It is home to some of the oldest forests in the World, having been spared the last Ice Age. Shimba is characterised by rolling hills, covered in coastal forest and contain almost a third of Kenya’s plant species, including rare cycads and stunning orchids. There is a wonderful little camping spot at the Sable Bandas, set up on a viewpoint that overlooks the park. It is also a great spot for a picnic set amongst the shade of the mature trees.
The best time to game drive is very early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the heat of the day has dissipated and the wildlife is at its most active.
Shimba is home to the last breeding herd of the rare and endangered Sable Antelope in Kenya, keep a look out for these large ebony coloured antelopes with their scimitar shaped horns, although shy they are extremely beautiful to watch.
The reserve is home to many elephants and the neighbouring Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary is a great place to spot these humble mammals.
One of the best activities on offer is a guided walk through the forest with a Kenyan Wildlife Service’s (KWS) Ranger – these walks are offered free of charge and take you down to the beautiful Sheldrick Falls, where you can cool off in the fresh clear waters.
When you visit the stunning coast of Kenya with Safari Joe, enjoy a 1 day or Overnight Safari to this lovely little park.
Visit the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Website for more information on Shimba Hills http://kws.go.ke/content/shimba-hills-national-reserve