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Birding in Kenya

15 Days

Overview

Birding in Kenya is a hobby of observing birds in their natural environment. A recreational activity you can keep doing all your life, in any part of the world. Birding is the fastest-growing outdoor activity in the world. A US Fish and Wildlife Service survey shows that 51 million Americans report watching birds. Birding is a way to increase awareness and appreciation about birds; Birding is being outside, enjoying the fresh air, studying the bird life, listing, and just enjoying nature. 

10 Birding spots in Kenya include:

1. NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
Nairobi national park is one of the unique parks in the world. It is the only wildlife park within a capital city and hosts a wide variety of wildlife, including the Big 5 and over 500 species of birds.

2.MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Masai mara is the most popular park in Kenya and the most visited National Reserve in the world. She is known for her great migration, Masai culture, and the big five; it hosts over 550 species, making it a bird-watching hotspot.

3. LAKE NAIVASHA
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake that hosts a lot of fish, making it a bird spot of more than 200 species. As a result, many pelicans and other species, such as African spoonbill, Great cormorants, Red-knobbed coots, fish eagles, and more, come here to feed on the fish.

4. LAKE BARINGO
Lake Baringo is among the favorite sport for birdwatchers and is referred to as the birdwatcher’s paradise, hosting 500 species of birds. Here you can sport Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Hemprichs Hornbill, Fan-tailed Raven, Bristle-Crowned Starlings, Three-streaked Tchagra, Red-fronted Warbler, and more.

5.KAKAMEGA GAME RESERVE
It boasts over 300 species of birds, 45 of Kenya’s bird species can be found in this area, making it a birds paradise; for tourists interested in bird watching in Kenya, they should not miss Kakamega forests in their travel list some of the birds to be seen are African grey parrot.

6. LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK  is a bird sanctuary and boasts more than a million flamingos, pelicans, and many other species of birds. With more than 400 species, no wonder Lake Nakur park is known as a bird paradise.

7. AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK  is an excellent birding destination; more than 420 species have been recorded here. The swamps are great for water-associated birds such as egrets, herons, pelicans, and crowned cranes. In addition, many flamingos may be present in the Wet seasons (March to May and October to December).

8. TSAVO NATIONAL PARK is one of Kenya’s best birding safari destinations and the entire East African region. Tsavo Safari Park is one of the prime Kenya national parks that travelers can visit all year to enjoy various tourist activities, including bird-watching.

9. SHIMBA HILLS NATIONAL PARK  is a favorite among bird watchers at any time of year. Residents include many unusual forest birds, which can be seen anytime. From November to April, the migratory birds arrive and add to the already exciting array of more than 300 species, including African palm swift
Brown-breasted barbet, Crested guineafowl, Crowned hornbill, East coast akalat, Eastern violet-backed sunbird, Golden palm weaver, Green barbet, Green tinkerbird, Mottled swift, Narina trogon, and more

10. ARABUKO SOKOKE FOREST MOMBASA  is the largest remaining coastal forest in East Africa. It is famous for its diversity of mammals, butterflies, amphibians, and birds, many of which are only found here. The endemic Clarke’s Weaver is also located here.

Itinerary

Met on arrival at Nairobi International Airport and transferred to your hotel overnight.

AFTER BREAKFAST, VISIT THE Nairobi national park, home to more than 200 species of birds. Overnight at your hotel.

Drive to Masai Mara National Reserve, which borders Serengeti National park in Tanzania. Afternoon birding. Meals and overnight at a camp/lodge.

Masai mara has more than 400 species of resident and migratory birds. Meals and overnight at your camp/lodge.

Leave after breakfast and drive along the great rift valley. Lake Naivasha is a fresh lake that hosts much fish, attracting all kinds of birds, both residents and migrating birds. Meals and overnight at a lodge/camp

Proceed along the great rift valley to Lake Nakuru National Park, home to a million flamingos and many other species of birds. Afternoon bird sanctuary. Meals and overnight at a lodge/camp.

On the floor of the great rift valley is Lake Baringo, another home to flamingos, pelicans, peacocks, and many other species of birds. A day spent exploring the bird life. Meals and overnight at a camp/lodge.

Drive to Amboseli National Park at the foot of the giant mountain Kilimanjaro and home to more than 400 species of birds. Evening bird spot. Meals and overnight at a camp/lodge.

The whole day will be spent exploring the park in search of the birds—meals and overnight at a camp or lodge.

Proceed to Tsavo National Park; many species of birds have been spotted here. Then, proceed to a bird-watching safari—meals and overnight at a camp/lodge.

The whole day will be spent exploring the bird life in Tsavo par—meals and overnight at a lodge/camp.

Proceed to Shimba hills near the coast. Here you will find sea birds as well as migratory birds. The afternoon bird-watching safari. Meals and overnight at a lodge/camp.

The whole day is spent watching the birds—meals and overnight in the lodge or camp.

Our last leg will be at Ababuko on the coastline. Many species have been posted here, the sea birds, residents birds, and migration birds. The afternoon was spent exploring the forest—meals and overnight at a beach hotel.

Day 15 :
MOMBASA

As we end our safari, you can decide to stay in Mombasa or return to Nairobi.

END OF BIRDING SAFARI

The cost from US$4950 per person

The cost includes:

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport
  • Transportation to and from safari!!
  • Food all along the trip(Lunch, Dinner, and breakfast, and at 4 pm, a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels or camp with a family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation, and English-speaking Guide during the trip. Other language guides on request with extra charges.

The cost excludes:

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Nairobi, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits, etc
  • Food and accommodations in Nairobi
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses, such as expenses on chartered helicopters.
  • All the required entrance fees in the park
Can I do birding in Kenya?

Kenya is known for the bird watching opportunity

Which is the best location in Kenya for a bird spot?

Though many National Parks in Kenya host many species of Birds, Shimba hills and Kakamega are the hotspots

Where to watch birds in Kenya?

In all the National Parks in Kenya, you can watch birds

When is it reasonable to do birding in Kenya?

Birding in Kenya is all year round, though April, October, and December can be a little wet during the rainy season.

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