As one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa (300 Sq. m) after Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Shimba Hills National reserve is rich in flora and fauna and hosts the highest density of African elephant in Kenya. Set high in the hills above the South Coast, this small Park is best known for the herds of rare Sable antelope which graze in the rolling hills. Elephant live in the pockets of rainforest, giraffe, zebra and ostrich (all introduced in recent years) may be seen, bushy tailed mongoose and other small mammals like fruit bats. The forest is an important bird area and is endowed with forest birdlife while the grasslands hold localized species such as red-necked-Spur fowl, Croaking Cisticola and Zanzibar Red Bishop. The air at this elevation is clean and cool and it is a beautiful area in which to take a break from the hot and steamy temperatures of the coast.
Morning pick up from your hotel and drive to the Shimba Hills National Reserve, starting with the Shifoga Nature & Cultural tour. This one hour tour is a learning experience of butterfly breeding and Digo cultural practice as you tour a Digo Village. Proceed to the Sheldrick Falls. Deep in the river valley of the National Reserve is the spectacular 82 foot Sheldrick falls with a natural plunge pool at the foot. A shower in the cool clean waters of the falls or a dip in the pool is quite refreshing after the walk. Clients who prefer to give the walk a miss, will proceed on a short game drive, followed by a further game drive with the other clients. Proceed to Shimba Hills Green Safari Camp for Lunch. Afternoon relax at the Camp overlooking the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary from where you can spot the Elephants below. You can watch the Usambara Mountains in neighboring Tanzania,on the horizon, returning to your hotel in the evening.