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,
Holubs 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
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.
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
After a earlybreakfast well drive north to the spectacular
Thomson's Falls, taking a short walk to look for Slender-billed
Starling, then well climb high into the mountains
where flowering roadside Leonotis bushes attract brilliant
Golden-winged and the occasional Malachite Sunbirds. Well
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
DAY 10: Rift Valley - Lake Bogoria
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
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
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
Full day spend viewing birds at this once extensive woodland
forest. Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Center.
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.
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 Rupells
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.
17: Back to Nairobi + Depart
Morning spend birding at the grounds of lodge. Breakfast
and drive back to Nairobi arriving at around 1300 hrs.
Itinerary changes may be made due to local
conditions beyond our control.