14 Day Kenya Birding Safaris


Covering: Nairobi National Park, Olorgesailie, Gatamaiyu Forest, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo Conservation Area, Kakamega Forest, Busia, Kisumu & Masai Mara National Reserve.

Day 1: Nairobi National Park
Arrive at JKI Airport to be met and transferred to Nairobi National Park birding whole day. Picnic lunch served in the park, only 10km off the cosmopolitan city has one of the greatest avifauna with a record of over 515 species in an area of only 117km².

Birds in the park includes the newly-almost-described Nairobi Pipit, Saddle-billed Stork, Secretary Bird, Black-shouldered Kite, Lappet-faced Vulture, Black-chested Snake-Eagle, Martial Eagle, Shelly's & Yellow-necked Spurfowls, African Finfoot, Black-bellied & Hartlaub's Bustards, Pangani, Rosy-breasted Longclaws, 9 species of Cistocolas, Red-throated Tit, Jackson's Widowbird, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, among others.

The park has big game such as the Cape Buffalo, Burchell's Zebra, Hippo, Masai Giraffe, Coke's Hartebeest, Vervet and Syke's Monkey, both Black and White Rhinos.
Overnight at Hotel Boulevard.

Day 2: Nairobi - Olorgesailie - Nairobi
We will drive birding down the rift valley to Olorgesaille. Though typically a hot country, rewards

may include species like Cut Throat, Blue-capped Cordon-Bleu, Northern Crombec, Banded Parisoma, Southern Grosbeak Canary, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Grey Wren Warbler, Taita Fiscal, Von der Decken's Hornbill, Fischer's Sparrow-Lark, Grey-headed Silverbill, Grey-capped Social-Weaver, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Straw-tailed Whydah, Ashy & Tiny Cisticolas, Crested Francolin, Spot-flanked, Black-throated Barbets, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Eastern Violet-backed, Beautiful, Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, among many more.
Overnight at Hotel Boulevard
<Red-&-Yellow Barbet, Olorgesailie, Kenya.©chege wa kariuki>

Day 3: Nairobi-Manguo Ponds- Gatamaiyu Forest- Lake Naivasha
Today we head for Gatamaiyu Forest, a central highlands montane forest. It boast many montane species including the Chestnut-throated, Grey, Black-collared, Black-throated Apalises, Montane Oriole, Bar-tailed Trogons, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Mustached Green Tinkerbird, White-browed Crombec. Also the Mountain, Cabanis’s Greenbuls, African Hill Babbler, Cinnamon Bracken, Brown Woodland Warblers, Hunter’s Cisticola, Brown-capped Weaver, Grey-headed Negrofinch, Yellow-bellied Waxbill.

While Manguo Ponds a good birding spot en-route to the forest and has a wide variety of waterfowls. In the afternoon we’ll head to Naivasha en-route via Kinangop in search of Sharpe's

<African Fish Eagle, Lake Naivasha, Kenya.©chege wa kariuki>
Longclaw a Kenya's endemic later leaving for Lake Naivasha. A boat ride along the papyrus shore of the Lake Naivasha may produce Little Grebe, Great White Pelican, Great, Long-tailed Cormorant, Great Egret, Purple, Goliath Heron, Hamerkop, Sacred, Hadada Ibis, Greater, Lesser Flamingo, Cape, Red-billed Teal, African Jacana, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Three-banded, Long-toed Plovers, Marsh, Wood, Green Sandpipers.
Overnight at Elsamere Centre (George and Joy Adamson’s House)

Day 4: Lake Naivasha- Nakuru
After an early morning breakfast we leave for the Highland Grassland birding in search of two Kenyan endemics Aberdare Cisticola and Sharpe’s Longclaw will also look for more specialties like Wing-snapping, Hunter’s, Levaillant’s Cisticolas, Great Crested Grebe, Maccoa & African White-backed Ducks, Lesser Jacana among many others.
Overnight at Nakuru Hotel

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park - Lake Baringo Conservation Area
Today we will spend the most part of the day in Lake Nakuru National Park birding most of the habitats such us the alkaline shores, acacia woodland, grassland, rivers and inlets with marshes holds residents as well as migratory species.

White-fronted Bee-eater, Arrow-Marked Babbler, Little Rock Thrush, Wailing & Rattling Cisticolas, Rüppell’s Long-tailed Starling, White-shouldered Cliff Chat, Grey-backed Fiscal, Tropical Boubou, Black Cuckoo-shrike, among many others.

In addition, the park is rich in big games that includes the giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck, eland, hippo, both Black and White Rhino, lion, leopard, Spotted Hyena. And in the early afternoon we will transfer to Lake Baringo Conservation Area.
Overnight at Soi Safari Lodge.

Day 6: Lake Baringo
Birding around Lake Baringo Conservation Area is interesting by the fact that we spend most of the day outside the car. And if lucky with the help of the local guides we hope to see some the specialties such as the Hemprich's, Jackson's Hornbills, Northern White-faced Scops Owl, Bristle-crowned Starling, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Green-winged Pytilia, Red-&-Yellow Barbet, Heuglin’s Courser, Slender-tailed Nightjar while birding along the camp site and the hotel grounds could yield the Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, African Pigmy Kingfisher, Black-headed Plover.
Overnight at Soi Safari Lodge

Day 7: Lake Baringo Conservation Area – Kakamega Forest Reserve
After breakfast we leave for Kakamega Forest Reserve. Birding enroute to kakamega Forest. The few stops along the way may produce Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Gambaga Flycatcher, Long-billed Pipit, Boran Cisticola, White-crested Turaco, Double-toothed Barbet, Western banded Snake Eagle, African Water Rail, Zebra Waxbill among others arriving at our lodge late in the afternoon.
Overnight at Rondo Retreat Centre

Day 8 & 9: Kakamega Forest
This is the only true rain forest remaining in Kenya and was once a continuation of the Guinea-Congolian rainforest, rich in species nowhere else to be seen in Kenya. Spending a few days here we hope to see a good number of these forest species that could include the Blue-headed Bee-Eater, Grey-winged Robin, Yellow Spotted, Yellow-billed Barbet, Shelly's, Joyful, Toro olive, Cabanis' Greenbul, African Blue Flycatcher, African Shrike-Flycatcher, Snowy-headed Robin Chat, Common, Jameson's, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Olive Green Camaroptera, Green, Cooper Sunbird, Mackinnon Shrike, Luhder's Bush-Shrike, Bocage's Bush- shrike, Petit's Cuckoo-shrike, Black-necked, Dark-backed, Vieillot's Weaver, Red-headed Malimbe, Red-headed Bluebill.
Overnight at Rondo Retreat Centre


Day 10: Kakamega Forest– Kisumu (Lake Victoria)
After an early morning breakfast we head on the west in search of the localized Rock Pratincole along the river while birding the whole morning on the villages, farmland and the Busia Grasslands. We hope to find a few more localized birds such as the Bar-breasted Firefinch, Yellow-throated Leaflove, Senegal Coucal, White-crested Turaco, Copper’s Sunbird, among others. Arriving in Kisumu later in the late afternoon.
Overnight at Victoria Comfort Hotel

Day 11: Kisumu (Lake Victoria)- Masai Mara National Reserve
A morning birding on the shores of the second largest fresh-water lake in the world. Along the Papyrus vegetation at the an old fishing village with expectation to see some of the specialties like the Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher, Greater Swamp Warbler, White-winged Warbler, Red-chested, Copper Sunbirds, Slender-billed, Northern Brown-throated, Yellow-backed, Jackson’s Golden-backed Weavers, Southern Red Bishop, Black-billed Barbet.

After this we leave for the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, a plain of rolling grassland dotted with a mixture of acacia trees and the plain game which includes large herds of elephants, zebras, topis, hartebeests, gazelles, Impala’s not forgetting the well known Mara/ Serengeti Wildebeest’s migration, lions, cheetah. We'll stay on the western part of the reserve along the Olololoo Escarpments blended by river, swampy, grassy and forested habitats. Specialties include the Long-tailed, Rock Cisticolas, Wattled Plover, Rufous-bellied Heron, Pale Wren Warbler. Also Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Ashy Flycatcher, Grey-rumped, Red-rumped Swallow, White-headed, Lappet-faced, White-headed Vulture, White-naped Raven, Ross Turaco, Black-backed Puffback, Croaking Cisticola, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Black & White Casqued Hornbill, Narina Trogon, Lilac-breasted Roller, Common Wattle-eye, Silverbird, Plain and Long-billed Pipit, Saddle-billed, Woolly-necked Stork, Yellow-fronted Canary among many others.
Overnight at Mara West Tented Camp

Day 12: Masai Mara National Reserve
We’ll take birdwalk along the escarpment in search of the Red-tailed Chat, Long-tailed & Rock Cisticolas, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Schalow’s Turaco, Pale Wren Warbler while a bonus of the Mwanza Flat-headed Agama is almost guaranteed.
Lunch at the camp later in the afternoon heading for with a game drive in the park and back late in the afternoon.
Overnight at Mara West Tented Camp.

Day 13: Masai Mara National Reserve
Today we en-route game drive the entire reserve looking for birds specialties of the eastern parts of Mara
Overnight at Siana springs Tented Camp

Day 14: Masai Mara National Reserve - Nairobi

The tour ends with a dinner and transfer to the airport

Wildebeests in the sunset of the rolling savannahs of Maasai Mara.

Maasai Mara Trails - 3 days

Your 3 day Masai Mara safari starts in Nairobi, travels through Kenya, and finishes back in Nairobi.

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Fish Eagle and catch of the fish in Lake Victoria.

10 days Western Kenya Cultural

The tour starts at 9.30am from Nairobi heading to Naivasha with a brief stop at the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley

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Palm Trees along the beaches of Manda Island in Lamu.

7 day Coastal Safari

Fly to Manda island in the morning to be transfered to Lamu Hotel for accommodation .

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