|The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest|
The Arabuko-Sokoke is a dry coastal forest in the Kilifi county, Kenya. The forest has an area of 420 squared kilometres, composed of mixed lowland forest, open Brachystegia woodlands, and Cynometra forest and thickets.
The forest is considered the second most important forest for bird conservation in Africa. More than 230 bird species have been recorded there, including six globally threatened species: Clarke’s Weaver, Sokoke Scops Owl, Amani Sunbird, Sokoke Pipit, Spotted Ground Thrush and East Coast Akalat. Fifty two mammal species have been recorded, including three taxa which are globally threatened: the Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew (of which 90% of the known global population lives in the forest); the Sokoke Bushy-tailed Mongoose and the rare and illusive Ader’s Duiker. Approximately 150 buffalo and 150 elephant are also supported by the forest. There is a diverse population of reptiles and invertebrates and more than 250 recorded species of butterflies. Forest has over 600 recorded plant species, including 50 that are globally or nationally rare.
|What to do |
Early morning or late evening are the best time to visit the forest.
The ticket office is open from 6am – 6pm.
A relaxing experience in scenic surroundings. The songs of birds and buzzing of cicadas fill the air, and a mammal may cross the track……
Running and cycling through the forest is also offered. Contact Steve Curtis – 0733897661
There is 30km of marked driving track – 4WD is advisable during the wet season. Visit the Nyari View point where there are spectacular views towards the Indian Ocean. Visit the Arabuko Swamp, the only permanent water source in the forest.
Campers need to be self-sufficient with all equipment, transport, food and water. Permits and more information can be obtained at the ticket office. Fires are NOT allowed in the forest and all litter must be taken out with you.
It is advised to take a trained guide into the forest with you to help you explore.
Guide contacts (in alphabetical order)
Lesliey Ali – 0729696979
Albert Baya – 0728 463 453
Jonathan Baya – 0722 426 753
Steve Baya – 0724786405
Johnson Kafulo – 0723 098 884
Kalama Kitsao – 0703512039
Jonathan Mwachongo – 0733 916 678
Alex Mwalimu – 0722 626 845
David Ngala – 0734 652 610
Willy Nganda – 0723 314 416
Pendo Patrick – 0790158718
Rafiki Safari- 0706746268
Samson Yaa – 0796175805
Guide fees in Kenya shillings
Morning – 2400/-
6am – 9am (3 hours)
Half day – 3500/-
6am – 12pm (6 hours)
Full day – 6000/-
6am – 6pm (Between 8 – 12 hours)
Forest recreation entrance fee per day in Kenya shillings payable by MPESA:
Kenyan and East African community citizens
Adult – 200/-, Child – 50/-, Student – 20/-
Adult – 400/-, Child – 100/-, Student – 50/-
Adult – 600/-, Child – 150/-, Student – 150/-
Citizens: Adult – 650/-, Child – 100/-
What to bring: