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Adventure Africa Holidays is a specialist tour operator with its office headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya but operating throughout East Africa. We offer Safaris to Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kenya Shimba Hills Game Reserve, Shimba Hills Safaris, Shimba Hills Game Park Kenya, Shimba Hills Lodge, Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, Shimba Hills Kenya.

Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kenya
Shimba Hills National Reserve Background Information:
The Shimba Hills were gazetted as a National Forest in 1903, grassland areas were incorporated in 1924 and several subsequent extensions took place to bring the Reserve to its present size. In 1968 most of the Reserve was double gazetted as the Shimba Hills National Reserve. Two smaller areas to the west adjoining the reserve and almost entirely forested remain as Forest Reserves; Mkongani North and Mkongani West Forest Reserve.
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 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 Grits and in the north central part near Kwale town Pliecone Magarini sands. Rivers flowing from the hills supply fresh water to Mombasa and the Diani/Ukunda area.

Shimba Hills National Reserve Location:
The reserve is approximately 33 km South of Mombasa, in Kwale district of Coast Province.

Shimba Hills National Reserve  Climate:
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 24.2 degrees Centigrade.

How To Get To Shimba Hills National Reserve:
Roads:
The reserve's main access is via Diani. - 56 kms from Mombasa.

Airstrips:
The reserve has one airstrip.

Park Roads:
Inside the Reserve is a 153 km road network.

Park Gates:
Main gate, Kivumoni Gate, Kidongo Gate, Shimba Gate.

Shimba Hills National Reserve Major Attractions:
-Scenic landscape comprising of hills and valleys extending beyond the reserve boundaries
-Sheldricks Falls
-Sable antelope
-Coastal rainforest
-Potential for bird-shooting outside the Reserve
 
Shimba Hills National Reserve Facilities:
Shimba Hills Lodge; KWS Bandas; 2 campsites

Shimba Hills National Reserve Common Vegetation:
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.

Source: Kenya Wildlife Service.