What Animals Are In Shimba National Reserve?

What Animals Are In Shimba National Reserve? Shimba hills national reserve is located within the coastal province in Kwale district and it is considered among the small national parks in the country, which covers a total surface area of about 192.51 square kilometers, and it is easily accessed because it covers a distance of about 33 kilometers from Mombasa and around 15 kilometers from the coast. Shimba hills national reserve is a good destination to travel to while on your safari in Kenya due to its many tourists attractions and a cool environment from resting. And it surrounded with coastal rain forests, savannah grasslands, savannah woodlands , flora and fauna, plant biodiversity with over 50% that consists many plant species such as; orchids and cycad. More so, Shimba national reserve was created in 1968 with a main purpose of protecting all wildlife species due to the fact that poaching activities were becoming common hence leading to the reduction in the number of elephants and many other animals.

And apart from animals there are so many other attractions which lead people to travel from different parts of the world to visit the park and some of these include; elephant hill which is seen as the best view point where tourists can be able to sight see elephants in large numbers, Marere dam which has a watering hole and many animals are spotted around this area as they drink water to quench off their thirst, sheldrick waterfalls which is about 21 meters and it is surrounded by vines and greenery and many others.

Wildlife species in Shimba Hills National Reserve.

Shimba hills national reserve is seen as good natural habitat to many animals and it famously known for its large numbers of about 700 elephants and other animals like; sable antelopes, giraffes, leopards, civet cats, hyenas, bush pigs, genet, buffalos, African bush baby, coastal black and white colobus, bush bucks, red duiker, bush duiker, greater galago, baboons, black-faced vervet monkey, bush tailed mongoose, sykes monkey, serval cat, knob-bristled shrew, black and red shrew. In addition, it is a good habitat to many reptiles such as; snakes like; cobra, python and gecko and lizards. More so, there are insects like; mosquitoes, butterflies, beetles and many others.


Shimba National reserve is also considered as good destination for bird lovers to visit due to the fact that it harbours around 230 bird species  and around 22 coastal endemic species which include; African Hawk, Ostrich eagle, Guinea fowl, Cuckoo, Falcon, greater, sunbirds, blue, Uluguru and other prominent species such as; Guinea fowls, African hawks, eagles and hornbills. In addition, all these birds are best spotted within the grasslands, coastal forests that act as good natural habitats to the birds.

More so, there are bird species within this reserve which include; Brown-breasted barbet, African palm swift, crowned hornbill, Eastern violet-backed sunbird, Fischer’s turaco, East coast Akalat, Golden palm weaver, green barbet, green tinker bird, Narina trogon, Mottled swift, Pangani long claw, plain-backed sunbird, red necked spur fowl, spotted ground thrush, Uluguru violet backed sunbird, trumpeter hornbill, yellow-throated long claw, Sokoke pipt, silverly-checked hornbill and many others.

Activities to do while in Shimba Hills national reserve.

Exploring within Shimba Hills national reserve gives you great opportunities to engage in so many exciting activities where they create remarkable memories and some of these include; game viewing, bird watching and the best time for bird lovers to travel is between months of November to April because it is during this time when birds migrate often from place to another, guided nature walks where they are always accompanied with park guides who lead them through different trails within the green forests and they able to sight see at many animals and birds such as; green tinker bird, mottled swift, Narina trogon, spotted ground thrush, slivery checked hornbill. More so they embark onto hiking due to the fact there are so many hiking trails that run through the national reserve.

What Animals Are In Shimba National Reserve?
Shimba National Reserve

Accommodation facilities in Shimba Hills National reserve.

So many accommodation facilities are always available for the guests who choose to stay within the park. However, these lodging facilities are ranged differently for example; from budget, mid-range and luxury. And some some these facilities include; Shimba hills green safari lodge, Sonrisa hotel, Kinondo kwetu lodge, pinewood beach resort and spa, Shimba oryx beach cottages, villa mandhar Diani beach, Shimba La Salama lodge among others. More so, there are several campsites where visitors can go for camping and these include; Makadara picnic sites, professional campsites and Sheldrick water falls campsites and many others.

Contact our trusted tour operators for more information and inquiries about what animals are there to find in Shimba Hills national reserve and Book with our tours and travel companies such as; Focus East Africa tours who offer the best tour packages while on your adventourous safari in Kenya.

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