Nairobi and Tsavo Birding

Trip duration

5 days/ 4 nights

Brief itinerary

In this tour, the best urban forest in Kenya will be visited for a walk in the wild, followed by a game drive inside Kenya’s oldest national park and finally you end up in Kenya’s largest national park, also called the Theatre in the Wild.

DAY 1: NAIROBI TO GATAMAIYU FOREST

This tour 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 back to the city through a special detour route.

DAY 2: NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK

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 among loads of mammals and other animals. The park is 117.21 Km2 in size, making it ideal for a day’s visit.The park also hosts four of the African Big Five and many other interesting animals that our guides will help you learn about. We shall spend the entire day in the park enjoying the local birdlife both on game drives and designated walking areas.

DAY 3 AND 4: TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK

For the next three days we shall spend time in the Tsavo area. We shall leave Nairobi early to have ample time on the way. We are likely to see interesting birds and other wildlife along the way. The landscapes we shall be crossing are also breathtaking and our team will help you know more about these places. We should arrive before lunch hour and have lunch at our lodge. 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.

DAY 5: TSAVO TO NAIROBI

On this last day, we shall have an early morning game drive to see more birds and wildlife. We shall then embark on our journey to Nairobi for the flights home.

Highlight birds

Hartlaub’s Turaco, Pink-backed Pelican, Somali Courser, Spotted Thick-Knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Secretarybird, African Water Rail, Pangani Longclaw, 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, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Nairobi Pipit, Siffling Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola, Desert Cisticola, Somali Sparrow, Red-winged Lark, Three-streaked Tchagra, Golden-breasted Starling, Eastern Paradise Whydah, Von der Decken’s Hornbill

Highlight mammals and others

Leopard, African Lion, Black-and-white Colobus Monkey, Savannah Elephant, Fringe-eared Oryx, Black Rhino, White Rhino, Nile Crocodile

Habitats covered

Savannah, Highland Moist Forest, Dry Upland Forest, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Visit to the Ivory Burning Site, Man-Eaters of Tsavo Talk, Sighting the Lunatic Express Railway line

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