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24 Days Birding Safari around Kenya

Destination
Lake Baringo Bird Watching Lake Bogoria
Country : Kenya
Duration
24 days 23 nights

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{slider24 Days Birding Safari around Kenya Trip 

Kenyan boarders other countries with unique biodiversity, creating interesting biomes that contribute immensely to her species diversity. Indeed Kenya is an ornithological dream come true thanks to the diverse ecosystems. Experience fantastic bird watching and excellent large game viewing therefore a birder does not have to worry too much about boring the non-birders partner, spouse or other family members sharing the safari. We arrange privately guided Ornithological Safaris throughout East Africa - Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. We arrange Group Trips as well as safaris for the Independent Traveller and families. We specialize in customized African safari itineraries taking care of special interests.

Featuring: Arabuko Sokoke, Mida Creek, Tsavo, Taita Hills, Amboseli, Mount Kenya, Samburu, Nakuru, Baringo, Kakamega, Mara, Naivasha, Nairobi

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) where you will be met By Africa Partners in safari representative and transfer to the Nairobi Serena Hotel.

Nairobi Serena Hotel is one of the finest hotels in Nairobi with high level of modern hospitality and location in a tranquil surrounding. The hotel is a member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’. Nairobi Serena Hotel is located on the outskirts of the city centre, approximately 18 Kms. from the jomo Kenyatta Airport and 5 minutes’ walk to the city centre. Room décor and interiors are inspired by Pan African design themes with full expression in the intricate timberwork that accentuates the guest rooms. Views from the rooms are of Central Park to the east, and to the west, acacia groves and lush gardens.

 

Day 2: Nairobi - Samburu Game Reserve

Leave Nairobi soon after breakfast drive Northwards through Central Kenya Highland. On the way we see pineapple plantation of Thika and the neat kikuyu subsistence farms, on a clear day we may observe glimpses of the second highest mountain in Africa the Mt Kenya with its snowcapped peaks on the Equator. We proceed past the Mount Kenya region onto the Semi-arid Northern Kenya frontier District. Our host are the Samburu people who are pastoralists herding their cattle like their brothers in the South the Maasai. On the drive we pass through spectacular scenery, and the grasslands along the roadside are a great place for Black-winged Plover, Black-shouldered Kite, Dusky Turtle-dove, Angola Swallow, Greater Blue-eared Glossy-starling, Cape Rook, Boran Cisticola, Tacazze Sunbird, Red-collared and Long-tailed Widowbirds (seasonal) and Speke's Weaver.  We Cross the Equator into this unique adventurous African wilderness arriving in time for lunch at the Samburu Intrepid Lodge. We experience an evening drive in search of the unique birds and animals in Samburu Game Reserve 

Day 3/4: Samburu Game Reserve

Samburu is one of the most exciting reserves in Kenya and may be even in the greater East Africa. The semi-desert habitat and the rich woodlands along the Ewaso Nyiro River are teeming with wildlife.

Exploring  this fantastic reserve will  always produce a most overwhelming array of bird species such as Palm-nut and Hooded Vultures, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, African Hawk-eagle, Crested and Yellow-necked Francolins, Vulturine Guineafowl, Buff-crested and White-bellied Bustards, Black-faced and Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Red-bellied Parrot, African Scops-owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Somali Bee-eater, Rufous-crowned Roller, Von der Decken's Hornbill, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Bearded Woodpecker, Pink-breasted Lark, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Rosy-patched Bush-shrike, Hunter's and Black-bellied Sunbirds, Golden-breasted and Fischer's Starlings, Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-weaver, Cut-throat and the stunning Somali Bunting. Mammal life is also prolific, with many species not seen elsewhere on our tour.

Just a few of the many possibilities are Olive Baboon, Black-faced Vervet Monkey, Dwarf Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Kirk's Dikdik, Common Waterbuck, Gerenuk and the magnificent Beisa Oryx. Two nights stay  here with both morning and evening game drives, searching for different species of birds and the rare animals associated with this area together with the big five. Dinner and overnight are spent at the Samburu Sopa Lodge or similar.

Day 5: Samburu National reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park

We depart after breakfast for Lake Nakuru National Park allowing time to search for several key species along the way with a stopover at Thomson's falls also known as Nyahururu Falls. Nyahururu is one of Kenya’s highest towns, at 2360 m above sea level. Just outside the town lies Thompson’s Fall on the Ewaso Narok River. It falls 72 m, the mist feeding the dense forest below. At Thomson falls we’re likely to see Chestnut-Winged Starlings, Slender billed starling, Rock Martin, Grey cuckoo shrike around the waterfalls.

 In the early afternoon you will arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park, home of the pink Lake Nakuru.  The lake is an  arena of the greatest birding spectacle on earth! Huge numbers of Lesser Flamingos feed in the shallow alkaline water, sometimes up to a million, with smaller numbers of Greater Flamingos. Lake Nakuru is found in the Lake Nakuru National Park and was recently named as an Important Birding Area (IBA) due to the huge bird population and  the number of species in this magnificent park.

This Kenya’s important birding areas hold millions of migratory birds. A huge rocky escarpment en route is a favourite roosting spot for the Mackinder's Eagle-owl and we may be able to find this highly sought-after species. The Acacia scrub is a favourite haunt for Little Grebe, Yellow-billed Duck, Red-winged Starling, Little Rock-thrush, Pale Flycatcher, and Purple Grenadier Exploring the Acacia woodland and the lakeside marshes we will no doubt come across many wonderful avian delights such as Great White Pelican, Great Cormorant, African Spoonbill, African Fish-eagle, African Harrier-hawk, Hildebrandt's Francolin, Grey-headed Gull, Broad-billed Roller, Levaillant's Cuckoo, White-browed Coucal, Green Wood-hoopoe, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Grey Woodpecker, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Northern Anteater-chat, Grey-backed Fiscal, Brown-crowned Tchagra and African Firefinch. Mammals are also quite common in the park and it is one of the few places in East Africa where the endangered White Rhino can be found. Some of the other mammals we hope to encounter are the Rothschild’s Giraffe and Reedbuck. One night stay at the Sarova Lion Hill/Similar. Dinner and overnight at the camp/ lodge.

Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park- Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Experience an early morning game drive in this Kenya's gems and depart later for Lake Bogoria. Lake Bogoria National Reserve another of Kenya’s IBA (important bird areas). You will have an opportunity of visiting the hot springs and the lake offers a home to migratory bird species mainly Greater and Lesser flamingos. Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo are some of the Great East Africa Rift Valley Lakes. The Reserve's herds of the rare Greater Kudu makes it unique and other game to view. The south shore of Lake Bogoria has acacia-ficus woodland and to the north is a papyrus swamp. Birds unique to this area include a congregate of Lesser and Greater flamingo, Steppe eagle, Curlew Sand piper, Black necked grebe and Black headed Plover. The incredible sight of countless hundreds of thousands of lesser massing is a dazzling pink splendor. Dinner and Overnight will be at Tumbili Cliff Lodge or similar

Day 7:  Lake Baringo

An early morning bird walk around the lodge grounds we spot different endemic species that includes White-faced Scops, Grayish Eagle-owls (recently split from spotted), Hemprich’s Hornbills and Heuglin’s Coursers, various varieties of weavers, Northern Masked and Jackson’s Golden backed.  Later on we take a boat ride birding on the fresh water Lake Baringo and explore this important bird area. These areas boast of two major ornithological attractions the largest nesting colony of Goliath Heroines and home of Verreaux's Eagle. Dinner and overnight are spent at the lodge.

Day 8: Baringo – Kerio Valley – Kitale

We set off the following morning soon after breakfast the route continues west through the Kerio Valley where some western forest birds such as Ross's Turaco can be found. The Kerio valley is 4,000 Feet deep with semi-tropical vegetation on the slopes leading down to dry thorn bush at the base, with impressive views. The Kerio Valley was made a national reserve in 1983 for its bio-diverse importance. We cross the Kerio Valley in search for green backed Eremomela, Western Black - headed Batis, Chestnut –crowned Sparrow weaver and the enigmatic Gambaga flycatcher.  Also found here are the attractive silverbirds, dazzling White crested Turacos and the noisy Brown Babblers. Among the mammalian found in this reserve are elephants, we climb out of the rift to the western Kenya. Dinner and overnight at Kitale

Day 9: Cherengani Hills, Kongelai Escarpment

After breakfast we set off expectantly for a very rewarding birding today. We start by exploring the area around Keringet Dam. Cherengani Hills is made up of some of the most diverse and splendid mountain landscape. The montane forest and the high peak are some of the place for nature lovers with some endemic bird species. The open moorland has a  wealth of alpine flora that makes the Cherengani hills one of the best known places that provide an excellent walking opportunity through wonderful scenery.

Birdlife found in the Cherengani hills include; The lammergeyer, African Crowned Eagle, Mountain Buzzard( Forest) The Spotted Creeper, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Purple Throated Cuckoo Shrike, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Fine Banded Wood Pecker, Oriole Finch Hartlaub’s Turaco, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Grey Headed Negrofinch, Alpine Chat, Evergreen Woodland Warbler Mountain Yellow Warbler, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Oriole Mountain Greenbul, Sharpes Starling, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, White Browed Crombec, African Wood Owl, Black Billed Weaver , Brown Caped Weaver, Red Fronted Parrot among other montane species. Descend the Kongelai Escarpment, a beautiful semi-arid country on the west of the Cherengani, the bird life and landscape is so remarkable. Yellow Bellied Hyliota, Chestnut Crown Sparrow Weaver, Green backed Eremomela, Black Billed Barbet, Heuglin’s Mask Weaver, Hartlaub’s Marsh Widow Bird, Bronze Tailed Starling, Black Headed Batis, Brown Backed White Crested Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Yellow Billed Shrike, Hemprich Hornbill, Lesser Blue Eared Starling, Foxy Cisticola, And Ugandan Spotted Wood Pecker, Brown Parrot are among the species found here. Dinner and Overnight at Barnleys Guest House

Day 10: Kitale - Kakamega forest

Pre-breakfast bird walk and later drive to Kenya's virgin tourist circuit western Kenya arriving in your lodge in time for lunch. The Kakamega forest is a walking safari destination where our mission of bird watching is fulfilling in this only true tropical rain forest in Kenya and a site of international significance for bird conservation. If time allows we may visit Saiwa Dinner and overnight spent at the Rondo Retreat Centre.

Day 11: Kakamega Forest

Full day  enjoying the sights and sounds of this unique forest, walk through the trails bird watching adventure, Kakamega is the home to 194 bird species. The forest is West African in character and many birds here are not found elsewhere in Kenya. After the grueling trek we return to the tranquil Rondo Retreat Centre. Kakamega Rain Forest is a haven for butterfly collector, beetle specialist, frog fancier, spider hunter, tourist or bird watcher. A vast array of birds hosted by the Kakamega Rain Forest is the most flamboyant Great Blue Turaco, gemlike Emerald Cuckoo and the cacophonous Black-and-white casqued Hornbill. A range of monkey family such as the blue Sykes, the red tailed the common Black and White Colobus, and the rare de Brazza’s. Forty percent of the total butterfly population of Kenya is found in the Kakamega forest .We have also a chance to experience one of the diverse African culture of the Abaluhya people. Dinner and overnight spent at the Centre

Day 12: Kakamega Forest - Lake Elementaita

Leave Western Kenya and drive to towards the Great East African Rift Valley and arrive at the Lake Elementaita by time for lunch. We experience a nature walk to the lake, with over 500 species, bird watching is very rewarding. Lake Elementaita is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Other activates available are Horse riding, Game drives to Lake Nakuru National Park, Swimming. Enjoy conducted bird walks. Dinner and overnight spent at the lodge.

Day 13: Lake Elementaita – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast we depart for Lake Naivasha arriving in time for lunch. Lake Naivasha is another IBA with over 350 species of birds been recorded. We try to spot the rare and threatened fish Eagle among other species. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Naivasha Country Club

Day 14: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara Game Reserve

We take an early morning bird walk before checking out and departing for the amazing Maasai Mara Reserve and experience game viewing en route. We arrive in time for lunch and take a late afternoon game viewing searching for different species of birds in this area. Dinner and overnight spent Mara Serena Lodge.

Day 15: Masai Mara Game reserve

Full day of bird watching with a picnic lunch, visit Mara River where we sport different species of birds as well as the big five namely elephant, lion, leopard white and black rhinoceros, buffalo, and the plain game. Among the birds of this area are red winged schalow's Turaco, Orange -buff pel's fishing owl, flock of crested guinea fowls, bustards, secretary birds among others. Dinner and overnight spent the Mara Serena Lodge.

Day 16: Masai Mara-Nairobi

We depart soon after breakfast from the Masai Mara and have a game drive en-route in the rolling savannah grass of Mara as we proceed to Nairobi.  We stop at the viewpoint to have a panoramic view of the beautiful sceneries of the Great East African Rift Valley. We arrive in Nairobi in time for lunch. In the afternoon we visit the National Museum where we identify the bird species we have recorded and those that we yearn to have to identify.  Dinner and overnight spent at a Nairobi hotel.

 

Day 17: Nairobi -Amboseli National Park

We depart for Amboseli National Park after breakfast pass through the Industrial area of Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. On a clear day we will be able to catch glimpses of the Highest Mountain in Africa the Mt. Kilimanjaro and we experience game drive en-route. Welcome to the homeland of the Maasai who are pastoralist and still practice their traditional culture to date and have coexist in harmony with wildlife for many years. Bird life at the Amboseli National Park is abundant. We arrive in time for Lunch at the Amboseli Serena Hotel. In the afternoon we search for birds especially in the in the swampy where we will experience.

Amboseli National Park is at the foot of the grand snow-capped Mt.Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, Amboseli is a photogenic Park and hosts great number of game We enjoy morning and evening game viewing drives in searching for the birds of prey including six species of vultures in the 47 recorded amongst which two are very rare, Taita falcon and Southern barded harrier Eagle. Dinner and overnight spent at the lodge.

 Day 18: Amboseli - Tsavo West National Park.}

After breakfast, we proceed to Tsavo West birding en route to the lodge for check in lunch. The Tsavo habitat is relatively denser thicket of savanna dominated by acacia-Commiphora bush land with Baobab, grassy plains, riverine woodland, the Mzima Springs. The park is also famous for the autumn bird ringing at the Ngulia Safari Lodge with thousands of European and Asian Palearctic migrants on their way south. We arrive in time for lunch at Ngulia Safari Lodge. Afternoon game drive in the wilderness that supports a large number of big game such as elephants, rhino, lion, huge herd of buffalo etc. We encounter a Multitude of Bird life and constantly meet new species.  Examples of some the species are white-headed buffalo weaver, starlings, bustards, parrots, rollers, and hornbills among others. You can also visit the Mzima springs with an underground water hide where you will en joy viewing Hippos and fish as well as endemic birds such as the King fishers. Dinner and overnight spent at the lodge

Day 19: Tsavo National Park - Taita Hills

We bird in the park en route heading for Taita Hills Forest where we hope to see endemics “Taita Three” Apalis, White-eye and Thrush. Other specialties include Striped Pipit, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler and Striped-cheeked Greenbul. Dinner and overnight at the Salt Lick Taita Hills

Day 20: Taita Hills – Watamu

We leave for the Kenyan Indian Ocean Coast, set on wards to the Northern coast to Watamu (meaning sweat). Today, we relax in the cool tidal breeze on the snow white sandy beaches after an adventurous journey. Dinner and overnight at the Turtle bay beach club.

Day 21: Arabuko- Sokoke forest

Today we take a short drive to this unique natural and experience trekking in the African wilderness, and we will enjoy walking in the several well-marked walking trails around the forest. It is one of the last remnant indigenous forests in Kenya, the largest and most intact coastal forest in East Africa, and by far the largest remnant of the forests that once dominated Kenya's coastal fringe.

Arabuko- Sokoke forest supports remarkable biodiversity. It contains at least three distinct vegetation types, which provide the habitat for several endangered species, a high number of species in relation to the area, 20% of Kenya's bird species and about 30% of its butterflies have been recorded in this small part (0.07%) of Kenya. At least 24 rare or endemic bird, mammal and butterfly species are restricted to this stretch of coast. This high proportion of endemic species, some known only from Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, makes the forest a key part of the East African Coastal Forests Endemic Bird Area. The forest holds some of the rare endemic species like the smallest owl, Sokoke scops owl, Amani sun bird, sported ground thrush and migratory birds. Dinner and overnight at the Beach Hotel

Day 22: Gede ruins forest

We visit the Gede ruins, remnants of a Swahili town, typical of most towns along the East African Coast. It traces its origin in the twelfth Century but was rebuilt with new town walls in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This rebuilding is connected with the emigration of many citizens of Kilwa to Mombasa, Malindi and other places along the coast. Some of the unique birds are Nicator, Cuckoo Falcon, Swifts That Nests in the Wells Mottled Throated Spine Tail, Horn Bills, Snake Eagles among others. Dinner and overnight at the Beach Hotel

 

Day 23: Mida creek

The creek is a large inlet that opens in to the sea south of Watamu and rises and falls with tides. Mida creek is one of Africa's largest mangrove creeks and is a very important part of the marine eco-system in the Watamu/Sokoke World Biosphere Zone. The mangrove roots provide a rich source of food for the fish, crabs, shrimp and oysters. The fish and crustaceans then provide the food for Mida's legions bird population and the local population thus completing the food chain. Young corals and fish also begin their lives in these nutrient rich waters, before the tides sweep them into the Indian Ocean where they spend the remainder of their lives.

Mida Creek is an excellent bird watching area. Traditional dugout canoes, Arabic dhows and Western motorboats are all used for bird viewing, water skiing and relaxing boat cruises on Mida Creek.  Thousands of migratory birds regularly visit the creek and the crab plover is the star attraction. We walk on the boardwalk to the Mida village through Mangrove habitat to spot birds like Dimorphic Egret, Bar Tailed Godwit, Terek Sand Piper, Eurasian Gurlew, and Common Green Shanks among others. Dinner and overnight spent at the Beach Hotels.

Day 24: Departure

We transfer you to the Moi International Airport Mombasa for your onward flight back home.

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24 days Birding Safari Around  Kenya

24 Days Birding Safari around Kenya Trip covering Arabuko Sokoke, Mida Creek, Tsavo, Taita Hills, Amboseli, Mount Kenya, Samburu, Nakuru, Baringo, Kakamega, Mara, Naivasha, Nairobi)

Kenyan boarders other countries with unique biodiversity, creating interesting biomes that contribute immensely to our species diversity. Indeed Kenya is an ornithological dream come true thanks to the diverse ecosystems, we experience bird watching and excellent large game viewing therefore a birder does not have to worry too much about boring the non-birders partner, spouse or other family members sharing the safari. We arrange privately guided Ornithological Safaris throughout Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. We arrange Group Trips as well as safaris for the Independent Traveller and families. We specialize in customized African safari itineraries taking care of special interests.

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) where you will be met By Africa Partners in safari representative and transfer to the Nairobi Serena Hotel.

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Nairobi Serena Hotel is one of the finest hotels in Nairobi with high level of modern hospitality and location in a tranquil surrounding. Nairobi Serena Hotel is a member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’. Nairobi Serena Hotel is located on the outskirts of the city centre, approximately 18 Kms. from the airport and 5 minutes’ walk to the city centre. Room décor and interiors are inspired by Pan African design themes with full expression in the intricate timberwork that accentuates the guest rooms. Views from the rooms are of Central Park to the east, and to the west, acacia groves and lush gardens.

 

Day 2: Nairobi - Samburu Game Reserve

Leave Nairobi soon after breakfast drive Northwards through Central Kenya Highland. On the way we see pineapple plantation of Thika and the neat kikuyu subsistence farms, on a clear day we may observe glimpses of the Second highest mountain in Africa the Mt Kenya with its snowcapped peaks on the Equator. We proceed past the Mount Kenya region onto the Semi-arid Northern Kenya frontier District. Our host are the Samburu people who are pastoralists herding their cattle like their brothers in the South the Maasai.

On the drive we pass through spectacular scenery, and the grasslands along the roadside are a great place for Black-winged Plover, Black-shouldered Kite, Dusky Turtle-dove, Angola Swallow, Greater Blue-eared Glossy-starling, Cape Rook, Boran Cisticola, Tacazze Sunbird, Red-collared and Long-tailed Widowbirds (seasonal) and Speke's Weaver.  We Cross the Equator into this unique adventurous African wilderness arriving in time for lunch at the Samburu Intrepid Lodge. We experience an evening drive in search of the unique birds and animals in Samburu Game Reserve 

Day 3/4: Samburu Game Reserve

Samburu is one of the most exciting reserves in Kenya and may be even in the greater East Africa. The semi-desert habitat and the rich woodlands along the Ewaso Nyiro River are teeming with wildlife.

Exploring  this fantastic reserve will  always produce a most overwhelming array of bird species such as Palm-nut and Hooded Vultures, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, African Hawk-eagle, Crested and Yellow-necked Francolins, Vulturine Guineafowl, Buff-crested and White-bellied Bustards, Black-faced and Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Red-bellied Parrot, African Scops-owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Somali Bee-eater, Rufous-crowned Roller, Von der Decken's Hornbill, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Bearded Woodpecker, Pink-breasted Lark, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Rosy-patched Bush-shrike, Hunter's and Black-bellied Sunbirds, Golden-breasted and Fischer's Starlings, Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-weaver, Cut-throat and the stunning Somali Bunting. Mammal life is also prolific, with many species not seen elsewhere on our tour.

Just a few of the many possibilities are Olive Baboon, Black-faced Vervet Monkey, Dwarf Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Kirk's Dikdik, Common Waterbuck, Gerenuk and the magnificent Beisa Oryx. Two night stay at the here with morning and evening game drives, searching for different species of birds and the rare animals associated with this area together with the big five. Dinner and overnight are spent at the Samburu Sopa Lodge or similar.

Day 5: Samburu National reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park

We depart after breakfast for Lake Nakuru National Park allowing time to search for several key species along the way with a stopover at Thomson's falls also known as Nyahururu Falls. Nyahururu is one of Kenya’s highest towns, at 2360 m above sea level. Just outside the town lies Thompson’s Fall on the Ewaso Narok River. It falls 72 m, the mist feeding the dense forest below. At Thomson falls we’re likely to see Chestnut-Winged Starlings, Slender billed starling, Rock Martin, Grey cuckoo shrike around the waterfalls.

 In the early afternoon we will arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park, home of the pink Lake Nakuru arena of the greatest birding spectacle on earth! Huge numbers of Lesser Flamingos feed in the shallow alkaline water, sometimes up to a million, with smaller numbers of Greater Flamingos. Lake Nakuru in the Lake Nakuru National Park was recently named as an Important Birding Area (IBA) due to the huge bird population and  the number of species in this magnificent park.

This Kenya’s important birding areas hold millions of migratory birds. A huge rocky escarpment en route is a favourite roosting spot for the Mackinder's Eagle-owl and we may be able to find this highly sought-after species. The Acacia scrub is a favourite haunt for Little Grebe, Yellow-billed Duck, Red-winged Starling, Little Rock-thrush, Pale Flycatcher, and Purple Grenadier Exploring the Acacia woodland and the lakeside marshes we will no doubt come across many wonderful avian delights such as Great White Pelican, Great Cormorant, African Spoonbill, African Fish-eagle, African Harrier-hawk, Hildebrandt's Francolin, Grey-headed Gull, Broad-billed Roller, Levaillant's Cuckoo, White-browed Coucal, Green Wood-hoopoe, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Grey Woodpecker, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Northern Anteater-chat, Grey-backed Fiscal, Brown-crowned Tchagra and African Firefinch.

Mammals are also quite common in the park and it is one of the few places in East Africa where the endangered White Rhino can be found. Some of the other mammals we hope to encounter are the Rothschild’s Giraffe and Reedbuck. One night stay at the Sarova Lion Hill/Similar. Dinner and overnight at the Sarova Lion Hill lodge.

Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park- Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Experience an early morning game drive in this Kenya's gems and depart later for Lake Bogoria. Lake Bogoria National Reserve another of Kenya’s IBA (important bird areas). You will have an opportunity of visiting the hot springs and the lake offers a home to migratory bird species mainly Greater and Lesser flamingos. Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo are some of the Great East Africa Rift Valley Lakes. The Reserve's herds of the rare Greater Kudu makes it unique and other game to view. The south shore of Lake Bogoria has acacia-ficus woodland and to the north is a papyrus swamp. Birds unique to this area include a congregate of Lesser and Greater flamingo, Steppe eagle, Curlew Sand piper, Black necked grebe and Black headed Plover. The incredible sight of countless hundreds of thousands of lesser massing is a dazzling pink splendor. Dinner and Overnight will be at Tumbili Cliff Lodge or similar

Day 7:  Lake Baringo

An early morning bird walk around the lodge grounds down the road towards the gates. We spot different endemic species that includes White-faced Scops, Grayish Eagle-owls (recently split from spotted), Hemprich’s Hornbills and Heuglin’s Coursers, various varieties of weavers, including Northern Masked and Jackson’s Golden backed.  Later on we take a boat ride birding on the fresh water Lake Baringo and explore this important bird area. These areas boast of two major ornithological attractions the largest nesting colony of Goliath Heroines and home of Verreaux's Eagle. Dinner and overnight are spent at the lodge.

Day 8: Baringo – Kerio Valley – Kitale

We set off the following morning soon after breakfast the route continues west through the Kerio Valley where some western forest birds such as Ross's Turaco can be found. The Kerio valley is 4,000 Feet deep with semi-tropical vegetation on the slopes leading down to dry thorn bush at the base, with impressive views. The Kerio Valley was made a national reserve in 1983 for its bio-diverse importance. We cross the Kerio Valley in search for green backed Eremomela, Western Black - headed Batis, Chestnut –crowned Sparrow weaver and the enigmatic Gambaga flycatcher.  Also found here are the attractive silverbirds, dazzling White crested Turacos and the noisy Brown Babblers. Among the mammalian found in this reserve are elephants, we climb out of the rift to the western Kenya. Dinner and overnight at Kitale

Day 9: Cherengani Hills, Kongelai Escarpment

After breakfast we set off expectantly for a very rewarding birding. We start by exploring at Keringet Dam. Cherengani Hills is made up of some of the most diverse and splendid mountain landscape. The montane forest and the high peak are some of the place for nature lovers with some endemic bird species. The open moorland has wealth of alpine flora makes the Cherengani hills one of the best known places that provide an excellent walking opportunity through wonderful scenery.

Birdlife found in the Cherengani hills include; The lammergeyer, African Crowned Eagle, Mountain Buzzard( Forest) The Spotted Creeper, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Purple Throated Cuckoo Shrike, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Fine Banded Wood Pecker, Oriole Finch Hartlaub’s Turaco, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Grey Headed Negrofinch, Alpine Chat, Evergreen Woodland Warbler Mountain Yellow Warbler, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Oriole Mountain Greenbul, Sharpes Starling, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, White Browed Crombec, African Wood Owl, Black Billed Weaver , Brown Caped Weaver, Red Fronted Parrot among other montane species. Descend the Kongelai Escarpment, a beautiful semi-arid country on the west of the Cherengani, the bird life and landscape is so remarkable. Yellow Bellied Hyliota, Chestnut Crown Sparrow Weaver, Green backed Eremomela, Black Billed Barbet, Heuglin’s Mask Weaver, Hartlaub’s Marsh Widow Bird, Bronze Tailed Starling, Black Headed Batis, Brown Backed White Crested Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Yellow Billed Shrike, Hemprich Hornbill, Lesser Blue Eared Starling, Foxy Cisticola, And Ugandan Spotted Wood Pecker, Brown Parrot are among the species found here. Dinner and Overnight at Barnleys Guest House

Day 10: Kitale - Kakamega forest

Pre-breakfast bird walk and later drive to Kenya virgin tourist circuit western Kenya arriving in your lodge in time for lunch. The Kakamega forest is a walking safari destination where our mission of bird watching is fulfilling in this only true tropical rain forest in Kenya and a site of international significance for bird conservation. If time allows we may visit Saiwa Dinner and overnight spent at the Rondo Retreat Centre.

Day 11: Kakamega Forest

Full day  enjoying the sights and sounds of this unique forest, walk through the trails bird watching adventure, Kakamega is the home to 194 bird species. The forest is West African in character and many birds here are not found elsewhere in Kenya. After the grueling trek we return to the tranquil Rondo Retreat Centre. Kakamega Rain Forest is a haven for butterfly collector, beetle specialist, frog fancier, spider hunter, tourist or bird watcher. A vast array of birds hosted by the Kakamega Rain Forest is the most flamboyant Great Blue Turaco, gemlike Emerald Cuckoo and the cacophonous Black-and-white casqued Hornbill. A range of monkey family such as the blue Sykes, the red tailed the common Black and White Colobus, and the rare de Brazza’s. Forty percent of the total butterfly population of Kenya is found in the Kakamega forest .We have also a chance to experience one of the diverse African culture of the Abaluhya people. Dinner and overnight spent at the Centre

Day 12: Kakamega Forest - Lake Elementaita

Leave Western Kenya and drive to towards the Great East African Rift Valley and arrive at the Lake Elementaita by time for lunch. We experience a nature walk to the lake, with over 500 species, bird watching is very rewarding. Lake Elementaita is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Other activates available are Horse riding, Game drives to Lake Nakuru National Park, Swimming. Enjoy conducted bird walks. Dinner and overnight spent at the lodge.

Day 13: Lake Elementaita – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast we depart for Lake Naivasha arriving in time for lunch. Lake Naivasha is another IBA with over 350 species of birds been recorded. We try to spot the rare and threatened fish Eagle among other species. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Naivasha Country Club

Day 14: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara Game Reserve

We take an early morning bird walk before checking out and departing for the amazing Maasai Mara Reserve and experience game viewing en route. We arrive in time for lunch and take a late afternoon game viewing searching for different species of birds in this area. Dinner and overnight spent Mara Serena Lodge.

Day 15: Masai Mara Game reserve

Full day of bird watching with a picnic lunch, visit Mara River where we sport different species of birds as well as the big five namely elephant, lion, leopard white and black rhinoceros, buffalo, and the plain game. Among the birds of this area are red winged schalow's Turaco, Orange -buff pel's fishing owl, flock of crested guinea fowls, bustards, secretary birds among others. Dinner and overnight spent the Mara Serena Lodge.

Day 16: Masai Mara-Nairobi

We depart soon after breakfast from the Masai Mara and have a game drive en-route in the rolling savannah grass of Mara as we proceed to Nairobi.  We stop at the viewpoint to have a panoramic view of the beautiful sceneries of the Great East African Rift Valley. We arrive in Nairobi in time for lunch. In the afternoon we visit the National Museum where we identify the bird species we have recorded and those that we yearn to have to identify.  Dinner and overnight spent at the Jacaranda Hotel.

 

Day 17: Nairobi -Amboseli National Park

We depart for Amboseli National Park after breakfast pass through the Industrial area of Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. On a clear day we will be able to catch glimpses of the Highest Mountain in Africa the Mt. Kilimanjaro and we experience game drive en-route. Welcome to the homeland of the Maasai who are pastoralist and still practice their traditional culture to date and have coexist in harmony with wildlife for many years. Bird life at the Amboseli National Park is abundant. We arrive in time for Lunch at the Amboseli Serena Hotel. In the afternoon we search for birds especially in the in the swampy where we will experience.

Amboseli National Park at the foot of the grand snow-capped Mt.Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, Amboseli is a photogenic Park and hosts great number of game We enjoy morning and evening game viewing drives in searching for the birds of prey including six species of vultures in the 47 recorded amongst which two are very rare, Taita falcon and Southern barded harrier Eagle. Dinner and overnight spent at the lodge.

 Day 18: Amboseli - Tsavo West National Park.}

After breakfast, we proceed to Tsavo West with an en route birding. The Tsavo habitat is relatively denser thicket of savanna dominated by acacia-Commiphora bush land with Baobab, grassy plains, riverine woodland, the Mzima Springs. The park is also famous for the autumn bird ringing at the Ngulia Safari Lodge with thousands of European and Asian Palearctic migrants on their way south. We arrive in time for lunch at Ngulia Safari Lodge. Afternoon game drive in the wilderness that supports a large number of big game such as elephants, rhino, lion, huge herd of buffalo etc. We encounter a Multitude of Bird life and constantly meet new species.  Examples of some the species are white-headed buffalo weaver, starlings, bustards, parrots, rollers, and hornbills among others. You can also visit the Mzima springs with an underground water hide where you will en joy viewing Hippos and fish as well as endemic birds such as the King fishers. Dinner and overnight spent at the lodge

Day 19: Tsavo National Park - Taita Hills

We bird in the park en route heading for Taita Hills Forest where we hope to see endemics “Taita Three” Apalis, White-eye and Thrush. Other specialties include Striped Pipit, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler and Striped-cheeked Greenbul. Dinner and overnight at the Salt Lick Taita Hills

Day 20: Taita Hills – Watamu

We leave for the Kenyan Indian Ocean Coast, set on wards to the Northern coast to Watamu (meaning sweat). Today, we relax in the cool tidal breeze on the snow white sandy beaches after an adventurous journey. Dinner and overnight at the Turtle bay beach club.

Day 21: Arabuko- Sokoke forest

Today we take a short drive to this unique natural and experience trekking in the African wilderness, and we will enjoy walking in the several well-marked walking trails around the forest. It is one of the last remnant indigenous forests in Kenya, the largest and most intact coastal forest in East Africa, and by far the largest remnant of the forests that once dominated Kenya's coastal fringe.

Arabuko- Sokoke forest supports remarkable biodiversity. It contains at least three distinct vegetation types, which provide the habitat for several endangered species, a high number of species in relation to the area, 20% of Kenya's bird species and about 30% of its butterflies have been recorded in this small part (0.07%) of Kenya. At least 24 rare or endemic bird, mammal and butterfly species are restricted to this stretch of coast. This high proportion of endemic species, some known only from Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, makes the forest a key part of the East African Coastal Forests Endemic Bird Area. The forest holds some of the rare endemic species like the smallest owl, Sokoke scops owl, Amani sun bird, sported ground thrush and migratory birds. Dinner and overnight at the Beach Hotel

Day 22: Gede ruins forest}

We visit the Gede ruins, remnants of a Swahili town, typical of most towns along the East African Coast. It traces its origin in the twelfth century but was rebuilt with new town walls in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This rebuilding is connected with the emigration of many citizens of Kilwa to Mombasa, Malindi and other places along the coast.. Some of the unique birds are Nicator, Cuckoo Falcon, Swifts That Nests in the Wells Mottled Throated Spine Tail, Horn Bills, Snake Eagles among others. Dinner and overnight at the Beach Hotel

 

Day 23: Mida creek

The creek is a large inlet that opens in to the sea south of Watamu and rises and falls with tides. Mida creek is one of Africa's largest mangrove creeks and is a very important part of the marine eco-system in the Watamu/Sokoke World Biosphere Zone. The mangrove roots provide a rich source of food for the fish, crabs, shrimp and oysters. The fish and crustaceans then provide the food for Mida's legions bird population and the local population thus completing the food chain. Young corals and fish also begin their lives in these nutrient rich waters, before the tides sweep them into the Indian Ocean where they spend the remainder of their lives.

Mida Creek is an excellent bird watching area. Traditional dugout canoes, Arabic dhows and Western motorboats are all used for bird viewing, water skiing and relaxing boat cruises on Mida Creek.  Thousands of migratory birds regularly visit the creek and the crab plover is the star attraction. We walk on the boardwalk to the Mida village through Mangrove habitat to spot birds like Dimorphic Egret, Bar Tailed Godwit, Terek Sand Piper, Eurasian Gurlew, and Common Green Shanks among others. Dinner and overnight spent at the Beach Hotels.

Day 24: Departure

We transfer you to the Moi International Airport Mombasa for your onward flight back home.

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24 Days Birding Safari around Kenya Trip covering Arabuko Sokoke, Mida Creek, Tsavo, Taita Hills, Amboseli, Mount Kenya, Samburu, Nakuru, Baringo, Kakamega, Mara, Naivasha, Nairobi)

Kenyan boarders other countries with unique biodiversity, creating interesting biomes that contribute immensely to our species diversity. Indeed Kenya is an ornithological dream come true thanks to the diverse ecosystems, we experience bird watching and excellent large game viewing therefore a birder does not have to worry too much about boring the non-birders partner, spouse or other family members sharing the safari. We arrange privately guided Ornithological Safaris throughout Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. We arrange Group Trips as well as safaris for the Independent Traveller and families. We specialize in customized African safari itineraries taking care of special interests.

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) where you will be met By Africa Partners in safari representative and transfer to the Nairobi Serena Hotel.

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Nairobi Serena Hotel is one of the finest hotels in Nairobi with high level of modern hospitality and location in a tranquil surrounding. Nairobi Serena Hotel is a member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’. Nairobi Serena Hotel is located on the outskirts of the city centre, approximately 18 Kms. from the airport and 5 minutes’ walk to the city centre. Room décor and interiors are inspired by Pan African design themes with full expression in the intricate timberwork that accentuates the guest rooms. Views from the rooms are of Central Park to the east, and to the west, acacia groves and lush gardens.

 

Day 2: Nairobi - Samburu Game Reserve

Leave Nairobi soon after breakfast drive Northwards through Central Kenya Highland. On the way we see pineapple plantation of Thika and the neat kikuyu subsistence farms, on a clear day we may observe glimpses of the Second highest mountain in Africa the Mt Kenya with its snowcapped peaks on the Equator. We proceed past the Mount Kenya region onto the Semi-arid Northern Kenya frontier District. Our host are the Samburu people who are pastoralists herding their cattle like their brothers in the South the Maasai. On the drive we pass through spectacular scenery, and the grasslands along the roadside are a great place for Black-winged Plover, Black-shouldered Kite, Dusky Turtle-dove, Angola Swallow, Greater Blue-eared Glossy-starling, Cape Rook, Boran Cisticola, Tacazze Sunbird, Red-collared and Long-tailed Widowbirds (seasonal) and Speke's Weaver.  We Cross the Equator into this unique adventurous African wilderness arriving in time for lunch at the Samburu Intrepid Lodge. We experience an evening drive in search of the unique birds and animals in Samburu Game Reserve 

Day 3/4: Samburu Game Reserve

Samburu is one of the most exciting reserves in Kenya and may be even in the greater East Africa. The semi-desert habitat and the rich woodlands along the Ewaso Nyiro River are teeming with wildlife.

Exploring  this fantastic reserve will  always produce a most overwhelming array of bird species such as Palm-nut and Hooded Vultures, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, African Hawk-eagle, Crested and Yellow-necked Francolins, Vulturine Guineafowl, Buff-crested and White-bellied Bustards, Black-faced and Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Red-bellied Parrot, African Scops-owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Somali Bee-eater, Rufous-crowned Roller, Von der Decken's Hornbill, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Bearded Woodpecker, Pink-breasted Lark, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Rosy-patched Bush-shrike, Hunter's and Black-bellied Sunbirds, Golden-breasted and Fischer's Starlings, Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-weaver, Cut-throat and the stunning Somali Bunting. Mammal life is also prolific, with many species not seen elsewhere on our tour.

Just a few of the many possibilities are Olive Baboon, Black-faced Vervet Monkey, Dwarf Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Kirk's Dikdik, Common Waterbuck, Gerenuk and the magnificent Beisa Oryx. Two night stay at the here with morning and evening game drives, searching for different species of birds and the rare animals associated with this area together with the big five. Dinner and overnight are spent at the Samburu Sopa Lodge or similar.

Day 5: Samburu National reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park

We depart after breakfast for Lake Nakuru National Park allowing time to search for several key species along the way with a stopover at Thomson's falls also known as Nyahururu Falls. Nyahururu is one of Kenya’s highest towns, at 2360 m above sea level. Just outside the town lies Thompson’s Fall on the Ewaso Narok River. It falls 72 m, the mist feeding the dense forest below. At Thomson falls we’re likely to see Chestnut-Winged Starlings, Slender billed starling, Rock Martin, Grey cuckoo shrike around the waterfalls.

 In the early afternoon we will arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park, home of the pink Lake Nakuru arena of the greatest birding spectacle on earth! Huge numbers of Lesser Flamingos feed in the shallow alkaline water, sometimes up to a million, with smaller numbers of Greater Flamingos. Lake Nakuru in the Lake Nakuru National Park was recently named as an Important Birding Area (IBA) due to the huge bird population and  the number of species in this magnificent park.

This Kenya’s important birding areas hold millions of migratory birds. A huge rocky escarpment en route is a favourite roosting spot for the Mackinder's Eagle-owl and we may be able to find this highly sought-after species. The Acacia scrub is a favourite haunt for Little Grebe, Yellow-billed Duck, Red-winged Starling, Little Rock-thrush, Pale Flycatcher, and Purple Grenadier Exploring the Acacia woodland and the lakeside marshes we will no doubt come across many wonderful avian delights such as Great White Pelican, Great Cormorant, African Spoonbill, African Fish-eagle, African Harrier-hawk, Hildebrandt's Francolin, Grey-headed Gull, Broad-billed Roller, Levaillant's Cuckoo, White-browed Coucal, Green Wood-hoopoe, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Grey Woodpecker, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Northern Anteater-chat, Grey-backed Fiscal, Brown-crowned Tchagra and African Firefinch. Mammals are also quite common in the park and it is one of the few places in East Africa where the endangered White Rhino can be found. Some of the other mammals we hope to encounter are the Rothschild’s Giraffe and Reedbuck. One night stay at the Sarova Lion Hill/Similar. Dinner and overnight at the Sarova Lion Hill lodge.

Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park- Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Experience an early morning game drive in this Kenya's gems and depart later for Lake Bogoria. Lake Bogoria National Reserve another of Kenya’s IBA (important bird areas). You will have an opportunity of visiting the hot springs and the lake offers a home to migratory bird species mainly Greater and Lesser flamingos. Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo are some of the Great East Africa Rift Valley Lakes. The Reserve's herds of the rare Greater Kudu makes it unique and other game to view. The south shore of Lake Bogoria has acacia-ficus woodland and to the north is a papyrus swamp. Birds unique to this area include a congregate of Lesser and Greater flamingo, Steppe eagle, Curlew Sand piper, Black necked grebe and Black headed Plover. The incredible sight of countless hundreds of thousands of lesser massing is a dazzling pink splendor. Dinner and Overnight will be at Tumbili Cliff Lodge or similar

Day 7:  Lake Baringo

An early morning bird walk around the lodge grounds down the road towards the gates. We spot different endemic species that includes White-faced Scops, Grayish Eagle-owls (recently split from spotted), Hemprich’s Hornbills and Heuglin’s Coursers, various varieties of weavers, including Northern Masked and Jackson’s Golden backed.  Later on we take a boat ride birding on the fresh water Lake Baringo and explore this important bird area. These areas boast of two major ornithological attractions the largest nesting colony of Goliath Heroines and home of Verreaux's Eagle. Dinner and overnight are spent at the lodge.

Day 8: Baringo – Kerio Valley – Kitale

We set off the following morning soon after breakfast the route continues west through the Kerio Valley where some western forest birds such as Ross's Turaco can be found. The Kerio valley is 4,000 Feet deep with semi-tropical vegetation on the slopes leading down to dry thorn bush at the base, with impressive views. The Kerio Valley was made a national reserve in 1983 for its bio-diverse importance. We cross the Kerio Valley in search for green backed Eremomela, Western Black - headed Batis, Chestnut –crowned Sparrow weaver and the enigmatic Gambaga flycatcher.  Also found here are the attractive silverbirds, dazzling White crested Turacos and the noisy Brown Babblers. Among the mammalian found in this reserve are elephants, we climb out of the rift to the western Kenya. Dinner and overnight at Kitale

Day 9: Cherengani Hills, Kongelai Escarpment

After breakfast we set off expectantly for a very rewarding birding. We start by exploring at Keringet Dam. Cherengani Hills is made up of some of the most diverse and splendid mountain landscape. The montane forest and the high peak are some of the place for nature lovers with some endemic bird species. The open moorland has wealth of alpine flora makes the Cherengani hills one of the best known places that provide an excellent walking opportunity through wonderful scenery.

Birdlife found in the Cherengani hills include; The lammergeyer, African Crowned Eagle, Mountain Buzzard( Forest) The Spotted Creeper, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Purple Throated Cuckoo Shrike, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Fine Banded Wood Pecker, Oriole Finch Hartlaub’s Turaco, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Grey Headed Negrofinch, Alpine Chat, Evergreen Woodland Warbler Mountain Yellow Warbler, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Oriole Mountain Greenbul, Sharpes Starling, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, White Browed Crombec, African Wood Owl, Black Billed Weaver , Brown Caped Weaver, Red Fronted Parrot among other montane species. Descend the Kongelai Escarpment, a beautiful semi-arid country on the west of the Cherengani, the bird life and landscape is so remarkable. Yellow Bellied Hyliota, Chestnut Crown Sparrow Weaver, Green backed Eremomela, Black Billed Barbet, Heuglin’s Mask Weaver, Hartlaub’s Marsh Widow Bird, Bronze Tailed Starling, Black Headed Batis, Brown Backed White Crested Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Yellow Billed Shrike, Hemprich Hornbill, Lesser Blue Eared Starling, Foxy Cisticola, And Ugandan Spotted Wood Pecker, Brown Parrot are among the species found here. Dinner and Overnight at Barnleys Guest House

Day 10: Kitale - Kakamega forest

Pre-breakfast bird walk and later drive to Kenya virgin tourist circuit western Kenya arriving in your lodge in time for lunch. The Kakamega forest is a walking safari destination where our mission of bird watching is fulfilling in this only true tropical rain forest in Kenya and a site of international significance for bird conservation. If time allows we may visit Saiwa Dinner and overnight spent at the Rondo Retreat Centre.

Day 11: Kakamega Forest

Full day  enjoying the sights and sounds of this unique forest, walk through the trails bird watching adventure, Kakamega is the home to 194 bird species. The forest is West African in character and many birds here are not found elsewhere in Kenya. After the grueling trek we return to the tranquil Rondo Retreat Centre. Kakamega Rain Forest is a haven for butterfly collector, beetle specialist, frog fancier, spider hunter, tourist or bird watcher. A vast array of birds hosted by the Kakamega Rain Forest is the most flamboyant Great Blue Turaco, gemlike Emerald Cuckoo and the cacophonous Black-and-white casqued Hornbill. A range of monkey family such as the blue Sykes, the red tailed the common Black and White Colobus, and the rare de Brazza’s. Forty percent of the total butterfly population of Kenya is found in the Kakamega forest .We have also a chance to experience one of the diverse African culture of the Abaluhya people. Dinner and overnight spent at the Centre

Day 12: Kakamega Forest - Lake Elementaita

Leave Western Kenya and drive to towards the Great East African Rift Valley and arrive at the Lake Elementaita by time for lunch. We experience a nature walk to the lake, with over 500 species, bird watching is very rewarding. Lake Elementaita is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Other activates available are Horse riding, Game drives to Lake Nakuru National Park, Swimming. Enjoy conducted bird walks. Dinner and overnight spent at the lodge.

Day 13: Lake Elementaita – Lake Naivasha

After breakfast we depart for Lake Naivasha arriving in time for lunch. Lake Naivasha is another IBA with over 350 species of birds been recorded. We try to spot the rare and threatened fish Eagle among other species. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Naivasha Country Club

Day 14: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara Game Reserve

We take an early morning bird walk before checking out and departing for the amazing Maasai Mara Reserve and experience game viewing en route. We arrive in time for lunch and take a late afternoon game viewing searching for different species of birds in this area. Dinner and overnight spent Mara Serena Lodge.

Day 15: Masai Mara Game reserve

Full day of bird watching with a picnic lunch, visit Mara River where we sport different species of birds as well as the big five namely elephant, lion, leopard white and black rhinoceros, buffalo, and the plain game. Among the birds of this area are red winged schalow's Turaco, Orange -buff pel's fishing owl, flock of crested guinea fowls, bustards, secretary birds among others. Dinner and overnight spent the Mara Serena Lodge.

Day 16: Masai Mara-Nairobi

We depart soon after breakfast from the Masai Mara and have a game drive en-route in the rolling savannah grass of Mara as we proceed to Nairobi.  We stop at the viewpoint to have a panoramic view of the beautiful sceneries of the Great East African Rift Valley. We arrive in Nairobi in time for lunch. In the afternoon we visit the National Museum where we identify the bird species we have recorded and those that we yearn to have to identify.  Dinner and overnight spent at the Jacaranda Hotel.

 

Day 17: Nairobi -Amboseli National Park

We depart for Amboseli National Park after breakfast pass through the Industrial area of Nairobi the capital city of Kenya. On a clear day we will be able to catch glimpses of the Highest Mountain in Africa the Mt. Kilimanjaro and we experience game drive en-route. Welcome to the homeland of the Maasai who are pastoralist and still practice their traditional culture to date and have coexist in harmony with wildlife for many years. Bird life at the Amboseli National Park is abundant. We arrive in time for Lunch at the Amboseli Serena Hotel. In the afternoon we search for birds especially in the in the swampy where we will experience.

Amboseli National Park at the foot of the grand snow-capped Mt.Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, Amboseli is a photogenic Park and hosts great number of game We enjoy morning and evening game viewing drives in searching for the birds of prey including six species of vultures in the 47 recorded amongst which two are very rare, Taita falcon and Southern barded harrier Eagle. Dinner and overnight spent at the lodge.

 Day 18: Amboseli - Tsavo West National Park.}

After breakfast, we proceed to Tsavo West with an en route birding. The Tsavo habitat is relatively denser thicket of savanna dominated by acacia-Commiphora bush land with Baobab, grassy plains, riverine woodland, the Mzima Springs. The park is also famous for the autumn bird ringing at the Ngulia Safari Lodge with thousands of European and Asian Palearctic migrants on their way south. We arrive in time for lunch at Ngulia Safari Lodge. Afternoon game drive in the wilderness that supports a large number of big game such as elephants, rhino, lion, huge herd of buffalo etc. We encounter a Multitude of Bird life and constantly meet new species.  Examples of some the species are white-headed buffalo weaver, starlings, bustards, parrots, rollers, and hornbills among others. You can also visit the Mzima springs with an underground water hide where you will en joy viewing Hippos and fish as well as endemic birds such as the King fishers. Dinner and overnight spent at the lodge

Day 19: Tsavo National Park - Taita Hills

We bird in the park en route heading for Taita Hills Forest where we hope to see endemics “Taita Three” Apalis, White-eye and Thrush. Other specialties include Striped Pipit, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler and Striped-cheeked Greenbul. Dinner and overnight at the Salt Lick Taita Hills

Day 20: Taita Hills – Watamu

We leave for the Kenyan Indian Ocean Coast, set on wards to the Northern coast to Watamu (meaning sweat). Today, we relax in the cool tidal breeze on the snow white sandy beaches after an adventurous journey. Dinner and overnight at the Turtle bay beach club.

Day 21: Arabuko- Sokoke forest

Today we take a short drive to this unique natural and experience trekking in the African wilderness, and we will enjoy walking in the several well-marked walking trails around the forest. It is one of the last remnant indigenous forests in Kenya, the largest and most intact coastal forest in East Africa, and by far the largest remnant of the forests that once dominated Kenya's coastal fringe.

Arabuko- Sokoke forest supports remarkable biodiversity. It contains at least three distinct vegetation types, which provide the habitat for several endangered species, a high number of species in relation to the area, 20% of Kenya's bird species and about 30% of its butterflies have been recorded in this small part (0.07%) of Kenya. At least 24 rare or endemic bird, mammal and butterfly species are restricted to this stretch of coast. This high proportion of endemic species, some known only from Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, makes the forest a key part of the East African Coastal Forests Endemic Bird Area. The forest holds some of the rare endemic species like the smallest owl, Sokoke scops owl, Amani sun bird, sported ground thrush and migratory birds. Dinner and overnight at the Beach Hotel

Day 22: Gede ruins forest}

We visit the Gede ruins, remnants of a Swahili town, typical of most towns along the East African Coast. It traces its origin in the twelfth century but was rebuilt with new town walls in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This rebuilding is connected with the emigration of many citizens of Kilwa to Mombasa, Malindi and other places along the coast.. Some of the unique birds are Nicator, Cuckoo Falcon, Swifts That Nests in the Wells Mottled Throated Spine Tail, Horn Bills, Snake Eagles among others. Dinner and overnight at the Beach Hotel

 

Day 23: Mida creek

The creek is a large inlet that opens in to the sea south of Watamu and rises and falls with tides. Mida creek is one of Africa's largest mangrove creeks and is a very important part of the marine eco-system in the Watamu/Sokoke World Biosphere Zone. The mangrove roots provide a rich source of food for the fish, crabs, shrimp and oysters. The fish and crustaceans then provide the food for Mida's legions bird population and the local population thus completing the food chain. Young corals and fish also begin their lives in these nutrient rich waters, before the tides sweep them into the Indian Ocean where they spend the remainder of their lives.

Mida Creek is an excellent bird watching area. Traditional dugout canoes, Arabic dhows and Western motorboats are all used for bird viewing, water skiing and relaxing boat cruises on Mida Creek.  Thousands of migratory birds regularly visit the creek and the crab plover is the star attraction. We walk on the boardwalk to the Mida village through Mangrove habitat to spot birds like Dimorphic Egret, Bar Tailed Godwit, Terek Sand Piper, Eurasian Gurlew, and Common Green Shanks among others. Dinner and overnight spent at the Beach Hotels.

Day 24: Departure

We transfer you to the Moi International Airport Mombasa for your onward flight back home.

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  • Meet, great, and assist at Airport.
  • All transport and Transfers in Toyota Land Cruisers or safari buses all 4wds with a window seat guarantee.
  • Accommodations as specified i.e. full Board double rooms sharing
  • 3 meals a day
  • Park entry fees and sightseeing fees
  • Service of English Speaking driver/guides
  • Car and Driver park entry fees.
  • Driver’s allowances
  • 2 game drives per day while in National parks and Game reserves
  • Government taxes including V.A.T
  • 1 liter of bottled water per person per day
  • Personal spending such as telephone calls, faxes, internet access, laundry etc.
  • International Flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All types of drinks, wines and spirits.
  • Tourist entry VISA where required
  • Optional excursions not mentioned in the inclusions and/or quoted separately
  • Tips and gratuities to driver guides/lodge/hotel staff
  • All other extras not mentioned in the 'what's included'.