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Forest elephants at the Watering Hole Provided by Watamu Residents

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Watamu

Golden Rumped Elephant Shrew Skops Owl Sun Squirrel Hinged Tortoise

With a size of 420 km2 Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is the largest remaining section of dry coastal forest found in Eastern and Southern Africa. It is a unique habitat characterized by an enormous array of flora and fauna.

It is a key site for the global survival of six bird species and three mammal species including the elehant shrew.

The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Guides Association has several expert guides who can accompany you on your forest walks. They are expert ornithologists and can help visitors find and see some of the rare and unique birds of the forest.

Over 260 species of birds have been recorded in the forest including the six globally threatened ones:

- Sokoke Scops Owl,
- Sokoke Pipit,
- East Coast Akalat,
- Spotted Ground Thrush,
- Amani Sunbird and
- Clarke's Weaver.

Many of these are found and observed regularly by visitors.

For those less keen on "twitching" and ornithology the forest is also lovely for a walk, and exciting too, considering there is a resident herd of elephant and buffalo! If you are generally interested in nature or like hiking, biking and camping, Arabuko-Sokoke is a good destination for you. On the 4 km long Nature Trail which is close to the Forest Visitor Centre you can learn more about the unique features of Arabuko-Sokoke

If you wish to go on a longer tour it is advisable to explore the forest with one of the well trained guides from the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Guide Association because they know where to find and can point out rare animals and plants for you.

Good spots to visit on longer tours would be the Whistling Duck Pools, the Kararacha Pools, or the fascinating Nyari Cliff and viewpoint where the ground suddenly plunges about 50-80m in depth and offers unmatched views of the forest, Mida Creek and beyond to the Indian Ocean.

The Visitor Centre at the Forest Station is open from 6am to 4pm daily. The best times to discover Arabuko-Sokoke Forest are the early morning hours around dawn or the early evening hours around dusk when wildlife and birds of the forest are most active. These times are also more comfortable for you because you avoid the hot part of the day. Please be aware that the entrance ticket you buy at the Forest Station is valid for only 24 hours.

The Nyari Cliff is the perfect place to go if you decide to go on a longer tour in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. It is also possible to camp at the sight so you'll be able to watch a beautiful sunrise over the forest.

CONTACTS
Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Guide Association
email jonoiseau@yahoo.com; johnsonkafulo@yahoo.com
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tel +254 (0)723-098-884; (0)721-145-236

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