Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve is located 20 kilometers south of Malindi, 45 kilometers north of Kilifi, and 110 kilometers north of Mombasa. Approximately 420 square kilometers are taken up by one of East Africa’s largest remaining coastal forests. The Arabuko and Sokoke forests that make up the reserve gave rise to its name.
The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is a key conservation area because of its distinctive and varied ecosystem. Numerous rare and imperiled species, such as the Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew, Clarke’s Weaver, and Sokoke Scops Owl, call it home. The forest is a favorite spot for birdwatchers because it is home to over 260 different bird species. The reserve provides chances for wildlife observation, birdwatching, and nature hikes. Visitors can hike the woodland trails under the guidance of knowledgeable local guides who can share information on the flora and wildlife of the area. Within the reserve is Mida Creek, which is well-known for kayaking and boating and is a refuge for wildlife.
The protection of the forest and its people is the main goal of conservation activities in the Arabuko-Sokoke National Reserve. The reserve is managed by the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Trust, which also runs initiatives for community engagement, habitat restoration, and research in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service. The main gate at Gede is where visitors enter the Arabuko-Sokoke National Reserve, and this is also where admission monies are taken. Hiring a local guide is advised for a more educational experience and to ensure minimal impact on the fragile ecosystem.