Shimba Hills National Reserve

Shimba Hills National Reserve

LOCATED
–     At the Kenya South Coast 33kms from Mombasa

ALTITUDE
–     120 to 450m

AREA
–     240 km²

PARK ENTRANCE PAYMENT METHOD
–     Kenya Wildlife Service Prepaid Tickets or Cash

ACCOMMODATIONS
–     Shimba Hills Lodge

ACCESS
–     By Road approx. 1 hour drive from Mombasa; Daily scheduled flights from Nairobi

ATTRACTIONS
–     Sable Antelope, Highest Density of African Elephant in Kenya, Mwaluganje Forest, Wildlife

The national reserve lies in Kwale district of coast province. The coastal ecosystem comprise of a heterogeneous habitat including forest lands, exotic plantations, scrub lands and grasslands. The ecosystem holds one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa after Arabuko-Sokoke forest. The reserve hosts the highest density of African elephant in Kenya. Other animal species found in the area are Sable antelope, black and rufous elephant shrew, bushy tailed mongoose and other small mammals like fruit bat. The forest is an important bird area and is endowed with forest bird life while the grasslands hold localized species such as red-necked-Spurfowl, Croaking Cisticola and Zanzibar Red Bishop. Hot and moist but is cooler than that at the coast with strong sea breezes.  Game include the endangered Sable Antelope, Elephants, Giraffes, Leopard, Genet, Civet Cat, Hyenas, Waterbuck, Bush Pig, Buffalo, 111 bird species have been recorded, of which 22 are coastal endemic among them are; Reptiles found here include Python, Cobra, Lizard, and Gecko. It is an important area for plant biodiversity – over 50% of the 159 rare plants in Kenya are found in the Shimba Hills, including some endangered species of cycad and orchids. It is also a nationally important site for birdsand butterflies. North of the Reserve, the Mwaluganje elephant sanctuary has been established to provide a route for elephants to leave the park. Shimba Hills contains Kenya’s only population of Sable Antelope; there are about 100 in the park.

 

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