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Shimba Hills National Reserve

The Shimba Hills National Reserve is an area of coastal rainforest, woodland and grassland located less than 30 kilometers away from Kenya's Coastal city/town of Mombasa in the Kwale region of Coast Province. Shimba Hills National Reserve was established in 1968 and the park features coastal bush land, riverine forests and grasslands and its main attraction is the sable antelope, which can only be seen here in the whole of Kenya.

The ecosystem holds one of the largest coastal forests in East Africa after Arabuko-Sokoke forest.

The reserve is rich in flora and fauna and hosts the highest density of African elephant in Kenya. Other animal species found in the area are Sable antelope, black and rufous elephant shrew, bushy tailed mongoose and other small mammals like fruit bat. The forest is an important bird area and is endowed with forest birdlife while the grasslands hold localized species such as red-necked-Spurfowl, Croaking Cisticola and Zanzibar Red Bishop.

The reserve is also home to a number of other wildlife species such as the elephant, bush pig, waterbuck, reedbuck, warthog and the roan antelope which was recently introduced. The famous Sheldrick Falls can also be found here ( 25m high ).

Guided forest walks are available from the Sheldrick Falls ranger station. There is a swimming hole and picnic area at the scenic Sheldrick Falls on the Machemwana River.

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