|Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and Mida Creek - The Official Guide (KIFCON, 1995, 72 p.)|
To help you and other visitors enjoy the forest, please observe the following basic guidelines:
Clothing: the forest is sheltered from the coastal breeze, so it can be hot and humid: loose-fitting, lightweight clothing is best. The soils drain easily so it is seldom muddy underfoot; comfortable walking shoes or trainers are suitable.
Collecting: do not take home anything you see in the forest except, of course, your photographs! Please simply leave the forest as you find it.
Courtesy: although most people who work in the forest do so legally, some may not. It is strongly recommended that you do not harass people by asking them what they are doing or by photographing their activities. The forest guards and rangers are monitoring forest use.
Fire: there is always risk of fire, especially during the dry season, so take the greatest care not to start fires in the forest; they can cause very serious damage.
Litter: take home everything that you brought with you. Litter is an intrusion to the forest and can harm wildlife.
Noise: try to avoid noise that may disturb wildlife and other forest users. Loud and unnecessary noise, for example from radios or cassette players, will disturb both.
Snakes: Although there are some venomous snakes in the forest, they are very shy. They sense the vibrations from your feet and will move away long before you reach them. By walking on the tracks and paths, and avoiding long grass, you reduce even further the chances of meeting them.
Valuables: always lock your vehicle, and hide or carry all your valuables. The forest managers cannot take any responsibility for loss or damage to vehicles or other property.
Wildlife: wildlife has priority at all times. To avoid disturbing what you have come to see, please drive at less than 30 kph in the forest; and allow time for wildlife to move off the tracks before you pass. Treat wild animals with respect and do not feed them.
Water: On a visit to the forest, especially if you are walking, it is advisable to carry some drinking water.