Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve

What You Should Know About Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve


Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve is located in the Kenyan coastal region. It is among the largest forest reserves in East Africa, occupying a 420-kilometer square area. Numerous bird species have found a home in the forest, with 24 endemic and rare birds and various butterfly species.



  • Beautiful sceneries.
  • Exciting birding experience.
  • Numerous variety of frogs and butterflies.
  • Unique coastal forest habitat.
  • Unusual forest wildlife.
  • Exceptional tracks and walking trails.
  • Closer to Watamu and Malindi reserves.



  • Minimal chances of seeing native and the Big 5 animals.
  • No accommodation within the reserve.


What Animals Live in Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve?

The forest reserve has a variety of wildlife, including some of the Big 5. However, they are not easily seen. You will mostly encounter the yellow baboons, leopards, buffalos and elephants, Lesser Galago, Caracal, African Civet, and Syke’s monkeys in Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve. The three endemic mammals, namely the Sosoke bushy-tailed mongoose, Ader’s duiker, and the golden-rumped elephant shrew, are found in this pristine forest. There are over 270 bird species in reserve, among them the Clarke’s Weaver, which is not found in any other part of the country.


What Is the Best Time to Visit Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve?

You can tour Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve any time of the year. However, it is advisable to visit the forest during the dry season for seamless hikes and drives. The most preferred months are January, February, and July to September. Plan your trip to the Forest Reserve as advised through the tourism calendar. The weather is conducive in the dry season, where you enjoy forest walks, forest drives, cycling, running, and picnicking.


What Is the Weather in Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve?

The forest reserve has a humid and hot coastal climate coupled with strong breezes. It has two rainy seasons: short and long rains. From March to May, there are heavy rains, while October and November have short rains. January, February, and March are the hottest months, while June, July, August, and September are sunny.

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