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Shimba Hills National Reserve is located in the Coastal Province of Kenya, Kwale county. The reserve is only 15 km from Mombasa. Attractions to this park include viewing the rare Sable antelope, Elephant habitat, visit Sheldrick's falls, vantage view points of various costal landscapes and see Mwaluganje forest. 159 rare plants in Kenya are found in the reserve including endangered species of cycad and orchids. It is an important site for birds and butterflies. The park measures 300 sq. Km.
It is home to the rare Sable Antelope which is only seen in this park and no other park in Kenya. Other wildlife seen in this park include:elephant, mongoose, giraffes, leopard, genet, civet cat, hyena, waterbuck, bush pig, buffalo, bush-baby, bushbuck, colobus monkey, duiker, vervet monkey and sykes monkey, serval cat.
Birds: More than 111 bird species can be spotted here. They include: ostrich, eagle, hawk, falcon, cuckoo, guinea-fowl, crested crane, honey guide, hornbill, quail, sunbird and uluguru among others.
Reptiles found here include: python, cobra, lizard and gecko.
Insects include: butterflies, mosquitos and beetle.
• Why not take time to sample this wildlife.
Shimba Hills Lodge is a privately owned tree lodge accommodation that offers comfortable guest rooms with modern amenities
Other types of accommodation in this park include:
• Professional campsite.
• Sheldrick Walk Falls campsite.
• Ocean View campsite.
Makadara Picnic sites are carefully selected quiet spots that offer scenic views of the park. You can enjoy a champagne sundowner cocktail.
Park entry: The park 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 park is by smart card, obtained and loaded at the main gate.
This reserve is rich in flora and fauna. It is an area of coastal rainforest, woodland and grasslands. The climate is hot and moist but is cooler than that at the coast of Mombasa with strong sea breeze. It hosts the highest density of elephants in all the Kenyan forests. There are over 700 elephants in the reserve which measures 300 sq. Km. The rare Sable antelope is the main attraction to this park. The park is it's only habitat all over Kenya. There are about 100 in the park. Other wildlife species found in this area are elephants, mongoose and other small mammals like fruit bats. The forest hosts many bird species such as red necked fowl, cisticola and zanzibar red bishop. The scenic sheldrick falls is popular with tourists where one can have a shower at waterfall. The dense Mmwaluganje forest is also found here along with four campsites.
• Sundowner cocktails: You will have the opportunity to watch a spectacular sunset beyond the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania from here. After sundown you will sit around a bonfire with other travellers for a lecture on Shimba’s history and its animals from the resident naturalist. It is an experience you cannot afford to miss.
• 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 sable antelop among other wildlife. Things to do include an excursion to Sheldrick's falls.
• Walking Safaris include nature trails along the forest riverlines where you will discover the abundant plant life, birds, reptiles and insects.
• By Road: The Park is readily accessible on tarmac from Mombasa through the A14 main to Kwale Town. The main gate is located 3 kms from Kwale town.
(Make sure to contact us if you wish to visit this park for your next holiday activity.)
Park charges are based on " " Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) 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. KWS rates are subject to change without notifying you.
• This park accepts Safari Cards.
• Park Entry Fee are based on KWS Tarrifs.
• Shimba hills game 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 park 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 park is by smart card obtained and loaded at the main gates.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The park is only 45 minutes drive from the beach of Mombasa. It is therefore a good wildlife viewing "1 day excursion" if you have come for a beach holiday in Mombasa.