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Address: Gede, Kenya

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A paradise for birdwatchers

We had some problems to find the entrance to this place but it's easy (once you know it) It is 1,5 km south of the watamu junction. Once here, you NEED a guide (unless you are a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Lesjofors, Sweden
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Lesjofors, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had some problems to find the entrance to this place but it's easy (once you know it) It is 1,5 km south of the watamu junction. Once here, you NEED a guide (unless you are a professional birdwatcher AND know the hotspots in the forest) I had a guide and thanks to him I managed to spot Clarke's weaver,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the misfortune of being here during a VERY dry season. There had been no appreciable rain for several months. So we missed some species that we had expected. But there were still a lot of great birds to see. We had a good guide who knew local birders. This combination got us most of what we had hoped... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

As we were staying in Mombasa for 2 nights and we are not really 'beach people', I thought an excursion here would be interesting, which it certainly was. However, as we know birds are most active at dawn and dusk, neither of which are wise times to aim to arrange to be there unless you are staying very close to... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

While visiting the east coast in June 2016 I had planned a visit to the forest and had high expectations regarding birding there (as there are so many specific birds in this area). At the visitor center the day before the visit, I was talked into hiring a guide to go birdwatching, and I am soooo glad I was talked... More 

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Mombasa, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

One of those quiet drives through a Forest -A drive of approx 13kms through the Arabuko Sokoke Forest to the Nyari View Point was amazing! The Nyari view point gives an aerial view of the Forest. Was nice to spend 1 hour enjoying the view with a Picnic lunch. Raised car or a 4WD vehicle is recommended. Obtain tickets from... More 

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Watamu, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

Through AJ Tours and safaris, we managed to visit this forest in Watamu and we did enjoy spotting different types of birds, butterflies and baboons among others.Cheer AJ Tours and safaris.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

A little off the typical Kenya tourist trail, but worth a visit. Popular among birders, but you really only get glimpses of birds through trees. However, the butterflies were awesome. We saw 100s of butterflies, probably about 20 different species and lots of large and attractive ones. There are elephants, but they are mostly nocturnal. We also stumbled across a... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2015

This forest was a great surprise as I didn't think we have a busy forest with all this rare birds, butterflies, trees and insects. It is so vast and goes on for several kms if you're on the road and i believe with a guide one can learn a thing or two about the vegetation and the history of the... More 

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Mombasa, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2015

The forest is quiet big and bushy plantation ! nature kept at its natural state ! beautiful birds and baboons happy to see people ! The guides are well informed of the place and know what a tourist wants to see and photo !!! Kenya is beautiful at this place !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2014

When you visit Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve, you enjoy the experience of a coastal dry forest of Kenya that boasts of many different rare species of Birds, Mammals, Butterflies, and Plants and a lot more. If you love the Clarke's Weaver, this is the best place to view it. This bird is completely endemic to the forest. You can find a... More 

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