Arabuko Sokoke National Park
Arabuko Sokoke Forest National Park is a small sized (6sqkm), but extremely endowed Kenya Safari Park that lies 110km north of Mombasa in Kalifi district. The Park is under the Arabuko Sokoke forest reserve which is the largest tropical forest (420sqkm) on the East African coast. It is a superb area for wildlife with rare species of mammals, reptiles and birds. It is a remarkable destination to see rare bird species like Sokoke Pipit, Golden Woodpecker, Amani Sunbird, Fischer Turaco, Clarkes weaver, among others.
This forest park holds 3 forest types each protecting different population of flora and fauna, they include the mixed forest, Brachystegia and Cynometra. And connects to the Mida Creek, a shorebird wintering mangrove forest that inhabits rare birds species such as the Terek sandpiper and the crab plover.
Arabuko-Sokoke forest national park is worth visit because it is home to the rare reptiles like the bunty’s dwarf toad, green mamba, boomslang, rock python, sand lizards, forest cobra and day geullo. It also nests many butterflies, amphibians, unique tree and plant species.
Brief facts About Arabuko Sokoke National Park Kenya
Tourist Activities and Attractions in Arabuko – Sokoke Forest National Park
Birding; Kenya`s Arabuko Sokoke Forest National park is an outstanding birding safari destination with a variety of lively and endangered birds. For any bird devotees planning to visit Kenya, birds are the most interesting creatures to lookout in Arabuko-Sokoke. This park accommodates over 300 species of birdlife including; Sokoke Pipit, Amani Sunbird, Fishers Turaco, Clarkes weaver, Golden Woodpecker. Arabuko-Sokoke is one of the most important forest birds with six internationally endangered and species of concern. The Southern banded snake eagle, Akalat, Clarke`s weaver, Plain backed sunbird, Dkatcha woodland, white Sokoke Scops Owl, among others are all known from Arabuko-Sokoke National forest park.
Game Viewing; Arabuko-Sokoke National Park is rich in biodiversity with over 40 different species of mammals especially herbivores like the African Elephant, African Civet, Sykes’ Caracal, African Buffalo, Yellow Baboons, bush baby/Galago. Never the less, some the most endangered mammals are found here including the Golden-rumped elephant-shrew, Sokoke Bushy-tailed Mangoose and Ader`s duiker.
Plants in Aruboke-Sokoke Forest; This magnificent forest is made up of 3 types of charming forest each accommodating various species of birds, reptiles, and mammals; that is the Cynometra forest which is thick and covers most of the Arabuko Sosoke forest reserve, the Miombo woodland also known as Brachystiga whose trees are hairy with an open canopy, Miombo woodland inhabits various species of birds and butterflies with good trails which enhances the birding experience. And the mixed forest whose dense vegetation create a conducive atmosphere during the traverse walks and drives in search for attractions.
Where to stay in Arabuko Sokoke National Park
Arabuko Jamil villas; Arabuko Jamil villas a community owned tourist facility, which is adjacent to Arabuko-Sokoke forest and Kitsapu Cottages which lie along Malindi-Galissa highway are at your service upon booking. There are also other food facilities near the forest that can meet the needs of budget tourists and still, one can use hotels in Malindi, Nairobi and Mombasa since it’s not so a long distance.
Accessibility to Amboseli National Park Kenya
How to Get to Arabuko Sokoke National Park
Arabuko-Sokoke National park is found 110km from the north of Mombasa in Kalifi district along the Mombasa-Malindi highway. The rod is clearly signposted and visitor services are available at the Park gate. It is about 18km from the old town of Malindi and therefore one can use either private of public vehicles to access the park.
There are also charter flights which operate between Nairobi and Mombasa airports and Malindi.
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