Arawale national reserve is situated in the north Eastern province of Kenya 77 kilometers south of Garissa county, covering an area of 533 kilometers squared north of the shoreline of the magnificent Tana river.
It was mainly established to protect the hunter’s hartebeest the hirola antelope which is more closely related to the topic than hartebeest, the park is 130 kilometers from Malindi and 250 kilometers from Mombasa.
Arawale national game reserve vegetation is covered with dry Savannah and thorny bushes, the reserve was established in 1974 to protect the Hunters hartebeest also sometimes known as four eyed antelope for its visible preorbitalglands. The hunter’s hartebeest can only be found in this area among the Kenyan national parks and only in some parts of Somalia.
Activities at Arawale national reserve
Arawale national reserve is one of Kenya’sremote national parks that has suffered poaching. However there is still wildlife and boasts with the Hirola antelope with other animals for example; buffalos, lesser kudu, lions, lions zebras, cheetahs, elephants, topi and crocodiles to mention a few.
There are a variety of bird species to be seen at the park one of the best places to do this is at the splendid Tana river, the birds to be seen are both migratory birds from Europe and North Africa as well as residential birds, the best season for bird watching is in the wet season when residential birds are also breeding.
Guided nature walks
Tourists can take guided nature around the parks trails and experience wildlife along the way, this normally take about two to three hours.
Best time to visit
The park can be visited thruough out the year but the best time is from June to October and January and February.
Where to stay
Where to stay will be a bit hard if your not accustomed to camping as the hotels are found in the nearby towns.
How to get there
The park can be accessed from Mombasa which is about 250 kilometers and Malindi 130 kilometers by road. Tourists can also use domestic chartered flights that fly to Mombasa and Malindi.