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14 days
Availability : March, June, Sep, Nov
Nairobi
Nairobi
Min Age : 18
Max People : 15

‘With eleven percent of the world’s species’ some 1089 different varieties, Kenya’s birding is one of the best in the world. It is not unusual for our birding trips to record 300-600 different varieties on a short trip or to record more than 120 at a particular site on a single day!’ This trip is a BirdsWatcher Paradise.

Tour Details

First stop is the Rift Valley Lakes, starting with Crater Lake, your activities here include guided nature walks and boat rides, where you see Hippos, Pelicans and over 400 bird species. At Hells’ Gate National Park, you might be lucky to see Egyptian and Rüppell’s Vultures nesting in the cliffs above. If you have any energy left other activities offered are Biking or Swimming at Mvuke Geothermal Spa.

From the Rift Valley we head towards the Nakuru National Park, renowned for its Water Birds and Acacia Species, where there are other additional specialties such as Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Arrow-marked Babbler, Wailing Cisticola.

Next stop Lake Bogoria; a small saline lake and home to vast flocks of Flamingos. At Lake Baringo; for those of you who wish to learn more about the local cultures there is an optional trip to visit the local Pokot tribe; a pastoral community. 

After Baringo we drive to Kongolei and the Saiwa Swamp National Park, where you spend your time exploring the Kongolei Escarpment and Saiwa swamp. Here we hope to catch a glimpse of the several dry country birds that live here; the rare Chestnut Crowned Sparrow Weaver, Lesser Blue Eared Starling, White Crested Turaco and Brown Rumped Bunting, Blue Headed Coucal, Double Toothed Barbet, Black Throated Wattle Eye and Purple Glossy Starlings, to name but a few.

From Baringo we take you to the only remaining tropical rain forest left in Kenya, the Kakamega Forest. Heading out early in the morning with local guides you will be able to enjoy the local Colobus and Debrazzar Monkeys and the plethora of exotic birds such as the Great Blue and Black Billed Turacos, Grey Parrots, Yellow Billed, Grey Throated, Yellow Spotted and Hairy Breasted Barbets, Scaly Throated and Thick Billed Honey Guides, Turner’s Eremomela, Blue and Dusky Crested Flycatchers, and Chaplin’s Flycatchers. 

Our last day is spent in Lake Victoria and the Impala Sanctuary, home to over 115 species of birds, many Giraffes and Gazelles and here your guides will take you on foot through this magnificent land. From the scenic shores of the largest lake in Africa we head towards the Masai Mara where you will spend the last two days of your trip in the Game Reserve in search of the ‘Big Five’ as well as bird species such as, Zittings, Rattlings, Stout and Winding Cisticolas, Rofous Napeds, Somali Short Toed and White Tailed Larks, Termmnick’s Coursers, Hartlaub’s, Black Bellied and White Bellied Bustards and many more.

Tour Type

Camping

Departure & Return Location

Nairobi Kenya

Departure Time

8.00am

Price Includes

  • 13 nights’ accommodation as per meal plan indicated
  • Camp & cooking gear
  • Your driver-guide & safari chef
  • Game drives and activities
  • All Tour Transportation
  • Mineral water on duration of tour

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Sleeping bag / travel pillow
  • Optional Activities
  • Upgraded accommodation
  • Any drink not included in trip
  • Park Entrance Fees

Complimentaries

  • AMREF Air Ambulance cover
  • Water Bottles
What To Bring

Cameras and Camcorders

To Capture these wonderful memories

Binoculars

Make sure you don’t miss a thing! 

Head Torch

Its always great to have – there are no street lights on safari

A good book or cards

For relaxation between Safaris

Wind Jacket ( light weight or poncho)

For those chilly mornings

Footwear

Comfortable hiking boots and/or sturdy footwear for walking safaris and sandals whilst in camp

Fleece Jacket

For chilly nights around the campfire

Comfortable clothing

Bring light clothing but avoid white because of the dust from the savannah

Sunhat and Glasses

To protect you from this strong sun

Swimwear

For those cool pools & river rafting

Sunscreen

To protect you from being burnt

Sleeping Bags (Season 3) & Camping Pillow

For those ‘comfortable’ nights under the stars

A Solid Bag or Rucksack

Remember 15kgs limit for domestic flights and is easier to stack in safari jeeps and small planes

Insect repellant

We want to protect your delicate skin from being munched on by the little insects.

Itinerary

Day 1Nairobi to L.Naivasha

We begin our safari from Nairobi into the Rift Valley Lakes of Naivasha; there are over 400 bird species around Lake Naivasha. We visit Crater Lake Game Sanctuary for a guided nature walk (approx 2 hrs) and enjoy a 1 hour boat ride on the lake in search of Hippos, Pelicans and various other bird species. You will stay at a campsite at Lake Naivasha. (Lunch & Dinner included)

Main activities: Guided Bird Watching Tour on Foot, Boat Trip

Optional Activities: Swim at local Lodge, Sundowners at Local Bar.

Day 2Hells' Gate National Park

Breakfast at leisure before departing towards Hells’ Gate National Park, where more than 100 bird species have been recorded. The cliffs still attract several nesting raptor species including Egyptian and Rüppell’s Vultures. After lunch, spend an afternoon in the park with dinner and overnight back at the campsite. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Main Activities: Bird watching.

Optional Activities: Hire Bikes to cycle through the park; Rock Climb up Fischers Tower; Enjoy a Swim at the natural Geothermal Spa.

Day 3Lake Naivasha to Lake Nakuru

We depart for Lake Nakuru National Park today, again excellent for water birds and acacia species, and have additional specialties including Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Arrow Marked Babbler, Wailing Cisticola and is one of the best places for Lappet Faced Vulture. The additional highlight for this park is the endangered Black Rhino. We camp overnight at a campsite. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Main Activities: – Guided Bird Watching & Game Drive.

Day 4Lake Nakuru to Lake Bogoria

Early breakfast before partaking in an optional activity of your choice. Break up camp and drive to nearby Lake Bogoria; a small saline lake home to various birds and numerous Lesser and Greater Flamingos; a wonderful sight of pink. Tonight we will have a break from camping and overnight at a lodge near Lake Bogoria. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Main Activities: Bird Watching and Scenery.

Optional Activity: Horse Riding / Nature Walk in Lake Nakuru environs. Enjoy a swim at Lake Bogoria Natural Pool

Day 5 Lake Bogoria to Lake Baringo

The morning spent at leisure before departing towards Lake Baringo to enjoy a Boat Excursion on the lake. For the remainder of the day you can spend enjoying the various optional activities and Bird Watching around camp. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Main Activities: Bird Watching and Scenery. Boat Ride in search of Hippos and various bird species (Fish Eagle)

Optional Activities: Cultural Tour to visit the Njemps / Pokot tribes, visit the nearby Snake Farm, Swim at the nearby Lodge

Day 6Lake Baringo to Saiwa Swamp National Park

Early breakfast and departure towards the western part of Kenya to the market town of Kitale. Nearby are two excellent birding localities, Kongolei and Saiwa Swamp which shall be visited. We stay at a Kenyan Farmstead nestled within well established Gardens on 5 acres of forested land in North Western Kenya, on the rim of West Pokot. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Main Activities: Bird Watching and Scenery.

Day 7Kongolei and Saiwa Swamp National Park

We have a full day exploring Kongolei Escarpment and Saiwa swamp. At Kongolei, there are several dry country birds scarce elsewhere, including Chestnut Crowned Sparrow Weaver, Lesser Blue Eared Starling, White Crested Turaco and Brown Rumped Bunting. Saiwa is home to the Sitatunga Antelope, as well as De Brazza Monkey, and is a good site for Blue Headed Coucal, Double Toothed Barbet, Hartlaub’s Marsh Widow Bird, Black Throated Wattle Eye and Splendid and Purple Glossy Starlings. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Main Activities: Bird Watching on foot and Scenery.

Day 8Kakamega Forest

After we break up camp and proceed towards the only remaining tropical rain forest in Kenya, Kakamega Forest, with two excellent areas around Isecheno in the South. You will visit both parts so that our experiences guides can provide you with the best opportunity to see this magnificent bird paradise. Overnight at a campsite near the park. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Main Activities: Bird Watching on foot and Scenery.

Day 9 Kakamega Forest

This is a full day exploring Kakamega forest in the company of a local guide with early morning the best time to get a sighting of Colobus Monkey and Debrazzar Monkey. The number of birds is incredible and includes the Great Blue and Black Billed Turacos, Grey Parrots, numerous Barbets, several Woodpeckers, Scaly Throated and Thick Billed Honey Guides, Turner’s Eremomela, Banded and White Chinned Prinias, Blue and Dusky Crested Flycatcher, Chaplin’s Flycatcher, several Greenbuls and Illadopsises, Yellow bill, Bar Tailed Trogon, Equatorial Akalat, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Snowy Headed and Blue Shouldered Robbin-chats and many more. Overnight back at the campsite. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Main Activities: Bird watching on foot and Monkey Spotting.

Day 10Kakamega to Impala Sanctuary National Park; Lake Victoria

We leave early to head south towards Lake Victoria and Impala Sanctuary which is home to over 115 species of birds as well as Giraffes and Gazelles which we watch on Foot. Overnight at a campsite by the shores of Lake Victoria. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Main Activities: Bird Watching and Game spotting on foot.

Optional Activities: Sundowners at Impala Eco Lodge

Day 11Lake Victoria to Maasai Mara (Mara conservancy)

Departing the scenic shores of the largest lake in Africa, we head towards the Maasai Mara and arrive at the reserve in the late afternoon. Overnight at a campsite near the reserve. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Main Activities: Driving

Day 12 & 13Maasai Mara

We spend our days here in Maasai Mara Game Reserve in search of the Big Five as well as the numerous bird species that live here. Maasai Mara provides a good ground for species such as Zitting, Rattling, Stout and Winding Cisticolas, Rofous Naped, Somali Short Toed and White Tailed Lark, various species of Raptors, African Wattled Lapwing, Termmnick’s Courser, Hartlaub’s, Black Bellied and White Bellied Bustard and many more. We spend the next couple of nights at a campsite next to the reserve. (Breakfast & Lunch included)

Main Activities: Bird Watching and Game Drives.

Optional Activities: Experience a Cultural Visit to a Masai Homestead or take a refreshing dip at a Local Lodge.

Day 14Maasai Mara to Nairobi

One final game drive in the Mara before we return to Nairobi via Narok town arriving in the late afternoon.
(Breakfast and Lunch Included)

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