Haller Park: A Conservation Success Story in Mombasa, Kenya
Haller Park is a nature reserve and sanctuary that is a true testament to the power of conservation and the dedication of one person, Dr. Rene Haller, to turn a barren wasteland into a beautiful haven for all. The park has grown to become one of the most popular attractions in Mombasa for both domestic and international nature lovers.
History of Haller Park Mombasa
In 1952, Clementia Holding began producing limestone in Mombasa, East Africa, quickly transforming the area into a bustling industrial hub. However, as cement production skyrocketed, the surrounding land was left barren and lifeless. In 1970, Dr. Rene Haller, who was in charge of food production, began research on the rehabilitation of the disused limestone quarries. After tireless experimentation, he discovered that three plants; the Damas, Coconut Palm, and Casuarina could thrive in harsh conditions. These plants transformed the quarries into a verdant oasis, which opened to the public in 1984.
Attractions at Haller Park Mombasa
- Haller park’s wildlife sanctuary is home to Hippos-Sally and Potty, a buffalo, velvet monkeys, giraffes, Elands, Oryx, and a group of water birds like Eagles, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, and Kingfishers.
- Owls Banda that hosts a Verreaux Eagle Owl.
- Animal orphanage is a quarantine and home to rescued animals, either found sick, injured, orphaned, or stranded in the wild.
- Giraffe Feeding platform for feeding giraffes in the park
- Crocodile Pens – home to over 90 crocodiles.
- Reptile Park – hosts rescued reptiles in the region including, snakes, lizards, tortoises, and terrapins.
- Warthog boma, which hosts warthogs.
- Aquaculture & Fish farm, several interconnected small lakes, ponds, and swamps excavated on the quarry floor that is home to various birds, fish, and reptiles.
- Butterfly garden, which is home to a variety of butterfly species.
- Haller Park is home to a diverse range of flora, with over 180 species of indigenous trees and bushes having been planted over the years. The park’s botanical gardens, including a bamboo garden, a cactus garden, and a palm garden, provide a habitat for a wide variety of plants, many of which are native to the area.
- Guided tours:
- Animal feedings: Visitors can witness and participate in the animal feedings at the park, starting with giraffe feeding at 3:00 PM, followed by hippo feeding at 4:00 PM, and crocodile feeding at 4:30 PM. Visitors can purchase feeding snacks for the giraffes at the entrance for 50 KSH per bag.
- Nature walks: Visitors can explore Haller Park’s habitats and ecosystems on foot, taking in the sights and sounds of the natural environment.
- Educational programs: Haller Park offers educational programs for visitors of all ages, including nature walks, animal presentations, and lectures.
Best Time to Visit to Visit Haller Park
The best time to visit Haller Park is during the afternoons as visitors can partake in giraffe feeding and observe the guides feeding the hippos, and crocodiles. The park opens daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Admission Fee at Haller Park
Citizen/Resident – East Africa Charges
Adult Ksh 500
Child Ksh 200
Adult Ksh 1,400
Child Ksh 600
What to Remember
The park banned the use of single use plastics and visitors are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles and bags.
Other useful information
Phone: 07 21 381 949
Location: Haller Park, Bamburi Mombasa, Kenya opposite Nyali City Mall.