Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve
Looking for an out-of-this-world experience that will leave you breathless? The coastal province has just that for you. Picture a marine wilderness beyond your wildest imagination. Crystal blue waters are swarming with marine wildlife. In their path lies colonies of bright coral that provide habitat. The gentle breeze slowly forms calming waves that can be heard at a distance, creating the perfect ambience for relaxation. And just when you drift off into the setting, you hear the whistle of dolphins as they play and explore this tropical paradise. The warm waters of Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve are inviting to local and international tourists, so plan your Africa Safari today.
This beautiful marine park, deservingly nicknamed the Masai Mara of the ocean, is located on the south coast (off Shimoni), 11 kilometres off the Kenyan Coast. It is south of Wasini Island in Kwale district. It is 574 kilometres from the capital and 90 kilometres from the coastal city of Mombasa. It is a playful area of four small islands with delightful sights and charming people. You can get there by boat from Kisite Island.
Kisite-Mpunguti has many fun activities to offer. The park is home to budding marine life. It has 250 species of fish, 200 sea turtles, 56 coral species, and 70 playful dolphins. You can start your vacation by viewing some of the beautiful species of marine life. On your marine tour, you will see species mingling with each other in their natural habitat creating Instagram-worthy scenarios.
Bird watching is another favorite among visitors. This activity will take you into the habitats of migratory birds of North Africa and Europe. You will be surrounded by the serene lush vegetation as these birds delightfully chirp and sing, occasionally taking flight to create a magical scene.
Snorkelling is a must-do when you visit the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve offers its calm waters for snorkelling and exploring. You can swim with the fishes and explore the colonies of rainbow coral. It is here that you can also swim with playful dolphins and interact with them. If you have an underwater camera, be sure to bring it along for lasting memories.
If you are still in the mood to explore the waters, sign up for diving and go deeper into fish habitats. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will make you feel like part of the underwater world. A guided walk along the shores will take you into the hidden habitats of the playful turtles. They stay in the clear waters wading through, then sunning themselves on the rocks for warmth. It is as stunning as it is magical.
Be sure to visit the small fishing village that is home to Shimoni caves. They are ancient coral caves with a rich history that you will learn about on your trip. Best of all, the caves’ entrance fees help to pay local teachers and the school fees of needy children.
No trip to the coast is complete without sunbathing by the beach. These sandy beaches receive warm sunlight and high humidity creating the perfect conditions for sunbathing. You can bask in the sun by the shore in a relaxing setting. Grab a drink and admire the light as it dances on the gentle waters during sunset. The warm salty ocean breeze playfully flutters your hair, and all the cares of the modern world melt away here. Your skin will glow as your mind refreshes.
Climate and Dress
The reserve is located in the coastal province of Kenya. This is at a seal level of about 5 meters, translating to average temperatures of 21 to 33 degrees Celcius. This is 70 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit. The annual rainfall reaches 19 inches (500 mm) per year. The conditions are generally humid, so you need a breathable wardrobe. Loose-fitting clothes are best so bring your favourite t-shirts and shorts. Include pieces in cotton, linen, silk, and chiffon. You will also need light, breathable footwear such as sandals and other open shoes. Be sure to bring a waterproof pair such as crocs to bask in the water safely from the reef.
Additionally, you will need a pair of sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. Be sure to bring snorkelling gear to swim with the dolphins. Insect repellent is a must-have if you have sensitive skin, and a camera will help you preserve those incredible memories. Bring a portable bag (preferably waterproof) and stock up on water and snacks for your exploration.
As for accommodation, there are many places you could find near the national park. There are several luxurious hotels with comfortable settings that are as relaxing as the activities you will experience. You can also stay at nearby cottages for a fun self-catering experience. Additionally, there are two significant campsites (Chlobus Campsite and Mpunguti Campsite) to let you sleep under the stars.
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