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Arabuko Sokoke January 2022


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Brief Overview

Technically a National Park, but lacking most iconic safari animals, apart from elephant and perhaps a few buffalo.


However, it is easily accessed, with the entrance(s) 10(+) minutes from Watamu town, so great for a day trip forest walking excursion.


Park is divided into several parts, some of which are best accessed with a car and also into areas with/without elephants.


Local Species



Small Antelopes





Forest cobras and other snakes are present, as are caracals, but rarely seen



Take a guide, go early (gets hot!), but then come back in the late afternoon (re-entry allowed on same ticket, unlike most NPs in Kenya). Bring water and binoculars, plus a torch for evening visits.


Concluding Remarks

A great, cost effective and non-sedentary off the beaten track walking safari, easily combined with beach or marine safari activities.


I struggled to get a photo of the famous shrews (move too fast!), but you will likely see them, along with the owls and others.









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What an eye-opening intro post!  Welcome to safaritalk.

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Thank you! I hope to submit more trip reports, mostly from Kenya, if i can find the photos (lost my phone in Serengeti as it happens :(), but i can happily share any tips if i see questions on pending trips there, especially for the greater Tsavo eco-system.


And contribute more broadly- its a great forum

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