20 Days Kenya Birding

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta airport transfer to Hotel

Overnight Nairobi

Day 2: Nairobi- Maasai Mara game Reserve

Depart to Maasai Mara Game Reserve early morning, the with a brief stopover at the view point  Great Rift Valley, which  is one of the wonders of the world, stretching from the Syria, down through Africa, to Mozambique. The compelling sight, as you approach from Nairobi, Kenya is inconceivable, Proceed to Maasai Mara Reserve via Narok town through the endless savannah plains dotted with acacias, arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon birding/game drive.

 Day 3: Maasai Mara

After sumptuous breakfast we head to the Reserve with pack picnic lunches for a whole day birding/Game viewing, Maasai Mara is famous for its black mane lions and the annual wildebeest migration.
This is probably one of Kenya’s most visited Reserves, with an astonishing mass of animals including the Big five and other arrays of plain game. The Mara River cuts through the Mara and Serengeti eco systems giving life to the both reserves before finally pouring out into the Lake Victoria.
The most notable is the wildebeest, zebra and gazelle instinct led migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Mara in Kenya. This journey is coupled by various impediments which makes it even more outstanding

Day 4: Maasai Mara – Lake Naivasha

Leave for Lake Naivasha  a fresh water lake, 130km2  located in the Great Rift  Valley, Birdlife here is prolific both the water-birds and the terrestrials

Day 5: Lake Naivasha/Lake Oloidien

Do a morning boat ride in the main Lake, later in the afternoon visit Lake Oloidien which is slightly saline and adjacent to Lake Naivasha

Day 6: Lake Naivasha- Lake Baringo

Travel to Lake Baringo, check in the hotel, refresh for few minutes, then  do an evening bird walk around the hotel looking  for the area specialties

Day 7: Lake Baringo

Morning cliff walk later evening go for the nocturnal species

Day 8: Lake Baringo – Kerio valley- Kakamega Forest

Early morning boat ride and then depart to Kakamega through Kerio valley

Day 9: Kakamega Forest

Morning and afternoon bird walk in the forest

Day 10: Kakamega Forest- Lake Nakuru N.Park

Morning walk, then leave for Lake Nakuru

Day 11: Lake Nakuru – Mt.Kenya

Game drive/Birding as we check out of the park,

Day 12: Mt Kenya – Samburu N Reserve

Day 13: Samburu/Shaba N Reserve

Day 14: Samburu –Nairobi

Day 15: Nairobi – Tsavo West N Park

Leave early from Nairobi, heading to Tsavo west National Park, with stopover along the way, the first one at Lukenya hills, some 30km from Nairobi, interesting  Bird species expected are: Red throated Tit( Endemic to Kenya and Tanzania) Brubru, d’Arnaud’s Barbet, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, African Hoopoe, Lilac breasted Roller,Blue-naped Mousebird, White browed Coucal,Also some sighting of Mammals that migrate from Nairobi National Park, Giraffes, Impalas,Gazelles,Monkeys, proceed with the safari towards Hunter’s Lodge where lunch will be served, a nice and amazing area  to  do birding before the lunch is ready, Bird species likely to be seen: Giant,Malachite,Pied,Grey headed, Striped Kingfishers, Grey, Black headed Herons, Retz’s Helmet shrike,Afican Grey,

Crowned Hornbills, African Golden,& Golden Palm Weavers, Later  heads to Tsavo west

Day 16: Tsavo West- Taita Hills

Have early breakfast; with packed Lunch slowly do birding in the Park, area worthy visiting Mzima springs, where walking/birding on foot is allowed, Checklist: Taita Falcon, Black bellied Sunbird, Red billed Buffalo Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Chestnut Sparrow, Wattled Starling, White-naped Raven, White crested Helmet Shrike, Rosy patched Bush Shrike,Slate-coloured Boubou, Taita Fiscal, Beautiful Sunbird, Hunter’s Sunbird,Rofous Chatterer,Verreaux’s Eagle Owl

Day 17: Taita Hills- Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Spend the early morning looking for the Taita Endemics 
namely; Thrush, Apalis, White Eye, plus other forest birds

Day 18: Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Morning /Afternoon Bird walks

Day 19: Arabuko Sokoke Forest/Mida creek/Sabaki River Mouth

Morning/afternoon Bird walks

Day 20: Flight back

Tour Concerns

Climate: Cool to hot, with some rain likely. Hot and humid on the extension.

Difficulty: Mostly easy. There are some fairly  walks at Kakamega Forest, Busia Grasslands, Gatamaiyu Forest and Mt Kenya areas, Moderately early starts are required, and in some areas  long road drives will be encountered

Accommodation: We will be based in good to excellent lodges throughout.