Shimba Hills National Reserve is just 320 square kilometres (123 sq. miles) in size. It is an equatorial rainforest with cooler temperatures than most areas in Kenya.


The reserve is 30 km (18.5 miles) southwest of Mombasa on the coast. This coastal proximity makes it a perfect 1-day getaway from the beach resorts.


The climate is moist with sea breezes and early morning mist. Temperatures average 24oC/75oF.

When to go:

The park is open year-round and always accessible.

Best time to visit:

The best wildlife viewing is during the dry season (June – October). There are usually some rains along the coast year-round, but the stronger rains in April, May and November can limit game drives and hikes.

Getting there:

By road – the principal road is from Diani and Mombasa.

Things to do and see

For Kids

This is one of the easiest parks to visit and very close to the coast. There are lots of trails and gentle hills for kids to traverse. The climate is mild and comfortable for hiking making it a popular park for families. The trails offer sightings of plenty of wildlife including giraffe, buffalo and the elephants.

Sheldrick Falls

An easy walk brings you to this 21 m (60 ft) spectacular falls. Draped in vines and greenery, the falls are a relaxing respite in this carefree park. Have a picnic, swim in the natural pool or just laze about on this easiest of safaris.


Elephant Hill

A highpoint both literally and figuratively – this is the best viewing site in the reserve. From this summit look for Shimba’s many elephants and picturesque vistas over the valley and out toward the ocean. Rangers will escort you to the top.

Sable Antelope

This is the only place in Kenya where you can view these beautiful creatures. The females gather in small groups and are easier to observe than the males.

Marere Dam

A busy watering hole. Look for the larger animals including elephants. This is also a great spot for birdwatching.

Visit Shimba Hills National Reserve

This tropical rainforest is an easy drive from the coast and your beach holiday. For a complete change of pace and the
chance to experience Kenya’s wildlife, Shimba Hills is a quick, fun escape.

Join us on safari to this popular park for a quick visit or as part of a longer tour. We have safaris departing from Nairobi, Mombasa and other coastal resorts going to Amboseli and other great Kenya Parks.