Malindi National park- Kenya best marine protected area to visit on your Kenya safari holiday adventure. Kenya is largely known as the powerhouse of epic Africa wildlife safaris given the wide biodiversity of wildlife that exists in this east African country. Given the numerous Kenya wildlife safari destinations that have over a period of a quarter a century attracted over millions of Africa safari enthusiasts who have flogged the country to witness and experience the magic of the pride savanna lands of Kenya.
However, today, I would like to bring to light the other side of a Kenya safari experience that many people haven’t fully noticed yet it’s truly beautiful and rewarding as it’s loaded with amazing experiences. This is none other Kenya’s marine life. Kenya is located along the warm eastern African coastal waters of the Indian Ocean which harbour a wide range of stunning marine life.
Given the marine diversity that exists in these Oceanic waters, the Kenya government has designated some of the areas as marine parks for conservation and tourism purposes.
One of these marine parks is Mombasa Marine National Park, this is the most popular of the marine protected areas due to ease of accessibility and a favourite among Mombasa snorkelers and scuba divers due to its abundant marine life, beautiful blue water and spectacular coral reefs. The high number of north coast accommodations in Nyali and Bamburi draws in thousands of tourists from around the world. As part of The Mombasa Park is one of the later gazetted marine parks in Kenya and is a combination of a national park, which covers almost 4 square miles (10 sq. km), and a national reserve, covering a little less than 80 square miles (200 sq. km).
Mombasa Marine Park is one of many that work together to preserve the fragile coral reef on the Kenyan coast that stretches for 143 miles (230 kilometers) along the shoreline. The reef plays an important role in the ocean ecosystem by providing safety and food to almost one million species of marine life. The various colours, shapes and sizes of the coral are incredible and some of the species that you may see in the Indian ocean are the brain coral, pavonia coral, open-branched stags, horn coral, Acropora coral and Favia coral.
Aquatic sea life thrives in the park and many species are represented, such as sea urchin, crab, starfish, octopus, jellyfish, sea cucumber and many more, The thriving coral attracts a variety of fish, such as multi-coloured angelfish, green parrotfish, butterflyfish, zebrafish, lionfish and small damselfish. You may also see some of the larger marine life, such as shark, rays, various turtle, including loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill and green sea turtle and dolphin, including bottlenose, spinner and humpback.
If you are in Mombasa during turtle breeding and hatching season, visit the beaches of Watamu to watch these large, slow-moving animals lay their eggs in the sand and leaving back for the ocean. Hatching happens around 60 days later. With average temperatures in the 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 33 Celsius) and relatively high humidity levels, snorkelling or diving lets you cool in the midst of a very warm day. The southeast monsoon winds that blow from April to October and northeast winds from November to March can affect your diving conditions hence you may need to read more about the best time for snorkel diving in Kenya.
Kenya’s reefs are recognized as one of the world’s top three dive sites in the world by experienced divers, with the other two being the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Red Sea Reef. The waters along the Kenyan shore are always crystal clear and warm. Wreck and night diving are available too, truly affording a discerning marine exploration experience.
However, for conservative Kenya safari tour will always never disappoint you as you still got several safaris in Kenya destinations you can visit for your Africa safari adventure. Some of these include Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Aberdares National Park and Amboseli National Park.
A tour Kenya experience to Masai Mara usually stands out as an ultimate Africa tour experience given the possibility of encountering the Wildebeests during their annual migration that sees them trek hundreds of kilometres all the way from the southern parts of Serengeti National park in Northern Tanzania into Masai Mara and back to Serengeti. What captures your imaginations is what on earth drives over a million of these animals to embark on this dangerous journey filled with numerous life-threatening moments as many predators target to prey on these animals during this trek.
The Wildebeests’ crossing of the crocodile-infested Masai river is always a darling for many Africa safari tour lovers because not only do these animals have to battle the strong torrent of the Masai river waters but also the canning Nile crocodiles who parade themselves in these waters waiting for the best opportunity to launch on these non-expecting animals.
A similar Africa safaris tours experience like that in Masai Mara National Reserve can be had when you make a Tanzania wildlife safari to Serengeti National park which is connected to the Masai Mara national reserve at its southern boundaries. Other tropical savanna national parks in Tanzania you can visit on your Tanzania safari include as Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Park
East Africa being country of extensive savanna grassland plains, you still enjoy a similar Africa safaris adventures when you make a Uganda safari to any of Uganda wildlife safari destinations such as Lake Mburo National Park Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park Uganda,
This Uganda safari tour experience gives you an enchanted opportunity to enjoy thrilling encounters with several of the 5 big Africa game which include lions, leopards, cape buffaloes, African bush elephants and rhinos as well as a variety of other wild mammals. Since Uganda is one of the highly revered Africa birding safari destination, a Uganda bird watching safari to any of these parks gives chance to catch glimpses of several of the 1070 bird species that roam the skies of this beautiful pearl of Africa.
If you fancy an encounter any of these attractions on your next Africa safari adventure, feel free to check out our page Kenya safaris tour website which gives you a wide range of Kenya safari package options basing on the numbers of days of interest and destinations to be visited.
These include short Kenya wildlife safaris and long Kenya safaris. Besides Kenya wildlife safaris, we offer other Africa safari adventures such as gorilla safaris adventures that place in Uganda, Congo and Rwanda, you can decide to extend your Kenya wildlife safari to any of these gorilla destinations for a gorilla experience. Uganda gorilla safaris are carried out in either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which habituate over 400 gorillas. During your Uganda gorilla tour expect to encounter one of the 19 gorilla families that are found in this country.
Rwanda gorilla safaris are carried out in Volcanoes National Park, Volcanoes is home to over 10 gorilla families that have been habituated to give you an ultimate Rwanda gorilla tour experience. As of today, Rwanda is positioning itself as a luxury Africa gorilla tour destination of choice as it has done so much in establishing luxury facilities especially lodges to cater for the needs of luxury tourists in a bid to lure more luxury or high profile personalities to visit Rwanda for a luxurious gorilla trekking Rwanda experience.
Congo is another gorilla destination of choice Gorilla trekking in Congo, on the other hand, occurs in Virunga National park or Kahuzi Biega National Park. What is so special about Congo gorilla tours is the possibility of encountering 2 unique gorilla species. If you decide to visit Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo during your Congo gorilla safari, then expect to meet the eastern lowland gorillas while, if you decide to go to Virunga National Park then an encounter with the majestic mountain gorillas is eminent.
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- 6 days Masai Mara Nakuru & Samburu
- 12 days Mara Nakuru Aberdare and Tsavo west
- 6 days Kenya & Tanzania wildlife tour
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- 13 days Kenya & Tanzania wildlife safari
- 9 days Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania Gorilla & Big 5
- 18 days Uganda Kenya & Tanzania gorilla safari
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