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16 Days Best Bird watching Vacation | Birding Safari

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16 Days Bird watching Vacation | Birding Safari

Day 1:

To be picked at the airport and transferred to the camping site for an overnight.After dinner you will be given a talk on the “Birds of Kenya” and should enlighten us before the safari on what to expect where and some hints in bird identification. If time allows depending on your arrival time, we’ll visit the Nairobi Museum’s bird, ethnography, prehistory among other galleries about Kenya. Birding at the museum’s grounds offers some good field introductions to the birds of Kenya.

Overnight at the city hotel in Nairobi.

Day 2:

Tsavo West National Park
Depart from Nairobi and drive southeast with a short stop over at Hunters Lodge to view the bustling colony of African Golden Weavers and have a chance to look for the Resident Giant Kingfishers before proceeding to Salt lick Safari Lodge, famous for the large number of elephants that visit its floodlit waterhole each night to arrive for late lunch. Afternoon spend bird watching in a remnant patch of forest at the top of the Taita Hills.

Dinner and over night at Salt Lick Lodge.

Day 3:

Tsavo East National Park
Early Morning bird watching at Taita Hills. Return to the Lodge for breakfast and there after we depart and drive to the bird-rich Lake Jipe, where we’ll search for waterbirds. After a picnic lunch on the lake shore we’ll drive to Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp where we will arrive late afternoon. By the way in some dry scrub close to Ziwani Camp we’ll look for White-headed Mouse bird, Scaly Chatterer and White-throated Robin.

Dinner and overnight at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp.

Day 4:

Tsavo West National Park
An early breakfast at Voyager Ziwani Camp, then drive to Kitovu Forest close to the border with Tanzania for bird viewing then return to Voyager Ziwani Camp for lunch lunch. Then drive through Tsavo West National Park to Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge arriving late afternoon. After check in do a late afternoon game drive with a visit Mzima Springs.

Dinner and overnight at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.

Day 5:

Amboseli National Park
Early morning game around Chaimu Crater and Roaring Rocks to view falcons, eagles and buzzards whirling over the plains. Breakfast then depart thereafter and drive to Amboseli National Park arriving in time for Lunch at a Lodge. Afternoon spend looking for species typical of this area especially on the marshlands.

Dinner and overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge/ Amboseli Serena lodge.

Day 6:

Amboseli National Park
Full day game and bird watching in this park.

Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge/ Amboseli Serena lodge.

Day 7:

Mount Kenya
Depart after an early breakfast, we’ll drive north toward Mt. Kenya stopping en route at the Blue Posts Hotel where we’ll look for Brown-hooded Kingfisher and Trumpeter Horn bill in the well-wooded gardens. We’ll continue to Mountain Lodge arriving in time for a late lunch. Bird watching from the open roof is excellent as the forest presses in on three sides and we’ll see many species. The waterhole in front of the lodge attracts a variety of mammals. Afternoon spend around the lodge bird watching.

Dinner and overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge.

Day 8:

Mount Kenya Central Highlands
After breakfast we’ll leave the lodge, driving slowly down through a forest rich in birds. We’ll arrive at NaroMoru River Lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon we’ll walk a shaded riverside trail in search of Black Duck, Crowned Horn bill, Mountain Wagtail and up to eight species of sun birds including the stunning Tacazze.

Night at NaroMoru River Lodge.

Day 9:

Lake Nakuru National Park
After a early breakfast we’ll drive north to the spectacular Thomson’s Falls, taking a short walk to look for Slender-billed Starling, then we’ll climb high into the mountains where flowering roadside Leonotis bushes attract brilliant Golden-winged and the occasional Malachite Sunbird’s. We’ll drop down through the eastern Escarpment of The Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru. We may arrive in time for lunch at Lionhill Lodge. Afternoon game and bird viewing at Lake Nakuru national Park. We will be looking to see millions of greater and lesser flamingos and other bird species such as Narina Trogon. Red-throated Wryneck, Greater and scaly throated Honey guides, Arrow Marked Babbler and African Fire finch.

Dinner and overnight at Lion hill Lodge or similar.

Day 10:

Lake Bogoria
After breakfast birding around the lake. About 0930 drive to Lake Bogoria National Reserve. Lunch at Lake Bogoria Hotel. Afternoon game and bird viewing. Also visit the Hot Springs. Afterwards drive north to Lake Baringo Country Club. We’ll spend time in the garden and along the lake shore.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo Country Club.

Day 11:

Lake Baringo
We’ll visit the nearby cliffs at sunrise scanning for Fan-tailed Raven, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Cliff Chat, Brown-tailed Rock-Chat and Bristle-crowned Starling. After breakfast we’ll venture out into the nearby scrub.

Lunch,dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo Country Club.

Day 12:

Western Kenya – Kakamega Forest
After breakfast we’ll travel up the west side of the Rift to Kabarnet and descend into the spectacular Kerio valley. On rocky hillsides amongst large scattered trees we’ll search for Green-backed Eremomela and Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, before stopping for picnic in the wooded valley bottom where Brown Parrot, White-crested Turaco, Pearl-spotted Owlet and Black-headed Gonolek may well liven up our picnic. At a spectacular viewpoint halfway up the western escarpment of the valley may offer as well the very local Boran Cisticola. Afternoon we’ll reach Kakamega Forest. Birding around Rondo Retreat Center.

Dinner and overnight in Rondo Retreat Center.

Day 13:

Western Kenya – Kakamega Forest
This is the crown of any Kenya birding Safari. Kakamega forest is a mid-altitude tropical rain forest, the easternmost of the Congo basin forests. Its West African affinities are unique in Kenya, and the forest contains many species found nowhere else in the country. The avifauna is well known, rich, and unusual in its composition. Two globally threatened species occur, Chapin’s fly catcher and Turners Eremomela. The 194 forest dependent bird species (the highest total for any Kenyan forests) include 40 of Kenya’s 43 Guinea-Congo forests biome species, as well as 33 of Kenya’s 67 Afro tropical Highlands biome species. At least 16 bird species occur only in Kakamega but nowhere else in Kenya. The forest also holds large populations of Black and white colobus, Red tailed monkey and small numbers of de Brazza monkey.

Day 14:

Kakamega- Masai Mara
Driving across the Great Rift Valley reaches Kenya’s most famous Game Reserve, Masai Mara, in time for lunch. Spend the days exploring the rolling Hills and plains for a chance to spot black-maned lion, elephant, leopard, Cheetah and buffalo along with varied species of hoofed animals.

Overnight at a tented camp.

Day 15:

Full day in Masai Mara
Full day exploring the magnificent Masai Mara National reserve. Optionally, leave the camp with picnic lunch and spend more time out with wildlife.

Day 16:

Masai Mara – Nairobi
After breakfast you will leave for Nairobi arriving in afternoon and later transfer to the airport for your outbound flight or further arrangements.

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