19 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari

19 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari

Day 1:Nairobi
Meet our representative at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer to Nairobi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02: Nairobi – Sweetwaters.
After breakfast, depart to the exquisite Sweetwaters Tented Camp in the secluded heart of the Ol Pejeta Ranch and Rhino sanctuary. Built within a private ranch, the camp is a “Rhino heaven” which also supports a wide variety of birds such as Augur Buzzard, Stout Cisticola, Cape Robin Chat, Black Kite, African Harrier Hawk among other highland species. Our Kenya birwatching safari includes an extra with a visist to the chimpanzees sanctuary. Here you can have a night game drive at extra cost.Each luxurious tent comes with en-suite facilities, a patio (verandah) and is set under a thatch roof. A visit to the Chimpanzee sanctuary should not be missed and remember to pack your swimming gear because the camp has a swimming pool, table tennis, board games and satellite television. Lunch will be served at the Camp.Dinner and overnight.

Day 03: Sweetwaters – Samburu.
After an early morning breakfast we depart for Samburu National Reserve by driving north through the high wheat fields of Timau, crossing the equator and then down into the thorny landscape of Samburu country. This area boost of unique bird species as such as Buff Crested bustard, Kori bustard, Chestnut weaver,Golden breasted starlings, Water thicknee, among other. elephants and their predators abound. The life-giving Uaso Nyiro River plays a major role in the ecosystem of this region.Our new home for the next two nights. The 1989 movie “Born Free”, a true-life story of George and Joy Adamson was shot in the Game Reserve.Dinner and overnight

Day 04: Samburu game reserve.
Spend the whole day bird watching trying to come up with a list of 400 different species found in this region.Dinner and overnight.

Day 05: Samburu – Lake Nakuru.
After an early breakfast bid farewell to Shaba as we drive south through Isiolo to Nanyuki town. Heading west we make a brief stopover at Nyahururu falls, still known to many as Thomson’s falls for its 237ft cascade. After the stopover, we drive southward to our next destination Lake Nakuru known as an ornithological paradise by birdwatchers.Dinner & overnight.

Day 06: Lake Nakuru National park.
After breakfast, spend the whole day bird watching and trying to come up with the total list of 450 different species found here.Dinner & overnight.

Day 07: Lake Nakuru – Lake Bogoria
After breakfast, we proceed to the jewel of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria. described as the “Most beautiful view in Africa” by Bishop Hannington, the lake is well known for its Hot springs and geysers, which are spread out along its southern shores. The hot sulfuric water gushing out of the ground is known to have therapeutic values.After a relaxing bird walk around the lake, we break for lunch.Afternoon bird walk around the lake and the lodge environs with species like Woodland kingfisher, Northern puff back, White headed buffalo weaver, Rufous crowned roller, African golden oriole, African hoopoe being recorded. This is a must go for any Kenya birdwatching safari. The trais in bogoria always have a surprise bird or call. Dinner and overnight.

Day 08: Lake Bogoria – Lake Baringo
After breakfast we drive further north to Lake Baringo one of the leading ornithology lakes in East Africa, more than 470 bird species call this area home. Bird walk features some rare species like the White faced scopes owl, Bristol crowned starling, Goliath heron, Fan tailed raven etc. A relaxing boat ride on the lake will be the feature of the afternoon.Dinner and overnight.

Day 09: Lake Baringo – Saiwa Swamp
Depart for Lake Baringo after breakfast and drive towards Saiwa Swamp National Park in Kitale, exceptional as you can experience it on foot with lots of birds encounter. Lunch and later afternoon bird walk in search of the Great blue turaco, Ross turaco, Ludher’s bush shrike, White capped robin chat, Grey crown crane etc. Dinner and overnight stay in kitale.

Day 10: Saiwa Swamp – Kakamega Forest.
Depart to Kakamega Forest which remains of an original equatorial rainforest, extending from Guinea in the west, to East and Central Africa. Grey Parrot, Great blue and Black billed turaco, blue headed bee eaters, Turner’s eremomela, Little grey greenbul are some of the special species encountered here.Dinner and overnight at Kakamege golf hotel.

Day 11: Kakamega Forest – Lake Victoria
Early morning birdwalk in this equatorial forests. Catch up with the primates as mornings are a good time for action. Lunch and later drive to lake Victoria for afternoon birding. Fresh water birds species e.g. African open bill stork, Swamp flycatcher, Red chested sunbird, Hammerkop, Eastern grey plantain-eater are some of the eye catchers.Dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Kisumu – Lake Naivasha.
Early breakfast and then leave for Lake Naivasha,one of the freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley. Arrive late afternoon for lunch and afternoon birdwalk. Over 400 different species of birds have been recorded here e.g. Long toed plover, Great white egret, Grey headed gull, Southern pochard, Red billed teal and not mention the Lilly trotter; African jacana. It is ideal for an afternoon boat ride.A visit to the Crescent Island, which is wild and free, is one of the few places you wander/walk on foot among herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, giraffe and dik diks. There are no predators and no fences so it will be quite a liberating and exciting feeling to walk among the wildlife and birds including the beautiful lovebirds.Dinner and overnight.

Day 13: Lake Naivasha – Hell’s Gate.
After breakfast, morning birds walk with the aim of viewing birds on the shores of the Lake feeding and prinning after their breakfast with a few hours of relaxation before lunch. Afternoon visit to Hell’s Gate National Park, which is breeding ground for vultures in Kenya e.g. Lammergeyer vultures.Dinner & overnight tonight.

Day 14: Lake Naivasha-Maasai Mara
This is Kenya’s number one park and is always on every bird watcher’s and wildlife tourists “Must see list”. Full of life with various types of animals and birds, Maasai Mara crown’s the climax of every safari in Kenya.Rolling grasslands and acacia savannah have time and again been captured on film with the movie “Out Of Africa being the most famous. Maasai Mara is home to the “Big Five” (Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and Rhino) and over 450 bird species as such as Bare faced go away bird, Hooded vulture, Egyptian vulture, Flappet lark, Red necked fowl, White necked raven etc. Its spectacular annual wildebeest migration is another attraction.Lunch and later a game drive/birding safari completing this with a spectacular photos of the african sunset. Dinner & overnight.

Day 15 & 16: Maasai Mara game reserve
Early morning birding cum game drive after breakfast will be our perfect start of another unforgettable and memorable birding day in Africa. With picnic lunch en-route you spend your day in Mara Plains trying to identify and record the over 450 species record in this reserve. A visit to the maasai village gives you an insight of a true african culture. (optional).

Day 17: Maasai Mara – Amboseli.
After an early morning breakfast, we proceed to Amboseli National Park via Nairobi for an early lunch at Toona Tree Restaurant, before proceeding to Amboseli beautifully situated beneath the foot of Africa’s highest mountain Mt. Kilimanjaro. Over 425 species of birds have been recorded here such as White faced whilsting duck, Brown snake eagle, Yellow billed stork, Woolly necked stork, Shikra, Helmented guinea fowl, African cuckoo.Enjoy a birding game drive en-route, as we arrive in time for your dinner and overnight.

Day 18: Amboseli game reserve
After breakfast it will be the perfect time for photographing the humbling and magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro the highest peak in Africa. With picnic lunch you depart your lodge for a full day birding A new species is a must have.Dinner and overnight.

Day 19:Amboseli – Nairobi
After breakfast, we drive back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch. Later early in the Dinner and thereafter you will be transferred to the airport in time for your International departure flight.

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