9 Days Birding Kenya Safari

  • Nairobi - Lake Elmentaita - Nakuru - Lake Nakuru National Park - Maasai Mara National Reserve

Remarkable Wildlife Safari Kenya

If you are so much into birds and want to explore various species of birds, this best of Kenya safari tour package is suitable for you! You can also experience the wildest Africa through this 9-day safari covering Nairobi National Park, Lake Elmentaita, Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Maasai Mara. Join now and experience a breathtaking wildlife safari like never before!

Highlights

  • Bird watching sessions
  • Game drives in Maasai Mara
  • Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Excursion to Elsamere Center & visit Maasai Village
  • 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 9 activity days
  • English
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You will spend you 8 nights at several accommodations provided by Wildrace Africa Tours & Travel.

  • Night 1: Nairobi Stanly Sarova Hotel
  • Night 2: Lake Elmentaita Pelican Lodge
  • Night 3 and 4: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
  • Night 5: Lake Nakuru Lodge or luxury tented Flamingo Hill Camp
  • Night 6: Luxury tented Flamingo Hill Camp
  • Night 7 and 8: Mara Sopa Lodge

Safari vehicle

Your safari adventure will be in a standard game viewing safari vehicle, completed with a pop-up roof for easy viewing and photography. Every passenger will be guaranteed a window seat. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking driver / guide who has in-depth knowledge of the flora, fauna, landscape, and Kenyan culture. Furthermore, the vehicle is outfitted with a two-way, long-range high-frequency radio communication equipment. You will be comfortable during your safari because each safari vehicle carries safari accessories including wildlife books, bean bags to support cameras on car doors and window sills, binoculars, a first-aid kit, an ice-chest, and a fire extinguisher.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in the morning, the representation will meet you and transfer you to The Nairobi Safari Club hotel. After checking in, you will proceed to Nairobi National Park, an ornithological paradise starter within the city environment. In the afternoon, you will be guided to visit National Museum Bird Gallery, followed by a short walk at Nairobi Botanical Garden. Here, you will have a chance to see various species of birds such as a variable sunbird, bronzy sunbird, collared sunbird, African goshawk, palm swift, baglafecht weaver, and much more. You will have lunch, dinner, and overnight stay at Stanley Hotel Nairobi.

  • Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Nairobi - Lake Elmentaita

In the morning, you will depart from Nairobi for Lake Elmentaita. You will be arrived in the middle of the morning and have a bird walk as you try to identify available species of birds like a feral lovebird, avocets, Klaas's cuckoo, glossy ibis, black heron, red-billed teal, black-tailed godwit, and much more. In the afternoon, you will have lunch at Lake Elmentaita Lodge. After that, you will have an afternoon bird walk around the lodge and have dinner as well as stay overnight at Lake Elmentaita Pelican Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Lake Elmentaita - Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, you will depart from Lake Elmentaita for Lake Naivasha via the Great North road for a scenic drive. You will be arrived in the middle of the morning and have a bird walk before lunch. You will also have dinner and stay overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge. During your full day trip to Lake Naivasha, you will study the birds in the region such as a heron, African fish eagle, osprey, black crake, and lily trotters. Furthermore, you will have an excursion to the Elsamere Center. There, you will be involved in reliving the experience of Joy Adamson and Elsa while viewing the “Born Free”.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Lake Naivasha - Hell's Gate National Park

After breakfast, you will have a morning bird watching on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Additionally, you will have a few hours of relaxation before lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit Hell’s Gate National Park, which is a breeding ground for vultures in Kenya such as a lammergeyer vulture. There will be also various species of birds such as the eastern imperial eagle, Schalow’s wheatear, and chinspot batis. At the end of the day, you will have dinner and stay overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Hell's Gate National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast, you will go to Lake Nakuru National Park which is known as “The pink heart of Kenya” because of the millions of flamingos covering the lake with pink shine. After that, you will have an afternoon game drive or bird watching. At the end of the day, you will have dinner and stay overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge or luxury tented Flamingo Hill Camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park

Today, you will spend the whole day bird watching in the park. If you are lucky enough, you will have a chance to spot the shy leopards which are mostly seen in this park. You will then return to the accommodation to have lunch and relax before your late afternoon game drive. After that, you will try to capture what’s not seen during the day before the dusk engulfs you. At the end of the day, you will have dinner and stay overnight at luxury tented Flamingo Hill Camp.

  • Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 7: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara

Soon after breakfast, you will drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley, the longest rift in the crust of the earth, to Maasai Mara Game Reserve which is the unspoiled savannah. In the afternoon, you will have lunch, take some time to relax, and maybe take a dip in the pool at Mara Sopa Lodge. Sopa is a Maasai word which means welcome and indeed, this is a tradition which has been well adopted by the lodge to all guests. Set in the Oloolaimutia valley, the lodge blends in perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape.

Afterward, you will depart for an afternoon game drive in search of the Big 5. As the sun began to dip on the edge of the horizon, you will have a perfect time to take a picture of the beautiful Maasai Mara. Don’t forget, it will also be the right time to spot the shy leopards. At the end of the day, you will stay overnight at the excellent Mara Sopa Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Maasai Mara

An early morning bird watching after breakfast will be a perfect start for your unforgettable and memorable birding day in Africa. With picnic lunch en-route, you will spend your day in Mara Plains trying to identify some of the 450 species or birds recorded around this reserve. You will have your meals and stay overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9: Masai Mara - Nairobi

After an early morning game drive, you will return to the lodge for full breakfast. You will also have a visit to Maasai Village as you going back to Nairobi. Furthermore, you will have lunch en-route and arrive in Nairobi by the late evening. After that, you will have a farewell dinner. Wildrace Africa Tours & Travel will host you at the famous Carnivore Restaurant, which is considered as “Africa’s greatest eating experience” and home to “Simba Saloon”, one of the most popular nightclubs in the city. Then, you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure flight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Fun trip to Elsamere Center
  • Visit Maasai Village

Your safari adventure will include an exploration of Nairobi National Park, Lake Elmentaita, Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Maasai Mara.

Lake Naivasha

Lake Naivasha is located closely to Lake Nakuru National Park and 65 miles away from Nairobi. It was declared as a bird sanctuary in 1967 and now it supports pastoral industries of wine and flowers. Dominated by the shadow of Mount Longonot, Lake Naivasha has a more spectacular setting than other lakes in the world. Located on the Great Rift floor, Lake Naivasha is home to an incredible variety of species. There have been over 450 species recorded here.

Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara is located in the northern portion of the Great Plains ecosystem in the neighboring Tanzania national park called Serengeti. Maasai Mara is also home to the Big 5 consisting of lions, buffalos, rhinos, leopards, and elephants. It is also home to cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, and vast herds of plain antelope as well as other numerous wildlife.

All meals noted in the itinerary will be included. Generally, each day will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner (except on day 1, 5, and 6) buffets consisting of both western and local dishes. In total, you will have 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 9 dinners. Furthermore, bottled mineral water is provided in the minivan while you are on game drives.

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • A minivan outfitted with two-way, long-range high-frequency radio communications equipment
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Bottled mineral water during game drives
  • 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • English-speaking driver or guide with deep knowledge of the flora, fauna, landscape, and Kenyan culture
  • Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park and Maasai Mara
  • Game viewing safari vehicle (pop-up roof for easy viewing and photography)
  • Park entrance fees
  • Pick up and drop off transfers
  • Safari accessories in each minivan including wildlife books, bean bags to support cameras on car doors and window sills, binoculars, first-aid kit, ice-chest, and fire extinguisher
  • Window seat guaranteed
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Domestic and international airfares
  • Laundry services
  • Personal communications charges for telephone calls, faxes, email, etc
  • Snacks, parks, attractions, and events that are not included in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities for your driver / guide

Arrival by plane

Please arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in the morning. Wildrace Africa Tours & Travel will pick you up from the airport. Transfers from and to airport is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 31 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Kerry S.
    10 out of 10

    "My partner and I spent 7 fantastic days on safari with Wildrace Africa Tours & Travel. Simon was incredibly helpful from the start, arranging a package that met with our wants and desires. Our guide, Ken, was incredibly knowledgeable and very accommodating. Nothing was ever a problem for him and we genuinely felt he wanted to ensure we enjoyed our safari as much as possible. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Wildrace Africa Tours & Travel to anyone wishing to book a memorable safari."

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  • Review by a traveler from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "We had a really great time and I wish I could give 4,5 stars. Our guides were all knowledgeable, kind, and they really went out of their way to show us a lot of wildlife. I would use this company again. I hope to go back someday. I feel like we made new friends."

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  • Review by a traveler from Lisbon, Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "I had the opportunity to enjoy a 4-day trip to Tsavo West and East. It was not my first time with Wildrace Africa Tours & Travel and once again I had a wonderful experience. My driver / guide, Obama, is a very experienced guide and he made the trip as wonderful as it can be expected. We proceed on time, as scheduled in the direction to Tsavo West. There, we had the opportunity to went to Mzima springs, the source of Mombassa water. We had the opportunity to spot crocodiles (one of them guarding the eggs), hippos, and a few other animals. The explanations given by the guide were as could as it could have been. After that, we proceed to our lodge to check in and a little bit rest. Ngulia Lodge, the chosen one, was just in a perfect location and with wonderful landscape viewing. On the following day, we proceed to the other Tsavo, Tsavo Weast, a 12,000 square kilometers of wildlife and nature. The lodge and the red elephant is set on a wonderful place providing us good chances to see wildlife, even when having the meals. We proceed to the park and started looking for the animals. We have seen the difficult onyx, a few times, therefore we were blessed. Lots of elephants, some cheetahs, and also the lions. We only missed the rhino and leopard. On the next day, we went all the way to the river where we managed to spot a lot of wildlife and also the waterfalls. Unbelievably beautiful! Thanks to the expertise of Obama and the good arrangements made by Simon. If anyone wants to have a good experience, this company should be the one."

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