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Kenya Birdwatching Safaris: Expert Kenya Birding Tours & Kenya Ornithological Expenditions and Trips to Kenya
ACBW2A: Kenya Avian Discovery Trail (17 Days / 16 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:

Avian Discovery Trail : 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. After 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: Tsavo West National Park
Depart from Nairobi and drive southeast with a short stop over at Hunters Lodge to view the bustling colony of African Golden Weavers and have a chance to look for the Resident Giant Kingfishers before proceeding to Saltlick Safari Lodge, famous for the large number of elephants that visit its floodlit waterhole each night to arrive for late lunch. Afternoon spend birdwatching in a remnant patch of forest at the top of the Taita Hills. Dinner and over night at Salt Lick Lodge.

DAY 3: Tsavo East National Park
Early Morning bird watching at Taita Hills. Return to the Lodge for breakfast and there after we depart and drive to the bird-rich Lake Jipe, where we'll search for waterbirds. After a picnic lunch on the lakeshore we'll drive to Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp where we will arrive late afternoon. By the way in some dry scrub close to Ziwani Camp we'll look for White-headed Mousebird, Scaly Chatterer and White-throated Robin. Dinner and overnight at Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp.

DAY 4: Tsavo West National Park
An early breakfast at Voyager Ziwani Camp, then drive to Kitovu Forest close to the border with Tanzania for bird viewing then return to Voyager Ziwani Camp for lunch lunch. Then drive through Tsavo West National Park to Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge arriving late afternoon. After check in do a late afternoon game drive with a visit Mzima Springs. Dinner and overnight at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.

DAY 5: Amboseli National Park

Early morning game around Chaimu Crater and Roaring Rocks to view falcons, eagles and buzzards whirling over the plains. Breakfast then depart thereafter and drive to Amboseli National Park arriving in time for Lunch at Ol Tukai Lodge. Afternoon spend looking for species typical of this area especially on the marshlands. Dinner and overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge.

DAY 6: Amboseli National Park
Full day game and bird watching in this park. Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge.

DAY 7: Mount Kenya Central Highlands
Depart after an early breakfast, we'll drive north toward Mt. Kenya stopping en route at the Blue Posts Hotel where we'll look for Brown-hooded Kingfisher and Trumpeter Hornbill in the well-wooded gardens. We'll continue to Mountain Lodge arriving in time for a late lunch. Birdwatching from the open roof is excellent as the forest presses in on three sides and we'll see many species. The waterhole in front of the lodge attracts a variety of mammals. Afternoon spend around the lodge bird watching Dinner and overnight at Senera Mountain Lodge.

DAY 8: Mount Kenya Central Highlands
After breakfast we'll leave the lodge, driving slowly down through a forest rich in birds. We'll arrive at Naro Moru River Lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon we'll walk a shaded riverside trail in search of Black Duck, Crowned Hornbill, Mountain Wagtail and up to eight species of sunbirds including the stunning Tacazze. Night at Naro Moru River Lodge.

DAY 9: Rift Valley - Lake Nakuru National Park
After a earlybreakfast we’ll drive north to the spectacular Thomson's Falls, taking a short walk to look for Slender-billed Starling, then we’ll climb high into the mountains where flowering roadside Leonotis bushes attract brilliant Golden-winged and the occasional Malachite Sunbirds. We’ll drop down through the eastern Escarpment of The Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru. We may arrive in time for lunch at Lionhill Lodge. Afternoon game and bird viewing at Lake Nakuru national Park. We will be looking to see millions of greater and lesser flamingoes and other bird species such as Narina Trogon. Red-throated Wryneck, Greater and scaly throated Honey guides, Arrow Marked Babbler and African Fire finch. Dinner and overnight at Lion hill Lodge.

DAY 10: Rift Valley - Lake Bogoria Basin
After breakfast birding around the lake. About 0930 drive to Lake Bogoria National Reserve. Lunch at Lake Bogoria Hotel. Afternoon game and bird viewing. Also visit the Hot Springs. Afterwards drive north to Lake Baringo Country Club. We'll spend time in the garden and along the lakeshore. Dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo Country Club.

DAY 11: Rift Valley - Lake Baringo Basin
We'll visit the nearby cliffs at sunrise scanning for Fan-tailed Raven, Hemprich's Hornbill, Cliff Chat, Brown-tailed Rock-Chat and Bristle-crowned Starling. After breakfast we'll venture out into the nearby scrub. Lunch,dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo Country Club.

DAY 12: Western Kenya - Kakamega Forest
After breakfast we'll travel up the west side of the Rift to Kabarnet and descend into the spectacular Kerio valley. On rocky hillsides amongst large scattered trees we'll search for Green-backed Eremomela and Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, before stopping for picnic in the wooded valley bottom where Brown Parrot, White-crested Turaco, Pearl-spotted Owlet and Black-headed Gonolek may well liven up our picnic. At a spectacular viewpoint halfway up the western escarpment of the valley may offer as well the very local Boran Cisticola. Afternoon we'll reach Kakamega Forest. Birding around Rondo Retreat Center. Dinner and overnight in Rondo Retreat Center.

DAY 13: Western Kenya - Kakamega Forest
Full day spend viewing birds at this once extensive woodland forest. Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Center.

DAY 14: Western Kenya - Kakamega Forest
Morning we'll drive west toward the Ugandan border. Just after dawn we'll reach a major river where a pair of delightful Rock Pratincoles normally reside on some isolated boulders A nearby area of streamside bushes and cultivated fields which holds a number of western species birds with small or localized Kenyan populations . Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Center.

DAY 15: Rift Valley - Lake Naivasha Basin
Early morning birding at the grounds of your hotel then depart after breakfast and After breakfast, drive South East through the Western Escarpment of The Great Rift Valley and down on its floor viewing the beautiful landscape to arrive to Lake Naivasha arriving in time for LUNCH at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge. Afternoon free to do bird viewing on the grounds of the hotel. Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge.

DAY 16: Rift Valley - Hell's Gate National Park
Morning spend birding at the grounds of your hotel and surrounding areas then take a boat ride to the Lake looking for Goliath Heron and Giant Kingfisher among the masses of other water birds. After lunch drive to Hells Gate National Park well known for its colonies of Rupell’s Vultures and hordes of Mottled and Nyanza Swifts and Lanners hunting the swifts along the cliffs. With Luck we may see the Spooted Eagle Owl. Dinner and overnight Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge.

DAY 17: Back to Nairobi + Depart
Morning spend birding at the grounds of lodge. Breakfast and drive back to Nairobi arriving at around 1300 hrs.

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

PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 (Kenya Travel Planner)
USD 4875
USD 1740
USD 295
USD 4685
USD 1740
USD 295
USD 4445
USD 1740
USD 295
USD 4215
USD 1740
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.
Further Information and Getting Started
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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