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"An undiscovered oasis of tranquility"

The Reserve is located within Mbeere District, in Eastern Province, a distance of about 200km from Nairobi. The savannah ecosystem consists 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. The 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 Buffalo, the elephants, Rothschild giraffes, Common zebras, Lesser kudu, Water Buck, Bush buck, Impala, Vervet Monkeys, Aardvark, Yellow baboons, Dik dik, Grants gazelle, Black backed jackal, Cape hare, Warthog, Duiker, Sykes monkeys, Genet cat, Slender mongoose, Stripped ground squirrel, Dwarf mongoose, Crested porcupine, Tree Hyrax, Rock Hyrax and tortoise. Hippos and crocodiles are found in the dams and rivers. Different birds and reptile species have been recorded in the reserve.


By Road: From Nairobi, via Thika-Matuu-Masinga Dam it is 160 km,this route is surfaced until Masinga Dam Bridge-a further 10 km of dirt road lies between here and Makima Gate. Access is also possible via Embu-Machanga.
By Air: Masinga airstrip near Masinga lodge..


42 km2
Mbeere District, Eastern Province


Semi-arid with an annual rainfall of 510-760 mm pa


Drinking water, camping equipment and picnic items if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.


  • Game Viewing
  • Boat rides at Kamburu dam
  • Hippo Point
  • Realm of Rare birds
  • Walking circuit


Elephant, buffalo, lesser kudu, Nile crocodile, leopard, hippo, giraffe, Burchell’s zebra, grey duiker, black-backed jackal, spotted hyena, bushbuck, waterbuck, monkey, olive baboon, sykes’ serval cat, warthog, rock hyrax, bush pig, impala and hartebeest. Rare animals like; Genet cat, Black backed jackal, Stripped ground squirrel, yellow baboons, are also found in Mwea


There are over 200 species of birds, Mwea is known for its water birds and waders. The only protected area in which the globally threatened and Kenya-endemic Hinde’s babbler is known to occur, the Reserve shelters two other rare species; the white-backed night heron and Pel’s fishing owl.


  • Game viewing
  • Bird Watching