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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

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

 

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

  SEPTEMBER  2008/2009 KENYA BIRDING  ITINERARY

 September 14: NAIROBI
Arrive Nairobi.

 September 15:NAIROBI/VOI/TAITA HILLS
Birding.

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

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

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

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

 September 20:TSAVO/THIKA
Driving and birding.

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

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

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

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

September 25: LAKE BOGORIA/LAKE BARINGO
Birding. 

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

September 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

 September 28 : KAKAMEGA FOREST
Birding kakamega forest with guides

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

September 30: NAIROBI

Long drive back to Nairobi.Evening Flight Out

MAY  2008/2009

KENYA BIRDING  ITINERARY 

May 14: NAIROBI
Arrive Nairobi.

May 15:NAIROBI/VOI/TAITA HILLS
Birding.

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

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

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

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

May 20:TSAVO/THIKA
Driving and birding.

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

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

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

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

May 25: LAKE BOGORIA/LAKE BARINGO
Birding.

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

May 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.

May 28: KAKAMEGA FOREST
Birding kakamega forest with guides.

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

May 30: NAIROBI

Long drive back to Nairobi.Evening Flight Out