Rocha Kenya (ARK) is committed to environmental action through community based
conservation projects. Based mainly in Watamu, a village in the Kenyan coastal
county of Kilifi near Malindi, we operate our conservation programmes out of a
residential centre, Mwamba.
|A Rocha Kenya Location
Kilifi County is home to some of the richest and most diverse habitats in the
whole of Kenya - considered internationally important for bird and marine
Despite the richness and diversity of local habitats in this area, an
exploding population and desperately high levels of poverty are putting a huge
strain on the delicate relationship between the local people and the surrounding
By working with the local communities, A Rocha Kenya aims to achieve the
long-term conservation of threatened habitats and species in the Malindi-Watamu
area. ARK was formally established in 1999 and opened the Mwamba Field Study
Centre in Watamu in 2002. An office was opened in Karen, Nairobi, in 2013.
A Rocha Kenya’s work focuses on four main areas:
Teaching children the importance of caring for creation and training local
school teachers to coordinate and oversee educational environmental care
activities in their schools.
The ASSETS scheme uses money generated from eco-tourism to provide secondary
school “Eco-scholarships” assistance with school fees with a strong link to
Field Study Centre
Mwamba Centre offers comfortable accommodation with good food just off the
beautiful white beach of Watamu and its famous National Marine Park. All are
welcome to stay - be it for a beach holiday, enjoying the local historical sites
or watching the amazing diversity of birds we have in the area. We also welcome
small groups for workshops and seminars.
Research & Monitoring
ARK's scientific programme has a focus on the local threatened habitats and
species including Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Mida Creek, Dakatcha Woodlands and the
local marine ecosystem. Through it we seek to better understand the species and
ecosystems and the threats to them and in so doing help to protect them.
Spend Your Holiday at Mwamba
Our centre, Mwamba, in Watamu provides delightful accommodation for visitors
on the beach. Part of the proceeds from this facility go to fund our other
programmes. For more details, click here.
National Office in Nairobi
We also have a Nairobi office that is located in our forested property called
'Karara' just beyond the Karen shopping centre on the Ngong road where we are
starting to carry out environmental education activities, have an indigenous
tree nursery and Farming God's Way demonstration - as well as have it as our
Paradise beneath the waves
Enjoy the glorious underwater world of Watamu Marine National Park. ‘Paradise
beneath the waves’ was filmed by Tim Gordon, a volunteer with A Rocha Kenya’s
marine research team. The team, led by Dr Robert Sluka and Benjamin Cowburn, is
currently focusing their efforts on cataloguing and assessing threats to marine
wildlife in the park, as well as developing resources towards a Christian
understanding of marine conservation and research. Come visit the park for a
holiday, staying at our field study centre Mwamba or apply to join our research
team for short or long term work.
Watch this video…
New Sokoke Scops Owl Reserve in Dakatcha
generous funding from the Bob Scott Appeal, A Rocha Kenya is securing an intiail
220 acres of Cynometra forest in Dakatcha to protect the Endangered
Sokoke Scops Owl. More information will be posted on our
Follow the ARK and ASSETS blogs...
A Rocha Kenya blog