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Mwea National Reserve
waterbuck (Picture: Gerhard Wagner)
waterbuck (Picture: Gerhard Wagner)
The south boundary of the reserve is bound by Tana River while East boundary conforms to Thiba River. North boundary is marked by an electric fence that protects animals from invading Makima settlement.

The earliest human settlement in Makima area dates back to 1914, though wildlife conservation intervention was not until 1972 when the DC - Embu and district warden visited to sensitize the local community on conservation of the otherwise teeming wildlife population.

The attractions for this park can be divided into two: What is available outside the National Reserve including dams and Mwea National Reserve attractions.

Various dams are located within reach of some few minutes from Mwea National Reserve. They include Kamburu, Masinga, Kiambere, Gitaru, Kindaruma (provides the main source of hydro-power in Kenya). Other additional sites on the same Tana River include Mutong Grand Falls, Usueni, Adamson Falls and Kora.

The land is low with occasional hills and to the North are the extended low-lying ranges towards Siakago: the District Headquarters of Mbere District. On clear days Mt Kenya can be seen to the North: Indeed land slopes to the foothills of Mt Kenya from Mwea Area.