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Address: Gede, Kenya

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Plan sensibly to see the birds.

As we were staying in Mombasa for 2 nights and we are not really 'beach people', I thought an excursion here would be interesting, which it certainly was. However, as we know... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 5, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

As we were staying in Mombasa for 2 nights and we are not really 'beach people', I thought an excursion here would be interesting, which it certainly was. However, as we know birds are most active at dawn and dusk, neither of which are wise times to aim to arrange to be there unless you are staying very close to... More 

Thank vpexplores1
Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

While visiting the east coast in June 2016 I had planned a visit to the forest and had high expectations regarding birding there (as there are so many specific birds in this area). At the visitor center the day before the visit, I was talked into hiring a guide to go birdwatching, and I am soooo glad I was talked... More 

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Mombasa, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Kirkbt
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 

Thank ManuelaMG
Malindi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank JamboSavannah S

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