9 Days Kenya Birding Safari


9 Days Kenya Birding Safari is one of the most well-liked birding excursions that enthusiastic birders book to visit Lakes like Magadi, Naivasha, Nakuru, Baringo, and Samburu National Park. Kenya is the second most bird-rich country in Africa after the Democratic Republic of the Congo and ranks 11th globally with over 1100 bird species documented. Around 170 bird species migrate to the pale arctic region, mostly from Siberia, Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and over 335 species are forest birds. In many cases, the habitats drastically change over a short distance, presenting various species in a short amount of time.

Huge geographic diversity provides the weather and scenery in Kenya are amazing. Kenya is a top location for bird-watching thanks to its soda-encrusted forests, montane forests in the highlands, and lowland forests in Western Kenya, as well as its semi-deserts, coastal forests, and bird-rich savannas.

Tour highlights

  • Arrival & transfer to Lake Magadi
  • Transfer to Lake Naivasha
  • Transfer to Lake Nakuru
  • Full day bird watching Lake Nakuru
  • Transfer to Lake Baringo
  • Transfer to Samburu National Park
  • Full day Samburu National Park
  • Transfer to Mount Kenya
  • Departure for Nairobi

Itinary in details

On your arrival our representative will meet you at the airport and drive you to Lake Magadi, which is smack dab in the middle of Masai territory in Southern Kenya. The 104 sq. km. Soda Lake is completely surrounded by enormous, unman made salt flats. These scorching plains keep animals from reaching the alkaline lake in the center. Numerous bird species, including the Chestnut Banded Plover, Common Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, and Wood Sandpiper to name a few, are drawn to the freshwater springs on the lake’s shore. We travel back to Nairobi in the late afternoon and arrive there in the evening.

Following breakfast, we leave the lodge for a beautiful drive along the Great North Road to Lake Naivasha. Stop along the way at the Great Rift Valley viewpoints for breathtaking views. Arrive at Lake Naivasha by mid-morning for a bird walk before it’s time for lunch at the Lodge. Being a freshwater lake on the Rift floor, Lake Naivasha is home to a staggering array of species. Before returning for dinner and an overnight stay, there is the afternoon option of either a boat ride or a trip to Hell’s Gate National Park.

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, we will travel to Lake Nakuru Park, which is hailed by bird enthusiasts as the world’s greatest ornithological spectacle. The park is well-known for its numerous pink flamingos. By the mid-morning we will be at Lake Nakuru, where you’ll go on a game drive before checking into the Lake Nakuru Lodge for lunch. After an afternoon game drive, take a stroll along the water to see more of the park’s many wild animals, especially the Rothschild Giraffe, White Rhino, and Black Rhino that are protected there. In the evening you will head back to the dinner and overnight stay.

We’ll spend the entire day today bird-watching in the park, and if we’re lucky, we might even get to see a shy cat like a leopard or a lion, which are both frequently spotted there, before we head back for lunch at the lodge. We have some downtime in the afternoon before starting our late-afternoon game drive to see what was missed the previous day. Return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Get up very early, eat breakfast, and then continue driving further north to Lake Baringo. Once you arrive there in time for mid-morning, you can start a bird walk around the lodge before lunch. The White Faced Scopes Owl, Brimstone Canary, Bristol Crowned Starling, Goliath Heron, Little Weaver, Jackson’s, and Hemprich’s Hornbill are just a few of the bird species found in Lake Baringo, a freshwater body of water. After a leisurely lunch, we’ll make our way down to the cliffs to search for the mouse collared tit, black throated barbet, and white-faced Scopes owl before heading back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

On this day we will have an early morning breakfast and then we proceed to Samburu national park which is located on the fringes of the vast and arid desert. Regarding wildlife, Samburu is one of the few refuges in Kenya for the endangered Grevy’s zebra, the rare Beisa Oryx, the long-necked antelope “Gerenuk,” and the Blue-shanked Somali ostrich, while sizable herds of elephant roam the barren hills during the day before coming back to bathe on the river’s banks at night.

There are numerous species of birds in this reserve, including Somali and white-throated bee-eaters, golden pipits, Vulturine guinea hens, White-headed Mouse birds, Buff-Crested Bustards, Black-capped Social Weavers, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow Weavers, and Golden Breasted Starlings, among other dry land species.

Today we’ll spend the entire day at the park bird watching. We will have some downtime in the afternoon before starting our late-afternoon game drive to see different bird species and wildlife.

We’ll spend the entire day birding in this Montane forest area. The Green Ibis, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Harrier Hawk, Rufous Sparrow Hawk, Black stork, Red-fronted Parrots, Green Ibis, Common Snipe, Mountain Buzzard, Bronze-napped Pigeon, Mountain White-eye, and Ayre’s Hawk Eagle are among the rare species that are likely to be sighted.

Following breakfast, you’ll drive back to Nairobi, arriving in time for lunch, where you can savor some delectable fare. Then you will be driven back to your Hotel or at the airport for a flight back home.

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