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Kenya is Africa’s best birding Safari destination. It boasts as one of the richest avifaunas in Africa with over 1000 bird species recorded.
Day 1: Nairobi - Mt Kenya Forest Reserve
Our driver will pick you up on arrival at JKIA in 4x4 Safari minivan for a scenic drive towards the foot of Mt Kenya with breakfast en route. The scenic drive is exciting as you will make several birding stop over en route.
Arrive at Castle Forest lodge located in the slopes of Mt Kenya in time for lunch. Check in, relax as you bird around the lodge. Afternoon will see us bird for White headed wood hopoe,Waller’s starling,Red fronted parrot, Grey apalis,Black throated apalis,White starred robin, Black fronted bush shrike,White tailed crested flycatcher. We will look out for Green ibis late in the evening.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at castle forest lodge.
Distance: 3 hr 7 min (155.6 km)
Day 2: Full Day Birding in Mt. Kenya
Wake up for an early cup of coffee before setting out to the wild
Spend the whole day bird watching in the forest. On the afternoon bird walk, we anticipate to see species like, Green Ibis, Long-crested Eagle, Mountain and Augur Buzzards, Rofous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Red-fronted Parrot, Red-throated Wryneck, Common Stone-chat, Chestnut-throated Apalises, Lemon, and Tambourine Doves, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, White-headed and White-eared Barbets, Scarce and Alpine Swifts.
Overnight at the lodge based on full board
Day 3: Mt. Kenya - Lake Naivasha
Early morning birding till 9 o’clock before we depart for Naivasha to arrive at Eserian Lodge in time for lunch.
Lake Naivasha being close to Lake Nakuru and 65 miles from Nairobi, is freshwater Lake. It was declared a bird sanctuary in 1967 and also supports pastoral industries of wine and flowers. During our full day field trip to Lake Naivasha, we study the birds of the region such as herons, fish eagles, ospreys, black crakes, and lily-trotters. Dominated by the shadow of Mt. Longonot, few lakes in the world have a more commanding or spectacular setting than Naivasha.
After lunch, depart for an exciting boat trip on Lake Naivasha. Specialty birds we will be looking for while out on the lake include Pink-backed Pelican, Goliath and Purple Herons, Southern Pochard, African Marsh-harrier, Purple Swamphen, Lesser Moorhen, Three-banded Plover and Lesser Swamp-warbler. Mid-morning we will depart for Nairobi, making several birding stops en route
Return to the hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at Eserian Lodge.
Distance: 4 hr 18 min (203.8 km
Day 4: Lake Naivasha - Kinangop Plateau
After breakfast we depart for a full day birding to Kinangop Plateau with picnic lunch. We shall drive through the Kinangop Plateau to score the many special birds. We shall bird in the grasslands sampling our best selected spots. Local wetlands will also be sampled for the highland water birds. We shall also bird the Aberdare Forest edge for the many forest species found there. In the afternoon, we drive back to Naivasha with more birding on the way.
Black-winged Plover, Red-throated Wryneck, Common Quail, Hunter’s Cisticola, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Wing-snapping Cisticola, Long-tailed Widowbird, Jackson’s Widowbird, Angola Swallow, Montane Nightjar, Sharpe’s Longclaw, Mountain Buzzard, Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Red-throated Pipit, Black-tailed Godwit, African Snipe, Lesser Jacana, Common Stonechat, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Brown Woodland Warbler, Malachite Sunbird, Golden-winged Sunbird, Moorland Chat, Black-fronted Bushshrike, Yellow-crowned Canary, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Jackson’s Francolin, Olive Ibis
The Kinangop Plateau lies between 2400 and 2700m above sea level and is bounded by the Aberdares Mountains to the east and a steep scarp dropping into the Rift valley to the west.
Geologically recent tectonic events created the Great Rift Valley and associated high mountains of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares Ranges. The entire Kinangop plateau is about 770 square kilometer, The Kinangop is one of the remnant peneplained plateaux, which features horst blocks and trough valleys, characterized by differing forms of savannahs depending on rainfall, relief, edaphic conditions and topography.
Endemic Sharpe’s Longclaw
The Kinangop plateau shelter Sharpe’s Longclaw a globally threatened grassland-specialist bird and numerous other animals and plants endemic to the mountain grasslands of Kenya and northern Tanzania. Such as Kenya Horned Viper, Kinangop Puddle Frog, and Golden Toad. They are monogamous, very sedentary species, limited to high altitude, open, short grasslands between 1850 -3400 meters
The Kikuyu people call it “gathonjo ka werũ-ini,” meaning “a weaver-like bird that lives only in the grasslands”. The English name honors a 19th-century British ornithologist Richard Bowdler Sharpe. Sharpe’s Longclaw is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of globally threatened species because of the very rapid and continuing reduction in the extent and quality of its habitat.
Estimates record says that only 10,000 and 19,000 individuals of Sharpe’s Longclaw are roaming in the wild. Most of the population is restricted to three main locations: Kinangop Plateau, Mau Narok, and the Uasin Gishu grasslands
Day 5: End of Itinerary
Early breakfast before departing for Nairobi National Park, which lies within the shadows of the large capital city. With highland forest, Acacia woodland, rocky escarpments, open grassland, large ponds, and small streams, this park is home to a wide variety of birds and mammals. Some of the key species we will search for here are Shelley’s Francolin, Hartlaub’s Bustard, Spotted Thick-knee, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Singing Cisticola, Banded and Brown Warblers, African Yellow Warbler, Northern Pied Babbler, White-breasted White-eye, Long-tailed Fiscal, and White-winged Widowbird. Nairobi National Park is without a doubt the best place in Kenya to see the endangered Black Rhino, and we have a very good chance of locating this very impressive species together with many of the other mammals we have seen before. Afternoon departure from Nairobi
Thereafter , our driver guide will drive you the Carnivore for dinner and later to the airport in time for your International departure flight.
Driving time: 5 hr 51 min
- 4 nights on full board accommodation as above
- Transport and game 4x4 Safari minivan/ Land cruiser
- Services of a professional birding driver guide
- Free Wi-fi at the Camps/Lodges
- Park entry fees
- Vehicle entry fees.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Desalinated water during meals and safari
- International airfares and visa fees
- Accommodation and meals in Nairobi
- Extra excursions
- Drinks, Supreme bush meals
- Personal clothing and equipment.
- PCR Covid test
- Tips and gratuities
- Laundry, telephone calls and other incidental charges