Nguuni nature sanctuary Mombasa offers a one-of-a-kind experience for those who are enamoured by the elegance of giraffes. Here, you can come face to face with these majestic creatures as they roam freely in their natural habitat.
With the recent downpour of the late April rains, Nguuni nature sanctuary will soon be under a lush green coat of grass flecked with colourful wildflowers. Creating a picture of what Africa should be; miles of open fields where giraffes gracefully roam free, randomly snaking away. A place where the skyline lacks the very destructive human touch.
Just ten minutes away from Bamburi, Nguuni Nature Sanctuary is a reclaimed 28 acres patch of land adorned with acacia trees, shrubs, and ponds. Once considered infertile and inhabitable, Nguuni’s nature sanctuary is a result of one man’s ( Dr. Rene Haller) vision that saw an exhausted quarry turned into an oasis where animals and birds now thrive.
The sanctuary is home to families of giraffes, onyx, birds, snakes, bees, and elands.
It provides a perfect picnic location set against a stunning backdrop with a healthy number of giraffes that will happily photobomb you, giving you Instagram-worthy out-of-Africa pictures enough to give any influencer a tone of the much-coveted likes.
The scenery at Nguuni Nature Sanctuary dramatically changes with the change of seasons. During the wet months of the year, this expanse of wilderness transitions into a photogenic green landscape with lots of colourful wildflowers, and when the rain goes, it turns into a savanna landscape. The wet months offer the most beautiful scenery. Though muddy and sometimes slippery if you are walking, a visit during the days when the rain breaks and the sky is clear is the most preferable for many visitors. The afternoons are better as the guides hold animal feeding sessions, and you get a bonus of the sun setting behind the Nguu Tatu Hills.
The sanctuary offers a range of amenities and facilities, including picnic grounds, an events area, camping grounds, a public library, and a dispensary for the locals. The management could consider adding a few other species like zebras and maybe another ostrich to keep the one already there company.
Guides are available upon request at the entrance, and they provide visitors with informative and educational tours of the sanctuary. It’s always crucial to respect wild animals and their habitats, and the guides will give visitors safety tips and guidelines to follow while visiting the sanctuary.
Nguuni Nature Sanctuary is an excellent destination for families, couples, friends, and solo travellers. Visitors are advised to wear closed-toe footwear if trekking up, comfortable clothing, a hat, and sunscreen. It’s also essential to bring a happy attitude, friends, snacks, and a camera to capture the beauty of the sanctuary.
Admission Fees and Hours at Nguuni Nature Sanctuary
Nguuni Nature Sanctuary welcomes both residents and non-residents, with different admission rates.
Resident adults can enjoy the sanctuary for Kshs. 350.00, while non-resident adults will be charged Kshs. 800.00. The sanctuary is open every day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Contact: 0700 337068
Reminders, always respect wild animals.