15 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari

15 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari

Day 01: Arrival Nairobi
On arrival at the Airport met by our representative and later transfer to a Nairobi hotel. Afternoon guided visit to National Museum Bird Gallery. This is a good beginning for our Kenya bird watching Safari. 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.

Day 02: Nairobi – Naro Moru
Today we leave in the morning and head Northward of “the city in the sky” towards Thika, Blue Post Inn – unique with its twin waterfalls Chania and Thika Falls provide rewarding bird watching time for birders’. Here we have an opportunity to encounter with a few coastal species that penetrate into main land following the River Tana. We could be lucky to sight the Trumpeter Hornbill, Brown Hooded Kingfisher, Zanzibar Sombre Green-bull and African Golden Weaver. Great egret, Ayres Hawk Eagle, Green sand piper, African green pigeon, Eastern bronze napped pigeon, Purple Crested Turaco, Green headed sunbird and Black cuckoo shrike .Lunch and thereafter drive towards Naro Moru.Unique birds to this area include, Eastern double collared sunbird, Alpine swift, Black Chested snake eagle, Narina Trogon, Scaly throated honey guide, Mountain Wagtail, White headed wood hoopoe, African Black Duck, Grey Cuckoo shrike and Yellow-bellied waxbill.Dinner and overnight.

Day 03: Naro Moru- Mt. Kenya
Spend the day birding at this Mountain Lodge with montane forest. 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.

Day 04: Mt. Kenya – Lake Baringo via Lake Bogoria
We leave in the morning and head for Lake Baringo with a stop at the Nyahururu Waterfalls, there are possibilities of sighting Chestnut-Winged Starlings, Slender billed starling, Rock Martin, Grey cuckoo shrike around the waterfalls. Proceed on by road into the Great Rift Valley and onto Lake Bogoria National Park.It has acacia-ficus woodland and to the north is a papyrus swamp. Birds unique to this area include Congregatory of Lesser and Greater flamingo, Steppe eagle, Curlew Sand piper, Black necked grebe and Black headed Plover.Dinner and Overnight camp.

Day 05: Lake Baringo
Full day at Baringo with 500 species of birds having been recorded. Explore this area with field birding around Lake Baringo, its 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 at camp.

Day 06: Lake Baringo – Kakamega forest
Leave Baringo after breakfast  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’s aviauna is rich and unusual in its composition. It is a must stop for an avid birder. It makes a kenya bird watching safari complete.  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 camp at isicheno campsite.

Day 07: Kakamega forest
Full day bird walk 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 at campsite.

Day 08: Kakamega forest – Lake Victoria
After breakfast head southwards to the shore’s Lake Victoria, our bird walk will be focusing on the Dunga beach Swamp this site is home to one of the most reliable sites in Kenya for the scarce and threatened papyrus yellow warbler. Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp fly catcher, Marsh Tachgra, Jacksons golden backed weaver, Red chested sunbird, Sedge warbler, Carruthers’s Cisticola, Southern red bishop, Northern brown throated weaver, Greater swamp warbler Lunch,dinner and overnight.

Day 09:Lake Victoria – Lake Nakuru
Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park coloured with a shimmering flamingo pink from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. The lake has been named a a world Ramsar site. It is the most sought after Kenya birdwatching safari destination. Nakuru National Park, a shallow and strongly alkaline lake, with surrounding acacia woodland & grassland 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. Lunch is enroute.Dinner and overnight at camp.

Day 10: Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha
Depart for Lake Naivasha morning bird walk or boat ride (Optional),one of the fresh water lakes in the Great rift valley. It is a significant site for Red knobbed coots, African spoonbill, African jacana and little grebes depending on water levels.Lunch,dinner and overnight at hippo camp.

Day 11: Lake Naivasha
Full day at the lake Naivasha Region with bird walks around the Club grounds and a visit to the Elsa Mere field study center. Notable birds unique to this area include, Gadwall, Spotted Red Shank, Black Tailed Godwit,Great white egret, Black Headed Gull, Purple Swamp Hen and Mottled swift.Dinner and Overnight at hippo camp.

Day 12: Lake Naivasha – Maasai Mara
Drive across plains of wheat and barley to Maasai Mara. The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is regarded as the most magnificent natural theatre in the world. Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains, the Maasai Mara boasts both animal and animal populations in this unspoiled wilderness.Dinner and Overnight at camp.

Day 13 & 14: Maasai Mara
Two full days in the Maasai, 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 at camp.

Day 15: Maasai Mara – Nairobi
After breakfast, we drive back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at  The carnivore Restaurant/ Pampers  where you can enjoy some good game meat, Farewell dinner thereafter you will be transferred to the airport in time for your International departure flight.

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