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Shimba Hills National Reserve

Shimba Hills Waterfalls

Shimba Hills National Reserve

The Shimba Hills National Reserve is an impressive and diverse ecosystem on the south coast of Kenya.

This protected area covers an area of about 250 square kilometres and is known for its picturesque landscape, abundant wildlife and remarkable biodiversity.

The Shimba Hills are a nature lover's paradise and offer a glimpse into the untouched wilderness of East Africa.

What to see and do:

The Shimba Hills National Reserve is known for its impressive variety of wildlife. Elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, leopards, several species of monkeys and a variety of antelope and gazelle species live here.

One of the most striking features of the park is its elephant population, considered one of the last coastal populations in Kenya. The Shimba Hills are also home to the rare sable antelope, an endangered species of antelope that is becoming increasingly rare in the wild in Africa.

Sheldrick Falls is a spectacular highlight of the Shimba Hills.

These stunning waterfalls plunge into a gorge and provide a breathtaking backdrop for visitors seeking refreshment amidst nature. The area around the falls is also a popular spot for picnics and nature walks.

How to get there:

The Shimba Hills National Reserve is located about 30 kilometres southwest of Mombasa, Kenya's second largest city

  • 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



Due to the high altitude, the Shimba Hills are slightly cooler compared to the coast, especially in the evening and early morning hours.

Average temperatures are usually between 20°C and 30°C, with the coldest months usually being July and August.

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