A Guide To Haller Park Mombasa
Haller Park Mombasa – Haller Wildlife Park is a former disused quarry, reborn as a small private game sanctuary. A major initiative has been made to “green” the quarry and these efforts have literally blossomed into an area of lush beauty. Haller Park is now fully stocked with game including Giraffe, Eland, Hippo, Oryx and snakes.
Haller Park Mombasa History
Much of the Kenya coast was covered by coastal forests up to around 300 years ago. The forests were cut down, and only few patches remain. Those East African coastal forests have high biodiversity value, and are classified as one of the 21 global biodiversity hotspots.
1971 was the turning point; Dr. Rene Haller started the first of the rehabilitation process experimenting with the extensive open quarries, marked by planting 3,000 trees in the hard coral. This marked the start of Haller Park began by the development of the forest area and roads and pathways used by the employees working on the propagation of trees, fish ponds and the wildlife sanctuary.
Soon the rehabilitated area attracted the interest of people. Due to the littering problem from visitors, Dr Haller realised that some sort of order was needed. Hence the idea of the Nature Trail was born. The rehabilitated quarries have become a green recreation space for Mombasa residents and an attraction for visiting tourists. The Nature Trails were open to the public in January 1984 receiving over 20,000 visitors in its first year.
Animals in Haller Wildlife Park
Dr. Rene Haller believed animals should play an equally important role in the forest ecosystem as plants. The introduction of the millipedes into the casuarina forest triggered a chain reaction of colonization by plants and animals. The creation of new habitats attracted birds, insects and mammals. Some larger mammals were introduced while others moved in.
The mammals in Haller Park Mombasa had an impact on the environment. For example, the bushpigs which feed on roots, maggots, and insects helped to aerate the trees’ root systems. The female giraffes feed on leaves and dispersed plants seeds while their faeces acted as fertiliser. The dung beetles also played a role by helping bring the manure underground where it is broken down by micro-organisms creating further plant life.
More About Haller Park Mombasa
Haller Park Mombasa (formerly Bamburi Nature Trail) is located South of the Bamburi cement plant along the Mombasa / Malindi highway. A product of the company’s efforts, since 1971, to convert barren landscape of disused limestone quarries into vibrant and diverse ecosystem of forest, grasslands and ponds.
Haller Park was the first recipient to be honoured with the United Nations Environmental Program Global 500 Roll of Honour award for the unique, ecologically sound and successful rehabilitation undertaken.
Haller Park consists of a Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, small demonstration Fish Farm area, Palm Garden, Crocodile pens and a giraffe viewing platform, offering a variety of attractions at the various points to educate and entertain the over 160,000 visitors who visit the park every year.
The diversity of vegetation is considerable, from mangrove palms and majestic indigenous shade trees to coastal forests where several of these plants are rare and endangered; a haven for botanist. Yet each plant plays an important role in the overall harmony of the ecosystem.
Haller Park Mombasa also provides a home to various animal species from the cheeky Vervet monkeys to the graceful giraffe; Weaver birds, Kingfisher, Storks, Herons, Egrets, Owls, Eagles, Kites, Cranes, Ibis, Sandpipers the list is endless, Haller Park a must visit for all lovers bird.
Haller Park Mombasa Charges
Kenyan Residents – Ksh 250 Kids Ksh 100
Non Residents – Ksh 800 Kids Ksh. 400
Haller Park Contacts
Attraction Type: Wildlife
Category: Wildlife Conservancy, Animal Sanctuary, Birding Site
City / Town: Mombasa Town
Road / Street: Mombasa – Malind Road
Telephone: 254 722 410064, 254 733 410064
Entrance Fee: Yes