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8 Days Great Birding Safari in Kenya

Eka Hotel, Along Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

All-Inclusive Birding Safari Kenya

Join Soin Africa Safaris on an extensive birding safari in Kenya! Specializing in birders, Soin Africa Safaris ensures an ultimate birding experience that will take your breath away. With visits to Kenya's wonderful national parks and reserves, among other amazing spots for spotting birds and other wildlife, this safari is a great opportunity to make unforgettable memories. Your English-speaking professional guides will also be there to make sure you make the best of your time in Kenya. Wait no more and get ready for a birding safari of a lifetime!

Overview

  • Starting and ending point: Nairobi
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Barbets, bats, bee-eaters, bishops, broadbills, bustards, chats, cisticolas, coucals, ducks, egret, eremomelas, firefinches, flufftails, flycatchers, giraffe, greenbuls, hamerkop, harriers, helmetshrikes, herons, hippo, hornbills, hyliotas, illadopsises, impala, kingfishers, lesser flamingo, lesser moorhen, little bittern, lovebirds, malachite, marsh tshagra, martial eagle, monitor lizard, Palearctic warder, papyrus endemics, parrots, pelicans, phyton, reedbucks, rhino, rock pratincole, Ross’s turaco, sandpiper, shoebill, sparrowhawks, starlings, storks, sunbirds, tern, turacos, warblers, waterbuck, and woodpeckers
  • Vaccines needed: Malaria

Highlights

  • 7 days' birdwatching and game viewing
  • All park entrance fees included in the price
  • An opportunity to spot an abundance of bird species
  • Visit Lake Nakuru, Kakamega Forest, Kisumu, and Maasai Mara
  • Pick up and drop off at the international airport
  • Transport charges in 4 × 4 Land Cruiser
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7 nights of accommodation

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7 activity days
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

During the safari, you will stay one night at Eka Hotel in Nairobi, one night at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp in Lake Nakuru, two nights at Rondo Retreat in Kakamega Forest, one night at Acacia Premier in Kisumu, and two nights at Mara Leisure Camp in Maasai Mara.

Program

Day 1: Arrive at Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya! You will be met by Soin Safaris representative on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and transferred to Eka Hotel for an overnight stay (bed and breakfast).

Day 2: Lake Nakuru

This morning, you depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. It is a scenic drive over the Great Rift Valley. You marvel at the picturesque volcanic Mountains of Longonot and Suswa. Lake Nakuru is a very shallow strongly alkaline lake with surrounding woodland and grassland. The park was first gazetted as a bird sanctuary in 1960. It is internationally famous for its population of lesser flamingoes, but the numbers have dwindled significantly in the recent past due increase in the water level in the lake.

You will check in for lunch at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp. After lunch, you will do a game drive and explore the lakeshore and see thousands of white pelicans since this is their feeding ground. The water birds have significantly increased in numbers and diversity since the introduction of fish in 1961. You will also explore the grassland and woodland for grey crested helmetshrike, large numbers of Palearctic warders winter here and use the site. It is one of the flyways in Eastern Rift Valley. Over 450 species of birds have been recorded.

Here, you can also see rhinos, Rothschild’s giraffe, bohor reedbuck, waterbuck, and the rare large-eared leaf-nosed bat. Dinner and overnight stay today is at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp (full board).

Day 3: Kakamega Forest

This morning, you depart for Kakamega Forest. This is a unique mid-altitude forest with affinities to West Africa and the easternmost outlier of Congo Basin Forest. Kakamega avifauna is unique not only nationally, but continentally as well. At least 16 bird species occur in Kakamega and nowhere else in Kenya.

You arrive in time for lunch and check in at Rondo Retreat. After lunch, you will explore the surrounding area for garden species, bronze tailed starling, grey parrots, Stuhlmann’s starling, and both snowy-crowned and grey winged robin chat. Near the fish ponds, you can find the white spotted flufftail. Dinner and overnight stay today is at Rondo Retreat (full board).

Day 4: Kakamega Forest

You have a full day to explore the forest looking for its specialties, the great blue turaco, blue-headed bee-eaters, African broadbill, hairy-breasted barbet, brown-eared woodpecker, Toro olive greenbul, grey-chested illadopsis, southern hyliota, yellow-billed wattle eye, and Chapin’s flycatcher. More searches inside the forest should reveal the shy blue-headed coucal, broad-tailed (fan-tailed) warbler, and marsh tshagra.

Kakamega Forest has over 400 species of butterflies, over 300 species of trees and 27 species of snakes. Not forgetting the primates, blue and de-brazza monkeys. It has also impressive waterfalls. Overnight stay and dinner today is at Rondo Retreat (full board).

Day 5: Kisumu - Lake Victoria

This morning, you depart for Kisumu City. you will make a brief stop at Mumias town, the only place in Kenya to find rock pratincoles and at Busia grassland to look for red-headed lovebirds, bar-crested firefinch, common in lantana shrubs. Upon arrival, you will check in at Acacia Premier for lunch.

This afternoon, you will explore this one square kilometer of wildlife sanctuary looking for Carruther’s cisticola, black-billed barbet, lesser moorhen, little bittern, red and southern bishop, and African marsh harrier. Later, you will take a boat ride and visit Dunga Island. This site is reliable to see the scarce and threatened papyrus yellow warbler. Other papyrus endemics are papyrus canary, papyrus gonolek, and white-winged warbler. There are also lots of egrets, hamerkop, kingfishers, ducks, sandpipers, and terns.

Within the wildlife sanctuary, you have rhinos, hippos, antelopes (impalas), monitor lizards, and pythons. Dinner and overnight stay today is at Acacia Premier (full board).

Day 6: Maasai Mara

This morning after breakfast, you depart to Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most visited reserve, world famous for its high density of herbivores, predators, and the annual wildebeest migration. The Mara extensive grassland is a stronghold for the threatened migratory corncrake and near threatened range-restricted Jackson’s widowbird.

Upon arrival, check-in, and lunch at Mara Leisure Camp. In the afternoon, you will scout the escarpment and look out for special residents, the Ovampo sparrow hawks, red-tailed chat, green-capped eremomela, pale wren warbler, and rock-loving and trilling cisticola. Dinner and overnight stay today is at Mara Leisure Camp (full board).

Day 7: Maasai Mara

You have a full day to explore the swamps and the rocky areas for rufous-bellied heron, saddle-billed stork, shoebill, rock and tabora cisticola, yellow-bellied hyliota, black coucal and Denham’s bustard, African blue flycatcher, double toothed barbet, Ross’s turaco, black and white casqued hornbill, African mustached warbler, martial eagles, and grey throated barbet just to name a few.

Maasai Mara has more than 500 species of birds recorded, including 12 species of cisticolas and 53 birds of prey. Large numbers of Palearctic migrants winter in the area, including Caspian plovers and white storks. Dinner and overnight today is at Mara Leisure Camp (full board).

Day 8: Nairobi

This morning, you wrap-up and head to Nairobi after breakfast. Do not put away your binoculars or note books yet because you have a last stop to make before the city. At Manguo Swamp and the nearby Sewage Lagoon to look for maccoa ducks, malachite, and grey-headed kingfishers. Plenty of Leonotis flowers around, more likely to find beautiful sunbirds with long tails, malachites, and golden wings.

Lunch is on your own today to sample different restaurants in Nairobi before transferring to your international flight.

Location

This safari will take you to explore Kenya, especially to Nairobi, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kakamega Forest, Kisumu, and Maasai Mara National Reserve. Kenya lies across the equator on the east coast of the African continent. Neighboring countries are Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the north-west. The Indian Ocean lies on the southeastern border of the country. The country occupies an area of 582,646 square kilometers (the size of France).

Food

Kenya is renown for its wonderful gastronomy and array of exotic and international cuisine. Keep to established hotels and restaurants for meals. Drinking water from the tap is considered risky. Hotels and lodges usually furnish safe water in a thermos flask in guest rooms. Bottled mineral water is available in every hotel and supermarket.

Special dietary requirements are catered for throughout Africa. Please give Soin Africa Safaris advanced notice so that they can make arrangements with the lodges and camps you are scheduled to stay at. Most restaurants offer selections for vegetarians, depending on their forte. Local specialties can be surprisingly good! With the exception of a few lodges, halaal and kosher food is not available at most camps / lodges.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • A game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • 2 game viewing sessions in Kakamega Forest
  • Bird spotting in Mumias town and Busia grassland
  • An exploration of Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
  • Birdwatching on a boat ride in Lake Victoria
  • 2 birdwatching sessions in Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • A birding stopover in Manguo Swamp
  • All park fees
  • Transport charges in 4 × 4 Land Cruiser
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • Service of English-speaking professional bird guide and walk guide
  • Transfers on arrival and departure from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
  • Flying doctors cover

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra activities like ballooning

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • April 1 - November 30

 

High season

 

  • December 1 - March 31

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