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Arabuko sokoke national park is located on the coast of Kenya, 110 km north of Mombasa. The forest reserve is a 420 km2 coastal forest in Kenya adjoining Mida Creek which is a beautiful tidal inlet with six species of mangrove trees. The reserve is jointly managed by the Kenya forest services, Kenya wildlife services, national museums of Kenya and Kenya forest research institute. It is one of the best protected forests in Kenya. Here you will find at least 24 rare and endangered birds, mammal and butterfly species such as amani sunbird, east coast akalat, sokoke scops owl, sokoke pipit, the spotted ground thrush, golden-rumped elephant-shrew, sokoke bushy-tailed mongoose and aders duiker. It is the largest and most intact coastal forest in east Africa, with 20% of Kenyas bird species and 30% butterfly species.
Note: Accommodation in this park can be BOOKED individually or with a Safari. (see safaris)
Mammals: The forest has 40 recorded mammal species including Elephant, Buffalo, Civet, Caracal, Syke’s Monkeys, Yellow Baboons and bushbaby. Some of Kenya’s rarest mammals found here include the Golden rumped Elephant shrew, Sokoke Bushy-tailed Mongoose and Ader’s Duiker.
Birds: There are over 270 species of birds recorded in the forest include several rare and endemic species such as Clarke’s Weaver which is only found in Arabuko-Sokoke and another area 30 kms further north of Arabuko-Sokoke in the whole world. Other globally threatened bird species found in Arabuko-Sokoke include: Amani Sunbird, East Coast Akalat, Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, and the Spotted Ground Thrush. Arabuko-Sokoke is a great place to visit.
Reptiles & amphibians: The forest has 49 reptile and 25 amphibian species.
• Why not take time to sample this wildlife.
Hotels in Mombasa
• Serena Beach Resort & Spa - Serena Beach Resort and Spa lies on the Kenyan cost. It is well suited for leisure and business. Accommodation includes 66 Village Rooms, 48 Garden Rooms, 32 superior rooms and family suites.
• See hotels in Mombasa
• See hotels in Nairobi
Other types of accommodation near this park include:
• Hotels in Malindi.
• Hotels in Watamu.
• Forest campsites.
• Self-catering bandas.
Picnic sites are carefully selected quiet spots that offer scenic views of the forest. You can enjoy a private bush diner on request.
Park entry: The forest is open daily from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 5:00 pm.
Entry to the park is obtained at the main gate.
Arabuko-Sokoke forest is made up of 3 different forest types namely:
1) Cynometra-dominated forests and thickets that cover more than half of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve. You can spot Caracal, Civet, Genet, Suni and other mammals more common on the safari tracks in this forest. Sokoke Scops Owls are also found in this forest.
2) Brachystegia-dominated woodlands also known as Miombo woodlands is airy and beautiful to walk through. Birds and butterflies are more visible here due to the open canopy.
3) Mixed Forests dominated by species like Hymenaea verrucosa and Manilkara sansibarensis. The dense vegetation in this forest type creates a tropical atmosphere as one walks or drives through. There is a real feel of being “in the woods”. Animals commonly spotted here include the Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew, East Coast Akalat and Tiny Greenbuls.
• Mida Creek is a beautiful tidal inlet with 6 species of mangrove trees is less than 1 km from the entrance to Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. The Creek is a major wintering site for migrant birds including Crab-plover, Greater Flamingos, Terek Sandpipers and Sandplovers. Mida Creek Boardwalk and Bird Hide is located here
• Game drive: 2 game drives will be provided for: 1 in the morning after breakfast and the other in the afternoon after lunch. You will have the chance to spot the rare wildlife found here.
• Walking Safaris include nature trails along the forest riverlines where you will discover the abundant plant life, birds, reptiles and insects.
• By Road: The forest lies along the tarmac Mombasa – Malindi highway, approximately 100 km from Mombasa town and 18 km from Malindi. The entry is clearly signposted and visitor services are available at the offices of KFS’s Malindi Forest Zone. One can also use public service vehicles or taxis from Mombasa, Malindi or Watamu.
(Make sure to contact us if you wish to visit this park for your next holiday activity.)
Park charges are based on " " Kenya Forest Services’s Malindi Forest (KFS) tariffs which are reviewed from time to time. Please note that if you have booked a complete wildlife safari package with us, park charges are included in the total cost of your safari at the time of booking. Therefore you need not worry about park entry fee!
However please note that these rates are for guidance only. KFS rates are subject to change without notifying you.
• This park accepts Safari Cards.
• Park Entry Fee are based on KFS Tarrifs.
• Arabuko-Sokoke Forest reserve is protected from human pressures to prevent unneccessary human-wildlife conflict and as a visitor, you are therefore required to leave the park as tidy as you found it. Litering and dropping rubbish is strictly prohibited. You will be prosecuted if you violate these rules.
• If you are on game drive or walking safari, it is your responsibility to ensure that you stand at a safe distance from wild animals.
• The reserve is open daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
• Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:00 pm.
• Entry to the reserve is by smart card obtained and loaded at the main gates.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The reserve is home to the endangered Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew The reserve is approximately 100 km from Mombasa town and 18 km from Malindi. It is therefore a good wildlife viewing "1 day excursion" if you have come for a beach holiday in Mombasa.