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Grade

Easy

Accommodation

Not Included

Transport

4x4 Safari Van or Cruiser

Starts

In Nairobi

Type

Private Safari

Visit a coastal forest that’s home to sable antelope, more than 100 species of birds, and a remarkable number of elephants on a full-day, small-group safari from Mombasa to Shimba Hills National Reserve. You’ll watch for wildlife on a morning game drive, then set out on foot for Shedrick Falls, a rare chance to explore a Kenyan game reserve outside of a safari vehicle, and the perfect time to watch out for some of Shimba Hills National Reserve’s endangered cycads and orchids.

As one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa after Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, this reserve is rich in flora and fauna and hosts the highest density of African elephants in Kenya. Other animal species found in the area are Sable antelope, elephant shrew, 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 scenic Sheldrick Falls and the dense Mwaluganje Forest are also found here along with four campsites.

 

Included
  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • Lunch
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional) and in a custom made safari van/cruiser
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Drinking water(On all days)

Not Included
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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Proposed Day Program

Pick up from Mombasa, Mombasa Hotels, Mombasa Port and North coast beach hotels at 5:00 am and Diani Hotels at 6.00 AM

Arrive at the Shimba Hills National Reserve and proceed for a morning game viewing drive.

We shall be on the look out for the endangered Sable Antelope, Elephants, Giraffe, maybe Leopard, civet cat, monkeys, shrews.

for the bird watchers, more that 100 bird species have been recorded including Ostrich, Eagle, African Hawk and Honey Guide.

We shall further explore the Shimba hills on foot were accompanied by our guide, we shall walk on the Shedrick Falls on a 1/2 hour hike as we marvel at the water cascade.

We shall later stop at the Shimba Hills Green Safari lodge where we will have lunch and enjoy the surrounding views from the vantages of the lodge.

We return to the hotel at 6.00 Am for dinner and overnight.

Checklist

  • Full-day tour of Shimba Hills National Reserve from Mombasa
  • Spot wildlife on a morning game drive
  • Hike to Sheldrick Falls with a reserve guide
  • Includes lunch at the Shimba Hills Lodge
  • Pickup and drop-off at centrally-located hotels in Mombasa
Excellent Safari
This was our first time using this travel agency and the experience was more than appealing. Denis truly coordinated a unique experience that allowed us to appreciate so much of this beautiful country in a relatively short trip and also gave aridity to travel often. I highly recommend this company for the best tour experience. - Florence on TripAdvisor
Exceeded all expectations - excellent customer service from Africa Vacation Safaris
I spent over a year planning my trip to Africa which included a 2 week safari experience in Kenya for myself and my two teenage sons. I used safari bookings to research many of the options available, and was able to get an idea of prices and where we wanted to go. However, none of the ready-made options was exactly what I was looking for and several companies indicated that they were prepared to tailor a safari experience. I picked 7 with 5 star reviews and wrote each of them a (long) email about my goals for the safari and what I wanted, as well as my (fairly low) budget. 2 responded indicating that they were unable to fit with my budget, 2 didn't respond at all, and 2 referred me back to their web page to see options. Denis of Africa Vacation Safaris was different however - he responded immediately to say he had received my email but needed time to respond properly. He then got back to me within a few days with a very detailed email, identifying all of my "wants" and making suggestions for various options. He also made the (excellent) suggestion that based on what I wanted that probably a group tour would not meet our needs and that we could use more budget accommodations and have a private driver/guide for the duration of the safari. This proved to be exactly the right choice. Denis was responsive to all my inquiries and we exchanged hundreds of emails to get all the details right. I arrived for the safari expecting quite a lot.... I was not disapppointed. In fact, the safari exceeded all of our expectations and was the experience of a lifetime. Denis and our drive/guide Joseph were both exceptional. They had clearly taken a lot of time to plan a route that made sense logistically, gave us a huge variety of experiences, and highlighted all of the key things we had wanted to see (including some involvement directly with the park rangers in tracking a lion, visiting conservation facilities, exploring the diversity of Kenya's landscapes, and combined hiking, history, culture, and lots of wildlife. Each day was better than the last, and Joseph was a wonderful guide for us, sharing his knowledge and adapting each day to our preferences. My son is very interested in photography and Joseph helped him get some fantastic photos, moving the vehicle for a better angle or better light, being patient when we stopped for ages to get the perfect shot, and seeking out opportunities to get interesting and unique photos. - Tara on TripAdvisor
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