Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tour
KENYA AND TANZANIA BIRDING TOUR
18 days/ 17 nights
The Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tour can be combined with our Pemba Island Endemics Birding Tour.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN TANZANIA
Our Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tour will start in Tanzania’s tourism capital, Arusha.
On this day, if we have an early arrival, we may explore local attractions around Arusha. Otherwise, we can relax and enjoy the nice Arusha birds from our lodge.
Night in Arusha.
DAY 2 AND 3: LARK PLAINS TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
We shall start the day early with a trip to the Lark Plains, where we shall seek the endemic Beesley’s Lark. We shall spend the morning birding here, then proceed to Tarangire in the afternoon.
We may make some strategic stop-overs to add some few species on the way. Soon, we shall enter Tarangire, the land of Elephants and Baobab trees; where our Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tour continues.
Big game will also be encountered as we bird. The local Acacia woodland is very graceful and full of birds. We shall enjoy birding here for the next days of our Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tour.
Nights in Tarangire.
DAY 4: LAKE MANYARA TO NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS
We shall leave our hotel early, carrying picnic lunches. We shall drive to Lake Manyara, a pristine soda lake in the Rift Valley near Tarangire. The local Baobab trees will illuminate our journey through this lowland region.
Here we see lots of birds and during good time, lots of Flamingos are seen in the soda waters. We shall keep birding this interesting place during the day. The local game is mainly composed of monkeys. Others include Savannah Elephants, Lions and much more.
In the afternoon, we shall carry on with our Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tour, and proceed to Ngorongoro. The crater is nestled in a pristine natural forest, full of beautiful indigenous trees. We shall bird the forest, crater rim and our hotel compound in the evening.
Night in Ngorongoro.
DAY 5: NGORONGORO CRATER
Today we shall descend to the crater floor for more birding. The mighty Ngorongoro is an amazing place. It is known as one of the wonders of Africa; and a great site for our Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tour. Descending down the crater floor takes you through great scenery and you get to experience the local Euphorbia tree varieties. Many birds will be encountered in the crater.
Herds of wild animals are plenty inside the crater as well as wonderful views of the crater walls. Look out for the local Lions, Black Rhinos, Common Zebras, assorted Gazelles, Nile Hippos and Wildebeests.
Night in Ngorongoro.
DAY 6 AND 7: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
We shall then head to Serengeti National Park; a highlight on all our Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tours. The journey to the park passes through the Ndutu Plains and welcomes you to Naabi Area; the beautiful locations where the annual Wildebeest migration starts, by thousands of females calving on these plains.
We shall spend time scouting the vast Serengeti as we enjoy birds and mammals. We shall spend time looking around some of the famous rock outcrops, often referred as Kopjes. Look out for animals such as Leopard, Cape Buffalo, assorted Gazelles, Maasai Giraffe, Wildebeest, Common Zebras, Savannah Elephant and Lions.
Here you shall also get an opportunity to learn all about the famous migration and get to follow in the steps of the Wildebeests in a lovely Kopje, modelled to imitate the migration cycle.
Nights in Serengeti.
DAY 8 AND 9: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
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 a highlight on our Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tours.
Nights in Mara.
DAY 10: MASAI MARA TO LAKE VICTORIA
We shall start the day with more birding at Masai Mara, targeting any species we may have missed earlier.
We shall then drive to the shores of Lake Victoria. The water here is fresh with lots of life and the local riparian zone will be our major target. We expect many wetland and marsh species. We shall have a boat ride to access more of the lake either that afternoon or early the next morning.
We shall spend the night in Kisumu.
DAY 11 AND 12: KAKAMEGA FOREST
We shall then proceed to Kakamega Forest, where we hope to score many forest species. The 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 and Tanzania Birding Tour list.
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 13 AND 14: LAKE BARINGO
On these days, we shall enjoy birding in the Baringo area. We shall drive and walk around the scrubland and the cliffs surrounding the lake, in search of birds in this unique area.
On our Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tours, Lake Baringo and the nearby scrublands always yield special birds. We shall maximise our nature walks here during the cooler afternoon hours.
A boat ride experience on Lake Baringo will also help you enjoy the beauty of the lake and see the local African Fish Eagles advertising their territories.
Night in Baringo.
DAY 15: LAKE NAKURU
We shall then proceed to Lake Nakuru. This 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 and Tanzania Birding Tours.
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.
The park is also a great sanctuary for rhinos; without forgetting other three members of the Big Five, and 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.
We shall spend the night in Nakuru.
DAY 16: LAKE NAKURU TO MT. KENYA
We shall then continue our Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tour towards Mt. Kenya; as we make stops for local birds.
There will be several roadside birding spots and several detours to seek some species that occur along this route.
Night at Mt. Kenya.
DAY 17: MT. KENYA
From the hotel we shall bird near the local bush and forest edge and then head deeper into the mountain forest in our vehicle. We shall scan the forest, rivers and grasslands for the montane specials all day.
Montane mammals are likely, including monkeys, antelopes, mongooses, genets, pigs, hogs and squirrels.
Night at Mt. Kenya.
DAY 18: MT. KENYA TO NAIROBI
On this morning we shall enjoy more birding at Mt. Kenya. Later, we head back to Nairobi with a few birding stops on the way.
We shall then take an airport transfer for your flights home, marking the end to our lovely Kenya and Tanzania Birding Tour.
Hartlaub’s Turaco, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Grey-breasted Spurfowl, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Red-chested Owlet, Northern White-faced Scops Owl, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Montane Nightjar, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Equatorial Akalat, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Snowy-headed Robin-Chat, Little Rock-Thrush, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Mocking Cliff Chat, Abyssinian Thrush, Spot-flanked Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-spotted Barbet, White-spotted Flufftail, Dusky Tit, African Emerald Cuckoo, Pink-backed Pelican, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Spotted Thick-Knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Secretarybird, Beesley’s Lark, Jackson’s Widowbird, Kori Bustard,
Saddle-billed Stork, Hinde’s Babbler, Northern Pied Babbler, Fischer’s Lovebird, Yellow-collared Lovebird, Yellow-vented Eremomela, Turner’s Eremomela, Green Hylia, Northern Crombec, Northern Grey Tit, Black-capped Social Weaver, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Little Weaver, Jackson’s Golden-backed Weaver, Northern Masked Weaver, White-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Martial Eagle, Zebra Waxbill, Lappet-faced Vulture, Common Ostrich, Olive Ibis, Ashy Starling, Abbott’s Starling, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Yellow-bellied Hyliota,
Hunter’s Cisticola, Boran Cisticola, Three-streaked Tchagra, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Grey Olive Greenbul, Eastern Paradise Whydah, Jackson’s Hornbill, Black-and-white-Casqued Hornbill, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Golden-winged Sunbird, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Oriole Finch, Narina Trogon, Bar-tailed Trogon
Highlight Mammals and others
Leopard, African Lion, Cheetah, Black Rhino, White Rhino, Savannah Elephant, Maasai Giraffe, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, Nile Hippopotamus, Nile Crocodile
Savannah, Highland Forest, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland, Equatorial Forest
Nature Walks, Ngorongoro Crater, Kenya Endemic Birds, Tanzania Endemic Birds, Mt. Kenya