Cultural Excursion

Kenya Birding Safari

Nairobi, Kenya

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Prices From: $1,318 per person

The Great Rift Valley and western Kenya are regions of great natural beauty. Not only are they known for their diverse landscapes and natural rainforests but also as Important Bird Areas (IBAs) meaning that they support a rich and varied birdlife. This tour takes you off the beaten track and into new and less known environments of western Kenya, rewarding the visitor with new sightings, sounds and unexpected experiences.

Kenya is one of the world’s great bird watching destinations. In particular, the Great Rift Valley lakes of Naivasha, Nakuru and Baringo are home to a diverse range of birds. Whilst Lake Nakuru is better known for the flamingos, Lake Naivasha hosts several species including the rare ones such as Black Heron, Lesser Moorhen and Greater Painted Snipe. Lake Baringo is a richer bird watcher’s paradise where it’s possible to see over 100 species in a day! These include the two endemic species- the Northern Masked Weaver and the Orange Bishop. The sheer abundance of birdlife in these regions continues to attract bird watchers from far and wide. The Kakamega forest is a haven for diverse species of plants, primates and birds. With several walking trails that crisscross the natural rainforest, this is a perfect place to immerse yourself in nature and relax as you get entertained by the sounds of the African jungle. The shores and swamps of Lake Victoria support a rich birdlife including the globally threatened Papyrus Gonolek and Papyrus Yellow Warbler.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Nairobi - Lake Naivasha

From Nairobi, it’s an hour’s drive to Lake Naivasha. Check in at the hotel then take a boat ride on Lake Naivasha to Crescent island for a game walk. Crescent Island, a peninsula on the eastern shore of Lake Naivasha, is a privately owned game sanctuary that hosts giraffes, waterbucks, elands, zebras and impalas. Lake Naivasha is a bird watcher’s paradise and birdlife here includes Black Crakes and African Jacanas, kingfishers, African Fish, Grebes, Pink-backed Pelican, Long-tailed Cormorant, herons, egrets, ibis, and lapwings. There are also rare ones such as Black Heron, Lesser Moorhen and Greater Painted Snipe.

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Country Club (Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 2 - Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru

Enjoy a morning bird walk. The acacia trees around the hotel support several land species such Cuckoo, beet eaters, Wood Hoopoes, hornbills, barbets, honeyguides, woodpeckers, shrikes, chats, warblers, whydahs, babblers, and weavers. In the dense papyrus swamps we may see secretive species such as Lesser Swamp Warbler, Purple Heron and Little Bittern. From Naivasha we take a short drive to another Rift Valley lake an ornithologist’s paradise, the Lake Nakuru. Lunch then afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge.

Overnight: Lake Nakuru Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Lake Nakuru

Full day at Lake Nakuru National Park. The park is known for its flamingoes and other water birds such as White Pelicans, Egyptian Goose, Cape Teal, African Spoonbill, Sacred Ibis, Yellow-billed Stork, Pied Avocet, Kittlitz’s Sand-Plover and Greyheaded Gull among others. Apart from the water birds, the extensive acacia woodlands support a rich and varied avifauna that includes eagles, francolins, cuckoos, woodpeckers, flycatchers, shrikes, babblers etc. Game includes Rhinos, Impalas, Buffalos and Gazelles among others.

Overnight: Lake Nakuru Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Lake Nakuru - Lake Baringo

Morning game drive at Lake Nakuru. Then a short drive up the Rift Valley to Lake Baringo. The vegetation in this drier part of the Rift Valley is mainly thornbush. Set in the midst of high cliffs and acacia vegetation, Lake Baringo area has a rich avifauna that continues to woo ornithologists from far and wide and it’s possible to see over 100 species in a day. These include the two endemic species- the Northern Masked Weaver and the Orange Bishop. After lunch we take a bird walk around our hotel.

Overnight: Lake Baringo Club (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Lake Baringo

We spend the whole day birding around Lake Baringo. After a morning bird walk we take a boat trip to watch waterbirds which are very common including Goliath Heron, Purple and Squacco herons, White-faced Whistling-Duck, Intermediate Egret, Hammerkop, Marabou Stork, Allen’s Gallinule, and Collared Pratincole. The acacia woodlands and scrub harbor several bush birds such as Gabar Goshawk, White-browed Coucal, Mousebirds, kingfishers, Rollers, hornbills, barbets, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Lesser Honeyguide, sunbirds etc. In the nearby cliffs we may see the Verreaux’s Eagle, Fan-tailed Raven, Cliff chat and the rare Bristlecrowned Starling.

Overnight: Lake Baringo Club (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Lake Baringo - Kakamega Forest

Full day of birding in Kakamega Forest. This rainforest is a remnant of the original Congo forest that stretched all the way from Central to East Africa and as such has a large number of colorful and varied birds typical of Central Africa such as Banded Snake-Eagle, Blue-spotted Wood-Dove; Tambourine Dove; Great Blue Turaco, African Emerald Cuckoo, Yellowbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, Blue-headed Bee-eater, White-headed Wood-Hoopoe; Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, honeyguides, barbets, cisticolas, greenbuls, sunbirds etc. Animals include primates such as black and while Colobus monkeys, Syke’s monkeys, blue monkeys, snakes and squirrels.

Overnight: Rondo Retreat Center (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Kakamega Forest - Lake Victoria

Morning birdwalk. Transfer to the lakeside city of Kisumu for lunch at Kiboko Bay Resort. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the lodge .

Overnight: Kiboko Bay Resort (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 8 - Lake Victoria

Morning bird watching in the Dunga Swamp. This papyrus wetland is located on the shores of Lake Victoria and hosts several species including the globally threatened Papyrus Gonolek and Papyrus Yellow Warbler. Return to the lodge for lunch. Optional afternoon boat ride on the lake.

Overnight: Kiboko Bay Resort (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 9 - Lake Victoria

Morning bird watching in the Dunga Swamp. This papyrus wetland is located on the shores of Lake Victoria and hosts several species including the globally threatened Papyrus Gonolek and Papyrus Yellow Warbler. Return to the lodge for lunch.

Overnight: Kiboko Bay Resort (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 10 - Lake Victoria - Nairobi

After breakfast, transfer to Kisumu airport for morning flight to Nairobi.

Accommodation Information

Lake Naivasha Country Club

Perfect for both the active and leisure traveler, Lake Naivasha Country Club offers an abundance of activities to please all tastes. This Nairobi Kenya resort dates back to the 1930s when it was first opened as a staging post for Imperial Airways’ flying boat service from Durban to London. Since then it has transformed into a sprawling 55-acre property with a variety of accommodations and guest facilities. The accommodations at the hotel are comprised of guestrooms and cottages set on 12 hectares of green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees.

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Situated in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru Lodge is an African safari accommodation in Kenya. Within a wonderland which lies in the heart of one of Kenya's most densely animal populated wetland national parks (Ramsar Site), only two hours leisurely drive on first class roads from Nairobi, through some of the most exciting scenery to be seen anywhere in Africa. The 156 km Nairobi-Nakuru roads gives the visitor an unrivalled view of the majestic Great Rift Valley, winding through a series of lakes and forested uplands all the way to the bustling market town of Nakuru. Situated in the South East Ecological niche of the park is Lake Nakuru Lodge, an oasis of comfort and excellent service, with commanding views of the lesser flamingo dotted with the Greater Flamingo for which Lake Nakuru is justly famous. It is another world for the visitor, where one easily forgets the hustle and bustle of the city. The lodge blends well with its surrounding and the animals often browse peacefully close to the lodge and environs, much to the fascination of the visitors.

Lake Baringo Club

On the shores of Lake Baringo, 285 kms northwest of Nairobi, Lake Baringo Club nestles amongst palm trees, green lawns and the clashing pinks, purples, reds and oranges of bougainvillea obviously thriving in the hot steamy days that characterize so many of the Great Rift Valley's lakes. Mirroring the surrounding Tugen Hills and Laikipia Escarpment, the lake owes its chocolate colour to the rivers that feed it - all carrying plenty of top soil. Hippo and crocodile share this watery residence with tilapia, mud fish, bass cat fish and an enormous variety of birds.

Rondo Retreat Center

The tranquil Retreat Center in the Kakamega Rain Forest welcomes you to make it your home for a few memorable days, pursuing your hobbies as a butterfly collector, beetle specialist, frog fancier, spider hunter, tourist or bird watcher. Among the vast array of birds the Kakamega Rain Forest is home to the flamboyant Great Blue Turaco, gemlike Emerald Cuckoo and the cacophonous Black-and-white casqued Hornbill. From the monkey family we have the blue Sykes, the red tailed, the common Black and White Colobus, and the rare deBrazza’s. The Forest is also home to 40% of the total butterfly population of Kenya.Perhaps you are a “people person” and would like to catch a glimpse of the local culture. Or it is just rest and relaxation in a special spot you are looking for. Excellent food and accommodation. Wonderful walks and views.

Kiboko Bay Resort

Kiboko Bay Resort is nestled on the lush shores of the vast shimmering Lake Victoria in Kisumu, the third largest of the Kenya cities.The resort, which is roughly the midpoint between the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary and Dunga Fishing village, is consistently rated as the best of the Kisumu hotels.

Location

Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern

Address:
Nairobi
Kenya

Amenities/Activities

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General Information

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in charming lodges and safari tented camps
  • All meals for duration of safari
  • Professional English-speaking guide: all guides are local experts and have also taken several language and wildlife courses
  • All National Park entrance and camp site fees
  • Private vehicle during safari
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation before and after the safari in Nairobi
  • Taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Expenditure on all drinks
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature