The Mwea National Reserve is a nature reserve in Kenya. Its altitude ranges between 1,000 and 1,100 m (3,300 and 3,600 ft), dominated by the Acacia-Commiphora bushland on the north shore of Kamburu Reservoir, at the confluence of Tana and Thiba Rivers. The other vegetation is mixed among the scattered large trees (Acacia species and baobab trees), typical savannah ecosystem. Open grasslands are dominant along the main rivers, with occasional thick undergrowth, as well as a riparian or riverine woodland.
How to get there
By Road: From Nairobi, via Thika-Matuu-Masinga Dam(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.By Air: Masinga Airstrip near Masinga Lodge.
Renowned for its water birds and waders, over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve. This warranted it being 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.
The reserve has seven campsites: Mbogo, Silvester, Mavuria, Kyangosi, Hippo-Point, Kanyonga and Githechu.
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