6 days bird watching trip in 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. 
Drive to Nakuru (Stem hotel) stopping by Limuru ponds briefly for waders, terns, coots, ducks, teals and herons. 
Dinner and overnight at Stem hotel.
Day 2. 
After breakfast, game drive in Lake Nakuru Park, lunch at Lake Nakuru lodge (in the park). Brief bird watching in the compound after lunch and more game drive outwards as we depart for Naiberi campsite (kaptagat, Eldoret). This will present Little Rock Thrush, Red-capped Lark, White-backed Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Broad-billed Roller. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Naiberi campsite. 
Day 3.
Early morning walk around the compound, for greenbuls, warblers, sunbirds, Bush and Tree Pipit and more. After breakfast pass by Marula Swamp, Chebonet Dam, Kerio view point for Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, ducks etc. and finally Kerio Valley for Boran Cisticola. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Roberts camp, Lake Baringo.

Day 4.
Early morning 2-hour boat ride for shoreline birding and the islands for Senegal Thicknee plus Africa Fish Eagle feeding photography (if necessary), Saddle-billed Stork, Whistling Duck and more. After breakfast take a special walk for nocturnals. After lunch, rest/pool for 2 hours, afterwards an evening drive to West Bay for Black-headed Lapwing, Black-headed Gonolek, Lichtenstein Sandgrouse(rare) plus others. This can present up to 100 birds a day including nocturnal; owls, coursers, nightjars, Purple Gallinule, various ducks and the Saddle-billed Stork. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Roberts camp, Lake Baringo. 
Day 5. 
Early morning walk along the cliffs for raptors, hornbills and chats. After breakfast depart to Lake Naivasha, stopping on the way for other specialties. Upon arrival in Naivasha depart to Kinangop plains for the endangered Sharpe’s Longclaw and perhaps Malachite Sunbird. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Naivasha. 
Day 6.
Early morning walk in Naivasha (the compound and the lake shore). After breakfast depart for Kitengela past Nairobi, but stopping at Rift Valley view point on the way. This is mainly for bustards in Kitengela plains, larks, sandgrouses and raptors are also present. Check in at Ngong Hills Hotel and depart for Carnivore's game meat bites and cultural dances.
Carnivore Restaurant meal charge not inclusive. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Nairobi hotel. 

 

 

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