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 make our famous Kenya & Tanzania Birding Tour.

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI

We shall arrive on our Kenya Birding Safari via Nairobi; the tourism capital of Kenya.

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. Otherwise, you can relax and enjoy the local city birds from your hotel.

Night in Nairobi.

DAY 2: MT. KENYA

Today, we start our Kenya Birding Safari from Nairobi; heading to Mt. Kenya. We shall drive to the Kenyan highlands enjoying birding stop-overs on the way. We shall progressively head towards Mt. Kenya forest. 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 SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

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 Northern Kenya, leaving the highlands behind. We shall make several stops on the way to enjoy more birding. Soon, we shall arrive at Samburu, a magnificent birding location.

Night in Samburu.

DAY 4: BUFFALO SPRINGS AND SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVES

We shall enjoy birding in Samburu and Buffalo Springs, a very interesting destination on our Kenya Birding Safari. We shall spend time scouting for extra birds as we enjoy the local mammals, such as Leopard, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Lion and Elephants.

This is an amazing part of Kenya, and allows for excellent dry country birding. Many of the typical North-East African dryland birds are present here and the habitat will provide a huge species list.

Night in Samburu.

DAY 5: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

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 Birding Safari. 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 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

On the first morning, we shall enjoy birding in Kakamega, hoping to add a few more species to our Kenya Birding Safari birdlist. We shall then proceed to the Masai Mara, where we shall arrive at our lodge in the afternoon. 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 TO NAIROBI

On this day we shall 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 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, Shelley’s Greenbul, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Great White Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, Northern White-faced Scops-Owl, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Red-chested Owlet, 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, 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-headed Buffalo-Weaver, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Heuglin’s 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, Reticulated Giraffe, Maasai Giraffe, Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, 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

Sundowner, the Great Rift Valley, Mt. Kenya, Equatorial Forest walk, Star-gazing, Africa’s Big 5

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