About Tana River Primate National Reserve

In 1976, someone set apart the land for Tana River Primate National Reserve. As an order to shield the swampy forests of the Lower Tana River and endangered primates. The Tana River mangabey and the Tana River purple colobus, which can be located there.

The endangered primates inhabit 16 patches of forest (ranging from .1 to 6.25 km2). Which extends for 60 km down the meandering decrease Tana River, among Nkanjonja and Mitapani.

Despite a $6.7 million World Bank Global Environment Facility project (1996 to 2001). Conservation measures for the 2 primates had been in large part ineffective.


Over 100 chicken species have been recorded in the wildlife here, including the African Open-bill Stork. White-winged Apalis, African Pygmy-falcon, Black-bellied Glossy-starling. African Barred Owlet, Martial Eagle, Scaly Babbler, Bat Hawk, and the Golden Pipit.

The reserve notices other natural world including giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, buffalo, Oryx, lesser kudu, endemic pink colobus, mangabey monkeys, crocodile, and hippo.


  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
  • Game viewing
  • Primates watching

Where to stay

There is only one place to stay in the Reserve, which is known as the Mchelelo Research Camp and is run as a research station by the Institute of Primate Research, which is part of the Nairobi National Museum.