Kenya Prime Birding Tour
KENYA PRIME BIRDING TOUR
10 days/ 9 nights
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
We shall arrive in Nairobi and meet our Tour Leader from Cisticola Tours LTD. We shall kick start our Kenya Prime Birding Tour here with a visit to Nairobi National Park. This is Kenya’s oldest National Park, located just 7 kilometres from the edge of the Nairobi city center, 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.
Night in Nairobi.
DAY 2 AND 3: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
On the first day, we shall depart Nairobi in the morning and cruise through the metropolis, as our guides introduce you to the history and culture of “the green city in the sun”. We shall head into the Rift Valley, where we shall enjoy strategic stop-overs to enjoy the views of this majestic geological landform. We shall then proceed to the Masai Mara, where we shall arrive at our lodge in time for lunch.
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 likely be busy with several transects across this vast savannah. We shall spend time in the park trying the different habitats. Each area will provide a different habitat and we shall be seeking different species on each section of the reserve.
Nights in Mara.
DAY 4 AND 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 Top 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. 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; 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 have an early start from the hotel on the first morning and drive straight to Nakuru. We shall spend the later part of the day birding in the park. We shall spend the first night in Nakuru.
The following morning will see us enjoy more birding in this park to score species we may have missed the previous day. In the afternoon, we shall drive to Kakamega forest for our next leg of the Kenya Prime Birding Tour. We shall arrive in time for some birding around our lodge. Night in Kakamega.
DAY 6: 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 Top 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.
Night in Kakamega.
DAY 7: KAKAMEGA FOREST TO LAKE BARINGO
We shall start the day with some more birding at Kakamega enjoying more birds of this beautiful forest.
After breakfast we shall head for Lake Baringo, as we bird along the way. Birding will be active on this route and we shall make strategic stop-overs to enjoy the birds. We shall arrive in Baringo in the early afternoon. For the next 2 days we shall enjoy birding in this area. We shall drive and walk around the scrubland and the cliffs surrounding the lake, in search of birds in this unique area.
Night in Baringo.
DAY 8: LAKE BARINGO
A boat ride experience early in the morning will help us enjoy one of the iconic moments of our Kenya Prime Birding Tour. This will help you enjoy the beauty of the lake and see the local African Fish Eagles advertising their territories as they hunt too.
Later, we continue enjoying the terrestrial birds of Baringo.
Night in Baringo.
DAY 9: TO MT. KENYA
On this day 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 the afternoon, 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 10: MT. KENYA TO NAIROBI
On this day, we shall enjoy the entire morning birding in Mt. Kenya. We shall then enjoy lunch here and embark on our journey back to Nairobi.
We shall enjoy dinner at a local restaurant sampling some of the best local dishes and barbecues. We shall then take an airport transfer for our evening flights home, marking the end to our lovely Kenya Prime Birding Tour.
Schalow’s Turaco, Great Blue Turaco, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Bar-tailed Trogon, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Equatorial Akalat, Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, African Hill Babbler, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Shelley’s Greenbul, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Brown Babbler, Great White Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, Northern White-faced Scops-Owl, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Red-chested Owlet, Spotted Thick-Knee, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Jackson’s Hornbill, Black-headed Lapwing, 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-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Northern 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, Nile Hippo, Black-and-white Colobus Monkey, Nile Crocodile
Savannah, Highland Forest, Equatorial Forest, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland
Sundowner, Star-gazing, Boat Ride, Africa’s Big 5