Service Prepaid Tickets and Cash

–     Plenty of choices in Watamu and Malindi

–     By Road approx. 2 hours’ drive from Mombasa; Daily scheduled flights from Nairobi and Mombasa

–     Green Turtles, Coral Gardens, Gede Ruins, Diving, Glass Bottom Boat, Snorkelling

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