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Shimba Hills National Reserve

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Shimba Hills has plentiful flora and fauna, the hills host the highest density of African elephants in Kenya. Shimba Hills is the only Reserve in Kenya with a healthy population of Sable Antelope hence the reason for incorporating the grassland areas into the National Reserve

Shimba Hills National Birdwatching

Sable Antelope Paradise

Shimba Hills National Reserve has plentiful flora and fauna and the hills host the highest density of African elephants in Kenya. Shimba Hills is the only Reserve in Kenya with a healthy population of Sable Antelope hence the reason for incorporating the grassland areas into the National Reserve. The restricted black-and-rufous Elephant Shrew also occurs here together with a distinctive race of the Bushy-tailed Mongoose. The forest also holds substantial numbers of small unique mammals. The rare fruit bat has been collected here. Two frog species, Forest Spiny Reed Frog and Shimba Hills Reed Frog are endemic to the Shimba Hills forests and are believed to be endangered. The little-known and range-restricted Sagalla Caecilian is also found in Shimba Hills. The butterfly fauna is very diverse, with some 295 species (35% of Kenya’s total), including the rare Aubyn Rogers Acraea and the endemic Shimba Mountain Charaxes

The flora of Shimba hills is exceptionally rich and important. A total of 1,100 plant taxa are recorded, around 280 of which are endemic to the Shimba Hills area and nearly a fifth considered rare globally or in Kenya. This qualifies Shimba Hills as a center of plant diversity

Shimba Hills forest is an important bird area and rich in forest bird fauna, including three threatened and two restricted-range bird species, and holds 18 of Kenya’s 30 East Coast biome species. The grasslands hold localized bird species such as Red-necked Spurfowl, Croaking Cisticola, and Zanzibar Red Bishop. The bird species of concern include Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Fishers Turaco, and Spotted ground Thrush, Sokoke Pipit, East-coast Akalat, and Plain Backed Sunbird

Shimba Hills Birdwatching

Shimba Hills National Reserve is a preferred birding destination among bird watchers in Kenya.  Bird species in Shimba Hills include several coastal endemics, restricted to the area, such as the Green-headed Oriole, intra -African migrants such as the Mangrove Kingfisher, and the Spotted Ground Thrush.  From the months of October to April, the migratory birds arrive and add to the already interesting collection of species. Regarding the weather, be aware that November and April are peak months for rainfall

Notable Birds in Shimba Hills National Reserve

  • Southern-banded Snake Eagle
  • Red-necked Spurfowl
  • Fischer’s Turaco
  • Green-headed Oriole
  • Mangrove Kingfisher
  • Coastal Cisticola
  • Croaking Cisticola
  • White-eared Barbet
  • Spotted Ground Thrush
  • East Coast Akalat
  • Plain Backed Sunbird
  • Sokoke Pipit
Shimba Hills National Reserve Photos