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Kenya Elephant Community

Mwaluganje, Kenya

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The Location

  • Getting There

Fly to Mombasa or Nairobi, Kenya. From Nairobi, you will take a bus to Mombasa, a ferry and a matatu (bus) to the project. From Mombasa, you take a ferry and a matatu (bus) to the project. O2E will organise your transfers from the airport or bus station.

  • The Location

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a sovereign state in East Africa. It lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya covers 581,309 km2 (224,445 sq mi) and has a population of about 44 million (July 2012). The country is named after Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa.

It has a warm and humid climate along its Indian Ocean coastline, with wildlife-rich savannah grasslands inland towards the capital and largest city, Nairobi.

Kenya is famous for its safaris and diverse wildlife reserves and national parks such as the East and West Tsavo National Park, the Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Aberdares National Park. There are several world heritage sites such as Lamu, and world renowned beaches such as Kilifi where international yachting competitions are held each year.

Kenya is a multi-cultural country with European and Arab presence in Mombasa which dates to the Early Modern period, while European exploration of the interior began only in the 19th century. The British Empire established the East Africa Protectorate in 1895, known from 1920 as the Kenya Colony, however the Republic of Kenya became independent in December 1963. Following a referendum in August 2010 and adoption of a new constitution, Kenya is now divided into 47 semi-autonomous counties, governed by elected governors.

The economy of Kenya is the largest by GDP in East and Central Africa. Agriculture is a major employer and the country traditionally exports tea and coffee, and more recently fresh flowers to Europe.

The area of Mwaluganje is important at an international, national and local level. It supports threatened lowland coastal forest which contains a rich diversity of flora and fauna including several rare and endemic species. It serves as one of only 3 coastal refuges for elephants in Kenya and is an important water catchment area for wildlife and the local communities.

  • Free Time and Travel Opportunities

There is an endless and diverse list of what a visitor can do in this region. These are just a few examples.

Visit the soft, white sandy beach of Diani. The clear waters, colourful reef and vibrant aquatic life make Diani Beach a must for all divers. Take an eco-bike ride through villages and the revered Kaya Kinondo Forest, one of the oldest forests on the South Coast with 187 plant species, 48 species of birds and 45 species of butterfly. It is here you can see the rare Zanj Elephants Shrew and threatened Colobus Monkey.

The Gede Ruins lie 90kms North East of Mombasa which are the remains of a Swahili town, typical of most towns along the East African Coast. It traces its origin in the twelfth century when the town became wealthy, reaching its peak in the fifteenth century. This enormous wealth is evidenced by the presence of numerous ruins, comprising of a conglomeration of mosques, a magnificent palace and houses all nestled in 45 acres of primeval forest.

Mombasa Marine National Park is a marine park located in Mombasa town along the Kenyan coast. The park comprises of the sea waters, mangroves, sea grasses, and sea weeds. The park is home to variety of marine life including crabs, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, starfish and jellyfish. Other spectacular attractions include the sand beach and coral gardens which makes the park a popular snorkelling and diving location.