15 Days Kenya Birding

15 Days Kenya Birding

Day 1:Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Leave early from Nairobi, heading to Amboseli National Park, with stopover along the way, the first one at Lukenya hills, some 30km from Nairobi, interesting Bird species, also some sighting of Mammals that migrate from Nairobi National

Day2: Amboseli National Park

Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, the Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya's most popular parks. The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust", and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with springs, the savannah and woodlands. Birdlife is prolific


Day 3: Amboseli – Taita Hills (Long Drive)

After breakfast leave for Taita Hills (Ngangao Forest) with a stopover at Hunter’s lodge along Mombasa Road, The garden is rich with birds; later 
proceed to Taita Hills,via Voi Mwatate to Wundanyi

Day4: Taita Hills (Ngangao Forest)

 

The Taita Hills form a green island in the dry bush of southern Kenya. It is relatively isolated and therefore a very interesting area for birding. The birdlife is a mix of three distinct zones: the central highlands, the coastal forests and the northern Tanzanian mountains

Spend the early morning looking for the Taita Hills Endemics, 
namely; Thrush, Apalis, White Eye, plus other forest birds 
later in the afternoon drive to Tsavo East National Park 

Day 5: Tsavo East National Park

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Spend the whole day birding in the park. Tsavo East National Park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species, along with the 300 kilometer long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East
 

Day 6: Tsavo East National Park- Arabuko Sokoke Forest (through Sala Gate)

Morning drive afterwards drive to Arabuko Sokoke Forest via Sala Gate, the road has some interesting bird species too, so we will do birding slowly before checking out of the park at around midday

Day 7: Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Early morning birding in Arabuko forest, size 420 km2, managed by Kenya Forest Service (KFS); it’s the largest and most intact coastal forest in East Africa, with 20% of Kenya's bird species, 30% butterfly species and at least 24 rare and endemic bird, mammal and butterfly species. There are over 270 species of birds recorded in the forest including several rare and endemic species. Other globally threatened bird species found in Arabuko-Sokoke include: Amani Sunbird, East Coast Akalat, Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, and the 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. The forest has 40 recorded mammal species including African Civet, Caracal, Syke’s Monkeys, and Lesser Galago. Some of Kenya’s rarest mammals are found here, including the Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew,
 

Day 8: Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Activity: Birding/Nature walk

Spend the day in Arabuko Sokoke Forest looking for the missed species, birding is normally done early morning and late afternoon, This is due to the  hot and humid weather,  again bird's activities, are active in the morning and late evening, driving will be minimal, so most of the time, walking we be encountered

Day 9: Mida Creek
Mida Creek has wide, healthy beds of sea grass 
and coral, home to many species of fish and feeding sea turtles, while in the mangroves smaller streams and inlets provide a refuge for crabs and birdlife. Mida is a stopover point for many migratory birds and an essential protected area for their survival. This makes it one of the most important and beautiful natural attractions on the Kenyan coast. Counts of over 6,000 waders have been made on Mida Creek including seven species which are regionally threatened. The mangroves around the edge of the creek are also important roosting places. The populations of Greater and Lesser Sandplover and Crab-plovers at Mida Creek are internationally important. The creek is a significant feeding area for Dimorphic Egrets, Lesser Crested and Roseate Terns. Common migrant shorebirds here include Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Whimbrel, Grey Plover, and Greater and Lesser Sandplover

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Day 10: Lake Jilore/Arabuko Sokoke

Drive to Lake Jilore North of Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Day 11: Arabuko Sokoke- Tana River Primate Research

Morning drive to Tana River Primate Research

Day 12: Tana River Primate Research

The reserve was established to protect the Tana Riverine forest and the two endangered primates: mangabeys and the red colobus monkeys. The ecosystem is also a stronghold for birdlife with over 200 species recorded here. The predominant ecosystems of the reserve are riparian forests, dry woodlands, and savannah habitats

Day 13: Tana – Shimba Hills

Depart to Shimba Hills through Mombasa

Day 14: Shimba Hills

Spend the whole day in the park birding, walking is allowed but not far from the vehicle

Day 15: Shimba Hills- Mombasa

Morning drive to Mombasa for the flight back

Tour Concerns

Best time to visit: January- March and June to December

Top Birds

Somali Ostrich, Goliath Heron, Saddle billed Stork, African Pygmy-goose, Secretary Bird, Lappet faced Vulture, Southern banded Snake-eagle, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Martial eagle, Crested Guinea fowl,  Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Kori Bustard, Crab Plover, Two banded Courser, Madagascar Pratincole, Black headed Lapwing,  White fronted Plover, Greater Sandplover, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Whimbrel, Lesser  Crested Tern, Brown Noddy, Chestnut bellied Sandgrouse, Namaqua Dove, African Orange –bellied Parrot, Fischer’s Turaco, thick billed Cuckoo, Yellow bill, Sokoke Scops- Owl, Fiery-necked Nightjar, Bohm’s Spinetail, Blue-naped Mousebird, Narina Trogon, Mangrove Kingfisher, Somali Bee-eater, Broad –billed  Roller, Eastern yellow-billed Hornbill

Red winged Lark , Chestnut headed Sparrow-Lark, Golden Pipit,  Malindi Pipit, Eastern Nicator, East Coast Akalat, Taita Thrush, Red tailed ant-Thrush, Collared Palm-Thrush, Coastal Cisticola, Lead- coloured Flycatcher, Pale Batis, Little yellow Flycatcher, Scaly Babbler, Taita white Eye, Amani Sunbird, Taita Fiscal, Sulphur breasted Bush-shrike, Retz’s  Helmet- Shrike, Green headed Oriole, Golden breasted Starling, Black-necked Weaver, Zanzibar Red Bishop, Peter’s Twinspot, Eastern Paradise Flycatcher, Somali golden –breasted Bunting,

Mammal Viewing

Excellent in Amboseli National Park, Tsavo East National Park and Shimba Hills Reserve.In Amboseli National Park, there are clear stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro ( Africa's tallest and World's tallest free standing mountain at 5,895 meters19,341feet)

Accommodation

Will be based in good to excellent lodges throughout,all have private, en-suite bathrooms, and full-time hot water. In most places electricity is available 24 hours a day. Several lodges have generators, and they will switch it off for part of the night, but alternate light sources are provided.

The exact Lodges/Camps/Hotels we use will be dependent on the availability at the time of booking, the months of June, July and August are always busy due to the high tourist arrivals due the famous Wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Food

Food is usually plentiful. 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. Evening meals are at the accommodation with a full dinner. Vegetarian and other diets are always available


Weather

will be warm to hot most days although it can sometimes be cool, especially at altitude and in the early mornings. You will probably experience 'dry heat', though rain is certainly possible. Most sites selected for this holiday are close to water and so should hold plenty of wildlife at the time of year we are visiting


 Birding

Most areas birding will be done while walking apart from Amboseli and Tsavo East National parks,though there are several designated areas where walking is permitted.Coast weather is always hot and humid; birding is productive early in the morning and late afternoon

Photography

If you are a casual photographer, you will love this trip! Nowhere in Africa are birds more cooperative, and nowhere are mammals so easier to see. We are visiting many places where birds are common and approachable, so there are ample of opportunities for the casual photographer to indulge and enjoy shooting.

Moderately early starts required, and in some areas  long drives will be encountered

 

Insects 

There are very few biting insects at this time of the year, but general precautions are advised. Before travelling consult your doctor about suitable anti-malarial medication, and on arrival take adequate precautions against mosquito bites although you may not encounter mosquitos


Travel

Travel is by comfortable minibus, and all clients have a window seat. most of the roads will  be tarmacked  make travelling much easier , 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 gravel, though we travel slowly here to maximize our chances of birding and game.