9 days Kenya birding safari


This nine-day birding safari in Kenya is primarily focused on the Great Rift Valley lakes, which include Lakes Nakuru, Naivasha, Baringo, and Kakamega Forest. It will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to explore a neglected area of Kenya that is home to some endemic birds in addition to other types of birds and is an ornithological paradise. Kenya is a haven for bird watchers, offering the chance to see over 1080 different species of birds in a variety of habitats. On the lakes, flamingos, pelicans, and storks are numerous, and both north and south of the equator, birds of prey are frequently seen. Even though many of the birds have exotic-looking colors and patterns, they are typically quite simple to identify; after a day or two, you will be able to distinguish between the various species with ease. Water, wide-open plains, wooded areas, and agricultural lands are their primary habitats. You will enjoy nature by taking walks through the forest and taking boat rides. Incredible birdlife, along with other taxa of animals and plants, will be visible.

Tour highlights

  • Arrival & Pick up in Nairobi
  • Transfer to Nakuru national park
  • Full day Lake Nakuru
  • Transfer to Lake Naivasha
  • Full day Lake Naivasha
  • Transfer to Masai Mara
  • Full day Masai Mara
  • Second Masai Mara
  • Departure

Itinary in details

You will meet our tour guide at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi, where he or she will give you a briefing on your safari before driving you to Lake Naivasha with a stop at a viewpoint to take in the breathtaking Gregory Rift Valley. The lake is home to over 350 different bird species; keep an eye out for flocks of cormorants, kingfishers, and pelicans, among others.

Start your Lake Nakuru game drive after breakfast. Here, you’ll see a spectacular swarm of lesser flamingos numbering in the hundreds, along with a plethora of other water birds like the Western Reef Heron, Lesser Jacana, and black-headed Gull. Additionally, we’ll keep an eye out for bird species that live in Acacia forests, such as the Green-wood Hoopoe, Hildebrandt’s and Coqui Francolins, Rufous-naped and Fawn-colored Larks, the rare Grey-crowned Helmet-shrike, Arrow-marked Babbler, Bearded Woodpecker, Mottled swift, and White-shouldered Cliff Chat. We’ll be keeping an eye out for fox Kestrels and other types of falcons on the baboon cliff.

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, you’ll spend the rest of the day watching animals and birds. Lake Nakuru is well known for its thousand flamingos which are companied by other bird species, such as the social white pelicans that are often seen “fishing,” geese, jacanas, secretary birds, fish eagles, and the vulturine fowls that are found in the park’s forested and bushy areas.

Watch a game in the morning, and then have breakfast at your leisure. Drive to Lake Baringo, one of the freshwater lakes on the Kenya Rift Valley floor, after eating lunch. Be on the lookout for various birds, such as the red bishop, a single pink-backed pelican, and fish eagles. We look for rare species at Lake Baringo and its surroundings, including Hemprich’s and Jackson’s Hornbills, Heuglin’s Courser, Nubian Nightjar, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Northern Grey Tit, Gambaga flycatcher, Mouse-colored Penduline Tit, Beautiful Sunbird, Bristle-crowned Starling, Jackson’s Golden-backed, Little, and Northern Masked Weavers, which are only found in the northwestern region of the country. In the evening you will go to the evening game drive where you will spot various bird species like Scops Owl, Spotted-Eagle Owls, and White-faced Scops Owl among others.

After breakfast, spend the entire day engaging in birding activities because Lake Baringo is home to 400 different species of birds. Take a boat ride to observe different birds species. Have lunch along the way with your panic lunch. You will go for evening bird watching were you see various bird species, After you will go for dinner and overnight stay.

Today you will have an early morning breakfast and then you will transfer to Masai Mara national reserve. You will head to Kakamega forest to spot various bird species like Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, crested guineafowl, Giant kingfisher, Great blue turaco, Vieillot’s black weaver among others. After return to the lodge to have lunch and in the evening you will have to witness different bird species you haven’t seen.

Spend the entire day birding in the Kakamega forest after breakfast, complete with a picnic lunch. A variety of birds are frequently found in the forest. Bird species have been identified here in 367 different species. There are species in the remaining Congolese rainforest in this western region of Kenya that are unique to this country. Outside the forest, we’ll look for Rock Pratincole, White-chinned Prinia, Marsh Widowbird, Black Bishop, Red-headed Lovebird, Green Crombec, Red-chested Sunbird, Purple Starling, Locust Finch, Zebra Waxbill, Brown Twin spot, Bar-breasted Fire finch, and rare Speckled-breasted Woodpecker and Bedouin Snake-eagle.

Do your final bird watching in the Kakamega forest after breakfast. Then, eat lunch and go bird watching at Dunga Beach on Lake Victoria. Bird species found near Lake Victoria are rarely seen elsewhere in Kenya include the White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, White-breasted Bee-eater, Blue Swallow, Greater Swamp-warbler, Red-headed Quelea, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Black-throated Seedeater, and Papyrus Canary.

Birding at the arboretum in the morning, then driving to Nairobi with lunch in between. For dinner and an overnight stay, check into a hotel in Nairobi; otherwise, you’ll be taken to the airport to catch your flight home.

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