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3 Days Forest Birding

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3 Days Forest Birding covering Castle Forest Lodge (Mt. Kenya) Mukurwe-ini, Mweiga, Aberdares National Park & Kinangop Plateau,Mount Kenya and Aberdares Forests offers an opportunity to do birding  in thick highland forest, bamboo forest and alpine moorlands

Birdwatching Itinerary

Day 1:Leave early from Nairobi

Leave early from  Nairobi driving through Thika and Muranga, arrive at Castle Forest Lodge 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:

After breakfast, we shall continue with the forest birding to Mukurwe-ini to look for the endemic Hinde’s Babbler, Bird species checklist in Mukurwe-ini.
Augur Buzzard,

  • African wood Owl
  • African Hill Babbler
  • Lemon Dove

Afternoon departs to Mweiga area to search for localized Mackinder’s Eagle Owl, evening heads to our lodge close to Aberdares National Park.

Day 3:

We shall continue with the forest birding driving through the Aberdares National park forest birding looking for the endemic Aberdares Cisticola and the Jackson’s Francolin, also 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 Months of February and March, there are Deer flies in the forest which bites (carry insect repellent)

In the forest, some days are always 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.