For a different take on the safari experience, mosey on over to the Shimba Hills National Reserve 33 km southwest of Mombasa. Within its borders you'll discover a variety of ecosystems including grasslands, scrublands and a refreshingly lush stretch of coastal rainforest that happens to constitute the single largest chunk of rare plant life in Kenya.
But exotic floras aren't all you get to check out, my friend. Wildlife here runs the gamut from pythons and ostriches to leopards and elephants, with a few endangered (and exotic) sable antelope thrown in for good measure. Take up a room at the lodge or hit up one of the reserve's public campgrounds for a chance to experience the lesser known side of Kenya's great outdoors.
Note:Unlike some of Kenya's larger parks, Shimba Hills isn't accessible via the Safari Card, which isn't a problem provided you're able to pay at the gate.