Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve

This is the largest indigenous coastal forest remaining in East Africa. It is 420 km2, making home to about 240 bird species, 33 species of snake, flying handkerchief butterflies, some impressive fauna, elephants, the shy Aders' duiker (antelope), and plenty of Sykes' monkeys and yellow baboons.

You can explore the beautiful park by 4WD, mountain bike or by days of walking. There are several camping spots. 

The forest lies along the tarmac Mombasa – Malindi highway, approximately 100 km from Mombasa town and 18 km from Malindi. The entry is clearly signposted and visitor services are available at the offices of KFS’s Malindi Forest Zone located there. Regular buses and flights are available from Nairobi to Mombasa or Malindi. One can also use public service vehicles or taxis from Mombasa, Malindi or Watamu.

Kenya Forest Service (KFS) charges an entry fee at the point of entry to promote forest conservation. 

Key Features

In Arabuko-Sokoke, one can undertake the following activities:

  • Forest walks
  • Forest drives
  • Bird watching
  • Butterfly watching
  • Camping
  • Cycling
  • picnicking
  • Running



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