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Kenya Birdwatching Safaris: Expert Kenya Birding Tours & Kenya Ornithological Expenditions and Trips to Kenya
ACBW3A: Kenya Birding: '24 Days Thru a Pro's Binoculars!'

A true bird lovers' expedition to Kenya's best bird-watching sports including the coastline. Expect to see more than 1000 species in only 23 days! This authentic bird watching safari itinerary is best suited for professional 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. This 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:

Thru' Professional Binos: A True Bird Lovers' Expedition

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. 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: Great Rift Valley - Lake Naivasha Basin
After breakfast, depart by road to Lake Naivasha which is highest of all the Rift Valley lakes. Enjoy bird-watching along the way with brief stops at the Limuru Pod and the View Point to have a panoramic view of the Rift Valley Floor. Driving further along the Great Rift Valley we come to Lake Naivasha. Even though this lake is on the floor of the Valley, it is still situated at about 6,200 feet (1,890 metres) above sea level. Naivasha presents a mystery - even though the lake has no apparent outflows, its waters are fresh. Arrive at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort in time for lunch. Afternoon spend birding in the grounds of our Resort. Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.

DAY 3:Great Rift Valley - Lake Naivasha Basin
Early morning spend birding at the grounds of your hotel and surrounding areas before breakfast then after breakfast take a 2 hour boat trip for bird watching in the lake looking for Goliath Heron and Giant Kingfisher among the masses of other water birds. After lunch drive south-east 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.

DAY 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve
After an early breakfast, we leave for the Masai Mara located further south into the Great Rift Valley. The Valley floor in Kenya is studded with volcanoes and seven lakes. These lakes fluctuate greatly in size according to the quality of the rains during the monsoons each year, sometimes drying up altogether. We arrive in time for lunch at Keekorok Lodge located on the eastern edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. This is the northern section of the Serengeti Plain, which is home to the greatest concentration of game animals in the world. On our afternoon bird-watching drive in the Masai Mara we have a very good chance of seeing all the major plains animals including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, hyena, cheetah, jackal, warthog and many species of antelope. This day you can have an optional night drive. Dinner and overnight at Keekorok Safari Lodge

DAY 5: Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, we continue to explore this miraculous area on our morning game drives. This open grassland is home to almost every species of East African wildlife including lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras and at least 53 species of birds of prey. This is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. Enroute to the Western side of Masai Mara we will visit a section of the Mara River where we hope to see many hippos and arriving in time for lunch at Mara Serena Lodge. Afternoon bird-watching walks within the lodge's vicinity. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Safari Lodge.

DAY 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Early Morning Game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast then with picnic lunch depart for a full day of exciting game drives and bird watching. Here we learn about and see first hand the intricate web of dependency that binds the different species of animals together. Each animal has adapted to its own niche and to the other animals that surround it. Here we see Nature at its most subtle and, sometimes, most cruel as each animal struggles to survive and reproduce. Dinner and overnight in Mara Serena Safari Lodge.

DAY 7: Lake Victoria - Kisumu & Surrounding Areas
This morning after breakfast, we will drive to Kisumu, a city on the edge of Lake Victoria 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 be at Kisumu Sunset Hotel.

DAY 8: Kakamega Rain Forest
Early morning breakfast and depart just after dawn with picnic lunches and drive westwards through the scenic western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley to western Kenya region, arriving at kakamega forest in time for lunch at Rondo Retreat Center towards the Uganda border searching for Rock Pratincoles that normally reside on some isolated boulders along the way. Also on the nearby streamside bushes we look for Senegal Coucal, Yellow Fronted Tinker bird Yellow Throated Leaf-love, Copper Sunbird, Bar Breasted Fire finch Compact Weaver and many more other species. Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Center

DAY 9: Kakamega Rain Forest
Full day spend viewing birds at this once extensive woodland forest. Afternoon visit the Kakamega Rain Forest to view the rare Red Columbus monkeys and the elusive forest animals, the abundant bird life like the beautiful Rose Turaco, butterflies and much more. Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Center
Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Center.

DAY 10: Lake Baringo Basin
Depart after breakfast and drive south-east into the Great Rift Valley stopping for Black Headed Lapwings, Dark Chanting-Goshawk and silver birds to arrive at Lake Baringo arriving in time for lunch at Lake Baringo Country Club. Afternoon spent on the grounds of the Hotel bird viewing. Dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo Country Club.

DAY 11: Lake Baringo Basin
Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning free to view birds. Depart after around 0900 drive to Lake Bogoria National Reserve which is a short distance away arriving in time for lunch at Lake Bogoria Hotel. Afternoon game and bird viewing. Also visit the Hot Springs. Afterwards drive back to Lake Baringo Country Club for Dinner and overnight

DAY 13: Lake Nakuru National Park
Depart after breakfast in the lodge and drive south-west on the floor of the world's greatest Valley viewing the beautiful landscape to arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park. Arrive in good time to do some birding before going for lunch at Lion Hhill Lodge. Afternoon game and bird viewing at Lake Nakuru national Park. Dinner and overnight at Lion Hill Lodge. The park is also a Sanctuary for both black and white rhinos, famous for 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. This park is also a good area to see the leopard. Dinner & overnight at Lion Hill Lodge

DAY 12: Lake Nakuru National Park
Full day spend bird watching in this park looking for black and white rhinos, millions of greater and lesser flamingoes and other bird species such as Narina Trogon. Lake Nakuru is famous for its flocks of over one million Greater and Lesser Flamingoes. As well as seeing many large game animals such as zebras, elephants and gazelles, this is one of our best chances of seeing rhinos. These highly endangered animals are the second largest land animals in the world. Lake Nakuru National Park was the first place in Kenya selected as a rhino reserve. Here is one of the few places where we can see Rothschild's giraffes. Red-throated Wryneck, Greater and scaly throated Honey guides, Arrow Marked Babbler and African Fire finch. This park is also a good area to see the leopard. Dinner & overnight at Lion Hill Lodge

DAY 14: Mount Kenya & Central Kenya Highlands
Depart after an early breakfast and drive Mount Kenya region arriving at either Serena Mountain Lodge or Naromoru River Lodge in time for lunch. The massive size of this mountain and its gleaming and eroded snow-covered multiple peaks means that Mount Kenya dominates the surrounding countryside and even affects the local climate. This is also the traditional homeland of the Kikuyu people, the largest of Kenya's 40 recognized tribes. The Kikuyu believe that their god, Ngai, lives on Mount Kenya and so they build their homes with the doors facing towards the mountain, to welcome their god in. Afternoon spend around the lodge bird watching. Dinner and overnight at Naro Moru River Lodge or Serena Mountain Lodge.

DAY 15: Mount Kenya & Central Kenya Highlands
After breakfast and drive with picnic lunches to the moorland habitat of Mount Kenya then ascend to above 10,000 feet to view the Alpine Chats that are common at this altitude and can be found around this area. We also look for Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird. In the late afternoon we drive back to our hotel located at the foot of Kenya's highest mountain, Mt. Kenya. Dinner and overnight at Naro Moru River Lodge or Serena Mountain Lodge.

DAY 16: Amboseli National Reserve
Depart after breakfast and drive to Amboseli National Park arriving in time for lunch in Nairobi at The Rangers Restaurant. Afternoon proceed to the Amboseli National Park, lying on the foothills of the most famous symbol of Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro. Afternoon game drive en-route to your lodge looking for species typical of this area especially on the marshlands. Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge Or Oltukai Lodge.

DAY 17: Amboseli National Reserve
Full day spend bird watching in this park with Lunch & Dinner Included. The snow- capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rising above a saucer of clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli. Amboseli was gazetted as a national park in 1974; it covers only 392 square kilometers but despite its small size and its fragile ecosystem it supports a wide range of mammals, well over 50 of the larger species, and birds with over 400 species. Overnight at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge or Oltukai Lodge

DAY 18: Tsavo National Park
An early breakfast we drive through Tsavo West National Park to Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge arriving in time for lunch at Kilaguni Serena Lodge. After checking in, enjoy a late afternoon game drive with a visit Mzima Springs. Dinner and overnight at Kilaguni Serena Safari

DAY 19: Tsavo National Park
Early Morning bird watching in Tsavo West. Departing with a picnic lunch, we spend the day in search of the Savannah Birds enroute to Voyager Ziwani Luxury Camp where we will arrive late afternoon. By the way in some dry scrub close to Ziwani Camp we'll should be lucky enough to see the White-headed Mousebird, Scaly Chatterer and White-throated Robin. Dinner and overnight at Voyager Ziwani Luxury Camp.

DAY 20: Tsavo National Park
After breakfast, proceed with our exploration of Tsavo, Kenya's largest national park enjoying 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 lunch. Afternoon spend bird watching in a remnant patch of forest at the top of the Taita Hills. Dinner and over night at Salt Lick Safari Lodge

DAY 21: Kenya Coast - Malindi Turtle Bay
After an early breakfast, we depart with lunch boxes to Malindi Town located on the northern coast of Mombasa. Arrive at Turtle Bay Beach Resort is situated along the famous Watamu. Over 450 Species have been recorded within a radius of 25 Kilometres of Watamu and Turtle Bay Beach Club is superbly located in a hotspot for East African coastal birds. Evening of relaxation after the day's trip. Dinner and overnight at Turtle Bay Beach Resort.

DAY 22 + DAY 23: Kenya Coast - Malindi Turtle Bay
We spend 2 full days birding around the wonderful sites covering a range of habitats from tidal mangroves and East African dry forest, to dry bush. Along, we visit the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest the largest Kenyan remnant of East African coastal dry forest which consists of three vegetation types each with its own assemblage of species. "The Small Six" are the six Globally Threatened birds which occur in the forest, The presence of these six rare birds has resulted in the forest being ranked by BirdLife International as one of the ten most important forests in mainland Africa for bird conservation. These Special Species: Sokoke Scops Owl - Africa's smallest owl, confined to the Cynometra Thicket. All meals and overnights at Turtle Bay Beach Club

DAY 24: Back To Nairobi + Depart
Morning spent birding at the grounds of hotel or having some fun at the beach. After lunch, transfer to the to Malindi Airport to catch a flight for an hour's flight back to Nairobi. Arrive in time to connect with your onward flight marking the end of our birding expedition!

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 6899
USD 1981
USD 299
5-8
USD 6781
USD 1981
USD 299
8-12
USD 6699
USD 1981
USD 299
12+
USD 6591
USD 1981
USD 299
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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