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    $4555 p/p in USD
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Claudious Tours and Safaris

  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
Destinations

Destinations

Kenya,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

With photography being the main agenda, the locations and destinations of this safari have been selected to give you an opportunity to see some of Kenya’s best mammal and birding parks, filled with nature’s wonders. From soda lakes, grasslands, bush land and savannah to woodland habitats and much more – you will see incredible birdlife as well as other animals and plants. We travel far and wide going through different landscapes and habitats in search of the astonishing 11% of the world’s bird species that call Kenya their home. The focus will be on mainland Kenya as we travel from the capital and back! This safari has the intention of making you fall in love with Kenya – a truly once in a lifetime birding photography experience that will leave your heart in Africa!

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Birding Safari, Guided Safari, Photo Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Samburu National Reserve, Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Lake Baringo, Kakamega Forest
  • Wildlife:
    Big Five, Birds, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hyena, Cheetah, Dik-dik, Waterbuck, Oryx
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Walking Safari, Birding
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Nairobi

Bird Species

For dedicated birdwatchers, a well-planned two-week itinerary is likely to result in a trip list of 350–400 species, a figure that compares favorably with anywhere in the world. Kenya is one of only 15 countries globally where more than 1,000 bird species have been recorded, and it lies third on the African avian diversity list after DR Congo and Tanzania. This list includes the world’s two largest birds (common and Somali ostrich, now regarded as separate species) and its bulkiest flying creature (Kori bustard), along with a wealth of raptors and a dazzling array of colorful bee-eaters, turacos, parrots, rollers and passerines.

Price Per Person – USD 

From USD 4,555 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation in a double/triple room
  • Three meals per day whilst on safari
  • Transport in a 4×4 Toyata mini van with a pop-up roof – each person is guaranteed a window seat
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide
  • Game drives as per the itinerary
  • Game parks or national parks entry fees
  • 1-litre mineral water per person per day
  • Complimentary return airport transfers in Nairobi

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Drinks
  • Tipping
  • Cultural visits to Maasai villages (USD 25 per person)
  • Masai Mara balloon safari (USD 450 per person, can be arranged on request)
  • Personal effects
  • Pre and post safari hotel accommodation in Nairobi

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Claudious Tours and Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Claudious Tours and Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Depart Nairobi at 7 am and drive south along the Central Kenya Highlands arriving at Samburu National Reserve in time for lunch. Samburu National Reserve, situated within the Rift Valley, is one of Kenya’s less visited game reserves. It is relatively small in size compared to other Kenyan parks, such as Tsavo, but it has more to offer as well as several endangered species. At 4 pm we head out and enjoy an evening game drive and bird watching. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Dinner and overnight stay at Samburu Shaba Lodge

After breakfast we leave for a half day game drive. Animals commonly seen are elephants, lions, cheetahs, Gravy’s zebras, reticulated giraffes, gerenuks, buffaloes, oryx, gazelles, dik-dik and waterbucks. Return to the lodge for lunch followed by swimming, games and relaxation. At 4 pm leave for an evening game drive until sunset. Notable species recorded include arid endemics such as Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver, Shining Sunbird and the Bristle Crowned Starling, many Vulturine Guinea Fowl, several Hornbill species, Somali Ostrich and rare species such as the Taita Falcon, migratory Kestrels and William’s Lark.

Dinner and overnight stay at Samburu Shaba Lodge

We will spend the whole day exploring this amazing game reserve. There are over 450 species of birds identified and aquatic species in the Waso Nyiro River including vultures, kingfishers, marabous, bateleurs, guinea fowl, Somali ostriches, and others.

Dinner and overnight at Samburu Shaba Lodge

Samburu is a bird watcher’s delight all year, although an important consideration is the weather, as heavy showers can mess up your birding plans – November and April receive the most rainfall. Many unusual, dry-country specials reside here and can be spotted year-round while migratory birds arrive between November and April.

Dinner and overnight at Samburu Shaba Lodge

Leaving early on this day, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, with a possible quick stop at a site where Cape Eagle-Owls roost. Arrive in Nakuru around midday where we spend the entire afternoon birding in the park. One of the highlights on our Kenya Birding Tour, Lake Nakuru National Park is famed as a birdwatcher’s paradise and indeed it was the first national park in Africa to be set up with an avian conservation objective.

Up to a million flamingos have been recorded in this park depending on their regional migration. Most of these are Lesser Flamingos with Greater Flamingos making a smaller population. Other birds will be seen including some special species for this area and Palearctic water migrants being abundant in the right season. The park is also a great sanctuary for rhinos as well as the other members of the ‘Big Five’ and these may be encountered as we move around the park. Other mammals will be seen, especially herds of grazing herbivores and Rothschild’s Giraffe.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

Today we start with more birding in Nakuru, spending the better part of the morning adding any species we may have missed the previous day. In the later afternoon, we head to Lake Baringo, as we bird along the way. If time allows, we shall stop briefly at a roadside dam near the lake to check for some waterfowl.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo Lodge

On this day, we shall enjoy birding in the Baringo area, driving and walking around the scrubland and the cliffs surrounding the lake, in search of birds in this unique area. A boat ride experience will also help you enjoy the beauty of the lake and see the local African Fish Eagles advertising their territories.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo Lodge

The combination of a large lake in semi-desert country and the nearby Baringo cliffs provide the perfect habitat for a great diversity of bird life. Specialties in this area are Dark Chanting-goshawk, Heuglin’s Courser, Northern White-faced Owl, Greyish Eagle-owl, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Jackson’s and Hemprich’s Hornbills, Black-throated Barbet, Red-fronted Warbler, Brown-tailed Chat, Somali Tit, Beautiful Sunbird, Bristle-crowned Starling, Golden-backed and Little Weavers, Northern Masked-weaver and Northern Red Bishop. Other possibilities in the area include Lanner Falcon, Verreaux’s Eagle, Blue-napped Mousebird, Madagascar Bee-eater, Red-fronted Barbet, Northern Crombec, Pygmy Batis, Cardinal Quelea and Eastern Paradise-whydah.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo Lodge

After some final birding around the Lake Baringo area, we will depart for the Kakamega Rainforest in the western highlands, stopping en route for special interest birds in the Kerio Valley. These may include Black-headed Lapwing, Meyer’s Parrot, White-crested Turaco, African Black, and Horus Swifts, African Pygmy-kingfisher, Double-toothed Barbet, Long-billed Pipit, Silverbird, Brown Babbler, White-crested Helmet-shrike, Black-headed Gonolek, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver and Richard’s Seedeater.

Kakamega Rainforest is the easternmost extension of the Congo Rainforest and is without doubt, the best birding destination in the entire country. Many of the species here are found nowhere else in Kenya and the list of possibilities is seemingly endless. Such avian gems as White-spotted Flufftail, Great Blue Turaco, Bar-tailed Trogon, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Grey-throated, Yellow-spotted and Yellow-billed Barbets, Golden-crowned and Brown-eared Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, 13 species of greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, Banded and White-chinned Prinias, Black-faced Rufous-warbler, Equatorial Akalat, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat, African Shrike-flycatcher, Chestnut, Jameson’s, Brown-throated and Yellow-bellied Wattle-eyes, African Blue Flycatcher, Dusky Tit, Green- Throated, Green and Northern Double-collared Sunbirds, Western Black-headed Oriole, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Pink-footed Puffback, Grey-green and Luehder’s Bush-shrikes, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Black-billed and Violet’s Weavers, Red-headed Malimbe, Red-headed Bluebill, and Black-and-white Mannikin. Rainforest mammals to be expected are: Eastern Black-and-white Colobus Monkey and Gentle and Red-tailed Mons.

Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Lodge or similar

Kakamega’s main attraction is its birdlife. The forest is a unique environment, not just in Kenya but in Africa. There are a number of relict species found here, including the Angsore’s Greenbul, Blue-headed Beefeater, Chapin’s Flycatcher and Turner’s Eremola. Other notables include the Red-Chested Owlet, Least Honeyguide, Great Blue Turaco, Banded Snake-eagle and Crowned Eagle. Kakamega is a popular destination for birders and is well set up for bird watching safaris.

Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Lodge or similar

Drive across acres of wheat and barley to the Masai Mara. Game Reserve, regarded as the most magnificent natural theatre in the world. Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains, the Masai Mara boasts 1,672 square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness. It is home to the highest concentration of animals and birds anywhere on the continent.

Dinner and overnight stay at Mara Serena Lodge

Full days in the Masai Mara National Park, where the extensive grasslands are a stronghold to the threatened, migratory Corncrake and the near threatened Jackson’s Widowbird. The bush and woodlands around the reserve also hold some unique bird species while more than 450 bird species have been recorded in the Mara, including 12 species of cisticola and birds of prey. Large numbers of palaerctic migrants winter in the area including Caspian Plovers and White Storks. Other local and unusual birds in the Mara include Rock Cisticola, Rufous Bellied Heron, Denham’s Bustard, Black Coucal, Red Tailed chat, Pale Wren Warbler, Tabora Cisticola, Yellow Bellied Hyliota, Green-capped Eremomela, and Magpie Shrike.

Dinner and Overnight stay at Mara Serena Lodge

Masai Mara safari all day bird-watching in the Maasai Mara. Along the Mara River we’ll watch for African Finfoot, Schalow’s and Ross’ Turaco, Crested Guineafowl, Woodland Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Barbet, Black-billed Weaver, Violet-backed Starling, and perhaps with luck, Pel’s Fishing Owl. Any tapping noise on the trees may be indicative of the relatively uncommon Woodpeckers (Golden-tailed and Fine-banded). Hopefully, we will be lucky enough to see some of the more difficult to see mammals such as Bat-eared Fox, Hunting Dog, Serval and the delightful Banded Mongoose. Mara sopa Lodge.

An early morning birding cum game drive after breakfast will be our perfect start of another unforgettable and memorable birding day in Africa. With picnic lunch en-route you spend your day in Mara Plains trying to identify and record the over 450 species record in this reserve. All meals and Overnight tonight will be served at, Dinner and Overnight stay at Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).

After breakfast, we drive or fly back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at Toona Tree Restaurant where you can enjoy some good Italian food, Check-in to a day room at Nairobi hotel. Farewell dinner Later early in the evening, will be hosted by our company at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant considered “Africa’s greatest eating experience” (if you love barbecue it doesn’t get better than this), and home to the “Simba Saloon” one of the city’s most popular night clubs. Thereafter you will be transferred to the airport in time for your International departure flight.

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