Kenya

Tour Overview
From its vast savannah plains to lush tea plantations, and from its snow-capped mountain summits to palm-fringed beaches, the east African country of Kenya provides a stunning backdrop for Africa’s most classic safari adventures. Kenya is divided into five major and very different geographical regions: the Highlands, the Great Rift Valley, the Western Plateau, the Coastal Region, and the Northern Plains.

Due to this varied geography, no other African country can boast the fauna and flora diversity of Kenya. Over 1,100 species of birds have been recorded in the country, including 13 endemic and a further 37 near-endemic species. General wildlife is also prolific here at any time, but nothing tops the annual Great Migration, when nearly two million wildebeest and zebra follow the rains to new grass. Additionally, Kenya boasts the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, African Buffalo, African Elephant and both rhinoceros species), and many other smaller mammals, reptiles and amphibians. It’s no wonder the official tourism slogan of the country is Magical Kenya!

This comprehensive 14 day Kenya birding tour will visit the most important locations in the country, ensuring a high species count, and more importantly, focusing on the species that are endemic, near-endemic, or ones not easily seen anywhere else in the region or on the continent. This tour is jam-packed with stunning and varied landscapes, Big Five sightings, great food, classic African safari scenery and of course, fantastic birdwatching. Let’s go birding!

We have an optional 6-day extension to this tour, that visits eastern and coastal Kenya, where we will bird in the famous Tsavo East National Park, Sokoke Forest and other hotspots along the coast. See the full itinerary for details about this extension.
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TOUR INFO:
Safari starts and ends in Nairobi
Tour duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Type of accommodation: Comfortable, mid-range
Next departure dates: To be confirmed
Private and small group, customised safaris can be booked on request for your preferred travel dates
Top Attractions:
Nairobi National Park-
The only wildlife park that borders a capital city in the world, with Black Rhinos and more than 400 bird species
Mount Kenya-
2nd Highest peak in Africa but probably more scenic than Kili, with unique altitudinal ecosystems perfect for varied birding
Samburu National Reserve-
Arid park with unique mammal species, excellent birds and a more relaxed pace than other east African parks
Aberdare National Park-
Varied habitats, fantastic wildlife, 250 bird species and stunning views of Mount Kenya make this a well-loved park
Lake Nakuru National Park-
Famous for the huge flocks of flamingos that gather in its shallow soda lake in the Rift Valley, a sight to behold!
Lake Baringo-
Wild, beautiful, and the most remote of the Rift Valley lakes, with over 480 bird species recorded, including ones at the edge of their distribution
Kakamega Forest-
Stunning and unique slab of tropical, equatorial rainforest with at least 80 rainforest bird species not found anywhere else in Kenya
Maasai Mara National Reserve-
The Kenyan mirror of Tanzania’s Serengeti, together creating the main stage of the annual Great Migration production, and also home to top birds

Top Birds:
• Great Blue Turaco
• Black-billed and Hartlaub’s Turaco
• Jackson’s Spurfowl*
• Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill
• Jackson’s Hornbill
• Hemprich’s Hornbill
• Grant’s Wood Hoopoe*
• D’Arnaud’s Barbet
• Blue-headed Bee-eater
• Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
• Bocage’s and Lühder’s Bushshrike
• Blue-shouldered Robin-chat
• Turner’s Eremomela
• Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye
• Jameson’s Wattle-eye
• Kikuyu White-eye*
• Aberdare Cisticola*
• Abyssinian Crimsonwing

Top Mammals:
• African Elephant
• African Buffalo
• Black and White Rhinoceros
• Lion
• Leopard
• Guereza (Black-and-white Colobus)
• and other primates

Optional Activities:
• Attraction visit in Nairobi (time permitting)
• 6-day extension to eastern and coastal Kenya

ITINERARY OVERVIEW
Day 1 Arrival in Nairobi, birding around hotel
Day 2 Nairobi National Park
Day 3 Nairobi to Mount Kenya
Day 4 Mount Kenya to Samburu National Reserve
Day 5 Samburu National Reserve
Day 6 Samburu National Reserve to Aberdare National Park
Day 7 Aberdare National Park to Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 8 Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 9 Lake Baringo
Day 10 Lake Baringo to Kakamega Forest
Day 11 Kakamega Forest
Day 12 Kakamega Forest to Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Day 13 Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Day 14 Transfer to Nairobi and Departure or Start of Extension

All our tours can be customised according to your specific requirements.

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