Welcome to Shimba Hills National Reserve


In 2005 the elephant population reached an amazing 600 – far too many for this tiny space. Instead of culling the herds, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) organised an unprecedented US$3.2 million translocation operation to reduce the pressure on the habitat, capturing no fewer than 400 elephants and moving them to Tsavo East National Park, a wildlife reserve between Mombasa and Nairobi.

There are more than 150km of tracks that criss-cross the reserve.


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$199 Day Trips & Excursions

Mombasa Day Trip: Shimba Hills National Reserve Safar, Hike

Begin with pickup at your hotel in Mombasa, then begin the 1.5-hour drive to Shimba Hills National Reserve. Upon arrival at Shimba Hills, pay the park entrance fee at the gate, and continue into the reserve for a morning game drive. This small-group tour allows for plenty of personal attention from the guide, who will help spot animals, birds, and other features throughout the day. Watch for some of the reserve's extraordinary wildlife in the Shimba Hills’ grassland and forest; the park is especially known for sightings of the endangered sable antelope, which fight off predators using long, scimitar-shaped horns. Shimba Hills National Reserve is also home to elephants, giraffes, leopard, civet cat, monkeys, shrews, and far more. Bird watchers can tick off species on their “life lists,” as 111 bird species have been recorded in Shimba Hills, including 22 coastal endemics such as the ostrich eagle, African hawk, and honey guide. After the game drive, keep exploring on foot: walk to Sheldrick Falls with a guide, a 1- to 2-hour round-trip hike, and enjoy an oasis of lianas and greenery surrounding the 69-foot (21-meter) cascade. Pause for lunch at Shimba Hills Lodge, then you have the option to take a second walk through the bush around the lodge—or simply enjoy the view from the lodge. At the end of the afternoon, begin the return trip to Mombasa, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

$175 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Tour: Shimba Hills National Park from Diani Beach

Begin with pickup at your hotel in Diani Beach, then travel to Shimba Hills National Reserve. Upon arrival at Shimba Hills, pay the park entrance fee at the gate, and continue into the reserve for a morning game drive.  This small-group tour allows for plenty of personal attention from the guide, who will help spot animals, birds, and other features throughout the day. Watch for some of the reserve's extraordinary wildlife in the Shimba Hills’ grassland and forest; the park is especially known for sightings of the endangered sable antelope, which fight off predators using long, scimitar-shaped horns. Bird watchers can tick off species on their “life lists,” as 111 bird species have been recorded in Shimba Hills, including 22 coastal endemics such as the ostrich eagle, African hawk, and honey guide. When the game drive concludes, keep exploring on foot: walk to Sheldrick Falls with a guide, a 1- to 2-hour round-trip hike, and enjoy an oasis of lianas and greenery surrounding the 69-foot (21-meter) cascade. Pause for lunch at Shimba Hills Lodge, then (weather permitting), you have the option to take a second walk through the bush around the lodge—or simply enjoy the view from the lodge. At the end of the afternoon, begin the return trip to Diani Beach, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.  

$130 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Shimba Hills National Reserve Tour from Mombasa

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.

Shimba Hills National Reserve in detail