Welcome to Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary
Opened in October 1995 to create a corridor along an elephant migration route between Shimba Hills and Mwaluganje Forest Reserve, and comprising 240 sq km of ruggedly beautiful country along the valley of the Cha Shimba River, this sanctuary is home to one of the densest concentrations of pachyderms on the continent (150 or so, to be precise). Sightings of these magnificent beasts are guaranteed, and the reserve's relative remoteness means that you're unlikely to have to share them with many other visitors. All this makes Mwaluganje more suitable for those who’ve done a few safaris elsewhere and are after a wilder, more pristine experience. The drier country means the wildlife in Mwaluganje differs slightly from that of wetter and greener Shimba Hills, especially so when it comes to the birds.
This sanctuary is a good example of community-based conservation, with local people acting as stakeholders in the project.