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Haller Park Bamburi Nature Trail Mombasa Island Day Trip

(Haller Park Mombasa, formerly known as the Bamburi Nature trail, is located 12 Kilometers just past the Kenyatta Public beach (nearly opposite Nakumatt Supermarket) next to the Bamburi Cement factory North of Mombasa along the Mombasa Malindi road. Haller Park is only a 25 Minutes drive from Mombasa Town)

 

 
Haller Park
Haller Park

 

Bamburi Nature Trail Park (Haller Park) (Half Day Mombasa Island Tour)

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Bamburi Quarry Nature Trail: Bamburi Quarry Nature Trail tour departs in the morning from your hotel or after lunch to the Bamburi Quarry Nature Trail.

 

You will enjoy Kenya’s nature during a walk through Haller Park (Bamburi Nature Trail). This Natural Sanctuary is home for wild animals, different species of birds and other tropical flora.

 

Eland and buffalo, crocodiles and other reptiles can be seen wandering with crowned cranes. Other attractions in the Park include porcupines, peacocks, a snake park, fish farm, crocodile farm, giraffes, zebras, famous giant tortoises, hippos and a restaurant that specializes in game meat. Pre arranged tree planting at the nature trail with certificates is also possible.

 

Get up close and personal with giant Aldabra Tortoises, Hippos, Crocodiles, Waterbuck, Elands and Buffalo. Their highly trained guides will escort you around the park, ensuring your visit is enjoyable and educational.

 

If you have read the story about Owen (the hippo) and Mzee (the tortoise), you can meet them there. Haller Park is open from 800 Hours to 1700 Hours every day, including public holidays.

 

 

Taveta Golden Weaver  at haller Park, Mombasa

Haller Park - Taveta

Golden Weaver bird

Nature Trail of Bamburi - From Wasteland to Paradise

Nature Trail of Bamburi - From Wasteland to Paradise

Haller Park - Bamburi Nature Trail, Mombasa

Haller Park - Bamburi Nature Trail, Mombasa


 

Bamburi Nature Trail Park (Haller Park) Rates

Dates From
Dates To
Price Per Person
1st January 2014
31st December 2014
100 US Dollars

 

Notes
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Bamburi Quarry Nature Trail Tour Prices include roun d trip transportation and all entrance fees to the Park

 

 

 

Haller Park/ Bamburi Quarry Nature Trail Information

Haller Park is the largest animal sanctuary in Mombasa. Located next to the Bamburi Cement Factory, the Park boasts an enormous variety of animals, reptiles, insects and botanical gardens.

 

Walking along the trail is the ideal way to look at the various animals, and on many occasions holding or feeding a reptile such as a snake is allowed under close supervision of a guide.

 

Educational videos are also shown, with emphasis on the history and continuous improvement of the trail. It was previously a barren piece of land that had been stripped of its resources through limestone mining, and was redeveloped through reforestation and conservation efforts, and is now a habitat for a large number of flora and fauna species.

 

Sally & Potty, the Hippos

Sally was reared as an orphan by wildlife filmmakers and Joan Root in Naivasha. In 1976, when she was 4 years old, she was brought to Haller Park Trail. She is now around 20+ years old and weighs probably 1 - 1.5 tons.

 

Potty was confiscated from a German zoo, because he was not kept properly, and transferred to Nature Trail in November 1986. He probably weighs between 1.5 - 2 tons.

 

These hippos mainly feed on soft grass, herbs and fallen fruits. Hippos mainly stay in the water during the daytime, which protects their soft skin from the hot sun, and they feed on land during the night.

 

Defecating mainly in the water, they fertilize the pond and enhance algae growth and fish production. Hippos mature at 3 - 5 years, have a gestation period of 18 months and live around 40 - 45 years.

 

 

 

Haller Park or Bamburi Quarry Nature Trail, Mombasa

A variety of game animals and birds, which are not so easily seen, inhabit the fenced area. Each has a function in Nature Trail's ecosystem, and almost all of them utilize a different feeding niche. The mammal species seen are hippos, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, waterbucks, elands and Oryx.

 

The bushbuck, suni and duiker are not easily seen as tend to scamper away upon hearing any sounds. The animals most active at night are: bush pig, marsh mongoose and serval cat.


Below are profiles of famous Animals at the Wildlife Sanctuary:

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalos are African buffalos, and not water buffalos. There are 2 females, one who is fully grown, and the other who was born in Nature Trail in May 1990.

 

These buffalos feed on grass, coarse grass, herbs and leaves. African buffalos mature at 3 years, have a gestation period of 11 months and live around 25 years

 

Waterbuck

There are at present, group of 7 animals, 1 adult male, 4 adult females, 1 male and 1 female calf. Waterbuck mostly feed on grass, herb and leaves. Waterbucks mature at 13 - 14 month, have a gestation period of 9 months, and live up to 18 years.

 

Eland

There are at present a group of 1 male, 2 adult females, 2 calves. Herd of 20 - 25 elands are domesticated at Bamburi Forestry.

 

They are herded and culled for meat Eland normally feed on leaves of trees and bushes, grass and herbs. They mature at about 1.5 - 2 years, have a gestation period of 8.5 - 9 months and live 15 - 20 years.

 

Oryx

There are at present a group of 1 male, 1 adult female and 1 calf. Herd of 50 - 60 Oryxes are domesticated at Bamburi Forestry. They are herded and culled for meat.

 

Oryxes are extremely adapted to life in dry, poor rainfall areas. They feed on grass (coarse and dry), ground fruits, and tuber. They need extremely little water. Oryxes' mature at 1.5 - 2 years; have a gestation period 8 months and live 19 - 22 years.

 

Birds

There are more than 160 bird species recorded to date. Some species that were introduced to Nature Trail are: Crested crane, marabou stork, yellow billed stork, pelican and Egyptian geese.

 

Bird species frequently seen in the Game Sanctuary: Gray heron, black heron, great white egret, little egret yellow-billed egret, sacred ibis plovers, white-faced tree ducks (seasonal), African fish eagle and pied kingfisher and malachite kingfisher.

 

Weaver Birds

There are 3 main types of weaver birds: the Taveta golden weaver, black-headed weaver and golden palm weaver Porcupine The South African Crested Porcupines are active at night, and are rarely seen during the day.

 

They hide in burrows, rock cavities, and boulder heaps. When threatened, they stamp with their hind feet and hurl quills. They mature at 2 years and live up to 20 years.

 

Crocodiles

The crocodiles are the original parent stock of the crocodile farm, which consisted of 6 females and 1 male. These crocodiles were introduced from Lake Turkana and Tana River as eggs and hatchlings in 1975.

 

There started laying eggs in 1984 At Nature Trail, crocodile eggs are collected right after they are laid and are incubated artificially.

 

Thus, there are better hatching rates and minimal loss; sex ratio of hatchlings can be controlled by incubation temperatures and hatchlings can be looked after optimally Crocodiles start laying eggs at 8 - 10 years, and live up to 80 years.

 

Aldabra Tortoises The tortoises at Haller Park trail are from Aldabra atoll in the Indian Ocean. They were collected from people who kept them as pets. Some were washed ashore.

 

The biggest and oldest tortoise is over 100 years. These tortoises are very similar to the Galapagos Tortoises but are of a different species.

 

They feed mostly on vegetation, but will eat almost anything. They lay eggs in excavated nest pits, and the young need no parental care. At Nature Trail, despite frequent mating, there have been no offspring's. Tortoises have known to live up to 200 years.

 

Monkeys

The monkeys found at Nature Trail are from an orphan group and their offspring are from hybrids. These species are

* Mona Monkey

* Sykes Monkey

* Green Vervet Monkey

 

 

 

Bamburi Quarry Nature Trail Reforestation Project

Before the Reforestation project, the vegetation and soil were in terrible condition. There was bare coral rock with almost no soil and no shade. The ground water was mostly saline.

 

Salinity has decreased over the years since the ground is covered with soil and vegetation that absorbs the heat; the soil also holds back the moisture. The following vegetation can now be found in plenty:

 

Caesarian

They come originally from Australia, but occur naturally along the East African coast. They can tolerate saline water and are well adapted to dry areas. Their leaves, which look like pine needles, are adapted to minimize water loss.

 

The "needles" are actually green branches, with a very thick skin, and the leaves themselves, are reduced to small scales arranged in a row at each node of the "needles"

 

The Caesarians are well adapted to live on poor substrate: microorganisms living in its roots that help the Caesarian utilize nitrogen from the air. Other microorganisms dissolve other nutrients from the surrounding rocks, and make them available to the Caesarian tree as nutrients.

 

Caesarian needles decompose very slowly. Due to their high tannin content, they are difficult for bacteria to break down. Red-legged millipedes were introduced, because they feed on dead Caesarian needles, and bacteria much easily break down their droppings.

 

The millipedes speed up humus formation. Thus far a humus layer of over 4 inches has been built up on the coral rock. Caesarians are used as poles for house construction, dhow masts, charcoal, and firewood.

 

Monocarps Trees

The Monocarps were introduced from Somalia. They tolerate saline ground-water and are drought tolerant. They need some soil to start, and were most successful when interplanted with Caesarians The wood is used for dhow building and charcoal.

 

Algaroba Trees

The Algaroba was introduced from South America. They are drought tolerant and, also tolerate some salinity in the water. The microorganisms in the root system help provide nutrients.

 

They are planted mainly on the quarry slopes. The Algaroba flowers attract bees in large numbers and the seedpods are used as animal feed.

 

Neem Trees

Fruit bats distribute the neem tree seeds. Neem is used as medicines for the treatment against malaria and skin diseases. They can be used as an insect repellant and insecticide.

 

Fig Trees

Fruit bats and monkeys distribute the fig tree seeds. The four fig species are common, the most common one being Ficus Sycomorus, in Kiswahili called the mkuyu tree.

 

Fig trees often germinate at quite impossible places, like on rocks or on other trees.

 

They produce long air-roots, growing down towards the soil and becoming proper roots once they reach the soil. They grow so vigorously once they reach the soil, that they strangle and kill their host tree on which they germinated.

 

Indigenous Species

Many species of indigenous coastal forest and timber trees are being planted to find the ones most suitable and to eventually replace the Caesarian and Cornacapus trees. These trees are Mvule, Mbambakofi, Mgurure.

 


 

Booking & Reservations for Haller Park Bamburi Nature Trail Mombasa Island Day Trip, Kenya

Booking Office Tel: + 254 (0) 20 2437871

Mobile : 0721-242-711 Kenya

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