3 Days Forest Birding


3 Days Forest Birding covering Castle Forest Lodge (Mt. Kenya) Mukurwe-ini, Mweiga, Aberdares National Park & Kinangop Plateau)

Day 1: Leave early from Nairobi,  driving through Thika and Muranga, arrive at Castle Forest Lodge around 0900hrs check in, later do birding in the lodge’s compound until lunchForest birding

After lunch we shall  continue further, walking deep  in the forest birding looking for the more bird species and forest specialists, 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

Day 2: After breakfast we shall continue with the forest birding to Mukurwe-ini to look for the endemic Hinde’s Babbler,

Bird species checklist in Mukurwe-ini

a)Augur Buzzard,

b)African wood Owl

c)African Hill Babbler

d)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.

Day 3:  We shall continue with the  forest birding  driving through the Aberdares National park  forest birding looking for the endemic Aberdares Cisticola and the Jackson's Francolin, also Moorland Chat, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird

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

We shall exit through Mutubio Gate, driving down to Ndunyu Njeru town, to Kinangop Plateau,in search for another endemic Sharpe’s Longclaw, Long-tailed Widowbird, Jackson's Widowbird, African Snipe, Lesser Jacana, and many more 

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Expected back in Nairobi by 0600hrs . 

Notable birds  3 Days Forest Birding

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

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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

Jackson’s Francolin 

Bar tailed Trogon 

Broad billed Roller 

Grassland Pipit

Purple –throated Cuckoo-shrike,

Slender billed Greenbul

Brown chested Alethe

White- starred Robin

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Ruppell’s Robin Chat

Alpine Chat

Mountain Yellow Warbler

Brown Woodland Warbler

White browed Crombec

Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo

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

Months of February and March, there are Deer flies in the forest which bites (carry insect repellent)

In the forest some days are always chilly its advisable your carry a warm fleece

Temperatures  may drop to  7 degrees just after sunset

In  Aberdares National Park wildlife will be encountered

Carry a raincoat, sudden downpour may be encountered

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