Mida Creek is a tidal inlet that expands across an area of 32 km2. It comprises different types of habitats that are influenced by the tide, for example, mud and sand flats, open shallow waters and mangrove forests.
For good reason, Mida Creek is a recognized International Bird Area and, together with Arabuko- Sokoke Forest forms a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is not only a paradise for national waterfowls but also migrating birds from Europe and Eurasia finds a place to rest during their journey or they choose to stay at Mida Creek over-winter. The open areas of the Creek and its mangrove channels are important feeding and breeding grounds for many species of fish including Jacks, Snappers, Groupers, Rabbit Fish, Parrotfish, Emperors, and Barracuda. It is an important feeding and development area for juvenile green and hawksbill sea turtles. Coral heads and the rich seagrass beds provide food in a sheltered area away from large predators.
Walk on the suspended boardwalk through mangroves and relax at the bird hide and open balcony
Take a tour with through mangroves with local guides
Take a traditional canoe to kirepwe island and tour the unexplored Arab ruins and feast on a picnic lunch
Enjoy dinner or a sunset on the mangrove boardwalk and platform overlooking the creek
Visit the community snake farm and crab farm
Experience local culture with a village walk or lively dance performance
Eat, drink and stay overnight at the secluded eco-lodge
Crab-plover, Terek Sandpiper, Dimorphic Egret.
Conservation Status – Due to the presence of mangroves, the creek is protected by Kenya Wildlife Service, as part of Watamu National Marine Reserve. However, it is threatened by over-fishing.
Conservation organizations working in Mida Creek include Watamu Turtle Watch, A Rocha Kenya and ASSETS.