BIRD WATCHING KENYA
Exploring Beyond Twilight
Exploring Beyond Twilight
Arrival and night in Nairobi
Early morning drive to Kinangop plains for Sharpe’s longclaw with a brief stop –over at Rift valley view point for chance of Golden winged sunbird and Hunter’s cisticola. We will then drive to Crayfish camp for lunch and later walk in the compound for Grey woodpecker, Fischers loverbird,White bellied tit and later drive to Hell’s gate national reserve for Schalows wheatear,Red throated tit, Nyanza Swift and Hilderbrandt’s francolin. Night at Crayfish camp.
Early breakfast pack up and drive to Crater lake sanctuary for chance of grey crested helmet shrike and Kenya rufous sparrow and then depart to Masai mara ,lunch will be taken at Narok town. Late fternoon arrival may enable us watch out for Usambiro barbet,Short toed lark, short tailed lark before darkness sets in. Night at Aruba camp
Early breakfast and depart to the park for Fischers sparrow lark, Southern grosbeak canary, White headed saw wing,chances of violet tipped courser, Imperial eagle,Hilderbrandt’s starling. After lunch rest and another evening session of birding the park will follow till dusk. Night at Aruba camp.
Early breakfast and depart for Lake Victoria, we will check in at Imperial hotel and later drive to the shores for Angola swallow, chances of papyrus yellow warbler and later retire to the hotel.
Early morning boat trip for chances of White winged warbler, Carrutther’s ,cardinal quelea and then breakfast and depart to Kakamega forest for lunch and later a walk for greenbuls, equatorial akalat,Hyliota,Grey throated barbet,Dusky crested flycatcher,Thickbilled honey guide. Night at Rondo retreat.
Early breakfast and start birding along the forest road for Red headed bluebill,Yellow spotted barbet, Blue headed bee eater,greenbuls , we will be back for lunch and bird again late afternoon some other places of the forest. Night at Rondo.
Early morning birding in Isecheno area of the forest for species that might have not been seen. We will then head to Lake Baringo with stop overs on the way for chances of Boran cisticola, Chestnut crowned sparrow weaver,Jackson’s hornbill,crimson rumped waxbill. After check in at Soi safari lodge if time allows we will venture into westbay area for brown babbler, spotted morning thrush,buff bellied warbler, Mouse coloured penduline tit.
Early boat ride for Golden backed weaver,Northern masked weaver, likelihood of Madagascar pond heron. We will come back for breakfast and drive to look around Slender tailed nightjar, likelihood of standard winged nightjar,Red fronted warbler. We will then go back to hotel for lunch and rest till late afternoon when we drive to the escarpment for Brown tailed rock chat,Pygmy batis,Abyssinian scimitarbill,Three streaked Tchagra, we will then retire to hotel.
Early morning birding and drive to Nyahururu, lunch will be taken in Nakuru, after check in at Thomson falls we will explore the edge of the fall for Abyssinian crimson wing, eastern double collared sunbird, moustached green tinker bird, Slender billed starling, Hartlaubs turaco, red fronted parrot. Night at Thomson falls hotel.
Early breakfast and brief birding for Chestnut throated apalis, Sharpe’s starling then we will drive away to samburu game reserve, lunch will be taken around Nanyuki town. Upon arrival in Samburu we will bird all the way to the lodge for Somali bee eater, Somali Ostrich, Yellow vented eremomela , Donaldson-smith sparrow weaver. Night at Samburu game lodge.
Early breakfast and depart to the reserve for Somali courser, Lichtenstein sandgrouse,Black faced sandgrouse, Four banded sand grouse, Pink breasted lark, likelihood of William’s lark(rare),Quail plover, Somali short toed lark, after lunch take rest and later do an evening birding in the reserve. Night at samburu lodge
Early breakfast and bird our way out to Nyeri passing by Naromoru plains for likelihood of Jackson’s widowbird. After lunch in Nyeri check in and prepare for a drive to Mukuruweini for Hindes babbler and back for a night in Nyeri’s green hills hotel.
Early breakfast and pack up and depart to Aberdare national park for Aberdare cisticola, Jackson’s and Moorland francolin. We will then drive to Nyeri for lunch and head to Mt Kenya’s castle forest where upon arrival we will the road up to the lodge. Wallers’, Abbots and kenrick starlings may be seen on a good day, red fronted parrot. At dusk Green ibis may be seen and montane nightjar as well.
Early breakfast and compound birding for Black headed waxbill, Mountain yellow warbler, later down the road for Brown woodland warbler, Mountain greenbul, Tullbergs woodpecker, White browed crombec, Oriole finch, African hill babbler, Doherty’s bush shrike. After lunch head to Nairobi for a night.
Early breakfast and drive to Voi town where we will check in at Voi wildlife lodge and later evening walk in the compound for Pangani longclaw,Black bellied sunbird, Tiny Cisticola etc. Night at Voi wildlife lodge.
Early breakfast and pack up and go through the park, depending on security situation we will either exit at Sala gate or Bachuma gate as we head to Watamu. Evening arrival at Temple point resort by the sea for a night.
Early breakfast and depart to Arabuko-Sokoke forest for specialities here, which include Malindi pipit, Sokoke pipit, Mombasa woodpecker, Amani sunbird, Four-coloured bush shrike,Fischers greenbul, Zanzibar sombre greenbul, Forest batis ,we will then get back to resort for lunch and rest. Later we will visit the forest for Sokoke scops owl,Scaly babblers,chance of Clarke’s weaver, Forbe’s Watson swift,Little yellow flycatcher. Night at Temple point.
Early breakfast and visit the forest for species that might have been missed, we will there after visit Mida creek upon rising tide for chances of Dimorphic egret and other species.
We will then go back to resort for check out and head to Voi Wildlife lodge for a night.
Early breakfast with packed lunch and embark on all day birding in the Tsavo east national park for Friedman’s lark, Red winged lark, likelihood of Heuglin’s bustard, Grasshopper bustard, Somali courser, upcher’s warbler etc.
Early breakfast and depart to Taita hills for Brown breasted barbet and Taita thrush along will other Taita specialities. After this we will drive back for lunch at the lodge and rest and perhaps do and late afternoon walk at Ndara ranch, nearby.
Early breakfast and depart to lake Jipe stopping along the way for Scaly chatterer and proceed to the park gate where birding while driving will commence, here we expect blue capped cordon blue, three streaked Tchagra, chances of Sooty falcon, Harlaub’s bustard, quail plover, Taita fiscal, at the lake we will have chance to see Taveta golden weaver . We will then drive to Taveta town .
Depart Nairobi for Lake Naivasha. Upon arrival check in for lunch and embark on a drive to Hells gate national park for evening birding. Get back to Crayfish camp for an evening-shoreline birding and later dinner and night at the camp.
Early breakfast and drive to Maasai Mara for lunch after check in at Aruba Lodge, evening game drive for birds such as various species of larks, eagles, vultures and numerous game seen at close quarters.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Aruba camp.
Early morning breakfast and depart to the park until lunch time when we head back to hotel. After an afternoon nap, we will do yet another game drive till dusk,we will be visiting hippo point along Talek river, where crocodiles may also be seen waiting for antelopes. Birding is also good along the river.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
After early breakfast, we will set out on a full-day game drive, with lunch boxes, hoping to sight big cats,if lucky enough we may watch hunting, enough time in the park may allow us to get to the Mara river bridge where we can have lunch, hopefully early arrivals of Gnus may be sighted as we will be close to Serengeti. Night at Aruba.
Early morning departure from Mara towards Lake Victoria,where we will have a brief stop at Hippo point to watch birds in the papyruses and the lake shore before we head to kakamega forest.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Rondo retreat.
Morning birding in the forest for greenbuls, alethes, turacos, forest weavers, Stulhman’s Starlings, warblers, widow birds. Beautiful butterflies and plants are plenty, various monkeys too.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Rondo retreat.
After-breakfast departure to Lake Baringo stopping various places along the road. We may have lunch Kerio view resort or Soi safari lodge and later a drive to Pokot village and back to hotel.Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Soi safari lodge.
3 hours morning boat ride, breakfast and nocturnals birding including Three-banded Courser, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Spotted Stone Curlew. Grayish Eagle-owl, White-faced Scops-owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, African Scops-owl and Giant Eagle-owl. After early lunch we will head to Nakuru when upon entry into the park we will slowly advance to Lake Nakuru lodge,hoping to check in at dusk.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at Lake Nakuru lodge.
Early breakfast and go to the park, where most of the morning will be spent driving around the park for birding and animals, afterwards lunch will be taken at Lake Nakuru lodge,then departure to Nairobi for a night.
After drop-off of family, we can drive to Manguo ponds and likely the Kinangop pplains for Sharpe’s longclaw otherwise we could do a bit of the stretch to Lake Magadi or another day in Nairobi park. We will be back for a night in Nairobi.
you will be picked up from your residence for the outbound flight.
Early breakfast with packed lunch depart to Nairobi national park for a full day birding, here you will expect variety of species such bustards, secretary bird, moustached warbler, red throated tit,water rail, around three species of vultures,barbets eg white headed,spot-flanked,Shelley’s francolin,pangani and yellow throated longclaw and many more. We will retire to hotel around 5 pm.
Early breakfast and depart to Naivasha passing by Limuru ponds which may provide sights of Maccoa duck,Southern pochard,Northern shoveller, herons,egrets, Red knobbed coot,Moorhen and more others,Check in at Crayfish camp for lunch and later a stroll to the lake and afterwards drive to Hell’s gate where Black eagle ,Augur buzzard,Schallow’s wheatear,Red capped and rufous naped lark and some game will be seen too.Night at Crayfish.
Early breakfast, pack up and drive to Crater lake sanctuary,stop over at Lake Oloiden for flamingos and possible water birds then explore the sanctuary where you expect the endangered Grey crested helmet shrike. Scaly throated honey guide,greater honey guide,southern black flycatcher,Grey wopopecker,Bearded woodpecker and more,fish eagles at the shores will also be viewed.After this drive to Crater lake lodge for lunch on the floating restaurant and later walk the edge of the lake for possibilities of other species before you embark on the journey back to Nairobi for outbound flight or night in Nairobi.