An Overnight in Mwea National Reserve.

Mwea National Reserve. Game viewing, boat ride at the Kamburu Dam, walking (walking circuit) and hippo sighting. Take a boat ride on Masinga and Kamburu dam


Located in Embu County, Mbeere district, these open savannah grasslands are dotted with small hills with bushy vegetation scattered acacia and baobab trees. The river lines have thick undergrowth. The confluence of river Tana and river Thiba. Two of the “Seven folk dam” hydroelectric dams – Kamburu dam and Masinga dam which forms formidable biodiversity.

Attractions include elephants, giraffes, zebra, lesser kudu, buffaloes, bushbucks, waterbucks, bush pigs, warthogs, monkeys, baboons, impalas, hartebeest and duikers.  The carnivores include jackals, genet cats, hyenas and the occasional leopard. The small unsung animals include rock and tree hyrax, mongoose, tortoise, porcupine and squirrel. The hippos, crocodiles and some reptiles are also residents here. The area has been recognized as an IBA – Important Bird Area with over 200 species recorded.

The reason for this is because of its location and is rarely visited by tourists; consequently, you will find it a place of calm and tranquillity enabling you to view the reserves with plentiful wildlife in perfect peace.

Game viewing, boat rides at the Kamburu Dam, walking (walking circuit) and hippo sighting at Hippo point is the key highlights in the reserve. Once at the park one can take a boat ride on Masinga and Kamburu dam which is fun and fantastic.


Day 1:  Meet in Nairobi city centre at 7:00hrs and drive through Thika road to Makuyu, Makutano to the VI Karaba- a small roadside market. We take the Karaba- Makima road to Mwea national reserve. We embark on our game drive, having lunch at the Hippo Pool. In the afternoon, we explore the expansive gem. Fly fishing can be done in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

Day 2:  Breakfast is served and embarks on either a nature walk or game drive. The boat ride can be organized separately to explore the Kamburu dam. After lunch, we head to Masinga dam on our way back. We drive through Kanyonyo, Matuu, Kilimambogo, Thika and finally arrive in Nairobi in the early evening.

Options are of course many and varied and in many cases, we can be flexible about the itinerary for accommodation facilities and the extension of the safari destinations.

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