17 Day Birding Safaris + 6 Day (optional) Coastal Extension available

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Covering: Nairobi National Park, Olorgesailie, Kireita Forest, Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Molo Grasslands, Lake Baringo, Saiwa Swamp National Park, Kongelai Escarpment, Kakamega Forest, Busia Grasslands, Kisumu, Masai Mara National Reserve, Tsavo West and East National Park, Taita Hills Forest, Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Mida Creek, Sabaki River Estuary.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Children, Family, Guided Tours, Jungle, Trekking, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Strenuous
  • Group Size Large Group
All about the 17 Day Birding Safaris + 6 Day (optional) Coastal Extension available.

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at JKI Airport to be met and transfered to the hotel for an overinght.

Overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel.

Day 2: Nairobi National Park

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 includes; Nairobi Pipit, Common Ostrich, Great, Long-tailed Cormorant, African Darter, Great Egret, Saddle Billed Stork, Common, Madagascar Squacco, Black-headed, Grey Heron, African Spoonbill, White-faced Whistling, Knob-billed Duck, Red-billed Teal, Secretary bird, Black-shouldered Kite, Lappet-faced Vulture, Black-chested Snake-Eagle, Shellys & Yellow-necked Spurfowl, African Finfoot, Black-bellied, Hartlaubs Bustard, Emerald Spotted Wood, Laughing Dove, Hartlaubs Turaco, White-bellied Go-away-bird, White-browed Coucal, African Palm Swift, Blue-napped Mousebird, Little & Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Lesser, Greater Honeyguide, Eastern Honeybird, Nubian Woodpecker, White-tailed, Singing Bush, Rufous-naped Lark, Wire-tailed, Lesser-Striped Swallow, Rock Martin, Yellow-throated, Pangani, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Pale, African Grey, Southern Black Flycatcher, Lesser Swamp Warbler, 9 species of Cistocola, Abyssinian white-eye, Red-throated Tit, Jacksons Widowbird, Martial Eagle, Red & Yellow-billed Oxpecker.

The park has big game such as the buffalo, Burchells Zebra, hippo, Masai Giraffe, Cokes Hartebeest, Vervet and the Sykes Monkey, both Black and White Rhino.

Overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel.

Day 3: Olorgesailie

We will drive birding down the rift valley to Olorgesaille. Though typically a hot country rewards could include species like; Cut Throat Finch, Blue-capped Cordon-Bleu, Northern Crombec, Banded Parisoma, White-bellied Canary, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Grey Wren Warbler, Taita Fiscal, Von der Deckens Hornbill, Fischers Sparrow-Lark, Grey-headed Silverbill, Grey-capped Social-Weaver, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Straw-tailed Whydah, Tiny Cisticola, Crested Francolin, Spot-flanked, Black-throated Barbet, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Eastern Violet-backed, Beautiful, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, among many more.

Overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel.

Day 4: Manguo Ponds- Gatamaiyu Forest- Lake Naivasha

Today we head for Gatamaiyu Forest, a central highlands montane forest. It boast many montane species including; Chestnut-throated, Grey, Black-collared, Black-throated Apalis, Montane Oriole, Narina & Bar-tailed Trogon, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Yellow-rumped, Mustached Green Tinkerbird, Scarce Swift, White-browed Crombec. Also the Mountain Buzzard, Mountain, Cabanis’s Greenbul, African Hill Babbler, White Starred Robin, African Dusky Flycatcher, Cinnamon Bracken, Brown Woodland Warbler, Hunter’s Cisticola, Black-backed Puffback, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, Northern Double Collared Sunbird, Spectacle, Brown-capped Weaver, Grey-headed Negrofinch, Yellow-bellied Waxbill among others.

While Manguo Ponds a good birding spot en-route to the forest and has a wide variety of waterfowls such as the Yellow-billed Duck, Little Grebe, Red-billed Teal, Red-knobbed Coot, while Maccoa Duck are regularly recorded, Grey, Black-headed Heron, African Spoonbill, White-faced Whistling Duck, Hottentot Teal, Long-tailed Cormorant, also waders such as Black-winged Stilt, Blacksmith Plover, Ringed Plover, Three-banded Plover, Marsh, Wood Sandpiper, Common Greenshank.

In the afternoon we’ll head to Naivasha en-route via Kinangop in search of Sharpes Longclaw a Kenyas endemic and globally threatened species found on the plateau. Hoping to see the said species, leave for the Lake Naivasha.

Overnight at Elsamere Centre (George and Joy Adamson’s House)

Day 5: Lake Naivasha

The lake is one of the two fresh water lakes along the rift valley and offers a superb birding site with lake fringed by the papyrus on the shores and the acacia woodland habitats supplemented by the dormant volcanoes of Mt. Longonot, Mt. Eburru and the Ol Karia.

Take an early morning boat ride along the papyrus shore of the Lake Naivasha hoping to see 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 Plover, Marsh, Wood, Green Sandpiper.

Birding also along the Elsamere compound before heading to the Hell’s Gate National Park with array of birds of prey. Birds here includes; Common Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Egyptian, African White-backed, Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture, African harrier Hawk, Augur Buzzard, African Fish, Verreaux’s, Long-crested Eagle, Speckled Pigeon, Red-eyed, Laughing Dove, Montane, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Nyanza, Mottled Swift.

Overnight at Elsamere Centre

Day 6: Lake Naivasha- Lake Nakuru National Park

After an early morning breakfast we leave for Lake Nakuru National Park to spend the whole day birding in the park. It’s regarded as the “the greatest ornithological spectacle in the world” with both Lesser and Greater Flamingoes sometimes exceeding 100s of thousand of individuals. The alkaline habitat, acacia woodland, grassland, rivers and inlets with marshes holds residents as well as migratory species.

Birds may include; Little Grebe, Great White Pelican, Black-winged Stilt, Gull-billed, Whiskered Tern, Grey-headed Gull, Cape, Red-billed Teal, Three-banded Plover, Little Stint, Long-crested, Tawny Eagle, Black-shouldered Kite, Augur Buzzard, White-fronted Bee-eater, Lilac-breasted Roller, Rock Martin, Arrow-Marked Babbler, Little Rock Thrush, Wailing, Rattling Cisticola, Rüppell’s Long-tailed Starling, Rüppells Robin Chat, White-shouldered Cliff Chat, African Grey Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Common, Grey-backed Fiscal, Tropical Boubou, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu 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

Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Day 7: Lake Nakuru- Molo Grasslands- Lake Baringo Conservation Area

After breakfast drive through the highland grasslands of Molo in search of two Kenyan endemics Aberdare Cisticola and Sharpe’s Longclaw will also look for more specialties like Wing-snapping, Levaillant’s and Hunter’s Cisiticola, Jackson’s Widowbirds, Great-crested Grebe and after leaving for Lake Baringo arriving for lunch and spending the afternoon birding.

Overnight at Lake Baringo Spa

Day 8: Lake Baringo

We have a whole days birding around Lake Baringo Conservation Area and if lucky we hope to see some the specialties such as the Hemprichs, Jacksons Hornbill, White-faced Scops Owl, Bristle-crowned Starling, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Green-winged Pytilia, Red & Yellow Barbet, Bat Hawk, Two Banded Courser, Slender-tailed Nightjar while birding along the camp site and the hotel grounds could yield the Verreauxs Eagle-Owl, African Pigmy Kingfisher, Black-headed Plover.

Overnight at Lake Baringo Spa.

Day 9: Lake Baringo- Kitale

Take a boat ride and explore the lake for water birds such as Long-tailed Cormorant, Common Squacco, Green-backed, Purple, Goliath Heron, Yellow-billed Stork, African Darter, Knob-billed Duck and later after the breakfast go birdwatching along the cliffs for more species as we head for Kitale.

Picnic lunch

We spend the late afternoon in the smallest national park in Kenya, 2km² in size we’ll walk around birding through the well-structured boardwalks above the swampy marshes with reeds and other wetland vegetation. Birds includes; African Paradise Flycatcher, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Double-toothed Barbet, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Angolan Swallow, Grey Apalis, Northern Puffback, Black-billed, Brown-capped Weaver, Black-crowned Waxbill, Black & White Mannikin.

Overnight at Sirikwa Cottages.

Day 10: Kongelai Escarpment

We drive down the Kongelai Escarpment where we expect local specialties such as the Yellow-billed Shrike, Lesser Blue-eared Starling, White-crested Turaco, Chestnut-crowned sparrow-weaver, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Golden-breasted Bunting, Double-toothed Barbet, Northern Brownbul, Brown Snake, Martial Eagle, Eastern Grey Plantain-Eater, Brown Parrot, Black-winged Red Bishop, Stripe-breasted Seedeater, and White-crested Helmet-shrike. Also the Hartlaub’s Marsh Widowbird among many other interesting species.

Overnight at Sirikwa Cottages.

Day 11, 12 & 13: Kitale- Kakamega Forest

After an early morning breakfast leave for Kakamega Forest; the only true rain forest remaining in Kenya, 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; Blue-headed Bee-Eater, Grey-winged Robin, Yellow Spotted, Yellow-billed Barbet, Shellys, Cabanis Greenbul, African Blue Flycatcher, African Shrike-Flycatcher, Snowy-headed Robin Chat, Common, Jamesons, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Olive Green Camaroptera, Green, Cooper Sunbird, Mackinnon Shrike, Luhders Bush-Shrike, Bocages Bush- shrike, Petits Cuckoo-shrike, Black-necked, Dark-backed, Vieillots Weaver, Red-headed Malimbe, Red-headed Bluebill.

Overnight at Rondo Retreat Centre.

Day 14: 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 Kisumu Hotel.

Day 15: Kisumu (Lake Victoria) – Masai Mara

Depart Kisumu early morning 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. Well stay on the western part of the reserve along the Olololoo Escarpments blended by river, swampy, grassy and forested habitats. Specialties could include the Long-tailed, Rock Cisticola, Wattled Plover, Rufous-bellied Heron, Penduline Tit, Pale Wren Warbler. Other birds could include Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Ashy Flycatcher, Grey-rumped, Red-rumped Swallow, White-headed, Lappet-faced, White-headed Vulture, Ross Turaco, Black-backed Puffback, Croaking Cisticola, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Black & White Casqued Hornbill, Lilac-breasted Roller, Common Wattle-eye, Plain and Long-billed Pipit, Saddle-billed, Woolly-necked Stork, Yellow-fronted Canary.

Overnight at Mara West Camp/Nubian Camp/ Sentinel Camp

Day 16: Masai Mara National Reserve

We’ll take birdwalk along the escarpment in search of the Red-tailed Chat, Long-tailed, Rock Cisticola while if lucky we get a bonus of the Mwanza Flat-headed Agama.

Lunch at the camp later in the afternoon, evening game drive arriving late evening.

Overnight at Mara West Camp/Nubian Camp/ Sentinel Camp

Day 17: Masai Mara National Reserve- Nairobi

En route game drive in Masai Mara National Reserve on our way to Naivasha while searching for more bird species especially the Magpie Shrike and others on the eastern part of the reserve. Picnic lunch along the way.

The tour ends with a dinner and transfer to the airport.

Accomodation for the 17 Day trip

Day 1

Overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel

Day 2

Overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel

Day 3

Overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel

Day 4

Overnight at Elsamere Centre (George and Joy Adamson’s House)

Day 5

Overnight at Elsamere Centre

Day 6

Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Day 7

Overnight at Lake Baringo Spa

Day 8

Overnight at Lake Baringo Spa

Day 9

Overnight at Sirikwa Cottages

Day 10

Overnight at Sirikwa Cottages.

Day 11

Overnight at Rondo Retreat Centre.

Day 12

Overnight at Rondo Retreat Centre.

Day 13

Overnight at Rondo Retreat Centre.

Day 14

Overnight at Kisumu Hotel

Day 15

Overnight at Mara West Camp/Nubian Camp/ Sentinel Camp

Day 16

Overnight at Mara West Camp/Nubian Camp/ Sentinel Camp

Day 17

The tour ends with a dinner and transfer to the airport

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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