Bird watching Kenya safari – to bird watching hotspots in Kenya, 10 Days Birdwatching Trips to Africa can be taken as a wildlife safari as it also covers game parks considered as premium, wilderness & best game reserve in Kenya. Kenya’s national parks make excellent centers for bird watching in Kenya – the Maasai Mara for the rosy-throated longclaw and magpie shrike;
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10 Days Birdwatching Trips to Africa l Birding in Kenya
Bird watching Kenya safari – to bird watching hotspots in Kenya, 10 Days Birdwatching Trips to Africa can be taken as a wildlife safari as it also covers game parks considered as premium, wilderness & best game reserve in Kenya. Kenya’s national parks make excellent centers for bird watching in Kenya – the Maasai Mara for the rosy-throated longclaw and magpie shrike; the Samburu for the rare shining sunbird and pink breasted lark; and Nairobi for the northern pied-babbler and Pangani Longclaw. Kenya’ handful of endemics include the Tara River cisticola, the Aberdare cisticola; Hinde’s pied-babbler; William’s lark; Sharpe’s pipit; and Clarke’s weaver. This diverse range of habitats supports a great diversity of bird species – and makes a bird watching holiday in Kenya very rewarding!
Africa is a fantastic continent for a Birdwatching holiday, as the range of environments make for a hugely diverse bird population. The geographical range is vast, with montane forests, wetlands, marshes, deserts and coastlines on both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. With a range of African and country-specific endemics, as well as migrant birds which visit to breed and ‘summer’ in the southern hemisphere, Birdwatching in Africa is packed full of variety.
10 Days Birdwatching Trips to Africa l Birding in Kenya
Bird Watching Safari Tours Africa, Kenya Bird Watching Safari Experience is one of its own Kinds that will blow off your mind within a few munities. Birdwatching in Kenya – Kenya is a prime destination for a Birdwatching holiday at any time of year. The Tremendous geographical range gives Kenya a variety of climates and landscapes, hence the second highest number of species in Africa. Kenya holds the world-record ‘bird watch’ – with 342 species seen in 24 hours!
Between October and February, many Palearctic migrants come to Kenya’s marine and inland shorelines. Many swallows, terns, and waders will be found during this time; whilst between June and July weavers and bishops are in breeding plumage and many Southern African migrants visit.
10 Days Birdwatching Trips to Africa l Birding in Kenya
Kenya Birdwatching Safari offers a breath taking experience to bird watchers as they explore the bird’s kingdom. On Kenya Birdwatching safari holiday you will encounter thousands of different species of birds. Birding starts right upon arrival at JKIA as you precede to Lake Nakuru National park also known as the paradise of ornithology. Lake Bogoria National park is another Park that hosts thousands of bird species. After a day trip to Lake Bogoria you will proceed to Lake Naivasha the lake presents it self another home for over 400 species of birds. Then proceed to Masai Mara which also is home of hundred species of birds among other major attractions.
Kenya offers Africa in a nutshell, from the soda-encrusted, flamingo-filled Rift Valley lakes to alpine Mt. Kenya and the western lowland forests at Kakamega. These habitats, combined with bird-rich savannas, Tsavo’s semi-deserts, Sokoke’s coastal forests, and of course, the parks that make it the world’s premier big mammal watching destination, make Kenya a perennial favorite in Africa. This is not surprising when you consider you will probably see more bird and mammal species than any other African tour. Most of this tour (apart from the extension) is above 3000 feet elevation, making the climate surprisingly pleasant, far from the blistering heat that some people may expect from equatorial Africa.
Bird Watching Kenya safari [Nairobi] – Mount KenyaMeet and greet followed by a short tour briefing before departure. Enjoy a relaxed scenic drive toward Mount Kenya. Mount Kenya standing at 5,199 m high is Africa’ second highest Mountain. The mountain’s sprawling slopes are cloaked in forest, bamboo, scrub and moorland, giving way on the high central peaks to rock, ice and snow in its peaks. The Mountain has a rich montane avifauna. Arrive in time for lunch. Embark on our first bird watching exercise. Some of the birds that exists in this area includes Abbott’s Starling, Lesser Kestrel (a passage migrant on the moorland), Jackson’s widow bird, Sharpe’s Longclaw, Olive Ibis, Sledgehammer, Ayres’s hawk-eagle, African Crowned Eagle, African Grass Owl, Cape Eagle-Owl, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Long-tailed widow bird, Abyssinian Owl (very rare and poorly researched), Scarlet-tufted Sunbird, and Kenrick’s Starling . Dinner and overnight in your lodge Serena Mountain Lodge booked on full board
Mount Kenya-via Abaderes Lake Bogoria-Lake BaringoAfter an early morning breakfast, check out and drive via Thomson’s Falls with a stopover to view the scenic waterfalls .Proceed via Tea / coffee plantations stopping briefly at Lake Bogoria to see the Hot Springs and the Geysers and then continue to your lodge for check in and Lunch. Enjoy a guided bird walk around this fresh water lake with over 450 species of birds. Birds that are found in this area include curly crested helmet shrikes, silver bird, grey silver-headed silverbll, gery-headed bush shrike, northern masked weaver. Take a boat trip on the lake [at an extra cost] or visit the Njemps tribe and see more birds. Large concentration of lesser and greater flamingos also exists in this rift valley lakes. Dinner and overnight at a lodge booked on full board
Lake Baringo - Lake NakuruAfter breakfast, depart for Lake Nakuru National park arriving in time for lunch at the lodge. Evening game drive starts at 1600 Hrs. Important to note is that Lake Nakuru national park is located on the floor of the rift valley and its alkaline water attracts tens of thousands of flamingos & other pelicans which make it an ornithological bird’s paradise. In addition to bird watching activities, the park hosts a Rhino sanctuary with both black and White Rhinos present. Dinner and overnight in your lodge booked on full board
Lake Nakuru – Masai MaraEarly morning breakfast followed by a departure with Bird viewing en root to the exit. Drive to Masai Mara arriving in time for late lunch. Evening game drive and Bird watching in this paradise of birds. Dinner and overnight in a Lodge or Tented Camp of your choice.
Masai Mara bird watchingWhole day doing Bird watching in Masai Mara coming back to the lodge in the evening. Masai Mara an endemic bird area with even the seven globally threatened species recorded which include the Madagascar Pond-Heron, Pallid Harrier, Jackson’s Widowbird, Red-throated Tit, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, Corncrake, and Lesser Kestrel. Grassland birds ,12 species of Cisticola , 53 birds of prey,Large numbers of Palearctic migrants winter in the area including Caspian Ploverand White Stork.In addition to bird watching Look out for the “BIG FIVE”,Predators, Scarventures and many more as they roam freely in this game reserve. Lunch will be by the mara river. Dinner and overnight in a lodge booked on full board.
Masai Mara – Lake NaivashaAfter breakfast, drive to Lake Naivasha which also lies on the floor of the Rift valley” a bird watcher’s paradise” .The lake has fascinating bird life of over 350 species supported by the availability of dense vegetation at the lake edge. Papyrus fringes the main lake’s shore and cloaks the Inlet Rivers. A boat trip around the lake with a stop at the marvelous Crescent Island provides more chances for spotting .Many species of duck and Palearctic waders occur in large numbers. The lake is known for its high density of African Fish Eagles which nest in the surrounding Acacia woodland. Grey-crested Helmeted-shrike, Basra Reed Warbler, Lesser Flamingo, along with large congregations of Red-knobbed Coot, African Spoonbill and Little Grebe also exists. Dinner and overnight in your lodge
Lake Naivasha – AmboseliEarly breakfast will be followed by a check-out from your lodge/tented camp. Optional visit the towering cliffs of the hell’s gate gorge .Much time will not be spend here as we have a journey ahead to Amboseli national park. We will have our lunch enroute. Arrive in Amboseli in the evening. Time permitting evening game and birding drive. Dinner and overnight in a lodge/Luxury tented camp.
Amboseli bird watchingWe will start the day before sunrise to enjoy the magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro and set off for a bird / wildlife drive before the clouds build up over the summit. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and is snow-capped at the peaks. The majesty of this tropical mountain makes Amboseli an ideal photographer’s haven by offering a spectacular back ground for wildlife and scenic photography. Members of the big five exists with hippos and other grazers often seen from the observation hill. Amboseli boosts of a rich bird life, with over 400 bird species recorded, including the globally threatened Madagascar Pond-Heron, Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Kestrel , the Shoe bill and many more. All meal and overnight in the same lodge / luxury tented camp.
Amboseli -Tsavo west bird watchingEarly breakfast followed by a checkout from your lodge.Short bird viewing enroute to exit.Proceed to Tsavo west through chyulu gate arriving in your lodge in time for lunch.We shall have a rest before the evening birding drive / game drive.Tsavo West National Park has a prolific birdlife & lies within the migratory routes of palearctic migrant birds.Over 500 species have been recorded from this park.Look out for African Finfoot, African Darter, Great egret, Saddle-billed Stork, White-headed Vulture, Martial Eagle ,Violet Wood Hoopoe & many more .Dinner and overnight in the same lodge / luxury tented camp.
Tsavo West – NairobiThis is our last day of our memorable safari and an optional wildlife drive shall be scheduled before breakfast. This will be followed by a checkout and proceed for our last game drive this time visiting the famous Mzima Springs. View Hippos, Crocodiles and different types of Fish in crystal clear waters. Lots of birdlife exists in this greenery location. More game viewing enroot to exit from this park. Thereafter drive back to nairobi or to the kenya coast beach resorts arriving in the afternoon.
10 Days Birdwatching Trips to Africa l Birding in Kenya Includes
- Transport in a 4×4 Toyota Mini Van with a pop-up roof -each person is guaranteed a window seat
- Services of a professional English speaking guide
- Accommodation in a double/triple room
- Game drives as per the itinerary
- Game parks or national parks entry fees
- Three meals per day whilst on safari
- 1-litre Mineral water per person per day
- Complimentary return airport transfers in Nairobi
10 Days Birdwatching Trips to Africa l Birding in Kenya Excludes
- Tipping and gratuity
- Cultural visits to Maasai Villages costs US$ 25 per person
- Masai Mara Balloon safari @ 450 Dollars per person can be arranged on request
- Personal effects
- Kenya Visas
- Pre and post safari hotel accommodation in Nairobi
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A1: Practically all our safaris are customized to individual groups according to bookings making them individual group safaris however there are instances when one wishes to join a group; in those cases we can make such an arrangement for our client depending on seat availability and date of travel. For those joining groups we would normally suggest the 3 Days Masai Mara Safari, 4 days Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Tour, 2 Days and 3 Days Tsavo Tour and overnight trips to Mount Kenya as these are popular trips that run every other day.
A3: Safaris can be undertaken in East Africa throughout the year with the best seasons being during the warmer seasons when the sun is at the equator mainly between December to February and July to September. The other months are cooler with tropical storms sometimes ruining the game viewing, mountain climbing or beach holidays. The prices at these low hotel occupancy seasons however results in bargains for the traveler as we are able to offer rates that are lower to compensate for the reduced hotel prices.
A4: January, February, August and September (Peak Mountain Climbing Season)
The three months are good for mountain hiking, the period is just after the short rain season, the skies are clear and the views from the mountains are fantastic.
March to July (Low Season for Mountain Climbing)
This is the long rainy season, you can still hike but remember to be dressed for the weather and please be concerned about your safety as the paths are slippery during this period. There is not much to see except the challenge that is posed by the wet climb. Tropical rain comes in bursts and lasts a few hours, mostly in the mornings and afternoons. The rains freshen up the nature and often enhance the trekking experience. Note that hiking is not closed durring the wet season and that there are fewer people climbing these three East African Mountains; namely Mt Kenya, Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Rwenzori.
November and December (Shoulder Mountain Climbing Season)
This is the short rainy season in East Africa but with the climate change that is being experienced you just might be lucky to find the mountains dry. The rains during this period are experienced at short intervals with one or two days going without rain.
A5: During the long rains and short rains their are fewer visitors and so the prices come tumbling down. This is the best time to travel for the the bargainer. Hotel prices are down and tour operators offer competitive prices. This period is between March and June covering the long rains period and between October and November during the short rains. The downside on Wildlife Safaris is that it is harder to spot the animals because of the long grass and the continual rains plus it is easier to get stuck while on game drives. The up-side is that there are fewer crowds and so you have the wilderness all to yourself.
Kenya enjoys a mild tropical climate. The average annual temperature for the capital city, Nairobi (altitude 4,980 feet) is 77ºF maximum and 56ºF minimum. The coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 50 feet) is 86ºF maximum and 73ºF minimum. There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coolest in July to August.
A7: Yes, visitors require a visa to enter Kenya. For details, please consult the Kenyan Embassy or Consulate nearest to you or alternatively apply for a visa online by logging onto: http://www.evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
A8: A health certificate is not a requirement for travel to Kenya unless traveling from a Yellow Fever zone. It is highly recommended that travelers to Kenya take precautions against Malaria starting a few weeks before travel and continuing with your prophylaxis a few weeks after travel to be on the safe side ( please remember that prevention is better than cure ). Please consult your doctor prior to departure.
A9: East Africa is no different from any other place in the world. However the usual precaution should be observed. Avoid displaying expensive possessions; walking through unlit urban areas at night, and follow the guide's instructions in the bush. It is also recommended that you leave valuables and airline tickets in the hotel's safe.
A10: The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. Visitors to Kenya can exchange foreign currency at banks or authorized hotels and Foreign Exchange Bureaux. Most international currencies are easy to exchange in Kenya. Travelers cheques are widely accepted, and many hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Most Banks in Kenya are equipped to advance cash on major international credit cards. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into Kenya. Anyone wishing to take more than Kenya Shillings 500,000 out of the country will require written authorization from the Central Bank.
Tanzania and Uganda also accept foreign currency and credit cards but to a lesser extent. Please convert most of your currency in the major urban areas into the local shillings (the exchange rates are better in the cities) as doing so in the rural areas offer veritable challenges and this might create hurdles for the traveler.
English is the “language of communication” in East Africa. It is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and visitor establishments. Swahili is East Africa’s national language. A little Swahili goes a long way in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, especially in the rural areas. It is worth learning a little, and most locals are thrilled to hear visitors attempt to use any Swahili at all. For example, “Jambo” means hello and is often the first word learnt by visitors to Kenya.
Mount Kenya Climbing Facts