Shimba Hills National Park

 

Even if your primary interest is the beach and the sun, you should not pass up an opportunity to explore at least one of Kenya's game parks. Easily accessible from the coastal highway (Mombasa) is Shimba Hills National Reserve. Wildlife at this reserve is not as abundant as in Masai Mara or Amboseli but you can often see the rare sable antelope. With little luck, you can find an elephant, genet and civet cat, and occasionally, a leopard. 

To make the most of the trip to the reserve, staying a night at Shimba Hills Lodge is recommended. From Shimba Hills National Reserve, the view to the east is magnificent, and the sunrise across the Indian Ocean is beyond description. 

Shimba Hills Lodge overlooks an emerald of glade of dense coastal rain forest with giant cycads. Leopards if spotted are seen in the morning and late afternoon; giant monitor lizards are numerous. Every month more and more of wildlife come down to the water hole to drink and feed, thus loosing their shyness. Elephants are often sighted at night or late evenings.