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Kenya Birds Safari

9 Nights, 10 Days

 

Bird Watching is one of the highly rated leisure travel activity. This is because it couples as a science and sport. An African bird watching safari in Kenya is a rewarding experience. With unparalleled diversity of avifauna with amazing sightings of over 100 species within 24 hours, Kenya bird watching safari guarantees one of the most comprehensive safari of its kind.

 

 

Day 1: Nairobi National Park 
The safari starts with a tour to the world,s only wildlife capital Nairobi National park. Conveniently located less than 10km from the city and though only 117km² the park has one of the richest avian diversity with a record of over 515 species. This is the place to find the newly almost-described Nairobi Pipit. Birds include Common Ostrich, Great, Long-tailed Cormorant, Common Squacco, Black-headed, Grey Herons, African Spoonbill, African Finfoot, White-faced Whistling, Knob-billed Ducks, Red-billed Teal, Secretary Bird, Black-shouldered Kite, Lappet-faced Vulture, Ayres's Hawk Eagle, Martial Eagle, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Shelly's & Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Hartlaub's Bustard, Emerald Spotted Wood, Namaqua, Dusky-turtle, Laughing Dove, Hartlaub's Turaco, White-bellied Go-away-bird, White-browed Coucal, African Palm, Mottled Swifts, Blue-naped Mousebird, Little & Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, Lesser, Greater Honeyguide, Eastern Honeybird, Nubian Woodpecker, White-tailed, Rufous-naped Lark, Wire-tailed, Lesser-Striped Swallow, Rock Martin, Yellow-throated, Pangani, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Pale, African Grey, Southern Black Flycatcher, Lesser Swamp Warbler, 9 Cistocolas (Singing, Stout, Croaking, Siffling, Rattling, Winding, Desert, Zitting & Pectoral-patched), Grey-capped Warbler, Abyssinian, Montane White-eyes, Lesser Kestrel, White-bellied, Red-throated Tits, Jackson's Widowbird, Yellow-billed Oxpecker. The park also hosts well over 100 species of mammals including four of the big five less elephant. Also Masai Giraffe, Eland, Impala, Grants and Thompson's Gazelles, Southern Bushbuck, Suni, Warthog, Olive Baboon. Meals and Overnight at city hotel

 

Day 2: Nairobi- Gatamaiyu Forest- Lake Nakuru National Park 
We’ll head on to the highland forest part of the Kikuyu Escarpment which once stretched to the Aberdare Ranges. Some of the birds seen include; Yellow-whiskered, Cabanis’s Greenbul, African Hill Babbler, White-stared Robin, Cape, Rüppell’s Robin Chat, African Dusky, White-tailed Crested, African Paradise Flycatcher, Cinnamon-bracken, Evergreen Forest, Brown Woodland Warbler, Hunter Cisticola, Black-throated, Black-collared, Chestnut-throated Apalis, White-browed Crombec, Black-backed Puffback, Tropical Boubou, Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, Montane Oriole, Northern, Eastern Double-collared, Green-headed Sunbird, Spectacled, African Goshawk, Mountain Buzzard, Lemon, Tambourine, Red-eyed Dove, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped, Mustached-green Tinkerbird, Eastern Honeybird, Lesser Honeyguide, Fine-banded, Grey Woodpecker, Scarce Swift, Slender-billed, Mountain, Brown-caped Weaver, Grey-headed Negrofinch, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Black & White Mannikin, Thick-billed Canary.As we head for Nakuru we’ll make a short visit to the Kinangop Plateau with the hope to see our first Kenyan endemic Sharpe’s Longclaw immediately leaving for Lake Nakuru National Park. Dinner and Overnight.

 

Day 3: Lake Nakuru National Park , Lake Baringo Conservation Area
Have a game drive after breakfast at Lake Nakuru National Park, which has been referred to as the "the greatest ornithological spectacle in the world". Sometimes flamingos exceeding 1.5 million individuals. The alkaline habitat supports thousands of resident and migratory birds. Some of the common birds includes Lilac-breasted Roller, Dusky Turtle Dove, Rock Martin, Arrow-Marked Babbler, Little Rock Thrush, Wailing, Rattling Cisticola, Rüppell's Long-tailed Starling, White-browed Robin Chat, Cliff Chat, African Grey Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Common, Grey-backed Fiscal, Tropical Boubou, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu. The park is also rich in big game that includes the endangered Rothschild giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, Little Grebe, Great White Pelican, Black-winged Stilt, Gull-billed, Whiskered Tern, Grey-headed Gull, Cape, Red-billed Teal, Southern Pochard, Three-banded, Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Long-crested, Black-shouldered Kite, Augur Buzzard, White-fronted Bee-eater, eland, hippo, both Black and White Rhino, lion, leopard, Spotted Hyena. After lunch, we leave for Lake Baringo Conservation Area, another of Kenya's birding havens. Time permiting, we will briefly deviate to the Molo grassland in search of the Aberdare Cisticola and the Sharpe's Longclaws (Kenyan endemics) also look for the Levaillant’s, Wing-snapping Cisticola. Dinner and Overnight

Day 4: Lake Baringo Conservation Area.
We have a whole day birding around Lake Baringo Conservation Area and if lucky we hope to see some the specialties such as the Hemprich's, Green-winged Pytilia, Red & Yellow Barbet, Bat Hawk, Two-banded Courser, Jackson's Hornbill, White-faced Scops Owl, Bristle-crowned Starling, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Slender-tailed Nightjar while birding along the camp site and the hotel grounds could yield the Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, African Pigmy Kingfisher, Black-headed Plover. Dinner and Overnight.

 

Day 5: Lake Baringo – Kakamega Forest
Today we take an early morning boat ride along the lake before going back to the cliffs and the bushes around. On boat ride we hope to see the Goliath, Grey Heron, Great White Pelicans, Common Squacco Heron, Yellow-billed Stork, Knob-billed Duck among others later heading for Kakamega Forest. Dinner and Overnight

 

Day 6: Kakamega Forest
Kakamega Forest, the only true rain forest remaining in Kenya, was once a continuation of the Guinea-Congolian rainforest, rich in species nowhere else to be seen in Kenya. Spending here we hope to see a good number of these forest species that could include the Yellow-billed Barbet, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Green, Green-throated Sunbird, Grey-winged Robin, Equatorial Akalat, African Blue Flycatcher, African Shrike-Flycatcher, Yellow-spotted, Snowy-headed Robin, Common, Jameson’s, Chestnut and with much luck the Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye, Shelley's, Joyful Greenbul, Turners Eremomela, Uganda Woodland Warbler, White-chinned, Banded Prinia, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Black-billed, Vieillot’s Weaver, Red-headed Malimbe. Dinner and Overnight

 

Day 7: Kakamega Forest – Kisumu
After breakfast drive to Kisumu City just-by the second largest fresh-water lake in the world. We’ll try out the Rock Pratincole along the river nearby while birding the whole day on the villages, farmland and the Busia grasslands to the west arriving Kisumu in the late afternoon or evening. We hope to see the Bar-breasted Firefinch, Yellow-throated Leaflove, Senegal Coucal, White-crested Turaco, among others.Dinner and Overnight

 

Day 8: Kisumu- Masai Mara National Reserve
Today we take an early morning boat ride along the Papyrus vegetation at the Dunga Beach (an old fishing village/jet) with expectation to see some of the specialties like the Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher, Greater Swamp Warbler, White-winged Warbler, other birds includes Hamerkop, Little Egret, Yellow-billed Stork, African Thrush, Black-headed Gonolek, Slender-billed, Northern Brown-throated, Pied Kingfisher, White-winged, Whiskered Tern, African Skimmer, Red-chested, Copper Sunbird, Shikra, Yellow-backed, Jackson’s Golden-backed Weaver, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Southern Red Bishop.

After this we leave for the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, a plain of rolling grassland dotted with a mixture of acacia trees and the plain game which includes large herds of elephants, zebras, topis, hartebeests, gazelles, Impala’s not forgetting the well known Mara/ Serengeti Wildebeest’s migration, lions, cheetah. We'll stay on the western part of the reserve along the Olololoo Escarpments blended by river, swampy, grassy and forested habitats. Specialties could include the Long-tailed, Rock Cisticola, Wattled Plover, Rufous-bellied Heron, Penduline Tit, Pale Wren Warbler. Other birds could include Rosy-breasted Longclaw, African Wattled Plover, Ashy Flycatcher, Grey-rumped, Red-rumped, Rufous-chested Swallow, White-headed, Lappet-faced, White-headed Vulture, White-naped Raven, Ross Turaco, Black-backed Puffback, Croaking Cisticola, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Black & White Casqued Hornbill, Narina Trogon, Lilac-breasted Roller, Common Wattle-eye, Silverbird, Plain and Long-billed Pipit, Saddle-billed, Woolly-necked Stork, Yellow-fronted Canary, Yellow-bellied Hyliota. Dinner and Overnight

 

Day 9: Masai Mara National Reserve
We take an early morning birdwalk along the escarpment in search specialties such as Red-tailed Chat, Long-tailed, and Rock Cisticola. If lucky we get a bonus of the Mwanza Flat-headed Agama. Dinner and Overnight

 

Day 10: Masai Mara – Nairobi
En route game drive in Masai Mara National Reserve on our way to Nairobi while searching for more bird species especially the Magpie Shrike and others on the eastern part of the reserve. The tour ends with a dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant and later a transfer to the airport

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