Shimba Hills National Reserve 2 Days 1 Night Mombasa Safari

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Shimba Hills National Reserve 2 Days 1 Night Mombasa Safari is an amazing value 2-day Mombasa Safari to Shimba Hills National Park located approximately 33 km southwest of Mombasa, on the Kenyan coast (in Kwale district). Morning and evening game drives maximize your chances of seeing animals such as buffalo, waterbuck, reedbuck, hyena, warthog, giraffe, elephant, leopard, lion, baboon, Sykes’, vervet, and colobus monkey, serval, duiker, suni, bush pig, Maasai giraffe, zebra, and ostrich. There are a total of 111 bird species have been recorded in the Reserve, of which 20 are coastal endemic. This Kenya Reserve is the only place where the rare Roan and Sable Antelopes can be sighted.

Shimba Hills National Reserve 2 Days 1 Night Safari from Mombasa is a short wildlife vacation to Shimba Hills National Park located 50 km south of Mombasa town, in the Kwale district of the coast province. The Safari departs and ends in Mombasa, Kenya.

On day 1 your guide collects you from your accommodation in Mombasa. We drive straight to Shimba Hills National Reserve. It’s about a 35-minute drive from Diani Beach to the Shimba Hills. Arriving at the park gate, we check-in, enter the park, and the wildlife viewing adventures begin!

Shimba Hills climate is hot and humid, with an average annual temperature of 24°C (75°F), but the area benefits from coastal breezes which also create mist in the mornings. Shimba Hills National Reserve is an exceptional safari destination for seeing African elephants, hosting nearly 600 of these giant mammals in the park.

It’s not just elephants that we’ll see on our game drives, however, as Shimba Hills is home to a rich variety of wild animals. Shimba Hills National Reserve is the only place where the rare Roan and Sable Antelopes can be sighted. We arrive at the lodge inside Shimba Hills Park at about lunchtime and check into our accommodation before having lunch.

Later in the afternoon, we embark on an exciting afternoon game drive in the wildlife haven of Shimba Hills. Wildlife includes black-and-white colobus, Maasai giraffes, plains zebra, buffalo, waterbuck, reedbuck, hyena, warthog, giraffe, elephant, leopard, lion, baboon, Sykes’, vervet and colobus monkey, serval, duiker, suni and bush pig.

We’re sure to see warthogs and the world’s largest flightless bird – the ostrich. There are many birds, including 111 different recorded species. There are even more birds to be seen during the spring migration. Bird shooting is only permitted outside the reserve. In the early evening, we return to the lodge and enjoy dinner.

On day 2 we wake up bright and early this morning and start our day with coffee or tea and a light snack of rusks (traditional tea biscuits). Then, we venture back out into the wilderness surrounding us in our customized safari vehicle.

Mornings are a brilliant time for game viewing and bird watching because many creatures are at their most active in the early hours of the day, especially the predators. Our morning of wildlife adventures brings us back to the lodge for breakfast.

Then we check out and hop back into our safari vehicle for one last game drive on our way out of the national park. Making our way through Shimba Hills we keep an eye out for animals large and small, from towering elephants to little flightless dung beetles. Exiting Shimba Hills, we drive back to Mombasa.

Back in the seaside city of Mombasa, you are dropped off at your accommodation bringing your short Shimba Hills National Reserve Safari to an end.

Shimba Hills National Reserve 2 Days 1 Night Mombasa Safari Activities

* Pengo Hill is 450 Metres (1476 feet) high and offers a magnificent view of the local landscape
* Shimba Hills Game Drive includes Elephants, Colobus Monkeys, Giraffes, Buffalo, and Leopard if you are lucky
* Giriama Point is where you would likely see the rare Sable antelope as the animals move towards the rivers to drink
* A ranger will accompany hikers from 1000 Hours to 1500 Hours. Sheldrick Falls is an idyllic spot for a cool swim and a picnic
* Sheldrick Falls, which cascade 25 meters (82 feet) over the escarpment. There is a scenic 2 km (1 mile) footpath that takes up to an hour to walk each way

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Mombasa – Drive to Shimba Hills National Park
Day 2: Shimba Hills National Park – Drive to Mombasa

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Mombasa – Drive to Shimba Hills National Park

0830 Hours: Depart from your hotel after breakfast and drive to Shimba National Park.

1000 Hours: Arrival at Shimba gate. Game drive through the park.

1045 Hours: Disembark from your vehicle: go down the hill 45 minutes gentle walk takes you to the breathtaking spectacular waterfall. You have reached the drop-off point at Sheldrick falls. This is a fitness exercise and it’s recommended for physically fit people.

Watch water splashing atop a cliff 30 Meters high and the water forms a natural pool. Casual sportswear is preferable. Observe the flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest. This pristine wonderland of rolling Meadows and forests of giant primaeval trees harbours a wide variety of wildlife, including some 500 elephants that favor the refreshing fruit of the Borassus palm.

1300 Hours: Drive through the park to lodge/ camp. Check-in refresh and get set for a fabulous lunch in our main restaurant

1400 Hours: Lunch has been served and you have the day at leisure. The bar is open for drinks. Games (indoor) are also available for those interested. The zone is a soft-speaking zone as hard talking scares the game.

1645 Hours: Drive 10 km south of the lodge to our nature walk zone. This is a guided tour and at times, you come close to the wild game.

1800 Hours: Sit around a bonfire as the resident naturalist takes you through the History of the lodge, park, and its inhabitants. The sun is now preparing to sleep and you watch the beautiful rays, which lift up the sky as it goes down the horizon. On a clear day, you can see the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania.

1900 Hours: Drive back to the lodge and get refreshed as you wait to have a sumptuous dinner in the main restaurant. Our bar is open for drinks and you have the night at leisure.

Accommodation Options:
Luxury Accommodation: Kutazama House Lodge
Mid-Range Accommodation: Shimba Hills Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Mukurumuji Camp, Ndovu Bonde Treehouse

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Shimba Hills National Park – Drive to Mombasa

0600 Hours: Proceed for an early morning game drive in the Shimba Hills National Reserve with opportunities to view the rare and impressive Sable antelopes. Animals likely to be seen are elephants, buffaloes, sable antelopes, giraffes, and the elusive leopard.

0900 Hours: Return to the lodge for breakfast in the main restaurant.

1000 Hours: Check out from lodge/ camp and drive to Mombasa arriving in time for lunch.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

Shimba Hills National Reserve 2 Days 1 Night Mombasa Safari Prices

Shimba Hills National Reserve 2 Days 1 Night Mombasa Safari Rates Includes:

Extensive game drives + All meals included while on safari + Professional experienced driver guide + All applicable game park entrance fees + Guaranteed window seating with open top + Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water + High altitude game watching at Shimba Rainforest lodge + Accommodation of your choice in Shimba Hills National park & Round trip transport from Mombasa to Shimba Hills National park

Dates From

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Price Per Person

Children Aged
3 to 11 Years

1st January 2023

31st December 2023

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* This tour departs daily and also private departures are available
Take a hat, sunscreen, and water to drink, and keep a sharp lookout for elephants
* There is a supplement/ extra cost for guests staying in Mombasa North coast, Chale and Msambweni
* African Spice Safaris can pick you up from any beach property, airport, or any pick-up point within Mombasa (North Coast or South Coast) for an overnight or day trip to Shimba Lodge and drop you back. This package is for clients seeking exciting wildlife activities while in Mombasa.

Shimba Hills National Reserve 2 Days 1 Night Mombasa Safari Rates Do Not Include:

* International Airfare
* Accommodation in Mombasa
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* Gratuity for your professional driver guide
* Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
* Christmas, New Year, and Easter Supplement
* Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps, and airports
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
* Personal expenses such as traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes, and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, and wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

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