The Waata people are found in Tana River and Kilifi Counties. Due to their hunting and gathering lifestyle they prefer to live close to forested areas. However, their concentration area is Tana River County.

Their immediate neighbours are: The Giryama, Orma, Wardei, Somali, Pokomo, Munyoyaya, Taveta, Digo, Duruma and the Aweer people (their descendants). At times their neighbours refer to them as the Sanye but the Waata find this term to be derogatory.

Work began in 2012 and they are in the process of finalizing the orthography.