Wildlife on the South Coast

While you wouldn’t come to the south Kenyan coastline in search of the Big Five, it doesn’t mean that bringing a pair of binoculars is a waste of time. Quite the contrary. If you want to see elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and more, Shimba Hills National Reserve and the neighbouring Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary should put a smile on your face. Diani Beach has a unique subspecies of beautiful colobus monkeys, and coral reefs everywhere are alive with fish, big and small – some of them really big: dolphins are common and whale sharks occasionally cruise by. But it’s the birds that are the real standout wildlife event. The Kenyan coast features many birds that can't be seen anywhere else in the country, and from October to March it also plays host to thousands of winter migrants escaping the cold of northern latitudes. Pack those binoculars!

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