Visiting the Shimba Hills National Reserve

About Shimba Hills National Reserve

The Shimba Hills National Reserve lies approximately 33Km south of Mombasa town, about 56 Kilometers South West of Mombasa in Kwale County.

The coastal ecosystem comprises of a heterogeneous habitat including forestlands, exotic plantations, scrublands, grasslands, and giant primeval trees. The ecosystem holds one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa after Arabuko Sokoke forest, the Mwaluganje forest and the Sheldrick falls.

Shimba Hills National Reserve

Contact Details and Facts about the Reserve

  • Phone 1: +254 40 4159
  • Phone 2: +254 40 4166
  • Size: 300 square kilometers
  • Mode of Payment: Cash Only
  • Entry fees: Check Kws Fees

The reserve is rich in Flora and Fauna and hosts the highest density of African Elephant in Kenya.

Other animal species found in the National Reserve include

  • Giraffe
  • Leopard
  • Genet
  • Civet cat
  • Hyena
  • Sable antelope
  • Black and, bushy-tailed mongoose
  • Waterbuck
  • Bush pig
  • Buffalo
  • African bush baby
  • Bushbuck
  • Coastal black and white colobus
  • Blue duiker
  • Bush duiker
  • Red duiker
  • Greater galago
  • Black-faced velvet monkey
  • Serval cat
  • Black and red Shrew
  • Knob-Bristled Suni shrew
  • Sykes monkey
  • Fruitbats (Small mammals)

The forest is an important bird area and is endowed with forest birdlife where 111 bird species have been recorded, of which 22 are coastal endemic while the grasslands hold localized species.

How to Access and get to Shimba Hills National Reserve

From Mombasa, take the Likoni ferry which gives you access to the southern coastline of Tiwi, Sherry and Diani beaches. From there, take the main A14 coast road 10 Km southwards until you join the main crossroad.

Take the road leading to Kwale town (C106). The main gate is located at about 1 Km from the C106 road and 3 Km from Kwale Town.

Where to stay at Shimba Hills National Reserve

  • Shimba Hills Lodge by Block Hotel
  • Sable Bandas
  • Professional Campsite (Capacity of 100)
  • Makadara Campsite (Capacity of 50)
  • Ocean View Campsite (Capacity of 50)
  • Sheldrick Falls Campsite (Capacity of 50)