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3 Days Forest Birding

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Birdwatching Itinerary

3 Days Forest Birding covering Castle Forest Lodge (Mount Kenya) Nyeri,  Aberdare National Park & Kinangop Plateau, Mount Kenya, and Aberdare Forests offers an opportunity to do birdwatching in the thick highland forest, bamboo forest, and alpine moorlands

Day 1:Nairobi - Castle Forest Lodge ( Mount Kenya)

Leave early from  Nairobi driving through Thika and Muranga, arrive at Castle Forest Lodge (Mount Kenya) around 0900hrs check-in, later do birding in the lodge’s compound until lunch. After lunch we shall continue further, walking deep in the forest birding looking for the more bird species and forest specialists, we will rely more on sound because some species are quite shy and skulking, if time allows the walk can go up to 3000 meters above sea level

Day 2:Castle Forest Lodge- Nyeri- Aberdare National Park

Have an early morning bird walk along the nature trail, late  breakfast,  and then proceed to Nyeri  to search for the endemic Hinde’s Babbler, other interesting species that may be encountered includes: 

  • Augur Buzzard,
  • African wood Owl
  • African Hill Babbler
  • Lemon Dove
  • Cape Eagle Owl
  • White-eared Barbet

 

Day 3:Aberdare National Park - Kinangop- Nairobi

We shall continue with the forest birding driving through the Aberdares National park looking for the endemic Aberdares Cisticola and the Jackson’s Francolin, other bird species of interest are Moorland Chat, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird. The landscapes in the Aberdares National Park made it an inspiration behind The Lion King movie

We shall exit through Mutubio Gate, driving down to Ndunyu Njeru town, to Kinangop Plateau, in search of another endemic Sharpe’s Longclaw, Long-tailed Widowbird, Jackson’s Widowbird, African Snipe, Lesser Jacana, and many more.
Expected back in Nairobi by 0600hrs.

Notable birds 3 Days Forest Birding
  • African Green Ibis
  • Mountain Buzzard
  • African Black Duck
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Rufous breasted Sparrowhawk
  • Black Sparrowhawk
  • Scaly Francolin
    Red chested Flufftail
  • African Green Pigeon
  • Eastern Bronze – naped Pigeon
  • Rameron Pigeon
  • Tambourine Dove
  • Red fronted Parrot
  • Hartlaub’s Turaco
  • Blue headed Coucal
  • Slender billed Greenbul
  • Grassland Pipit
  • Purple –throated Cuckoo-shrike,
  • Brown chested Alethe
    • Narina Trogon
    • White headed Wood- hoopoe
    • Crowned Hornbill
    • Red throated Wryneck
    • Fine banded Woodpecker
    • Black Saw-wing
    • Mountain Wagtail
    • Grey Cuckoo- shrike
    • Yellow whiskered Greenbul
    • Mountain Greenbul
    • Jackson’s Francolin
    • Bar tailed Trogon
    • Broad billed Roller
  • Ruppell’s Robin Chat
  • Alpine Chat
  • Mountain Yellow Warbler
  • Brown Woodland Warbler
  • White browed Crombec
  • Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo
  • Levaillant’s Cisticola
  • Black-throated Wattle- eye
  • Scarlet tufted Sunbird
  • Golden winged Sunbird
  • Long tailed Widowbird
  • Jackson’s Widowbird
  • Yellow crowned Canary
  • Montane Nightjar
  • White rumped Swift
  • Scare Swift
  • White- starred Robin

Tour concerns for 3 Days  Forest Birding

On the first and second walking on foot will be involved, so have comfy walking shoe

In the months of February and March, there are Deer (Horse) Flies in the forest which have a nasty bite (carry insect repellent)

In the forest, some days are  chilly its advisable your carry a warm fleece temperatures may drop to 7 degrees just after sunset.

In Aberdares National Park wildlife will be encountered, carry a raincoat, sudden downpour may be encountered.