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20 Days Birding

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20 Days Birding Kenya tour will cover most of Kenya’s top birding hotspots, amazing and interesting bird species will be encountered.

20 Days Kenya Birding Tour Details
The 20 Days Kenya birdwatching tour starts in Nairobi and will cover Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo, Kakamega Forest, Lake Nakuru National Park, Solio Ranch, Samburu/Shaba National Reserve, Tsavo West, Taita Hills, Arabuko Sokoke Forest.

Kenya is among the African countries with the highest bird checklist, and magnificent heritage of the big game. On this birdwatching tour, we focus on looking for the magnificent bird’s species and, big game viewing.

The 20 days birding tour itinerary is ideal both for birdwatchers and those with a general interest in East Africa’s amazing wildlife. Birdlife is prolific, and big game, reptiles, and amphibians will be plentiful, including some special rare species which could be easily missed without expert guidance.

Tour Concerns for 20 Days Kenya Birding Tour

Climate:

  • Cool to hot, with some rain likely. Hot and humid on the extension.

Difficulty:

  • Mostly easy, there are some fairly walks in Kakamega Forest, Arabuko Sokoke forest, Lake Baringo, areas Moderately early starts are required, and in some areas, long road drives will be encountered

Accommodation:

  • In the entire 20 Days Kenya Birding Tour we will be based in good to excellent lodges throughout.

Food

  • Food will be abundant in the 20 Days Kenya Birding Tour. Breakfasts offer a good choice, with tea, coffee, juice, fruits, pancakes, egg of your choice, and other things depending on location.
  • Lunches are taken at hotels or somewhere in the bush depending on the day’s plan.
  • Dinner meals are at the accommodation with a full dinner.
  • Vegetarian and other diets are always available

Travel

  • Travel for the 20 Days Kenya Birding Tour will be a comfortable 4×4 Toyota Landcruiser, all clients have a window seat.
  • Tarmac roads make traveling much easier these days, though there are some ‘murram’ roads, which are both rough and dusty. Sometimes the wildlife we want to see is at the end of a dusty road!
  • Roads around National Parks are likewise unmade, though we travel slowly here to maximize our chances of birding and game

Total Bird Checklist for the 20 Days Kenya Birding Tour

450- 650 species expected

Photos
Itinerary

Day 1Nairobi

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta airport transfer to Hotel

Overnight Nairobi

Day 2Nairobi- Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Depart to Maasai Mara Game Reserve Early morning, with a brief stopover at the viewpoint Great Rift Valley, which is one of the wonders of the world, stretching from Syria, down through Africa, to Mozambique.

The compelling sight, as you approach from Nairobi, Kenya is inconceivable,

Proceed to Maasai Mara Reserve via Narok town through the endless savannah plains dotted with acacias, arrive in time for lunch, and an afternoon birding/game drive.

Day 3Maasai Mara

After sumptuous breakfast, we head to the Reserve with pack picnic lunches for a whole day birding/Mammal viewing.

Maasai Mara Game Reserve is famous for its black mane lions and the annual wildebeest migration. This is probably one of Kenya’s most visited Reserves, with an astonishing mass of animals including the Big five and other arrays of plain game.

The Mara River cuts through the Mara and Serengeti ecosystems giving life to both reserves before finally pouring out into the Lake Victoria.
The most notable is the wildebeest, zebra and gazelle instinct led the migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Mara in Kenya. This journey is coupled with various impediments which makes it even more outstanding

Day 4Maasai Mara – Lake Naivasha

Leave for Lake Naivasha a freshwater lake, 130km2 located in the Great Rift Valley, Birdlife here is prolific both the water-birds and the terrestrials.

Day 5Lake Naivasha/Lake Oloidien

Do a morning boat ride in the main Lake.

Later in the afternoon visit Lake Oloidien which is slightly saline and adjacent to Lake Naivasha, or visit the Kinangop plateau for the endemic Sharpe’s Longclaw, and other localized bird species

Day 6 Lake Naivasha- Lake Baringo

Travel to Lake Baringo, check in the hotel, refresh for few minutes, then do an evening walk around the hotel looking for the area specialties

Day 7Lake Baringo

Morning cliff walk later evening go for the nocturnal species

Day 8Lake Baringo – Kerio valley- Kakamega Forest

Early morning boat ride and then depart to Kakamega through Kerio valley

Day 9 Kakamega Forest

Morning and afternoon walk in the forest

Day 10Kakamega Forest- Lake Nakuru N.Park

After Breakfast, then leave for Lake Nakuru National Park

Day 11Lake Nakuru – Solio Ranch

Game drive/Birding as we check out of the park/Stopover along the way looking for special owls in Mweiga. Solio Ranch is located in the valley between the dramatic, snow-capped peak of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains.

Day 12Solio Ranch – Samburu National Reserve

Morning Bird walks, later drive to Samburu Game Reserve

Day 13Samburu/Shaba National Reserve

Early Morning birding looking for North of Equator specialties namely:

  • Vulturine Guinea-fowl
  • Somali Ostrich
  • Somali Bee-eater
  • Denham’s Bustard
  • Stone Partridge
  • William’s Lark, an endemic bird in Kenya
  • Donald-Smith’s Sparrow Weaver
  • Singing Bush Lark
  • Pink breasted Lark

Day 14Samburu –Nairobi

Drive to Nairobi arrival check in hotel, if time allows do urban birding at Nairobi Museum Grounds, its rich with birdlife

Day 15Nairobi – Tsavo West N Park

We shall continue with 20 Days Birding tour leaving early from Nairobi, heading to Tsavo west National Park, with stopover along the way, the first one at Lukenya hills, some 30km from Nairobi.

Interesting Bird species expected are:

  • Red throated Tit( Endemic to Kenya and Tanzania)
  • Brubru
  • d’Arnaud’s Barbet
  • Von der Decken’s Hornbill
  • Abyssinian Scimitarbill
  • African Hoopoe
  • Lilac breasted Roller

Also some sighting of Mammals that migrate from Nairobi National Park;

  • Giraffes
  • Impalas
  • Gazelles
  • Monkeys

Proceed with the safari towards Hunter’s Lodge where lunch will be served, a nice and amazing area to do birding before the lunch is ready.

Bird species likely to be seen:

  • Giant Kingfisher
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Striped Kingfisher
  • Grey Heron
  • Black-headed Heron
  • Retz’s Helmet shrike
  • African Grey Hornbill
  • Crowned Hornbill
  • African Golden Weaver
  • Grey-headed Kingfisher
  • Golden Palm Weaver
  • Later heads to Tsavo West National Park

Day 16Tsavo West- Taita Hills

Have early breakfast; with packed Lunch slowly do birding in the Park, area worthy visiting Mzima springs, where walking/birding on foot is allowed.

  • Bird Checklist:
  • Taita Falcon
  • Black-bellied Sunbird
  • Red-billed Buffalo Weaver
  • Speckle-fronted Weaver
  • Chestnut Sparrow
  • Wattled Starling
  • White-naped Raven
  • White crested Helmet Shrike
  • Rosy patched Bush Shrike
  • Slate-coloured Boubou
  • Taita Fiscal
  • Beautiful Sunbird
  • Hunter’s Sunbird
  • Rofous Chatterer
  • Verreaux’s Eagle Owl

Day 17Taita Hills- Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Spend the early morning looking for the Taita Endemics
namely;

  • Taita Thrush
  • Taita Apalis
  • Taita White Eye
  • Stripe Cheeked Greenbul
  • Narina Trogon
  • Silvery cheeked Hornbill
  • Mustached Green Tinkerbird
  • Pale Flycatcher
  • Yellowbill
  • Striped Pipit
  • Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher
  • Evergreen forest Warbler
  • Golden-tailed Woodpecker

Day 18Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve is a 420 km sq coastal forest in Kenya. It is the largest and most intact coastal forest in East Africa, with 20% of Kenya’s bird species, 30% butterfly species and at least 24 rare and endemic bird, mammal and butterfly species

Mammals:

  • The forest has 40 recorded mammal species including;
  • African Elephant
  • African Buffalo
  • African Civet
  • Caracal
  • Syke’s Monkeys
  • Yellow Baboons
  • Lesser Galago (or bushbaby).

Some of Kenya’s rarest mammals are found here, including the

  • Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew
  • Sokoke bushy-tailed Mongoose
  • Ader’s Duiker.

Birds species

There are over 270 species of birds recorded in the forest including several rare and endemic species in Arabuko Sokoke Forest

The Clarke’s Weaver is only found in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and another area 30 km2 further north of Arabuko-Sokoke in the whole world.

Other globally threatened bird species found in Arabuko Sokoke forest includes:

  • Amani Sunbird
  • East Coast Akalat
  • Sokoke Scops Owl
  • Sokoke Pipit
  • Spotted Ground Thrush

Other birds restricted to Kenyan coastal forests are found the most easily in Arabuko-Sokoke, making it a great place to visit

Morning /Afternoon Bird walks

Day 19Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Morning/afternoon Bird walks

Day 20:

End of the 20 day Kenya birding tour, morning breakfast, later check out, travel to Mombasa International Airport for a flight back