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SHIMBA HILLS NATIONAL RESERVE

The Shimba Hills National Reserve is a small reserve located in the Coast Province of Kenya, 15km from the coast, and 33km from Mombasa. The main activities tourists can engage in the park include game viewing, archeological safaris, and trekking. The Reserve is home to numerous elephants; there are over 500. Shimba hills also have excellent birding opportunities. Other magnificent creatures found in the Reserve include ostriches, buffalos, and bushy-tailed mongoose. Nonetheless, what stands out about the scenically beautiful Reserve is that it’s the only place in Kenya where you can see the sable antelope.

Have you ever heard of sable antelope? It’s one of Africa’s largest antelopes with horns that grow up to 1.6 meters in length. The fascinating aspect of sable antelope is their speed; they run at 57km/h to escape from their predators. The good news is that Shimba Hills National Reserve in Kenya provides tourists with an opportunity to closely watch the elegant sable antelopes and learn more about them. Thus, Shimba Hills National Reserve is the paradise of the sable antelope.

Shimba Hills is more like a specialist in sable-antelopes. The Reserve hosts approximately 100 of the last breeding herd of Sable Antelope in Kenya. For this reason, at this park, you should be on the lookout for these large ebony-colored antelopes with their scimitar-shaped horns. Watching them as they graze in the unique thick nature of the forest is phenomenal! Besides, the staff goes out of their way to make your visit exceptional as they educate you on the outstanding creatures. They will guide you through the hidden spots and lookout viewpoints where you can view these elusive creatures with their majestic horns. You’ll learn that unlike the males, female sable antelopes gather in small groups, making it easier to observe them. After visiting this Reserve, one thing is for sure; you’ll develop a special affection for the spectacular sable antelope. Shimba Hills National Reserve is worth the plunge! It’s a quick and fun escape that gives you a chance to experience Kenya’s unique wildlife.

Charges

Citizen Adults pay ksh 300 while children or students pay 125 ksh

Resident adults pay 600 ksh while children or students pay 255

Non-resident adults pay 22$ while children or students pay 13$.

Directions

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 1 km from the C106 road and 3 km from Kwale.

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