BEST TIME TO VISIT SHIMBA HILLS FOR A SOUTH-EASTERN KENYA SAFARI
Peak tourist season occurs from July to October, coinciding with the long dry season. The reason that more AfricanMecca lodgers visit the reserve during this time is that the weather conditions enhance wildlife viewing augmented with the beach holiday season in Mombasa’s Diani and Bamburi coast. Without replenishment from new rainfall, many watering holes dry up, and the vegetation is sparse at best. The animals relocate to the permanent water sources within the reserve. The presence of water in these locations also supports some of the lush edible vegetation for foraging and grazing herbivores. Following close behind are the small predators who rely on mini-herbivores for food. As a result, you see a variety of species intermingled in a more concentrated area. Having so varied fauna vying for limited resources translates into wildlife behaviors that are unique to the climatic conditions, such as confrontations between elephants and buffalos or between territorial bachelor antelopes. During this time of year, some mammals are tending to inexperienced youngsters, so you may witness the protective behavior of mothers.
The short rainy season in Shimba occurs in November and December. During these months, visitor levels decrease slightly, and the limited accommodations offer reduced room rates. Other associated costs, such as travel, tour logistics, entry fees and activity prices remain constant throughout the year. Even with the possibility of afternoon rains, you still enjoy sunshine, so the effect on your activity-intense holiday at Shimba Hills National Reserve during this time is not always effortless as some animals disperse into the forest interiors. Because the reserve is located in equatorial Kenya and by the coast, the moisture evaporates quickly, so the roads and trails are relatively easy to navigate. We do advise our guests, though, that Easter, Christmas and New Year are popular times for European visitors to come to the reserve when beach vacationing in Mombasa along with Kenyan residents, so visitor levels increase during these festive holiday periods.
A short dry season occurs in January and February followed by the long rainy season from the end of March that lasts until June. Rainfall may last for a few days at a time, but not all day, and road and trail conditions do frequently deteriorate. The transformation of the Shimba landscape, though, makes this time of year preferable for seasoned AfricanMecca guests who desire a magical and enchanting renewed visit to Kenya (read more on the best time to go). New vegetation appears almost overnight changing mostly barren plains into lush green expanses. Some mammals give birth during the long rains, so you may see first-hand the arrival of precious and vulnerable newborns within minutes of birth. The first few minutes of life are critical, as little ones from smaller mammals must simultaneously learn to stand and walk or risk the deadly attacks of stealthy and hungry predators though the larger mammals are not affected due to absence of greater predators like lions, cheetahs, leopards 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.
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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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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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