2 Days Shimba Hills Rain Forest Safari Excursion

 

About Shimba Hills

Shimba hills safaris are very popular trips among the tourists who come to Mombasa Kenya. This is one of the popularly visited wildlife sanctuaries in the Coast Province. The park covers thirty three kilometers south west of Mombasa city and is situated in Kwale district, Coast Province. The Shimba Hills National Reserve, also known as The Sable Antelope Paradise is not only a tourist landmark but it is also the source of water for the Mombasa city and the neighboring areas.

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Day 1:
Pick up from you hotel at 0700hrs. Drive for about 45 minutes until Shimba national reserve. Start straight with a game drive within the rainy forest until time for lunch. Proceed for lunch at the Shimba lodge the only tree hotel at the coast. Relax after lunch until around 1600hrs time for another game drive to the Elephant Sanctuary - Mwaluganje. Proceed with a game drive in Mwaluganje until around 1830hrs time to go for sundowner at Shimba. After sundowner return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

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Day 2:

Have breakfast at the Shimba lodge. After breakfast you proceed for a game drive until around 1000hrs. You are accompanied by a ranger for a guided bracing walk to the Sheldrick's falls. Have another one hours game drive before you eventually return to you beach resort.

 

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Shimba Hills National Reserve thrust nearly 450 meters out of the coastal plain, an enchanting other world, lonely and remote from the heat below. The Hills are about 45 kilometers south west of Mombasa and although not significantly higher than the coastal beaches, they are remarkably cool; breezes from the Indian Ocean rise over the eastern escarpment with invigorating freshness.

This pristine wonderland of rolling meadows and forests of giant primeval trees harbors a wide variety of wildlife, including some 500 elephant that favor the refreshing fruit of the borassus palm. There are leopards often heard but not frequently seen.

But the most distinctive of the Shimba Hills National Reserve's many species is perhaps the rare and impressive Sable antelope, found in the same habitats as several large herds of buffalo. While never numerous in Kenya it is unlikely that viable populations exist other than in the Shimba Hills. Closely related to the Roan antelope, which it resembles, it is in fact, slightly smaller. Both sexes carrythe 100-160 centimeter horns, which rise vertically before curving backward in a pronounced arc.

Picnic sites on either side of the escarpment provide entrancing views: to the east overlooking the distant turquoise of the Indian Ocean and to the west, on the right day, hazy vistas of the vast plains with the Taita Hills rising out of them like a misty giant and beyond them, on days of exceptional clarity, the mighty mass of Mount Kilimanjaro. Shimba Hills National Reserve also has a large number of insects that create also sorts of unique sounds once the sun goes down

Unspoiled and one of the least exploited of all Kenya's game reserves, the combination of rolling grasslands and forest, of hill and valley and the shadowy animals and superb insect habitat make the Shimba Hills a delight for all nature lovers. Shimba Hills Lodge provides not only nighttime game viewing with an artificial moon but also escorted walks through a true fairyland.


 

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