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Shimba Hills National Reserve is a protected area gazetted as a national park in 1968. The reserve lies in the coastal areas of Kenya; just 32 kilometers from Mombasa town and 15 kilometers from off coast Diani beach. The reserve size is 300 square kilometers with coastal woodlands, coastal rainforest and grassland.


Wildlife in the Shimba Hills National Reserve

Shimba Hills National Reserve is rich in flora and fauna and hosts the highest density of African elephant in Kenya; over 700 elephants. Other animal species found in the area are Sable antelope, elephant shrew, bushy tailed mongoose and other small mammals like fruit bats. The forest is an important bird area and is endowed with forest birdlife while the grasslands hold localized species such as Red-Necked-Spur fowl, Croaking Cisticola and Zanzibar Red Bishop. The scenic Sheldrick Falls and the dense Mwaluganje Forest are also found here



The reserve has no Airstrip located inside the park, visitors can land at Ukunda Airstrips. To access with a vehicle, visitors can enter through Shimba Gate, Kivumoni Gate or Kidongo Gate.

Shimba Hills National Reserve
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