Diani, an award-winning beach in Kwale County, is among the top travel destinations in Kenya. Attracting foreigners and locals alike, Diani Beach offers the most exciting tourist activities and sites, among them, the Bora Bora Wildlife Park.
If you love viewing the flora and fauna, you can visit the Bora Bora Wildlife Park during your Diani Beach tour. Although smaller than the well-known Shimba Hills National Reserve, Bora Bora is a sustainable shelter for endangered animal species like the Phoenix and Henderson Petrels.
Besides seeing animals and plants, you will also do nature hikes in the Kaya Sacred Forest. Meanwhile, read this article to find out where this wildlife park is, how to get there, and entry charges.
Bora Bora Wildlife Park: The Location
The Bora Bora Wildlife Sanctuary is about four kilometers from the legendary Diani Beach. It is in front of the Shamba la Salama, which is about a kilometer from Neptune Hotels. The easiest means of transport if you do not have a car is a Boda Boda or Tuk Tuk.
Bora Bora shares the same ecosystem with the Kaya Sacred Forest. This is a thick tropical forest where the Mijikenda people have conducted traditional rituals for years. As one of the best-preserved tropical forests, the Kaya Sacred Forest has indigenous medicinal plants you can hardly find elsewhere.
First, the entry time is 11 AM daily. Moreover, the Bora Bora Wildlife Park includes the Luxury Tented Safari Camp Diani. Visitors who come here on a day excursion pay less than anyone who seeks accommodation in the tented safari camp.
The accommodation provides various fun activities and services, including:
- Gaming room
- Movie watching
- Rental bicycles
- Motorbike tours
- Listening to live music/band
- Local culture classes
- Cooking classes
- Trekking tours
- Watching live sports.
All these activities attract unique charges. If your only interest is to see the wild animals, your entrance fee to the Bora Bora Wildlife Park will be $20 for adults and $10 for kids.
Wildlife Animals at the Bora Bora Sanctuary
Bora Bora conserves endangered animal species. It saves orphaned baby animals or those facing the risk of death due to poaching injuries. The park is a comfortable shelter for the following animals:
- Nile Crocodiles – These are fresh-water crocodiles you can naturally find in the River Nile, River Tana, etc. They are going extinct, which explains why the Bora Bora facility conserves them. Come on Wednesdays at around 1500hrs to see how they devour fresh meat.
- Maasai Giraffe – The Maasai or Kilimanjaro giraffe species is a beautiful Bora Bora Wildlife Park animal. The facility rescued the endangered giraffe from Naivasha. Visitors can feed it by hand with the help of a tour guide.
- Primates – Bora Bora offers shelter and love to different types of primates. It boasts a troop of close to three hundred baboons. Sykes monkeys and Angolan colobus monkeys are eighty and forty respectively. The park also keeps about thirty Vervet monkeys.
- Wild Boars – The wild boar has similar traits to warthog and other pig species. The nocturnal pigs are easy to view at night. Since they are rare animals, the park commits itself to protecting them.
- Zebra – Animals like Zebras are predominant in savannah grassland areas like Maasai Mara National Reserve. Surprisingly, the Bora Bora Conservatory has a herd of lovely plain zebras.
- Terrapins –Terrapins stay in freshwater lakes and streams, and they have become rare. Some of you do not know the difference between a turtle and a terrapin. When you come to Bora Bora Park, you will notice how these animals differ.
- Birds – If you enjoy watching birds or work as an ornithologist, visit the Bora Bora sanctuary during your Diani Beach tour. The place has fifty different bird species, including the Egyptian geese, weaver birds, silvery-checked hornbill, pied Kingfisher, etc.
- Tortoise –Another reptile at the park is the tortoise. Bora Bora preserves the Leopard tortoise, which is the biggest species in the East Africa region. You will also view the Star and Hinged-backed tortoises.
- Guinea Fowl and Peacock – The Bora Bora animal shelter keeps Guinea fowls, which are wild birds. It also keeps peacocks, the most colorful birds known for their unrivaled pride. No wonder most people keep them as ornamental birds. You can see them at this park.
Other Activities at the Bora Bora Wildlife Park
Apart from wildlife viewing, tourists can do other park activities, including:
- Touring the Kipepeo Nature Trail – The Kipepeo Nature Trail is a protected forested area with butterflies and birds.
- Learn the Maasai Cultural Heritage – Maasai people love their culture, and it is beautiful. The Bora Bora Wildlife Park and Luxury Tented Safari Camp Diani is the only place on the South Coast with a real Maasai community.
- Fishing – Bora Bora must protect and preserve animals. Thus, fishing is under supervision to ensure you catch and then release the fish. Predominant species are mudfish, tilapia, and Koi carp.
- Take an Educational Tour – The Bora Bora Park often provides guided educational tours to groups of up to fifty people. Thus, schools and companies can pick it as a team-building venue.
- Camping – Visitors who love camping can try it at the Bora Bora facility. It provides not only the equipment but also the company of the Maasai Morans.