Visit Shimba Hills to experience cool sea breezes, frequent mists and early morning clouds. Known for waterfalls, forests and bird viewing. The reserve is about 30 kms south of Mombasa and a quick 10 Kms from Diani beach. The tour starts on a luxury roof hatch tour van to Shimba Hills National reserve located 56 kilometers from Mombasa. The park is 74 Square Miles in size (192.51 km2). Your game drive will start from the gate, where the roof of the safari van is lifted up to enable you to look for the many game animals found here, such as Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo, Warthog, the rare Sable Antelope and Leopards if you are lucky.
The coastal ecosystem consists of a heterogeneous habitat including forests, exotic plantations, scrubland and grassland. The ecosystem includes one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa after the Arabuko – Sokoke forest. The nature reserve is rich in flora and fauna and is home to the highest density of African elephants in Kenya. Other species found in the area include the sable antelope, the black and reddish-brown bushy elephant shrew, mongoose, and other small mammals such as the flying fox. The forest is an important bird sanctuary and has a rich bird life, while the meadows are home to local species such as the Red-throated Francolin, the Strichelcist Cisticola, and the Fire Weaver (Euplectes nigroventris).Climate
Hot and humid, but cooler than on the coast with strong sea breezes and frequent fog and clouds in the early morning hours. The annual rainfall is 855mm – 1682mm. The average annual temperature is 24.2 degrees Celsius.Sights and attractions Sable antelope Elephant habitat Sheldrick Cases Various viewpoints Mwaluganje Forest Wildlife
Endangered sabre antelope, elephant, giraffe, leopard, genet, civet cat, hyena, waterbuck, bush pig, buffalo, galago’s (Galagonidae or Galagidae) – also called bush babies, bushbuck, black and white stump monkeys, Blue duiker – also called blue goat, bush duiker, red duiker, giant galagos, southern green sea cat, white-throated sea cat, serval cat, black shrew and red tooth shrew and other shrew species.Birds
111 bird species have been registered, of which 22 are endemic to coastal regions: Ostriches, African Bonelli’s Eagle, Falcons, Cuckoos, Guinea Fowl, Crested Hoods, Guinea Fowl, Honey Scorpion, Double Hornbill, Blue Quails, Lobelia SunbirdReptiles
Python, cobra, lizard, and gecko Insects Butterflies , mosquitoes , beetlesBasic Information
- Transport in a safari mini-van/Jeep.
- Services of an experienced safari tour driver/guide
- Meals while on safari
- Government taxes, tolls and levy’s
- Pick up and drop off from airport / hotel.
- All park entrance fees
- Items of personal nature
- soft or bottled drinks taken in restaurants
- Gratitude’s (tips to guides)
Day 1 Game drive in search of sable antelopes | walk to Sheldrick Falls.
We pick you Early in the Morning at 6.30 Am from Your Hotel and drive along Kwale Road approximately km 35.Enter Shimba Hills National Reserve to search for Elephant,Buffalo,Giraffe,Warthog, Birds, Lesser kudu and the Sable Antelope. Walk to the Sheldrick water falls with a guided armed Ranger (2 Hours Good shoes recommended) where you can swim. Then drive to the Shimba Hills Lodge or Green Lodge for your Lunch.
Afternoon Game viewing up-to the Marere view point where you will see the whole of Rain forest and part of the coast. Then drop to your Hotel or the Moi International Airport arriving at 6.00 pmPRICE INCLUDES:
- Game Drives with pop up roof Minivan or Jeep
- Park Entrance Fee,
- Bottled Mineral water in Vehicle,
- Lunch at Shimba Hills Lodge or green lodge
- Walk to the Sheldrick Water Fall with Armed Ranger.
- Pick up from your hotel and drop at the same hotel after the trip.