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Birdwatching in Kenya Masai Mara, Lakes and Forests Tour - 15 Days

Birdwatching in Kenya Masai Mara, Lakes and Forests Tour

Masai Mara, Lakes and Forests Birding in Kenya Tour

This 15-day Birdwatching in Kenya tour, will take you from one Kenyan ornithological highlight to the other. Endemic, elusive, rare and special Kenya bird species and fantastic landscapes will imprint in your memory. But there is more! Many species have their most Eastern or Southern distribution range at Lake Baringo or Lake Victoria.

Your experienced birding guide will spot the birds species hidden in the bushes like the Mountain Greenbul, the Mountain Yellow-Warbler or the White-starred Robin. Aberdare Cisticola, Mackinder’s Eagle Owl, Sharpe’s Longclaw are the endemics to find. A good number of West African bird species are found in Kakamega Rain Forest - many like the Equatorial Akalat like hiding in the thick vegetation.

Others like White-spotted Flufftail, Dusky Elminia or also called Crested Flycatcher are hard to find but your guides will put all efforts to show them to you. The beautiful Blue-headed Bee-eater is perching and hopefully, you will meet it. Papyrus is loved by different reed-warblers but also the colourful Papyrus Bush-Shrike and the brown Carruther’s Cisticola. Both are not easy to find. As you can see we want to show you birds not found everywhere in Africa or other continents and that is the reason why we allow enough time at each place.

Masai Mara is well known for the annual wildebeest migration but is also a heaven for ornithologists. You might find 5 of the 7 vultures existing in Birdwatching in Kenya tour and if you are lucky you witness the spectacle when they are at a kill. The Masai Mara has different habitats - open savanna, gallery forests, acacia forests and birds have found their niche.

The Rufous-tailed Weaver was a Tanzanian endemic but some individuals have made one particular area in the Masai Mara their home. Despite you will see many different places it will not be a rush, you will have time to look for birds and photograph them.

Birdwatching in Kenya Tour highlights include:

  • 3 endemic species in the Aberdare region - Sharpe’s Longclaw, Aberdare Cisticola, Mackinder’s Eagle-Owl
  • Lake Baringo specials - Jackson’s Hornbill, Little Weaver, Northern Masked Weaver, Heuglin’s Courser, Slender-tailed Nightjar
  • Blue-headed Bee-eater, Brown-chested Akalat the West African species in Kakamega Rain Forest
  • Carruther’s Cisticola, Papyrus Gonolek - Lake Victoria’s special birds
  • Masai Mara’s vultures and other birds of prey

Would you enjoy a more specialist trip to see wildebeest and wildlife in Nothern Kenya? If so, have a look at here Great Wildebeest Migration and Northern Kenya Wildlife Tour

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival in Nairobi

Individual arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya in the evening. You will be awaited at the airport by our taxi driver and taken to the hotel. In the evening there will be a briefing either with your birding guide or Elvira.

Accommodation: Hotel Rudi, meal plan: breakfast only

Day 2
Day 2 - Nairobi - Aberdare National Park (To The Ark around 250 km) time depends on sightings

As it will be during this trip an early wake-up and breakfast to depart at 7 a.m. The road will take you over the escarpment into the Great Rift Valley. Shortly before Naivasha, you ascend to the short grassland area where a local guide will take you to see the endemic and endangered Sharpe’s Longclaw. The road takes you further up to 3.000 m and you enter the Park at Mutubio Gate.

Depending on the time you will enjoy your packed lunch here or at a place inside the park. Up in the open moorland with Tussock grass, Senecio, Lobelia and other plants you search for the endemic Aberdare Cisticola and the beautiful Malachite Sunbird. A Mountain Buzzard might soar or perch, Jackson’s Francolin will feed along the road, Alpine Chats are sitting everywhere and in the rivers, you might spot herons and ducks.

After crossing the open moorland you take a short walk down to see the Chania River Fall (only if you like since it is quite steep). Here the Hagenia abyssinica and Podocarpus forest start. The Mantled Colobus inhabit this vegetation but also Olive Pigeons and if the Podocarpus trees have ripe berries you can hear and spot the Red-fronted Parrot (Poicephalus gulielmi massaicus) while Black Saw-wings hunt insects. The next vegetation belt consists of indigenous bamboo and soon you will be in the mountain forest. Look out for Crowned Eagle, Augur Buzzard, Hartlaub’s Turaco and in clearings with Leonotis and Crotolaria plants for Golden-winged Sunbirds, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird which is endemic to Kenya and Northern Tanzania, Bronze Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird and at a lower altitude for the Scaly Spurfowl. Shortly before you reach the night observation lodge The Ark you might find the Giant Forest Hog - an impressive black forest dweller feeding along roadsides and in open spaces. Time permitting you will take a stroll around the lodge where you might spot Mountain Greenbul, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Hunter’s Cisticola, Golden-winged Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Grey-headed Negrofinch, Black Saw-wings, Tropical Boubou, Speckled Mousebird, Abyssinian Thrush (Turdus a. abyssinicus), Pied Wagtail, Baglafecht Weaver, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill and others.

Your driver and birding guide will leave for the night and you can visit one of the platforms to see elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, bushbuck and others coming to drink and lick salt. Strong floodlights enable you to see also some water-loving birds hunting insects at night.

Accommodation: The Ark, meal plan: full board (picnic lunch)

Day 3
Day 3 - Aberdare region - Thomson Falls - Lake Nakuru (around 160 km with many stops a full day)

After breakfast, your driver and birding guide will pick you and you leave the park. After a short while, you enter a compound where among different highland birds the Kenya endemic Hinde’s Babbler can be found. Thereafter you drive again a short distance to meet Paul who is in charge of the project to protect the endangered Mackinder’s Eagle Owl (Bubo (capense) mackinderi). He will guide you to one of the breeding pairs he is monitoring. Moving along the equator you stop at Thomson Falls where you will not only eat your packed lunch but also look out for the colourful Takazze Sunbird.

In the afternoon you drive South of the equator and into the Great Rift Valley passing Menengai Crater and Nakuru town. After the check-in procedure you are heading to the lodge situated on a hill overlooking Lake Nakuru. On the way, you will surely stop for sightings and if time allows have a stroll in the compound which is full of birdlife.

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge, meal plan: full board (picnic lunch)

Day 4
Day 4 - Nakuru - Lake Baringo (130 km, 3 hours)

When you walk through the compound have an open eye, some birds are already awake when you go to or come from breakfast. Some of the species you can find: Wire-tailed Swallow, Amethyst Sunbird, Variable Sunbird, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, White-browed Robin-chat, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Kenyan Rufous Sparrow, Grey Woodpecker, Northern Puffback, Buff-bellied Warbler, Chin-spot Batis and once in a while a Broad-billed Roller. Since you don’t have to depart very early you have a moment to look for them.

On your way out of the park, you spend a visit to the lakeshore - Yellow-billed Duck, Red-billed Duck, Hottentot Teal, Garganey, Fulvous Whistling-duck, Grey Crowned Crane, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Great White Pelican, Great White Egret, Long-tailed Widowbird, African Fish Eagle, Augur Buzzard, Kitlitz Plover, Three-banded Plover, Gull-billed Tern (migrant) and many more. In the forest you might spot Long-crested Eagles and if you are lucky Narina Trogons. More in the open you have chances to come across not often seen raptors like African Cuckoo Hawk. Tawny Eagle and Grey-backed Fiscals are very common. Picnic lunch inside the park or at the exit. Then the road takes you north and you will reach Lake Baringo later in the afternoon. There might be time for a short walk in the compound.

Lake Baringo is a large freshwater lake. Some hot water spilling out of the ground shows the volcanic activity in the region.

Accommodation: Tumbili Cliff Camp, meal plan: full board

Day 5
Day 5 - Lake Baringo

The day starts with a 3-hour boat ride. One of the lucky finds is the White-backed Night-Heron. Purple Heron, Goliath Heron, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Striated Heron, Reed Cormorant, Greater Cormorant, sometimes Madagascar Bee-eater, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Yellow-crowned Bishop, Malachite Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher and the African Fish Eagle shooting down to fetch the thrown fish. Return to the camp where you can expect some visitors: Little Weaver, Jackson’s Hornbill, Northern Masked Weaver - these 3 have their most Southern distribution range here. Bristle-crowned Starlings are also a special species. Red-chested Cuckoo, Diederick Cuckoo, Pygmy Kingfisher, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Steel-blue Whydah, Pin-tailed Whydah, Northern Brownbul, Three-streaked Tchagra, Brown-throated Barbet, Red-fronted Barbet, D’Arnaud’s Barbet, Northern Crombec, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird, white and brown morph of African Paradise Flycatcher, Grey Wren-Warbler just to name a few.

In the afternoon you drive near the cliff and walk along with it. The Verreaux’s Eagles have a nest and sometimes you see them soaring along the cliff. Lanner Falcons are often spotted while the Shikra is luck. Gambaga Flycatcher and Lead-coloured Flycatcher will hopefully be seen as well as Olive Sunbird, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Red and Yellow Barbet and others. It is also a good spot for butterflies.

Accommodation: Tumbili Cliff Camp, meal plan: full board

Day 6
Day 6 - Lake Baringo

During the cooler morning hours, your local guide will lead you to other Baringo specials: Northern White-faced Scops Owl, African Scops-Owl, Greyish Eagle Owl, Heuglin’s Courser and Slender-tailed Nightjar. Maybe you also spot a very cute Four-toed Elephant Shrew. Baringo has over 500 recorded bird species so be ready to encounter a large number. Baringo can be hot so make use of the early morning and late afternoon hours. Lunch and heat rest in the camp. Your birding guide will decide where to take you. It will depend on whether where to find the most interesting species.

The guides are free to change timings of the different activities due to weather conditions or location of special species.

Accommodation: Tumbili Cliff Camp, meal plan: full board

Day 7
Day 7 - Lake Baringo - Kakamega Rain Forest (220 km, time depends on sightings)

As usual an early breakfast and check out. The road will take you up the Tugen Hills and you experience splendid views down to Lake Baringo and driving around hair-pin turns. On top of the hill is the small town Kabarnet and the road descends steeply into the Kerio Valley. A short stop to see the Kerio River Gorge. Climbing up the Elgeyo Marakwet escarpment is a further steep stretch of the journey. You will carry picnic lunch boxes to allow time to look for the White-headed Turaco and others on the way. After passing Eldoret town you are heading to Rondo Retreat in the middle of Kakamega Rain Forest.

They don’t sell alcoholic drinks. Kindly buy what you like in Eldoret. You might reach late in the afternoon so that time will only be sufficient for a short walk within the interesting compound. The Crowned Eagles have a nest on the tallest tree.

Kakamega Rain Forest is the last remaining forest of its kind in Kenya close to the Ugandan border. It covers 238 square kilometers and is mainly between 1500 and 1600 m above sea level. Thousands of years ago most of East Africa was forested. But earth uplifts have reduced the amount of rain. Kakamega Rain forest is under the influence of Lake Victoria and therefore has an average annual rainfall between 1200 to 1700 mm.

Here the West African and East African flora and fauna meet. That is the reason that makes the region so special. 373 identified bird species, around 400 butterfly species with some endemics and some interesting mammals. Red-legged squirrel and Black-cheeked white-nosed monkeys or locally named Red-tailed monkeys (Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti) are running up and down the trees and so do Stuhlmann’s Blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis stuhlmanni).

Accommodation: Rondo Retreat, meal plan: full board (picnic lunch)

Day 8
Days 8 & 9 - Kakamega Rain Forest

Since Rondo Retreat is already inside the rain forest you just start walking from here. Please have shoes that are not sensitive to mud and some water. A local guide as well as your birding guide will point out the special species. It is often difficult to spot them in the dense forest with tall trees, but hopefully you will be lucky and they will pose well for you. Too look for: White-breasted Nigrita, Grey-winged Robin-Chat, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Pink-footed Puffback, Black-collared Apalis, Brown-chested Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Kakamega Greenbul and many more. A very tricky bird to see and photograph is the White-spotted Flufftail which has its most Eastern range here. Living in the forest under storey and being black and uncommon makes it shear luck to photograph the Dusky Elminia or also called Crested Flycatcher.

Species best seen from the lodge compound or along the road: Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Blue Flycatcher, Chubb’s Cisticola Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Yellow-throated Leave-love, Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Black and White-Casqued Hornbill, Joyful Greenbul, Olive Sunbird, Olive-bellied Sunbird, Vieillot’s Black Weaver, Dark-backed Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Grey-throated Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Red-headed Blue-bill, Black-crowned Waxbill, Blue-headed Bee-eater and many more.

You will see that you need the 2 full days to track some of the elusive and special species. But the place is absolutely fantastic and always something to see.

Accommodation: Rondo Retreat, meal plan: full board, kindly carry alcoholic drinks since they don't sell

Day 9
Day 10 - Kakamega - Lake Victoria (80 km, 2 hours)

The road takes you through a scenic landscape - hills with a lot of interesting rock formations shaped by erosion. After around 2.5 hours you will get to Kisumu town and if you need to shop anything, please tell your guide and they will take you to a supermarket. Soon you will see the lake and proceed a bit South for lunch in the Sovereign Hotel and have a short rest. Later in the afternoon, you go walking in the sanctuary or a short distance away at Hippo Point. There are some uncommon and not always easy to spot birds like Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Eastern Plantain-Eater, Blue-headed Coucal, Rock Pratincole (has its most Eastern range here), Blue-breasted Bee-eater, the papyrus loving Carruther’s Cisticola, the almost endemic around Lake Victoria - White-winged Swamp Warbler, Brown Babbler (Western Kenya to West Africa), African Thrush, Copper Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Red-headed Blue-bill and more common birds.

Striking beauties are the easier to find Black-headed Gonolek, the tricky one hiding in Papyrus - Papyrus Gonolek and the migrant Woodchat Shrike.

Along the lakeshore, you can find resident shorebirds but also migrants, like Ruff, Whimbrel, Temminck’s Stint (uncommon), Spotted Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Black Heron (maybe you will get it spreading its wings to attract fish), Swamp Flycatcher a typical Lake Victoria bird, Slender-billed Weaver, Southern Red Bishop, Papyrus Canary and many more.

Raptors: African Fish Eagle, Osprey, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, African Marsh Harrier (very rare), Western Banded Snake-Eagle (Circaetus cinerascens), Beaudouin’s Snake-Eagle (Circaetus beaudouini), Eurasian Hobby, Amur Falcon and others.

Accommodation: Sovereign Hotel, meal plan: full board

Day 10
Day 11 - Lake Victoria

In the early morning hours, you set out with a boat for 3 hours. Along with the lakeshore lookout for the specials listed above and we wish you best of luck to find them. Lunch and heat rest in the lodge and a walk in the sanctuary to search for typical birds around Lake Victoria. Your birding guide might decide to drive a short distance to get to a good place or switch the activities.

Accommodation: Sovereign Hotel, meal plan: full board

Day 11
Day 12 - Lake Victoria - Masai Mara (220 km, 5 - 6 hours)

A quite long drive until you reach the camp on top of the Olololo Escarpment for late lunch. The view over the Masai Mara, the Mara River and up to the Tanzanian mountains is breathtaking. The main vegetation in the camp consists of Acacia trees, Orange-leaved Croton and some indigenous berry-bearing shrubs and trees. Take a walk with your guide and look for Speckle-fronted Weaver, Violet-backed Starling, White-bellied Tit, Sulphur-breasted Bush-Shrike, Northern Black Flycatcher, Black-backed Puffback, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Slate-coloured Boubou and others.

Accommodation: Mara Siria Eco Camp, meal plan: full board

Day 12
Day 13 - Masai Mara West to East - Full Day Excursion

Packed lunched will be carried in the car so you can undertake a full day while shifting from West to East of the Mara River. You will encounter several species of Cisticolas and if luck is on your side one of the rare White-headed Vultures. Lapped-faced Vulture, White-backed Vulture, Rüppel’s Griffon Vulture and Hooded Vulture are a spectacle on their own when feasting at a kill. Rufous-naped Lark, Red-capped Lark, Lilac-breasted Roller, Grey-backed Fiscal, Brown Parrot, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Yellow-breasted Longclaw, Wattled Starlings, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, White-bellied Bustard, Black-bellied Bustard, Maasai or Common Ostrich, Woolly-necked Stork, Plain-backed Pipit are some of the more common birds. It is not easy to get the small birds while being in the car and walking is not allowed in the National Reserve. The Rufous-tailed Weaver moved from Serengeti to the Masai Mara some years back. Your guide knows under which trees they are found. It is endemic to the Tarangire/Serengeti/Masai Mara ecosystem.

Birds of prey you might encounter: Black-shouldered Kite, Grey Kestrel, Bateleur, Black-chested Snake-Eagle, Brown Snake-Eagle, Western Banded Snake-Eagle, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Ovambo Sparrowhawk (rare), Long-crested Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle and Tawny Eagle.

Some of the more special birds: Coqui Spurfowl, Hildebrandt’s Spurfowl, Shelley’s Spurfowl, Temminck’s Courser, African Wattled Plover, Black-winged Plover, Grey-capped Social-Weaver, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Bare-faced Go-away bird, White-headed barbet (Lybius l. leucocephalus) and others.

Accommodation: Aruba Mara Camp, Comfort tent, meal plan: full board

Day 13
Day 14 - Masai Mara East of the Mara River

Take a walk in the camp before you start your game drive for the whole day with packed lunch. You can find: Brown-throated Wattle-eye, White-headed barbet (Lybius l. leucocephalus), Woodland Kingfisher, White-headed Saw-wing, Red-fronted Barbet, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Usambiro Barbet, Marico Sunbird, Yellow-fronted Canary, White-bellied Canary, Grey-capped Warbler, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Green-backed or Little spotted Woodpecker, Pallid Honeyguide and others.

The Masai Mara is not only a birder paradise but also a good area for the big cat - lions, cheetahs, leopard as well as Spotted Hyenas, Black-backed Jackal, Maasai Giraffe, Elephants, various antelopes, hippos and large crocodiles. In June, October and November you might be witnessing the wildebeest migration.

Accommodation: Aruba Mara Camp, Comfort tent, meal plan: full board

Day 14
Day 15 - Masai Mara - Nairobi - Departure (320 km, 6 - 7 hours)

While leaving the Masai Mara you have some time to look out for game and birds. The tarmac road starts some kilometers after the exit gate Sekenani. Then it goes up and down until you climb the rim of the Great Rift Valley and descend to Nairobi. Your birding guide and driver/guide will take you to the airport where it is time to say good-bye. You will have lunch at Four Points by Sheraton and also a day room up to 18.00 is booked for you. A hotel vehicle will take you to the terminal for your flight home.

Dayroom up to 18.00 at Four Points by Sheraton, meal plan: breakfast and lunch

If you prefer to fly instead of driving a long distance please let us know and we organise it for you.

There is the option to extend your birding trip to Amboseli National Park and Tsavo East and West National Parks up to Shimba Hills and or Watamu. Or you wish to relax and do some birding at Watamu which has 2 amazing bird highlights - Mida Creek and Arabuko Sokoke Forest. We gladly arrange any trip you like.

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:

Sharpe’s Longclaw, Aberdare Cisticola, Mackinder Owl, Malachite Sunbird, Mountain Buzzard, Red-fronted Parrot (Poicephalus gulielmi massaicus), Crowned Eagle, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Golden-winged Sunbird, Eastern and Northern Double-collared Sunbirds, Scaly Francolin, Hinde’s Babbler, Takazze Sunbird, Mountain Greenbul, Hunter’s Cisticola, Grey-headed Negrofinch, White-starred Robin, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Long-crested Eagle, Narina Trogon, Broad-billed Roller, Wire-tailed Swallow, Grey Crowned Crane, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Great White Pelican, Pink-backed Pelican, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Madagascar Bee-eater, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Northern Brownbul, Three-streaked Tchagra, Brown-throated Barbet, Northern Crombec, Eastern  Violet-backed Sunbird, Gambaga Flycatcher, Olive Sunbird, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Verreaux’s Eagle, White-breasted Nigrita, Grey-winged Robin-Chat, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Pink-footed Puffback, Black-collared Apalis, Brown-chested Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Kakamega Greenbul, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Blue Flycatcher, Chubb’s Cisticola Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Yellow-throated Leave-love, Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Black and White-Casqued Hornbill, Joyful Greenbul, Olive Sunbird, Olive-bellied Sunbird, Vieillot’s Black Weaver, Dark-backed Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Grey-throated Barbet,  Yellow-billed Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Red-headed Blue-bill, Black-crowned Waxbill, Blue-headed Bee-eater, White-spotted Flufftail, Dusky Elminia or also called Crested Flycatcher, Osprey, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, African Marsh Harrier (very rare), Western Banded Snake-Eagle (Circaetus cinerascens), Beaudouin’s Snake-Eagle (Circaetus beaudouini), Eurasian Hobby, Amur Falcon, Eastern Plantain-Eater, Blue-headed Coucal, Rock Pratincole (has its most Eastern range here), Blue-breasted Bee-eater, the papyrus loving Carruther’s Cisticola, the almost endemic around Lake Victoria White-winged Swamp Warbler, Brown Babbler (Western Kenya to West Africa), African Thrush, Copper Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Red-headed Blue-bill, Eastern Grey Plantain-Eater, Swamp Flycatcher, Copper Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Red-headed Blue-bill, White-headed Vulture, Lapped-faced Vulture, White-backed Vulture, Rüppel’s Griffon Vulture, Hooded Vulture, Woodland Kingfisher, Coqui Spurfowl, Hildebrandt’s Spurfowl, Shelley’s Spurfowl, Temminck’s Courser, African Wattled Plover, Black-winged Plover, Grey-capped Social-Weaver, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Bare-faced Go-away bird, White-headed barbet (Lybius l. leucocephalus), Northern Black Flycatcher

What is included?

  • Airport transfers
  • Safari in Landcruiser with experienced driver/guide - for photographers with long lenses we recommend not more than 3 in one vehicle (extra cost)
  • Guaranteed window seat and no mileage limitation on game drive, timing within park regulations
  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in the program in double / twin rooms (changes can occur for various reason and the price would be adjusted)
  • Standard rooms / tents
  • All entry fees to National Reserves, National Parks and protected areas
  • All fees for local guides
  • 3 hours boat ride at Lake Baringo and 3 hours at Lake Victoria
  • A special birding guide for the whole tour
  • Assistance in identifying species also after tour (e-mail)
  • Bird list
  • Mineral water in the car
  • Flying Doctor evacuation insurance
  • The price is based on 6 participants

What is not included?

  • Any flight- we can arrange the flight for you from Masai Mara to Nairobi to avoid the long drive
  • Visa
  • Yellow-fever vaccination is mandatory if you have visited a country in the last 6 months that has it
  • Personal insurances, mandatory (travel, theft, damage, health, cancellation)
  • Personal medication
  • Single room supplement
  • Supplement for less than 6 participants or private safari or with photographer Lorenzo Barelli
  • Festive season supplements
  • Higher room / tent category
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone etc)
  • Any requirement due to Covid-19 mandatory by the time of travel
  • Personal equipment like binoculars, cameras etc.
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
4.58 stars
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  1. Great Birding Safari in Kenya
    Peter Spätling09 Nov 2019







    Hi, just before Covid arrived in the world, me and my wife did one of our greatest safaris in Africa. It was our 22nd time in Africa and we were very surprised to see so much new things. We started our tour in Nairobi and visited Meru and Samburu NP, Kakameka Forest, Lakes of Baringo and Elementaita and Naivasha and Aberdare Mountains. We saw beautiful landscapes got a lot of informations about country and people and - it was in first line a birding safari! - we saw more than 250 species of birds and could take a lot of nice pictures. All my thanks to Elvira Wolfer. She planed the Safari und guided us all the time. She is an excellent expert for birds and knows a lot about the country. We had many very interesting discussions with her. Thanks too to Joseph, our driver in these three weeks, who drove cautious and very good in all situations, and this was necessary because our safari was in the rainy season (with much rain!). I hope, when covid period is over to make a second tour with Bushtruckers in Kenya. Thank you again, hope to see you again! Peter Spätling
  2. On Safari in Kenya
    ´Rolf bonkwald22 May 2022







    VOn safari in Kenya In 2012 and 2015 we went on safari for four weeks with Bush Trucker Tours in Kenya and visited different national parks. Our journey took us to the Aberdare Mountains, Lake Baringo, Kakamega Forest, Lake Victoria and Masai Mara National Reserve. We were surprised by the enormous variety of landscapes, the unique fauna, and what is probably unknown to many, the great abundance of birds. Thanks to the very professional work of Elvira Wolfer and her driver Joseph, we were able to really enjoy the many wonderful encounters with the nature of East Africa. These safaris motivated us to book further trips in Kenya with Bush Trucker Tours. Maria and Rolf Bonkwald Gartow, September 18, 2020

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Why should I book with Bush Trucker Tours?

Because we have many years of experience with birding and work with some of the best birding guides in Kenya or on special request with a great bird photographer/guide - Lorenzo Barelli. We don’t make our tours hectic - in the contrary we give you time to search birds and relax

What sort of accommodation do you supply?

On this tour you will sleep in top hotels, the homely Rondo Retreat and in eco luxury tented camps. All at best locations and with excellent service and food

What sort of vehicles do you supply?

For this tour you will travel in a Toyota Landcruiser with pop up roof and large windows. All 6 visitors have a window seat. We advise photographers with large lenses not to be more than 3 in one vehicle.

What forms of travel are involved in this tour?

The airport transfers will be conducted by taxis, your driver/guide or hotel vehicles. On your tour you travel in a Landcruiser with an experienced driver/guide At Lake Baringo and Victoria you will enjoy 3 hours boat ride each

Do you book international flights?

Kindly book your international flight online or with a travel agency near you. If you wish to fly from the Masai Mara to Nairobi we will organize it for you.

What are your group sizes?

The tour is suitable for 6 guests. But photographer with long lenses shouldn’t exceed 3 in a vehicle. You can book this or a similar tour as private tour at any time convenient for you

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

Yes, it is included in all our tours

Do you ever change the tour leader, accommodation or itinerary? If so, what sort of notice do you give?

Tour leaders, guide, accommodation and itinerary will only be changed when unforeseeable circumstances make it inevitable and notice will be given as soon as we are aware of the situation

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

All hotels, lodges and camps have the single room option at a supplement price. Many can provide interconnecting or triple rooms

Do you include meals?

Yes, all meals are included as declared in the itinerary

When is the best time to travel and why?

You can travel throughout the year. Due to climate change rain must be expected in almost every month. We can’t predict any longer. More interesting are the month September to May when the migrants are present. Highest month of rainfall is usually April.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this tour?

Yes. You must be able to get in and out of the car which is higher up than a saloon car. There are several bird walks during this tour lasting 2 - 4 hours on partly uneven ground

Do you have any age restrictions to join this tour?

Minimum age is 15 years and he/she must have a high interest in birds and be able to wait patiently while others are observing or photographing. With children kindly book your private family safari

What will be the level of connectivity or WiFi access during this tour?

Most places have good access to internet and a good connection for phone calls. At Lake Baringo there is no WiFi. Connections can fail or get slow during rain or when many guests are using it.

How do you support local communities during this tour?

By hiring local guides and supporting their projects which also helps communities

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start of the tour?

All accommodation will be booked and confirmed prior to your deposit payment. Kindly always indicate if you wish a room with 1 king seize bed or a twin room with 2 beds or if you wish a higher room standard where available.

Do you provide travel and/or medical insurance (incl. repatriation)?

Any insurance is the responsibility of the traveler and should be purchased before paying the deposit to avoid any loss. Your comprehensive travel insurance should contain health/medical, repatriation, loss or damage of your luggage and equipment and cover loss of deposit and payment. You will make all necessary insurance arrangements for you which you consider necessary. We will purchase a Flying Doctor evacuation insurance which is included.

Is this tour really for me?

If you are a keen birder or a bird photographer then this is the perfect tour for you. You will get to know many species and subspecies not found anywhere else or not in regions safe to visit

Is this tour suitable for children?

No. Age limit is 15 years. With children you are better of having your private family safari. We will adjust the itinerary to suite children’s wishes

How do I pay, and what are the terms, for this tour?

A 20% deposit is required at time of booking. The balance is due 40 days before commencement of this arrangement. Payment is by Swift transfer (all bank charges at sender's cost). CANCELLATION POLICY More than 91 days before tour starts 0 % of the tour cost but covering bank charges and administration costs between 90 - 46 days before tour starts 20 % of the tour cost Between 45 - 21 days before tour starts 50 % of the tour cost Between 20 days to arrival date 100 % of the tour cost

What happens if I need to change my tour?

Inform us as early as possible. Depending on the date of change some additional fees or price increment might occur

What happens if I have to cancel my tour?

Cancellation policy applies and you have to inform your insurance

What do I need to bring along for this tour?

The tour will take you to warm and colder climates. Temperatures in Samburu and Baringo can reach 30 degrees Celsius while in the Aberdares region it can be 12 degrees Celsius at night and early morning. Therefore carry light cloths but also a jacket or a warm jumper. Please choose natural colours like green, brown, beige, grey etc. Footwear - strong sandals with thick soles and good walking shoes. Slippers can be comfortable in the tent and on the verandah Sun protection - sun lotion, hat and a light scarf can help too and also protect against wind Torches help a lot when walking at night in the camps and lodges. You might detect interesting small creatures. A watchman will always walk with you at night. Head lights are very comfortable since you have your hands free For the one night at The Ark please have a small bag with the necessary for 1 night Soft bags are easier to load into the vehicles than suitcases Medicine - something against flu, cold, headache and fever. Diarrhea can occur due to change of food. For any vaccination or prophylaxes kindly visit an institute for tropical diseases

Do I need to bring my own food and drink during the day?

No, but you might like your favourite snacks or sweets you might not get in Kenya during walks or drives.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes, kindly inform us when you confirm your booking with us

Should we bring credit cards and/or cash?

Both. The credit card system can fail. You can change any currency at the airport or let us know in advance and we change for you. Coins are not accepted by any bank in Kenya. US$ notes below 50 attract a lower exchange rate. Notes older than 2006 are not accepted.

What time should our flight arrive? What time should our flight depart?

On the day of arrival you can arrive at any time. Should you arrive early in the day we can make arrangement with the hotel and suggest some activities to you. Departure time shouldn’t be before 18.00 hours. If you need to depart earlier let us know and we will work it out for you

Can you recommend any articles and/or books to read before this tour?

It can be very helpful if you have a bird book with you. The best for identification is “Birds of Kenya & Northern Tanzania” by Zimmermann & Turner If you travel more to African countries “Birds of Africa South of the Sahara” You can also visit our website where you find 800 different East African bird species We will provide a bird list and will assist you also after the safari with identification via e-Mail

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

15 Days

Price & Availability

USD4,360 / per person
Single Supplement USD 885
This tour is operated by: Bush Trucker Tours Ltd.
4.79 based on 4 reviews

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Tour Facts

  • Kenya
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 6, Photographers with long lenses are advised 3 per vehicle
  • 15 Days
  • September - March
  • 15, Must have a high interest in birds
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English. German, Italian on request
  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi
  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi