Background Information Welcome to Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, the largest stretch of coastal forest remaining in Eastern Africa together with the adjoining Mida Creek the forest comprises an ecosystem of great diversity, containing many rare species of birds, butterflies, amphibians and plants. It is also more than a superb area for wildlife: in addition it provides local communities with firewood, building poles, timber, carving wood, medicines, water and the resource for community butterfly farming. All these benefits will only be sustainable by effectively conserving and maintaining the integrity of the forest without further degradation or loss of land area.
ACCESS: It lies a few kilometers inland, between the towns of Kilifi and Malindi, you can get there by road, which is 75 Kms from Mombasa town or by plane through Malindi or Mombasa airports.
- By Roads: Access through Mombasa, Tarmac road – 75 km.
- Access through Malindi.
- By Air: Malindi and Mombasa Airports.
SIZE / LOCATION:
- 6 km2.
- It lies a few kilometers inland, between the towns of Kilifi and Malindi, you can get there by road, which is 75 Kms from mombasa town or by plane through Malindi or Mombasa airports.
- Average annual rainfall ranges from 900mm in the dry and scrubby northwest to 1100mm in the east.
SAFARI CARD REQUIRED? At present the park does not operate on smart card system. Entry is by cash only (KSH or US$).
- Endemic Bird species, Butterflies, Remnant coastal forest.
- It is the largest existing fragment of the tropical forests that covered much of the East African coast and is an important Kenya safari habitat for endemic/endangered birds, insects, butterflies and mammal species. It is also an important monument as remnants of the coastal tropical forests.
- A couple of reptile species (in addition to other species living here e.g. butterflies, Beetles) are found here among them Boomslang, Green Mamba, Rock Python, Forest Cobra, Sand Lizard and Day Geullo.
- It is a great reserve for birdwatchin and among the bird species includes Sokoke Pipit, Amani Sunbird,Fischers Turaco, Clarkes weaver, Golden Wooodpecker and many others
- Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew, Sokoke bushy-tailed Mongoose, Ader’s Duiker, waterbuck, Bushbuck, African Civet, Blotched Genet, Caracal, syke’s monkeys, several bird species.
- Prolific birdlife features 600 species.
WHERE TO STAY:
- There is Currently no accommodation in the reserve. There are lots of accommodation facilitiesnearby in Malindi and Kilifi to suit all budget levels
- Bird Watching
- Butterfly watching
- Walking Trails
- Game viewing
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU:
- Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.