Arabuko Sokoke Forest National Park
Arabuko Sokoke is a few kilometres inland, between the towns of Kilifi and Malindi, 110 km north of Mombasa. It is the largest existing fragment of the tropical forests that once covered much of the East African coast and is an important habitat for endemic/endangered birds, insects and mammal species.
It is also an important monument as a remnant of the coastal tropical forests. There are easy trails in the forests that are also great for birders. A couple of reptile species are found here including boomslang, green mamba, rock python, forest cobra, sand lizard and day geullo.
It is a great reserve for birdwatching with species including Sokoke pipit, Amani sunbird, Fischer’s turaco, Clarke’s weaver (endemic to Kenya), golden woodpecker.
Major Attraction: Endemic bird species, butterflies, remnant coastal forest. The park is the largest existing fragment of the tropical forests that covered much of the East African coast and is an important Kenya safari habitat for endemic and endangered birds, insects, butterflies and mammal species.
Wildlife: Golden-rumped elephant-shrew, Sokoke bushy-tailed mongoose, Ader’s duiker, waterbuck, bushbuck, civet, blotched genet, caracal, Sykes’ monkey, birds.
Activities: Bird Watching, butterfly watching, walking trails, game viewing.
Getting there: By road, access through Mombasa, tarmac road - 75 km or through Malindi. By Air, Malindi and Mombasa Airports.
Where to Stay: There is currently no accommodation in the reserve. There is plenty of accommodation along the coast to suit all budget levels.