Holiday to Kenya: Reasons why you must visit Shimba Hills National Reserve

Holiday to Kenya: Reasons why you must visit Shimba Hills National Reserve


The Shimba Hills National Reserve is one of the ideal holiday to Kenya locations.  This is a small park located in the Kenyan Coast.  It is accessible by road from the coastal town of Mombasa.  Located 33 kms from the city of Mombasa, Shimba National Reserve offers visitors a spectacular wild opportunity away from the white sandy beaches of white sandy beaches within the Mombasa Island and the North Coast.

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The park is home to about 600 elephants.  On an early morning drive one will encounter a huge number of the coastal elephant.  The forest is said to be a very unique habitat for the elephants and one will therefore encounter a large number of them all over the park.

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One can also visit the Mwalugange Forest and the sanctuary to have more cherished moments of watching this big five wildlife animal.   The best location where one can have the best view of the animal is the Longo forest or at the Elephant Hill.

Holiday to Kenya –Walking at Sheldrick Fall

Every day at 10am groups of tourist leave their various hotels with an aim of enjoying the view of sheldrick fall.  Located in the thick of the Shimba Hill forest, the fall is about 25 meters high. Holiday to Kenya

Kenya wildlife service wardens are at hand to escort guest to the fall where one can enjoy the view of the impressive fall as well as have a feel of being the wild with the wild.  Sometimes one gets a change to encounter elephants at close range although this is not encouraged by the authority.  Guest leave through the footpath in a group under close watch of the warden who also can double as a guide.

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Apart from enjoying the elephant, the park is home to the last of the sable antelope.  They can easily be spotted at early in the morning and late in the evening.  Some tour operators can organize guided night drives where one can see leopards, cheetahs with the howling hyenas in the background.  In addition the park also has the rare roan antelope that is the brother to Sable antelope and the Masaai giraffe as well as Ostriches that have since been introduced to the park.

Other Shimba Attractions: Holiday to Kenya

Away from the above, one may also enjoy more shimba attractions that include:-

Ocean View point and Gariama Point:  These points are mainly used to view elephants.  Ensure that you’ve carried a binoculars.  From the various views one enjoys the forest and plains in some areas one is able to view the Kenyan coast as far as Chale Island.

Marere Dam:  A very fascinating guided walk in the park.  This is a central water hole where all of the animals come to drink water.

Picnic, camping and self catering accommodation:  If you are one to enjoy camping in the wild, then the Shimba National Reserve is your holiday destination while at the coast.  Kenya wildlife service has got great affordable accommodation at the park –the Sable banda with a fully furnished kitchen.

Pengo Hill: At 1,476 feet high the hill, the hill located on western side of the park is the highest point of the shimba hills.  From this point one can have a spectacular view of the Tsavo plains, Taita Hills and ocean views.  On a lucky day one can be able to view Mt. Kilimajaro and as far as Chale Island.  Remember to bring binoculars with you to enjoy the view.TOP DEAL_Top package deals of the week


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  • I always remember the first time I visited The Shimba Hills National Reserve and was amazed at the natural resources this country has!

  • The Sheldrick Fall is a spectacular site, I cannot wait to visit this place on my next trip to the coast. Your articles have really helped me plan for my vacations and am having alot of fun.

    • Thanks for the comment. Ensure that you visit the park. It host to a lovely getway while at the coast. You can also talk to us to ensure that you experience the best of Kenya. Karibu.

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