MAGADI ROAD BIRDING TOUR
Our Magadi Road Birding Tour starts early. Birding will start at the edge of the famous Ngong Hills, quoted in many historical stories, such as Karen Blixen’s works. We shall search for local birds that inhabit this amazing escarpment. They include many Nairobi species as well as some nice highland species.
We shall then head down the Rift Valley into the drier habitats of Magadi Road, with several pre-determined stops to search for local dryland species that are rather easy to find as you descend. Local mammals may be encountered too, including some graceful antelopes, monkeys and squirrels.
Our final stop will be Olorgesailie Museum, one of the most important and significant prehistoric sites where lots of archaeological work has been done. We shall have our picnic lunch here as we watch the birds that visit our picnic spot. In the afternoon, we shall have a bird walk around the museum hoping to catch local species that inhabit this rather dry scrubland. If rains have fallen, we may see some exciting rains migrants as well as local species dressed in their full breeding plumage.
Later, we start ascending back towards the Ngong Hills. On the way, we shall stop for any new birds we encounter. We shall then return to Nairobi, marking the end to our lovely Magadi Road Birding Tour.
Red and Yellow Barbet, Black-throated Barbet, Red-fronted Barbet, Long-billed Pipit, Abyssinian Wheatear, African Grey Hornbill, Verreaux’s Eagle, Yellow-spotted Petronia, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Eastern Paradise Whydah, Steel-blue Whydah, Black-necked Weaver, Brown Snake-Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Blue-naped Mousebird, Banded Parisoma, Taita Fiscal, Grey-capped Social Weaver, White-bellied Canary, Southern Grosbeak Canary, Green-winged Pytilia, Grey Wren Warbler, Rattling Cisticola, Rufous Chatterer, Golden-winged Sunbird, Beautiful Sunbird
Highlight mammals and others
Gerenuk, Maasai Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest, Common Zebra, Lesser Kudu
Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland, Hills, Escarpments
Bird walks, Ngong Hills, Olorgesailie Pre-historic Site