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“Shimba Hills National Reserve : The Sable Antelope Paradise”
Welcome to Shimba Hills National Reserve, as one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa after Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, this reserve is rich in flora and fauna and hosts the highest density of African elephant in Kenya. Other animal species found in the area are Sable antelope, elephant shrew, bushy tailed mongoose and other small mammals like fruit bats.
The Shimba Hills National Reserve 60km from Mombasa, is ideal for a day visit. It contains one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa and is where a great diversity of Kenya’s plant species are found, many of which are endangered.
The forest is an important bird area and is endowed with forest birdlife while the grasslands hold localized species such as red-necked-Spur fowl, Croaking Cisticola and Zanzibar Red Bishop.The scenic Sheldrick Falls and the dense Mwaluganje Forest are also found here along with four campsites.
Wildlife: Include Endangered Sable Antelope, Elephants, Giraffes, Leopard, Genet, Civet cat, 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, and Knob-bristled Suni Shrew.
Birds: 111 bird species have been recorded, of which 22 are coastal endemic among them are: Ostrich Eagle, African Hawk; Falcon, Cuckoo; Guinea-fowl, Kenya Crested; Honey guide, Greater; Hornbill, Crowned; Quail, Blue; Sunbird, Uluguru
Reptiles: Python, Cobra, Lizard, and Gecko.
The Kenya Wildlife Service offers guided walks to the Sheldrick Falls – a great opportunity to see the birdlife in the forest. Game drives are more adventurous than on the savannahs as animals are harder to spot. You can also go for sundowners on Pengo Hill, which faces west and watch the sun drop down below the horizon. On a clear day you can see the Tsavo Plains and Mt Kilimanjaro.
Shimba Hills Highlights and Attractions
- The only place in Kenya you can see Sable Antelope
- Guided forest walks up to the scenically beautiful Sheldrick Falls
- It is known for its herds of Elephants
- Visit the Mwalunganje Elephant Sanctuary
- Scenic viewpoints and five picnic areas
At ksh 4500 per Kenyan adult citizen.
You will be picked from your hotel at around 6.00 am and drive to Shimba Hills, a distance of 35 kms from Diani arriving at the gate at around 6.30 am. Begin a game drive visiting Sheldrick Waterfalls escorted by a game ranger.
Shimba Hills is a tropical rain forest which covers an area of 202 km2. Physical attractions include casuarinas forests, Marere Dam (a water hole where come to drink water), Sheldrick Waterfalls. The landscape is grassland. Animals seen in this area include elephants, bufalos, giraffes, impalas, heartbeats, rare leopards, black and white monkeys, attractive sable antelopes, and roan antelopes among others. Shimba Hills has different species of birds like (tropical guinea fowls, fish eagles, falcons and weaver birds, ground hornbills among others.
Drive to Shimba hills green Lodge for lunch , After lunch relax in an infinity pool as enjoy the amazing view of the Shimba Hills and later drive back to the hotel arriving at around 4.00 pm.
End of the Day Tour:
– Transport to and from Mombasa/Diani
– Park fees
– Guided tours in the Park
– Safari Game Drive
– Hike to the Sheldrick water fall
– Mineral Drinking Water
– Lunch at Shimba Green Lodge
Drinks, sodas, beers, wines, cigarettes, tips and personal costs.