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This award-winning tree lodge - Shimba Hills Lodge was built in 1986 and is our youngest property. It is located in Shimba National Reserve, Kenya 's last remaining habitat of the Rare Sable Antelope

The lodge stays refreshingly cool in its forest setting despite being only 45 minutes drive from the hot, humid coastal city of Mombasa (and 30 minutes from the South coast resorts of Diani).

The lodge overlooks a waterhole and is a bird- and animal-watcher's paradise. Dramatic black and white Colobus Monkeys, herds of Elephant and graceful Giraffes are often seen at Shimba. For the very fortunate, the Leopard will make a rare appearance. A wooden walkway extending 120 m into the forest takes nature lovers to a viewing spot that allows for the unobtrusive viewing of birds and butterflies. Other adventures include a visit to Sheldrick Falls, or an evening game drive followed by a walk through the forest that ends with drinks and snacks in a glade.

You can view the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania from the sundowner site. All rooms have balconies overlooking the waterhole. The lodge also boasts a restaurant on a covered verandah, frequented by Bush Babies in search of tit bits. Enjoy the achingly beautiful sunsets and sunrises at the lodge's sundowner site.

Treetops and Shimba are located very close to the wild animals. For this reason, children under the age of 5 are not allowed at either of these lodges, both for their safety and to maintain the quiet of the environment.

Shimba Hills - Sable Antelope

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About Shimba Hills

Shimba Hills National Reserve was gazeted in 1968 and has an area of 19,250 Hectares. The Shimba Hills climb abruptly from the coastal plains to form a table plateau which is surrounded by an escarpment rising from 120–450 metres above sea level.

The climate is hot and humid but made cooler by sea breezes. The average temperature is 24 degrees centigrade with January and February being the hottest months and July and August being the coldest. There are long rains between April and June and short rains fall during October and November. Average annual rainfall is 1,150mm.

The Shimba Hills provide a wide range of varying activities including adventure walks to the spectacular Sheldrick Falls, panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and a chance to see rare species of animals and birdlife including Sable Antelope, Elephants, Sykes Monkeys, Fishers Turraco (a unique bird species to the area) and many others.

There are also many beautiful picnic and observation points including Giriama point, Pengo Hill and Elephant Lookout.

It is even possible to spend the night in the campsite located inside the Shimba Hills National Reserve boundary.

Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary

Located within the Shimba Hills Ecosystem, Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary was established to reduce the conflict between the human and the elephant populations in the area. As numbers of both increased, conflicts arose when elephants started to encroach on the farmland and crops in search of food, and the farmers retaliated.

In the early 1990s more than 200 families in the area voluntarily contributed land for the establishment of the sanctuary, agreeing that they would not farm these areas so that they could be used as an important elephant habitat.

Today these families live nearby and help to manage the sanctuary which provides them with more income than they previously received from farming the land - through entrance fees to the sanctuary and the gift shop where they make and sell paper from elephant dung! Profits from the sanctuary have also enabled the community to build school classrooms and enjoy a steady water supply and better roads.

All this has led to a more harmonious co-habitation of the area which helps to ensure the survival and protection of the elephants and allows the community to operate sustainably, for the benefit of present and future generations which has led to international acclaim for this project.

Animals of Shimba Hills

Sable Antelope:

Small in size and very agile, Shimba Hills park is the Sable antelope’s unique Kenyan habitat, which is why we chose this important animal for our logo. With a sharp eye you may be lucky to see several of these grazing before they leap away!

Sykes Monkey:

Known in Swahili as ‘Kima’ there are many Sykes monkey who graze in the Shimba Hills park. Identifiable by the distinctive long hair on their forehead and cheeks and long black tail, look out for large families of this peaceful animal.

Other animals:

It may also be possible to spot giraffe, elephants, impala, warthogs, baboons, suni antelope (right), elephant shrews and many others in Shimba Hills - they are often found at drinking sites and lazing around in the afternoon sun.

Tour Price Includes:

  • Full board accommodation whilst on safari.
  • Meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner.
  • Accommodation in double/twin/triple room sharing.
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes and service of an English speaking professional driver/guide.
  • Game drives as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Exclusive transport in a safari tour bus 4 x 4 or 4x4 Toyota Jeep with a game viewing roof hatch and UHF radio.
  • Recommended Mineral Water while on safari

Things you need to budget for. The price does not include:

  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Christmas and Easter Supplements