KISITE MPUNGUTI MARINE NATIONAL PARK & RESERVEOn the south coast 40km from Ukunda in Msambweni District in the coast province, the marine park is one of the best marine areas to see dolphins. The coral gardens are excellent for snorkeling, diving and bird watching. The marine area has four small islands surrounded by a coral reef.Kisite Island is an important nesting site for Crab plovers and Roseate terns on their annual migration from Europe.Mpunguti island has a dense coastal equatorial forest. Major attractions.
Pristine coral gardens, Sand bars during low tides, Dolphins, Endemic coconut crabs found on lower Mpunguti Island. Shimoni historical slave cave,Kisite and Mpunguti Islands,Beautiful sandy beach,Wasini Mangrove boardwalk. Marine life. More than 250 recorded fish species, Dolphins, Sea turles, Whales,Corals,Sea-grasses and Gastropods. Birds Large nesting colonies and internationally significant numbers of Crab-plovers and Roseate tern on annual migration from Europe to Kisite Island.
You will be picked from your hotel at around 7.00 am, to start your Kenya Safari and drive to Wasini Island along Mombasa – Lunga Lunga highway, a distance of 100 kms, arriving at around 8.30 am. Arrive at Shimoni Jet where you will board an Arabic dhow and sail for one hour searching for dolphins. Sail to Kisite marine national park where you will snorkel and swim.
Kisite Marine national park is the second most famous marine park in the world after the Australian Marine Park. It covers an area of 30km2. Animals seen here include turtles, marine tortoise, bearreeffs, coral reefs and different types of marine fishes.
You will have your lunch inside the boat which is mainly sea food and Swahili dishes. After lunch, you will sail along the mangrove swamps and then visit the Wasini Island where you will learn more about the Swahili people and the Arabs history.
In the 10th century, Arabs were slave traders and they used to inter marry with the Bantus at the coast and there we had the Swahili people. After the end of the slave trade in the 17th century, many Africans settled here and so don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the Swahili people. Arrive at the jet at around 4.00 pm and drive back to the hotel marking the end of your Kenya Safari..