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20 Days Birding


20 Days Kenya Birding is a very breathtaking and also very comfy Kenya birdwatching safari, featuring treasured wildlife and excellent bird photography opportunities.  Carefully researched and planned  birding, photography wildlife itinerary, sizeable, comfortable, and spacious 4×4 Landcruiser jeeps where everyone has a window seat, and outstanding hotels and food throughout, we believe this is the idyllic Kenyan safari adventure both for birdwatchers and those with a general interest in African wildlife and nature  photography

20 Days Birding Kenya safari adventure will cover most of Kenya’s top birdwatching destinations, amazing and interesting bird species will be encountered.

The 20-day birding and wildlife safari in Kenya is a more inclusive trip of this spectacularly varied nation

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 National Park, Taita Hills, Arabuko Sokoke Forest.

Kenya is among the African countries with the highest numbers of bird species, and a magnificent heritage of the big game. On this birdwatching tour, we will focus on looking for superb bird 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 and photography. 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


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


  • 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


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


  • 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 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

20 Days Kenya Birding Photos
20 Days Kenya Birding Itinerary

Day 1Nairobi

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta airport transfer to Hotel

If time allows, a birding tour to Nairobi National Park or birdwatching around Nairobi National Museums

Karura Forest is an ideal birding option for lovers of urban forest birding 

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 Game Reserve

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 huge 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  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

Morning breakfast and then leave for Lake Naivasha a freshwater lake, 130 kilometers square in size is located in the Great Rift Valley,  Lake Naivasha is an oasis of both the  water birds and terrestrial species

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

More than 400 bird species have been recorded in Lake Baringo, on a good day it’s possible to see over 200 species

Birdwatching in Lake  Baringo is done early morning and late afternoon due to the high temperatures experienced in the area

Day 8Lake Baringo – Kerio valley- Kakamega Forest

Early morning boat ride and then depart to Kakamega Forest through Kerio valley, We shall have several stopovers along the scenic Kerio Valley in search of some localized bird species found in the area

Lunch will be also in an establishment, where birding is usually rewarding due to its location, at the top cliff, where during the bird migration, you may be lucky to see  hundreds of different raptors taking advantage of the thermals from the valley to soar high


Day 9 Kakamega Forest

Morning and afternoon walk in the forest  Kakamega Forest is a rain forest eastern most remnant of once continuous forest spreading from the Congo basin to East Africa and Central Africa, the forest has 380 tree species, 410 bird different species of which 194 species are forest-dependent, two globally threatened bird species are known to occur in Kakamega forest; Chapin’s Flycatcher and Turner’s Eremomela

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, located just north of the equator in the rain-shadow of Mt. Kenya three separate reserves, Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba protect a combined 40km² of mountains, plains, savannah, and scrub desert. Set along the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River this stunning wilderness area is not as well-known as other reserves, which offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Kenyan wilderness away from the crowds

Day 13Samburu/Shaba National Reserve

Early Morning birding looking for Kenya’s 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, we will  do urban birding at Nairobi Museum Grounds, it’s rich with birdlife,  birdwatching will done mostly while walking 

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 a 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

The Taita Hills cover an area of 1000 km2 and they form the northernmost part of the Eastern Arc Mountains. They are isolated from other mountainous areas to the southeast (Shimba Hills), south (Pare and the Usambara Mountains), southwest (Mount Kilimanjaro), west (Ngulia and Chyulu Hills), and northwest (Kenyan Highlands) by the vast plains of Tsavo National Park

  • 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 kilometers square coastal forest in Kenya. It is the largest and most intact coastal forest in East Africa, with 20percent of Kenya’s bird species, 30 percent butterfly species and at least 24 rare and endemic bird, mammal and butterfly species


  • 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

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve is the largest stretch of coastal dry forest, the ecosystem comprises of three forest types, mixed forest, Brachystegia Woodland and Cynometra, each containing different rare species of Birds, Mammals, Butterflies, and Plants. There are 270 birds, 261 butterflies, 79 amphibians, 52 mammals and 600 plants species. The Clarke’s Weaver an endemic bird breeds in the forest,  other unique and rare bird Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, East coast Akalat, Amani Sunbird and Spotted Ground Thrush, Three mammals which are endemic species: – Ader’s duiker, Sokoke Bush- tailed Mongoose, and Golden rumped elephant shrew

Day 20:

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