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Tana River Nat Primate Reserve

Tana River National Primate Reserve                                 
The Tana River National Primate Reserve was gazetted in 1976 to protect the Lower Tana riverine forests and two highly endangered primates, the Mangabey and the Tana River Red Colobus. The reserve consists mainly of patches of riperian forests extending for 16 km along the meandering course of the lower tana river, 350 km east of Nairobi and 240 km north of Mombasa. At the time of establishment, the reserve occupied approximately 171 Km of forest, dry woodland and savanna habitat on the East and West of the Lower Tana River. 16 patches of forests ranging ftom 10 to 625 ha. in size fall within the reserve. 


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Tana River Primate Reserve                                
The primate reserve is located 350 km east of Nairobi and 240 km north of Mombasa in Tana River district of coast province. The ecosystem consists of riparian forests, dry woodlands and savannah habitats on the east and west of the lower Tana River. The reserve was established to protect the Tana riverine forest and the two endangered primates, Mangabey and the red colobus monkey. The two primate species are the major wildlife attraction in the reserve.

The ecosystem is also a stronghold for birdlife with over 200 species recorded in the area.  These include the White-winged Apalis, African Open-bill Stork, Martial Eagle, Bat Hawk, African Pygmy-falcon, African Barred Owlet, Scaly Babbler, Black-bellied Glossy-starling, and the Golden Pipit. 

Access
-  It lies a few kilometers inland, between the towns of Kilifi and Malindi, you can get there by road, which is 75 Kms from Mombasa town or by plane through Malindi or Mombasa airports.
-  By Roads: The reserve is accessible via the Malindi - Garissa road. Located 250 km north of Mombassa on the Malindi to Garissa road.Access through Malindi.

Park Roads
Due to presence of human settlements the reserve has a network of tracks and roads linking the settlements.

Airstrips
There is one airstrip on the southern part of the Livestock Marketing Department Holding Ground, which can be used for tourism purposes.

Size and Location
-  6 km2
-  350 km east of Nairobi and 240 km north of Mombasa.

Climate
The climate is generally hot and dry. Average rainfall ranges between 400 and 500 mm per annum. Precipitation is concentrated in one main season, May - June. Average monthly temperatures range from 20 °C to 40 °C.

Safari Card Required
At present the park does not operate on smart card system. Entry is by cash only (KSH or US$).

Attractions
-  River Tana.
-  The Tana River Primate National Reserve is a mixture of savannah and riverine forest.
-  Game viewing.
-  Bird watching.
-  Endangered primates watching.
Endemic red colubus, crested mangabey, tana river, riverine vegetation.

Wildlife
Grevy's zebra, the Maasai and Reticulated giraffe. Oryx, buffalo and the lesser kudu. The river hosts plenty of crocodile and hippo, and the variety of water birds is not to be missed. Endemic red colubus and Mangabey monkeys are found here.

Activities
-  Bird Watching.
-  Primates watching.
-  Walking Trails.
-  Game viewing.

What to take with you
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.

Park Contacts
Phone:       +254-46-2035
Postal Address: The Warden,Tana River Primate Reserve,P.O. Box 4,Hola, Kenya.