Why Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park
This is one of the most rewarding National parks one can visit at the Kenyan Coast. Established in 1973 by the Kenyan government, this park helps in conserving the special endemic marine animals and birds and the scenic islands at the Coastal area. The Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park has a wide range of marine flora and fauna and it boasts of four coral islands that have wide areas of fringing reef. This park is beautiful and sun kissed.
How to get there
By road: The Park is found near the coastal town of Mombasa. The capital city of Nairobi to Mombasa it is approximately 90KM. From Mombasa one can use the ferry to access the coast on the Southern side to Likoni. Likoni to Ukunda via road it’s approximately 35KM. while from Ukunda to Kanana its appromitely 13.5 KM. To get to Shimoni near the park one has to drive 13.5KM from Kanana. Once at Shimoni, the park can only be accessed by boat since it is only 5km from offshore at Shimoni.
What to expect at Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park
The park is home to over 200 dolphins and visitors can watch them in groups or alone. Visitors might also be lucky and see humpback whales which are common in October to December. The park also has a variety of turtles including; Green, Ridley, Leatherback, Hawksbill and Loggerhead.
These are found at the Kisite Island which is flat, with no trees and often seen as a sandbar with a rocky outcrop at the tip. This outcrop is an ideal habitat for sea birds which can be easily spotted by visitors on the island.
This is one of the most outstanding attractions at the Kenyan coast. At Kisite Mpunguti Marine National park the reef extends from Shimoni to Malindi on the Northern Coast. This coral reef that extends all this way is termed as the rainforest of the sea. It is the most fascinating ecosystem on the globe and it is home to different types of marine life at the coast.
Underwater marine life
The underwater of this world renowned marine park is colorful and vibrant. There are entire marine communities living under the park waters. Between the rainbow coral one might spot an octopus, some small fish and crams. Under the clear waters one can spot rubber fish, crystal blue parrot fish, scorpion fish, butterfly fish, sergeant major fish and angel fish among others. Inside the reefs are starfish, reef sharks, ells and 252 species of reef fish. Under the warm waters are brittle star, sea cucumbers, sea grass, sponges, corals and many species of mollusk.
Diving and snorkeling activities
The shallow warm water together with the outstanding breath of marine life makes the park an excellent place for professional and beginner divers to dive. Snorkeling is best done two hours on either side of low tide. The warm water, marine life and the beautiful corals make it possible for the park to be among the best snorkeling places in Kenya.
Shimoni slave caves
These caves that extend 5km inland are 5 kilometers from Shimoni pier. They once served as holy places of worship for the locals. They also served as the holding areas for thousand of African slaves that were captured in the 18th and 19th century and taken to Arabian markets of Zanzibar.
Shimoni cottages: The Kenya Wildlife service has cottages at Shimoni that are ideal for visitors who wish to stay near the park
Campsites: The Park has two campsites; Chlobus and Mpunguti campsites where visitors can set up their tents and enjoy the beauty of the park.
Why this site is famous
- One gets to see the Kenyan barrier reef. The barrier life is a fascinating ecosystem worldwide hosting over one million types of marine life
- Undisputed marine flora and fauna which includes the clear sea waters, sculptured islands, coral garden, numerous fish species, dolphins, whales, seabirds among others.
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