Haller Park Mombasa
Haller Park Mombasa : Haller park formerly known as Bamburi nature trail hill in Kenya is a sanctuary that is located in south of Bamburi cement plant along the Mombasa-Malindi highway. Haller Park in Mombasa was named in honor of Dr Rene Haller who was the founder and managed to transform barren limestone quarries into an ecosystem of forest, grasslands, fish farm areas, small demonstrations, giraffe viewing platform, Reptile Park among others which provide visitors with numerous options to entertain and educate themselves.
Haller Park in Mombasa covers a total area of 75 hectares of land to the south and 11 square kilometers to the north. The sanctuary started around 1971 with the planting of over 3,000 trees in the hard coral which led to the development of the forest area, roads and pathways that were used by the employees who were working on the propagation of trees, fish ponds and wildlife sanctuary. After some time the sanctuary started attracting people therefore Dr Haller developed an idea of the nature trail so as to create order of the visitors. The nature trail was open to the public in 1984 and it receiver over 20,000 visitors in its first year of opening.
Haller park in Mombasa is a habitat of various wildlife species including insects, bird species like egrets, owls, pied kingfishers, yellow billed stork, marabou stork, sacred ibis plover, white faced tree ducks Taveta golden weaver, black headed weaver, golden palm weaver, Egyptian geese, gray heron, African fish eagle, mammals including hippos, zebras, waterbucks, elands, oryx, bushbucks, suni, duikers, bush pigs, serval cats, marsh mongoose, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, primates like vervet monkeys, mona monkeys, sykes monkeys, reptiles like crocodiles and vegetation types including mangrove palms, conocarpus vegetation, algarroba, majestic indigenous shade trees such as casuarina tree, coastal forests, botanist, neem, fig tree among others.
Reasons to visit Haller Park Mombasa
Haller Park has a reptile center, butterfly house, crocodile farm, fish breeding ponds, game sanctuary among others therefore Haller Park is a great destination for wildlife viewing where you will be able to view animals like hippos, zebras, waterbucks, antelopes, vervet monkeys, giant tortoises among others.
This is an interesting activity where you get an opportunity to interact with the giraffes in the sanctuary. Feeding of the giraffes in Haller Park is allowed between 11:00am and 3:00pm where the giraffes gather around for tasty treats. Visitors who want to participate in feeding of the giraffes will buy food pallets from the supplier and either places them on the pellets or on the hand for the giraffes to grab with their tongue. Feeding of giraffes gives your fascinating and exciting experiences as you get close to the giraffes as you admire their beauty. You can also feed other animals like hippos, elands, Oryx which is done at 4:00pm and the food showdown at the crocodile section at 4:30pm.
Haller Park is a home of over 160 bird species which makes it one of the birding destinations in Kenya. during your birding safari in Haller park you can look out for bird species like the yellow billed stork, black heron, great white egret, Egyptian geese, gray heron, sacred ibis plover, white faced tree ducks, African fish eagle, little egret, malachite kingfisher, pied kingfisher, taveta golden weaver, golden palm weaver, yellow tailed egret, narina trogon among others. Birding can be done following different trails in the sanctuary
This is an incredible activity in Haller Park where you wonder around in the parks trails at night. during the night walks in the park you will get an opportunity of viewing the nocturnal animals like the bush babies, owls, genets, fire flies, hippos, bats, waterbucks, bushbucks among others which gives you great experiences on your tour.
Where to stay on your tour in Haller Park
There are a wide range of accommodations near Haller Park Mombasa ranging from luxury, midrange, budget and camping. the lodges include Nyali sun Africa beach hotel, Sarova white sands beach resort, Voyager beach resort, PrideInn hotel nyali Mombasa, Cowrie shell beach apartments, Severin sea lodge, Sentrim castle royal hotel, Bamburi beach hotel, Reef hotel Mombasa, Sun Africa beach hotel, Baobab holiday resort, Milele beach hotel, Jumuia resort among others.
How to get to Haller Park Mombasa
When getting to Haller Park you will fly to Moi international airport in Mombasa and then hire a private taxi to the park which takes about 45 minutes’ drive.
Haller Park is located 12km past the Kenyatta public beach, next to Bamburi cement factor opposite Nakumatt supermarket and takes about 2km from the center of Bamburi and 25 minutes’ drive from Mombasa town to Haller Park
Haller Park Mombasa can be visited anytime throughout the year and it opens from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily including public holidays. Visitors interested in visiting Haller gate will park entrance fees of Ksh 1,400 for foreign non-residents, Ksh 600 for foreign non-resident children, Ksh 500 adults East African residents and Ksh 200 children East African residents.
Haller Park is an incredible destination that shouldn’t be missed on your safari in Kenya in that you will be able to see wildlife in its natural environment.