The Shimba Hills National Reserve is a small National Park in the Coast Province of Kenya, 33 km from Mombasa and 15 km from the coast. The vegetation is coastal rainforest, woodland and grassland where about 700 elephants and 111 bird species live. The park is about 300 km2 in size.

Animals in this park include:  buffalo, elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard, bush baby, black faced vervet monkey, sykes' monkey, black and white colobus, serval, duiker, suni, bushbuck, Waterbuck, Bush pig, Buffalo, African Bush Baby, Bushbuck, Coastal Black and white Colobus, Blue Duiker, Bush Duiker, Red Duiker, Greater Galago, Lion, Black-faced Vervet Monkey, Sykes Monkey, Serval cat, Black and Red Shrew

Bird species include: lesser cuckoos, golden orioles, honey buzzard, European hobby, red-backed shrike, hawk eagles, red-necked spurfowl, guinea fowl, blue quail, crowned hornbill and Ostrich Eagle, African Hawk; Falcon, Cuckoo; Guinea-fowl, Kenya Crested; Honey guide, Greater; Hornbill, Crowned; Quail, and Sunbird


• Sable Antelope
• Elephant habitat
• Sheldrick Falls
• Various view points
• Mwaluganje Forest


What to do

Day and night game drives

Community visits to Maasai, Samburu, Turkana and Boran homesteads

Nature walks to Ngare Ndare and Makogondo forest

Camel and horse riding in the private ranches

River rafting when season permits in Ewaso Ng'iro river

Game viewing on camel/ horse back in the ranches

Visiting Il lolokwe, Mathews Range (Nyiro Ndoto Mountains) mountains

bird watching


When to go
All year round

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