Shimba hills national reserve
The beautiful Shimba hills national reserve is situated in the coastal coat of east Africa, approximately 33km from Mombasa Kenya’s Coastal city and 15km from the coastline making it one of the closest national reserves to the coast besides Malindi marine national park. The park constitutes of coastal rain forests, woodland and grassland vegetation, such integration of diverse vegetation make shimba hills national reserve quit a unique one.
Shimba hills national reserve, is filled with several plant species almost constituting of 50% of Kenya’s rare plant species such as the cycads and orchids that are endangered. The reserve is home to a huge number of elephants approximating to 700 which is arising an issue of sustainability since it is said to be a threat to vegetation, other wildlife found in the reserve include the monkeys, antelopes, water bucks, antelopes, buffaloes, giraffes, hyenas and several bird species.
With the presence of the attractions in the reserve, there is no doubt that the reserve hosts quit a number of unique activities one can indulge in .
Below are some of the popular activities one can indulge in while at shimba national reserve
Guest / visitors at shimba national reserve can go hiking with the most prominent point of hike being the pengo hill that stands upto 450 meters above sea level, while at pengo hill, you will have the breath-taking view of the shimba hills projecting out so of the eccentric feature.
With the wild gem that shimba national reserve is endowed with, there is no doubt ot a game viewing area. One will get to view and experience the huge numbers of elephants in what they would call a small surface.
Birding is shimba national reserve is another thrilling activity at the park, the presence of 3 distinct vegetation offers room for several bird species to exist in shimba national reserve, thereby making shimba national reserve a bird watchers paradise. Some of the notable species include: African fish eagle, Black-collared barbet,Brown-hooded kingfisher, Crested guineafowl,Golden palm weaver
Appreciate nature especially where what to offer seems abundant, shimba national reserve has got several tracks, that offers ample opportunities to mingle with mother nature leaving you in awe of what the reserve has got offer in terms of nature.
Shimba national reserve also neighbours communities habited by people of local heritage, going to mingle and learning about the local go about their life’s can also be an opportunity to get to learn about cultures or top up the rich experiences on can about cultures already.