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1 day Shimba Hills Nature Reserve

Pick-up South Coast Client hotel
Duration: 1 Days
Scale: 1 - 4 people
From: Pick-up South Coast
Tour size: 4
To: Client hotel
Categories: Excursions
Languages: English
Transportations: Minibus;
Day trip to the Shimba Hills nature reserve. Game drive in search of saber antelopes, walking to Shedrick Falls, with a stop at Shimba Hills Lodge for lunch.

The national reserve is located about 33km south of Mombasa, in the Kwale district, coastal province. 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).

From Mombasa we take the ferry at Likoni to the southern coast, where the Diani and Tiwi beaches are. Then we take the main A14 coastal road 10 km south to the main junction. Then we go up to Kwale Town ( C106 ). The main gate is 1 km from the C106 road and 3 km from Kwale.

Size / location 300 km2 , the nature reserve is about 33 km south of Mombasa, in the Kwale district, coastal province.

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.

What you should take with you
Useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.

Sights and attractions

  • Sable antelope
  • Elephant habitat
  • Sheldrick Cases
  • Various viewpoints
  • Mwaluganje Forest

Endangered sabre antelope, elephant, giraffe, leopard, genet, civet cat, hyena, waterbuck, bush pig, buffalo, galagos (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.

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 Sunbird


  • Python, cobra, lizard, and gecko
  • Insects
  • Butterflies , mosquitoes , beetles

Optional Activities

  • Wildlife observation
  • Camping
  • Trekking
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Important information
  • Transport and game drives with water bottles on board the safari vehicle
  • English speaking Safari Guide.
  • All government taxes and levies
  • Fees for the National Park
  • Beverages in Lodge/Camp
  • Tips and personal necessities
  • up to 75th to 60th day before departure 40% of the total price.
  • from the 59th to the 40th day before departure 60% of the total price.
  • from the 39th to the 30th day before departure 80% of the total price,
  • from the 29th day before departure 100% of the total price,
  • as well as on the day of departure or no-show 100% of the tour price.
  • We will pick you up from your hotel on the south coast


Diani Beach, Kenya


Humidity: 75%

Wind: 17 km/h

  • 23 Sep 2019

    Partly Cloudy 28°C 22°C

  • 24 Sep 2019

    Mostly Sunny 28°C 22°C

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