Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
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Owchar Africa Travels
Karen, Kenya2 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Couples
The views were calming, I saw trees I have never seen in my life. I would recommend going in the late afternoon.
Written October 1, 2023
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Sandra S
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Dec 2022
We had a super guide (Willy) who was great on mimicking bird calls. He had an expert eye and pointed out lots of tiny birds (really hard to see though) and we heard beautiful birdsong. He recounted lots of local fables and it was fascinating. We saw the disappearing tail of an elephant shrew (they move so fast) and some of the tiny local deer. Can’t recall the name, Suni ??? Willy was passionate about conservation and he had lots of interesting facts to give us.
Written January 1, 2023
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Andrewschoeman
Skukuza, South Africa990 contributions
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Sep 2022
I really loved Arabuko Sokoke forest, we went there for bird watching and were not disappointed, we saw a number of rare birds that can be found almost nowhere else, we got a local guide to assist us and he was very good.

The forest is really beautiful with 3 distinct forest types, there is also a chance to see the Golden Rumped Elephant shrew, endemic to these types of Forest areas.

If you are a keen birder or just enjoy the Natural world the a visit to Arabuko is a must.
Written September 9, 2022
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milton
Mombasa, Kenya9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Bird viewing was great. Learned a-lot about indigenous trees and animals like the Elephant shrimp. The guide was also we’ll conversant with the forest.
Written August 1, 2022
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Henry M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Learned about the conservation efforts by the community. Butterfly farming and bee farming. We got an opportunity to see the birds that only exist in that forest.

As you leave the forest make a point to purchase their honey at Gede.
Written October 12, 2020
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JScadden
Sydney, Australia19 contributions
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Sep 2019
After an interesting journey by local bus (Be sure to go to the right entrance!), we were give a private walking tour around the forest. The guide was fantastic showing us plenty of local wildlife, including the golden-rumped elephant shrew, baboons and plenty of birds. A truely fantastic experience all round! Recommend to go early in the morning or in the late evening to increase your chances of spotting these animals!
Written October 3, 2019
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The Crazy Parrotlady
61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The nice thing about this place is that you can drive to a certain spot, then get out of the car and walk. It's home to quite some endemic birds. With a good guide you get to see a lot of different animals and birds. We had amazing views of the Sokoke Wood-Owls, sleeping away the hottest part of the day. We had just 2 half days there - not enough to go justice to this beautiful park.
Written August 25, 2019
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MNico
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Where to start?! Arabuko Sokoke Forest is a remarkable site within an equally exceptional town. Previous travel has not brought me anywhere with a coastal forest, let alone one with such unique wildlife. My university group was lucky enough to have Sammy and Johnson as guides for the day. The passion, and clear love of the forest that these two individuals held, made the heat and humidity a lot more bearable as we walked through the forest midmorning.
Our first activity was a hunt for the rare Sokoke scops owl which are endemic to Arabuko Sokoke Forest. We hopped in the cars so that we could cover more ground and drove in search of the endangered owls. After a few unsuccessful stops, the guides lead us away from the road on a fifteen-minute walk into the heart of the forest. Incredibly, Sammy and Johnson had found not one, but two scops owls nestled in a tree branch. The owls were astonishing; small yet imposing. The owls sat, seemingly unimpressed with our presence and allowed us to quietly take photos.
After spotting the owls, we took a walk along well marked trails in the forest and continued our (unfruitful) hunt for the Golden-Rumped Elephant Shrew, another rare piece of wildlife residing inside of Arabuko Sokoke. During the walk with Sammy, he shared information on a number of plants, insects and animal species in the forest. We learned about the many medicinal plants that the forest has to offer and got a few close looks at squirrel nests. Sammy also informed us more on the local communities’ relationship with the forest. The local communities care much for the forest ecosystem as locals use plant species from the forest for medicine, firewood and other such materials.
We returned to the forest a few days later in the early evening to get a glimpse of the African forest elephants that call Arabuko Sokoke their home. We were led again by Sammy to the border of the forest where there is a watering hole that some of the elephants come to drink from every day. No less than fifteen elephants, ranging from nearly newborns to adults, came trumpeting out of the forest to the water, subsequently splashing and drinking. The beautifully dark-brown colored elephants allowed them to watch from afar a later retreated back into the forest. Truly a surreal experience! A huge thanks to Sammy and Johnson for these opportunities.
Written May 1, 2019
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Michael H
Bideford, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Had a wonderful morning with Willie, the renowned bird guide, driving through the forest. We first saw the golden backed elephant shrew near the start and then drove through all the different and fascinating forest types. Two undoubted highlights were very good sighting of the Sokoke Scops Owl and the Amani Sunbird. But just driving through these beautiful habitats with such an expert and passionate guide was a real privilege. It gave a real idea of what the great coastal forest was originally like.
Written February 1, 2019
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Robin D
Pembroke Dock, UK8 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Couples
Excellent walk and drive through the forest, definitely need a guide to find the birds and elephant shrew and sunni deer. David Ngala was exceedingly knowledgeable about the birds in the forest and the myriad of paths to find the birds. Will definitely come back again the next time I visit the Kenya coast.
Written November 20, 2018
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