3 Days Forest Birding


3 days forest birding covering Castle Forest Lodge (Mt. Kenya) Mukurweini, Mweiga, Aberdares National Park & Kinangop Plateau)

Day 1: Leave early from Nairobi, arrive at Castle Forest Lodge around 0900hrs check in, later do birding in the lodge’s compound until lunch

After lunch continue further, walking deep  in the forest looking for the missed species and forest specialist, we will rely more on sound because some species are quite shy  and skulking, if time allows the walk can go upto 3000 meters above sea level

Bird checklist: 

  • African Green Ibis
  •  Mountain Buzzard
  • African Black Duck
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Rufous breasted Sparrowhawk
  • Black Sparrowhawk
  • Scaly Francolin
  • Red chested Flufftail
  • African Green Pigeon
  • Eastern Bronze – naped Pigeon
  • Rameron Pigeon
  • Tambourine Dove
  • Red fronted Parrot
  • Hartlaub’s Turaco
  • Blue headed Coucal
  • Montane Nightjar
  • White rumped Swift
  • Scare Swift
  • Narina Trogon
  • White headed Wood- hoopoe
  • Crowned Hornbill
  • Red throated Wryneck
  • Fine banded Woodpecker
  • Black Saw-wing
  • Mountain Wagtail
  • Grey Cuckoo- shrike
  • Yellow whiskered  Greenbul
  • Mountain Greenbul
  • 3 Days BirdingAbyssinian Ground-Thrush
  • White –browed Crombec
  • Hunter’s Cisticola
  • Black- throated Apalis
  • White-tailed Crested Flycatcher
  • Montane White- eye 
  • Tacazze Sunbird
  • Malachite Sunbird
  • Kenrick’s Starling
  • Waller’s Starling
  • Sharpe’s Starling
  • Abbott’s Starling 
  • Brown capped Weaver
  • Grey headed Negrofinch
  • Abyssinian Crimsonwing
  • Thick billed Seedeater
  • Oriole Finch

Day 2: After breakfast leave for Mukurweini to look for the endemic Hinde’s Babbler,

Bird species checklist:

  • Augur Buzzard,
  • African wood Owl
  • African Hill Babbler
  • Lemon Dove

Afternoon departs to Mweiga area to search for localized Mackinder’s Eagle Owl, evening heads to our lodge close to Aberdares National Park. 3 Days Forest birding


Day 3:  We continue with  the  3 days forest birding  driving through the Aberdares National park birding looking for the endemic Aberdares Cisticola

 The landscapes  in the Aberdares National Park made it  an inspiration behind  The Lion King movie

Later drive to west to Kinangop plateau in search for another endemic Sharpe’s Longclaw

Expected back in Nairobi by 0600hrs . 


Bird species expected:

  • Jackson’s Francolin 
  • Bar tailed Trogon 
  • Broad billed Roller 
  • Grassland Pipit
  • Purple –throated Cuckoo-shrike,
  • Slender billed Greenbul
  • Brown chested Alethe
  • White- starred Robin
  • Ruppell’s Robin Chat
  • Alpine Chat
  • Mountain yellow Warbler
  • Brown woodland Warbler
  • White browed Crombec
  • Levaillant’s Cisticola
  • Black throated Wattle- eye
  • Scarlet tufted Sunbird 
  • Golden winged Sunbird
  • Long tailed Widowbird
  • Jackson's Widowbird 
  • Yellow crowned Canary

Tour concerns for  3 days forest birding 

  • On the first and second walking on foot will be involved, so have comfy walking shoes
  • On the forest some days are always chilly its advisable your carry a warm fleece