6 Days Birding

6 Days classic birding tour will cover Nairobi National Park, Manguo Swamp,Gatamaiyu Forest, Lake Elementeita and Lake Baringo

6 Days Birding

Day 1: Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park is the oldest park in Kenya over 60 years old and only 10km from the Capital City, with a size of 117kmsq , 1500 to 1700 metres above  sea level, More than 500 Bird species have been recorded in the park, The Park is has many different Habitats, each habitat contains various species of Birds, habitats are  as follows;( a)Acacia dominated woodland,Riverine& Scrub ,(b)Dams, Rivers and Wetlands,(c) Evergreen Forest (d)Gorges (e)Open Grasslands, The Park has four of the Big Five, Also the Herbivores have their own migration to plains adjacent to the Park. Bird Checklist: Masaai Ostrich, Helmeted Guineafowl,Coqui Francolin, Harlequin Quail , White faced Whistling Duck, Spur winged Goose, Pygmy Falcon, Lanner Falcon, White backed,Ruppell’s,Egyptian,Lappet faced Vultures,Bateleur,Tawny Eagle, Martial, Long crested, Crowned Eagles,Kori,White bellied, Black bellied,Hartlaub’s Bustards, African Finfoot, Great Painted Snipe, Yellow throated Sandgrouse, Namaqua Dove, African Green Pigeon,Hartlaub’s Turaco, Jacobin & Levaillant’s  Cuckoos, Spotted Eagle Owl

Day 2:  Manguo Swamp/Gatamaiyu Forest

Manguo Swamp  is on the Nairobi-Naivasha Road, only 40 minutes from Nairobi’s CBD. 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 fresh water is a magnet for birds and other creatures that would not survive in salt water. While it offers a laid-back morning enjoying tranquility and the beauty of an array of birds, the swamp is home to fresh water bird and a localized duck, Maccoa duck .The beautiful chestnut-coloured males and the duller grey female keep to their edge of the swamp. Maccoa ducks have in recent times been listed as ‘near threatened’ on the IUCN 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,its an extension of southern-most end indigenous forest of the Aberdares ranges, it is made up of ridges and valleys at an average altitude of about 1800m above sea level.


Gatamaiyu Forest is a well-preserved beauty and close proximity to Nairobi makes it a true paradise an ideal destination for urban birding and day hikeas well.Gatamaiyu is excellent for many Afro-tropical highland species. Birds often encountered are; Hunter’s Cisticola, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Silvery cheeked Hornbill, Rufous breasted Sparrowhawk, Fine-banded Woodpecker, White-bellied Tit, Tambourine Dove, and Hartlaub’s Turaco. Abbott’s Starling which is endemic to Kenya and Tanzania and occur in selected montane forest,it 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.


 

Day 3: Lake Elementeita

Lake Elementeita is a small (18sq km) 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 which is alkaline is close to Lake Nakuru National Park, part of it is within Soysambu Conservancy.It is globally recognized as an Important Bird Area 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 woodland 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, the lake 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 200 bird species.

 

Day 4: Lake Baringo

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 kilometres,A Goliath heronry is located on a rocky islet in the lake known as Gibraltar.

It 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.


 

Day 5: Lake Baringo

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

Day 6: Lake Baringo-Nairobi

If time allows on a way back we will visit a local primary school, plant some indigenous trees

 

Tour Concerns

Birding 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


Weather:  Cool to hot, with rain likely in some areas, early start needed

What to Carry: Insect repellants, Flash lights, sturdy shoes

Accommodation: Bandas/Cottages

Cost

 2 pax $ 1565 per person sharing

Cost includes: accommodation, food, transport, park fees & guide + community fees