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GUIDE ON SHIMBA HILLS RESERVE IN KENYA

Just 20 miles (33 kilometers) south from the island of Mombasa is Shimba Hills National Reserve, a small wilderness that offers spectacular vistas and wondrous waterfalls amidst an equatorial forest, as well as a welcome relief from the warmer temperatures of your Indian Ocean coastal tour in East Africa. The protected status of the reserve dates back to 1903 when the Shimba Hills were gazetted as a National Forest, and in 1924, sections of the surrounding grasslands were added. Over time, other important habitats were added to the protected area creating what is now Shimba Hills National Reserve (read more on the best time to go with AfricanMecca). The reserve sits over 400 meters above the beaches of Mombasa, yet cooling winds off the ocean keep the temperatures quite comfortable and refreshing. The highlands landscape is shrouded in mist and clouds during the early morning hours, creating a mesmerizing setting for a superlative African tropical vacation. The highland climate nurtures over 1100 plant species that attract a diversity of wildlife, such as giraffes, elephants, zebras, bushbucks, Harvey’s duikers, to name only a handful of the animals that feast upon the vegetation. Within the forests and jungles you may locate Syke’s, colobus, vervet monkeys and other tree climbers. While there are no large or iconic predators in the reserve, you may elusively spot serval, genet, civet cats and other smaller carnivorous hunters when staying for a longer period. The list of species continues, as the reserve is home to more than 230 types of avi-fauna, such as African hawks, guinea-fowls, fish eagles, falcons, hornbills and numerous other feathered flyers.

Even the smallest denizens are well-represented, with more than 295 butterflies joining many other insects, from an army of safari ants to the rolling dung beetles. These tiniest of creatures, as well as small mammals, support a healthy population of frogs, geckos, lizards, pythons and other reptiles and amphibians. The most-desirable animal, though, is by far the sable and roan antelope. Shimba Hills National Reserve is home to the last breeding herd of these exquisite animals. Male sables are demanding to locate as they tend to remain isolated from the herd, but females gather in small groups, making them easier to track and observe. Game drives and nature walks allow you into the secret world of Shimba Hills Reserve’s wildlife. Whether you desire large roaming mammals or scampering small creatures, these activities give you insight into the Shimba Hills ecosystem from both a macro and micro viewpoint. The topography of the landscape includes many breathtaking natural features that AfricanMecca highly recommends for your personalized trip to Shimba Hills. One such feature, Sheldrick Falls, is a picturesque setting for picnics and swimming in a natural pool. Cultural attractions for your customized Shimba Hills holiday tour are the local villages of the Digo and Duruma tribes, as well as the sacred kayas that are scattered on the outskirts of the reserve.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SHIMBA HILLS
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WHERE TO STAY IN SHIMBA HILLS

We recommend Kutazama Lodge for your tranquil wilderness vacation, a deluxe accommodation, located in the greater Shimba Hills conservation area. The other option is the budget Shimba Hills Lodge.

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SAFARI & TOUR IN SHIMBA HILLS

The dense forests of Shimba Hills Reserve offer many prospects for you to see diverse denizens amidst lush flora. This coastal ecosystem affords unspoiled distinct wildlife viewing and exploration.

BEST TIME TO VISIT SHIMBA HILLS
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BEST TIME TO VISIT SHIMBA HILLS

Like other nature-centric Kenya destinations, Shimba Hills experiences two dry seasons and two rainy seasons. Peak tourist season occurs from July to October, coinciding with the long dry season.

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  • Dear Raza, You turned our dream into a reality. Our honeymoon and wedding in Kenya was so much more than we hoped for. We've never in our wildest dreams thought a vacation could be so perfect...
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  • To sum it up, it was awesome! The accommodations were beautiful, the food was great, and the people of Kenya were warm and friendly. I would give an A+ to the overall rating of this safari trip. Thank you....
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  • We are writing to you on our return to say what a marvellous job AfricanMecca did for us on our holiday in Kenya. All the arrangements you made went like clockwork. We are already recommending you to friends.
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  • Our Best Of Kenya Tier I safari was really wonderful. Everything was perfect. Excellent top notch service from AfricanMecca! Thanks very much for making our trip really memorable.
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  • Dear AfricanMecca, I could not think of any other better way to tell you about our superb safari that you organized in Kenya than to send you my 11 year old's safari Journal..Thank you
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR SHIMBA HILLS IN SOUTH-EASTERN KENYA

When visiting Shimba Hills National Reserve, we recommend combining your safari with a visit to Masai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo East. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Samburu or Lewa - Laikipia, Nakuru or Naivasha Great Rift Valley Lakes ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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