13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package will offer Bird Watching in Kenya, Ornithology in Kenya. 13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package covers the major birding areas areas including Mt Kenya, the rift valley lakes, Kakamega Forest and Masai Mara. Our 13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package can be enjoyed by any kind of birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiast. 13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package will give you a great opportunity to explore the ornithological paradise in Kenya. Our Best 13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package is a splendid way of seeing this marvelous and highly scenic country’s many endemic birds, not to mention some great mammals.
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13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package will offer Bird Watching in Kenya, Ornithology in Kenya. 13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package covers the major birding areas areas including Mt Kenya, the rift valley lakes, Kakamega Forest and Masai Mara. Our 13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package can be enjoyed by any kind of birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiast. 13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package will give you a great opportunity to explore the ornithological paradise in Kenya. Our Best 13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package is a splendid way of seeing this marvelous and highly scenic country’s many endemic birds, not to mention some great mammals. The 13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package will give you a great opportunity to explore a region part of Kenya that is neglected yet is an ornithological paradise that hosts some endemic birds among other birds. You will drive through this highland terrain from hills to mountain valleys including the plains with a 4×4 wheeled Mini Van vehicle to explore these Important Birding Areas.
13 Days Kenya Bird watching Safari package is a weeks of bird watching in Kenya covering the major areas including Mt Kenya, the rift valley lakes, Kakamega Forest and Masai Mara. Kenya Bird watching safaris starts from Nairobi, Kenya’s economic capital city. Kenya Bird watching safaris is rewarding everywhere. For dedicated birdwatchers, a well-planned two week Kenya Bird watching safaris itinerary is likely to result in a trip list of 350–400 species, a figure that compares favorably with anywhere in the world.
Kenya is one of only 15 countries globally where more than 1,000 bird species have been recorded, and it lies third on the African avian diversity list after DR Congo and Tanzania. This list includes the world’s two largest birds (common and Somali ostrich, now regarded as separate species) and its bulkiest flying creature (Kori bustard), along with a wealth of raptors and a dazzling array of colourful bee-eaters, turacos, parrots, rollers and passerines.
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..
Depart Nairobi and transfer to Mountain Kenya for bird watchingAfter breakfast at your Hotel in Nairobi, you will depart for Mountain Kenya where you will arrive in time for lunch. The mountain is surrounded by forests which has different trails where one can pass so as to see different bird species in the forest. You will go for birding in the afternoon in the forest. Look out for birds like Olive & Bronze napped pigeons, Silvery Cheeked hornbills, Ruppels Robin Chat, White-starred Forest Robin, Mountain Greenbul, Stuhlmans sterling and may be Vereaux Eagle. Return for dinner and overnight at your Lodge.
Full day birdingAfter breakfast, you will drive to slopes of Mt Kenya through numerous vegetation zones and onto 10,000 ft Afro- alpine moorland. En route look out for other bird species. Here you will be able to see birds like Black duck, Hartulabs Turaco, Crowned hornbill, Paradise flycatchers and sun birds. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Birding in the Great Rift ValleyAfter you’re served breakfast at the Lodge, you will depart for the full day birding in the Great Rift Valley and in the Sosyambu wildlife sanctuary. If you want, you will go for the night game drives and birding. Search for birds like flamingos and Pelicans. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Full Day BirdingAfter breakfast, set out with your packed lunch for a full day birding in the sanctuary. search for bird species like Narina Trogon, Arrow-marked Babbler and Red headed weaver ,Hildebrand's Francolin, Montane and Dusky Night jars. After lunch you will take a short excursion to Lake Nakuru. Dinner and overnight at the campsite/Lake
Transfer to Lake Bogoria and Lake BaringoAfter breakfast, you will drive north wards to Lake Bogoria and to Lake Baringo. En route you will be watching different bird species. In the after noon you will take an excursion to see the Hippos and other animals. dinner and overnight at the campsite/lodge
Full Day Birding on the lakesHave breakfast in the morning and then after take a boat cruise to watch out for water bird species such as Dark Chanting Goshawk, Silverbird, Cliffchats, Jackson's and Yellow-billed hornbills, brown- tailed Rock Chat, Bristle-crowned Startling, Verreaux Eagle and Spotted Eagle Owl. Return for dinner and overnight stay at your lodge/Campsite.
Transfer to Kakamega Forest for birdingAfter a fully served breakfast, you will take with you a packed lunch and depart for a full day birding in the Kakamega Forest passing via Tugen hills ,through the Kerio valley and Serikwa plateau and finally to Kakamega forest. Dinner and overnight at a campsite near the forest.
Full day birding in the forestYou will have breakfast and then spend a whole day birding in the forest searching for birds like Great Blue Turacco , Emerald Cuckoo ,Blue Headed Bee Eater, Black and White Casked Hornbill, Black-billed and Viellot's Black Weavers. Dinner and overnight at a campsite
Drive to Lake VictoriaYou will then head to Lake Victoria shores for more birding. After breakfast drive to the shores of Lake Victoria for another full day birding. Take a boat ride to the nearby island to search for more water loving bird species. Dinner and overnight at a campsite near the lake.
Transfer to Masai Mara Game reserveAfter a fully served breakfast, head out for Masai Mara game reserve which is the finest reserve in East Africa with all the Big Five animals like the Black Rhino ,Elephant ,Lion, Cheetah, Leopard ,Zebra, Wild beast, Heartbeast, Topi, Eland, Thompson and Grant Gazelles and many more. Birds include the Open -billed Storks, Temminck's Courser, Yellow-throated Sangrouse, Usambiro Barbet and Denham's Bustard. Dinner and overnight at a campsite.
Day 11 and 12
Full day Masai MaraHave Breakfast in the morning at the Lodge, depart with your packed lunch for a full day game drives searching for big cats animals such as Elephants, lions, leopards, Buffaloes and so on. Later on venture towards the Mara River to look for hippo pools, giant crocodiles and the world famous crossing point for the wildebeests. Return back to the lodge for a rest in the evening before having your dinner and overnight stay (FB).
Game drive and transfer back to NairobiWake up early for the morning game drive to search for the other animals you missed out in the previous game drives, later return back to the Lodge for breakfast after which, you will transfer back to Nairobi arriving in the early afternoon. Drop off will either be either at the Hotel in Nairobi or at the Airport depending on your flight departure time.
Extensive Game drives
All meals included while on safari
Full Board Accommodation while on Safari
All applicable Game Park entrance fees
Safari vehicles carry mineral water
Guaranteed window seating with open top for easy photography
Guaranteed departures for two or more passengers booking this safari
Professional Photographic Safari guide
Round trip transport from Nairobi to and Back
Transport in 4×4 Toyota Mini Van
A visit to a Masai Village
Accommodations in Nairobi
Cost of obtaining passport and visas
Gratuity for your professional driver guide, Porterage/ waiters at hotels
Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue
Optional Hot Air Ballooning (cost per person is 470 US Dollars), Nature walks etc
Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary
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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.
A2: On off-road trips we use 4x4 wheel drive vehicles depending on the size of the group and tour cost. For one or two individuals we use smaller SUVs unless clients specifically require larger vehicles like those who are on photographic or birding tours where we use the larger Toyota Land cruiser or the Land Rover. All the vehicles for game viewing have pop-up roofs to facilitate better game sighting, viewing and photography. Clients on a “shoe-string budget” might get a better deal when we provide them with minibuses that seat eight with open hatches for better game viewing.
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