10 days bird watching trip to Kenya

East Africa has some of the best bird watching opportunities in the world and there are an estimated 1,070 species in Kenya alone, making it possible to spot over a hundred species each day. With a variety of habitat, from forest and scrub, to water and city, Kenya is a fantastic destination for dedicated ornithologists and anyone with a passing interest in birds.

On the open savannah, where most safaris are conducted, you will likely spot eagles, vultures and the Ground Hornbill, which stands at around 110cm in height. Also in abundance are ox-peckers, snowy egrets, sunbirds and bustards, and you can’t fail to notice Ostriches, the world’s tallest birds.

Near water you can see flamingos, kingfishers, hammerkops, love birds, plovers, herons, storks and African fish eagles, as well as breeding pairs of ospreys.

In and near woodland, of which Kenya has in abundance, there are bee-eaters, drongos, hornbills, shrikes, lilac-breasted rollers and barbets. Even the cities harbour an abundance of bird life, with large flocks of wagtails and weaver birds, to name but two species.

Bird watching in Kenya is a fantastic and rewarding experience. Just don’t forget to bring your binoculars and field guide!

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1. 
Arrive at Nairobi, night at Ngong Hills hotel. If arrival is early we may do day-trip birding to hotspots nearby. 
Day 2. 
Drive to Maasai Mara, check in at Keekorok Lodge, evening game drive for birds such as various species of larks, eagles, vultures, waders and numerous game seen at close quarters. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Keekorok Lodge. 
Day 3.
Early morning all-day game drive in Maasai Mara Reserve.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Keekorok lodge. 
Day 4.
Early morning game drives out of Mara towards Lake Victoria. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Kisumu Town. 
Day 5. 
Morning boat ride along Hippo Point Road. This will elicit the Northern Brown-throated Weavers, Red-chested Weavers, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Water Dikkop, Carruthers Cisticola, African Skimmer and with luck Papyrus Gonolek. After lunch depart to Kakamega forest. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Rondo retreat. 
Day 6.
Morning birding in the forest for greenbuls, alethes, turacos, forest weavers, Stulhman’s Starlings, warblers, widow birds. Beautiful butterflies and plants are plenty, various monkeys too. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Rondo retreat. 
Day 7.
Morning birding and after-breakfast departure to Lake Baringo stopping various places along the road. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Roberts campsite.

Day 8.
3 hours motning boat ride, breakfast and nocturnals birding including Three-banded Courser, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Spotted Stone Curlew. Grayish Eagle-owl, White-faced Scops-owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, African Scops-owl and Giant Eagle-owl. After lunch we continue tothe West Bay area looking for Lichtenstein Sandgrouse, Black-headed Lapwing and Gonolek. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Roberts campsite. 
Day 9.
Morning birding at the cliffs looking for Brown-tailed Chat, Cliff Chat and then departure to Naivasha past Lake Bogoria for flamingoes and the geysers. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Crayfish camp. 
Day 10.
Early morning compound and shore birding. After breakfast drive to Crater Lake looking for Southern Ground Hornbill and passing by Kinangop plains looking for Sharpe's Longclaw, Malachite Sunbird, White-winged and Long-tailed Widowbird. Evening arrival at Nairobi for outbound flight. 
Breakfast and Lunch. 

 

 

Inclusions
  • Transport in a safari-designed vehicle
  • All park entrance fees
  • Full board accommodation whilst on safari
  • Services of our professional driver/guide
Exclusions
  • Transport in a safari-designed vehicle
  • International air transportation to and from Nairobi
  • Expenses of personal nature such as visas, travel/baggage insurance, laundry, beverages, tips etc.
  • Christmas, New Year and Easter supplements
  • Drinks
  • Cultural visits e.g. To Maasai villages
  • Hotel accommodation in Nairobi before and after the safari