5-Days, Best of Birdwatching Safari
Everybody knows the beauty of bird wildlife. Photographing and printing pictures of birds is one of most enchanting ways of enjoying nature. 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 birds 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.
Home of the Specials, Kenya offers birding enthusiasts a unique experience, our bird watching safaris incorporates a variety of rich habitats and you can expect some unrivalled birding and wildlife experiences in Kenya and the neighboring countries. We provide great birding tour packages with our own best professional guides. Kenya has the highest species concentrations of birds on the continent and some of the most beautiful and wild birding destinations to get your ticks!, Africa is most prized birding spot but Kenya boost with the best birding cites.
Day 1: Lake Naivasha
After breakfast we depart from our Nairobi hotel for a scenic drive through the Great North road to Lake Naivasha. Stop en-route at the view points of the Great Rift Valley for stunning views arriving Lake Naivasha by mid-morning for bird walk before time for lunch at Lake Naivasha Lodge. Lake Naivasha being close to Lake Nakuru and 65 miles from Nairobi, is freshwater Lake. It was declared a bird sanctuary in 1967 and also supports pastoral industries of wine and flowers. During our full day field trip to Lake Naivasha, we study the birds of the region such as herons, fish eagles, ospreys, black crakes, and lily-trotters. Dominated by the shadow of Mt. Longonot, few lakes in the world have a more commanding or spectacular setting than Naivasha. Over 450 species have been recorded here. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Naivasha Lodge.
Day 2: Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru
This morning we leave Naivasha and head for Lake Nakuru Park, regarded by avid birder as the greatest World ornithological spectacle on the Earth. The park is famous for its millions of pink flamingoes lining on the lake shore, arriving by mid-morning at Lake Nakuru for a game drive en route before checking-in at Lake Nakuru Lodge for Lunch. Afternoon game drive followed by a walk along the shores which will also allow us to see the many wild animals in the park and especially the park is the Sanctuary to the Black Rhino, White Rhino and the Rothschild Giraffe. Here we have the chance to look out at some of the common species like the Lesser and Greater Flamingoes, African fish Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Green Wood Hoopoes, Cliff Chat, Great White and Pink Backed Pelicans plus other intra- African Migrants. Dinner and Overnight stay today will be at Lake Nakuru Lodge.
Day 3: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara
Soon after breakfast, drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley the longest rift in the crust of the Earth to Masai Mara Game Reserve the unspoiled Savannah. Masai Mara is actually the northern portion of the Great Plains ecosystem in the neighboring Tanzania called Serengeti. It is a home to the big five lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephant as well cheetah, zebra, giraffe and vast herds of plain antelope and numerous and other wildlife. Our accommodation for the nights will be at one of the excellent lodge Mara Sopa Lodge. Sopa is a Masai word meaning welcome and indeed this is a tradition which has be well adopted by the lodge to all guest. Set in the Oloolaimutia valley the lodge blends in the perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape. After lunch and some time to relax and perhaps take a dip in the pool, you will depart with your driver guide for an afternoon game drive in search of the big five. As sun starts to edge dip into the horizon, it will be perfect time to photograph the beautiful Mara rolling plains. Don’t forget this is the right time to spot the shy leopard. Dinner & overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).
Day 4: Masai Mara
A full day in the Mara, the extensive grasslands are a strong hold to the threatened, migratory Corncrake and the near threatened Jacksons widowbird. The bush and woodlands around the reserve also hold some unique bird species, more than 450 bird species have been recorded in the Mara, including 12 species of cisticola and birds of prey. Large numbers of palaerctic migrants winter in the area including Caspian plovers and white storks. Other local and unusual birds in the Mara include Rock Cisticola, Rufous Bellied Heron, Denhams Bustard, Black Coucal, Red Tailed chat, Pale Wren Warbler, Tabora Cisticola, Yellow Bellied Hyliota, Green-capped Eremomela and Magpie Shrike. All meals, dinner and Overnight stay will be at Sarova Mara Camp.
Day 5: Masai Mara - Nairobi
Morning game drive, after breakfast, you drive back to Nairobi.
Transport in a 4×4 Toyota Mini Van with a pop-up roof -each person is guaranteed a window seat
Services of a professional English speaking 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
Safari Price excludes:
Cultural visits to Maasai Villages costs US$ 25 per person
Masai Mara Balloon safari @ 450 Dollars per person can be arranged on request
pre and post safari hotel accommodation in Nairobi