14 Days Kenya Birding Safari Adventure
Included in Tour Price:
- Transport in a 4X4 Land Cruiser jeep with a pop up roof for easy game viewing and photography
- English speaking Driver/guide
- Birding, Game drives & Photography
- Accommodation in Lodge
- Meals on Full Board Basis while on Safari
- All Park Entrance Fees
- Pickup and drop off to your hotel or airport
- Drinking water
- International Flight
- Personal Insurance
- Tips and Gratuities
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, met by our representative and later transferred Nairobi Hotel where you will relax on your suite. Afternoon guided visit to National Museum Bird Gallery, followed by a short bird walk at Nairobi National Museum Botanic Garden. Here we anticipate seeing species like the Variable Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird and the Collard Sunbird, African Goshawk, Palm swift Baglafetch Weaver, among others. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel. (BLD)
Day 2: Nairobi - Nanyuki
Today we leave in the morning and towards Mt. Kenya. Arrive at Nanyuki peak hotel in the afternoon. Then lunch and relax in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Naro Moru River Lodge (BLD).
Day 3: Mount Kenya
We will spend the whole in Mt Kenya National Park. Rare species likely to be seen include; Green Ibis, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Harrier Hawk, Rufous Sparrow hawk, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle. Black stork, Red Fronted Parrots, Green Ibis Common snipe, Mountain Buzzard, Bronze napped pigeon Mountain white-eye, Abbots Starling, Sharpe’s Starling, Mountain Oriole and Thick-billed seedeater. Dinner and Overnight stay will be at the hotel.(BLD).
Day 4: Mt. Kenya – Samburu National Reserve
Breakfast then departs for Samburu National Reserve. The reserve located on the northern banks of Ewaso Nyiro River and adjoining the Buffalo Springs National Reserve on the southern bank.
Have lunch then head in the bird searching in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the lodge.
Day 5: Samburu National Reserve
Full day birding in this scenic reserve. Bird species here include Somali Ostrich, Bateleur, Palm-nut Vulture, African Hawk-eagle, Pygmy Falcon, Martial Eagle. A hard one to miss is a rib-tickling looking Vulturine Guineafowl. Buff-crested Bustard, Black-faced, Chestnut-bellied & Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouses, Rosy-patched Bushshrike,African Orange-bellied Parrot, African Scops-owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Bearded Woodpecker, Somali Bee-eater, Rufous-crowned Roller, Pink-breasted Lark, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Hunter’s & Black-bellied Sunbirds, Golden-breasted, Hilderbrant’s & Fischer’s Starlings, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-weaver and a special trip to one corner of the reserve in search of another Kenyan Endemic the William’s Lark and may include the Northern Grosbeak Canary, Somali Crombec, Shining Sunbirds, Brown-tailed Rock Chat and Gambaga Flycatcher.
A wide set of mammals thrive in the 3 reserves and including Reticulated Giraffe, endangered Gravy’s Zebra, Dwarf Mongoose, Kirk’s & Gunther’s Dikdik, Common Waterbuck, Gerenuk and the war-like horned Beisa Oryx, African Elephant, Lion, Leopard & Cheetah.
Dinner and overnight in the lodge.
Day 6: Samburu – Aberdare National Park
After breakfast, leave for the Aberdare and drive past the Kikuyu Agriculture farmlands of Coffee and Tea Plantations, in the highland region of Kenya. Aberdare has its share of bird species. We’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Aberdare Country Club, which was built by British settlers during the colonial era. Afternoon we spend our day by taking a late bird walk. Here we expect Birds such as Giant Kingfisher, Black Duck, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Grey Apalis, Rufous Chatterer, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, and Crowned Hornbill and up to nine sunbird species. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Aberdare Country Club.
Day 7: Aberdares – Lake Naivasha
Depart for Lake Naivasha morning bird walk or boat ride (Optional), the only fresh water rift valley lake in Kenya. It’s unique in that its’ freshness is maintained by a combination of underground out flow and sedimentation of salts. The lake supports a diverse water-bird community, with more than 80 species recorded regularly. It is a significant site for Red knobbed coots, African spoonbill, African jacana and little grebes depending on water levels. All meals will be served at Lake Naivasha Country Club (BLD) or similar.
Day 8: Lake Naivasha – Lake Nakuru
We leave this morning drive to Lake Nakuru National Park coloured with a shimmering flamingo pink from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. Nakuru National Park, a shallow and strongly alkaline lake, with surrounding acacia woodland & grassland. Firstly gazetted as a bird sanctuary is, known for its bird life for the thousands of Lesser and Greater flamingos make this lake their home, among hundreds of other Species unique to this area which include, White winged Black Tern, Hilderbrants Francolin, African fish eagle, Steppe eagle, Grey crested Helmet Shrike, Red-capped lark, Spotted Crake. Wildlife is also in abundance here. Lake Nakuru National Park has been made into one of Kenya’s rhino sanctuary. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay tonight will be at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge (BLD).
Day 9 Lake Nakuru - Lake Baringo
We leave in the morning and head for Lake Baringo. Full day at Baringo, well known by many avid Ornithologist as mecca for Birds, with 500 species of birds having been recorded. Explore this area with field Birding around Lake Baringo, it’s environs, the Cliffs and the bushes. There are possibilities to see rare species like, Cape Eagle Owl, White-faced Scops Owl, Jackson’s Hornbill, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Brown-Tailed Rock Chat, Nothern Red Bishop, Northern Masked Weaver and White Billed Buffalo Weaver, Olivaceous Warbler, Northern brownbul, Jackson’s golden backed weaver, Little weaver, Brown Tailed Rock Chat, Goliath heron, Northern Shoveller, Verreauxs eagle owl, Bristle crowned starling, Senegal Thicknee, Pygmy falcon, Blue cheecked bee-eater. Dinner and Overnight will be at Lake Baringo Country Club (BLD).
Day 10: Lake Baringo – Kakamega forest
Today we leave lake Baringo and head to an isolated remnant of the equatorial rain forest that once spread over Africa from west to east. It contains an excellent representation of bird, animal, and plant species including an array of primates. Kakamega forest through Eldoret. Kakamega forest’s aviauna is rich and unusual in its composition. Two globally threatened species reside here, Chapins Flycatcher and Turners Eremomela. The aviauna is unique not only nationally but also continentally; the forest holds large populations of Black and white colobus and Red tailed monkeys among others. Dinner and Overnight stay at Rondo Retreat Center (BLD).
Day 11: Kakamega Forest
Full day bird watch at the eastern most extension of the great tropical rain forest stretching from west Africa. This forest is renowned for its uniqueness and richness in bird life and species like, Turners Eremomela, Black billed Turaco, Great blue turaco, Cameroon Sombre Green bull, Little grey Green bull, Yellow Bellied Wattle eye, Purple-throated cuckoo, Hairy Breasted Barbet, Grey breasted Illadopsis, African Grey Parrot, Square tailed drongo and Chapins Flycatcher. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight stay will be at Rondo Retreat Center (BLD).
Day 12: Kakamega Forest – Masai Mara
Early breakfast then head to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Regarded as the most magnificent natural theatre in the world. Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains, the Masai Mara boasts 1,672 square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness. It is home to the highest concentration of animals and birds anywhere on the continent. Dinner and Overnight stay will be at Sarova Mara Camp or similar.
Day 13: Masai Mara
Full days in the Masai Mara, the extensive grasslands are a strong hold to the threatened, migratory Corncrake and the near threatened Jackson’s widowbird. The bush and woodlands around the reserve also hold some unique bird species, more than 450 bird species have been recorded in the Mara, including 12 species of cisticola and birds of prey. Large numbers of palaerctic migrants winter in the area including Caspian plovers and white storks. Other local and unusual birds in the Mara include Rock Cisticola, Rufous Bellied Heron, Denham’s Bustard, Black Coucal, Red Tailed chat, Pale Wren Warbler, Tabora Cisticola, Yellow Bellied Hyliota, Green-capped Eremomela and Magpie Shrike. All meals, dinner and Overnight stay will be at Sarova Mara Camp.
Day 14: Masai Mara - Mt Longonot via Nairobi
Leave Masai mara in the morning after breakfast to Nairobi via Mt Longonot.
Mount Longonot National Park is within the Great Rift Valley and it comprises of the famous volcano, mount Longonot, the mountain’s crater, a small ecological forest, several wildlife and bird species.