Top 5 Best Reasons to visit Abrabuko Sokoke National park in Kenya
Top 5 Best Reasons to visit Abrabuko Sokoke National park are packed with vibrant activities to visit in the park such as; wildlife in Abrabuko Sokoke National park , forest drives in Abrabuko Sokoke National park , camping in Abrabuko Sokoke National park ,butterfly watching, bird watching in Abrabuko Sokoke National park And nothing short of amazing experience and below are some of activities you can engage in and it is located on the Kenyan coast, near Mombasa. The reserve was officially gazetted to a national park in the 1980s and contains three strong forest types; Mixed forest, Brachystegia, and Cynometra which protect different species of plants and animals. Arabuko Sokoke National Park is the largest segmented coastal forest in East Africa, covering about 420 square kilometres and is a truly endowed destination for endemic species that provide great opportunities for viewing while on a forest and nature walk
1.Wildlife viewing in Abrabuko National park :
Wildlife here is so plentiful and diverse as the park has 20% of Kenya’s bird species, 30% of butterflies, 40 mammal species, and 49 reptile species, 25 amphibian species, and over 600 plant species. Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve has been listed in more than 25 biodiversity hot spots in the world and this national park is a home to over 252 mammals ,60 plant species and 79 amphibians.
These are some of mammals’ species to see in the park such as yellow baboons, Lesser Galago elephants and Sykes’ monkeys, it also houses animals like the Aders’ duiker which are ‘’small antelopes and they live in pairs’’ and the unique Golden-rumped elephant shrew.
Other permanent species of Arabuko Sosoke Forest include Clarke’s weaver, Savanah elephants, Sokoke scops owl, Sokoke Pipit, Amani Sunbird, Sokoke bushy-tailed mongoose, Spotted ground thrush, African cricket, baboons and vervet monkeys.
This is quite mind-blowing experience to have a forest drive along the park’s Kararacha pools.
Visitors to Arabuko Sokoke can drive through the forest areas and be able to view wildlife species like the African forest buffaloes, bushbucks, leopards, yellow baboons, bush babies, bushy-tailed mongoose, African civet, Sykes monkey, and Blotched Genet to mention a few.
Part of Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve is a forest that gives shelter to the numerous butterfly species that will definitely call for great attention from ardent and enthusiastic butterfly watchers, scientists, and other visitors. The reserve is a haven for all the interests of tourists.
The park also boosts with various butterfly species such as Mimetic, Baliochila minima of the family Lycaenidae, Charaxes lasti and the Charaxes blandae of the family Nymphalidae. Other species are Danaus chrrtsippus alcipus, mylothris agathina and Amauris ochlea.
Arabuko Sokoke National park has over 200 bird species that can be spotted migrating from one forest area to another, Arabuko Sokoke is a birder’s paradise, with unique bird species such as the Amani Sunbird, Fischer Turaco, Sokoke Pipit, Hawk-eagle, African crowned-eagle, Sokoke Scops Owl, East Coast Akalat, Scary Babbler, Plain-backed Sunbird and among others.And also the park is a truly a birding safari destination with over 270 beautiful bird species include the rare Clarke’s Weaver bird that sounds one of its type in the world.
Other threatened bird species found in the park include Sosoke scops, East coast akalat, Amani Sunbird, Spotted Ground Thrush, migrant from south Africa and Small Sokoke Scops Owl.
Most of bird species that call themselves Kenyan coast home are easily seen in Arabuko- Sokoke National Park, making it incredible place to visit.
Tourists interested in spending anight can come along with their company equipment and spend anight in Arabuko- Sokoke National Park and there are various camping sites in the park