Getting There – Shimba Hills NR

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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

Shimba Hills is an easy daytrip from Mombasa, Diani Beach or any of the other beach resorts south of Mombasa. It is also possible to stay the night in Shimba Hills Lodge located in the reserve. Many hotels in Mombasa or Diani offer daytrips to Shimba Hills, or you could rent a vehicle for the day.

Most people fly from Europe or North America to Kenya via Nairobi. 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 Nairobi you can take a domestic flight to Mombasa or Diani, which can be your base for Shimba Hills.

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

Hopping between parks via charter flights is possible, and these are normally booked by tour operators for you. Most domestic flights from Nairobi leave from Wilson Airport (WIL), 6km/4mi south of Nairobi. The following domestic carriers have scheduled flights:

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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