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Background Information

The 320 km2 reserve is located 56 km South of Mombasa and is within easy reach of coast resorts. It offers beautiful, lush scenery, good for those wishing to take a break from the beach to view terrestrial wildlife. The reserve comprises a unique and botanically rich coastal rain forest and open glades. Two of Kenya’s most beautiful orchids occur in Shimba Hills. Besides the locally endemic sable antelope, are buffalo, elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard and several species of primates. The reserve also hosts Palaearctic birds during late March – early April. The reserve has 19 tree species, 13 forest birds and 7 mammalian species under threat.

ACCESS

  • From Mombasa, take the ferry at Likoni to access the southern coastline where Diani and Tiwi beaches are. Then, take the main A14 coast road 10 km southwards until you join the main crossroad. Take the road climbing to Kwale Town (C106). The main gate is located at 1 km from the C106 road and 3 km from Kwale

RESERVE GATES

  • Main gate
  • Kivumoni Gate
  • Kidongo Gate
  • Shimba Gate

SIZE / LOCATION

  • 300 km2
  • The reserve is approximately 33 km South of Mombasa, in Kwale district of Coast Province

CLIMATE

  • Hot and moist but is cooler than that at the coast with strong sea breezes and frequent mist and cloud in the early morning. Annual rainfall is 855mm-1682mm. Mean annual temperature is 24.2 degrees Centigrade.

SAFARI CARD REQUIRED?

  • At present the reserve does not operate the Safari Card system. Entry is by cash only.

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.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • Sable Antelope
  • Elephant habitat
  • Sheldrick Falls
  • Various view points
  • Mwaluganje Forest

WILDLIFE

  • Include Endangered Sable Antelope, Elephants, Giraffes, Leopard, Genet, Civet cat, Hyenas, Waterbuck, Bush pig, Buffalo, African Bush Baby, Bushbuck, Coastal Black and white Colobus, Blue Duiker, Bush Duiker, Red Duiker, Greater Galago,Black-faced Vervet Monkey, Sykes Monkey, Serval cat, Black and Red Shrew, and Knob-bristled Suni Shrew.

BIRDS

  • 111 bird species have been recorded, of which 22 are coastal endemic among them are: Ostrich Eagle, African Hawk; Falcon, Cuckoo; Guinea-fowl, Kenya Crested; Honey guide, Greater; Hornbill, Crowned; Quail, Blue; Sunbird, Uluguru

REPTILES

  • Python, Cobra, Lizard, and Gecko.

INSECTS

  • Butterflies, mosquito, beetle

WHERE TO STAY

  • In – Reserve Accommodation
    • Shimba Hills Lodge Block Hotels
  • KWS Self – Catering Accommodation:
    • Sable Bandas ; Located 2 km from the Main Gate the Bandas have four units with a capacity of two, with a fully furnished kitchen. Reservations are made through the warden or KWS HQ, Nairobi
  • Camping Facilities
    • 4 public campsites: Professional (capacity 100), Makadara (capacity 50), Ocean view (capacity 50), Sheldrick Falls Walk (Capacity 50)

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Trekking