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The Reserve is the largest stretch of coastal dry forest remaining in Eastern Africa.It is second in africa in birdlife conservation from Congo. The ecosystem comprises of three forest types Brachystegia Woodland, Mixed forest, and Cynometra, each containing different rare species of Birds,Butterflies Mammals and Plants.

There are 270 birds, 261 butterflies, 52 mammals, 79 amphibians , and 600 plants species . The Clarke's Weaver is completely endemic to the forest, while the Sokoke Scops Owl, east coast akalat, Amani Sunbird, Sokoke Pipit, and Spotted Ground Thrush are only found in the park and a few in Tanzania. 3 mammals which are endemic species :- Aders duiker, Golden rumped elephant shrew,and Sokoke Bush Tailed Mongoose.


It is located 110km north of Mombasa 45km from Kilifi and 20 km south of malindii, you can get there by road, from Mombasa town or by plane through Malindi. Access through Mombasa tarmac road.

  • Access through Malindi.
  • By Air: Malindi and Mombasa Airports.


  • It covers 420sq km
  • Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve lies a few kilometers inland, between the towns of Kilifi and Malindi, you can get there by road, which is 110 Kms from mombasa town or by plane through Mombasa or Malindi airports.


Average annual rainfall ranges from 900mm in the dry and scrubby northwest to 1100mm in the east.


At present the park doesn’t operate on smart card system. Entry to the reserve is by cash only (KSH or US$).


  • Endemic Bird species, Butterflies, Remnant coastal forest.
  • Arabuko Sokoke Forest reserve is the largest existing fragment of the tropical forests along the East African coast and it shelters endemic/endangered birds, butterflies, insects and mammal species.
  • The reserve is also an important monument as remnants of the coastal tropical forests.
  • There are a couple of reptile species (in addition to other species living here e.g. butterflies, Beetles) are found here among them, Green Mamba, Forest Cobra, Boomslang, Rock Python, Sand Lizard and Day Geullo.
  • It is a great reserve for birdwatching and among the bird species includes Clarkes weaver, Fischers Turaco, Sokoke Pipit, Amani Sunbird, Golden Woodpecker and many others
  • Tree plat form, Seasonal pools, Nyari view point and Nature trails.
  • Three distinct forest habitat


  • Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew, Sokoke bushy-tailed Mongoose, , syke’s monkeys, Ader’s Duiker, Blotched Genet, waterbuck, Bushbuck, African Civet, Caracal, several bird species.
  • Prolific birdlife features 230 species.


  • Currently there is no accommodation in the reserve, but there are lots of accommodation facilities along this coast to suit all budget levels
  • Jamii Villas, Kitsapu Cottage which is boardering the forest along mombasa malindi high way.


  • Bird Watching
  • Butterfly watching
  • General walk
  • Game drives
  • Camping
  • Cycling
  • Running


  • Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscream, sunglasses, Note book, guidebooks and local tour guide.