13 Days from$3000 p/p in USD
Guided, Small Group
From soda and fresh water lakes in the Great Rift Valley and Kakamaga’s ainforest to the mountain forest and moorland in the Aberdare mountains, you will encounter a wealth of bird species, some found country-wide, others in specific regions. From September to April Eurasian migrants are also present. You’ll be accompanied by your ornithological guide Joseph Aengwo, who has been studying birds since he was very young. He was born on the shore of Lake Baringo, one of the best birding spots, and contributes a lot to local conservation. By leading professional birding tours in East Africa he has experience in all regions.
Safari types:Birding Safari, Guided Safari, Photo Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Lake Nakuru
Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle, Motor Boat
Start/end:Start/end in Nairobi
Nakuru National Park
Narina trogon, Speckled Pigeon, White-breasted Cormorant, Grey-crested Helmet Shrike, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Coqui Francolin, Long-crested Eagle, Little Rock Thrush, Winding Cisticola, Lanner Falcon, Tawny Eagle, Martial Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture, Augur buzzard, African Cuckoo Hawk, Lesser and Greater flamingos, Northern Shoveler, Spur-winged Goose, Greater and Pink-backed Pelicans, Brown Parrot, Striped Kingfisher, Grey-headed Gull, Glossy Ibis, Greater Painted Snipe, Yellow and Red-billed Ducks, White-browed Robin-chat, Cliff Chat, Grey-backed Shrike, Blue-eared Glossy Starling and many more. Almost 450 bird species are registered in this park.
Great Blue Turaco, Double-toothed -, Yellow-spotted-, Yellow-billed- and Grey-throated Barbets, Black&White Casqued Hornbill, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Joyful Greenbul, Ansorge’s Greenbul, Turner;s Eremomela, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Equatorial Akalat, Bar-tailed Trogon, African Blue Flycatcher, Grey Parrot, African Thrush, Snowy-head – Blue-shouldered Robin-chats, Chubb’s Cistocola, Black-collared Apalis, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, African blue Flycatcher, Mackinnon’s Shrike, Red-headed Bluebill, Grey-headed Negrofinch and many others. East and West African flora and fauna meet here, which is why the area is so interesting and rewarding.
Dark and white morph of African Paradise Flycatcher, Pygmy and Lanner Falcon, , Pearl-spotted Owlet, African Sops Owl, Verreaux Eagle Owl, Northern White-faced Scops Owl, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Northern Grey or Somali Tit, Heuglin’s Courser, Pale Prinia, Darter, Great White – Little – Cattle Egret, Purple and Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle, Osprey, Jackson;s Hornbill, Madagascar Bee-eater, Black-headed Plover, Common Tern, Jacobine – Red-chester Cuckoo,Green Wood-hoopoe, Pied – Malachite and Pygmy Kingishers, Spot-flanked – Red-fronted – Black-throated Barbets, Nubian and Grey Woodpeckers, Rufous Chatterer, Brown Babbler, Brown-tailed Rock-chat, Northern Crombec, Pygmy Batis, Southern Black Flycatcher, Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike, White-crested Helmet-shrike, Violet-backed – Magpie – Bristle-crowned Starlings, Northern Masked – Little – Red-headed Weavers, Yellow Bishop, Pin-tailed – Steel-blue Whydahs. A local ornithologist has identified 400 bird species.
Beside Lesser and Greater Flamingoes you can find Cape Teals, Yellow-breated Apalis, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird, Namaqua Dove, Chin-spot and Pygmy Batis, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Jackson’s Weaver and many more.
Crowned Eagle, Mountain Buzzard, Jackson’s – Scaly Francolin, Black Duck, Mackinder’s Owl, Olive Dove, Red-fronted Parrot, Hartlaub’s Turako, Little – Cinnamon-breasted Bee-eaters, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, Black Saw-wing, Mountain Wagtail, White-starred Robin, Alpine Chat, Hunter’s – Aberdare Cisticolas, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Apalis, Dusky Flycatcher, Tropical Boubou, Mountain Greenbul, Mountain Thrush, Tacazze – Golden-winged – Bronze – Northern Double-collared – Eastern Double-collared Sunbirds, Village Indigobird and many more.
RATES – PER PERSON USD
High Season (July to May)
From USD 3,000 per person, based on 6 guests sharing, travelling in one Land Cruiser
From USD 800 single room supplement
Low season (April to June)
From USD 3,270 per person, based on 4 guests sharing, travelling in one Land Cruiser
From USD 640 single room supplement
- Airport transfers
- Overnights and meals according as per itinerary
- Safari in Land Cruiser with experienced, English speaking, licensed safari driver/guide
- Maximum 6 persons in the vehicle, guaranteed window seat
- Joseph Aengwo as professional ornithological guide
- All park and protected area entry fees
- Rangers and local guides
- Visit at the owls place
- 2 hours boat ride on Lake Baringo
- Mineral water in the car
- Local fees and taxes
- Visa, personal insurances
- Not as included declared services
- Festive season supplements
- Personal expenses
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Bush Trucker Tours‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Bush Trucker Tours‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
Upon your arrival in the evening you will be met and driven to the hotel, which takes about 30 minutes.
D/B Eka Hotel
Your ornithological guide Joe Aengwo and your safari driver/guide will pick you at the hotel in the morning. Now you start the journey over the rim of the Great Rift Valley where you stop to look at the volcanoes Longonot and Suswa. In the later morning hours you will check in at Lake Nakuru National Park and start with a game drive to the lodge. Lunch is taken on the terrace from where you have a beautiful view to the lake. In the afternoon you explore the lake shore, the yellow-barked acacia forest and if time is sufficient also the drier part of the park. Beside the over 400 bird species you can find the rare Rothschild giraffes, black and white rhinos, leopards, lions and various herbivores.
D/FB Lake Nakuru Lodge
Birds of prey are common in this park, among them are augur buzzards, long-crested and snake eagles. Since the park has different biotopes you find different bird species accordingly. Colourful finches and sunbirds, bee-eaters, ibises, flamingos, pelicans, starlings and the less conspicuous pipits and chats. Ducks, geese and plovers cannot be missed as well as migrants which can be found at the lake in the form of small plovers and others in the forest from October to April. Morning and afternoon game drives. Lunch in the lodge. Walk around in the lodge compound, it is absolutely worth it! You will be surprised what kind of birds you can find.
D/FB Lake Nakuru Lodge
You start the long journey early to reach the lodge for late lunch, driving on the East African Highway passing villages and crop fields. The afternoon is spent in and around the compound. Many different birds as well as Matschie colobus, red-tailed monkeys and red-legged sun squirrels are flying and running around. Your ornithological guide Joe will point out and identify the birds for you and also explain special species of this region.
D/FB Rondo Retreat Centre in the middle of the forest. They don’t sell alcohol, but you can bring your own which can be bought on the way
Flora and fauna of East and West Africa meet here. 330 bird species are recorded and and you will find species from both regions, which makes the area incredibly interesting and rich in birdlife. You will also encounter birds that have a small distribution area. You undertake long walks during your stay; one day in the part where Rondo Retreat stands, the other day further north in an area managed by Kenya Wildlife Service. A local guide will additionally help in finding elusive bird species, it’s not always easy to spot them in the forest and good ears will help. Special species to look for are the Blue Turaco, different barbets and finches.
D/FB Rondo Retreat Centre
It is a very long but lovely scenic drive. After leaving Eldoret town behind you, you pass Elgeyo Marakwet Escarpment where the Kenyan athletes train for their successes. Steep and with many bends the road descends into Kerio Valley where you stop to see the Kerio gorge. Steep again the road climbs up the Tugen Hills and with hairpin bends down into the Great Rift Valley. From this stretch you can see Lake Baringo already. You will reach the camp which is built on a cliff on the shore of Lake Baringo for late lunch. The afternoon is spent with your ornithological guide in the large compound which is teaming with birds. Believe me you don’t know which bird to put your eyes on!
D/FB Tumbili Cliff Camp, beautifully perched on a cliff overlooking the lake
The two days here are spent on a two hour boat ride, bird walks and short drives. The walks will take you to the cliff where you might see a verreaux eagle or falcon, to nearer areas, some within the camp and to Robert’s Camp where you can find magpie and bristle-crowned starlings among many others. The hot time of the day you spend in the camp with lunch and rest.
Since Joe grew up here he knows the area and the whereabouts of special birds very well. During the boat ride you will feed the fish eagle – be ready as the speed is very high. This is the most southern distribution point of Jackson’s hornbill and northern masked weaver. Other birds you can find are purple and goliath heron, cuckoos, northern crombec, Madagascar bee-eater, starlings, tits whydahs, woodpeckers and many more. You will get a list also for this area. Very interesting is finding the pearl-spotted owlet, Verreaux eagle owl, African scops owl, northern white-faced owl, three-banded or Heuglin’s courser and the slender-tailed nightjar. Local guides will have found them for you to save time.
D/FB Tumbili Cliff Camp
After an hour’s drive you reach Lake Bogoria with its hot springs and thousands of lesser and many greater flamingos. You will carry picnic lunch boxes and leave on time to reach the lodge on the north eastern side of the Aberdare range.
D/FB Aberdare Country Club – in a large compound with old trees and some mountain bird species
Breakfast early morning and then a stroll in the beautiful garden of the lodge. Then you proceed to see the Mackinder’s owl. A subspecies of the Cape Eagle-owl which only occurs between the Aberdare and Mount Kenya. Paul is the men who takes care of them. Educates the people not to poison them and checks if the breeding pairs are doing fine. Paul will take us to the owls. Not far is a pond where you can find the not often seen Black Duck. The entrance to the Aberdare National park is not far. Enjoy your picnic lunch before you start the game drive in the mountain forest. Look out for Hartlaub’s Turaco, Scaly Francolin, Crowned Eagle and other birds of prey as well as small birds. Usually near The Ark we meet the Giant Forest Hogs. D/FB The Ark – night observation lodge – watch birds in the spot light coming to catch insects at night
Mountain Forest, bamboo, podocarpus, rose wood and moorland are the vegetation zones you pass to get to an altitude of 2,900 m. Each zone has its special habitants; in clearings with leonotis plants you find sunbirds, in the podocarpus the red-fronted parrot (subspecies massaicus) and black saw-wings, in the moorland Jackson’s francolin, the endemic Aberdare cisticola, alpine chat, Reichenow’s serin and many more. Look out for the mountain buzzard which lives at high altitude. A picnic lunch will be taken at Fishing Lodge where a good number of birds always move around and are used to people.
D/FB The Ark
Walk on the platform in front of The Ark looking out for the mountain species which can be found such as white-starred robin, mountain yellow-warbler, eastern mountain greenbul, also called black-headed mountain greenbul, and eastern double-collared sunbird. Around 10.30 a.m. you start the journey to Sagana Resort for lunch. Here the only locally occurring Hinde’s babbler has been spotted. From here you head to the international airport, a 4-5 hour drive to fit in with your onward flight.