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Address: Gede, Kenya

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Nyari View Point

One of those quiet drives through a Forest -A drive of approx 13kms through the Arabuko Sokoke Forest to the Nyari View Point was amazing! The Nyari view point gives an aerial... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2016
Mombasa, Kenya
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Mombasa, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

One of those quiet drives through a Forest -A drive of approx 13kms through the Arabuko Sokoke Forest to the Nyari View Point was amazing! The Nyari view point gives an aerial view of the Forest. Was nice to spend 1 hour enjoying the view with a Picnic lunch. Raised car or a 4WD vehicle is recommended. Obtain tickets from... More 

Watamu, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

Through AJ Tours and safaris, we managed to visit this forest in Watamu and we did enjoy spotting different types of birds, butterflies and baboons among others.Cheer AJ Tours and safaris.

Thank Winter K
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A little off the typical Kenya tourist trail, but worth a visit. Popular among birders, but you really only get glimpses of birds through trees. However, the butterflies were awesome. We saw 100s of butterflies, probably about 20 different species and lots of large and attractive ones. There are elephants, but they are mostly nocturnal. We also stumbled across a... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This forest was a great surprise as I didn't think we have a busy forest with all this rare birds, butterflies, trees and insects. It is so vast and goes on for several kms if you're on the road and i believe with a guide one can learn a thing or two about the vegetation and the history of the... More 

Thank Kui K
Mombasa, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The forest is quiet big and bushy plantation ! nature kept at its natural state ! beautiful birds and baboons happy to see people ! The guides are well informed of the place and know what a tourist wants to see and photo !!! Kenya is beautiful at this place !

Thank Semanami2010
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

When you visit Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve, you enjoy the experience of a coastal dry forest of Kenya that boasts of many different rare species of Birds, Mammals, Butterflies, and Plants and a lot more. If you love the Clarke's Weaver, this is the best place to view it. This bird is completely endemic to the forest. You can find a... More 

1 Thank Joseph N
Montopoli in Val d'Arno, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Right after reading about the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest I decided we had to visit. After our safari it would be interesting to see a different scenery and animals. We decided to take a 3 hour walk. The moment we took our first steps it started raining, so instead of walking they took us for a drive where we hardly saw anything... More 

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Malindi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Little did i know that the Arabuko sokoke forest has got a lot to offer until i visited over the weekend as a way of getting out from the rainy malindi town,. we decided to have a day trip to this famous & the only ''surviving'' natural forest along the coast. At first was like being in the forests to... More 

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Tunbridge Wells
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

For us the wildlife attractions of Africa are not confined to the Big Five; we like to seek out the less well-known species as well - hence our visit to the Arabuko Sokoke Forest. If you spot a glowing orangey-gold blob in the undergrowth, it's the backside of the extraordinary golden-rumped elephant shrew. The size of a rabbit, with long... More 

Thank m0tm0t
Malindi, Coast, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Really an experience and simply amazing. Great serenity, superb service and style. I liked everything around the place For large groups, a 20 roomed building is upcoming, suitable for learning institutions and large groups

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