20 Days Birding

 

20 days birding20 Days Birding Kenya tour  will cover most of Kenya's top birding hotspots, amazing and interesting bird species will be encountered.

  20 Days Birding Tour Details

The 20 Days birdwatching tour starts in Nairobi and  will cover Maasai Mara Game Reserve,Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo,Kakamega Forest, Lake Nakuru National Park,Solio Ranch, Samburu/Shaba National Reserve,Tsavo West,Taita Hills,Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Kenya is among the African countries with highest bird checklist, and a magnificent heritage of big game.

On this birdwatching tour we focus on looking for the magnificient birds species and, big game viewing.

The 20 days birding tour itinerary is ideal both for birdwatchers and those with a general interest in East Africa’s amazing wildlife.

Birdlife is prolific, and big game, reptiles and amphibians will be plentiful, including some special rare species which could be easily missed without expert guidance

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta airport transfer to Hotel

Overnight Nairobi

Day 2: Nairobi- Maasai Mara Game Reserve


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Depart to Maasai Mara Game Reserve early morning, the with a brief stopover at the view point  Great Rift Valley, which  is one of the wonders of the world, stretching from the Syria, down through Africa, to Mozambique.

The compelling sight, as you approach from Nairobi, Kenya is inconceivable,.

Proceed to Maasai Mara Reserve via Narok town through the endless savannah plains dottedwith acacias, arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon birding/game drive.

 Day 3: Maasai Mara

After sumptuous breakfast we head to the Reserve with pack picnic lunches for a whole day birding/Game viewing.

Maasai Mara Game Reserve is famous for its black mane lions and the annual wildebeest migration.

This is probably one of Kenya’s most visited Reserves, with an astonishing mass of animals including the Big five and other arrays of plain game.

The Mara River cuts through the Mara and Serengeti eco systems giving life to the both reserves before finally pouring out into the Lake Victoria 

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The most notable is the wildebeest, zebra and gazelle instinct led migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Mara in Kenya. This journey is coupled by various impediments which makes it even more outstanding


Day 4: Maasai Mara – Lake Naivasha

Leave for Lake Naivasha  a fresh water lake, 130km2  located in the Great Rift  Valley, Birdlife here is pro

lific both the water-birds and the terrestrials

Day 5: Lake Naivasha/Lake Oloidien

Do a morning boat ride in the main Lake.

Later in the afternoon visit Lake Oloidien which is slightly saline and adjacent to Lake Naivasha,or visit the Kinangop plateau for the endemic Sharpe's Longclaw

Day 6: Lake Naivasha- Lake Baringo

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Travel to Lake Baringo, check in the hotel, refresh for few minutes, then  do an evening walk around the hotel looking  for the area specialties

Day 7: Lake Baringo

Morning cliff walk later evening go for the nocturnal species

Day 8: Lake Baringo – Kerio valley- Kakamega Forest

Early morning boat ride and then depart to Kakamega through Kerio valley

Day 9: Kakamega Forest

Morning and afternoon walk in the forest

Day 10: Kakamega Forest- Lake Nakuru N.Park

After Breakfast, then leave for Lake Nakuru National Park

Day 11: Lake Nakuru – Solio Ranch

Game drive/Birding as we check out of the park/Stop over along the way looking for special owls

Solio Ranch is located in the valley between the dramatic, snow-capped peak of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains.

Day 12: Solio Ranch – Samburu National Reserve

Morning Bird walks, later drive to Samburu Game Reserve

Day 13: Samburu/Shaba National  Reserve

Early Morning birding looking for North of Equator specialties namely:

Vulturine Guinea-fowl

Somali Ostrich

Somali Bee-eater

Denham’s Bustard

Stone Partridge

William’s Lark

Donald-Smith’s Sparrow Weaver

Singing Bush Lark

Pink breasted Lark

Day 14: Samburu –Nairobi

Drive to Nairobi arrival check in hotel, if time allows do urban birding at  Nairobi Museum Grounds, its rich with birdlife

Day 15: Nairobi – Tsavo West N Park

We shall continue with 20 Days Birding tour leaving  early from Nairobi, heading to Tsavo west National Park, with stopover along the way, the first one at Lukenya hills, some 30km from Nairobi.

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Interesting  Bird species expected are:

Red throated Tit( Endemic to Kenya and Tanzania) 

Brubru

d’Arnaud’s Barbet

Von der Decken’s Hornbill

Abyssinian Scimitarbill

African Hoopoe

Lilac breasted Roller

Also some sighting of Mammals that migrate from Nairobi National Park; 

Giraffes

Impalas

Gazelles

Monkeys

Proceed with the safari towards Hunter’s Lodge where lunch will be served, a nice and amazing area  to  do birding before the lunch is ready.

Bird species likely to be seen:

Giant Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

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Striped Kingfisher

Grey  Heron

Black headed Heron

Retz’s Helmet shrike

Afican Grey Hornbill

Crowned Hornbill

African Golden Weaver

Golden Palm Weaver

Later  heads to Tsavo West National Park

Day 16: Tsavo West- Taita Hills

Have early breakfast; with packed Lunch slowly do birding in the Park, area worthy visiting Mzima springs, where walking/birding on foot is allowed.

Bird Checklist:

Taita Falcon

Black bellied Sunbird

Red billed Buffalo Weaver

Speckle-fronted Weaver

Chestnut Sparrow

Wattled Starling

White-naped Raven

White crested Helmet Shrike

Rosy patched Bush Shrike

Slate-coloured Boubou

Taita Fiscal

Beautiful Sunbird

Hunter’s Sunbird

Rofous Chatterer

Verreaux’s Eagle Owl

Day 17: Taita Hills- Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Spend the early morning looking for the Taita Endemics 
namely;

Taita Thrush

Taita Apalis

Taita White Eye

Stripe Cheeked Greenbul 

Narina Trogon

Silvery cheeked Hornbill

Moustached Green Tinkerbird

Pale Flycatcher

Yellowbill

Striped Pipit

Blue-mantled crested Flycatcher

Evergreen forest Warbler

Golden -tailed Woodpecker

Day 18: Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve is a 420 km sq coastal forest in Kenya 

20 Days BirdingIt is 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


Mammals: 

The forest has 40 recorded mammal species including;

 
 
 

 

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African Elephant

African Buffalo

African Civet

Caracal

Syke’s Monkeys

Yellow Baboons

 Lesser Galago (or bush baby).

Some of Kenya’s rarest mammals are found here, including the

Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew

Sokoke Bushy-tailed Mongoose 

Ader’s Duiker.

Birds species 

There are over 270 species of birds recorded in the forest including several rare and endemic species in Arabuko Sokoke Forest

The Clarke’s Weaver is only found in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and another area 30 km2 further north of Arabuko-Sokoke in the whole world.

Other globally threatened bird species found in Arabuko Sokoke forest includes

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Amani Sunbird

East Coast Akalat

Sokoke Scops Owl

Sokoke Pipit 

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

Morning /Afternoon Bird walks

Day 19: Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Morning/afternoon Bird walks

Day 20:  End of the 20 day birding tour, morning breakfast, later check out, travel to Mombasa International Airport  for flight back

Tour Concerns for 20 Days Birding

  • Climate:

Cool to hot, with some rain likely. Hot and humid on the extension.

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Difficulty:

Mostly easy, there are some fairly walks in Kakamega Forest, Arabuko Sokoke forest, Lake Baringo, areas

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

  • Accommodation:

In the entire 20 Days Birding Tour we will be based in good to excellent lodges throughout.

Food

Food will be abundant in the 20 Days Birding Tour. 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.

Dinner meals are at the accommodation with a full dinner.

Vegetarian and other diets are always available

Travel

Travel for the 20 Days Birding Tour will be a comfortable 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser, all clients have a window seat.

Tarmac roads make travelling much easier these days, 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 unmade, though we travel slowly here to maximize our chances of birding and game

Total Bird Checklist for the 20 Days Birding Tour

450- 650 species expected