Explore Mwea Game Reserve – “An undiscovered oasis of tranquility” The Mwea National Reserve is located within Mbeere District, in Eastern Province, a distance of about 200km from Nairobi. The savannah ecosystem comprises of small hills with bushy vegetation and scattered large trees. Other areas are open grasslands while along the main rivers, large trees with thick undergrowth are found. Trees mainly found within the ecosystem are the different Acacia species and baobab trees. The ecosystem’s main features are the meeting point of rivers Tana and Thiba, Kamburu and Masinga hydro-electric dams, which harbour variety of biodiversity.
Major wildlife attractions include the elephants, Rothschild giraffes, Common zebras, Lesser kudu, Buffalo, Water Buck, Bush buck, Impala, Vervet Monkeys, Aardvark, Yellow baboons, Grants gazelle, Dik dik, Cape hare, Warthog, Black backed jackal, Duiker, Sykes monkeys, Genet cat, Slender mongoose, Stripped ground squirrel, Dwarf mongoose, Crested porcupine, Rock Hyrax, Tree Hyrax and tortoise. Hippos and crocodiles are also found in the dams and rivers. Different birds and reptile species have been recorded in the reserve.
Some of the animals seen in Mwea National reserve include Elephant, giraffe, lesser kudu, Burchell’s zebra, leopard, grey duiker, serval cat, Nile crocodile, waterbuck, hippo, spotted hyena,, buffalo, black-backed jackal, sykes monkey, bushbuck, bush pig, olive baboon, warthog, rock hyrax, , impala and hartebeest. The park is also home to a variety of endangered species such as Genet cat, Stripped ground squirrel, Black backed jackal and yellow baboons.
Over 150 species of birds neat in Mwea National Reserve such the highly endangered Hinde’s babbler, Pel’s fishing owl and the white-backed night heron. There are a number of hydroelectric power dams which include Kamburu, Kiambere, Masinga, Gitaru and Kindaruma-much of Kenya’s electricity is produced at these dams. Other additional attractions within the park on Tana River include Adamson Falls, Mutonga Grand Falls, Usueni, and Kora. There are boat rides offered by Masinga Resort on Masinga and Kamburu dams.
From Nairobi via Thika-Matuu-Masinga Dam, Mwea National Reserve is 160 km away along Mwea Masinga Dam Bridge and a dusty road to Makima Gate. Other routes to the Park include Nairobi-Thika-Garissa, Nairobi-Embu-Thika and many others that connect via Embu.
By air, the reserve is reached via Masinga airstrip near Masinga lodge 14km from Mwea main gate. Using Railway, the reserve is 13kms from Nairobi on Saturdays and the return journey is on Sunday. The drop off is at Nanyuki where you pick public means or hire a vehicle to the reserve.
There are no lodges or camps within the reserve itself but Masinga lodge located near Masinga dam has standard facilities facilities. Self-catering Camps are found at Mbogo, Silvester, Mavuria, and kyangosi, hippo Point, Kanyonga and Githechu.