About the Tana River Delta

The Tana River is 440 miles long and is Kenya’s longest river. It rises in Mount Kenya and the Aberdare mountain range in central Kenya. Its delta is amongst the top three of Kenya's largest and most important freshwater wetland systems with a significant local community of cattle herders and others dependent on it and who have done so for centuries.

The Delta covers an area of 163,600ha (404,000 acres) and is a vast  and diverse patchwork of habitats including savannah, semi-arid Acacia thorn bush, coastal forests, grasslands, beaches, dunes, lakes, mangrove swamps and permanent and seasonal fresh water pools or channels. Local people live by the seasons, adapting to the regular floods that keep the area fertile through the year. It is situated in the Coast Province of Kenya.

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In more depth

Biodiversity of the delta
Pastures for local communities

Watch 'How sweet is Tana's sugar?'

Further information

Species lists and references
Partners in the conservation of the delta

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