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Mau Forest

Background

Mau Forest is a forest in the Rift Valley of Kenya. It is the largest indigenous montane forest in East Africa with an area of 273,300 hectares (675,000 acres).

Coordinates: 0°36′35″S 35°44′08″E / 0.60972°S 35.73556°E

Highlights

  • The forest has the highest rainfall rates in Kenya.
  • Mau Forest is the largest water catchment area in Kenya
  • Numerous rivers originate from the forest, including Southern Ewaso Ng’iro, Sondu River, Mara River and Njoro River.
  • These rivers feed Lake Victoria; Lake Nakuru and Lake Natron Westerns slopes of the Mau

Vegetation

  • Papyrus
  • Chamomile
  • Opium poppy
  • Mangrove

Wildlife

Elephant, Mountain Bongo, Oryx, gerenuk, elephant, baobab, lesser kudu, African wild dog, lion kori bustard, ground hornbill, ostrich, yellow collared lovebird, rufous tailed weaver and ashy starling, Eland, Spotted Hyena, Blue Monkey, Black-And-White Colobus and Greater Flaming

Activities

  • Logging activities
  • Bird watching
  • Environmental Education (Study Tours)
  • Nature walks
  • Camping