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Shimba Hills National Reserve – Kenya

Shimba Hills National Reserve – Kenya

Background Information

A fenced elephant corridor connects the Shimba Hills with Mwaluganje Forest Reserve to the North.

The shimba hills are a dissected plateau that ascends steeply from from the coastal plains, 30 km south west of Mombasa and just south of Kwale town. The surrounding escarpment rises from around 120m to 300m across the bulk of the plateau and as high as 450m at Marare and Pengo hills.

The underlying rocks are the Triassic Shimba Grifs and in the north central part near Kwale town Pliecone Magarini sands.

Rivers flowing from the shimba hills reserve supply fresh water to Mombasa and the Diani / Ukunda area in Kwale district.


Shimba Hills national  reserve is approximately 33 km south of Mombasa, in Kwale County of Coast Kenya.


The climate is hot and moist but is cooler than that at the coast with strong sea breezes and frequent mist and cloud in the early morning.

Annual rainfall is 855mm-1682mm.

Mean annual temperatures is 24.2ºC.


The reserve’s main access is via Diani-56kms from Mombasa.


    • Sheldricks Falls
    • Sable antelope
    • Coastal rainforest
    • Potential for bird-shooting outside the reserve.



The Shimba Hills hold one of the largest areas of coastal rain forest in East Africa after Arabuko Sokoke.
The vegetation consists of forested scarp slopes and undulating grasslands interspersed with woodland clumps and ribbons of riverine forest in the steeply cut valleys.

Visit The Shimba Hills and many more must-see game reserves by embarking on a Kenya safari holiday.

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