Kisite Mpunguti National Marine Park
Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park is a park found in the republic of Kenya, this national park was established to protect the Island and the aquatic wildlife on the southern coast of Kenya, and it is also a breeding place for many birds species, turtles and dolphins. Kisite is also a place in Kenya where you can enjoy activities like camping, snorkelling and sunbathing. This Marine national park was established in the year 1973. Kisite Mpungute is managed by the government of Kenya through the Kenya wildlife service. Most people visit a national park for a one-day tour, activities here are dolphins, snorkelling and deep-sea diving. The small boats that are used here are called dhows or Dau in Kiswahili. The dhows were used by the Arabs to come to Kenya during the days of slavery. See why Arabs came to Kenya coast
Location of Kisite Pungute Marine
The Kisite Mpungute Marine is located in Kwale County on the coast of Kenya. Kwale County borders Mombasa County, Mombasa County as a tourist town in Kenya, it has Fort Jesus as its number one attraction site. This Marine Park is only 8 kilometres from the Republic of Tanzania and 11 kilometres from the Coast Of Kenya. The distance from Mombasa is 90 kilometres and 574 kilometres from Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. Nairobi has the Nairobi national park: the only National Park in the city. You can only access Mpungute Kisite National Park by boat.
What are the attractions in Kisite Punguti Marine National Park?
Kisite Pungute is a Kenyan barrier reef extending from Shimon in the south to the North in Malindi, this forest of the seas brings rain to the coast of Kenya. There are about one million species of wildlife in this marine forest.
Marine wildlife in Kisite Mpunguti,Kenya
This marine national park is home to thousands of seas creatures in the oceans, they include octopuses, parrotfish, rubber fishes, butterflyfish, angelfish, scorpionfish, also there are turtles, one-meter long reef fish shark, start fish, seas cucumbers, eels, small crabs.
A shifting rainbow of small fish, octopus and clams hide in the gaps between the rainbow coral; celestial-blue parrotfish use their hard beaks to chew off lumps of coral while a kaleidoscope of soup plate-sized snappers, rubber fish, Sergeant major fish, butterflyfish, angelfish and scorpionfish shimmer in the sunlight of the clear waters. Hunting rays, turtles, 1-meter long reef sharks and starfish also prowl the reef in search of prey while moray eels hide in holes alongside small crabs and wrasses (long, spiny-finned fish). Sea cucumbers, brittle stars and numerous species of mollusk also feed on algae of these warm coastal waters. Kisite Mpunguti Marine protected area features. 252 species of reef fish, about 56 genera of hard corals, 2 common species of seagrass and numerous sponges.
In the territory of turtles, there are two types of turtles that are found in this marine national park in Kenya, they are the: Green and Hawksbill turtles.
Best time to visit Mpunguti for of dolphins and whales.
There are two hundred dolphins that live in this marina national park on the Coast of Kenya, they are the (spinner, humpback and bottle-nosed). You can spot this dolphin’s individual moving in a group of two to twenty-five if you are lucky. At the beginning of the year between January to March is the opportunity to see spinner dolphins in the Indian Ocean and wildlife on the African Savannah of Kenya. July and October are very dry seasons in Kenya are a good time for you to visit Kenya for wildebeest migrations safaris in the Masai Mara, and humpback whale migrations. If you come to this national park any time of the year you will be able to see types of dolphins, which are Indo-Pacific dolphins and humpback dolphins.
Kisite Pungute Marine Park is also a good place where you can see many birds species, these birds are seen coming to this Marine Park during the months of July, build their nest and starts to leave in September these birds come here to breed every year during this time.
Snorkelling activities in Mpunguti Kisite
This is the national park where you are able to do snorkelling for both professionals and beginners, because of its clear water, one can dive in to see the marine creatures that are in the sea. This is one of the best sites in East African for snorkelling
Shimon slave caves
Before the coming of Christianity in Kenya the local people worship in caves, they believed in the exists of a supreme being whom they worship and sacrificed in the caves, the tribes that lived around the marine park are the Mijikenda people, the Mijikenda people descendants of a common ancestor who had nine sons, the nine sons became the nine tribes of the coast of Kenya. These caves were very sacred and only spiritual elders were allowed to visit these places during the places of worship, women and children were not allowed to visit these caves. During the 18th and 19th century the Orman
Five minutes’ walk within this marine park you will find slaves caves. These caves were first used as places of worship by the local people live area, People who lived around this Marine Park came from a common ancestor, who had nine children and each child became a father of a tribe, these tribes are nine in total and are called the Miji Kenda or nine homesteads. The elders used these caves as a place where they can worship their gods, Later when the Orman Arabs came to the East Africa coast, started the slave trade during the 18th and 19th Century these caves were now used as slave caves, Shimon was a slave route from Mombasa Fort Jesus to Zanzibar in Tanzania