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Shimba Hills National Reserve

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Shimba Hills is rich in flora and fauna and hosts the highest density of African Elephant  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 Reserve

Sable Antelope Paradise

Shimba Hills National Reserve is rich in flora and fauna and hosts the highest density of African Elephant  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 the small unique mammals. The rare fruit bat has been collected here. Two frog species, Afrixalus sylvaticus and Hyperolius rubrovermiculatus, are endemic to the Shimba Hills forests and are believed to be endangered. The little known and range-restricted Caecilian Boulengulura also occurs. The butterfly fauna is very diverse, with some 295 species (35% of Kenya’s total), including the rare Acraea aubyni and Neptis rogersi, endemic Charaxes acuminatus shimbaensis

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

Shimba Hills  forest is an important bird area and rich in forest bird fauna, including three threatened and two restricted-range species, and holds 18 of Kenya’s 30 East Coast biome species. The grasslands hold localized 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 includes 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