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 air is filled with butterflies and birds, the trees alive with monkeys and the forest floor home to many smaller mammals.

Enquire about these services at the point of entry. Enjoyable but would come again with car and early morning to see the feeding. Sokoke Scops Owls are also found here. Arabukoke Sokoke forest easily accessible through public means along Kilifi Malindi Roas is a protected santuary full of indigenous trees. They are expert ornithologists and can help visitors find and see some of the rare and unique birds of the forest. Managing Kenya’s premier beach resort.

Giant Brachystegia tree in Arabuko-Sokoke. Sightings of Caracal, Civet, Genet, Suni and other mammals are more common on tracks in this forest type. Arabuko Sokoke can be visited throughout the year, but heavy rains might interfere with drives and forest hikes. This fascinating forest wilderness is nestled beside the beaches of Watamu, just minutes from the waters of the Indian Ocean.

A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen may also come in handy. Is this place or activity closed during certain parts of the year? The songs of birds and buzzing of cicadas fill the air, Those keen to have a particularly early start can purchase tickets the evening before. Several national and international conservation organisations are working with the Kenya Wildlife Service to protect the park. This rich forest once hid another secret. This is the last stronghold of the golden-rumped elephant shrew.


Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Address, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reviews: It is also important to carry drinking water, binoculars, camera and wildlife books especially for birds and butterflies in addition to picnic and camping equipment in case one intends to stay overnight. Entry tickets are purchased at the entry gate via Mpesa. Forst August 7, Unique Natural Forest. 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 Visitor Centre at the Forest Station is open from 6am to 4pm daily. Bluered and common duikers are also present and more likely to be seen. Reviewed December 7, Unique visit to East Africa’s largest indigenous forest reserve. The Official Destination Website for Kenya.

Good spots to visit on longer tours would be the Forrst Duck Pools, the Kararacha Pools, or the aokoke 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. Activities available In Arabuko-Sokoke, one can undertake the following activities: The Clarke’s weaver is completely endemic to the forest, while the eponymous Sokoke scops owlSokoke pipitand the Amani sunbird and spotted ground thrush are found only here and in a forest fragment in Tanzania.

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. Guided nature walk in Arabuko-Sokoke. We use cookies to give you the best experience possible.

As we were staying in Mombasa for 2 nights and we are not really ‘beach people’, I thought an excursion here would be interesting, which it certainly was.

Trained guides are available to help one explore the forest. Aside from several birding specials flrest endemics, the forest is home to three mammal endemics as well.



Annual rainfall ranges from 1, mm in the east to mm in the northwest. Reviewed May 1, via sokoks Worth a visit. Some trekking companies can organize trips from Nairobi or Mombasa to Arubuko Sokoke.

Excellent walk and drive through the forest, definitely need a guide to find the birds and elephant shrew and sunni deer. So we missed some species that we had expected.

Arabuko Sokoke is not primarily a wildlife-viewing destination. TripAdvisor LLC is not responsible for content on external web sites. Are the prices for this place or activity budget-friendly? Tana River Primate National Reserve. Call the numbers given at the end of this page for the current fees. The Nyari Cliff is the perfect place to go if you decide to go on a longer tour in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

With a size aeabuko km2 Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is the largest remaining section of dry coastal forest found in Eastern and Southern Africa. Kenya Forest Service P. The Forest is fogest within easy walking distance of Gedi and Watamu. Walking in the forest is a relaxing forrest in serene surroundings. Forestt this a place or activity you would suggest for families with kids? On the 4 km long Nature Trail which is close to the Forest Visitor Centre you can learn more about the unique features of Arabuko-Sokoke If you wish to go on a longer tour it is advisable to explore the forest with one of the well trained guides from the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Guide Association because they know where to find and can point out rare animals and plants for you.

Visiting hours Entry tickets can be purchased at the point of entry between 6:

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