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Arabuko Sokoke

Arabuko Sokoke National Park                     
Arabuko Sokoke was proclaimed a Crown Forest and gazetted in 1943. Part of the forest was gazetted as a strict nature reserve in the late 1960s. The reserve lies a few kilometers inland, between the towns of Kilifi and Malindi, 110 km north of Mombasa. It is the largest existing fragment of the tropical forests that covered much of the East African coast and is an important habitat for endemic/endangered birds, insects and mammal species.


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Arabuko Sokoke National Park                        
Arabuko-Sokoke National park together with the forest reserve is the largest stretch of coastal forest remaining in Eastern Africa. It is located 110 km north of Mombasa. The ecosystem comprises of three forest types, mixed forest, Brachystegia and Cynometra, each containing many rare species of birds, butterflies, amphibians and plants. The Clarke's Weaver is completely endemic to the forest, while the Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, and the Amani Sunbird and Spotted Ground Thrush are only found in the park and a few in Tanzania.

Access
It lies a few kilometers inland, between the towns of Kilifi and Malindi, you can get there by road, which is 75 Kms from Mombasa town or by plane through Malindi or Mombasa airports.•  By Roads: Access through Mombasa, Tarmac road - 75 km.
-  Access through Malindi.
-  By Air: Malindi and Mombasa Airports.

Size and Location

-  6 km2.
-  It lies a few kilometers inland, between the towns of Kilifi and Malindi, you can get there by road, which is 75 Kms  from mombasa town or by plane through Malindi or Mombasa airports.

Climate

Average annual rainfall ranges from 900 mm in the dry and scrubby northwest to 1100 mm in the east.

Safari Card Required
At present the park does not operate on smart card system. Entry is by cash only (KSH or US$).

Major Attractions
-  Endemic Bird species, Butterflies, Remnant coastal forest.
-  It is the largest existing fragment of the tropical forests that covered much of the East African coast and is an important Kenya safari habitat for endemic/endangered birds, insects, butterflies and mammal species.  It is also an important monument as remnants of the coastal tropical forests.
-  A couple of reptile species (in addition to other species living here e.g. butterflies, Beetles) are found here among them Boomslang, Green Mamba, Rock Python, Forest Cobra, Sand Lizard and Day Geullo.
-  It is a great reserve for birdwatchin and among the bird species includes Sokoke Pipit, Amani Sunbird,Fischers Turaco, Clarkes weaver, Golden Wooodpecker and many others.

Wildlife

Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew, Sokoke bushy-tailed Mongoose, Ader’s Duiker, waterbuck, Bushbuck, African Civet, Blotched Genet, Caracal, syke’s monkeys, several bird species.

Birds
Prolific birdlife features 600 species.


Activities
-  Bird Watching.
-  Butterfly watching.
-  Walking Trails.
-  Game viewing.

What to take with you
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.

Park Contacts
Phone:      +254-042 3246 ; + 254-20- 600800, 602345

Fax:           +254-20-607024 
Email:       kwsarabuko@africaonline.co.ke 
Postal Address:  The Warden , P.O. Box 109, Malindi, Kenya