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Kisite- Mpunguti Marine National park

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A full day gives you time to Snorkel or scuba dive among the superb coral gardens or spend time bird watching.

Kisite Mpunguti - Home of the Dolphins

Kisite Mpunguti – Home of the Dolphins

“Home of the Dolphin”

Unspoiled, beautiful and sun kissed, the Kisite Marine Park was established to protect the scenic islands and special habitats of a wide range of endemic marine animals and breeding migratory birds. It lies in the coral gardens south of Wasini Island and encompasses three small coral rag forest islands, each with considerable areas of fringing reef. Kisite is one of the most rewarding snorkelling locations at the coast. Visitors can also enjoy bird watching, diving and of course, sunbathing.

Established in 1973, under the Wildlife (Conservation and Management) Act Cap 376 of the Laws of Kenya by legal notice no. 216, Kisite/Mpunguti Marine Park and Reserve lie near the Tanzanian border on the southern most part of the Kenyan. Both park and reserve were gazetted in 1978. Initially, the area was marked only as a park covering an area of 23 KM2 which is situated off-shore on the seaward side of Wasini Island. The park was then management by Wildlife Conservation and Management Department of Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife until 1989, when the KWS was established and took over its management. The Park was a fishing ground for the local communities, there was hostilities in establishing it until an agreement was reached to shift the park boundary outward to cover Makokokwe reef, creation of a reserve for traditional limited fishing and leave a portion of waters open for use by the communities. From the park boundary, Tanzania is less than an hour ride by speed boat. The fishing waters are shared by both Kenyans and Tanzanians.

Area

Kisite/Mpunguti lies in the coral gardens beginning about 1KM south of Wasini Island, Kwale County. The park covers an area of 28 KM2 while the Reserve covers 11 KM2. The Mpunguti Reserve is situated only on one side (Northeast) of the park, contrary to other parks where the Reserve surrounds the whole park and functions as a buffer zone. The climate is humid with mean annual temperature from 22- 34º C and rainfall of about 500mm per annum.

Access

Mombasa town is approximately 480KM from Nairobi and can be accessed through Nairobi-Mombasa Highway. By air, Mombasa town is 45minutes from Nairobi. The park headquarters is accessed by road and is approximately 90KM from Mombasa. From Mombasa, use ferry to access the Southern coastline, via Likoni to Ukunda is 35KM, via Likoni-Ukunda Road; Ukunda to Kanana is 32KM and Kanana to Shimoni is 13.5KM. The park is accessed by boat which is 5KM offshore at the jetty is Shimoni.

Ecology

The protected areas of Kisite/Mpunguti Marine Park and Reserve (KMMP&R) have a high diversity of marine life (flora and fauna). KMMP&R is a complex of fringing reef, channels, islands and patch reefs (off-shore reefs), sand, sea grass, isolated coral heads. A fringing reef surrounds Wasini Island. Patch reefs occur at Kisite, Makokokwe, Mpwa, Mijira, and Kitungamwe, among others.