The Shimba Hills National Reserve is located just 48 kms from the coast, but at 500 metres they make a cool change from the tropical Kenya coastal climate. This park was created as a national forest in 1903 and is now one of the largest areas of coastal rainforest in East Africa covering 24,000 hectares. There are 153 km (95 miles) of roads within this national park. Shimba Hills National Reserve is known for its forested landscape, sharp slopes and steep valleys. The reserve is made up of both open grassland and dense rainforest, all with stunning views across the Indian Ocean. The Reserve has a variety of species including Elephant, Giraffe and Buffalo as well as the rare Roan and Sable antelope. The forests are home to a number of unusual species including the Black and White Colobus monkeys, Serval cats, Red Duiker and Suni Antelope.
The park has the last breeding herd of beautiful sable antelope in Kenya. They are among Kenya's largest antelope, with black coats and long, scimitar-shaped horns, which they were hunted for. There are more than 600 elephants in the park and a fenced elephant corridor links the park with the elephant sanctuary at Mwaluganje Forest. In addition to elephants, there are also buffalo, waterbucks, hyenas, warthogs, leopards, baboons and monkeys. Maasai giraffes and ostriches have also been reintroduced to the park. An abundance of birdlife lives is found among the hills, including Honey guides, Turacos, woodpeckers and Sunbirds.
One of the main attractions to the Shimba Hills is the impressive Sheldrick Falls, which cascade 25m (82 feet) over the escarpment. There is a scenic 2km (1 mile) footpath that takes up to an hour to walk each way. A ranger will accompany hikers without charge from 10-3pm daily. Sheldrick Falls is an idyllic spot for a cool swim and a picnic
The Shimba Hills are a natural and peaceful haven, easily accessed from the beaches of the Kenyan coast. Road access to Shimba Hills is via Kwale, easily accessible from Mombasa.. The park has well established internal roads and tracks .there is an airstrip near the reserve as well.