Shimba Hills National Reserve Elephants

Shimba Hills National Reserve is set in the Coast Region 33 km from Mombasa.

The reserve habitat consists of rain forest, woodland, and grassland. It is one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa after Arabuko Sokoke Forest.

It has the highest density of the African elephant in Kenya. To avoid depletion of resources, Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary was established to provide a route for the elephant to leave the park.

Shimba Hills is the one that contains the only Sable Antelope population in Kenya-about 100 of them.

The Sheldrick Falls and the Mwaluganje Forests are also here.

Shimba Hills National Reserve Attractions

Why is Shimba Hills National Reserve popular? Here is why.

  • It has the highest density of the African Elephant in Kenya
  • It has one of the largest coastal forest in East Africa after Arabuko Sokoke Forest
  • The only reserve that has Sable Antelope in Kenya
  • The scenic Sheldrick Falls
Shimba Hills National Reserve Forest
Mangrove Forest

Shimba Hills National Reserve Animals/Wildlife


The reserve has a wide variety of animals which include; the African elephant, sable antelope, Giraffe, Leopard, Genet, Civet  cat, Hyena, Buffalo, Waterbuck, Bushpig, Bushbaby, Bushbuck, colobus, Blue duiker, Bush duiker, Red duiker, Greater Galago, Monkey, Shrew, Mongoose, among others

It has many species of birds-over 111 species on record-which include; Fowl, Cisticola, Zanzibar red bishop, African hawk, Ostrich, Eagle, Falcon, Cuckoo, Hornbill, Quail, Sunbird, among others.

Reptiles include; Python, Cobra, Lizard, Gecko, among others.

There is also a large number of insects including Butterfly and Beetle.

Climate & Weather

Rainfall: Annual average rainfall is 1,268 mm with the highest level of 1,682 mm and the lowest level of 855 mm.

Temperature: The annual average temperature is 24°C.

It is hot and moist with strong sea breezes.

When to Visit

You can visit all year round.

What to Carry/Wear on this Trip

  • Insect repellent especially the Mosquito
  • If you are camping please carry camping equipment
  • Also picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scorching sun

Things to do in Shimba Hills National Reserve

You can indulge in a number of activities which include;

  • Game viewing
  • Bird watching
  • Trekking
  • Archeological safaris

How to get to Shimba Hills National Reserve

By Road-The main Gate is located 3 km from Kwale.

Shimba Hills National Reserve Entrance Fee/Charges

Park charges are as follows;

Citizens (KES): Adult 300 Child 125
Residents (KES): Adult 600 Child 255                    
Non-residents (KES): Adult 22 Child 13


You can reach Kenya Wildlife Service through

Mobile No: +254 704 467 855


Shimba Hills National Reserve Hotels and Lodges

Hotels and Lodges near Shimba Hills National Reserve include;

  • Tradewinds Lodge
  • Diani Sea Resort
  • Swahili Beach
  • Blue Marlin Beach Hotel
  • Bidi Badu Beach Resort
  • LeoMarVilla Diani Beach
  • Morning Star Diani
  • Bahari Dhow Beach Villas
  • Villa Twiga
  • Ocean village Club
  • Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort
  • Doric Cottage Diani
  • Kenda Villa
  • Amani Luxury Apartments
  • The Sands at Nomad
  • Bluelbell Apartment
  • Shambani Cottages
  • Baobab Beach House Bed and Breakfast

Happy safari!

See also other Kenya National Parks

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