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Kenya Birding Safari

KENYA BIRDING SAFARI

Trip duration

11 days/ 10 nights

The Kenya Birding Safari can be combined with our Tanzania Birding Safari to form our famous Best of Kenya and Tanzania Birding Safari.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND POSSIBLE NAIROBI AREA BIRDING

We shall start our Kenya Birding Safari from Nairobi; the tourism and economic capital of Kenya. Your arrival flight will also most-likely land here, at the famous Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Depending on your arrival time and how tired you may be from the flights, you can choose to add an extra birding session this afternoon. You can choose to do an afternoon game drive in Nairobi National Park or any other local site.

Night in Nairobi.

DAY 2: MT. KENYA

On this day we shall drive to the Kenyan highlands enjoying birding stop-overs on the way. We shall progressively head towards Mt. Kenya forest; where our Kenya Birding Safari continues. We shall arrive at our destination in good time to scan the forest for the local birdlife.

Montane mammals are likely, including monkeys, antelopes, mongooses, genets, pigs, hogs, Savannah Elephants and Cape Buffalo.

Night at Mt. Kenya.   

DAY 3: MT. KENYA TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

We shall start the day with more birding in Mt. Kenya; as we seek species we may have missed the previous day. We shall later continue our Kenya Birding Safari to the Rift Valley, leaving the highlands behind.

Lake Nakuru National Park is famed as the birdwatchers’ paradise, and indeed was the first national park in Africa to be set up with an avian conservation objective. This is indeed one of the highlight locations on our Kenya Birding Safaris. Up to a million flamingos have been recorded in this park depending on their regional migration. Most of these are Lesser Flamingos with Greater Flamingos making a smaller population. Other birds will be seen including some special species for this area; and Palearctic water migrants being abundant in the right season.

The park is also a great sanctuary for rhinos; and hosts four members of the Big Five (Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, African Lion). These may be encountered as we move around the park. Other mammals will be seen, especially herds of grazing herbivores; and the Rothschild’s Giraffe.

Night in Nakuru.

DAY 4: LAKE NAKURU TO LAKE BARINGO

After enjoying more birding at Lake Nakuru in the morning, we shall depart for the drier Baringo area.

We shall make several stops on the way to enjoy more birding. Soon, we shall arrive at Lake Baringo, a fresh water lake at the heart of the Rift Valley. We shall enjoy birding here this afternoon.

Night in Baringo.

DAY 5: LAKE BARINGO

A boat ride experience early in the morning will help us enjoy one of the iconic moments of our Kenya Birding Safari. This will help you enjoy the beauty of the lake and see the local African Fish Eagles advertising their territories as they hunt too.

Later, we continue enjoying the terrestrial birds of Baringo. Our target will be to add species we may have missed the previous day.

Night in Baringo.

DAY 6 AND 7: KAKAMEGA FOREST

This time will be spent exploring Kakamega forest, a remnant of the Guineo-Congolian Equatorial forest. Species diversity here is plenty and we shall hope to have a huge addition to our Kenya Birding Safari birdlist.

We shall spend time walking in the forest in search of local specialties, with breaks in between. The forest is also great with different unique monkeys, antelopes and squirrel species.

Nights in Kakamega.

DAY 8, 9 AND 10: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

We shall then proceed to the Masai Mara; where our Kenya Birding Safari continues. Birding stops on the way will likely produce some new species.

The next days will see us scout the vast Masai Mara, in search of the local birds and mammals. Described by many as the top reserve in Kenya, this area will have lots to offer from the Big Five, herds of grazing mammals, to the amazing birdlife.

The magical Annual Wildebeest Migration is also a spectacle that has made the area very famous. Birding will be busy with several transects across this vast savannah. This area is often the crown of our Kenya Birding Safari.

Nights in Mara.

DAY 11: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE TO NAIROBI

On this day we shall enjoy some morning birding in Masai Mara. We shall then head back to Nairobi with a few birding stops on the way.

We shall take an airport transfer for your flights home, marking the end to our lovely Kenya Birding Safari.

 

 

Highlight birds

Schalow’s Turaco, Great Blue Turaco, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Narina Trogon, Bar-tailed Trogon, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Equatorial Akalat, Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, African Hill Babbler, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Shelley’s Greenbul, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Brown Babbler, Great White Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, Northern White-faced Scops-Owl, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Red-chested Owlet, Spotted Thick-Knee, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Jackson’s Hornbill, Black-headed Lapwing, Southern Ground-Hornbill, Rufous-bellied Heron, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Square-tailed Nightjar, Dusky Nightjar, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Red-necked Spurfowl, Red-winged Francolin,

White-headed Woodhoopoe, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Rufous-chested Swallow, Lappet-faced Vulture, White-headed Vulture, Ruppell’s Vulture, Secretarybird, Short-toed Snake-Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Grey Kestrel, Temminck’s Courser, Heuglin’s Courser, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Turner’s Eremomela, Green-capped Eremomela, Black Coucal, African Quailfinch, Kori Bustard, Bush Pipit, White-tailed Lark, Flappet Lark, Singing Bush Lark, Athi Short-toed Lark, White-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Northern Masked Weaver, Grey-capped Social Weaver, Karamoja Apalis, Black-throated Apalis, Hunter’s Cisticola, Grey-chinned Sunbird, Golden-winged Sunbird,

Green-throated Sunbird, Long-tailed Cisticola, Pale Wren-Warbler, Brown Woodland Warbler, Usambiro Barbet, Spot-flanked Barbet, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Familiar Chat, Sooty Chat, Abyssinian Wheatear, Wattled Plover, Woolly-necked Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, Magpie Shrike, Chapin’s Flycatcher

Highlight mammals and others

Leopard, African Lion, Cheetah, Savannah Elephant, Cape Buffalo, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Nile Hippo, Black-and-white Colobus Monkey, Nile Crocodile

Habitats covered

Savannah, Highland Forest, Equatorial Forest, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

The Great Rift Valley, Mt. Kenya, Equatorial Forest walk, Boat Ride, Africa’s Big 5