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17 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari Tour Package will give you a great chance to explore the ornithological paradise in Kenya. This 17 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari Tour Package is a splendid way of seeing this marvelous and highly scenic country’s many endemic birds, not to mention some great mammals. 17 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari Tour Package is designed to see as many birds as possible, while spending extra time on endemics and other target species. Photography is welcome as long as it doesn’t interfere with the birding, and this tour is quite good for casual photography. 17 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari offer birding enthusiasts a unique experience. Our 17 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari incorporates a variety of rich habitats and you can expect some unrivalled birding and wildlife experiences in Kenya and the neighboring countries. This 17 days Kenya Bird Watching Safari is created especially for the bird lovers who wish to see Kenya’s avifauna’s of over 1100 species. Kenya Bird watching Tours, Birding Kenya Safaris, Kenya Birding Tours, Africa Adventure Holiday.
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17 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari Tour Package will give you a great chance to explore the ornithological paradise in Kenya. This 17 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari Tour Package is a splendid way of seeing this marvelous and highly scenic country’s many endemic birds, not to mention some great mammals. 17 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari Tour Package is designed to see as many birds as possible, while spending extra time on endemics and other target species. Photography is welcome as long as it doesn’t interfere with the birding, and this tour is quite good for casual photography.
Our Kenya Bird watching safaris tours are designed to offer you the best of bird watching in Kenya. Enjoy our Kenya Bird watching safaris tours during our Best of Kenya birding tour while seeing an awesome variety of birds and an amazing variety of mammals. Book our 17 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari Tour Package to discover the best habitats for bird watching in Kenya. Our birding tour will give you a great opportunity to explore a region part of Kenya that is neglected yet is an orthinological paradise that hosts some endemic birds among other birds.
The adventurous Kenya Birding Safari comprised of 17 days is full of experiences with bird watchers who would accompany you to see the wading forests and birds. You will have a full chance to observe the birds of your own type and interest. Bird Lovers would love this 17 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari Tour Package! Kenya is a prime destination for a bird watching holiday at any time of the year. The Tremendous geographical range gives Kenya a variety of climates and landscapes, hence the second highest number of species in the whole of Africa.
In some areas, there will be little or no time to photograph since there are other birds around to see. Sometime will also be devoted to mammals and other wildlife in certain areas such as the Masai Mara. Kenya offers Africa in a nutshell, from the soda-encrusted, flamingo-filled Rift Valley lakes to alpine Mt. Kenya and the western lowland forests at Kakamega. These habitats, combined with bird-rich savannas, Tsavo’s semi-deserts, Sokoke’s coastal forests, and of course, the parks that make it the world’s premier big mammal watching destination, make Kenya a perennial favorite in Africa. This is not surprising when you consider you will probably see more bird and mammal species than any other African tour. Most of this tour (apart from the extension) is above 3000 feet elevation, making the climate surprisingly pleasant, far from the blistering heat that some people may expect from equatorial Africa.
17 Days Kenya Birdwatching Safari Tour Package
Kenya has one of the richest avifaunas in Africa with around 1090 bird species recorded. At least eight of these are national endemics. Around 170 species of Kenya’s bird’s species are Pale arctic migrants (11 species of them with a local breeding population too), mainly from eastern Europe, Russia, the middle East and Siberia. Another 60 species migrate regularly within the Afro tropics or from Madagascar. Some 335 species are found in forest; 230 species are entirely forest dependent and 110 species are “forest specialists” requiring intact, undisturbed habitat and Forty species of global conservation concern are known to occur in Kenya. Four of these are critically Endangered, two Endangered and 16 species are Vulnerable.
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- Transport in a 4×4 Safari Mini Van with a pop-up roof -each person is guaranteed a window seat
- Services of a professional Birding guide
- Accommodation in a double/triple room
- Game drives as per the itinerary
- Game parks or national parks entry fees;
- Three meals per day whilst on safari
- 1-litre Mineral water per person per day
- Complimentary return airport transfers in Nairobi
- International Airfare
- A visit to a Masai Village
- Accommodations in Nairobi
- Cost of obtaining passport and visas
- Gratuity for your professional driver guide, Porterage/ waiters at hotels
- Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
- Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue
- Optional Hot Air Ballooning (cost per person is 470 US Dollars), Nature walks etc
- Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary.
We arrive in Nairobi and are transferred to our hotel for a three-night stay in the city, which boasts the largest bird list of any city on earth! Sarova Panafric Hotel booked on bed and breakfast.
We visit Nairobi NP before beginning our exploration of the Great Rift Valley lakes. Highlights may include Von der Decken’s Hornbill and the multicolored Red-and-yellow Barbet, or our first flamingos among many wintering Palearctic shorebirds on Lake Magadi. Dinner and overnight at Sarova Panafric Hotel booked on bed and breakfast
Heading for the country’s highest summit, our journey to Mt. Kenya could yield Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Rueppell’s Robin-Chat, Mountain Yellow Warbler, and Yellow-crowned Canary. The lodge’s waterhole attracts many mammals including African Buffalo. We’ll spend the early mornings searching for White-starred Robin, Abyssinian Crimson-wing, African Crowned Eagle, African Emerald Cuckoo, and Moustached Green Tinkerbird. A shaded riverside trail may reveal Crowned Hornbill, Mountain Wagtail, and up to eight species of sunbirds, including the stunning Tacazze Sunbird. Two nights will be spent just outside the park. Dinner and overnight at Bantu Lodge boon full board.
In the morning, we bird the Solio Plains, where we hope to find Temminck’s Courser, Jackson’s Widowbird, Black-bellied Bustard, and various other grassland species. In the afternoon, we head for the Aberdares Mountains lodge for our overnight stay. Booked on full board.
Abadares to Nakuru.
Today we explore the alpine moorland above the treeline, perhaps encountering Jackson’s Francolins as we climb up into the highest accessible Lobelia-covered plains in Kenya. Our targets here include Alpine Chat and, with luck, we’ll find the specialized and beautiful Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird. In the afternoon we drop down into the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in the evening at Lake Nakuru Lions Hill Lodge. Meal plan full board.
Nakuru to Naivasha.
We will awaken to vast flocks of flamingos, pelicans, and other waterbirds. The surrounding woodland holds Narina Trogon, Red-throated Wryneck, Arrow-marked Babbler, and African Firefinch. After lunch we venture to Naivasha, another of the Rift Valley gems.
Naivasha to Baringo.
We will spend the early morning at Lake Naivasha, sifting through vast flocks of waterbirds, and birding productive lakeside woodland. Later we drive to Lake Baringo, rich in arid-zone birds, where we search for Hunter’s Sunbird, Heuglin’s Courser, Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, and Northern White-faced Scops-Owl. At dusk, we should see Slender-tailed Nightjars gliding along the hippo-covered shore. We overnight at Lake Baringo soy lodge.
Lake Baringo is a real birding heaven that never fails to impress birders for its easily seen birds. Around the compounds of the Lake Baringo Club and Robert’s Camp one can easily pocket around 120 species within a period 12 hours. Lake Baringo has approximately 480 species on its list and it was once home to the renown Field Guide Lead ornithologist and author of BIRDS OF EAST AFRICA guide book Terry Stevenson. We overnight at Lake Baringo soy lodge.
Baringo to Kakamega.
Today exemplifies birding in Kenya. We begin in the sub-desert and end up in the most eastern tract of lowland equatorial rainforest in Africa. First we visit the cliffs near Baringo, scanning for Fan-tailed Raven, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Mocking Cliff-Chat, and Bristle-crowned Starling. Later we explore the Kerio Valley, where we search rocky, scrubby hillsides for Green-backed Eremomela, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Brown Parrot, White-crested Turaco, Pearl-spotted Owlet, and Black-headed Gonolek. Late in the day we arrive at Kakamega for a three-night stay.
Great Blue Turaco is wonderfully common in Kakamega Forest. Its loud hoots set the tone when walking in the forest. Great Blue Turaco is wonderfully common in Kakamega Forest. Its loud hoots set the tone when walking in the forest (Ken Behrens). Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Lodge booked on full board.
Kakamega is full of birds and is justly famous as one of Kenya’s birding meccas. Many of Kenya’s fantastic forest birds are available only here. These include dapper Equatorial Akalats, comical Great Blue Turacos, and sensational Blue-headed Bee-eaters among other beauties like White-chinned and Banded Prinias, Jameson’s and Yellow-bellied Wattle-eyes, Bocage’s and Luehder’s Bushshrikes, Black-billed and Vieillot’s Weavers, Gray-headed Negrofinch, Red-headed Malimbe, and Red-headed Bluebill.
Lake Victoria to Masai Mara.
Today we head to Lake Victoria, searching for swamp specialties such as Blue-headed Coucal, Swamp Flycatcher, and the striking Papyrus Gonolek. Rice paddies may produce African Openbill, Southern Red Bishop, and Zebra Waxbill. In the afternoon, we head south to the Masai Mara National Reserve for a three-night stay. Dinner and overnight at Mara Base Camp Lodge. Meal plan full board.
The Mara, the northern portion of the magnificent Serengeti system, offers spectacular vistas over flat-topped acacia and grassy plains riddled with ungulates and other animals. We’ll spend the days in the western part of the reserve looking for East Africa’s famous Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, African Elephants, gazelles, and other wildlife. However, birding does not take a back seat, and we should be rewarded with views of many large raptors and vultures that gather at the kills, as well as storks, Kori Bustard, Southern Ground-Hornbill, and other species that suffer from disturbance outside these large protected areas. Other highlights may include Rufous-bellied Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Temminck’s Courser, Sooty Chat, and Schalow’s Turaco.
Drive from Masai Mara to Nairobi.
Today we return to Nairobi for a final night, searching for the endangered Sharpe’s Longclaw and other grassland specialties en route.
Today we fly out on our international departures.
Sarova Panafric Nairobi Hotel
Sarova Panafric is situated in Nairobi, 18 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and a 5-minute drive from the CBD. It features 2 restaurants, a bar and a swimming pool. Each individually decorated room at Panafric is air-conditioned and has a balcony. It comes equipped with a satellite TV, minibar and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. The bathroom includes free toiletries.
Flame Tree Restaurant and Bar features an open terrace overlooking the city. It offers an English breakfast, 15-minute business lunches and an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner. The Pool Garden Restaurant serves buffet lunch. Guests can enjoy a massage at Tulia Wellness Beauty & Therapy or browse in the curio shop on site. The business center offers secretarial services and free Wi-Fi is available. The Karen Blixen Museum is a 26-minute drive from the property and Nairobi National Park is 30 km away.
Masai Mara Base Camp
Bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve, Basecamp Masai Mara offers eco-friendly, luxury camping in the heart of the savannah. The basecamp features panoramic views of the surroundings and local wildlife. The spacious tents are built on wooden platforms with thatched-roofs, and include en suite bathrooms with open air, solar-heated showers. Each features a veranda overlooking the Talek River.
Guests at Masai Mara Basecamp can enjoy a drink at the open air bar and relax on the viewing fig-tree platform. Also offered are game drives by professional Masai guides as well as optional night game drives. Basecamp Masai Mara provides 15 spacious and luxurious river view tents and 2 family tents. A Gold Eco-Rated camp located along the Talek River bordering the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, each tent has an en-suite bathroom with hot water shower, a private terrace and a hot shower open to the sky. Enjoy the amazing wildlife from the comfort of your tent, the fig-tree platform, or while lazing over a drink in the open-air bar.
Lake Nakuru Lions Hill Lodge
Situated at the heart of the Rift Valley, the Lake Nakuru national park is home to one of the most amazing ornithological spectacles in the world – the flight of the flamingos! Aside from the flamingos, the park has over 450 species of birds – a heaven for any avid bird watchers. The park is also a sanctuary to the highly-endangered black Rhino and abounds with other game such as buffalos, lions and the elusive leopard. Just two hour’s drive from Nairobi; Sarova Lion Hill is one of only two lodges situated within the premises of the park.
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