Kenya Birding Tour

KENYA BIRDING TOUR

Trip duration

16 days/ 15 nights

The Kenya Birding Tour can be combined with our Coastal Kenya Birding Tour to make our famous Kenya Mega Birding Tour.

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI – AFRICAN SAFARI CAPITAL 

We shall arrive on our Kenya Birding Tour 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: NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE NAIVASHA

We shall spend the day in this park, which has always proven successful 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. The park also hosts four of the African Big Five and many other interesting animals that you’ll enjoy during the visit.

Later in the afternoon, we proceed to Naivasha; where our Kenya Birding Tour continues.

Night in Naivasha.

DAY 3: KINANGOP GRASSLANDS AND ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK; TO WESTERN MT. KENYA 

A boat ride on Lake Naivasha, will ensure you can reach more species in the middle of the lake, as you enjoy the aquatic beauty. Later our Kenya Birding Tour shall depart for the Central Kenya Highlands.

Home to some of the best Kenya’s endemic birds, Kinangop-Aberdare area promises to be rewarding on each trip. Indeed our Kenya Birding Tour scores very well on national and regional endemics here.

We shall start from the lower grasslands and gain elevation up to the Aberdare National Park; a pristine alpine moorland habitat. Local wetlands will also be sampled for the highland water birds.

In the later afternoon, we shall proceed to Western Mt. Kenya; where more birds will be awaiting.

Night in Mt. Kenya.

DAY 4: WESTERN 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 5 AND 6: BUFFALO SPRINGS AND SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVES

We shall leave early for Samburu and Buffalo Springs, a very interesting destination on our Kenya Birding Tour. 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.

Nights in Samburu.

DAY 7: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Leaving early, on this day we shall drive to Lake Nakuru National Park; with a possible quick stop for a site where Cape Eagle-Owls roost. We shall arrive in Nakuru, around mid-day where we shall spend the entire afternoon birding in the 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 Tour. 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 8: LAKE NAKURU TO LAKE BARINGO

On this day, we shall start with more birding in Nakuru. We shall spend the better part of the morning adding any species we may have missed the previous day.

In the later afternoon, we shall head for Lake Baringo, as we bird along the way. If time allows, we shall stop briefly at a roadside dam near the lake, to check for some waterfowl.

Night in Baringo.

DAY 9: LAKE BARINGO

On this day, we shall enjoy our Kenya Birding Tour 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.

A boat ride experience will also help you enjoy the beauty of the lake and see the local African Fish Eagles advertising their territories.

Night in Baringo.

DAY 10, 11 AND 12: 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 Tour list.

We shall spend time walking in the forest in search of local specialties, with short breaks in between. The forest is also great with different unique monkeys, antelopes and squirrel species.

Nights in Kakamega.

DAY 13: LAKE VICTORIA TO MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

We shall spend some time this morning enjoying the birds of Lake Victoria. This is always a great birding site on our Kenya Birding Tours.

We shall then proceed to Masai Mara, where we shall arrive at our lodge in the afternoon. Birding stops on the way will likely produce some new species along the local rice fields.

Night in Mara.

DAY 14 AND 15: 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 the crown of our Kenya Birding Tour.

Nights in Mara.

DAY 16: MASAI MARA TO NAIROBI

On this morning we shall enjoy more birding in Masai Mara. 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 Birding Tour.

 

Highlight birds

Hartlaub’s Turaco, Jackson’s Francolin, Moorland Francolin, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Red-chested Owlet, Northern White-faced Scops Owl, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Montane Nightjar, Somali Bee-eater, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Equatorial Akalat, Moorland Chat, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Snowy-headed Robin-Chat, Little Rock-Thrush, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Mocking Cliff Chat, Abyssinian Ground Thrush,

Spot-flanked Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-spotted Barbet, White-spotted Flufftail, Dusky Tit, African Emerald Cuckoo, Pink-backed Pelican, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Somali Courser, Spotted Thick-Knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Secretarybird, African Water Rail, Sharpe’s Longclaw, Pangani Longclaw, Rock Pratincole, Hartlaub’s Marsh Widowbird, Jackson’s Widowbird, Kori Bustard, Saddle-billed Stork, Hinde’s Babbler, Northern Pied Babbler, Stone Partridge,

African Orange-bellied Parrot, Yellow-vented Eremomela, Green-backed Eremomela, Turner’s Eremomela, Green Hylia, Northern Crombec, Northern Grey Tit, Black-capped Social Weaver, Little Weaver, Jackson’s Golden-backed Weaver, Northern Masked Weaver, Heuglin’s Masked Weaver, White-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Martial Eagle, Zebra Waxbill, Lappet-faced Vulture,

Somali Ostrich, Olive Ibis, Abbott’s Starling, Purple Starling, Lesser Blue-eared Starling, Golden-breasted Starling, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Nairobi Pipit, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Hunter’s Cisticola, Aberdare Cisticola, Boran Cisticola, Somali Sparrow, Three-streaked Tchagra, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Chapin’s Flycatcher,

Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Grey Olive Greenbul, Yellow-throated Leaf-Love, 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, Savannah Elephant, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Nile Crocodile, Nile Hippo, Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Cape Buffalo

Habitats covered

Savannah, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland, Desert Lava, Highland Forest, Montane Grasslands, Equatorial Forest

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Visit to the ivory burning site, Masai Mara, Mt. Kenya, the Great Rift Valley, Equatorial Forest walk, African Big 5, Kenya’s Endemic Birds, Boat Ride

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