Shimba Hills National Reserve

Shimba Hills National Reserve is an easy drive from the coast and offers beautiful, lush scenery. It has a unique and botanically rich coastal rainforest. Two of Kenya’s most beautiful orchids can be found here.

Another rare species, unique to the reserve, is the Sable Antelope with its handsome near-black coat. Game includes: roan antelope, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard, bush baby, black faced vervet monkey, sykes’ monkey, black and white colobus, serval, duiker, suni and bushbuck.

The best places to see game are on the flat grasslands near the spectacular Sheldrick’s Falls and on the Lango Plains near Giriama Point with a tremendous view over rolling parkland to the escarpment, from where you can look out to the Indian Ocean.

There are a number of short walking trails at Elephant Lookout and Pengo Hill and the falls.

Birds are not common in this park but during spring migration you may find lesser cuckoos, golden orioles, honey buzzard, European hobby, red-backed shrike, hawk eagles, red-necked spurfowl, guinea fowl, blue quail, crowned hornbill and others.


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