Kenya Birding Safari
8 days/ 7 nights
DAY 1: NAIROBI TO GATAMAIYU FOREST
This Kenya Birding Safari starts from Nairobi, Kenya’s economic capital city. We start with a brief transect through the city. Depending on your hotel location, you will enjoy the rising of Nairobi, and our guides will help you identify some key buildings and sites within the city.
From here we head straight to our first birding destination, Gatamaiyu Forest. This is a pristine highland wet forest that forms the eastern edge of the great Aberdare Ranges Forest. On our way to the forest, we may make a brief stop-over at a local wetland to spot some water birds. We shall spend the entire morning birding in the forest, and later have our picnic lunch there. We shall do some more birding and then head to Naivasha for the night, which will be our next destination on this Kenya Birding Safari.
Night in Naivasha.
DAY 2: LAKE NAIVASHA
In Naivasha, we shall sample local birding spots. We shall keep an eye for more savannah and bushland birds. We shall also get to the lake shore, at our best-selected beach points, where many shorebirds will be seen. A boat ride on Lake Naivasha, to be done early in the morning, will ensure you can reach more species in the middle of the lake, as you enjoy the aquatic beauty.
Night in Naivasha.
DAY 3: KINANGOP GRASSLANDS AND ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK
We shall start the day early and continue with our Kenya Birding Safari; moving to this highland region. Home to some of the best Kenya’s endemic birds, Kinangop area promises to be rewarding on each trip. We shall start from the lower grasslands and gain elevation up to the Aberdare National Park. Local wetlands will also be sampled for the highland water birds. We shall have our picnic lunch here; and keep enjoying more birding.
Later we head back to Nairobi for the night.
Night in Nairobi.
DAY 4: NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
We shall spend the entire day in this park, which has always proven fruitful on our tours. This is Kenya’s oldest National Park, located just 7 kilometres from the edge of the Nairobi city centre, Kenya’s capital city. Indeed, this is Kenya’s capital birding location with over 500 species recorded in the park; and will certainly add many species on our Kenya Birding Safari. The park also hosts four of the African Big Five and many other interesting animals that you’ll enjoy during the visit.
Night in Nairobi.
DAY 5 AND 6: TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK
From Nairobi, we shall take a new leg on our Kenya Birding Safari and spend time in the Tsavo area. We shall start early to have ample time for birding on the way. We are likely to see interesting birds and other wildlife along the way and we shall make stop-overs for these. The landscapes we shall be crossing are also breathtaking and our team will help you know more about these places.
Next to the lodge will be some great birds and mammals to spot and this will form the start of our birding in this magical region. We shall continue birding the next day and add many more species.
Nights in Tsavo.
DAY 7: TAITA HILLS
On this day, our Kenya Birding Safari shall take a day trip to Taita Hills, mainly searching for the local endemics, Taita White-eye, Taita Thrush and Taita Apalis. We shall then head back to our lodge with birding on the way adding more species of the Tsavo area. We shall also scan around our lodge for more species.
Night in Tsavo.
DAY 8: TSAVO TO NAIROBI
On this last day of our Kenya Birding Safari, we shall have an early morning bird walk to see more birds. We shall then embark on our journey to Nairobi for the evening flights home, marking the end to our lovely Kenya Birding Safari.
Hartlaub’s Turaco, Narina Trogon, Bar-tailed Trogon, Golden-winged Sunbird, Tacazze Sunbird, Pink-backed Pelican, Somali Courser, Spotted Thick-Knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Secretarybird, African Water Rail, Fire-fronted Bishop, Long-tailed Widowbird, Jackson’s Widowbird, Kori Bustard, Hartlaub’s Bustard, Saddle-billed Stork, Northern Pied Babbler, Speke’s Weaver, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Martial Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, African Quail-finch, Zebra Waxbill, Lappet-faced Vulture, White-headed Vulture, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Taita Thrush, Moorland Chat, Kikuyu White-eye, Taita White-eye, Evergreen Forest Warbler, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Taita Apalis, Hunter’s Cisticola, Siffling Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola, Desert Cisticola, Somali Sparrow, Red-winged Lark, Three-streaked Tchagra, Golden-breasted Starling, Shelley’s Starling, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Eastern Paradise Whydah, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Jackson’s Francolin, African Paradise Flycatcher, Nairobi Pipit, Striped Pipit, Sharpe’s Longclaw, Pangani Longclaw, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler
Highlight mammals and others
Leopard, African Lion, Cheetah, Black-and-white Colobus Monkey, Savannah Elephant, Fringe-eared Oryx, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Nile Crocodile
Savannah, Highland Moist Forest, Alpine Moorland, Highland Grasslands, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland
Visit to the historic Ivory Burning Site, Man-Eaters of Tsavo Talk, Sighting the Lunatic Express Railway line, Kenya’s Endemic Birds, African Big 5