Happy new year! Or is it too late? It’s been a long minute i trust the months have treated you all well, the new year too. Somewhere in the last quarter of 2020 i promised a post, one of those where i drift from my usual and do a post on a Reserve or park. I was so torn between two reserves and when my first option became too tricky to get to given my schedule then i settled for Mwea National Reserve.
Mwea National Reserve can be accessed from Nairobi via Thika along Thika- Garissa highway and exit at Kanyonyo. A short distance after crossing Masinga dam is a signage to the left that leads to the reserve. From Embu town you drive down slightly past Kiritiri. It’s roughly 180kms and 56kms from Nairobi and Embu respectively.The reserve is also accessible by air.
A drive from Embu to the Reserve gives you some appreciation for the scale and beauty of the outdoors.
Giraffes are the world’s tallest land mammals and theRothschild giraffe is one of the tallest subspecies, growing up to 6m tall. Its colouring is unique compared to other giraffes as their markings stop half way down their legs. When you look at their legs it’s as if they are in a cute pair of white socks.
Largely undeveloped and rarely visited the reserve rewards those in search of peace, tranquility and undisturbed wildlife observation.
It’s always a pleasure going on a game drive in the reserve. Unless during the rainy season a 4WD isn’t really necessary. I should also mention that there are no lodges, tented camps or self catering facilities(Bandas). The nearest accommodation is Kobos resort in Kivaa if camping isn’t an option for you. The reserve boasts 7 camp sites just to add. Lastly for the goat meat lovers😄as you exit the reserve grab yourself a kg at Makima market you can thank me later.
Have you ever heard of this reserve before? It’s a pleasure having you here. Till next time, 🥂