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|SHIMBA HILLS INTRODUCTION :|
Close to Mombasa, Shimba Hills National Park is a small hilly plateau situated at 33 km south from Mombasa (near Kwale Town) - See Kenya South Coast.
All hills have views points which offer splendid views of the hilly and forested countryside and far as the Indian ocean and Chale island to the East and the Tsavo plains and Taita hills to the West.
Visiting the park is a great opportunity to discover the dry red-soil of inland Kenya by doing a real safari and observing African elephants while being near the coast and still enjoying the freshness of the coastal breeze.
The park is well managed, the road is good all year round and there are plenty of signposts, to direct you. These is also a few choice of accommodation for those willing to pass the night in an equatorial forest populated by elephants or for sundowners lovers.
|How to get there :|
From Mombasa, take the ferry at Likoni to access the southern coastline where Diani and Tiwi beaches are. Then, take the main A14 coast road 10 km southwards until you join the main crossroad. Take the road climbing to Kwale Town (C106). The main gate is located at 1 km from the C106 road and 3 km from Kwale.
Distance Mombasa-Shimba Hills : 33 km
|SHIMBA HILLS NATIONAL PARK :|
Shimba Hills is the name of the hills rising above the palm-fringed reaches of Kenya's coastline. Surrounded by a forested area of approximately 24'000 hectares, the park has a unique wooded ecosystem rich in flora but also in fauna - with all the same elephants, giraffes and the rare sable antelopes.
Vegetation is very dense therefore the few pastures and grasslands available are the best places to view animals who usually move towards rivers to drink and plains to graze. They are on eastern side of the park near the Giriama point, the Longo forest or the Buffalo ridge. Because it is very hot, animals stay in the forest during the day and no animals are seen. So very late afternoon is best time.
The main attraction of the park are the Sheldrick falls, an impressive 25 meters high waterfall of fresh spring water, and its marked foothpath in gallery forest to see the falls.
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Altitude :120 - 450 m|
Area : 321 km2
Location : 33 km South from Mombasa - District of Kwale (Coast Province)
Distance :33 km from Mombasa
Entrances : one main entrance and three secondary gates (Kivumoni Gate, Kidongo Gate, Shimba Gate). One small airstrip.
Open : Daily from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm. No entry is allowed on foot and visitors will not be allowed in the park after 6.15 pm.
Historic : Gazetted in September 1968. Rainforests are protected areas since 1903 and grasslands were incorporated in 1924.
The Warden : P.O. Box 30 Kwale, Coast Province. Tel: +254 (0)40 4159 - Email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
o Large rainforest surrounding the park (Mkongani and Mwaluganje forests).
o Possibility to do safari easily accessible from Mombasa : elephant, giraffe, buffalo, roan antelope and leopard.
o Unique presence of the sable antelope.
o Splendid views towards the Indian Ocean and Mt Kilimanjaro.
o Sheldrick Waterfalls (25 meters high).
o Possibility to go for walk at the falls and to plunge in the pool.
o Picnic sites, camping sites and self-catering accomodation available.
|WILDLIFE/VEGETATION --> Just click on the name to see snapshots and a fact sheet of the animal...|
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|Antelope (Roan) - Antelope (Sable) - Bushbuck - Duiker (Blue) - Duiker (Common) - Duiker (Harvey’s) - Steinbok - Suni - Topi (Coastal) - Waterbuck (Common) -|
|Other ungulates and mammals :|
|Buffalo (Cape) - Giraffe (Maasai) - Pig (Bush) - Warthog (Common) -|
|Hyena (Spotted) - Leopard - Lion - Serval -|
|Baboon (Savannah) - Bushbaby (Lesser) - Colobus (Eastern Black-White) - Galago (Large-eared greater) - Galago (Small-eared greater) - Monkey (Blue/Sykes/Diademed) - Monkey (Green Vervet) -|
|Others (rabbits, hares, insectivores) :|
|The vegetation is unique and composed of coastal rainforests and grasslands interpersed with woodlands and coastal bushes. Undulating hills are patched with bushes, small grasslands and riverine forests running alongside the water springs/rivers of the hills. Large rainforests are surrounding the hills and bordering small escarpments. They are unique as they are one of the last remaining coastal rainforests on earth and are home to more than 1,100 plant's species, of which 280 are endemic to the ecosystem, and 19 endangered species of tree. Finally, two of Kenya's most beautiful orchids flowers are found in the park - the Eulophia linvingstoniana and cacullata in April, and the Eulophia wakefieldii in July and August.|
Read also below the vegetation description provided by the K.W.S. Shimba webpage.
|Smartcard is NOT needed to enter. Entry may be paid in cash (US or Kshs).
Do not hesitate to consult the K.W.S. website for up-to-date information
as more and more parks are included in the K.W.S. Smartcard scheme
ENTRANCE FEES/DAY :
Source : K.W.S. park tariffs
Adult resident - 500 Kshs
Children resident - 200 Kshs
Adult non resident - 23 US
Children non resident - 10 US
VEHICLE FEES/DAY :
Less than 6 seat - 200 Kshs
6 to 12 seats - 500 Kshs
|CAMPING SITES & BANDAS/SELF-CATERING (in/around the park)|
|LODGES, TENTED CAMPS & HOTELS (in/around the park) Report broken link - Keep me up-to-date|
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