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11 Days Kenya Birds & Beast Safari

Day 1: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and after clearing hit the road heading to Amboseli National Park, located on the leeward side of the Africa's highest mountain the Kilimanjaro on the Kenya/Tanzania border. Though a relatively dry, dust and mainly open area, it collects lots of underground water from Mt. Kilimanjaro hence several springs of swampy habitats of papyrus that attracts huge concentration of wildlife especially elephants, buffalos, wildebeests with a varieties of waterfowls. There's also the open acacia woodland and Commiphora bushland around the park.
 
Birds includes the Common Ostrich, Great White Pelican, Common Squacco, Goliath & Grey Herons, Hadada, Sacred & Glossy Ibises, African Spoonbill, Lesser Flamingo, Red-billed Teal, Secretary Bird, African White-backed & Lappet-faced Vultures, Bateleur, Black-chested Snake Eagle & Brown Snake Eagle, Tawny Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Pigmy Falcon, African Harrier Hawk, Gabar & Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawks, Crested Francolin, Buff-crested, Hartlaub's & Kori Bustards, African Jacana, Collared Prantincole, Long-toed & Kittlitz Plovers, Black-winged Stilt, Curlew & Marsh Sandpipers, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Namaqua, Ring-necked, Laughing & African Mourning Doves, Donaldson-Smith Nightjar, Speckled, Blue-napped & White-headed Mousebirds, Green Wood-hoopoe, Southern Ground, Von der Decken's, Yellow-billed, African Grey & Red-billed Hornbills, Fawn-collared, Rufous-naped & Singing Bush Larks, Rufous Chatterer, Little Rush Warbler, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Banded Parisoma, Desert Cisticola, Grey-backed, Taita Fiscals, Fischer's & Wattled Starlings, Grey-capped Social-Weaver. ­­
Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge.
 
Day 2: Amboseli National Park
Birding and game drive in the park
Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge.
  
Day 3: Amboseli- Tsavo West National Pa rk
Morning game drive and after breakfast head for Tsavo West National Park with an en route birding where habitat is relatively denser thicket of savanna dominated by acacia-Commiphora bush land with Baobab, grassy plains, riverine woodland. The park is also famous for the autumn bird ringing at the Ngulia Safari Lodge with thousands of European and Asian Palearctic migrants on their way south.
Overnight at Ngulia Safari Lodge.
 
Day 4: Tsavo West National Park
The birds of Tsavo West National Park includes the enigmatic Friedmann's Lark also Singing Bush Lark, Bare-eyed Thrush, Scaly, Rufous Chatterer, Black-headed Plover, Quail-Plover, Somali Courser, Black-bellied, White-bellied Bustard, African Scops Owl, Striped Kingfisher, Pringle's Puffback, Olive-tree, Basra Reed Warbler, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Southern Black, Spot-flanked, Red & Yellow, D'Arnaud's, Black-throated, White-headed Barbet, Greater, Scaly-throated, Lesser and Pallid Honeyguide, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Northern White-crowned Shrike, Vulturine Guineafowl, Northern Brownbul, Desert, Zitting, Ashy, Rattling, Tiny Cisticola, Purple-banded, Hunter's Sunbird Orange-bellied Parrot, Jameson's Firefinch, Green-winged Pytilia, Fire-fronted Bishop, Red-headed, Vitelline Masked, Lesser Masked, Black-necked Weaver.
Overnight at Ngulia Safari Lodge.
 
Day 5: Tsavo West National Park- Sagala Ranch, Voi
En-route game drive after breakfast leaving with picnic lunches heading to Sagala Ranch and community based conservation area next to Tsavo East National Park. Arriving in the afternoon we will bird around the ranch some birds are easily seen or much tame here like the Golden-breasted Starling a great site for Tiny Cisticola among many other we can easily search for while on foot. 
Overnight at Sagala Lodge.
 
Day 6: Ngutuni Lodge– Taita Hills- Tsavo East National Park
Today very early morning drive to Taita Hills Forests and spend most of the day birding up the hills. If lucky enough these hills, rising abruptly to 2200m offers and are home to 3 Kenyan endemic "The Taita Three" namely the Taita Apalis, Taita Thrush and Taita White-eye. Also to look for are Striped-cheeked Greenbul, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler and Striped Pipit. Hopefully after locating them we will drive back making several stops for other birds. Picnic lunch along the way and afternoon birding in Tsavo East National Park. The Park is mainly made of large track of open country with lava ridges and rocky outcrops, Acacia-Commiphora woodlands and Galana River with it's bushed thickets dominated by the Doum Palm.
Overnight at Voi Safari Lodge.
 
Day 7: Tsavo East National Park – Watamu
Birding and game drive through the park with picnic lunches and exiting from the eastern gate driving to Watamu, Malindi arriving early evening.
Overnight at Turtle Bay Beach Club
 
Day 8: Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve & Mida Creek, Watamu
Based on the Kenyan coastal beach, we bird in Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve, which is the largest remnant of coastal forests that once covered most of the East African Coast. Specialties here include Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, East Coast Akalat, Spotted Ground Thrush, Amani Sunbird and a Kenyan endemic Clarke's Weaver.
 
Also Plain-backed, Olive & Mouse-collared Sunbirds, Retz's & Chestnut-fronted Helmet-Shrikes, Four-collared Bush-Shrike, Lizard Buzzard, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Pale Batis, Blue-mantled, Ashy & Little Yellow Flycatchers, Fiery-necked Nightjar, Fisher's Turaco, Yellowbill, African Pigmy, Mangrove Kingfisher, Eastern Green Tinkerbird, Mombasa Woodpecker, Pallid Honeyguide, Böhm Spinetail, Scaly Babbler, Red-tailed Ant Thrush, Red-capped Robin Chat, Fischer's, Zanzibar & Tiny Greenbul, Black-bellied Starling, Eastern Bearded Scrub Robin, Eastern Nicator, African Golden Oriole.
 
Depending on the tide we’ll visit Mida Creek (hopefully during the lunch time) fringed by mangrove forest, the creek has a large area that fills with the saline water during high tides. Watching and identifying wading birds here is superb, fun and hard. They may include the “the special one” Crab-Plover, Greater & Lesser Sandplovers, Black-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Curlew & Terek Sandpipers, Whimbrel & Eurasian Curlew, Oystercatcher, Dimorphic Egret, Yellow-billed & Wooly-necked Storks, Mangrove Kingfisher.
Overnight at Turtle Bay Beach Club
 
Day 9: Arabuko–Sabaki River Estuary
We’ll also squeeze some time to visit Sabaki River Estuary an area characterized by sandbanks, mudflats, mudbanks, sanddunes, fresh pools and marshes. The site is important for both intra-African and Palearctic migrants for roosting, resting and feeding ground for gulls and terns
A good site for Madagascar Pratincole, African Skimmer. Also Dimorphic & Little Egrets, Great & Lesser Flamingos, Water Thick-knee, Ruddy Turnstone, Heuglin's,, Sooty and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Gull-billed, Caspian, Greater-crested, Lesser-crested & Common Terns, also the Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Ethiopian Swallow, Zanzibar Red Bishop also nearby Malindi Pipit.
Overnight at Turtle Bay Beach Club
 
Day 10: Watamu -Shimba Hills National Reserve
After breakfast we leave for Shimba Hills National Reserve hoping to spot a few of the coastal birds we may have missed in Arubuko Sokoke Forest Reserve plus the Sable Antelope, the reserve is Kenya’s only site to hold the species. Birding in the park may rewards us with Green-headed Oriole, Fischer’s Turaco, Green, Brown-breasted, Black-breasted & White-eared Barbets. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon birding in the park.
Overnight at Shimba Hills Lodge
 
Day 11: Shimba Hills National Reserve- Mombasa
Morning breakfast and rest of the morning birding in the park till lunch and after lunch we drive to Mombasa Island on time for your local internal flight to Nairobi to connect with your international flight at JKI Airport
 

The cost per person sharing is

Inclusive of:

  • Transport with exclusive use of the safari van as from the 1st day to departure day as per itinerary.
  • Pick up and drop off on arrival and departure at the airport.
  • Accommodation in lodges as per the itinerary with all the three meals a day
  • Services of a knowledgeable birdguide
  • Boat ride at Lakes Naivasha and Baringo
  • Parks, reserve and conservation areas entry fee
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Drinking water available from the van cool box
  • other pre-tour information


Exclusive of:

  • -Medical and travel insurance including luggage.
  • -Beverages
  • -Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, gifts among others
  • -Visa, airport tax
  • -tipping of Safari driver guide, lodge porters, waiters etc
  • -Other extras such as balloon Safari, Masai Village visit
 

 
 
 
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Hightlights

Amboseli National Park
Tsavo West National Park
Taita Hills
Tsavo East National Park
Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve
Mida Creek
Sabaki River Estuary
Shimba Hills National Reserve

Available in both private and group tour.
Min Pax -1 Max: 6 per custom converted safari vehicle with guaranteed window seats, with one guide.

 

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From: John Gabriel, Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Hi Chege, Maurice and I have talked about our day with you in the Nairobi National Park on many occasions. From a birding point of view it has been the high point of many years birding and I know that I have boasted about it to many people over the past six months. Your knowledge of the birds and of the park made it a truly memorable experience for which I want to thank and compliment you. To see more than 150 species in a day is spectacular, and when leopard and cheetah are added to the day's viewing, it becomes even more so”
From: Josep del Hoyo, Spain, (Editor, Handbook Of The Birds Of The World)
“Chege was very knowledgeable on every site that I visited with him and we succeeded in videoing several difficult birds.”
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