Mwea National Reserve

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Mwea National Reserve

Mwea National Reserve - Kenya - Best Tourist Guide

Mastering the best of the fundamentals of relaxation that mainly encompass peace, Mwea National Reserve sits undiscovered, pristine, and intact. It is an oasis of calm and tranquility in a populous landscape. Boldly painted on a parchment canvas of dusty dry bush and feathered acacia, this diverse pocket of wilderness is traversed by torrential seasonal rivers and stubbed with bulbous baobab trees.

The ecosystem’s main features are the meeting point of rivers Tana and Thiba, Kamburu, and Masinga hydroelectric dams, which harbor a variety of biodiversity. Mwea National Reserve is renowned for its birds and waders and shelters two other rare species; Pel’s fishing owl and the white-backed night heron. It is the only protected reserve in which the globally threatened and Kenya-endemic Hinde’s Babber is found.

Hardly visited, Mwea National Reserve has great rewards for those in search of peace, calm, and tranquility. If you value solitude and reflection, delight in soaking your senses in sights and sounds that nature gives freely here. Mwea, in Kirinyaga County, excels in tranquil wildlife and birdlife where over 200 species have been recorded.

The Kamburu water reservoir harnesses the combined waters of the Tana and Thiba rivers and features two small islands. The waters boast of a healthy hippopotamus population.

Why Go on safari in Mwea National Reserve

Major wildlife attractions in Mwea Reserve 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 squirrels and many more.

This area is also rich in birdlife with over 200 species recorded to date hence an Important Bird Area (IBA). The reserve is the only protected area in which the globally threatened and Kenya-endemic Hinde’s babbler (Turdoides hindei) is known to occur. Mwea National Reserve also shelters two other rare species; the Pel’s fishing owl (Scotopelia peli) and the white-backed night heron (Gorsachius leuconotus). The Malagasy pond heron (Ardeola idae) is also a common sighting.

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Mwea National Reserve
Mwea National Reserve
Mwea National Reserve

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Best Time To Visit Mwea National Reserve

When to Visit Mwea National Reserve for safaris

Generally, Kenya is best to visit in the dry-season months of July – October when the parks are dry and wildlife viewing is dramatic, easy, and action-packed. 


1st April to June 15th and 15th Nov to 15th Dec

If you are looking for an intimate exclusive safari but affordable Kenya Safari, this is the best time to visit. 

The best places to visit include the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu, and lake Nakuru among many others.

high SEASON:

Jan 10th to 1st April and 1st Nov to 15th Dec

One of the most considered seasons to travel and visit East Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

Easy to spot the big five and the big cats of the Masai Mara, Amboseli, and Samburu other major parks.


15th June to 30th Oct, 15th Dec to 10th Jan

An action-filled season to witness the great wildebeest migration and crossings in Kenya is during this season. 

In case you are looking for the best adventures, then this is the best fit for you

Mwea National Reserve
Mwea National Reserve
Mwea National Reserve

Mwea National Reserve Entrance Fee

Park Fees to Mwea National Reserve

Mwea National Reserve Entrance fee

Below are the Mwea National Reserve entry fees for 2024






















Please note the rates are subject to change.

How to Pay for Mwea National Reserve Fees

How do you pay for Mwea National Reserve Fees? To pay for Park Fees, you will have to visit the KWS E-Citizen Account, create an account, and select Mwea National Reserve to pay for the park fees. 

1. Download the e-Citizen mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

2. Open the app and create an account or sign in if you already have an account.

3. Tap on the “Services” tab.

4. Scroll down and select “Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)”.

5. Select the park or sanctuary that you want to visit.

6. Enter the number of adults and children in your party.

7. Select the payment method. 

You can pay using M-Pesa, Airtel Money, or a credit/debit card. 

8. Review your payment details and tap on “Pay”.

You will receive a confirmation message once your payment is successful.

The transaction will be mirrored in the Kenya Wildlife Service system, facilitating the visitor’s entry to the park upon arrival at the entrance. On the day of Visit, ensure you have the ticket, and share it with the gate wardens for entry to the park.

Mwea National Reserve
Mwea National Reserve
Mwea National Reserve

Kenya National Parks FAQs

Kenya Safari Bookings Q&A

If you have any questions regarding any of our Kenya National Parks and Reserves safari tours, you may find your answer below in our most frequently asked questions. However, don’t be afraid to get in touch if your query is not included in order for our experts to help you design your best Kenya Holiday Safaris. 

Our team is happy to help discuss any of our safari packages, destinations, or general information, so you have peace of mind! Get in touch with us now.

How many national parks are in Kenya?

There are some 54 + Kenya National Parks and Reserves, with many sanctuaries and private conservancies all over the country. KWS is responsible for managing the National Parks, to protect the wildlife from poaching and from bush meat opportunists, which is a huge problem all over Africa.

What are the most visited national parks and reserves in Kenya?

The most visited national parks and reserves in Kenya include:- 

  • Masai Mara National Game Reserve 
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Amboseli National Park 
  • Lake Nakuru National Park

Which is the largest park in Kenya?

Tsavo National Park
Tsavo National Park, national park, southeastern Kenya, east of Mount Kilimanjaro. The largest (8,036 square miles [20,812 square km]) of Kenya’s national parks, it was established in 1948. Later that year, for administrative purposes, the park was divided into two smaller units: Tsavo East and Tsavo West.

Which is the oldest national park in Kenya?

The Nairobi National Park is the oldest of Kenya’s national parks. The wildlife sanctuary was established in 1946 and is located four miles south of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. It covers 45.26 square miles in size making it one of the smallest parks in the Kenya.

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