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Mida Creek in Watamu

Mida Creek in Watamu

Mida Creek in Watamu is a phenomenal tourist destination… My last visit there was amazing and beautiful.

This serene creek is found at the coast of Kenya and you also need to get there and see for yourself.

Coastal Kenya is a marvel beyond comparison. It is said that visiting the coast of Kenya is easy.

However, as they say, getting out of there is an uphill task and at times impossible.

Well, there are many solid reasons to back this claim. First of all, the white sandy beaches are to die for.

Green palm trees gracing the coastal shores give much-needed shade from the hot sun and also provide a rich aesthetic touch.

Watamu is a top tourist destination famous for its diverse ecosystem and beautiful sandy beaches among other attractions.

Join me as I unpack this great attraction below. Read through ad share your thoughts at the tail end of this article.

Location

Malindi Constituency in Kilifi County is a classic tourist destination and this creek is found here – precisely in Watamu.

Known for its massive historical contribution and as an eco-tourism hub, Malindi is one of Kenya’s top tourism marvels.

Mida Creek is found approximately six kilometers from Gedi Town in Malindi and six kilometers south of Watamu town.

This natural beauty is a sight to behold and is a tidal inlet covering 32 square Kilometers.

The broad water creek is lined with a rich mangrove ecosystem, beautiful palm trees, mudflats, and sand.

Economic and bio-significance

Mida Creek is highly significant to the livelihoods of Watamu residents.

The mangrove trees provide timber, firewood, medicinal extracts, and tannin.

Moreover, by making the place conducive for fish and crab farming, the residents derive food for domestic and commercial use.

Due to a possible threat of overexploitation, the Watamu Marine Association began an active campaign of planting mangrove trees.

This move was driven by the desire to conserve the flora and fauna of the region thereby preserving the area’s unique natural beauty.

UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve in Watamu

The Creek is renowned for having the largest mangrove ecosystem and the Arabuko Sokoke forest.

Other areas with mangrove ecosystems in the region include the Kirepwe Island, Sudi, Mkangagani, Mida-Magangani-Dabaso, Badari ya Shaka, and Majaoni-Maweni.

Inside the mangrove forest, the waters provide a fertile breeding ground for crabs, turtles, and rare fish species.

The rich seagrass in the creek provides much-needed food for fish and other small sea creatures.

The fauna at Mida Creek consists of 11 species of seagrass that help tap the sand and mud.

In addition, there are nine mangrove species, 33 species of seaweeds, and about 65 aquatic bird species that thrive in the region.

Common birds that you are likely to spot include:

  • Pink flamingoes
  • Egret
  • Whimbrel
  • Sanderling
  • Storks
  • Curlew sandpiper
  • Tern
  • Herons
  • Sand plovers
  • Waders
  • Kingfishers and
  • Fish eagles

Immigrant bird species are attracted to the creek’s diverse ecosystem as well…

Birds from Asia and Europe make nests at the creek as they rest before shifting to other regions.

As such, Mida is a world-known protected area for diverse birdlife.

Within the mangrove channels are conducive breeding grounds for fish species such as:

  • Rabbitfish
  • Barracuda
  • Emperors
  • Jack
  • Snappers
  • Parrotfish and
  • Groupers

Main activities

The main activities you can engage in at Mida include:

  • Waterskiing
  • Waterboarding
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife photography and
  • Kayaking

Furthermore, guided waterboarding at the central boardwalk is possible using a stand-up paddleboard.

The small water channels snaking through the mangrove forest are perfect for a kayaking spree.

And yes, the gentle waters allow one to experience the magical view of blue-green waters, birdlife, and sea life at its most tranquil state.

Watamu Cuisine

The Conservation Community at Mida is an active group that helps to preserve the delicate Mida ecosystem.

Close to Dabaso village, the community runs a crab and fish restaurant that employs the locals both directly and indirectly.

In addition, you can access the Crab Shack via a boardwalk that is 200 meters long. This was my all-time fun activity at the creek.

Leisure walks with your loved one on this deck are a classic scene on a romantic bucket list.

The panoramic view of the adjacent Kirepwe Island and the beautiful lagoon waters are unmatched.

The crab farm along the mangrove shores provides a healthy supply of fresh crab meat and the local fishermen deliver fresh fish from the ocean.

I got Lots of crab samosas and binged them at the beautiful restaurants within.

Beautiful sunsets of Watamu

Explore the Creek by boat in the evenings and watch the beautiful sunsets plus the golden ocean waters with a cheer from birds flying above.

Strolling on the boardwalk above the mangrove gives a perfect view of the waters and birds.

Watamu- the place to be

Malindi has abundant sights that one can explore.

Aside from Mida Creek, one can visit the Watamu National Marine Park, the Gedi Ruins, and Arabuko Sokoke National Park.

In addition, you can also explore the International Bird Area here.

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I hope you have liked this article and will follow through with a visit to this beautiful Creek.

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If you would like to visit this amazing creek, kindly talk to our experts and let us plan a beautiful tour for you.

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