Getting There – Arabuko Sokoke

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.

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Arabuko Sokoke forest is located 120km/74mi north of Mombasa and 560km/347mi from Nairobi.

Arabuko Sokoke is an easy daytrip from the popular beach resorts at Malindi and Watamu. Daytrips to Arabuko Sokoke are offered by most hotels in the area, or you can hire a car as well.

Most people fly from Europe or North America into Nairobi as this is the biggest transport hub and there is a lot of choice for tickets. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is located 15km/9mi southeast of 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.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner, or for multiple-destination flights check Expedia, to see which airlines can take you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Tour operators will book charter flights between parks as part of their tour package. 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:

  • Airkenya (Flies Malindi–Nairobi and Masai Mara and Diani Beach–Nairobi)
  • Mombasa AirSafari (Flies to Malindi and Diana Beach from several parks)
  • Fly540 (Flies Malindi–Nairobi)
  • Safarilink (Flies Diani Beach–Nairobi and Tsavo)
  • (Flies Malindi-Nairobi and Diani Beach-Nairobi)

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

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

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