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KENYA WILDLIFE SAFARI PARK: KIUNGA MARINE NATIONAL RESERVE

Kiunga Marine National Reserve incorporates a chain of about 50 calcareous offshore islands and coral reefs in the Lamu Archipelago. Divers find a haven here for their diving Kenya safaris. The reserve runs for some 60 km parallel to the coastline off the northern most coast of Kenya and adjacent to Dodori and Boni National Reserves which share same neighborhoods on the mainland. The climate is hot and humid and the reserve can be reached by boat from Lamu or by road from Lamu.

It is also accessible by plane through Dodori National Reserve.

The Park is composed of old, eroded coral, the islands mainly lie inland around 2 km offshore and inshore of the fringing reef. They vary in size from a few hundred sq m to 100ha or more. Their walls rise sheer from the surrounding seabed and are usually deeply undercut on the landward side.

The larger islands and the more sheltered inner islands are covered with low, tangled thorny vegetation including grass, aloes and creepers.

The small outer islands provides nest sites for migratory seabirds. The reserve conserves valuable coral reefs, sea grass meadows, coral reefs and extensive mangrove forests, with their attendant biodiversity and is also a refuge for sea turtles and dugongs.

Here, on a Kenya safari you can enjoy snorkeling, water skiing, wind surfing or sunbathing. Diving is great and can be arranged on request. It is also a home to sea turtles, leatherback, reef fish among lots of other water species. The coast is also rich with vegetation which among them is the famous mangroves.

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