AUTHENTIC SAFARIS & PERSONALIZED TOURS IN SHIMBA HILLS WITH AFRICANMECCA
Depending on when you visit the reserve, you may see groups of diverse species gathered around permanent water sources or, during wetter weather patterns, the animals may be scattered across the reserve. Your guide understands the subtle differences in animal behavior throughout the year, so you are sure to have a chance to see many of the most desired species, such as African elephants, bushbucks, zebras, giraffes, buffalos and many other diverse mammals, including the rare sable antelope and its cousin, the roan antelope. Smaller stealthy predators may be difficult to locate for even experienced wildlife vacationers in Kenya, but your guide recognizes small clues that indicate their location. Tracks, scat, carcasses and other signs may lead your guide to the location of genet, civet and serval cats and other mini-hunters, and your guide also knows the favorite habitats of these predators.
The dense forests and jungles of Shimba offer numerous opportunities for you to see smaller denizens amidst delicate plants. Although you see most of the wilderness beauty during your high-paced vehicle activities, there are many small details with a unique splendor of their own that are missed out while sitting. Bush walks give you the leisurely pace that is needed to explore every leaf, branch and tree. Looking within the foliage, you may see colobus, vervet to sykes’ monkeys and other small mammals, as well as some of the 230 recorded bird species. As you walk along the trail, pay close attention to the ground and middle level vegetation as this is where you may see several of the 295 types of butterflies in the reserve, as well as galago, lizard, shrew, mongoose and other smaller denizens.
Butterflies are the centerpiece of a special local breeding project that you can learn about during the Shifoga Nature and Cultural Tour. Your cultural immersion continues with a visit to the local villages of the Digo and Duruma tribes. Watch traditional dances, help with food preparation, meet with traditional healers and interact with children at the Kwale School for the Deaf and Tsimba Orphanage. For our more physically fit guests, AfricanMecca recommends a hike to Sheldrick Falls for a relaxing picnic and refreshing swim in a natural pool. The 30-minute hike down to the falls is relatively easy, but the 45 to 60 minute return hike is quite strenuous depending on your fitness level.
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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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GUIDE ON SHIMBA HILLS
Just 20 miles south from the island of Mombasa is Shimba Hills Reserve, a small rich wilderness that offers resident fauna, spectacular vistas and wondrous waterfalls amidst an equatorial forest.
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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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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR SHIMBA HILLS IN SOUTH-EASTERN KENYA
When visiting Shimba Hills National Reserve, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West 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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