Mwingi Game Reserve Kenya

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The Last Frontier” Hot, dry, remote and unspoiled, this reserve is a designated a Wilderness Activity Zone and allows for fly camping, fishing, camel and horseback safaris for the intrepid visitor. Other attractions include the Adamson’s falls, fishing and boating on Tana River, and visiting Kampi ya Simba – the former home of Joy and George Adamson and the grave of Elsa the lioness. Mwingi reserve is one of the three Kenya reserves located in the Mount Meru region that is often referred to as the Meru Conservation Area (MCA) in north eastern Kenya This reserve shares borders with Kora National ParkMeru National Park, and finally Bisanadi National reserve.

The total area covered by the Mwingi reserve is 755 square kilometers in a landscape that majorly comprises of open savannah, acacia woodlands, and rivers.  The total area covered by the Meru Conservation Area is estimated to be 440osq km

Since the park is totally bordered by the other reserves, it is often visited by the different animals from neighboring parks and reserves. Some of the animals found in Mwingi National Reserve (formerly Kitui North National Reserve) include crocodiles, hippos, caracal, elephant, lion, leopard, and several species of antelopes. The population of games in this reserve is however limited.

Size of Mwingi game reserve

Formerly known as Kitui National Reserve and located in Kitui District, Mwingi covers 745 sq km and is little visited by tourists.

Location of Mwingi game reserve

Mwingi National reserve is located in the Mwingi district in northeastern Kenya. The road to the reserve and Meru Conservation Area passes through Thika, and Kyuso Village.

How to get to Mwingi game reserve Kenya

Mwingi National reserve is located in Mwingi district in northeastern Kenya. The road to the reserve and Meru Conservation Area passes through Thika, and Kyuso Village. An alternative route is through Meru National Park on Adamson Bridge.

There are efforts by the Mwingi County council to increase accessibility to this Kenya reserve and building walking trails in the reserve together with the Kenya Wildlife Association.

Things to do in Mwingi game reserve

This reserve is the least accessible of all the parks in the Meru Conservancy Area. Tourists often visit the park on horse riding safaris, camel riding, and limited options for game drives. The Kenya Wildlife service runs the park and allows for mobile camping and safari game walks with a trained guide.

Other attractions in the area include Kampi ya Simba- the former home of Joy and George Adamson and their famous lioness Elsa, the Adamson falls, and sport fishing on Tana River.

When to visit Mwingi game reserve

For fishing visitors need to access the national park during the dry season from June to September and fishing on Tana river can be excellent and also from December to February.

Where to stay in Mwingi game reserve?

There is no accommodation within the park but safari accommodation is available in Meru National Park, Kora National reserve, and in the neighboring towns of Thika and Mwingi. Camping is allowed in the park for designated areas.


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