With a size of km2 Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is the largest remaining section of dry coastal forest found in Eastern and Southern Africa. It is a unique habitat. North of Mombasa is the coastal forest of Arabuko Sokoke. This fascinating forest wilderness is nestled beside the beaches of Watamu, just minutes from the. Arabuko Sokoke lies a few kilometers inland, between the towns of Kilifi and Malindi, km north of Mombasa. It is the largest existing.

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The endearing golden-rumped elephant shrewan endemic elephant shrew the size of a rabbit, is the most noticeable of the park’s endemic mammals; the Sokoke bushy-tailed mongoose and Aders’s duiker found only here and in Zanzibar are more elusive. The forest has driving and walking areas, but because the vegetation is so Forst us on Facebook.

Arabuko Sokoke Forest – Magical Kenya

Address, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reviews: Wildlife Highlights Aside from several birding specials and endemics, the forest is home to three mammal endemics as well.

Reviewed November 20, There is rain along the coast throughout the year, but the peak of the short rains in November and the long rains in April and May are the wettest times of year. We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. The forest contains three forest types, mixed forest, Brachystegia and Cynometraeach of which protects different communities of plants and animals. So we missed some species that we had expected.

The 13th century Swahili town of Gedi thrived here for hundreds of years, hidden away from Portuguese invaders and the influence of the outside world.

It is also possible to camp at the sight so you’ll be able to watch a beautiful sunrise over the forest. But enter the forest and discover a world apart from the beaches and reefs. Does this place or activity involve animals? The forest is home to different butterfly species, of which four occur nowhere else in the world.


Leopard Rare to none. Would you tell a friend to buy a ticket in advance because this place may sell out?

We had an experienced guide who was very knowledgeable. Other globally threatened bird species found in Arabuko-Sokoke include: The town was eventually deserted, and today the ruins of Gedi, lying among the trees and twisting vines of the forest are a haunting reminder of the past.

The air is filled with butterflies and birds, the trees alive with monkeys and the forest floor home to many smaller mammals. The drive and walk through the thick forest growth was exciting.

Are the prices for this place or activity budget-friendly? Previous Next 1 2 3. All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips. Taxes, fees not included for deals content. National Parks of Kenya. We had the misfortune of being here during a VERY dry season. Dominated by species like Hymenaea verrucosa and Manilkara sansibarensis. Do not exceed 40kph when driving in the forest.

Would you send a friend who is visiting for the first time to this place or activity? With a size of km2 Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is the largest remaining section of dry coastal forest found in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Arabuko Sokoke forest reserve – Kenya

The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest protects many endemic and near endemic species. Regular buses and flights are available from Nairobi to Mombasa or Malindi. The park adjoins Mida Creeka mangrove forest that is an important shorebird wintering ground, protecting species such as the Terek sandpiper and the crab plover. The best times to discover Arabuko-Sokoke Forest are the early morning hours around dawn or the early evening hours around dusk when wildlife and birds of the forest are most active.


Guided nature walk in Fotest. Good spots to visit on longer tours would be the Whistling Duck Pools, the Kararacha Pools, or the fascinating Nyari Cliff and viewpoint where the ground suddenly plunges about m in depth and offers unmatched views of the forest, Mida Creek and beyond to the Indian Ocean. Previous Next 1 2.

Reviewed May 1, via mobile Worth a visit. Buffaloelephant and leopard are present, but actual sightings are rare. Reviewed June 21, Indigenous Forest.

There are over species of birds recorded in the forest including several rare and endemic species. Bluered and common duikers are also present and more likely to be seen.

Arabuko sokoke forest | Kenya Coast national reserve

The Forest is located within easy walking distance of Gedi and Watamu. Climate There are two wet seasons: Reviewed February 21, Lovely Nature Interaction. Beware of your security at night though. TripAdvisor has been notified. Reviewed November 16, via mobile A paradise for birdwatchers. Best Time for Wildlife Viewing Arabuko Sokoke can be visited throughout the year, but heavy arabukp might interfere with drives and forest hikes.

Arabuko Sokoke National Park

Walking in the forest is a relaxing experience in serene surroundings. Unfortunately, they are even more difficult to spot than the birding specials.

Arabuko Sokoke is not primarily a wildlife-viewing destination. By continuing you agree to our use of cookies.