The 6 Days Kenya birdwatching tours will explore the Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, a natural property of exceptional splendor, comprises three inter-linked fairly shallow lakes (Lake Bogoria, 10,700 hectares Lake Nakuru 18,800 hectares, and Lake Elementaita 2,534 hectares ) on the floor of Great Rift Valley and covers an entire area of 32,034 hectares.
The area is home to 13 globally threatened bird species and some of the highest bird diversities in the world
While you might want to stuff in as many species as possible on your birdwatching trip, many of our birding itineraries allow you to pick and choose your destinations, making a bird watching holiday to Kenya completely bespoke to you and your needs
Our Kenya birding tours are optimally beneficial and enjoyable to you whether you are a ‘twitcher’ or a leisure birder
Nairobi National Park is the oldest park in Kenya. Nairobi National park is over 60 years old and only 10km from the Capital City, With a size of 117 kilometers square, 1500 to 1700 meters above sea level. More than 500 Bird species have been recorded in the park. Nairobi National Park has many different habitats, Each containing different species of Birds.
Nairobi National Park Habitats:
Nairobi National Park has four of the Big Five mammals namely;
The four of the Big Five may be seen in a normal game drive. Herbivores have their own migration to plains adjacent to the Park. In wet season animals move out of the park to take advantage of seasonally lush pastures on the plains to the south and east of the park.
Manguo Swamp is a wetland on the Nairobi-Naivasha Road, only 40 minutes from Nairobi’s Central Business District. Manguo is a local lingo that translates into a hippopotamus; However, the hippos must have fled some decades ago as the surroundings become more urban. It’s an amazing swamp, a wetland that is seasonal and instrumental in regulating water thus controlling flooding around the area, water flows through the ground to refill the ground.
Manguo Swamp is freshwater that is a magnet for birds and other creatures that would not survive in saltwater. While it offers a laid-back morning enjoying the tranquility and the beauty of an array of birds. Manguo swamp is home to freshwater birds and a localized duck, Maccoa Duck. The beautiful chestnut-colored males and the duller grey females keep to their edge of the swamp. Maccoa ducks have in recent times been listed as ‘near threatened’ on the I.U.C.N red list.
These are the only African stiff tail ducks. They rarely leave the water because their legs are set far back making waddling on land uncomfortable. Rare Palearctic migrants ducks such as Gadwall and Ferruginous have been also recorded in Manguo. Gatamaiyu Forest is part of the larger Kereita, it’s an extension of the southern-most end indigenous forest of the Aberdares ranges. It is made up of ridges and valleys at an average altitude of about 1800 meters above sea level. Gatamaiyu Forest is a well-preserved beauty and close proximity to Nairobi which makes it a true paradise and an ideal destination for urban birding and day hikes as well. Gatamaiyu forest is excellent for many Afro-tropical highland species.
Abbott’s Starling is classified as vulnerable due to the loss of its habitat.
Additionally, you are likely to get glances of colonies of Colobus and Sykes’s Monkeys as they teasingly sway from branch to branch soaring up the trees.
Lake Elementeita (also spelled Lake Elementaita/ Lake Elmenteita) is a small (18 square kilometers) soda lake, the word Elementeita is derived from the Maasai word muteita, meaning “dust place”, A reference to the dryness and dustiness’ of the area, especially between January and March. Lake Elementeita contains trona, a non-marine evaporite mineral that can be mined as sodium carbonate Lake Elementeita which is alkaline is close to Lake Nakuru National Park, part of it is within Soysambu Conservancy.
Lake Elementeita is globally recognized as an Important Bird Area, both Greater and Lesser Flamingo varieties are attracted to the Lake by the insect larvae, crustaceans, and blue-green algae. Over four million Lesser Flamingos travel between the three lakes (Lakes Elementeita, Nakuru, and Bogoria).
Due to the assemblage of various birds of conservation concern, such as the threatened, range-restricted Grey-crested Helmet-shrike (Near threatened) which occurs in the surrounding Leleshwa woodland (Tarchonanthus camphoratus)where it may be resident. It also sustains significant populations of over 100 species of Palearctic migratory birds by offering a vital wintering ground for them.
Making this one of the greatest ornithological spectacles on earth. In addition, lake Elementeita supports one of the major breeding colonies of the Great White Pelicans in the world. Birdlife here is prolific; over 400 bird species have been recorded. Birding here is pretty easy because it is done while walking as opposed to many areas where it is done while driving vehicles. On a good day, you can record up to 200 bird species.
Lake Baringo is world-renowned for its birdlife, with more than 470 rare bird species, Lake Baringo has become known globally as the birdwatchers’ paradise. Covering about 130 square kilometers. A Goliath heronry is located on a rocky islet in the lake known as Gibraltar.
Lake Baringo has 7 islands, namely Lokoros, Rongena, Lengai, Samatian, Olkokwa, Parmolos and the Devil’s Island. The largest of them is called Olkokwe. In the Ilchamus language, Olkokwe means a meeting place. Word has it that the abundance of fish has supported the crocodile population in such a way that the reptiles have shown no interest in humans and other mammals.
Looking for the area specialties, the special owls, rare courser, uncommon Somali fiscal Birding will be done early morning and late afternoon due to the hot temperature which normally starts around eleven in the morning
If time allows on a way back we end the 6 days birding tour by visiting a local primary school, to plant some indigenous trees and encourage the pupils to conserve the environment
The 6 days Kenya birding tour will be done while walking except at Nairobi National park (there are designated areas where walking is allowed). Last day drive from Baringo to Nairobi- 4 hours
Cool to hot, with rain likely in some areas, early start needed
What to Carry for the 6 days Kenya birding tour
Recommended Guides Books for the 6 Days Kenya Birdwatching Tour
A Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania
The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals
A Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa