A Guide To Mwingi Game Reserve
Mwingi National Reserve is one of four protected and contiguous areas. Major attractions in the reserve include wilderness habitat; game viewing; Adamsons Falls; fishing/boating on Tana River; Kampi ya Simba – former home of Joy Adamson, and the grave of Elsa the lioness.
North of Mwingi town, is the Mwingi National Reserve (formerly Kitui North National Reserve), which borders Meru National Park and Kora National Park.
Mwingi National Reserve is one of four protected and contiguous areas that comprise the 4,400 square km Meru Conservational Area (MCA). The other three are Meru National Park, Bisanadi National Reserve and Kora National Park. Mwingi National Reserve borders all three and is the least accessible.
Mwingi National Reserve has been designated a Wilderness Activity Zone by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) which allows for fly camping, camel and horseback safaris as opportunities for traditional game viewing are extremely limited. Formerly known as Kitui National Reserve and located in Kitui District, Mwingi covers 745 sq km and is little visited by tourists.
However, efforts are underway to improve the area’s road access. The reserve is administered by Mwingi County Council.
What To See At Mwingi Game Reserve
- Wilderness habitat; game viewing
- Adamson’s Falls
- Fishing and boating on Tana River
- Kampi ya Simba – former home of Joy and George Adamson and the grave of Elsa the lioness
How to get t0 Mwingi Game Reserve
- Roads: The reserve can be accessed via Thika to Mwingi then north-east through Kyuso village, or from Meru National Park through Adamson’s Bridge via Kora National Park. There are also efforts by Kitui County Government to increase the accessibility to Mwingi national reserve.