​Getting There – Arabuko Sokoke FR

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Your entry point to the country will most likely be Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), 15km/9mi southeast of the capital city Nairobi. Kenya’s second international airport is Moi International Airport (MBA), located 9km/6mi west of Mombasa. From either airport you can take a domestic flight to Malindi, which can be your base for visiting Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve.

Arabuko Sokoke is 120km/74mi north of Mombasa (a 2-hour drive*) and 560km/347mi from Nairobi (a drive of between 9 and 14 hours*).

Arabuko Sokoke is an easy day trip from the popular beach resorts at Malindi and Watamu. Day trips are offered by most hotels in the area, or you can hire a car.

*Driving times are only a rough indication. You should always consider the possibility of significant delays.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights from Nairobi leave from Wilson Airport (WIL), 6km/4mi south of Nairobi, or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Scheduled flights to Malindi from some of Kenya’s parks or Nairobi can be booked with several domestic carriers:

  • Mombasa Air Safari (Flies to Malindi from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, Amboseli, Tsavo West and the Masai Mara)
  • Fly540 (Flies to Malindi from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Lamu)
  • Safarilink (Flies from Malindi to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport and Lamu)

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Kenya page to learn more about passport, visa, COVID-19 and other entry requirements.

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