Mwea National Reserve Kenya : Mwea National Reserve refers to as an undiscovered oasis of tranquility, mastering the best of the fundamentals of the relaxation that mainly encompass peace and quiet among others. This reserve lies undiscovered, pristine and intact. It is an oasis of calm and tranquility in a beautiful landscape. Eagerly painted on a parchment canvas of dusty dry bush and acacia and it is traversed by torrential seasonal rivers and stubbed with bulbous baobab trees.

Mwea National Reserve

The ecosystem’s major features are the meeting point of river Tana and Thiba, Kambura and Masinga hydroelectric dams, which inhabits variety of biodiversity.  More so, the national reserve is famous for its rare birds that waders and shelters variety of them. Other two rare species include Pel’ fishing owl and the white-backed night heron. Mwea National Reserve is the only protected reserve in which the globally threatened and Kenya-endemic Hinde’s Babber is found.

Mwea National Reserve is a great location for those seeking for peace, calm and tranquility. Tourists who value solitude and reflection, delight in soaking your senses in sights and sounds that nature give freely here. It is home to over 200 species of birds recorded. The reserve   is a watery encroachment of the Tana and Thiba rivers and also features with two small Islands. They are home to wide population of hippopotamus.

This national reserve is one of the smallest Kenya National Reserve covering an area of about 42 square kilometers and was gazette in 1975 as national reserve. It takes a distance from Nairobi about 180 kilometers.

Attractions At Mwea National Reserve

Wildlife species include; Lesser kudu, Elephant, Nile crocodile, Hippo, Burchell’s zebra, Giraffe, Leopard, Buffalo, Black-backed jackal, bushbuck, waterbuck, olive baboon Sykes’ monkey, spotted hyena, serval cat warthog, rock hyrax, bush pig, impala and hartebeest. Rare animals to see include; Gener cat, Black backed jackal yellow baboons all spotted in Mwea.

Birdlife; The reserve is a birding paradise with over 200 species of birds, Mwea is most popular for its water birds and waders. Mwea is the only protected area in which the globally threatened and Kenya endemic Hinde’s babbler commonly known in the area. It also harbors the two other rare species; Pel’s fishing owl and the white-backed night heron.

Other attractions to see includes walking circuit, hippo point and boat rides at Kamburu dam.

Activities in Mwea National Reserve

They include; Bird watching and Game viewing

Game viewing

The reserve offers a great game viewing experience of various animal species including zebras, buffaloes, African elephants, impalas, lesser kudu, Nile crocodiles, bush pigs, giraffes, Skye monkeys, warthogs, hartebeest, Nile crocodiles among others.

Mwea National Reserve
Hyena in Mwea National Reserve


The reserve offers safe and comfortable ground for camping to the tourists, who enjoy the wild nature and night fires, they also enjoy the sounds of animals and bird sounds when it’s getting morning. The campsites in the reserve includes; Silverster camp, Mavuria camp, Hippo-point camp, Kanyanga camp, Githechu camp, Mbogo camp many more.

Boat riding

Visitors at Mwea love doing boat riding at Kamburu dam, where you can be able to see water bird, beautiful sceneries and close view of hippos.

Walking circuit

The reserve provides thrilling walking trails that have been created to reward your walking Kenya Safari with rewarding view of animals in around areas while guided with the tour guides.

Entrance fees of Mwea National Reserve;

East African citizen ‘’foreign resident’’ an adult pays KSH300 and a child pays KSH125 per person to access the reserve.

Nonforeign resident adult expects to pay USD22 and a child pays USD13 per person.


Mode of payment of park entry fees – you can pay your entry fees to any of Kenya parks or Reserve via citizen government platform.

Accommodations in Mwea National Reserve

Currently, Mwea National Reserve has no lodges, tented camps or self-catering accommodation options. Lodges can be got in the surrounding towns. The most used and nearby lodges is Masinga Lodge located at Masinga Dam outside the Reserve. Other lodges include; Kanyanga camp, Mbogo camp, Hippo-point camp, Kyangosi camp, Mavuria camp, Sylvester camp, Githechu camp which offers a perfect accommodation in the reserve.

Best time to visit Mwea;

Mwea National Reserve can be visited throughout the year.

How to get there;

By Road; From Nairobi, via Thika -Matuu -Masinga Dam take 160 kilometers. This route is surfaced till Masinga Dam Bridge-a further 10 kilometer of dirt road located between here and Makima Gate. It is also possible to be accessed via Embu – Machanga.

By Air; Visitors who do not want to travel long distances -can use domestic flight to fly you to Masinga airstrip which sits near Masinga lodge.

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