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A BRIEF ABOUT KWALE COUNTY


Added by: Kwale Admin
Time created: Feb 01, 2018

A BRIEF ABOUT KWALE COUNTY

Location and Size

Kwale County is one of the 6 counties in the Coast Region of Kenya.

It is the southernmost part of Kenya

The County has a combined land and water area of approximately 8,230sq.Km.

About 1.42% of Kenya’s surface area.

Relief

•        Kwale County is composed of four major topographical or physical zones; coastal plain, foot plateau, coastal uplands and Nyika plateau.

•        The area's scenery is characterized by its beaches, rocky outcrops and low cliff tops

 

 

 

 

Climate

•        County has a monsoon type of climate; it’s hot and dry from January – April while June to August is the coolest period of the year.

•        Short rains begin from October to December, while the long rains are experienced from March/April to July.

•        The average annual rainfall ranges from 600mm in the hinterland to 1200mm at the coastal belt.

•        About 80% is Arid and Semi-Arid

 

Vegetation

 

•        7% forest cover

•        Has both marine and terrestrial vegetation

•        There is still more land that needs to be  put under forest cover especially the catchment areas of rivers Ramisi, Mkurumudzi, Mwache and Marere/Pemba

•        Need for mangrove conservation and sustainable harvesting

 

 

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