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Shimba Hills National Reserve

The national reserve is in Kwale district of coast province- approximately 33km south of Mombasa town The coastal ecosystem comprise of a heterogeneous habitat including forestlands, scrublands, exotic plantations, and grasslands. The ecosystem is the largest coastal forests in East Africa after Arabuko-Sokoke forest.

The reserve is rich in flora and fauna and has highest density of African elephant in Kenya. Other animal species are: Sable antelope, black and rufous elephant shrew, bushy tailed mongoose and other small mammals like fruit bat. The forest is os home to several bird species such as red-necked-Spurfowl, Croaking Cisticola and Zanzibar Red Bishop.

ACCESS

From Mombasa take a ferry at Likoni to get you to South Cost then drive towards Kwale

RESERVE GATES

  • Main gate
  • Kivumoni Gate
  • Kidongo Gate
  • Shimba Gate

CLIMATE

Hot but cooler than the coast because of strong sea breezes,

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

Drinking water, binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • Sheldrick Falls
  • Various view points
  • Mwaluganje Forest
  • Sable Antelope
  • Elephant habitat

WILDLIFE

Include Endangered Sable Antelope, , Hyenas, Waterbuck, Bush pig, Buffalo, African Bush Baby, Bushbuck, Coastal Black and white Colobus, Blue Duiker, Bush Duiker, Red Duiker, Greater Galago,Black-faced Vervet Monkey, Sykes Monkey, Serval cat, Black and Red Shrew, Elephants, Giraffes, Leopard, Genet, Civet cat and Knob-bristled Suni Shrew.

BIRDS

Over 100 bird species have been recorded some are coastal endemic: Ostrich Eagle, African Hawk; Falcon, Hornbill, Crowned; Quail, Blue; Sunbird, Uluguru Cuckoo; Guinea-fowl, Kenya Crested; Honey guide, Greater

REPTILES

Python, Cobra, Lizard, and Gecko.

WHERE TO STAY

There is accommodation in the park and also surrounding areas

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Trekking