Greetings from Tanzania, shikamoo wasomaji blog :-D. I am so excited to be here. I am currently visiting my friend, Jodie, and her family in Dar-es-Salaam. I have barely gotten any sleep since I arrived. Who needs sleep when there is so much to see and so many places to visit. I’ll be telling you all about my travels in the next blog post. Hahahaha, sorry to burst your bubbles.
Today I’ll be sharing with you a place I discovered not so long ago during my visit to Embu; Mwea National Reserve. It is situated in Mbeere District, which was once part of Embu up until the 1990s when it was carved out. It is 11 kilometres from the main road. Along the way you will come across a number of bird species, mostly perched on the electric wires and poles.
You will drive through a rocky stretch of about 3 kms before you get to a bridge, Thiba Bridge.
Below the bridge is the Thiba river.
As you proceed you’ll come across some locals and their livestock.
You will also get to a town, Makima area, and then take a left turn almost at the end of the town. From there you’ll drive from another 750 metres until you get to Mwea National Reserve.
Mwea National Reserve is co-managed between Kenya Wildlife Service and Mbeere County Council, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). An Advisory Committee oversees the implementation of management plans of the Reserve making these arrangement to be unique in comparison with other Reserves.
There is a park fee of kshs.350 for adult Kenyan citizens, kshs.200 for students with student IDs and kshs.600 for residents. For more information, see the link, Mwea National Reserve.
The place is home to zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, hippopoTami and gazelles. Unfortunately, there is not a single member of the cat family 😦
We had such a hard time finding any other animals especially because the roads within the park were hardly visible due to overgrown grass vegetation. The large animals such as elephants and buffaloes were hiding in the thick forests.
All in all we had such a great time exploring the place. Be sure to check out the place when you are in that side of the country.