Birdwatching and Safari Experience in Kenya
This 7-day Birding in Kenya Safari Tour is a moderately-paced tour available as on request. This Kenya Birdwatching tour focuses on a great sample of Kenyan birding habitats and provides you with a wonderful array of species as well as the major bird families of Africa.
You will get to enjoy birding in habitats such as forests, grasslands, wetlands, and dry scrubland. The tour also provides wonderful opportunities to score many species that are endemic to Kenya; as well as East African endemics.
These include species such as Kikuyu White-eye, Kenya Rufous Sparrow, Abyssinian Wheatear, Northern Pied Babbler, Black-lored Babbler, Hinde's Babbler, Hildebrandt's Starling, Snowy Barbet, Sharpe's Longclaw, Jackson's Widowbird, Hunter's Cisticola, Hartlaub's Turaco, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Abbott’s Starling and Jackson's Francolin.
This birding in Kenya tour starts in the city of Nairobi - Kenya's political and tourism capital. From here, we head North to the amazing Mt. Kenya. Here we shall enjoy many forest species and have the chance to bird on foot. We shall then head into the Northern Rift Valley region. Here we shall enjoy the wonderful species that live around the mighty Lake Baringo.
Birding here is also easily and safely done on foot. We shall then move South of Lake Baringo, and enjoy the species of Lake Naivasha (located in the Central Rift Valley region). We shall also get to explore the Highland Grasslands around Kinangop, where we shall enjoy many local specials. From Kinangop, we shall retrace our steps back to Nairobi City, where our lovely tour will come to an end.
Birding in Kenya Safari Tour Highlights include:
- Mt. Kenya; a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The Great Rift Valley; with wonderful landscapes and two lakes (Lake Baringo and Lake Naivasha)
- Kenya's endemic birds; such as the Kikuyu White-eye, Hinde's Babbler, and Jackson's Francolin
Alternative Tour Name: Kenya Highlights Birding Safari
We shall arrive on our Kenya Highlights Birding Safari via Nairobi; the tourism capital of Kenya.
Depending on your arrival time and how tired you may be from the flights, you can choose to add an extra birding session this afternoon. Otherwise, you can relax and enjoy the local city birds from your hotel.
Night in Nairobi.
Starting from Nairobi, we shall enjoy roadside birding as we head to Mt. Kenya. We shall hope to pick species such as Yellow-crowned Bishop, Hamerkop, White-bellied Tit, Superb Starling, Spot-flanked Barbet, Pale White-eye, Southern Black Flycatcher and Hinde's Babbler.
We shall soon arrive at the Mt. Kenya forest where many species await us. We shall bird near the forest edge and then head deeper into the mountain forest using our vehicle. We shall scan the forest, rivers and grasslands for the montane specials all day.
We expect species such as Mountain Buzzard, Crowned Eagle, Alpine Swift, Purple-throated Cuckoo-Shrike, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, Mountain Wagtail, Slender-billed Greenbul, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Black-throated Apalis, Black-collared Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Hunter’s Cisticola, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, African Black Duck, Red-fronted Parrot, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Spectacled Weaver, Grey-headed Nigrita, Scaly Francolin and Ruppell’s Robin-Chat.
Montane mammals are likely, including assorted monkeys, mongooses and squirrels.
Night at Mt. Kenya.
We shall have another full day to explore the Mt. Kenya forest and add to our already growing species list. If the sky is clear, we shall wake up to an amazing view of the Mt. Kenya peaks. We shall then enjoy our exploration in this beautiful location.
We shall be hoping to add more species here such as Abyssinian Thrush, Black-fronted Bushshrike, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Kandt's Waxbill, Olive Ibis, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Slender-billed Starling, Abbott’s Starling, Waller’s Starling, Kikuyu White-eye, Fine-banded Woodpecker, White-headed Wood-Hoopoe, Bar-tailed Trogon, Yellow-crowned Canary, Dusky Turtle Dove, Lemon Dove, African Olive Pigeon and Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon.
Night at Mt. Kenya.
Leaving the mountain behind, we shall drive through the highlands and onwards into the Great Rift Valley. Our destination is the wonderful Lake Baringo, a fresh water lake surrounded by amazing dry scrubland vegetation. Lake Baringo is also a Ramsar Site and an Important Bird Area (IBA). Some roadside birding stops will likely yield species such as Hinde's Babbler, White-fronted Bee-eater, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Silverbird and Black-headed Lapwing.
Soon we shall arrive at Lake Baringo. Here we shall enjoy searching for birds species such as Spotted Eagle-Owl, Northern White-faced Scops-Owl, Shikra, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Verreaux’s Eagle, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Heuglin’s Courser, D’Arnaud’s Barbet, Black-throated Barbet, Brubru, Grey-headed Bushshrike, Spotted Thick-knee, Senegal Thick-knee, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Nubian Woodpecker, Little Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver, Northern Masked Weaver and White-billed Buffalo-Weaver.
Night in Baringo.
Continuing our Kenya Highlights Birding Safari, we shall enjoy another day of birding in the Baringo area. We shall drive and walk around the scrubland and the cliffs surrounding the lake. More species we shall be looking for include White-bellied Canary, Beautiful Sunbird, Jackson’s Hornbill, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Fan-tailed Raven, Northern Red Bishop, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Mocking Cliff-Chat, Gambaga Flycatcher and Bristle-crowned Starling.
A boat ride experience will also help us enjoy the beauty of the lake and see the local African Fish Eagles advertising their territories. Here we also connect with many waterbirds such as Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, African Darter, Little Bittern, Black Crake, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, White-faced Whistling Duck and African Jacana.
Night in Baringo.
We shall then leave Lake Baringo behind and drive to Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha is another fresh water lake and also a Ramsar Site inside the Great Rift Valley. Lake Naivasha is also an Important Bird Area (IBA). In Naivasha, we shall sample local birding spots; as we increase our birdlist. We shall keep an eye for more savannah and bushland birds.
Species expected here include Mosque Swallow, Lyne’s Cisticola, Chestnut Sparrow, Abyssinian Wheatear, Nyanza Swift, Mottled Swift, White-fronted Bee-eater, Mocking Cliff-Chat, Bearded Woodpecker, Plain-backed Pipit, Grey-backed Fiscal, Grey-crested Helmet-Shrike, Brimstone Canary, Hilderbrandt’s Francolin, Arrow-marked Babbler, Black-lored Babbler, African Fish Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Hybrid Lovebird, Red-throated Wryneck, Golden-breasted Bunting, Buff-bellied Warbler, Grey Crowned Crane, Black Cuckoo and African Hoopoe.
We shall also get to the lake shore, where many shorebirds will be seen. A boat ride on Lake Naivasha, will ensure you can reach more species in the middle of the lake, as you enjoy the aquatic beauty. Expected species include Great Cormorant, Reed Cormorant, Giant Kingfisher, Grey-headed Gull, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Tern, Whiskered Tern, Pink-backed Pelican and Great White Pelican.
Night in Naivasha.
We shall then drive to the nearby highland grasslands at the Kinangop Plateau. This is another Important Bird Area (IBA) and one of the best sites for highland species. Local grasslands and wetlands will be explored on foot as we seek the local specials.
We expect species such as Brown Woodland Warbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Black-winged Lapwing, Common Quail, Hunter’s Cisticola, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Wing-snapping Cisticola, Long-tailed Widowbird, Jackson’s Widowbird, Angola Swallow, Montane Nightjar, Sharpe’s Longclaw, Martial Eagle, Mountain Buzzard, Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Red-throated Pipit, Black-tailed Godwit, African Snipe, Lesser Jacana and African Stonechat.
Later in the afternoon, we shall proceed to Nairobi. Evening flights from Nairobi will mark the end to our lovely Kenya Highlights Birding Safari.
Wildlife species expected to see:
On this specific safari, we shall be hoping to connect with many exciting birds. Some of our highlights often include White-headed Wood-Hoopoe, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Gambaga Flycatcher, Beautiful Sunbird, Shining Sunbird, Golden-winged Sunbird, Tacazze Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird, Kandt’s Waxbill, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Tullberg’s Woodpecker, Grey-headed Nigrita, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Jackson’s Hornbill, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Ruppell’s Robin-Chat, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Oriole Finch, Bar-tailed Trogon, Grey-headed Kingfisher, White-crested Helmetshrike, Three-banded Courser, Spotted Thick-Knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Common Ostrich, Olive Ibis, Abbott’s Starling, Verreaux’s Eagle, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Northern White-faced Scops-Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Northern Crombec, Northern Grey Tit, Little Weaver, Northern Masked Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver, Sharpe’s Longclaw, Jackson’s Widowbird, Long-tailed Widowbird, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Montane Nightjar, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Wing-snapping Cisticola, Hunter’s Cisticola, African Snipe, Lesser Jacana, Scaly Francolin, Jackson’s Francolin and Kikuyu White-eye.
We hope to connect with mammals such as Mt. Kenya Guereza, Mt. Kenya Kolb’s Monkey, Hilgert’s Vervet Monkey, Common Eland, Nile Hippopotamus, African Buffalo, White-bearded Wildebeest, Common Impala, Thompson’s Gazelle, Grant’s Gazelle, Defassa Waterbuck and Maasai Giraffe.
We expect reptiles such as the Nile Crocodile, Nile Monitor Lizard, Jackson’s Three-horned Chameleon and Leopard Tortoise.
What is included?
- Local Transport
- Guiding Fees
- Parks and Conservation Areas Entry Fees
- Activity Fees as per the itinerary
- A checklist to the Birds of Kenya
What is not included?
- Travel Insurance
- Health Insurance
- International Airfare
- Items of personal pleasure e.g. laundry, personal drinks and telephone fees
- Tips and gratuities for hotel staff and guides
- Anything that is not mentioned in "what is included"
Cisticola Tours is a dedicated birding tours and widlife safaris company based in Nairobi, Kenya. We offer a wide range of tours and safaris across the entire Kenya. We operate both scheduled and private tours or safaris across the entire Kenya; visiting all habitats and locations. Our team has a great array of sites to choose from when you are planning your Kenyan Birding Tour or Wildlife Safari. This includes some exciting remote and little-known regions. All our tours provide special photographic opportunities to help you capture those wonderful memories of Africa. All our tour guides are drawn directly from Kenya and bring vast safari experience in the field to help you enjoy each minute spent with us. Our tours also contribute to sustainability projects through our Environmental Education Program and supporting the Kenya Women Birders Club. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to continue making your safari dreams come true.
Yes the meals are included in the tour costs (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
We provide unlimited water in the vehicles throughout the tour. Any extra water or drinks that you will buy at lodges or shops are not included in the tour costs.
Yes, we offer a great variety of extensions to help you add more days on the tour.
Yes, Kenyan lodges have a great tourism culture and will happily cater for all diet needs. Should you require specific meals, please alert us in advance to make the appropriate plans.
Yes, tips can be in any currency of choice.
Most urban hotels will accept cards. If you need to pay for items in remote areas, our staff can help you get ATM machines in nearby towns to enable the payments.
Yes, most lodges will have WIFI connection. However, some of the remote areas may be out of connection and will likely have low or no internet.
Yes, with your passport, our staff will help you buy a local SIM Card and you can be able to use this while on tour.
Yes, you can buy most of the Guide Books in Kenya. Please alert us in advance if you would like us to prepare some books for you on arrival.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.