Kwale County

Kwale County (until 2010 Kwale District ) is a county located in the Coast Province of Kenya. The capital of the county is Kwale. In Kwale County 2009 649.931 people lived on 8270.3 km ². The County is divided into five divisions: Kinango, Kubo, Matuga, Msamweni and Samburu. The Kwale County met in the south to the border with Tanzania, the eastern boundary is formed by the Indian Ocean. The largest towns in the county are Ukunda ( 61,000 inhabitants) and Msambweni ( 55,000 inhabitants). Both towns are tourist centers. In 2001, 40 % of the population were below the poverty line.


Kwale County has a coastline of 250 km, including the famous Diani Beach. To the west of the county, there are two highland plateau, the Shimba Hills and on the border of Taita Taveta County - the Nyaka plateau.

In the county the Shimba Hills National Reserve is located.

Health service

Kwale County decreed in 2005 over 48 healthcare facilities, including three hospitals. In addition to malaria, intestinal and respiratory infections HIV and AIDS pose a major problem, the HIV prevalence rate in 2005 was 25%.