Shimba Hills National Reserve

Shimba Hills National Reserve
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Shimba Hills National Reserve has one of the largest populations of elephants in Kenya. Explore this reserve during your beach safari at the coast of Kenya.

The coast of Kenya has numerous attractions and must-visit places. Shimba Hills National Reserve is one of these attractions, though most people forget it whenever they visit this region. It is relatively small, compared to other famous reserves such as Maasai Mara and Samburu. Nevertheless, don’t let its size of about 190km squared fool you; this reserve is home to rare plants and animals.

What to See at Shimba Hills National Reserve

This reserve comprises of coastal rainforests, woodland and savannah vegetation. This exotic composition makes it a haven for flora and fauna. It has about half of all the 159 rare species of plants in the country. To preserve the elephant population, a fence creates a corridor for this large mammal to travel to and from Mwaluganje Forest Reserve.

In addition to plants, this reserve has about 111 species of birds. They include endemic types like the African hawk, falcon, cuckoo, hornbill and uluguru. Insects to see include butterflies, and you may spot reptiles such as pythons, cobras and geckos. Mammals in the park include about 700 elephants, serval cats, sable antelopes, giraffes, leopards, genets, hyenas, buffalos, waterbucks and red duikers.

What to Do at this Reserve

The most exciting activities are sightseeing, game viewing, trekking and camping. The weather is good most time of the year. Guests should carry basic safari items such as drinking water, a pair of binoculars, a camera, guidebooks and sunscreen.

Within this attraction is a number of interesting wonders such as the Sheldrick Falls and Mwaluganje Forest.

Access points are the main gate, Kivumoni, Kidongo and Shimba. You can get there from Mombasa or from other parts of Kenya. There are daily flights from Nairobi to Moi International Airport in Mombasa as well as bus shuttles that ply this route. Include a visit to this park to your list of other activities while touring the beautiful coast of Kenya.

Map of Shimba Hills National Reserve

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