Shimba Hills National Reserve – Home to African Elephants

Shimba Hills National Reserve - Sable Antelope

Shimba Hills National Reserve – Sable Antelope

Shimba Hills National Reserve in Kenya is rich in vegetation and is the habitat of a wide range of animals and birds. It is an ideal place for enjoying trekking, camping, game viewing and bird watching.

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How to get to Shimba Hills National Reserve

Shimba Hills reserve is located near Mombasa in Kenya. You can reach the reserve by taking ferry from Mombasa. You can then take the road climbing to reach Kwale Town, from which the main gate of the park is located just 3 kms away.

The Reserve covers 300 square kilometers. It receives around 855 to 1600 mm rainfall every year. Usually the climate is hot and moist, but the strong sea breezes from the coast keep the climate cool. The reserve is one of the best places in the world, where biodiversity is maintained well. Its ecosystem comprises of exotic plantations, grasslands, scrublands and forestlands. The forestlands in the reserve are one of the largest in East Africa. Visit Best African Safari Tours for more information on tours in Africa.

Shimba Hills National Reserve Wildlife

Elephants in Shimba Hills National Reserve

Elephants in Shimba Hills National Reserve

Shimba Hills National Reserve is rich in vegetation. It is home to a large population of African Elephants. It is estimated that around 700 elephants live here. It is the only home of Sable Antelope. Bushy tailed mongoose, rufous elephant shrew and fruit bat are other species found here. The lush vegetation and heterogeneous landscapes support a wide range of bird lives. Red necked spur fowl, Zanzibar red bishop and croaking Cisticola are some of the bird species found here. It has been recorded that 111 bird species live here. African hawk, cuckoo, sunbird, Honey guide and Kenya crested are the coastal endemic among them.

Attractions & Activities

The Reserve has a range of attractions, which include Sheldrick falls and Mwaluganje Forest. It is also a haven of a range of butterflies, beetle and mosquito. Python, lizard, cobra and gecko also live here.

Shimba Hills Reserve is an excellent place for enjoying trekking and game viewing. Bird enthusiasts and wildlife lovers also frequent the reserve. The Reserve offers various accommodation options, including Shimba Hills Lodge, self catering accommodation and four public campsites. The campsites are ideal for enjoying scenic views and Sheldrick Falls walk. You can relish delectable dishes, whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings. The Reserve comes alive in the evening. You can get some snacks and drinks and sit comfortably to watch frogs hop, insects beep and bush babies crawl out of the trees. You can even spot some genet cats and civets.

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Park Contact Information
+254 704467855


Postal Address:
The Warden
Shimba Hills National Reserve
P.O. Box 30,
Kwale, Kenya

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