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Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kenya

Shimba Hills National Reserve

Shimba Hills National Reserve is just 33km (20 miles) south of Mombasa. Shimba Hills National Reserve is one of the largest areas of coastal rainforest in East Africa covering 24,000 hectares.. The park features coastal bushland, riverine forests and grasslands and its main attraction is the sable antelope,which can only be seen here in the whole of Kenya.

Shimba Hills National Reserve is known for its beautiful lush green vegetation, forested landscape, sharp slopes and steep valleys. A number of wildlife species such as the elephant, bush pig, waterbuck, reedbuck, warthog and the roan antelope and sable antelopes can be seen in the reserve.

One of the main attractions to the Shimba Hills is the impressive Sheldrick Falls, which cascade 25m (82 feet) over the escarpment. There is a scenic 2km (1 mile) footpath that takes up to an hour to walk each way. Take a hat, sunscreen and water to drink and keep a sharp lookout for elephants. A ranger will accompany hikers without charge from 10-3pm daily. Sheldrick Falls is an idyllic spot for a cool swim and a picnic.

Shimba Hills National Reserve Facts

  • Animals : Sable Antelope, elephant, waterbuck, bush pig.
  • Vegetation : Brachystegia woodland, riverine forest, grasslands.
  • Birds : There are many birds, including 111 different recorded species.
  • Attractions: Sable Antelope (Only found here in the whole of Kenya).
  • Climate: Hot and humid coastal climate.


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