Arabuko-Sokoke Forest remains the largest section of dry coastal forest in Eastern and Southern Africa standing at impressive 420km2. The unique habitat is characterized by an enormous array of flora and fauna, making the area one of the twenty-five biodiversity hotspots in the world.
Enter the lush canopy of Arabuko for a memorable experience guided by trained ornithologists courtesy of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Guides Association. With their skilled assistance, over 260 species of birds have been recorded in the forest including six globally threatened ones:
- Sokoke Scops Owl
- Sokoke Pipit
- East Coast Akalat
- Spotted Ground Thrush
- Amani Sunbird
- Clarke's Weaver
Many of these are discovered and observed regularly by visitors.
For those less keen on ``twitching`` and ornithology, the forest is also lovely for a simple soothing walk, and exciting too, considering the resident herd of elephant and buffalo! Footpaths totalling 4km wind and weave around the forest, making the green space ideal for those interested hiking, biking and camping.
For those seeking the true treasures of Arabuko forest, longer hikes reveal the Whistling Duck Pools, the Kararacha Pools, and the fascinating Nyari Cliff, where the ground suddenly plunges 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. Please be aware the entrance ticket purchased at the Forest Station is only valid for 24 hours.