Kenya’s Mwea National Reserve is a protected area of natural beauty. Its elevation ranges between 1,000 and 1,100 meters (3,300 and 3,600 feet). It is dominated by Acacia-Commiphora bushland on the north shore of Kamburu Reservoir, at the confluence of the Tana and Thiba Rivers. It is located towards the northern shore of Kamburu Reservoir, at the confluence of the Tana and Thiba Rivers. Amid the scattered huge trees (Acacia species and baobab trees) typical of the savannah habitat, there is a diverse mix of other vegetation. There is a lot of open grassland along the main rivers, with some heavy undergrowth and the rare riparian or riverine woods thrown in for good measure.
Game species include African elephants, lesser kudus, Nile crocodiles, giraffes, Grant’s zebras, buffalos, African leopards, common duikers, black-backed jackals, bushbucks, waterbucks, Sykes’ monkeys, warthogs, rock hyraxes, bush pigs, impalas, and hartebeests, among others. Mwea is also home to striped ground squirrels, Common Genet cats, and yellow baboons, among other animals.
Bird-watching is a popular pastime.
More than 200 species have been reported in the reserve, well-known for their water birds and waders. As a result, it was designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The reserve is the only known location where the Hinde’s babbler (Turdoides hindei), a globally threatened and Kenya-endemic bird, can be found in its natural habitat. Other endangered species found in Mwea National Reserve include the Pel’s fishing owl (Scotopelia peli) and the white-backed night heron (Scotopelia Peli) (Gorsachius leuconotus). The Malagasy pond heron (Ardeola idae) is another bird that can be seen frequently.
Hippo-Point, Kanyonga, and Githechu are the seven campsites in the reserve, including Mbogo, Silvester, Mavuria, Kyangosi, Hippo-Point, and Githechu.
Other points of interest
Game viewing, boat cruises on the Kamburu Dam, hippo sightings at Hippo Point, bird watching, and trekking are some of the activities available (walking circuit).