9 Days from$2980 p/p in USD
Guided, Small Group
Luxury, Mid Range
This safari is created for birdwatchers who want to see plenty of Kenya’s avifauna of over 1100 species. From the world’s biggest bird, the ostrich, to spectacular flamingos that congregate in their millions at the various lakes of the Great Rift Valley, Kenya holds some remarkable birding sights that you have to see to believe. With 11% of the world’s species, some 1089 different varieties, Kenya’s birding is one of the best in the world. It is not unusual for birding trips to record 300-600 different varieties on a short trip or to record more than 120 at a particular site on a single day! The variety of birds in Kenya is made possible by the favorable climate, diverse habitats and geographical features that make it a suitable migratory route for birds.
Safari types:Big Five Safari, Birding Safari, Guided Safari, Photo Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Samburu National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Aberdare National Park, Buffalo Springs Reserve
Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Cheetah
Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari, Nature Walk, Birding
Start/end:Start in Nairobi, end in Nairobi
Kenya has one of the richest avifauna in Africa with around 1090 bird species recorded. At least eight of these are national endemics. Around 170 species of Kenya’s birds species are Palearctic migrants (11 species of them with a local breeding population too), mainly from Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Siberia. Another 60 species migrate regularly within the Afrotropics or from Madagascar. Some 335 species are found in forest; 230 species are entirely forest dependent and 110 species are “forest specialists” requiring intact, undisturbed habitat and 40 species of global conservation concern are known to occur in Kenya. Four of these are critically endangered, two endangered and 16 species are vulnerable. Our senior ornithological safari guide and his vast experience of 5 years in field guiding has been a great input in our company.
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 2,980 per person
- 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
- Flights & visas
- 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
- 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
We drive northwards to the Buffalo Springs National Reserve, through the central highlands which is amazing for its diversity in wildlife and birds. After lunch, we have time to relax before heading out on a game viewing drive.
Dinner and overnight stay at Samburu Shaba Lodge
Today we drive across the main road to Samburu National Reserve for a morning and afternoon game drive. There have been more than 390 bird species recorded in Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves, which protect a variety of habitats, home to different bird species including arid acacia savannah, scrub and gallery forest alongside the Uaso Nyiro River. The dry, open country offers very rewarding birding opportunities and boasts a number of northeast African dry-country species shared with Ethiopia and Somalia, such as vulturine guineafowl, Somali bee-eater and golden-breasted starling.
Dinner and overnight stay at Samburu Shaba Lodge
After breakfast, we depart for Sweetwater’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary, the only one of its kind in Kenya. It’s home to 22 orphaned chimps living in the sanctuary’s forest and savannah grasslands. With more than 500 species recorded, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Early morning and afternoon bird walks can be organized at the lodges (maximum six people), but on game drives, the main focus tends to be on large animals so it might be worth booking a private vehicle if bird watching is your main interest in this region.
Dinner and overnight at the Sweetwaters Tented Camp
After breakfast we proceed a few kilometers north to Mount Kenya Safari Club, a luxurious retreat with spectacular views across the forested slopes to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya. Among the activities available within the grounds of these manicured lawns and ornamental ponds are swimming, tennis, bowling, croquet, trout fishing and game viewing. Lunch, dinner, and overnight at the club (remember that a tie and jacket for the gentlemen and evening dress for ladies is necessary for dinner at this exclusive club).
Lunch, dinner, and overnight at Mount Kenya Safari Club
After breakfast, depart for Nyeri arriving in time for lunch. Lunch is served at the Outspan Hotel followed by a transfer provided to Treetops which is situated in the park where you can enjoy a night game viewing. The forests and moorlands of Aberdare National Park are a birder’s paradise where more than 290 species have been recorded. The striking Hartlaub’s turaco is just one of the interesting visitors at the bird feeding platforms. The indistinct Aberdare cisticola is endemic to the region and can be found at higher altitudes. Several interesting sunbirds are found in the park including the rare scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird which can be found on the mountain peaks.
Dinner and overnight at Treetops
After breakfast, proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in time for lunch. An afternoon game drive takes us round the lake, home of the famous pink flamingos, and witih stunning natural scenery. Lake Nakuru is truly an ornithologist’s paradise with more than 500 species recorded. The soda lake is a birding hotspot and supports a lot of birdlife including large flocks of pelicans and Hottentot teal as well as being one of the best places in Kenya to see the striking, long-tailed widowbird. There is a good variety of raptors including Verreaux’s and long-crested eagle. Unfortunately, flamingos are no longer such a major drawcard as unfavorable conditions have driven them to other Rift Valley lakes.
Dinner and overnight at the Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Awoken by the most natural alarm clock (birdlife) for breakfast then the unforgettable journey to Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Being the northern stretch of the world-famous Serengeti National Park it is the scene of the annual teeming wildebeest and zebra migration. On arrival relax by the pool then enjoy an afternoon game drive. With more than 500 bird species recorded, the Masai Mara is a great place to mark off a lot of Kenya’s savannah species from your bird list including secretary birds, hornbills, crowned cranes, marabou storks, ostriches, long-crested eagles among others. The park is particularly rich in raptors with 57 species present. Bateleurs can often be seen soaring above the grassy plains and predator kills are a good place to find six species of vultures scavenging. Migratory birds are present from November to April.
Dinner and overnight at Sopa Lodge
Morning and afternoon game drives are provided. Among the wildlife seen are wildebeest, black rhino, cheetah, giraffe, elephant, great herds of antelope and fascinating primates such as the red-tailed monkey. Enjoy game drives in open vehicles and on bush walks with excellent resident guides and naturalists as they reveal the wonders of the Mara in an interpretative experience for you.
All meals and overnight at Sopa Lodge
Depart early for Nairobi and ascend the escarpment to the central highlands. You will arrive in Nairobi in the early afternoon for some shopping and freshening up. Farewell dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant before being dropped off at the airport for your journey back home.