13 Days Kenya Birding Safari

13 Days Kenya Birding Safari

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Overview

Kenya is one of only 15 countries globally where more than 1,000 bird species have been recorded, and it lies third on the African avian diversity list after DR Congo and Tanzania. This list includes the world’s two largest birds (common and Somali ostrich, now regarded as separate species) and its bulkiest flying creature (Kori bustard), along with a wealth of raptors and a dazzling array of colourful bee-eaters, turacos, parrots, rollers and passerines.

Bird watching is rewarding everywhere in Kenya. For dedicated birdwatchers, a well-planned two-week itinerary is likely to result in a trip list of 350–400 species, a figure that compares favorably with anywhere in the world.

The open savannah of southern Kenyan reserves such as Amboseli and the Masai Mara provides an excellent introduction to East Africa’s commoner birds, with the likes of superb starling, purple grenadier, lilac-breasted roller and African grey hornbill all conspicuous. The Rift Valley lakes are also superb: Nakuru and Bogoria are rightly famed for their mind-boggling flamingo aggregations, but the less celebrated Naivasha and Baringo are arguably even better for general birding.

For regular Africa safarigoers, a region of special interest is the arid north, where Samburu-Buffalo Springs-Shaba hosts a high quotient of dry-country species whose range is otherwise restricted to less accessible parts of Ethiopia and Somalia.

For visitors with limited exposure to the rainforests of west-central Africa, Kakamega Forest and Saiwa Swamp protect dozens of forest species at the very eastern extreme of their range.

For coastal birds endemic or near-endemic to Kenya, Arabuko-Sokoke National Park near Watamu is home to Clarke’s weaver, Sokoke scops owl, grey-crested helmet-shrike, Sokoke pipit and Amani Sunbird. The central highlands also host several endemics, notably Sharpe’s long claw, Aberdare cisticola and Hinde’s babbler.

Kenya offers excellent bird watching throughout the year, but the prime season runs from October to March, when resident populations are boosted by Palearctic migrants. This also broadly coincides with Kenya’s rainy season, when several resident species shed their drab eclipse plumage in favor of bright breeding colours.

Duration

15 Days

Parks

5 Parks

Destination

Kenya

Tour Details

Travel Style
Iconic Essentials
Group Size
Average 45 people
Transport Style
safari vehicle
Location
Kenya

What's Included ?

Included

  • Coffee and/or Tea

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Private transportation

  • Parking Fees

Exclude

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Airport/Departure Tax

  • Gratuities

  • Landing and facility fees

Itinerary

  • Days 1: Depart Nairobi and transfer to Mountain Kenya for bird watching

    After breakfast at your Hotel in Nairobi, you will depart for Mountain Kenya where you will arrive in time for lunch. The mountain is surrounded by forests which has different trails where one can pass so as to see different bird species in the forest. You will go for birding in the afternoon in the forest. Look out for birds like Olive & Bronze napped pigeons, Silvery Cheeked hornbills, Ruppels Robin Chat, White-starred Forest Robin, Mountain Greenbul, Stuhlmans sterling and may be Vereaux Eagle. Return for dinner and overnight at your Lodge.

  • Days 2: Full day birding

    After breakfast, you will drive to slopes of Mt Kenya through numerous vegetation zones and onto 10,000 ft Afro- alpine moorland. En route look out for other bird species. Here you will be able to see birds like Black duck, HartulabsTuraco, Crowned hornbill, Paradise flycatchers and sun birds. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Days 3: Birding in the Great Rift Valley

    After you’re served breakfast at the Lodge, you will depart for the full day birding in the Great Rift Valley and in the Sosyambu wildlife sanctuary. If you want, you will go for the night game drives and birding. Search for birds like flamingos and Pelicans. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

  • Days 4: Full Day Birding

    After breakfast, set out with your packed lunch for a full day birding in the sanctuary. search for bird species like Narina Trogon, Arrow-marked Babbler and Red headed weaver ,Hildebrand's Francolin, Montane and Dusky Night jars. After lunch you will take a short excursion to Lake Nakuru. Dinner and overnight at the campsite/Lake

  • Days 5: Transfer to Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo

    After breakfast, you will drive north wards to Lake Bogoria and to Lake Baringo. En route you will be watching different bird species. In the afternoon you will take an excursion to see the Hippos and other animals. dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge

  • Days 6: Full Day Birding on the lakes

    Have breakfast in the morning and then after take a boat cruise to watch out for water bird species such as Dark Chanting Goshawk, Silverbird, Cliffchats, Jackson's and Yellow-billed hornbills, brown- tailed Rock Chat, Bristle-crowned Startling, Verreaux Eagle and Spotted Eagle Owl. Return for dinner and overnight stay at your lodge/Campsite.

  • Days 7: Transfer to Kakamega Forest for birding

    After a fully served breakfast, you will take with you a packed lunch and depart for a full day birding in the Kakamega Forest passing via Tugen hills ,through the Kerio valley and Serikwa plateau and finally to Kakamega forest. Dinner and overnight at a campsite near the forest.

  • Days 8: Full day birding in the forest

    You will have breakfast and then spend a whole day birding in the forest searching for birds like Great Blue Turacco , Emerald Cuckoo ,Blue Headed Bee Eater, Black and White Casked Hornbill, Black-billed and Viellot's Black Weavers. Dinner and overnight at a campsite

  • Days 9: Drive to Lake Victoria

    You will then head to Lake Victoria shores for more birding. After breakfast drive to the shores of Lake Victoria for another full day birding. Take a boat ride to the nearby island to search for more water loving bird species. Dinner and overnight at a campsite near the lake.

  • Days 10: Transfer to Masai Mara Game reserve

    After a fully served breakfast, head out for Masai Mara game reserve which is the finest reserve in East Africa with all the Big Five animals like the Black Rhino ,Elephant ,Lion, Cheetah, Leopard ,Zebra, Wild beast, Heartbeast, Topi, Eland, Thompson and Grant Gazelles and many more. Birds include the Open -billed Storks, Temminck's Courser, Yellow-throated Sangrouse, Usambiro Barbet and Denham's Bustard. Dinner and overnight at a campsite.

  • Day 11 and 12: Full day Masai Mara

    Have Breakfast in the morning at the Lodge, depart with your packed lunch for a full day game drives searching for big cats animals such as Elephants, lions, leopards, Buffaloes and so on. Later on venture towards the Mara River to look for hippo pools, giant crocodiles and the world famous crossing point for the wildebeests. Return back to the lodge for a rest in the evening before having your dinner and overnight stay (FB).

  • Days 13: Game drive and transfer back to Nairobi

    Wake up early for the morning game drive to search for the other animals you missed out in the previous game drives, later return back to the Lodge for breakfast after which, you will transfer back to Nairobi arriving in the early afternoon. Drop off will either be either at the Hotel in Nairobi or at the Airport depending on your flight departure time.

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