Ketas Safaris

Shimba Hills National Reserve

  • Size: 300 sq Kms
  • Gazetted as a National park: 1968
  • Province: Coast, Kwale District
  • Geographical Location: Approximately 33 Km from South of Mombasa.
  • Altitude: 120 – 300 meters above sea level
  • Distance from Mombasa: 33 Kms


The national reserve lies approximately 33km south of Mombasa town, in Kwale district of coast province. The coastal ecosystem comprise of a heterogeneous habitat including forestlands, exotic plantations, scrublands and grasslands. The ecosystem holds one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa after Arabuko-Sokoke forest.

The reserve is rich in flora and fauna and hosts the highest density of African elephant in Kenya. Other animal species found in the area are Sable antelope, black and rufous elephant shrew, bushy tailed mongoose and other small mammals like fruit bat. The forest is an important bird area and is endowed with forest birdlife while the grasslands hold localized species such as red-necked-Spur fowl, Croaking Cisticola and Zanzibar Red Bishop.


Hot and moist but is cooler than that at the coast with strong sea breezes and Frequent mist and cloud in the early morning. Annual rainfall is 855mm -1682mm. mean Temperature is 24.2 degrees centigrade.

How to get there

From Mombasa, take the ferry at Likoni to access the southern coastline where Diani and Tiwi beaches are. Then, take the main A14 coast road 10 km southwards until you join the main crossroad. Take the road climbing to Kwale Town (C106). The main gate is located at 1 km from the C106 road and 3 km from Kwale

Where to Stay/Accommodations

Inside the game reserve -Shimba Hills Lodge.

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