9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari tour takes you to, Lake Elementaita, Lake Naivasha, and Hell’s Gate National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park – Masai Mara. 9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari tour is good all year round in Kenya. 9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari tour has been designed to showcase the very best of Kenya’s bird life in a compact one week birding tour like no other!
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9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari Tour
9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari tour takes you to, Lake Elementaita, Lake Naivasha, and Hell’s Gate National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park – Masai Mara. 9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari tour is good all year round in Kenya. 9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari tour has been designed to showcase the very best of Kenya’s bird life in a compact one week birding tour like no other! We travel far and wide going through different landscapes and habitats in search of the astonishing 11% of the world’s bird species that call Kenya their home. The focus will be on mainland Kenya as we travel from the capital and back!
9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari tour takes you to Kenya’s best bird watching regions. You start from Nairobi then proceed to the Kenya’s Rift Valley and then to Lake Victoria and end at Nairobi on the last day. You will stay in Kenya stop lodges while on this safari.
Kenya is a paradise for bird watchers, with over 1080-recorded bird’s species to be observed in their different habitats. Flamingo’s pelicans and storks are in abundance on the lakes, while birds of prey (smaller and bigger) are to be observed widely North and South of the equator. Although many of the birds are brightly colored and exotic looking, they are generally quite easily recognized; within a day or two you will be identifying the various species with ease.
9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari Tour
Their main habitats include water, open plains, woodlands and farmlands. This safari takes you through Kenya’s major birding spots; you will walk on the forest, have boat rides and enjoy the nature. It requires maximum concentration and observation. It is important to note that there is a variety of bird life in Kenya; they range from the tiny weaver birds, to the giant ostrich. Some of the tinny birds that may be spotted on the tours include; sparrows, weaver birds, finches, pipits, sun birds, babblers, flycatchers, shrikes, orioles and robins. These mainly live in the open grasslands. However, there are other birds that one can see in Kenya, of which include; plovers, owls, lapwings, doves, cuckoos, horn bills, ducks, barbets, woodpeckers, quail, and guinea fowl.
9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari Tour
Kenya is known for its bird species at least (1080) at comparative ease where so many species can be seen in a relatively short period in stimulating surroundings. Kenya holds world record for most species seen in 24 hours (342 in November 1986) and has scarcely 12 hours of daylight. Kenya holds 1322 different species, which makes one of the seven great bird areas in the world.
This tour covers Masai Mara, which is a superb plains scenery, unmatched safari activities and diverse wildlife, Lake Nakuru national park, and Naivasha, birdwatchers paradise, Amboseli derived from the fact that it is towered over by the snow-capped bulk of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tsavo East and West national parks, offers some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world with the longest lava flow make for an adventure unlike any other.
Birding safaris where you cannot ignore Kenya's fine wildlife and flora. It takes keen birders, bird lovers, birdwatchers with walking along and out of nature trails. Only with an ornithological trained guide would be of great assistance. 0rinthological Safaris are based on keen birders with special interest and love for birds. They are catalyzed with variety of trees, flowers and animals, from water birds to prey; forest birds open grasslands and Savannah.
ArrivalOn arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport (morning flight), met by Destinations Kenya Safari representative and later transferred to Nairobi Safari Club Hotel where you will check-in and later we proceed to Nairobi National Park, an ornithological paradise starter within the city environs. Afternoon guided visit to National Museum Bird BLOG, Followed by a short bird walk at Nairobi National Museum Botanic Garden. Here we anticipate seeing species like the Variable Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird and the Collard Sunbird, African Goshawk, Palm swift, Baglafetch Weaver, among others. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Nairobi Safari Club Hotel or similar (BLD)
Nairobi - Lake ElementaitaMorning departure to Lake Elementaita arriving in the mid-morning bird walk to try and identify available species like the Feral lovebird, Avocet, Klaas' cuckoo, Glossy ibis, Black heron, Red billed Teal, Black tailed godwit among others before time for lunch at Lake Elementaita Lodge. An afternoon bird walk around the lodge environs before time for Dinner and overnight at Lake Elementaita Lodge (BLD).
Lake Elementaita - Lake NaivashaAfter breakfast we depart from Elementaita for a scenic drive through the Great North road to Lake Naivasha arriving by mid-morning for bird walk before time for lunch at Lake Naivasha Lodge. Lake Naivasha being close to Lake Nakuru and 65 miles from Nairobi is freshwater Lake Naivasha. It was declared a bird sanctuary in 1967 and also supports pastoral industries of wine and flowers. During our full Day field trip to Lake Naivasha, we study the birds of the region such as herons, fish eagles, ospreys, black crakes, and lily-trotters. Dominated by the shadow of Mt. Longonot, few lakes in the world have a more commanding or spectacular setting than Naivasha. We also have an excursion to the Elsa mere Center. Activities include reliving the experience of Joy Adamson and Elsa while viewing “Born Free." Lake Naivasha being on the Rift floor is home to an incredible variety of species. Over 450 species have been recorded here. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Naivasha Lodge.
Lake Naivasha - Hell's Gate National ParkAfter breakfast, a morning bird walks with the aim of viewing birds on the shores of the Lake with a few hours of relaxation before lunch. Afternoon visit to Hell's Gate National Park, which is a breeding ground for vultures in Kenya e.g. Lammergeyer vultures we also anticipate for species like Imperial eagle, Schalow's wheatear, Chin spot batis. Dinner & overnight tonight will be served at Lake Naivasha Lodge (BLD).
Hell's Gate National Park - Lake Nakuru National ParkAfter breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru National Park known as "The pink Heart Of Kenya" because of the millions of Flamingoes that cover the lake with pink shine. Afternoon game/bird viewing, dinner and overnight stay will be at OLake Nakuru Lodge
Lake Nakuru National ParkWe will spend the whole Day bird watching at the park and if lucky enough we have the chance to see the shy cat "the Leopard" mostly seen in this park before returning for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon we have some time to relax before embarking on our late afternoon game drive to try and capture what was not seen during the Day before the dusk engulf us. Dinner and Overnight stay will be at Lake Nakaru Lodge.
Lake Nakuru - Masai MaraSoon after breakfast, drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley the longest Rift in the crust of the Earth to Masai Mara Game Reserve the unspoiled Savannah. Masai Mara is actually the northern portion of the Great Plains ecosystem in the neighboring Tanzania called Serengeti. It is a home to the "big five" lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephant as well cheetah, zebra, giraffe and vast herds of plain antelope and numerous and other wildlife. Our accommodation for the nights will be at one of the excellent lodge Mara Sopa Lodge. Sopa is a Masai word meaning welcome and indeed this is a tradition which has be well adopted by the lodge to all guest. Set in the Oloolaimutia valley the lodge blends in the perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape. After lunch and some time to relax and perhaps take a dip in the pool, you will depart with your driver guide for an afternoon game drive in search of the big five. As sun starts to edge dip into the horizon it will be perfect time to photograph the beautiful Mara rolling plains. Don't forget this is the right time to spot the shy leopard. Dinner & overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD)
Masai MaraAn early morning birding cum game drive after breakfast will be our perfect start of other unforgettable and memorable birding days 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, Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD)
Masai Mara - NairobiAfter breakfast, we drive back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at Toona Tree Restaurant where you can enjoy some good Italian food, Check-in to a Day room at Nairobi hotel. Farewell dinner Later early in the evening, will be hosted by Destinations Kenya Safari at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant considered "Africa's greatest eating experience" (if you love barbecue it doesn't get any better than this), and home to the "Simba Saloon" one of the city’s most popular night clubs. Thereafter you will be transferred to the airport in time for your International departure flight
9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari Tour Includes
Park fees (For non-residents)
All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
Camping equipment (Sleeping bag excluded)
A professional driver/guide
All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
Roundtrip airport transfer
Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
Drinking water (On all days)
9 Days Kenya Budget Bird Watching Safari Tour Excludes
International flights (From/to home)
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
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