16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday is rewarding everywhere in Kenya. For dedicated birdwatchers, 16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday itinerary is likely to result in a trip list of 350–400 species, a figure that compares favorably with anywhere in the world. There are over 1,000 different bird species in Kenya. Prime birding locations can be found in some of the national parks. Our 16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday tours are designed to offer you the best of Birdwatching in Kenya while ensuring you have a relaxing safari holiday where you can watch other wildlife and enjoy the beautiful holiday spots in Kenya.
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16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday
16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday is rewarding everywhere in Kenya. For dedicated birdwatchers, 16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday itinerary is likely to result in a trip list of 350–400 species, a figure that compares favorably with anywhere in the world. There are over 1,000 different bird species in Kenya. Prime birding locations can be found in some of the national parks. Our 16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday tours are designed to offer you the best of Bird-watching in Kenya while ensuring you have a relaxing safari holiday where you can watch other wildlife and enjoy the beautiful holiday spots in Kenya.
16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday was planned especially for birdwatchers, escorted by an expert guide visiting the Rift Valley lakes and the Mara. 16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday is escorted by our Maasai bird expert, whose encyclopaedia knowledge will enhance your enjoyment. Kenya has over 1,000 species of birds and is a paradise for birdwatchers that will have the added bonus of also seeing the big game animals for which Kenya is famous. On this 16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday you can expect to identify at least 500 different species of birds.
16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday
Kenya has one of the richest avifaunas in Africa with around 1090 bird species recorded. At least eight of these are national endemics. Around 170 species of Kenya’s birds species are Pale arctic migrants (11 species of them with a local breeding population too), mainly from Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Siberia. Another 60 species migrate regularly within the Afro tropics or from Madagascar. Some 335 species are found in forest; 230 species are entirely forest dependent and 110 species are “forest specialists” requiring intact, undisturbed habitat and forty species of global conservation concern are known to occur in Kenya. Four of these are critically endangered, two Endangered and 16 species are Vulnerable.
Birdwatching Safari offers a breath taking experience to bird watchers as they explore the bird’s kingdom. On this safari you will encounter thousands of different species of birds. Kenya Birding watching safari 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 precede to Lake Naivasha the lake presents itself 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.
NairobiArrival at the Airport and transferred to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight in a Nairobi hotel.
Nairobi National ParkAfter breakfast we proceed to the Nairobi National Park, which despite being only a few kilometers from the city, is a home to big game. In its open grasslands scattered with acacia trees we will see the first game like Gazelles, Zebras, Giraffes and maybe some of the Cats. If the season is right the wildebeest, which migrates from Tanzania through Masai Mara, will also be there. This afternoon we will see Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Crowned Crane, Vulture, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Tawny Eagle and a herd of Buffaloes should provide Red-billed Oxpecker perched on their backs. Black Kite, Marabou Stork, Pied Crow and African Palm Swift are also available in the park. A walk around the Hippo pools should give us our first sighting of the Nile Crocodiles and the Helmeted Guineafowl. In the Yellow-backed Acacia, look out for Grey Crowned Crane, Red-throated Tit and Chestnut-banded Plover. At the picnic site Baboons will quickly assemble on our arrival and just as quick they will easily walk away with a lunch box. The Agama Rock Lizard is common here. Overnight at the hotel in Nairobi.
Nairobi - SweetwatersAfter breakfast, depart for Sweetwaters game santuary where there is a wide variety of birds such as Stout Cisticola, Black Kite, Augur Buzzard, Cape Robin Chat Hawk etc. The sanctuary also support large mammals such as elephants, giraffes, chimpanzee etc. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp.
Sweetwaters - Samburu National ParkAfter an early morning breakfast then depart for Samburu National Reserve by driving north, crossing the equator. Here we a unique bird species as such as Buff Crested bustard, Chestnut weaver, Kori bustard, Golden palm weaver, Golden breasted starlings, Water thicknee, among other. There is unique northern wildlife which are not found in any other part south of equator, here you will find the Grevy zebra, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, the long necked gerenuk, herds of elephants and their predators abound. The life-giving Uaso Nyiro River plays a major role in the ecosystem of this region. Overnight tonight will be served the lodge.
Samburu National ParkSpend the whole day bird watching trying to come up with a list of 400 different species found in this region. All meals & overnight at the Lodge
Samburu - Lake NakuruAfter an early breakfast, drive south through Isiolo, crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount Kenya, until we reach Nanyuki town. Heading west we make a brief stopover at Nyahururu Falls, still known to many as Thomson's falls. Proceed to Nakuru where you will see flamingoes, more than 450 species of birds have been recorded here. The park has also been established for the protection of endangered species such as the rhino and is also home to Columbus monkeys, Leopards, Giraffes, and a variety of plain antelope. Lunch will be served at Lake Nakuru Lodge. An afternoon game drive around the lakeshore will be the main feature for the afternoon, dinner & overnight tonight will be served at Lake Nakuru Lodge
Lake NakuruAfter breakfast, spend the whole day bird watching and trying to come up with the total list of 450 different species found here. Dinner & overnight tonight will be at Lake Nakuru Lodge
Lake Nakuru - Lake BogoriaAfter breakfast, we proceed to the jewel of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria. Described as the "Most beautiful view in Africa" by Bishop Hannington, the lake is well known for its Hot springs and geysers, which are spread out along its southern shores. The hot sulfur water gushing out of the ground is known to have therapeutic values. These natural spas and their steam are Mother Nature's version of a bath & sauna. After a relaxing bird walk around the lake, your lunch will be served at Lake Bogoria Hotel. Later in the after you will enjoy an extensive bird walk around the lake and the lodge environs, here we expect to find a variety of species as such as Woodland kingfisher, Northern puff back, White headed buffalo weaver, Rufous crowned roller, African golden oriole, African hoope e.t.c. Our dinner and overnight will be served at Lake Bogoria Hotel
Lake Baringo - Kakamega ForestDepart to Kakamega Forest, covers an area of 240sq.km is a living remnant of the original equatorial rain forest, which once extended from Guinea in the west, to East and Central Africa for a fulfilling and eventful day of bird watching in this only & unique remaining rain forest with some of very rare and spectacular bird species in the world e g Grey Parrot, Great blue and Black billed turacos, blue headed bee eaters, Turner's eremomela, Little grey greenbul etc. if one of your ambitions is to experience the enchanting mystery of the jungle,….the melody of singing birds, the breeze whispering trees, the croaking frogs, the rasp of butterflies as they fly on by, the cheeky monkeys as they swing from branch to branch…All meals at Hotel. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at Kakamega Golf Hotel .
Kakamega ForestA morning lecture on the birds of this small forest which harbour's over 380 different plant species, 50 of which have traditional medicinal value, some endemic animal species, 400 butterfly species and 330 bird species at an altitude of between 1500-1700m followed by a walk to try and identify the available rare species of this equatorial forest. Lunch at Kakamega Golf Hotel followed by a short drive to Lake Victoria where we will do a late afternoon birding around the lake for fresh water birds species e.g. African open bill stork, Swamp flycatcher, Red chested sunbird, Hammerkop, Eastern grey plantain-eater etc. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at Sunset Hotel.
Kakamega Forest - Masai MaraToday our safari expedition will take us to the jewel of Kenya's parks, the world famous Masai Mara Game (Wildlife) Reserve. This is Kenya's number one park and is always on every bird watcher's and wildlife tourists "Must see list". Full of life with various types of animals and birds, Masai Mara crown's the climax of every safari in Kenya. It's rolling grasslands and acacia savannah have time and again been captured on film with the movie "Out Of Africa" being the most famous. Masai Mara is home to the "Big Five" (Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and Rhino) and over 450 bird species as such as Bare faced go away bird, Hooded vulture, Egyptian vulture, Flappet lark, Red necked fowl, White necked raven etc. Apart from the big five, the Masai Mara is most famous for the spectacular annual migration of over a million wildebeest, zebra, gazelle etc from the Serengeti in northern Tanzania crossing the Mara River into Kenya in search of fresh feeding grounds, which takes place in late July or August. Dinner & overnight tonight will be served at, the lodge.
Masai MaraAn early morning birding cum game drive after breakfast will be our perfect start of another unforgettable and memorable birding day in Africa. With picnic lunch en-route you spend your day in Mara Plains trying to identify and record the over 450 species record in this reserve. All meals and overnight tonight will be served at, the lodge.
Masai Mara National ParkFull day spent exploring the park in search of the big 5. Morning and afternoon game drives are offered. Optional hot air balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 450 per person. Dinner and overnight stay at Mara Sarova luxury tented camp.
Masai Mara National ParkAn early morning birding cum game drive after breakfast will be our perfect start of another unforgettable and memorable birding day in Africa. With picnic lunch en-route you spend your day in Mara Plains trying to identify and record the over 450 species record in this reserve. All meals and overnight tonight will be served at, the lodge.
Masai MaraDay spent in Masai Mara game reserve with morning and afternoon game drives all meals and overnight at your Lodge/camp. Optional activities available such as hot air balloon safari, a visit to a Masai village, night game drives and guided nature walks
Masai Mara - NairobiMorning game drive then depart for Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon where you will be dropped by your guide at the airport to catch your international flight back home and we say goodbye
16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday Includes
– All Airport transfers to/from Hotel
– Transport throughout your safari in our Toyota Hiace 4WD fitted with VHF radio call
– Full board accommodation while on safari to respective lodges and Hotels
– Bed and breakfast basis at Nairobi Safaris Club Hotel
– All park entrance fees
– Experienced driver guide
– Experienced birding guide
– Complimentary soft drinks and mineral water while on safari
– Complimentary dinner at Carnivore Restaurant on your last day of your safari
16 Days Africa Bird Watching Safari Holiday Excludes
– International Airfare
– Items of personal nature e.g cigar
– Visa charges
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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.
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