Mnazi bay Ruvumba Marine Park is situated in Mtwara region in the South Eastern part of Tanzania covering an area of 650 kilometers squared and 33% of the park being covered by land. The park was established in 2000 and is renowned for very rich marine biodiversity of sea grass beds, coral reefs, mudflats, sand, salt pans, lagoonal patch reef and Mangrove. It is also said to be home to about 20,000 inhabitants. Its such a great destination to go for Tanzania safaris and tours.
Mnazi bay Ruvumba Estuary marine park contains three islands and other islets the islands are; Kisiwa Kidogo, Namponda and Membelwa making a total of twelve villages within the park and one make one of the most remote and primitive areas of Tanzania, the people in the villages have always depended on the natural resources of the park but are now benefiting from tourism too. Its an interesting place to visit for an affordable holiday experience in Tanzania.
British eccentric Latham Leslie – Moore built his house in Ruvula village where he built and lived until the Msimbati peninsula gained it’s in Independence. Mnazi bay also serves the towns of Lindi and Mtwara with electricity since 2006, the gas at the marine park was discovered in 1982.
Activities at Mnazi bay Marine Park
Wildlife viewing: Mnazi bay marine park is home to various animals like dugongs though last seen in 1992, there are a number of mammals such as: indopacific humpback dolphin, humpback whale and crab plovers the park is a also a nesting ground for green and hawksbill turtles.
Diving: One of the most incredible things to do at the park IS diving; the park is endowed with over 258 species of coral. One day diving excursions can be organized. The park is one of the best diving destinations in Tanzania there are a number of companies that offer diving lessons within the park or at the Mikindani bay.
Swimming: Tourists can enjoy swimming at the magnificent Indian Ocean with striking views of the parks Flora and fauna as well as enjoy sun bathingwhile feeling the cool ocean breeze.
Sand beach walks: Tourists at Mnazi Marine Park can take a walk to Ruvula a tiny village which is about 7 kilometers along the beach on the sand track and fine snorkeling.
Visit the historical site and villages: Tourists can visit the historical spot at Ruvula where eccentric British Latham Leslie Moore built his house and learn the historical details as well as know how he community lives and their ways of life.
Fishing: For those interested in fishing, this activity will also make your stay memorable.
Bird watching: The best time to visit the park is during the dry season and wet season will also favor bird enthusiasts . The park can be accessed by road or air transport
The accommodation at the park will depend on tourist’s budget and choice.
Please visit Mnazi bay Marine Park in Tanzania and enjoy and incredible beach holiday in Africa.