Kwale County

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Kwale County
County location in Kenya
County location in Kenya
Coordinates: 4°10′S 39°27′E / 4.167°S 39.450°E / -4.167; 39.450Coordinates: 4°10′S 39°27′E / 4.167°S 39.450°E / -4.167; 39.450
Country  Kenya
Formed March 4, 2013
Capital Kwale
Largest town Ukunda
 • Governor Salim Mvuria
 • Total 8,270.3 km2 (3,193.2 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 649,931[1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Kwale County is a county in the former Coast Province of Kenya. Its capital is Kwale, although Ukunda is the largest town.

The county has a population of 649,931.[2]

Kwale is mainly an inland county, but it has coastline south of Mombasa. Diani Beach is part of the Msambweni division. Shimba Hills National Reserve and Mwaluganje elephant sanctuary are other attractions in the county.


The main ethnic communities in the county include the Digo and Duruma clans of the larger Mijikenda tribe and also a significant presence of the Kamba tribe.

The Digos are the majority in Msambweni, Lunga Lunga and Matuga while the Durumas are the dominant in Kinango. Most Kambas are found in Kinango and Lunga Lunga.

The county has four constituencies:

Local authorities (councils)
Authority Type Population* Urban pop.*
Kwale Town 28,470 4,196
Kwale County County 467,663 62,095
Total - 496,133 66,291
* 1999 census. Source:[3]
Administrative divisions
Division Population* Urban pop.* Headquarters
Kinango 72,027 1,626 Kinango
Kubo, Kwale County 48,769 0
Matuga 73,377 3,996 Kwale
Msambweni 211,814 55,964 Msambweni
Samburu 91,011 0 Samburu
Shimba Hills 135 0
Total 496,133 61,586 -
* 1999 census. Sources:,,[4][5]

Samburu should not be confused with Samburu County.



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