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Kenya Birds Photography Safari

KENYA BIRDS PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI

Trip duration

14 days/ 13 nights

The Kenya Birds Photography Safari can be combined with our Serengeti Wildebeest Calving Season Photography Safari.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KENYA – NAIROBI

Our Kenya Birds Photography Safari will start in Kenya’s tourism capital, Nairobi. We shall arrive via the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where our Tour Leader will be ready to receive us and kick start our journey. We shall then head to our hotel in Nairobi, where we shall check in.

On this day, if we have an early arrival, we may explore local attractions around Nairobi. The city has a national park at its edge, making it one of the most special conservation cities globally. Indeed Nairobi is the best place to start your Kenya safaris. Otherwise, we can relax and enjoy the nice Nairobi weather from our hotel.

Night in Nairobi.

DAY 2, 3 AND 4: SAMBURU AND BUFFALO SPRINGS NATIONAL RESERVES

We shall then head north, crossing the Equator to Samburu. This spectacular reserve hosts some very unique wildlife such as the Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra and Reticulated Giraffe; most of which are not easy to find south of the Equator. We shall also explore the neighbouring Buffalo Springs National Reserve; a great location on our Kenya Birds Photography Safari.

Our game drives here will yield many spectacular birds and we shall explore the varied habitats within the area. We shall spend most of our time here birding and photographing these exciting birds.

Highlight birds here include Somali Ostrich, Vulturine Guineafowl, Crested Francolin, White-headed Buffalo-Weaver, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Pink-breasted Lark, Somali Bee-eater and Golden-breasted Starling.

Nights in Samburu.

DAY 5: MT. KENYA

We shall then continue on our Kenya Birds Photography Safari and head to the amazing Mt. Kenya. We shall spend the time at a scenic lodge inside the forest. You will watch shy animals emerge from the forest to come drink and feed at the waterhole in front of the lodge.

Here you shall also enjoy a bird walk around the highland forest. There will be many forest birds to watch and photograph here.

Highlight birds include Hartlaub’s Turaco, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Kikuyu White-eye, Olive-breasted Greenbul, Doherty’s Bush-Shrike, Golden-breasted Bunting, Ruppell’s Robin-Chat, Scaly Francolin and Tacazze Sunbird.


Night in Mt. Kenya.

DAY 6 AND 7: LAKE BARINGO AND LAKE BOGORIA

We shall enjoy some more bird photography in the Mt. Kenya forest. We shall then proceed to Lake Baringo.

Here we shall enjoy a boat ride as we enjoy African Fish Eagles hunting on the lake. This is often a major highlight on our Kenya Birds Photography Safari.

We shall also spend a morning in Lake Bogoria, enjoying the local birds. During the right time of the year, this lake is full of flamingos and these offer an amazing photography safari experience.

Other highlight birds of this region include Jackson’s Hornbill, African Mourning Dove, Acacia Tit, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Three-banded Courser, Verreaux’s Eagle and Beautiful Sunbird.

Nights in Baringo.

DAY 8 AND 9: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

We shall continue on our Kenya Birds Photography Safari to the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. The park is known for the mighty Lake Nakuru, a soda lake at the heart of the great ecosystem.

Local mammals include Black Rhino, White Rhino, African Buffalo, Leopard and African Lion.

The local birds make the park special, and it is often referred as the birdwatcher’s paradise; thus a great location for our Kenya Birds Photography Safari. Highlight birds here include Secretarybird, Red-fronted Barbet, Meyer’s Parrot, Tawny Eagle, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Mocking Cliff Chat, Kori Bustard, Arrow-marked Babbler and Lesser Flamingo.

Night in Nakuru.

DAY 10: LAKE NAIVASHA

We shall leave early and drive to Lake Naivasha. Here we shall enjoy a beautiful boat ride to enjoy aquatic birds close-up. This boat trip is a major highlight on our Kenya Birds Photography Safari.

Highlight birds here include Yellow-billed Stork, Yellow-billed Duck, African Fish Eagle, Western Osprey, Great White Pelican, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Green Sandpiper, Grey-backed Fiscal and Goliath Heron.

We shall then enjoy more birds around the Lake Naivasha; scouting local woodlands and bushland.

Night in Naivasha.

DAY 11, 12 AND 13: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Renowned for the annual wildebeest migration, which is often regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, Masai Mara National Reserve is the crown of our Kenya Birds Photography Safari.

You will spend the next days learning about this magical destination with our safari guide. Enjoy interesting game drives as you track the Big 5 (African Buffalo, African Elephant, African Lion, Leopard, Black Rhino), the Big Cats- Lion, Cheetah and Leopard and much more.

Highlight birds include Red-necked Spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Rufous-naped Lark, Plain-backed Pipit, Croaking Cisticola, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Southern Ground Hornbill, Speckle-fronted Weaver and Schalow’s Turaco.

Nights in Mara.

DAY 14: MASAI MARA TO NAIROBI

On this day, we shall enjoy an early morning game drive in the Mara; seeking more species for our photography safari. We shall then head to Nairobi, cruising across the Rift Valley.

Later, we head to the airport; marking the end to our lovely Kenya Birds Photography Safari.

 

 

Highlight birds

Schalow’s Turaco, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Narina Trogon, Bar-tailed Trogon, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, African Hill Babbler, Great White Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, Northern White-faced Scops-Owl, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Spotted Thick-Knee, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Northern Red-billed Hornbill, 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, Green-capped Eremomela, Black Coucal, African Quailfinch, Kori Bustard, Bush Pipit, White-tailed Lark, Flappet Lark, Singing Bush Lark, Athi Short-toed Lark, White-headed Buffalo-Weaver, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Heuglin’s Masked Weaver, Grey-capped Social Weaver, Karamoja Apalis, Black-throated Apalis, Hunter’s Cisticola, Long-tailed Cisticola, Pale Wren-Warbler, Brown Woodland Warbler, Usambiro Barbet, Spot-flanked Barbet, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Familiar Chat, Sooty Chat, Abyssinian Wheatear, Wattled Plover, Woolly-necked Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, Magpie Shrike, Golden-winged Sunbird

Highlight mammals and others

Leopard, Cheetah, African Lion, Cape Buffalo, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Reticulated Giraffe, Savannah Elephant, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Nile Crocodile, Nile Hippo, Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Greater Kudu

Habitats covered

Savannah, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland, Highland Forest

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Mt. Kenya, African Big 5, Wildebeest Herds, Masai Mara