national reserve Kenya
was gazetted as a National Forest in 1903,
grassland areas were incorporated in 1924 and
several subsequent extensions took place to bring
the Reserve to its present size.In 1968 most of the
Reserve was double gazetted as the Shimba Hills
Shimba hills National
park is located 33 Kms south to
Mombasa town, two
smaller areas to the west adjoining the reserve and
almost entirely forested remain as Forest Reserves,
Mkongani North and Mkongani West Forest Reserve.
fenced elephant corridor connects the Shimba Hills
with Mwaluganje Forest Reserve to the North. The
climate here is cooler than in the coast with sea
breezes and cloudy mornings.
Shimba Hills national game
reserve has great
landscape with hills and valleys extending beyond
the reserves boundaries. The reserve, a part of the
coastal rainforest is famous as the home of Sable
antelopes, the Sheldrick Falls and bird watching.
Reptiles among them pythons are cobras.
that can be viewed during safari
includes Roan antelope, sable, buffalos, abundant
primates to name just but a few.
The Shimba hills
reserve is one of the largest coastal rain forest in
east africa after Arabuko Sokoke The
hills are a dissected plateau that ascends steeply
from the coastal plains, 30 km south west of Mombasa
and just south of Kwale town.
The surrounding escarpment rises
from around 120m to 300m across the bulk of the
plateau and as high as 450m at Marare and Pengo
hills. The underlying rocks are the Triassic Shimba
Grits and in the north central part near Kwale town
Pliecone Magarini sands. Rivers flowing from the
hills supply fresh water to Mombasa and the
Two Kayas (forests of spiritual
and ceremonial significance) are situated within the
National Reserve. Accommodation is available in
lodge or campsite but needs advance booking.
Mukurumuji tented camp
Shimba hills lodge
accommodation options at Shimba hills
national reserve include
hills camp site
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