20 Days Birding

 

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

The tour will cover Maasai Mara Game Reserve,Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo,Kerio Valley, Kakamega Forest, Lake Nakuru National Park,Mount Kenya, Samburu/Shaba National Reserve,Tsavo West,Taita Hills,Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta airport transfer to Hotel

Overnight Nairobi

Day 2: Nairobi- Maasai Mara Game Reserve

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 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 

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 outstanding20 Days birding


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

Day 6: Lake Naivasha- Lake Baringo



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

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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 – Mount.Kenya

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

Day 12: Mount Kenya – Samburu N Reserve

Morning Bird walks, later drive to Samburu Game Reserve

Day 13: Samburu/Shaba N 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

Leave early from Nairobi, heading to Tsavo west National Park, with stopover along the way, the first one at Lukenya hills, some 30km from Nairobi.

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
  • Blue-naped Mousebird
  • White browed Coucal

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
  • Grey headed Kingfisher
  • 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

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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 km2 coastal forest in Kenya managed by Kenya Forest Service (KFS).

It 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;

  • 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 include:

  • 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, 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.

Difficulty:

Mostly easy, there are some fairly  walks at Kakamega Forest, Arabuko Sokoke Forest, and Mt Kenya areas.

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

Accommodation:

We will be based in good to excellent lodges throughout.

Bird Checklist:

450- 650 species expected