The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Coastal weather is represented by two rainy seasons – a short rainy season in November and December and a long rainy season from April through June which starts sprinkles by end of March, with May being considered the wettest month. Precipitation can affect forest trails, making some of them more challenging to traverse, so knowing the rain patterns can help you avoid the frustration of being unable to enjoy all that forest has to offer. The Indian Ocean coastline tends to be more humid that inland areas and average annual temperatures are generally in the lower to mid-80s degrees Fahrenheit (26-30 Celsius) during the day and lower to mid-70s degrees Fahrenheit (21-24 Celsius) at night.
But the forest is a beautiful destination no matter when you visit. For locations of activities and key forest features see the map by clicking here, or buy the official Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Map at Gede main forest gate.
Members of the group provide guiding services to visitors. Many of the group’s members are expert birders and naturalist who locate the forest “small seven” among other attractions. It is advised to take a local guide into the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest with you to achieve the full experience.
David is the first bird guide in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and is known internationally for his passion for the forest and his intimate knowledge of birds and the traditional uses of its 600-odd plant species, started guiding in1983 in his spare time and has also led tours in other parts of Kenya and as far afield as Uganda and Tanzania, member of the friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest committee and an avid conservationist, most of the time a notorious Story teller.
Jonathan is a qualified guide. He studied tour guiding and administration certificate in 1997 in a college. He has trained in professional guide of the forest and creek code and conducts. Has a knowledge in city tour and historical monuments. Work with visitors to plan tailor made Packages for both tours and Safaris into the parks. Birdwatching and driver position makes him unique with others.
Cell phone: +254/724440374
Willy is a professional Safari guide, started guiding in Arabuko Sokoke Forest and surrounding area since 1993. Specialized in bird watching and big game safaris, he does guiding in all over East Africa. He also assisted and worked as a research assistant during the Golden Elephant Shrew, Butterflies, Amani Sunbird and Sokoke Scops Owl studies.
Contact: +254/733971604 or +254/723314416
Giriama community have developed a cultural center within the forest to share their traditions with guests. During their cultural events you will learn about their culture and witness traditional dance performance. For organizing this unique experience contact your guide.
Waata community is in the process of developing similar cultural site inside the forest. Arabuko Sokoke is Waata for ‘forest of the thin elephant’ (arbi means elephant, huk’o means thin, sokoke means short trees).
All revenues generated by these visits are goes directly back to the community.
The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is home to elephant and buffalo, so if you are walking, running or cycling take all precautions to avoid interaction with these species. Always follow rules and regulations prescribed for the forest and available at the entrance gate in Gede.
Night visits to the forest are not permitted, and you shall leave the forest or reach your campsite before 6pm.
It is forbidden by Kenyan law to use plastic bags in the country and plastic bottles in protected areas. Please bring your water in re-usable containers.
Don’t forget to take your rubbish out of the forest when you are finished with your picnic.
Dogs are not allowed in the forest.
You can enter the forest via three entrance gates – Gede (the main gate), Sokoke or Jilore. You can pay entrance fees via mobile money – MPESA and get your ticket at Gede forest station.
The ticket office is open from 6 am – 6 pm at the main Gede Forest Station. You can also enter via Jilore and Sokoke forest stations. Mode of payment only by cashless transaction method MPESA. If you don’t use MPESA, your guide can arrange for the payment with you.
Rates as of 1st January 2021