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TRIP IDEA & SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR YOUR SAFARI IN SHIMBA HILLS NATIONAL RESERVE

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.

NAIROBI

On your arrival in Kenya, we recommend spending one or two nights in Nairobi to unwind but also to give you an opportunity to experience this diverse and thriving city. The metropolis offers many local attractions where you can learn about the history of the pioneer city and the cultures that make Kenya a unique destination for any type of traveler, as well as partake of international restaurants, shop, markets in a vibrant afro-urban scene.

Recommended Accommodation Options In Nairobi

Hotel Tier 1 - Giraffe Manor

If you seek the graceful giraffe during your bush tour of Kenya, a stay at Giraffe Manor will give you one-on-one and once-in-a-life-time experiences with these incredible animals. The hotel maintains much of the original 1932 design while offering you all of the modern amenities you require for your stay. What truly sets Giraffe Manor apart from other travel accommodations in Kenya, though, are the resident Rothschild Giraffe that roam freely on the property and you don’t need to worry about trying to sight these creatures on its grounds as they regularly stick their heads through open windows and over balconies to garner feed pellets from AfricanMecca guests.

Hotel Tier 2 - Palacina Nairobi

The Palacina Nairobi is residentially located for your historical and cultural tours in Nairobi, yet the location borders the Nairobi Arboretum Park and the presidential greens of the State House means that you are not disturbed by the city noise or air pollution from the traffic vehicle. You may choose from 14 boutique suites, including 2 penthouse suites, and, for travelers on extended business in East Africa, the hotel offers the choice of one, two or three-bedroom apartments. The standard amenities in the suites and apartments include internet access, satellite television with DVD player and mini bar. Suites are designed with a comfortable and spacious floor plan that includes living room, full private bathroom and private balcony, Jacuzzi tub and front-facing balcony.

Hotel Tier 3 - Fairview Hotel

Despite being sited in Upper Hill close to the heart of the buzzing Kenyan city of Nairobi, Fairview Hotel is a tranquil property laid out among acres of lush greenery. Colonial style, two story buildings are scattered around offering guests on their Nairobi stopover tour a peaceful oasis, secluded from the pulsating activities of the city. A value accommodation, the Fairview Hotel is primarily suited to business travelers, but also a small number of leisure lodgers who are passing through the city on their safari adventures in Kenya.

TOUR EXPERIENCES OF NAIROBI

CENTRAL MASAI MARA

You will proceed to Central Masai Mara for the next two nights. For our adventurous, thrill-seeking guests who desire a front row seat to the crossing of the Mara and Talek Rivers during the wildebeest migration season, the most well-known part of the Great Migration, we recommend the central zone of the reserve. Central Masai Mara is also a year-round game-viewing mecca with impressive populations of herbivores and predators which remain even after the spectacular hordes of wildebeests and zebras have gone.

Recommended Accommodation Options In Masai Mara Central

Safari Tier 1 - Naibor Camp

Naibor Camp is an upmarket accommodation that is located along the Talek River, a superlative location for your boutique tour experience in central Masai Mara National Reserve. Being tucked away in the riverine forest that surrounds the camp makes you feel completely enveloped by some of Kenya’s untouched wilderness. The feeling is further enhanced by the proximity to wallowing hippos, crocodiles and other animals that are just meters away. With such an ambience, Naibor Camp is the perfect place to unwind and recuperate during your high-pace African safari activities. The camp is divided into three areas, and each area offers distinct facilities i.e. Main Naibor, Little Naibor and Naibor Wilderness. Naibor is a premium accommodation, so you are also treated to impeccable service by a staff that takes pride in helping guests feel at home. Their personable natures, excellent knowledge and outstanding professionalism exceed your every expectation. Main Naibor offers 7 guest tents with king size beds built from native fig wood, luxurious sofas, contrasting rugs along with other fused classic-modern design elements.

Safari Tier 2 - Rekero Camp

A blissful wildlife vacation in Kenya with AfricanMecca awaits you at Rekero Camp, a deluxe accommodation that is situated on the banks of the Talek River in the heart of Masai Mara National Reserve. The wilderness is known internationally as a premier destination for authentic African plains safari experiences, and Rekero captures the romantic and adventurous spirits of our guests. The entire camp is designed to celebrate the beauty of the Mara ecosystem with minimal environmental impact. All structures are under canvas, including a mid-size dining tent under shade trees and a small lounge area that rests upon a platform with incredible river views. 9 guest tents allow for a maximum of twenty guests, so you are assured the benefits of an exclusive Masai Mara tour, such as personalized service, exceptional food, immaculate tents with few in-camp guests, top notch personable guides and much more. The décor of your tent enhances the subtle romantic ambience of the setting through a tasteful use of natural blonde woods, neutral colors and rich fabrics.

Safari Tier 3 - Entim Camp

For your modest bush travel in Masai Mara, we recommend Entim Camp located inside in the heart of the reserve. Situated at the meeting point of the Talek River and Mara River, the camp offers a secluded setting, fitting location for activities, palatable food and adequate service. Each of the 10 non-frill tents has the necessary furnishings that you need for a comfortable East African safari overnight stay, such as beds constructed of local wood, storage chest, nightstands, bedside lamps and curtains over the windows. Nature’s beauty is brought indoors with decorative fabrics and accents in chocolate brown, rich gold and bronze, burnt red, sage green, hints of white and many other contrasting colors. Your private verandah has safari-style chairs and a small table where you can enjoy some private game viewing and moments of complete relaxation. Your guest tent is set up to give you views of the river together with supplemented sounds of wildlife traveling to and fro, including hippos, elephants and other herbivores, as well as lions, hyenas and some other predators.

TOUR EXPERIENCES OF CENTRAL MASAI MARA

MASAI MARA - NORTH, EAST, SOUTH & WEST

After your stay in Central Masai Mara, you will proceed for two nights to a private conservancy in the northern, eastern, southern or western regions of the main reserve along its border, which serves as wildlife management buffer zones. Each conservancy is founded upon a mutually-beneficial collaboration between landowners, conservation organizations and guest camps. The private-ownership status of the conservancies also means that a greater variety of safari activities are offered to guests, many of which are restricted in the main reserve.

Recommended Accommodation Options In Masai Mara

1. Northern Masai Mara Camps And Lodges

The northern Masai Mara zone is comprised of six conservancies – Mara North, Olare Motorogi, Mara Naboisho, Ol Choro Oiroua, Ol Kinyei and Lemek. Each conservancy offers our guests unique accommodations, as well as incredible experiences in one of the world’s most pristine wilderness areas.

2. Eastern Masai Mara Camps And Lodges

The eastern zone of Masai Mara offers accommodations in the private Siana Conservancy as well as in the main reserve. We advise our guests that this area has the highest density of camps and lodges when compared to other zones, with the exception of Leleshwa Camp and Mara Bushtops that focus on high-quality Siana wilderness experience.

3. Southern Masai Mara Camps And Lodges

The southern zone of Masai Mara has the lowest density of guest accommodations when compared to the other zones. As a result, you enjoy a secluded experience in the remote bush country of the reserve and Olderikesi Conservancy. Cottar’s 1920’s Camp and Cottar's Homestead are extraordinary choices for our Tier 1 premier guests.

4. Western Masai Mara Camps And Lodges

The western zone of Masai Mara primarily includes accommodations on private leased Maasai lands outside the public reserve with the exception of Bateleur and Kichwa Tembo Camps that are set in a very small private andbeyond concession that allows access to night game drives and bush walks. All accommodations in the western section offer game drives in the Mara Triangle areas of the public reserve - sometimes known as the Mara Conservancy under the Trans Mara Maasai Council

TOUR EXPERIENCES OF MASAI MARA NORTH, EAST, SOUTH & WEST

AMBOSELI

You will proceed to Amboseli for the next two nights. Amboseli National Park is a majestic landscape where predator and prey interactions unfolds every day across the 392 square kilometers (151 square miles) of protected wilderness. The park borders Tanzania and is situated at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak, and the melting snow flows into underground springs that feed the swamps and wetlands that dot the plains. These water sources attract animals of all sizes, the most sought-after being– the free-roaming elephants, but you may also see elands, waterbucks, grant's gazelles, warthogs, coke's hartebeests, zebras and other grazing herbivores. The abundance of large prey supports lions, leopards, civets, wildcats and other elusive hunters, as well as jackals, hyenas and other scavengers.

Recommended Accommodation Options In Amboseli

Safari Tier 1 - Tortilis Camp

Tortilis Camp is situated secluded in the south-western portion of the park with spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro and access to its private Kitirua Conservancy. At 19340 feet, the extinct snowcapped volcano dominates the scenery and provides vital water to the plains in the park. Melting snow flows into underground springs that emerge in wetlands and swamps that attract an abundance of prey, predator and avi-fauna. Most of the guest accommodations are twin or double tents, but for families on an adventure travel in Kenya, the camp also offers a family tent and a two-bedroom boutique, private house. The makuti-covered tents are constructed of canvas with a thatched roof, and the open insect-proof windows allow fresh breezes to keep you cool during the day and to allow daylight in. The private house features a separate sitting and dining area, and the veranda is one of the finest places on the property to see Mt. Kilimanjaro. Tortilis also have a swimming pool to cool off from the warmth of the day and offers massage, pedicure and manicure bush services – great for vacationing honeymooners who want some coddling.

Safari Tier 2 - Satao Elerai

As part of the “Out of Africa Collection” of camps in Kenya, the Maasai partnered Satao Elerai is a 17-room boutique accommodation for your exclusive, luxurious wildlife safari in Amboseli National Park. Set within a remote section bordering the southeastern portion of the park, the nostalgic neo-design of the accommodation is reminiscent of the camps that were used by Kenya’s earliest explorers, and the hillside location gives you breathtaking views of the savannah plains and mighty snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Advantageously, the camp is located in the private conservancy of Elerai thus affording AfricanMecca guests access to nature walks, Maasai village visits and night game drives within the dense conservancy. Constructed of acacia poles, cedar wood floors, thatch roof and other native materials, the 12 tents evoke the boutique romance of East Africa with unobstructed views of Mt. Kilimanjaro while the 5 chalet-style guest suites are designed with natural stone and acacia wood, and feature ensuite bathrooms with bathtub, as well as private verandas with a shrubland view.

Safari Tier 3 - Kibo Safari Camp

Set in the heart of Maasai life on the scenic African plains and in the shadow of the largest, free-standing mountain in the world, the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro, Kibo Safari Camp is a huge, non-frill abode to stay as part of your wildlife vacation in Africa. It can take in over 150 guests on a full-house so expect personalization of services to be at the bare minimum. On arrival at the camp, your budget holiday in Africa starts with a modest welcome cool towel and juice drink to refresh you following the warm, dusty journey to the site. The wilderness bush and environmentally conscious camp structure and furnishings blend with their surroundings to provide a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Kibo Safari Camp has a total 73 canvas tents with a thatch roof to protect it from the heat of day, and options of double or twin, triple and family rooms are on offer. Each self-contained tent has an in-shower, sink and toilet, limited hot and cold running water and variable rationed electricity that operates only for few hours during the day and night.

TOUR EXPERIENCES OF AMBOSELI

TSAVO EAST

You will proceed to Tsavo East National Park for the next two nights. Your authentic wilderness trip to East Africa should include the majestic Tsavo East National Park. With easy access to the park from the coast of Mombasa, AfricanMecca guests travel across immense savannah plains that are dotted with thorn bushes, stands of acacia trees, scrublands and woodlands. The rolling topography lulls you into a dream-like state as you uncover the varied ecological and historical treasures. Some of Kenya’s largest elephant herds are in Tsavo East Park, so you will likely see these grey-skinned animals in several locations. Prides of mane-less lions, some sharing the DNA from the man-eater lions of Tsavo along with herds of buffalos are also been frequently seen in the park. Dispersed amongst these animals are giraffes, zebras, lesser kudus, coke’s hartebeests, grant’s gazelles, klipspringers, impalas, waterbucks, gerenuks, hunter’s hartebeests and many more sought-after fauna. In the rivers, you may see hippos enjoying the refreshing water that cools them throughout the day. Bird lovers find a paradise of resident and migratory species as more than 500 species have been recorded in Tsavo East.

Recommended Accommodation Options In Tsavo East

Safari Tier 1 - Galdessa Camp

Overlooking the Galana River, scattered with doum palm trees with an ambience and rustic architecture that keeps you close to nature on your wilderness vacation in south-eastern Kenya is the Galdessa Camp. The main lounge and dining area of this upmarket accommodation is made of stone with sloping thatch roofs. Comfortable sofas fashioned out of tree trunks and hardy branches with plush cushions are scattered around for your relaxation. Since this camp is not fenced, you will see animals wandering through it on their way to the river. Elephants hose up water with their trunk and hippos graze outside your tent at night while crocodiles lurk in the river aqua. Watch them from the wide patio outside your tent as you relax in comfortable safari chairs and daybeds on your wondrous tour with AfricanMecca. Each of the 11 tents has a sloping roof of thatch supported by poles and is made of canvas along with netted windows to allow air and daylight in. The wooden platform on which it is erected forms a hardwood floor. The bed, chairs and other furniture are also made of tree trunks including a Swahili coffee table with drawers. Some of the tents have double beds while others have twin beds protected with mosquito netting suspended from the ceiling. A third bed is a possibility. Each banda is moderately placed from the other so you have some subtle privacy augmented by dense vegetation that creates a natural curtain. The very spacious bathroom is at the back of the tent with stone floors and offers the safari bucket shower experience. If you are newlyweds or romantics who are celebrating your anniversary on safari, we recommend booking the honeymoon suite.

Safari Tier 2 - Satao Camp

Sheltered in a grove of tamarind trees, Satao Camp in the mighty Tsavo East National Park comprises of a collection of rustic structures with makuti roofs supported by sisal and boroti poles, arranged in a half circle around a watering hole where diverse animals come to drink and bathe. On your Satao trip to this part of East Africa, you might wake one morning to the sight of elephants splashing water over themselves or gazelles sipping after a hearty meal of green grass in the camp wild lawns or even lions quenching their thirst in the early morning before strategizing their hunt. Satao does not have fences so giraffes wandering through the camp along with impalas, zebras, monkeys and baboons are a common occurrence. Its watchtower avails interactive views of the waterhole and landscape far beyond. Satao Camp has 20 guest tents in all, 16 of which are standard tents while the other 4 are suites. Constructed of eco-green canvas with netting for the windows, the tents have double, triple or twin beds. Erected on a flat surface or elevated platform, each tent has a rollback, zippable entrance augmented with its wide patio furnished with safari chairs and daybeds. It also includes racks with shelves so you can unpack for your AfricanMecca homely travels. Your tent comes with chairs for sitting while the natural-tone rugs add an element of cultural coziness. The ensuite bathroom is at the back through a wooden door or canvas zipper.

Safari Tier 3 - Ngutuni Safari Lodge

Sprawled in open grassland with the Sagala Hills standing tall in the background is the Ngutuni Safari Lodge. This budget accommodation is built in the midst of a private sanctuary that covers an area of 10,000 acres bordered by Tsavo East National Park on three sides. AfricanMecca guests touring the outback of Tsavo in south-eastern Kenya can spend time on the viewing decks of the lodge and watch as herds of elephants, zebras, buffaloes and many species of birds visit the watering hole below to drink, bath or graze on the surrounding foliage. The entire lodge is built with timber poles and thatched roofs with a warm, eco-friendly ambience that surprisingly combines all the basic comforts you may need. The 48 guest rooms are housed on either side of four of the two-story buildings that have 12 rooms each. Every room includes a double bed and an added single bed that can comfortably sleep up to three guests traveling to Tsavo East Park with a maximum capacity of a massive 144 guests. Families will find the 8 interconnecting rooms very convenient. Natural-tone curtains and rugs on the floor lend a homely feel to the rooms that also has a simple dresser and seat. The ceiling fan keeps you cool and the lodge also provides a room phone for your use while the attached bathroom has a shower and hairdryer. The wooden balcony also has a seating arrangement and faces the watering hole. This area light up at night so you can continue to view animals even in the dim light.

TOUR EXPERIENCES OF TSAVO EAST

SHIMBA HILLS - VIA MOMBASA

Proceed to Shimba Hills National Reserve for the next two nights with an option to stay in Mombasa. Just 20 miles (33 kilometers) south from the island of Mombasa is Shimba Hills, a small wilderness reserve that offers spectacular vistas and wondrous waterfalls amidst an equatorial forest. 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 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. 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. We recommend hiking to Sheldrick Falls, 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.

Recommended Accommodation Options In Shimba Hills

Safari Tier 1 Lodging Is Not Available In Shimba. Only Safari Tier 2 & 3 Options Are Available.

Safari Tier 2 - Kutazama Lodge

Charming only begins to describe Kutazama Lodge, a mid-range boutique accommodation that is located in the Shimba Hills wilderness. Its conservation area is wholesomely part of Shimba Hills National Reserve, Mkongani Forest Reserve and Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, giving you a first-hand East African equatorial safari experience unlike any other. Set amidst 31 acres of indigenous gardens, the lodge truly is a stunning place to relax and unwind during your bush tour of Shimba Hills with AfricanMecca. Kutazama is a stunning example of architecture that blends perfectly into the landscape. The structures are built around the existing rock and trees, so each room features natural elements that are complemented with Swahili native art. Only two suites are available, so you are given the utmost personalized service, including your own butler and chef.

Safari Tier 3 - Shimba Hills Lodge

Escape into the forest of Shimba Hills National Reserve at the 67-room modest accommodation of Shimba Hills Lodge. This economical African wilderness travel accommodation offers standard rooms and suites to fit the needs of every budget-conscious guest. The small standard rooms provide you with the basic necessities you need while keeping you close to all the action in the reserve. The room décor is clean and minimalistic to keep your attention on the pristine bush that is just outside your room. Simply walk through the sliding glass doors, and the forest envelops you with refreshing temperatures, colorful birdlife and outlandish sounds of varied creatures in the trees and bush. The twin beds have mosquito netting, and the ceiling fan and mineral water keep you cool and refreshed during your equatorial trip to Shimba Hills Reserve. Your room does not have an en-suite bathroom, but the shared bathroom is easily accessed at the corridors close to your room. For AfricanMecca guests who need more space and privacy, Shimba Hills Lodge offers two large suites, each with king size bed with a small lounge area, mini bar, tea and coffee maker and en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower.

TOUR EXPERIENCES OF SHIMBA HILLS

RECOMMENDED PRE AND POST SAFARI AND BEACH EXTENSIONS IN KENYA

After this distinct safari, we recommend a combination off-beat extension to Samburu, Laikipia, Meru, Lake Nakuru or Lake Naivasha in Northern, Central and Eastern Kenya depending on your safari activity and wildlife preferences. Thereafter, harmoniously conclude with a beach rest and relaxation visit to the Eastern coast of Kenya with varied seashore, cultural and historic experiences available, including the Swahili islands and beaches of Mombasa (Diani, Galu, Tiwi, Nyali, Bamburi), Lamu, Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, and the secluded Msambweni coast, idyllic islands of Funzi, Chale or also Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. The options are endless!

NORTHERN KENYA SAFARI EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 3 NIGHTS STAY

1. Laikipia - Lewa Conservancy

Located in northern Kenya, the private conservancies of Laikipia represent an outstanding model of wildlife management that provides AfricanMecca guests with a distinctive safari vacation in Africa. The varied conservancies are home to the second highest wildlife density in Kenya, and while many other areas are experiencing dwindling populations of animals, Laikipia is recognized for its ever-increasing numbers of wildlife, including threatened, rare and endangered species. Guests who visit Laikipia during their bush travel in Kenya will not only see the Big 5 roaming freely, but also black and white rhinos, African wild dogs, Grevy’s zebras, reticulated giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeests and other rare species. One of the greatest advantages of visiting Laikipia during your adventurous tour of Kenya is an opportunity to view an abundance of wildlife while partaking of activities that are restricted in national parks in Kenya. These activities are further enhanced by the low number of other guests due to limited rooming capacity at the sub-conservancies, making Laikipia the perfect choice for those who desire an exclusive African safari experience. Dependent on where you are staying in Laikipia, activities include game drives, bush walks, horseback riding, camel walks and camel rides, aerial helicopter and bi-plan safaris, village visits and much more. With a history that spans over decades, we recommend as our preferred Lewa Conservancy in Eastern Laikipia, as one of today’s most successful conservancies in Kenya.

2. Samburu National Reserve

Enjoy a quintessential Kenyan northern safari in Samburu with unrestricted access to authentic rugged East African wilderness. As you travel through Samburu, the diverse terrain transitions from rolling plains to volcanic remnants. The vegetation is concentrated along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the primary source of water in the reserve. You may not expect to see wildlife in such a stark landscape, but Samburu is home to an abundance of animal species. The most notable and sought after are known as the Samburu Special Five – Somali ostriches, Grevy’s zebras, gerenuks, reticulated giraffes and Beisa oryxes. More common mammals are Grant’s gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, dik diks, olive baboons, elephants, warthogs, hippos and carnivores, including lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, leopards, to name a few.

CENTRAL & EASTERN KENYA SAFARI EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 2 OR 3 NIGHTS STAY

1. Lake Nakuru National Park & Lake Naivasha

Proceed to the alkaline Lake Nakuru and freshwater Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley for the next two nights. Lake Nakuru National Park is a must for your central Kenya tour. See firsthand one to two million lesser and greater flamingos dip their curved bills into the warm, soda water of the lake to extract their favorite food -- special algae that are found in abundance in the unique lake. The most prominent wildlife in the park includes 56 mammals and 450 bird species. Exploring Lake Nakuru Park is an opportunity to see many of Africa's most prized fauna in a natural and beautiful setting. Resting at an elevation of 1890 meters is the serene freshwater Lake Naivasha, a superb oasis to include on your exploratory holiday in Kenya. Just beyond its shores are papyrus swamps, acacia woodlands, forests and unique geologic features that are remnants of the area’s volcanic past. The nutrient-rich soil is fertilized by an abundance of water, including the Gilgil and Malewa Rivers, to create an ecosystem that is known around the world for a diverse avian presence, as well as game animals. More than 450 bird species have been identified including varied small and large mammals. Lake Naivasha is a RAMSAR site, a designation that reflects the ecological importance of the wetlands around the lake

2. Meru National Park

Meru National Park is famed for its acclaimed setting of the book and movie "Born Free" by Joy and George Adamson. Your adventure in Meru begins as soon as you arrive. As you travel through its coarse roads, you will be struck by the rich canvas of colors and landscapes that the park displays. The earth is a vibrant rust-orange that offsets the lush green trees and vegetation of Meru. Trees like baobabs, acacia, doum palms and commiphora dot the expanses and the 13 rivers of Meru add a brown-green hue, their banks fertile and jade. The grasses of the plains are a sandy golden providing effective camouflage cover for the tawny lions, cheetahs and leopards that lurk in them, looking for a strategy to catch a prey meal of elands, zebras, reedbucks, waterbucks and more. Both white and black rhinos can be seen here that have been translocated from other wildernesses along with resident herds of elephants and buffalos.More than 300 species of birds thrive here and the rivers are rich with catfish and tilapia which in turn support a diversity of fish-eating birds like kingfishers, fish eagles and fishing owls.

EASTERN KENYA BEACH EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 3 TO 6 NIGHTS STAY

The contrast of soft white sand and azure blue water lulls you into the enchantment of Kenya’s many beaches and islands. Each beachfront setting offers a unique experience to suit the personal style of every guest. Bury your toes in the soft white sand while watching soothing waves lap the shoreline. The aquamarine water of the Indian Ocean stretches as far as the eye can see, meeting the baby blue sky on the horizon. A lovely cocktail refreshes your spirit like the breeze in the swaying palm trees. The beaches and islands of Kenya melt away your every concern and rejuvenate your body, soul and mind. Below the Indian Ocean surface is a breathtaking world of marine life. Kenya is, in fact, home to some of the world’s greatest dive sites, including the second longest barrier reef on the planet. You can experience scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, kitesurfing, boating and angling for marlin, sailfish and other large game fish. Complement your beach vacation with Swahili historic and cultural experiences in Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi, Watamu and Kilifi.

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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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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.

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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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