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  NOVEMBER  2008/2009 KENYA BIRDING  ITINERARY

 November  14: NAIROBI
Arrive Nairobi.

November 15:NAIROBI/VOI/TAITA HILLS
Birding.

November 16: VOI/TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK
Birding & Big Game viewing. 

November 17: TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK
Birding & Big Game viewing. 

November 18: TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
Birding & Big Game viewing.

November 19: TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
Birding & Big Game viewing. 

November 20:TSAVO/THIKA
Driving and birding.

November 21: WAJEE NATURE PARK
Birding for endemic Hindes Barbler. 

November 22: SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Today we drive to Samburu National Reserve located North in the Kenyan Arid lands. Birding For the Samburu/Somali specialities.

 November 23: SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE (B,L,D)
The day will be spent birding & Big Game viewing.

 November 24: SAMBURU/NAROMORU NEAR  MT KENYA
Birding  and big Game viewing.

November  25: LAKE BOGORIA/LAKE BARINGO
Birding.

November 26: LAKE BARINGO
We will spend the day exploring the area with scheduled bird walks with your guide.

 November  27: LAKE BARINGO/KAKAMEGA FOREST
We will drive through the spectacular Kerio Valley to arrive at Kakamega forest in the late afternoon.Over night at  Rondo Retreat Centre

 November 28: KAKAMEGA FOREST
Birding kakamega forest with guides.

November 29:  KAKAMEGA FOREST/LAKE VICTORIA
Birding Lake Victoria at Kisumu.

November 30: NAIROBI

Long drive back to Nairobi.Evening Flight Out

GREEN KENYA BIRDING TOUR – JUNE

DEPARTS FROM NAIROBI  – FEATURING: NAIROBI NP,LAKE NAIVASHA,KISUMU – LAKE VICTORIA,KAKAMEGA FOREST,LAKE BARINGO,LAKE BOGORIA,LAKE NAKURU,MT KENYA AREA AND SAMBURU GAME RESERVE.
2016/2017 DEPARTURES
JUNE  04 -20
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Nairobi .over night at the Boulevard Hotel.
 Day 2: We begin our Green Kenya Birding Tour  from Nairobi this morning by visiting Nairobi National Park into the Rift Valley Lakes of Naivasha,there are several bird species around Lake Naivasha. These include; White Pelican, Long-tailed and Great Cormorants, Black Crake, African Jacana, several duck species, Long-toed Lapwing, Malachite Kingfisher, Green Woodhoopoe, White-headed Barbet, Bearded and Cardinal Woodpeckers, Grey-capped and Lesser Swamp Warblers, White-fronted Bee-eater, Winding and Rattling Cisticolas, Grey-headed Bush-shrike and many more. Over night return to your Hotel in Nairobi.
Day 3: After looking around the Hotel grounds and after a  leisurely breakfast, we will drive to Lake Naivasha,where we whould arrive in time for Lunch. After Lunch the hotel grounds are rich in acacia type of birds yet the shores of lake Naivasah are excellent for water birds including Pelcans and waders. Over night at the Lodge.
Day 4: This morning we are scheduled for along drive to Kisumu / Lake Victoria,however the morning will have an optional Boat ride on the lake ( pay direct at the lodge ) or just a drive out to Kisumu.Will arrive Kisumu late evening for check in at the Kiboko Bay Lodge.
Day 5: We are scheduled to drive to Kakamega Forest,however the morning shall be spent birding the lake Victoria specialties around Kiboko Bay lodge and Kisumu Hipo Point where the papyrus beds have specialties such as Black-headed and Papyrus Gonoleks, Carruther’s Cisticola, Swamp Flycatcher, Papyrus and Yellow-fronted Canaries, Black-billed Barbet, White-browed and Blue-headed Coucal, Greater Swamp Warbler an!d others. We will then go on to Kakamega arriving in time for Lunch at the Rondo retreat. The after noon will see us Birding in the interior forest of Kakamega. Over night at the  Rondo retreat centre.
Day 6: Today, it will be possible to spend all day exploring Kakamega Forest. There are two excellent areas, around Isecheno in the south. The number of birds is incredible, and include Great Blue and Black-billed Turacos, Grey Parrot, Yellow-billed, Grey-throated, Yellow-spotted and Hairy-breasted Barbets, several Woodpeckers, Scaly-throated and Thick-billed Honeyguides, Turner’s Eremomela, Banded and White-chinned Prinias, Blue and Dusky Crested Flycatchers, Chapin’s Flycatcher, several Greenbuls and Illadopsises, Yellowbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, Equatorial Akalat, Black-and-White Casqued Hornbill, Snowy-headed and Blue-shouldered Robin-chats and many more. Over night Rondo retreat .
Day 7: This morning,head through the spectacular Kerio Valley and Tugen Hills. When we arrive at Lake Baringo, and we should see our first special birds of the area. During the few days, we should encounter Slender-tailed Nightjar, Heuglin’s Courser, Spotted Thick-knee, Northern Masked, Little, Jackson’s and Vitelline Masked Weavers, Bristle-crowned Starling, Hemprich’s and Jackson’s Hornbills, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, White-faced Scops Owl, Beautiful Sunbird and much more.Over night Lake Baringo Country Club.
Day  8: All day will be spent around Lake Baringo. You may wish to use a local guide, who will help find the difficult species. Over night at Lake Baringo Country Club.

Day 9: We will take a day excursion  to Lake Bogoria and returning in the late afternoon,Lake Bogoria is a an alkine /Soda lake with both Greater and Lesser Flamingos, inaddition to a number of other Niorthern migrants in the reserve.Over night Lake baringo Country Club.
Day 10: After breakfast,we will drive to Lake nakuru National park,another Rift valley Lake in the area.  Lake Nakuru National Park is excellent for  birding and wildlife viewing. In Nakuru you will look out for the commoner bird species to include Rock Thrush, Lesser and Greater Flamingoes, Rupell’s long tailed starling, Green wood hoopoes, African Fish Eagle, Tawny Eagles, and many other winter and intra African Migrants will have arrived then. The Mammal list will as well be long. The White Rhino is protected from poachers here and the only site on your itinerary for the Rothschild’s Giraffe will be at Lake Nakuru Park. After the exploration of the park,we will drive back to Nakuru town for over night at the waterbuck Hotel.
Day 11: Another day in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Day 12: We head South into the Central Kenyan highlands driving over the Rift escarpment and skirting  the Aberdares, stopping at Thompson’s Falls where we can seek out Slender-billed Starling, African Snipe and Tinkling Cisticola. We then pass across Solio Plains, sometimes good for Bustards, which can include the scarce Denham’s, as well as Capped Wheatear, Long-tailed Widowbird and wintering Lesser Kestrels and Montagues and Pallid Harriers. Finally, we arrive at Naro Moru River Lodge, where a self-catering two-bedroomed cottage is recommended. Food can be bought en-route at Nyahururu, or meals can be obtained at the lodge. Overnight Naro Moru River Lodge.

Day 13: We will spend the morning and afternoon exploring Naromoru Grounds and surroundings for possible Winter warblers and other near mount Kenyan specialities. Depening on Interest,we may take a day trip to Wajee for the endemic Hindes Barbler. The lodge grounds are excellent for birding, and can have such species as Giant Kingfisher, Black Duck, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Red-fronted Parrot, Narina Trogon, Grey Apalis, Rufous Chatterer, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Crowned Hornbill and up to nine sunbird species,others are Mountain Greenbul, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Brown-chested Alethe, Brown Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Hunter’s Cisticola and White-tailed Crested Flycatcher may be seen. Overnight Naromoru River Lodge.

Day 14: After final birding around Naro Moru, we head north, stopping to look for Dusky Turtle Dove and the near-endemic Boran Cisticola. Once in Samburu , birds are profuse, and include Somali and White-throated Bee-eaters, Golden Pipit, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Ostrich, White-headed Mousebird, Kori and Buff-crested Bustards, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Violet Woodhoopoe, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-weaver, Black-capped Social Weaver, Shining and Black-bellied Sunbirds, Bare-eyed Thrush and Palm-nut Vulture. In addition, dry-country mammals are present, including Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe, and Elephant, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard are all possible. Over night Samburu Gamelodge.

Day 15 & 16 : Birding and big game viewing in Samburu.
Day 17: Drive back to Nairobi catching evening Flight out. End

 

GREEN KENYA BIRDING TOUR – MAY 

DEPARTS FROM NAIROBI  – FEATURING: NAIROBI NP,LAKE NAIVASHA,KISUMU – LAKE VICTORIA,KAKAMEGA FOREST,LAKE BARINGO,LAKE BOGORIA,LAKE NAKURU,MT KENYA AREA AND SAMBURU GAME RESERVE.

2016/2017 DEPARTURES

MAY  02 -18
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Nairobi .over night at the Boulevard Hotel.
 

Day 2: We begin our Green Kenya Birding  Safari from Nairobi this morning by visiting Nairobi National Park into the Rift Valley Lakes of Naivasha,there are several bird species around Lake Naivasha. These include; White Pelican, Long-tailed and Great Cormorants, Black Crake, African Jacana, several duck species, Long-toed Lapwing, Malachite Kingfisher, Green Woodhoopoe, White-headed Barbet, Bearded and Cardinal Woodpeckers, Grey-capped and Lesser Swamp Warblers, White-fronted Bee-eater, Winding and Rattling Cisticolas, Grey-headed Bush-shrike and many more. Over night return to your Hotel in Nairobi.

Day 3: After looking around the Hotel grounds and after a  leisurely breakfast, we will drive to Lake Naivasha,where we whould arrive in time for Lunch. After Lunch the hotel grounds are rich in acacia type of birds yet the shores of lake Naivasah are excellent for water birds including Pelcans and waders. Over night at the Lodge.

Day 4: This morning we are scheduled for along drive to Kisumu / Lake Victoria,however the morning will have an optional Boat ride on the lake ( pay direct at the lodge ) or just a drive out to Kisumu.Will arrive Kisumu late evening for check in at the Kiboko Bay Lodge.

Day 5: We are scheduled to drive to Kakamega Forest,however the morning shall be spent birding the lake Victoria specialties around Kiboko Bay lodge and Kisumu Hipo Point where the papyrus beds have specialties such as Black-headed and Papyrus Gonoleks, Carruther’s Cisticola, Swamp Flycatcher, Papyrus and Yellow-fronted Canaries, Black-billed Barbet, White-browed and Blue-headed Coucal, Greater Swamp Warbler an!d others. We will then go on to Kakamega arriving in time for Lunch at the Rondo retreat. The after noon will see us Birding in the interior forest of Kakamega. Over night at the  Rondo retreat centre.

Day 6: Today, it will be possible to spend all day exploring Kakamega Forest. There are two excellent areas, around Isecheno in the south. The number of birds is incredible, and include Great Blue and Black-billed Turacos, Grey Parrot, Yellow-billed, Grey-throated, Yellow-spotted and Hairy-breasted Barbets, several Woodpeckers, Scaly-throated and Thick-billed Honeyguides, Turner’s Eremomela, Banded and White-chinned Prinias, Blue and Dusky Crested Flycatchers, Chapin’s Flycatcher, several Greenbuls and Illadopsises, Yellowbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, Equatorial Akalat, Black-and-White Casqued Hornbill, Snowy-headed and Blue-shouldered Robin-chats and many more. Over night Rondo retreat .

Day 7: This morning,head through the spectacular Kerio Valley and Tugen Hills. When we arrive at Lake Baringo, and we should see our first special birds of the area. During the few days, we should encounter Slender-tailed Nightjar, Heuglin’s Courser, Spotted Thick-knee, Northern Masked, Little, Jackson’s and Vitelline Masked Weavers, Bristle-crowned Starling, Hemprich’s and Jackson’s Hornbills, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, White-faced Scops Owl, Beautiful Sunbird and much more.Over night Lake Baringo Country Club.

Day  8: All day will be spent around Lake Baringo. You may wish to use a local guide, who will help find the difficult species. Over night at Lake Baringo Country Club.

Day 9: We will take a day excursion  to Lake Bogoria and returning in the late afternoon,Lake Bogoria is a an alkine /Soda lake with both Greater and Lesser Flamingos, inaddition to a number of other Niorthern migrants in the reserve.Over night Lake baringo Country Club.

Day 10: After breakfast,we will drive to Lake nakuru National park,another Rift valley Lake in the area.  Lake Nakuru National Park is excellent for  birding and wildlife viewing. In Nakuru you will look out for the commoner bird species to include Rock Thrush, Lesser and Greater Flamingoes, Rupell’s long tailed starling, Green wood hoopoes, African Fish Eagle, Tawny Eagles, and many other winter and intra African Migrants will have arrived then. The Mammal list will as well be long. The White Rhino is protected from poachers here and the only site on your itinerary for the Rothschild’s Giraffe will be at Lake Nakuru Park. After the exploration of the park,we will drive back to Nakuru town for over night at the waterbuck Hotel.

Day 11: Another day in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Day 12: We head South into the Central Kenyan highlands driving over the Rift escarpment and skirting  the Aberdares, stopping at Thompson’s Falls where we can seek out Slender-billed Starling, African Snipe and Tinkling Cisticola. We then pass across Solio Plains, sometimes good for Bustards, which can include the scarce Denham’s, as well as Capped Wheatear, Long-tailed Widowbird and wintering Lesser Kestrels and Montagues and Pallid Harriers. Finally, we arrive at Naro Moru River Lodge, where a self-catering two-bedroomed cottage is recommended. Food can be bought en-route at Nyahururu, or meals can be obtained at the lodge. Overnight Naro Moru River Lodge.

Day 13: We will spend the morning and afternoon exploring Naromoru Grounds and surroundings for possible Winter warblers and other near mount Kenyan specialities. Depening on Interest,we may take a day trip to Wajee for the endemic Hindes Barbler. The lodge grounds are excellent for birding, and can have such species as Giant Kingfisher, Black Duck, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Red-fronted Parrot, Narina Trogon, Grey Apalis, Rufous Chatterer, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Crowned Hornbill and up to nine sunbird species,others are Mountain Greenbul, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Brown-chested Alethe, Brown Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Hunter’s Cisticola and White-tailed Crested Flycatcher may be seen. Overnight Naromoru River Lodge.

Day 14: After final birding around Naro Moru, we head north, stopping to look for Dusky Turtle Dove and the near-endemic Boran Cisticola. Once in Samburu , birds are profuse, and include Somali and White-throated Bee-eaters, Golden Pipit, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Ostrich, White-headed Mousebird, Kori and Buff-crested Bustards, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Violet Woodhoopoe, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-weaver, Black-capped Social Weaver, Shining and Black-bellied Sunbirds, Bare-eyed Thrush and Palm-nut Vulture. In addition, dry-country mammals are present, including Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe, and Elephant, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard are all possible. Over night Samburu Gamelodge.

Day 15 & 16 : Birding and big game viewing in Samburu.

Day 17: Drive back to Nairobi catching evening Flight out. End

 

KENYA NORTHERN MIGRANTS- BIRDING TOUR – NOVEMBER

DEPARTS FROM NAIROBI  – FEATURING: NAIROBI NP,LAKE NAIVASHA,KISUMU – LAKE VICTORIA,KAKAMEGA FOREST,LAKE BARINGO,LAKE BOGORIA,LAKE NAKURU,MT KENYA AREA AND SAMBURU GAME RESERVE.
2016/2017 DEPARTURES
NOVEMBER  04 – 20

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Nairobi .over night at the Boulevard Hotel.

 Day 2: We begin our Kenya Northern Migrants Safari from Nairobi this morning by visiting Nairobi National Park into the Rift Valley Lakes of Naivasha,there are several bird species around Lake Naivasha. These include; White Pelican, Long-tailed and Great Cormorants, Black Crake, African Jacana, several duck species, Long-toed Lapwing, Malachite Kingfisher, Green Woodhoopoe, White-headed Barbet, Bearded and Cardinal Woodpeckers, Grey-capped and Lesser Swamp Warblers, White-fronted Bee-eater, Winding and Rattling Cisticolas, Grey-headed Bush-shrike and many more. Additionally THE Northern migrants to include the Isabelline  and Northern Wheatear, Barn Swallow,Red backed and Red tailed Shrikes, Booted and Steppe eagles as well as the pallid and Motagus Harriers should be displaying. Over night return to your Hotel in Nairobi.

Day 3: After looking around the Hotel grounds and after a  leisurely breakfast, we will drive to Lake Naivasha,where we whould arrive in time for Lunch. After Lunch the hotel grounds are rich in acacia type of birds yet the shores of lake Naivasah are excellent for water birds including Pelcans and waders. Over night at the Lodge.

Day 4: This morning we are scheduled for along drive to Kisumu / Lake Victoria,however the morning will have an optional Boat ride on the lake ( pay direct at the lodge ) or just a drive out to Kisumu.Will arrive Kisumu late evening for check in at the Kiboko Bay Lodge.

Day 5: We are scheduled to drive to Kakamega Forest,however the morning shall be spent birding the lake Victoria specialties around Kiboko Bay lodge and Kisumu Hipo Point where the papyrus beds have specialties such as Black-headed and Papyrus Gonoleks, Carruther’s Cisticola, Swamp Flycatcher, Papyrus and Yellow-fronted Canaries, Black-billed Barbet, White-browed and Blue-headed Coucal, Greater Swamp Warbler an!d others. We will then go on to Kakamega arriving in time for Lunch at the Rondo retreat. The after noon will see us Birding in the interior forest of Kakamega. Over night at the  Rondo retreat centre.

Day 6: Today, it will be possible to spend all day exploring Kakamega Forest. There are two excellent areas, around Isecheno in the south. The number of birds is incredible, and include Great Blue and Black-billed Turacos, Grey Parrot, Yellow-billed, Grey-throated, Yellow-spotted and Hairy-breasted Barbets, several Woodpeckers, Scaly-throated and Thick-billed Honeyguides, Turner’s Eremomela, Banded and White-chinned Prinias, Blue and Dusky Crested Flycatchers, Chapin’s Flycatcher, several Greenbuls and Illadopsises, Yellowbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, Equatorial Akalat, Black-and-White Casqued Hornbill, Snowy-headed and Blue-shouldered Robin-chats and many more. Over night Rondo retreat .

Day 7: This morning,head through the spectacular Kerio Valley and Tugen Hills. When we arrive at Lake Baringo, and we should see our first special birds of the area. During the few days, we should encounter Slender-tailed Nightjar, Heuglin’s Courser, Spotted Thick-knee, Northern Masked, Little, Jackson’s and Vitelline Masked Weavers, Bristle-crowned Starling, Hemprich’s and Jackson’s Hornbills, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, White-faced Scops Owl, Beautiful Sunbird and much more.Over night Lake Baringo Country Club.

Day  8: All day will be spent around Lake Baringo. You may wish to use a local guide, who will help find the difficult species. Over night at Lake Baringo Country Club.

Day 9: We will take a day excursion  to Lake Bogoria and returning in the late afternoon,Lake Bogoria is a an alkine /Soda lake with both Greater and Lesser Flamingos, inaddition to a number of other Niorthern migrants in the reserve.Over night Lake baringo Country Club.

Day 10: After breakfast,we will drive to Lake nakuru National park,another Rift valley Lake in the area.  Lake Nakuru National Park is excellent for  birding and wildlife viewing. In Nakuru you will look out for the commoner bird species to include Rock Thrush, Lesser and Greater Flamingoes, Rupell’s long tailed starling, Green wood hoopoes, African Fish Eagle, Tawny Eagles, and many other winter and intra African Migrants will have arrived then. The Mammal list will as well be long. The White Rhino is protected from poachers here and the only site on your itinerary for the Rothschild’s Giraffe will be at Lake Nakuru Park. After the exploration of the park,we will drive back to Nakuru town for over night at the waterbuck Hotel.

Day 11: Another day in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Day 12: We head South into the Central Kenyan highlands driving over the Rift escarpment and skirting  the Aberdares, stopping at Thompson’s Falls where we can seek out Slender-billed Starling, African Snipe and Tinkling Cisticola. We then pass across Solio Plains, sometimes good for Bustards, which can include the scarce Denham’s, as well as Capped Wheatear, Long-tailed Widowbird and wintering Lesser Kestrels and Montagues and Pallid Harriers. Finally, we arrive at Naro Moru River Lodge, where a self-catering two-bedroomed cottage is recommended. Food can be bought en-route at Nyahururu, or meals can be obtained at the lodge. Overnight Naro Moru River Lodge.

Day 13: We will spend the morning and afternoon exploring Naromoru Grounds and surroundings for possible Winter warblers and other near mount Kenyan specialities. Depening on Interest,we may take a day trip to Wajee for the endemic Hindes Barbler. The lodge grounds are excellent for birding, and can have such species as Giant Kingfisher, Black Duck, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Red-fronted Parrot, Narina Trogon, Grey Apalis, Rufous Chatterer, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Crowned Hornbill and up to nine sunbird species,others are Mountain Greenbul, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Brown-chested Alethe, Brown Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Hunter’s Cisticola and White-tailed Crested Flycatcher may be seen. Overnight Naromoru River Lodge.

Day 14: After final birding around Naro Moru, we head north, stopping to look for Dusky Turtle Dove and the near-endemic Boran Cisticola. Once in Samburu , birds are profuse, and include Somali and White-throated Bee-eaters, Golden Pipit, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Ostrich, White-headed Mousebird, Kori and Buff-crested Bustards, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Violet Woodhoopoe, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-weaver, Black-capped Social Weaver, Shining and Black-bellied Sunbirds, Bare-eyed Thrush and Palm-nut Vulture. In addition, dry-country mam
mals are present, including Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe, and Elephant, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard are all possible. Over night Samburu Gamelodge.

Day 15 & 16 : Birding and big game viewing in Samburu.

Day 17: Drive back to Nairobi catching evening Flight out. End

 

Upcoming Birding Tours KENYA  & TANZANIA COMBINED

Each year, we run the following scheduled birding tours in KENYA, click on the preferred Month of Travel to view full Tour Itinerary. The itinerary given is just an indication, upon tour confirmation the order of the sites may change depending on accommodation availability.The itinerary is a  sketch, a detailed Itinerary shall be provided to each confirmed tour member.

April /May –  Kenya & Tanzania Birding and Wild Life Safari
November – Kenya  & Tanzania Birding and Photography

 

APRIL/MAY 2008/2009 KENYA & TANZANIA ITINERARY

 April 21: NAIROBI
Arrive Nairobi.

April 22: NAIROBI/THIKA/WAJEE NATURE PARK
Birding for the endemic Hindes Barbler.

April 23: SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Today we drive to Samburu National Reserve located North in the Kenyan Arid lands. Birding For the Samburu/Somali specialities.

 April 24 & 25: SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE (B,L,D)
The days will be spent birding & Big Game viewing.

April 26: SAMBURU/NAROMORU NEAR  MT KENYA
Birding  and big Game viewing.

April 27: LAKE BOGORIA/LAKE BARINGO
Birding.

April 28: LAKE BARINGO
We will spend the day exploring the area with scheduled bird walks with your guide.

April 29: LAKE BARINGO/KAKAMEGA FOREST
We will drive through the spectacular Kerio Valley to arrive at Kakamega forest in the late afternoon.Over night at  Rondo Retreat Centre

April 30: KAKAMEGA FOREST
Birding kakamega forest with guides.

May  01:  KAKAMEGA FOREST/LAKE VICTORIA TANZANIA
Birding Lake victoria.

May  02:   LAKE VICTORIA KENYA
Birding lake Victoria Kenya.

May  03:  LAKE VICTORIA TANZANIA
Transfer to Tanzania,birding enroute. 

May  04:  LAKE VICTORIA
Birding walks.

May  05:  SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Birding & big Game viewing on the serengeti.

May  06:  SERENGETI
A full day on the Serengeti Birding & big game viewing.

May  07:  NGORONGORO CRATER
Birding & big game viewing on the crater Floor.

May  08:  NGORONGORO/TARANGIRE
Birding & big Game viewing.

May  09: TARANGIRE PARK (B,L,D)
Birding & big Game viewing.

 May  10: TARANGIRE/ARUSHA/NAIROBI
Transfer to Arusha and connect to Nairobi by Tourist Shuttle bus arriving in nairobi in the early evening to connect with International flights end.

Also available on private/ anytime departure for individuals,families and groups with private guiding

 

NOVEMBER  2008/2009

KENYA/ TANZANIA ITINERARY 

Nov 01: NAIROBI
Arrive Nairobi.

Nov 02: NAIROBI/THIKA/WAJEE NATURE PARK
Birding for the endemic Hindes Barbler.

Nov 03: SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Today we drive to Samburu National Reserve located North in the Kenyan Arid lands. Birding For the Samburu/Somali specialities.

 Nov 04 & 05: SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE (B,L,D)
The days will be spent birding & Big Game viewing.

Nov 06: SAMBURU/NAROMORU NEAR  MT KENYA
Birding  and big Game viewing.

Nov 07: LAKE BOGORIA/LAKE BARINGO
Birding.

Nov 08: LAKE BARINGO
We will spend the day exploring the area with scheduled bird walks with your guide.

Nov 09: LAKE BARINGO/KAKAMEGA FOREST
We will drive through the spectacular Kerio Valley to arrive at Kakamega forest in the late afternoon.Over night at  Rondo Retreat Centre.

Nov 10: KAKAMEGA FOREST

Birding kakamega forest with guides.

Nov 11:   KAKAMEGA FOREST/LAKE VICTORIA TANZANIA
Birding Lake victoria.

Nov 12: LAKE VICTORIA KENYA
Birding lake Victoria Kenya.

Nov 13:  LAKE VICTORIA TANZANIA
Transfer to Tanzania,birding enroute. 

Nov 14:  LAKE VICTORIA
Birding walks.

Nov 15:  SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Birding & big Game viewing on the serengeti.

Nov 16:  SERENGETI
A full day on the Serengeti Birding & big game viewing.

 Nov 17:  NGORONGORO CRATER
Birding & big game viewing on the crater Floor.

Nov 18:  NGORONGORO/TARANGIRE
Birding & big Game viewing.

Nov 19: TARANGIRE PARK (B,L,D)
Birding & big Game viewing.

Nov 20: TARANGIRE/ARUSHA/NAIROBI
Transfer to Arusha and connect to Nairobi by Tourist Shuttle bus arriving in nairobi in the early evening to connect with International flights end.

Also available on private/ anytime departure for individuals,families and groups with private guiding

 

Upcoming  Birding Tours TANZANIA

Each year, we run the following scheduled birding tours in TANZANIA, click on the preferred Month of Travel to view full Tour Itinerary. The itinerary given is just an indication, upon tour confirmation the order of the sites may change depending on accommodation availability.The itinerary is a  sketch, a detailed Itinerary shall be provided to each confirmed tour member.

March Tanzania Birding Safari
May Tanzania Birding Safari
June Tanzania  Birding  Safari

October Tanzania Birding Safari

December Tanzania   Birding Safari

 

MARCH 2010/2011 ITINERARY

March 15th to 29th

March 15: The tour will begin in the evening, when the group will meet up at the lodge after various different flights. O/N Maasai Lodge.

March 16: Today will begin with an early morning optional bird walk in the grounds of the hotel, where some of the commoner birds will be seen. After breakfast, we will pack up and leave for a day in the Arusha area, encompassing the NP, and some plains areas on the Nairobi road which hold some otherwise scarce birds. The afternoon will then be spent in the park, before retiring to Momella Wild Life Lodge.

March 17: After an optional early morning walk in the lodge grounds, we will leave after breakfast for Tarangire NP, where we will spend the rest of the day. O/N Tarangire Porini Tented Lodge.

March 18: After an optional early morning bird walk, and breakfast, we will leave for Lake Manyara NP, where we will spend the rest of the day and afternoon, before retiring to Migunga Forest Tented Camp.

March 19: After an optional early morning bird walk and breakfast, we will leave for the fairly long drive to the Serengeti. We will have time for an afternoon exploring some of the park. O/N Ikoma Bush Tented Camp.

March 20: All day will be spent in the Serengeti, exploring the plains and Kopjes, where we hope to spot the Two Endemic Fischer’s lovebird and Grey Breasted spurfowl . O/N Ikoma Bush Tented Camp.

March 21: After an early breakfast, we will depart for Ngorongoro Crater, justly famous for its large concentrations of game, and we will have plenty of time to explore the area. O/N Ngorongoro Wild Life Lodge.

March 22: After an optional early morning bird walk and breakfast, we will leave Ngorongoro, for a long drive to Marangu, on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. We will stop en-route for lunch, and also for a few short birding stops. O/N Kibo Hotel.

March 23: After an early breakfast, we will set off for the West Usambaras, stopping at Hedaru along the way, where a few restricted species ca sometimes be found. In the afternoon, we will explore some of the forest areas for the many rare and endemic species present. O/N Mullers Mountain Lodge.

March 24: We will have an early breakfast, and explore further the forests in the local area. Then we will depart after lunch for the East Usambaras, where we will experience the switchbacks up to this old colonial settlement before arriving at Amani Rest House.


March 25:
All day will be spent in the forests and plantations around Amani, seeking out the endemics and rarities which occur here. O/N Amani Rest House.

March 26: After an early breakfast, we will leave Amani for the drive to Morogoro, in the shadow of the Uluguru mountains, where we hope to arrive in time to explore some of the lower slopes. O/N Kollu Hills Hotel.

March 27: After an early breakfast, we will leave for the Udzungwa Mountains, where we will arrive in time to explore some of the forest in the Sanje area. O/N Udzungwa Mountain View Hotel.

March 28: After an early breakfast, we will explore some further areas of forest, before leaving for Ifakara, a site of endemism where two new undescribed Cisticolas, and a weaver were recently discovered. After some explorations of the area and lunch, we will head back north, and spend the evening in the vicinity of Mikumi NP. O/N Mikumi Genesis Hotel.

March 29: After an early breakfast and some final explorations in the Mikumi area, we will head for Dar-es-Salaam. If time permits, we will spend some time at Pugu Forest near the coast, and then have an evening meal overlooking the Indian Ocean before we have to get to the airport for our flights home.

End of Tour

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KENYA NORTHERN MIGRANTS- BIRDING TOUR – DECEMBER

DEPARTS FROM NAIROBI  – FEATURING: NAIROBI NP,LAKE NAIVASHA,KISUMU – LAKE VICTORIA,KAKAMEGA FOREST,LAKE BARINGO,LAKE BOGORIA,LAKE NAKURU,MT KENYA AREA AND SAMBURU GAME RESERVE.
2016/2017 DEPARTURES
DECEMBER  02 -18
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Nairobi .over night at the Boulevard Hotel.

 Day 2: We begin our Kenya Northern Migrants Safari from Nairobi this morning by visiting Nairobi National Park into the Rift Valley Lakes of Naivasha,there are several bird species around Lake Naivasha. These include; White Pelican, Long-tailed and Great Cormorants, Black Crake, African Jacana, several duck species, Long-toed Lapwing, Malachite Kingfisher, Green Woodhoopoe, White-headed Barbet, Bearded and Cardinal Woodpeckers, Grey-capped and Lesser Swamp Warblers, White-fronted Bee-eater, Winding and Rattling Cisticolas, Grey-headed Bush-shrike and many more. Additionally THE Northern migrants to include the Isabelline  and Northern Wheatear, Barn Swallow,Red backed and Red tailed Shrikes, Booted and Steppe eagles as well as the pallid and Motagus Harriers should be displaying. Over night return to your Hotel in Nairobi.

Day 3: After looking around the Hotel grounds and after a  leisurely breakfast, we will drive to Lake Naivasha,where we whould arrive in time for Lunch. After Lunch the hotel grounds are rich in acacia type of birds yet the shores of lake Naivasah are excellent for water birds including Pelcans and waders. Over night at the Lodge.

Day 4: This morning we are scheduled for along drive to Kisumu / Lake Victoria,however the morning will have an optional Boat ride on the lake ( pay direct at the lodge ) or just a drive out to Kisumu.Will arrive Kisumu late evening for check in at the Kiboko Bay Lodge.

Day 5: We are scheduled to drive to Kakamega Forest,however the morning shall be spent birding the lake Victoria specialties around Kiboko Bay lodge and Kisumu Hipo Point where the papyrus beds have specialties such as Black-headed and Papyrus Gonoleks, Carruther’s Cisticola, Swamp Flycatcher, Papyrus and Yellow-fronted Canaries, Black-billed Barbet, White-browed and Blue-headed Coucal, Greater Swamp Warbler an!d others. We will then go on to Kakamega arriving in time for Lunch at the Rondo retreat. The after noon will see us Birding in the interior forest of Kakamega. Over night at the  Rondo retreat centre.

Day 6: Today, it will be possible to spend all day exploring Kakamega Forest. There are two excellent areas, around Isecheno in the south. The number of birds is incredible, and include Great Blue and Black-billed Turacos, Grey Parrot, Yellow-billed, Grey-throated, Yellow-spotted and Hairy-breasted Barbets, several Woodpeckers, Scaly-throated and Thick-billed Honeyguides, Turner’s Eremomela, Banded and White-chinned Prinias, Blue and Dusky Crested Flycatchers, Chapin’s Flycatcher, several Greenbuls and Illadopsises, Yellowbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, Equatorial Akalat, Black-and-White Casqued Hornbill, Snowy-headed and Blue-shouldered Robin-chats and many more. Over night Rondo retreat .

Day 7: This morning,head through the spectacular Kerio Valley and Tugen Hills. When we arrive at Lake Baringo, and we should see our first special birds of the area. During the few days, we should encounter Slender-tailed Nightjar, Heuglin’s Courser, Spotted Thick-knee, Northern Masked, Little, Jackson’s and Vitelline Masked Weavers, Bristle-crowned Starling, Hemprich’s and Jackson’s Hornbills, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, White-faced Scops Owl, Beautiful Sunbird and much more.Over night Lake Baringo Country Club.

Day  8: All day will be spent around Lake Baringo. You may wish to use a local guide, who will help find the difficult species. Over night at Lake Baringo Country Club.

Day 9: We will take a day excursion  to Lake Bogoria and returning in the late afternoon,Lake Bogoria is a an alkine /Soda lake with both Greater and Lesser Flamingos, inaddition to a number of other Niorthern migrants in the reserve.Over night Lake baringo Country Club.

Day 10: After breakfast,we will drive to Lake nakuru National park,another Rift valley Lake in the area.  Lake Nakuru National Park is excellent for  birding and wildlife viewing. In Nakuru you will look out for the commoner bird species to include Rock Thrush, Lesser and Greater Flamingoes, Rupell’s long tailed starling, Green wood hoopoes, African Fish Eagle, Tawny Eagles, and many other winter and intra African Migrants will have arrived then. The Mammal list will as well be long. The White Rhino is protected from poachers here and the only site on your itinerary for the Rothschild’s Giraffe will be at Lake Nakuru Park. After the exploration of the park,we will drive back to Nakuru town for over night at the waterbuck Hotel.

Day 11: Another day in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Day 12: We head South into the Central Kenyan highlands driving over the Rift escarpment and skirting  the Aberdares, stopping at Thompson’s Falls where we can seek out Slender-billed Starling, African Snipe and Tinkling Cisticola. We then pass across Solio Plains, sometimes good for Bustards, which can include the scarce Denham’s, as well as Capped Wheatear, Long-tailed Widowbird and wintering Lesser Kestrels and Montagues and Pallid Harriers. Finally, we arrive at Naro Moru River Lodge, where a self-catering two-bedroomed cottage is recommended. Food can be bought en-route at Nyahururu, or meals can be obtained at the lodge. Overnight Naro Moru River Lodge.

Day 13: We will spend the morning and afternoon exploring Naromoru Grounds and surroundings for possible Winter warblers and other near mount Kenyan specialities. Depening on Interest,we may take a day trip to Wajee for the endemic Hindes Barbler. The lodge grounds are excellent for birding, and can have such species as Giant Kingfisher, Black Duck, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Red-fronted Parrot, Narina Trogon, Grey Apalis, Rufous Chatterer, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Crowned Hornbill and up to nine sunbird species,others are Mountain Greenbul, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Brown-chested Alethe, Brown Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Hunter’s Cisticola and White-tailed Crested Flycatcher may be seen. Overnight Naromoru River Lodge.

Day 14: After final birding around Naro Moru, we head north, stopping to look for Dusky Turtle Dove and the near-endemic Boran Cisticola. Once in Samburu , birds are profuse, and include Somali and White-throated Bee-eaters, Golden Pipit, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Ostrich, White-headed Mousebird, Kori and Buff-crested Bustards, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Violet Woodhoopoe, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-weaver, Black-capped Social Weaver, Shining and Black-bellied Sunbirds, Bare-eyed Thrush and Palm-nut Vulture. In addition, dry-country mammals are present, including Geren
uk, Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe, and Elephant, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard are all possible. Over night Samburu Gamelodge.

Day 15 & 16 : Birding and big game viewing in Samburu.

Day 17: Drive back to Nairobi catching evening Flight out. End

 

 Upcoming Birding Tours KENYA

Each year, we run the following scheduled birding tours in KENYA, click on the preferred Month of Travel to view full Tour Itinerary. The itinerary given is just an indication, upon tour confirmation the order of the sites may change depending on accommodation availability.The itinerary is a  sketch, a detailed Itinerary shall be provided to each confirmed tour member.

April –  Green Kenya Bird Safari
May –  Kenyan Breeding Season Birding Tour
June  – Kenya Bird photography  Tour
September – Bird and Big Game Safari
November Kenya Birding the Northern Migrants

 

 

APRIL 2008/2009
KENYA BIRDING  ITINERARY 

April 13: NAIROBI
Arrive Nairobi.

April 14:NAIROBI/VOI/TAITA HILLS
Birding

April 15: VOI/TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK
Birding & Big Game viewing 

April 16: TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK
Birding & Big Game viewing 

April 17: TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
Birding & Big Game viewing

April 18: TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
Birding & Big Game viewing 

April 19:TSAVO/THIKA
Driving and birding

April 20: WAJEE NATURE PARK
Birding for endemic Hindes Barbler 

April 21: SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
Today we drive to Samburu National Reserve located North in the Kenyan Arid lands. Birding For the Samburu/Somali specialities.

 April 22: SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE (B,L,D)
The day will be spent birding & Big Game viewing.

April 23: SAMBURU/NAROMORU NEAR  MT KENYA
Birding  and big Game viewing

April 24: LAKE BOGORIA/LAKE BARINGO
Birding

April 25: LAKE BARINGO
We will spend the day exploring the area with scheduled bird walks with your guide.

April 26: LAKE BARINGO/KAKAMEGA FOREST
We will drive through the spectacular Kerio Valley to arrive at Kakamega forest in the late afternoon.Over night at  Rondo Retreat Centre


April 27: KAKAMEGA FOREST

Birding kakamega forest with guides

April 28:  KAKAMEGA FOREST/LAKE VICTORIA
Birding Lake Victoria at Kisumu

April 30: NAIROBI

Long drive back to Nairobi.Evening Flight Out

DECEMBER 2010/2011 ITINERARY

December 16th to 30th

Dec 16: The tour will begin in the evening, when the group will meet up at the lodge after various different flights. O/N Maasai Lodge.

 

Dec 17: Today will begin with an early morning optional bird walk in the grounds of the hotel, where some of the commoner birds will be seen. After breakfast, we will pack up and leave for a day in the Arusha area, encompassing the NP, and some plains areas on the Nairobi road which hold some otherwise scarce birds. The afternoon will then be spent in the park, before retiring to Momella Wild Life Lodge.

 

Dec 18: After an optional early morning walk in the lodge grounds, we will leave after breakfast for Tarangire NP, where we will spend the rest of the day. O/N Tarangire Porini Tented Lodge.

 

Dec 19: After an optional early morning bird walk, and breakfast, we will leave for Lake Manyara NP, where we will spend the rest of the day and afternoon, before retiring to Migunga Forest Tented Camp.

 

Dec 20: After an optional early morning bird walk and breakfast, we will leave for the fairly long drive to the Serengeti. We will have time for an afternoon exploring some of the park. O/N Ikoma Bush Tented Camp.

 

Dec 21: All day will be spent in the Serengeti, exploring the plains and Kopjes, where we hope to spot the Two Endemic Fischer’s lovebird and Grey Breasted spur fowl . O/N Ikoma Bush Tented Camp.

 

Dec 22: After an early breakfast, we will depart for Ngorongoro Crater, justly famous for its large concentrations of game, and we will have plenty of time to explore the area. O/N Ngorongoro Wild Life Lodge.

 

Dec 23: After an optional early morning bird walk and breakfast, we will leave Ngorongoro, for a long drive to Marangu, on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. We will stop en-route for lunch, and also for a few short birding stops. O/N Kibo Hotel.

 

Dec 24: After an early breakfast, we will set off for the West Usambaras, stopping at Hedaru along the way, where a few restricted species ca sometimes be found. In the afternoon, we will explore some of the forest areas for the many rare and endemic species present. O/N Mullers Mountain Lodge.

 

Dec 25: We will have an early breakfast, and explore further the forests in the local area. Then we will depart after lunch for the East Usambaras, where we will experience the switchbacks up to this old colonial settlement before arriving at Amani Rest House.

 

Dec 26: All day will be spent in the forests and plantations around Amani, seeking out the endemics and rarities which occur here. O/N Amani Rest House.

 

Dec 27: After an early breakfast, we will leave Amani for the drive to Morogoro, in the shadow of the Uluguru mountains, where we hope to arrive in time to explore some of the lower slopes. O/N Kollu Hills Hotel.

 

Dec 28: After an early breakfast, we will leave for the Udzungwa Mountains, where we will arrive in time to explore some of the forest in the Sanje area. O/N Udzungwa Mountain View Hotel.

 

Dec 29: After an early breakfast, we will explore some further areas of forest, before leaving for Ifakara, a site of endemism where two new undescribed Cisticolas, and a weaver were recently discovered. After some explorations of the area and lunch, we will head back north, and spend the evening in the vicinity of Mikumi NP. O/N Mikumi Genesis Hotel.

 

Dec 30: After an early breakfast and some final explorations in the Mikumi area, we will head for Dar-es-Salaam. If time permits, we will spend some time at Pugu Forest near the coast, and then have an evening meal overlooking the Indian Ocean before we have to get to the airport for our flights home.

 

End of Tour

JUNE 2010/2011 ITINERARY

June 3rd to 17th

June 3: The tour will begin in the evening, when the group will meet up at the lodge after various different flights. O/N Maasai Lodge.

 

June 4: Today will begin with an early morning optional bird walk in the grounds of the hotel, where some of the commoner birds will be seen. After breakfast, we will pack up and leave for a day in the Arusha area, encompassing the NP, and some plains areas on the Nairobi road which hold some otherwise scarce birds. The afternoon will then be spent in the park, before retiring to Momella Wild Life Lodge.

 

June 5: After an optional early morning walk in the lodge grounds, we will leave after breakfast for Tarangire NP, where we will spend the rest of the day. O/N Tarangire Porini Tented Lodge.

 

June 6: After an optional early morning bird walk, and breakfast, we will leave for Lake Manyara NP, where we will spend the rest of the day and afternoon, before retiring to Migunga Forest Tented Camp.

 

June 7: After an optional early morning bird walk and breakfast, we will leave for the fairly long drive to the Serengeti. We will have time for an afternoon exploring some of the park. O/N Ikoma Bush Tented Camp.

 

June 8: All day will be spent in the Serengeti, exploring the plains and Kopjes, where we hope to spot the Two Endemic Fischer’s lovebird and Grey Breasted spurfowl . O/N Ikoma Bush Tented Camp.

 

June 9: After an early breakfast, we will depart for Ngorongoro Crater, justly famous for its large concentrations of game, and we will have plenty of time to explore the area. O/N Ngorongoro Wild Life Lodge.

 

June 10: After an optional early morning bird walk and breakfast, we will leave Ngorongoro, for a long drive to Marangu, on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. We will stop en-route for lunch, and also for a few short birding stops. O/N Kibo Hotel.

 

June 11: After an early breakfast, we will set off for the West Usambaras, stopping at Hedaru along the way, where a few restricted species ca sometimes be found. In the afternoon, we will explore some of the forest areas for the many rare and endemic species present. O/N Mullers Mountain Lodge.

 

June 12: We will have an early breakfast, and explore further the forests in the local area. Then we will depart after lunch for the East Usambaras, where we will experience the switchbacks up to this old colonial settlement before arriving at Amani Rest House.

 

June 13: All day will be spent in the forests and plantations around Amani, seeking out the endemics and rarities which occur here. O/N Amani Rest House.

 

June 14: After an early breakfast, we will leave Amani for the drive to Morogoro, in the shadow of the Uluguru mountains, where we hope to arrive in time to explore some of the lower slopes. O/N Kollu Hills Hotel.

 

June 15: After an early breakfast, we will leave for the Udzungwa Mountains, where we will arrive in time to explore some of the forest in the Sanje area. O/N Udzungwa Mountain View Hotel.

 

June 16: After an early breakfast, we will explore some further areas of forest, before leaving for Ifakara, a site of endemism where two new undescribed Cisticolas, and a weaver were recently discovered. After some explorations of the area and lunch, we will head back north, and spend the evening in the vicinity of Mikumi NP. O/N Mikumi Genesis Hotel.

 

June 17: After an early breakfast and some final explorations in the Mikumi area, we will head for Dar-es-Salaam. If time permits, we will spend some time at Pugu Forest near the coast, and then have an evening meal overlooking the Indian Ocean before we have to get to the airport for our flights home.

 

End of Tour