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Kenya Birdwatching Safaris: Expert Kenya Birding Tours & Kenya Ornithological Expenditions and Trips to Kenya
ACBW1A: Kenya Ornithologist's Delight (11 Days / 10 Nights)

Kenya is one of the world’s most superb birding destinations and a must-visit for amateur and professional birders as the seamless overlapping habitats provide many bird species within short distances. Our bird watching safari itineraries are best suited for birders seeking a slow but detailed tour that gives the very best of the Kenyan bird life in a very relaxed atmosphere. We have carefully selected the IBAs (Important Biodiversity Areas) and with a minimum of 2 to 3 night stays in every location, you will have quality time devoted to birding instead of spending long hours on on long road transfers - and this is what makes our birding tours different. Simetimes the trip length does not matter - any safari will provide an excellent species count for the ardent bird watcher. Learn More >
Here is your day-to-day itinerary for your bird watching trip:

Ornithologist's Delight: Bird Watching Safari Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival Nairobi + Afternoon Excursion
Arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the morning. Transfer to a city hotel. A morning to relax and wear off jet lag but not without an introduction of the Kenyan birds. A walk in the garden of our hotel will give our first count of African birds: Northern Pied Babbler, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Speckled Mousebird, Dusky Turtle Doves and numerous Sunbirds. A
fter lunch we visit the Nairobi National Park, which despite being only a few kilometers from the city, is a home to big game. In its open grasslands scattered with acacia trees we will see the first game like Gazelles, Zebras, Giraffes and maybe some of the Cats. We also see Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Crowned Crane, Vulture, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Tawny Eagle and a herd of Buffaloes should provide Red-billed Oxpecker perched on their backs. Black Kite, Marabou Stork, Pied Crow and African Palm Swift are also available in the park. Overnight at the city hotel in Nairobi.

Day 2: Mount Kenya + Central Highlands Region
NB: People arriving in the morning can join this tour directly on arrival on this day. This morning we will pick you at your city hotel and drive towards Mount Kenya. We will have a lunch birding stopover at Wajee Camp at Mukurweini Valley, where the endemic Hinde's Babbler can be seen. Later after lunch and after a few hours of bird watching, we will proceed on to Mountain Lodge at the base of Mount Kenya, where we will dinner and spend the night.

Day 3: Mount Kenya + Central Highlands Region
Today we will have an early morning scan at the water hole and later take a walk around the Lodge grounds to look for more species. After breakfast, we will drive to Narumoru River Lodge (birding en route off course) on the highland grasslands and arrive in time for lunch. After lunch we will spend the rest of the afternoon bird watching at the Narumoru River Lodge grounds. Later we will drive the short distance to Mountain Rock Hotel for dinner and overnight.

NOTES: Narumoru is an excellent birding spot especially at the lodge's grounds and the small forest along the river. Here we will be looking for such species as Olive, Hartlaub's Turaco, Cinnamon-Chested Bee-eater, Crowned and Silvery-Cheeked Hornbills, Cape Wagtail, Black Saw-wing, Yellow-Whiskered, Slender-Billed and Mountain Greenbuls, White-Starred Robin, Cape and Ruppell's Robin Chats, African Dusky Flycatcher, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Hunter's Cisticola, Chestnut-Throated, Grey and Black-Throated Apalis, Grey-Capped Warbler, White-Browed Crombec, Montane White-Eye, White-Bellied Tit, Tropical Boubou, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, Montane Oriole, White-Headed Wood Hoopoe, Eastern and Northern Double-Collared Sunbird (among other six species), Brown-Capped Weavers, Thick-Billed Seed-Eater and Yellow-Crowned Canary.

Day 4: Rift Valley - Lake Baringo Basin
This morning after an early morning bird walk and breakfast, we will depart for Lake Baringo driving across the Solio Plains right adjacent to the famous Solio Ranch. If lucky we might be able to see the White Rhinos or Black Rhinos through the fence as we drive across. We will then have a brief lunch stop over at the famous Thompson’s Falls Lodge and later drive on and drop down to the Rift Valley arriving in time for a brief walk at Lake Baringo Club grounds. It is here that we will be based for our two nights. Lake Baringo region has got its specialties as well. Just to mention a few, you will be looking for species like, Jackson's and Hemprich's Hornbill, Bristle-Crowned Starlings, Brown-Tailed Rock Chat, Dark-Chanting Goshawk, a variety of weavers as well as an incredible number of water birds.

Day 5: Rift Valley - Lake Baringo Basin
Today, we will have a full day at Lake Baringo, with an early morning bird walk at the Baringo basalt cliffs and later after breakfast, an optional boat ride around the lake. After lunch at, we will depart for an afternoon game/bird drive at the nearby Lake Bogoria National Reserve. Notable species at Bogoria includes huge flocks of Cape Teals, Fulvous Whistling Ducks, Black-Necked Grebes and other wader birds not mentioning the Lesser and Greater Flamingoes. We will later drive back to Lake Baringo Club, late evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Western Kenya - Kakamega Forest
This morning after breakfast, we will depart for Kakamega Forest through the spectacular Kerio Valley in search of species like Gambaga Flycatcher. We will have a couple of birding stopovers and finally arrive in time for Lunch at Rondo Retreat Center. The rest of the day will be spent birding at the Retreat's lovely grounds with dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Center.

Day 7: Western Kenya - Kakamega Forest
Full day birding around the Kakamega Forest with our second night here. At Kakamega and the surroundings, you will be looking for the 36 birds' species that are endemic to this place. Just to mention a few, we will be looking for Blue-Headed Bee-Eater, Western Black-Headed Oriole, Jameson's Wattle-Eye, Turner's Eremomela, African Crowned Eagles, Yellowbill, Great Blue and Black-Bellied Turaco and a host number of Greenbuls among others.

Day 8: Lake Victoria - Kisumu & Sorrounding Areas
This morning after breakfast, we will drive to Kisumu via some major birding hot spots on the way with lunch en route. Later in the evening, we will visit the famous Dunga Swamp (one of the strong hold of rare Lake Victoria swamp species). Dinner and overnight today, will be at Kisumu Sunset Hotel.

Day 9: Rift Valley - Lake Nakuru National Park
This Morning after breakfast, we will drive to Lake Nakuru National Park (birding off course) with a lunch stopover en route. We will arrive at Nakuru late afternoon and immediately embark on the evening game drive en route to Lake Nakuru Lodge, where we will have dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Rift Valley - Lake Naivasha & Sorroundings
Today, we will leave for Naivasha after an early morning game drive and our final breakfast here and arrive at Lake Naivasha Country Club in time for lunch. After lunch, we will spend the rest of the evening bird watching at the grounds of the Club as well as the lake shoreline. Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Country Club.

Day 11: Rift Valley - Nairobi + Depart
Full morning birding at Naivasha, with probably a visit to the Crescent Island, which is across Lake Naivasha Country Club. After lunch drive towards Nairobi via Kinangop grasslands in search for Sharpe's Longclaw and proceed on with another stop over at some lovely ponds for African and migratory Ducks. Assuming that your flight would be late evening, arrive at Nairobi late evening and later transfer to the airport. Overnight arrangments can be made for those departing the following day).

NB: Itinerary changes may be made due to local conditions beyond our control.

PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 (Kenya Travel Planner)
NO. OF
PAX
PER PERSON
SHARING TWIN
SINGLE ROOM
SUPPLEMENT
EXTRA
NIGHT
2-4
USD 3875
USD 1120
USD 295
5-8
USD 3685
USD 1120
USD 295
8-12
USD 3445
USD 1120
USD 295
12+
USD 3215
USD 1120
USD 295
ABBREVIATION KEY: NO. Of Pax = NO. Of Participants, USD = U.S. Dollar
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Kenya Birdwatching Safaris: Expert Kenya Birding Tours & Kenya Ornithological Expenditions and Trips to Kenya
INCLUDED In Our Bird Watching Safaris in Kenya
Airport Meet and Greet Services with assistance
Complimentary authentic safari hats
All airport transfers with assistance
Free Nairobi City Orientation Tour on arrival (Day 00)
Complimentary baggage handling of two pieces per person
Free excess baggage storage in Nairobi
Bed and breakfast accommodation in Nairobi at the selected city hotel
Transport in a custom-built safari vehicle with window seat guarantee
All park entry fees and a Comprehensive Bird Checklist [Download Copy]
Full board accommodation whilst on Safari
A pair of standard Binoculars in each car (Guests urged to take their own)
Complimentary bottled mineral water on safari and birding drives
Unlimited birding drives and options per day whilst on safari
Services of an English - speaking and professional Safari Driver
Services of an Multi-Lingual and professional Tour Leader*
Membership to AMREF's Flying Doctors Medical Evacuation Services*
NB: Government taxes and levies are EXCLUDED
EXCLUDED In Our Bird Watching Safaris in Kenya
International airfares (unless otherwise stated)
Travel Insurance and Personal Accident Cover (Highly Recommended)
Tourist Entry VISA fees to the specific country of visit
Accommodation whist in the city before of after the Kenya Safari
Bird watching gear, such as binoculars, cameras and allied equipment
All expenditure of personal nature such as phone, internet and laundry
Optional excursions not mentioned in the inclusions such as village visits etc
Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides, porters, or hotel / lodge staff.
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At AfriChoice!, we have a wide range of carefully designed birding safaris and trips to explore the diverse bird species in Kenya that will give you a rewarding Bird Watching Adventure. AfriChoice! offers the best opportunity to realize an unforgettable bird watching safari in East Africa. We limit our guests to 4 clients per guide in order to ensure personalised attention to every guest. Your bird watching safari consultant will always be at your assistance should you need a birding safari to Kenya. For more information, DO NOT hesitate to Contact Us >
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