13 Days Kenya Birding Safari


Kenya offers an exquisite setting for some of Africa’s most well-known safari excursions, with its huge savannah plains, rich tea plantations, snow-capped mountain tops, and palm-fringed beaches all contributing to its breathtaking landscape. The Highlands, the Great Rift Valley, the Western Plateau, the Coastal Region, and the Northern Plains are the five main and most distinct geographical regions of Kenya. Kenya is home to more than 1100 different species of birds. Most of the 216 bird species I have captured on camera are well-known and noticeable, especially those that live in cities and agricultural areas. The bird watcher will likely see many of these birds on almost every excursion. If a single family of birds, such as the doves, has more than a few species represented, I have made a separate index page with all the doves on it. The families for whom separate pages are available are shown in the drop-down menu above.

Tour highlights

  • Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi
  • Day 2: Nairobi – Amboseli
  • Day 3: Full day Amboseli
  • Day 4: Transfer – Tsavo
  • Day 5: Travel – Taita Hills Forest
  • Day 6 to 08: Taita Hills Forest – Arabuko – sokoke forest
  • Day 9: Transfer to Mida creek
  • Day 10: Transfer from Mida creek- Sabaki river mouth
  • Day 11: Transfer to Tsavo East National Park
  • Day 12: Kibwezi forest – Chyulu hills forest
  • Day 13: Departure for Nairobi

Itinary in details

On your arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, You will be met by one of our representatives, who will take you to your hotel so you can check in. From there, we’ll head to Nairobi National Park, an ornithological haven located close to the city. Afternoon guided tour of the National Museum’s Bird Gallery, followed by a quick bird walk through the Nairobi National Museum Botanic Garden will take place. We expect to observe animals here such the Variable Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird, Collard Sunbird, African Goshawk, Palm Swift, and Baglafetch Weaver, among others.

After a leisurely breakfast, go to Amboseli National Park, The park and neighboring game reserve are 1260 square miles of primarily dry woods with a number of lakes and wetlands that provide species with water year-round. Every part of Amboseli is dominated by the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro, which rises above a saucer of clouds and provides a backdrop to an amazing show of wildlife, including its population of lions, enormous herds of elephant, buffalo, and others. You will reach your resort in time for lunch after taking a game drive on way.

After breakfast, you’ll have the best opportunity to capture the majestic and humbling Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. After breakfast, you’ll have the best opportunity to capture the majestic and humbling Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. You leave your lodge for a full day of birding with our eagle eyed birding guide after a picnic lunch. Please use this chance to add a new bird species to your list.

After an early breakfast, set out on a road safari with your driver/guide to Tsavo National Park, the fabled home of the man-eating lions. When Tsavo West and Tsavo East are combined, the park’s territory exceeds 20,000 square kilometers, making it one of the world’s largest wildlife sanctuaries. Numerous animals live in this wilderness, including elephants, rhinos, lions, huge herds of buffalo, etc. Enjoy your lunch at the Lodge, which is ideally positioned in the park’s center and offers views of the Chyulu Hills and Mt. Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak.

We will start our road safari to Taita Hills Forest after an early morning breakfast. 400 acres of Taita Hills Forest cover an altitude range of 1350 to 2228 meters. It is located in southern Kenya, southwest of the town of Voi, and rises abruptly over the semi-arid plain of Tsavo West National Park. Taita Hill is 120 km away and has some flora similarities. According to geology, Tanzania and Malawi’s ancient Eastern Mountains’ northernmost point is the hills. The hills’ flanks are covered in dry bush land, which abruptly gives place to small-scale farming or relict areas of wet forest at the peak. Here, we’ll concentrate on special species like the Taita Falcon, Taita Thrush, Zosterops Silvanus, and Bar.

After a leisurely breakfast, we will continue on our safari through the Arabuko-Sokoke forest. It has a 41,600 hectares area and is 0 to 21 meters above sea level. A total of 2,700 acres were added in 1968 after it was gazette in 1943 and declared a royal forest. Three different habitat types can be found in Arabuko-sokoke: mixed forest, covering 7,000 ha; brachystegia woodland, covering 7,700 ha; and cynometra forest, covering 11,300 ha, with a canopy height of 7-8 m. Here, we focus on endangered species that only live in this forest, such as the Sokoke Scopes Owl, Clarke’s Weaver, Amani Sunbird, Ant-Eater Thrush, Eastern Nicator, and Mombasa Woodpecker.

After breakfast is the ideal time to take pictures of Mida Creek’s majestic and humbling Mangrove forest (also known as the “magical trees”). With a 26100 ha size and a length of over 40 km along the seashores, Mida Creek is a wonderful world of cultures to explore. It is located 0–10 m above sea level. A combination of marine and tidal ecosystems can be found along Kenya’s north coast, from just south of Malindi town to beyond the mouth of Mida Creek. The sand dunes are an excellent place to exercise your legs, and the small sand grains are wonderful for massaging your feet’s nerves as part of natural reflexology.

Our journey to the mouth of the Sabaki River begins after breakfast. It consists of the sandbanks, mud banks, dunes, freshwater pools, and marshes at the Sabaki River’s mouth, Kenya’s second-longest river, which is located 5 kilometers north of Malindi Town. According to seasonal river flows, the estuary’s size and condition change. A little distance to the north and south of the river’s mouth are grassy dunes that hide either permanent or transient pools of freshwater. Here, we will look forward to seeing birds from the coast, like the Sooty gull, Zanzibar red bishop, Greater snipe, Malindi pipit, Broad-billed sandpiper, and Whimbrel.

Today after an early breakfast, we will go on a safari to Tsavo East National Park, which has vast savanna and is located north of the main Mombasa-Nairobi road and railway in a low-lying, semi-arid region. A large portion of the park is level, open land with sporadic rock outcrops. There are 400 different species of birds to witness, 48 different types of fauna, and various reptile species in the park, including crocodiles, which are widespread in the rocky confluence of the Athi and Tsavo rivers, which is located just north of Voi town.

After an early breakfast, we will go for the Chyulu Hills Forest, which is located 190 kilometers south-east of Nairobi and 30 kilometers south-west of Kibwezi. The range is of relatively recent volcanic origin, and it is made up of ash cones and craters. The Mzima springs, the Tsavo, and the Galana rivers are only a few of the nearby permanent freshwater sources fed by rainwater seeping through the porous rock of these hills, which do not permanently store any surface water. Hills provide habitat for native plants and animals and are largely unaltered.

After an early breakfast, we’ll depart for Nairobi, arriving in time for lunch, where you may have some delicious Italian cuisine. Later you will be dropped either at your hotel or at the Airport to catch your flight back home.

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