Tana River Primate Reserve

Tana River Primate Reserve is situated 350km east of Nairobi and two hundred and forty kilometers north of Mombasa in Tana River district. The reserve was formed to protect the two endangered primates; the red colobus monkey and Mangabey and the Tana riverine forest. The ecosystem is made up of dry woodlands, riparian forests, and savannah habitats on the east and west of the lower Tana River.

The major wildlife attraction to the reserve is the two primate species. More than two hundred bird species have also been recorded here, these include the African Open-bill Stork, White-winged Apalis, African Pygmy-falcon, Black-bellied Glossy-starling, African Barred Owlet, Martial Eagle, Scaly Babbler, Bat Hawk, and the Golden Pipit.

Other wildlife that can be spotted in the reserve include giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, buffalo, Oryx, lesser kudu, Endemic red colubus, Mangabey monkeys, crocodile, and hippo

The park which is 6 km2 can be accessed by plane via Mombasa or Malindi airports. By road the reserve can be accessed through the Malindi – Garissa road, situated two hundred and fifty kilometers north of Mombasa on the Malindi to Garissa road.

Best time to Visit Tana River Primate Reserve

The climatic condition of the destination is hot and dry. The reserve can be toured all year round.

Attractions at Tana River Primate Reserve

  • River Tana
  • Bird watching
  • Savannah and riverine forest
  • Endangered primates watching
  • Game viewing

Activities at Tana River Primate Reserve

  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
  • Game viewing
  • Primates watching

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