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Special Kenya Birding Tour - 14 Days

Special Kenya Birding Tour
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Birdwatching Tour in Kenya

The main topics of this 14-day Kenya birding tour are endemic/semi endemic bird species, raptors, rare, specialized and elusive birds. It is a real birding tour but that doesn’t mean you won’t stop for a special mammal of course. If you travel during the Northern winter (between September and April) you will also meet many migratory birds. We will take you to places where people protect one specific species and they will tell you the history of their project - Mackinder’s Eagle Owl, Hinde’s Babbler, Sharpe’s Longclaw.

This exceptional Kenya birding and safari tour go through different habitats - from mountain forest to Hagenia/Podocarpus up to open moorland at 3.000 m. Savannah and dry thorn bush (Acacia/Commiphora bushland) is a totally different biotope and so you find species adapted to this. Samburu National Reserve is not only a paradise for those who seek the Northern Kenyan mammals but for birders, it is very special since many species are only found further North where it is currently not safe to travel.

The bird density in Samburu is unique! Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver, Black-capped Social-Weaver, Pink-breasted Lark, William’s Lark, Stone Partridge just to name a few. Lake Nakuru is home to over 450 species and often you get surprised by interesting species. Lake Baringo is home of birds having their most Southern distribution area here - Little Weaver, Jackson’s Hornbill and Northern Masked Weaver. And the place is famous for the owls, the Heuglin’s Courser and Slender-tailed Nightjar. A professional birding guide will accompany you and point out the different species. We have calculated enough time at each place to trace the special birds - no hurry, no rushing.

Top 5 reasons to visit

  • The Mackinder's Eagle-Owl (Bubo (capense) mackinderi) has only a few breeding pairs in the world and most of them are between Mount Kenya and the Aberdare. Your visit contributes to the project protecting them you learn about this wonderful owl
  • Hinde’s Babbler (Turdoides hindei), Family Leiothrichidae is a very special bird. A full endemic to Kenya and only found at a few locations which you must know to find them
  • Inhabiting moist grassland above 2.300 m or in the Aberdare Mountains from 3.000 m is the full Kenya endemic Aberdare Cisticola. Our birding guides know where to find them for you
  • Sharpe’s Longclaw (Macronyx sharpei) is only found on short-grass in higher altitudes. Due to habit loss, it is endangered and you need to know where it can be found.
  • Lake Baringo’s specials - Jackson’s Hornbill, Northern Masked Weaver, Northern White-faced Scops-owl and many others best found there

You may be interested to visit our another tour about Birdwatching in Kenya Masai Mara, Lakes and Forests.

Alternative Tour Name: Kenya's special birds
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival in Nairobi

Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport one of our representatives (your safari driver/guide or our taxi driver or Elvira) will greet you and take you to the hotel a bit outside Nairobi already on the way to the North and give you a briefing about the coming days. Check in at the hotel with a great compound and you will wake up tomorrow with bird songs in your ears. If you like dinner it will be at your cost.

Accommodation: Safari Park Hotel, Meal plan: breakfast

Day 2
Day 2 - Nairobi - Aberdares (170 km, 3 - 4 hours)

Your driver/guide will pick you at 7 a.m. after you had your breakfast. Thika Highway will take you North through pineapple and other cash crop plantations. At the Sagana River you stop and walk a short distance to the bridge. Sometimes you find Lanner or Peregrine Falcons hunting swifts breeding under the bridge. The meandering road will take you to Nyeri town which you just pass to get to Aberdare Country Club for lunch. The large compound of Aberdare Country Club with its old trees is home to a large variety of bird species. Just to name a few special once: Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Mustached Tinkerbird, Dusky Flycatcher, Pale Flycatcher, Crested Guineafowl, Crowned Hornbill, Little Rock-Thrush, African Harrier-hawk, Mountain Greenbul, Cinnamon-breasted Bee-eater a.o. You spend the afternoon here with your walking guide who will point out the different species.

Accommodation: Aberdare County Club, meal plan: full board

Day 3
Day 3 - Aberdare National Park

Please for tonight just carry a small bag with only the necessary items you need for 1 night, the big luggage will remain at Aberdare Country Club. The rooms at The Ark are quite small. The night will be cold so a jacket or warm jumper is advisable.

After breakfast you set off for the Aberdares National Park which is just a 30 minutes drive away. After checking in you are in the mountain forest and look out for Hartlaub’s Turaco, Crowned Eagle, Scaly Spurfowl, Bronze Sunbird, Golden-winged Sunbird, Great Sparrow-hawk among others. Shortly after the road starts ascending you will reach a clearing within the bamboo zone where you stop to see Mount Kenya, but also different sunbirds coming to feed on Leonotis flowers. On the further ascending road you often meet Jackson’s Spurfowl. The next vegetation belt consists of Rosewood (Hagenia abyssinica) and Podocarpus. That is where you find many Black Saw-wings in flight but also resting. If you are lucky you can spot African Olive Pigeons and a very special sighting can be the Red-Fronted Parrot (Poicephalus gulielmi massaicus). Chances are very high when the Podocarpus trees bear red berries which they love. A stop at Chania Falls where you can walk down to see it. Up here in the open moorland at 2.900 m with Erica bushes, Senecio, Lobelia and St. John’s Worth you can find Mountain Buzzard, Alpine Chat, Hunter’s Cisticola, Black-headed heron and the migratory Montagu’s Harrier. But what you are specifically looking for is the endemic Aberdare Cisticola! You take lunch at a lovely place and continue with the bird drive thereafter The same road will take you down again and hopefully you will detect more species. Shortly before you reach The Ark Lodge you might find the impressive Giant Forest Hogs. Mammals on the way: Mantled Colobus (this subspecies is endemic to Central Kenya), Mountain Reedbuck, Black-fronted Duiker, Bushbuck, Leopard, Sykes Monkey, Olive Baboon, elephants and buffalos.

You will reach the lodge to have time to walk on the bridge where you might find 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 a flying by Augur Buzzard. a.o. Beside birds you can find Genet Cats and the smallest antelope the Suni. Elephants, Buffalos, Bushbuck and other are coming to drink and lick salt. They can be well seen from any of the platforms. At night you might see some birds hunting insects attracted by the floodlight. Accommodation: The Ark, meal plan: full board (picnic lunch)

Day 4
Day 4 - Aberdare region

After breakfast early morning when other guests have left the lodge you take a short walk with your birding guide on the wooden bridge. Then you are heading out of the park to a place called “Kimathi”. The main bird targeted here is the endemic Hinde’s Babbler. They occur only at few places and this is one of them. But also you will spot birds listed above. Take a walk and return to Aberdare Country Club for lunch. A short drive in the afternoon to meet Paul who is in charge of the project to protect the Mackinder’s Eagle Owl (Bubo mackinderi). It is not an endemic but an endangered species with only few breeding pairs between Mount Kenya and the Aberdares. You will also search for the rare Black Duck before you return to the lodge. Time permitting take once more a stroll to find species you might have missed.

Accommodation: Aberdare County Club, meal plan: full board

Day 5
Day 5 - Aberdare region - Shaba National Reserve (180 km, time depends on sightings)

Depart as early as convenient after checking out and drive on a rough road along Solio Conservancy towards Nanyuki. Here you look out for Long-tailed Paradise Whydah, Jackson’s Widowbird, the Northeast African subspecies of Cape Crow (Corvus capensis kordofanensis), the not often seen Denham’s (Stanley’s) Bustard, Black-headed Heron, Kenya Rufous Sparrow endemic from Central Kenya to Northern Tanzania and others. At Nanyuki you pass the equator and will stop for a short moment. Continue passing through the slopes of Mount Kenya with its extensive wheat fields before the road descends into the lower and drier region of Samburu. Already from far you can see the very special Samburu mountains. You pass through Isiolo town a market place for different pastoralist tribes. The good tarmac road continues almost to the entrance of Shaba National Reserve. To the lodge along Ewaso Nyiro River it is only 1 km. Enjoy your lunch and look out for Bristle-crowned Starlings, Fan-tailed Raven and beware of Vervet monkeys and baboons. Later in the afternoon you undertake a bird game drive. Special is the Rosy-patched bush-shrike (Rhodophoneus cruentus hilgerti) especially when he sits on top of a bush and sings its song. Furthermore Crested Francolin, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Northern Red-billed Hornbill, Secretary bird and other common and less common birds occur here. Watch the sun go down and colour the mountains that it seems we have “Alpenglühen” in Africa. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Sarova Shaba Lodge, meal plan: full board

Day 6
Day 6 - Shaba - Samburu National Reserve

At the nearby ranger post you pick a ranger and drive to a remoter area of the large Reserve. The William’s Lark is an endemic Kenyan bird locally found in North Eastern Kenya’s dry region. On the way back to the gate look out for other birds. Check out from Shaba and after a short distance you enter Samburu National Reserve. It is now time to head to the lodge to have lunch. Enjoy a swim, take a heat rest or look out for birds or elephants coming to drink or if the river has enough water also to bath. The Ewaso Nyiro River has many faces - either dry with only the few small rivulets from the permanent springs in neighbouring Buffalo Springs Reserve or a normal river or a dangerously fast flowing stream. When you walk in the compound look up at Palm leaves, maybe African Palm Swifts have stuck their nest there. Black-bellied Sunbirds only occur here and along Tana River. They often feed on Acacia flowers. Also in the Acacia trees you can spot Buff-bellied Warblers, Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, Green Wood-hoopoes and others. On the ground African Hoopoes, Northern Red-billed Hornbill, Von der Deckens Hornbill - where there is taller grass look for African Silverbill and Crimson-rumped Waxbills.

Later in the afternoon enjoy your first bird drive. At night walk with a torch, you might find some interesting creatures on the ground and at tree stems.

Accommodation: Samburu Lodge, meal plan: full board

Day 7
Day 7 - Samburu National Reserve

As usual an early start into the day. Always have your eyes open when you walk through the camp. In the morning you often find Hooded Vultures where they fed the crocodiles last night. Living on rocky hills and only found in the Northern region of Kenya up to West Africa is the Stone Partridge. It is a bit a drive to get there, but it is worth to search for it and then continue with looking for other birds on the way back. In the Acacia/Commiphora area Golden-breasted Starling, the different Hornbills, also African Grey Hornbill, Pink-breasted Lark (almost endemic to Kenya), Red-winged Lark, Rosy-breasted Bush-shrike (subspecies of North of the equator), Taita Fiscal, Northern Puffback, semi-endemic Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver, the endemic to North-Eastern Africa Black-capped Social-Weaver, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali melanorhynchus - Sudan and Kenya), Speckle-fronted Weaver is also a bird found from East to West Africa, Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver (Bubalornis niger intermedius - East Africa subspecies), Vulturine and Helmeted-Guineafowls, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Black-faced Sandgrouse, occasionally Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse and many others. If you are lucky the Martial Eagles have a young or you find them with prey, or the Verreaux’s Eagle is coming down from the hills to hunt. Lanner Falcons are often present and during the Northern winter also Lesser and Common Kestrel. Bee-eaters like Somali, White-throated are intra African migrants while the Little Bee-eater is found all year round. When the bushes have ripe berries you can find White-headed Mousebird (endemic to Kenya and Somalia), Blue-naped Mousebird, Orange-bellied Parrot and some others. Should there be a carcass White-backed and Lappet-faced Vultures come to feed. Somali Ostrich and Buff-crested bustard are also typical for this area.

Samburu has over 400 identified bird species so you can imagine that it takes time to find a big portion of them.

Accommodation: Samburu Lodge, meal plan: full board

Day 8
Day 8 - Samburu National Reserve

After breakfast drive along the River and you might spot a Palm-nut Vulture. African Mourning Doves, Emerald-spotted Wood-Doves, Bare-eyed Thrush, Dodson’s Bulbul, Rufous Chatterer and many other can be seen. Once you get into grassy areas Namaqua Dove, White-winged Widowbird and Village Indigobirds as well as Chestnut Weavers and Chestnut Sparrows can be seen feeding.

For lunch you return to the lodge and go for the afternoon game drive around 4 p.m. Your birding guide will decide where to go to find the special species for you. Beside Samburu being a top birding area you find the Northern special mammals - Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx and Grevy Zebra.

Accommodation: Samburu Lodge, meal plan: full board

Day 9
Day 9 - Samburu - Nakuru National Park

An early departure since the way is long. You head up to the slope of Mount Kenya and pass the foot of the Aberdare range. While crossing the equator several times you arrive at Thomson Falls for lunch. Have a look around for the colourful Tacazze Sunbirds and others. Latest mid afternoon you have to continue with your journey South of the equator and passing the large crater of Menengai before reaching Nakuru town. From there it is a short distance to the entrance to Lake Nakuru National Park. Depending on time you stop for a few species. Lake Nakuru Lodge is on a hill overlooking the lake. The compound is home to a good number of bird species! Just near the parking in the Yellow-barked Acacia trees you can find Buff-bellied Warbler, Chin-spot Batis, White-fronted Bee-eater, Northern Puffback, Green-backed Camaroptera, Grey Woodpecker and others. They are searching for insects attracted by the acacia trees. Due to the altitude of around 1.850 m nights and mornings can be chilly.

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge, meal plan full board (lunch at Thomson Falls Hotel, Nyahururu)

Day 10
Day 10 - Lake Nakuru National Park - Soda Lake in the Great Rift Valley

The soda lake Nakuru is surrounded by different habitats - open grass land, acacia forest and the drier part with Candelabra Euphorbia. The park is also known for its Black and White rhinos and the rare Rothschild Giraffe, also called Uganda Giraffe which got introduced here 1977. The park has about 450 recorded bird species. You might find some rarer raptors like the African Cuckoo Hawk while Long-crested Eagles are seasonally abundant. Broad-billed Roller, Northern Puffback, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Bearded Woodpecker and African Thrush are some of the specials. Striped Kingfisher, Grey Crowned Cranes, Lesser and Greater Flamingos, Great White Pelican, Pink-backed Pelican, Reed Cormorant, Greater Cormorant, Three-banded Plover and other shore birds are plenty. Often you can observe a Fish Eagle flying by. Just below the lodge is a small lake. Not only liked by Red-billed Coot, Red-knobbed and Yellow-billed ducks, but also by migrants like Gull-billed Terns, Northern Shoveler, Garganey, Great White Egrets and others. If there is tall grass you often find the Long-tailed Widowbird displaying for the sparrow like females. In the forested area the Narina Trogon has its home as well as several Cuckoo species. Perching on trees can be a Long-crested Eagle, an normal or dark morph Augur Buzzard, Common buzzard (migrant), Grey-backed Shrike, a Lilac-breasted Roller, a Tawny Eagle, a Lappet-faced Vulture, a European bee-eater (from August to April) or a Lanner Falcon. On the ground and beside the road are Coqui Francolin, Ant-eater Chats, Crowned Plover to be found.

Morning and afternoon game / bird drive, lunch in the lodge where you can also take a walk within the compound.

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge, meal plan full board

Day 11
Day 11 - Lake Nakuru - Lake Baringo

To see more special birds you head North of the equator again. The lodge is set on a cliff overlooking Lake Baringo. You will reach around lunch time. Already around the lodge you can hopefully spot the Jackson’s Hornbill which has its most Southern distribution range here, same is valid for the Little Weaver and the Northern Masked Weaver. In the afternoon you take a walk with a local guide who will search more interesting birds for you like Northern White-faced Scops Owl, Greyish Eagle Owl, African Scops Owl and the more common Pearl-spotted Owlet and Verreaux’s Eagle Owl. The nocturnal Heuglin’s Courser and Slender-tailed Nightjar are found resting on the ground. Grey Tits, Northern Crombec, Three-streaked Tchagra, Black-throated Barbet, Pin-tailed Whydah, Steel-blue Whydah, Pygmy Batis to mention a few of the over 500 recorded bird species.

Accommodation: Tumbili Cliff Camp, meal plan: full board

Day 12
Day 12 - Lake Baringo - fresh water lake in the Great Rift Valley

Early morning you will undertake a 3 hour boat ride. If you are very lucky you might see a White-backed Night-Heron. Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, the outstanding Southern Red Bishop and Yellow-crowned Bishop are often spotted. Madagascar Bee-eater, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater and Northern Carmine Bee-eater are seasonal but you might be lucky and meet them. Watch the Fish Eagle shooting down to fetch the fish thrown into the water. Malachite Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher and Giant Kingfisher also enjoy fish they catch while the Pygmy Kingfisher you might find in the lodge compound or on a walk. You will realise there is never a boring moment. Return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon you get to the cliff. Gambaga Flycatcher is not easy to differentiate from Spotted Flycatcher or African Grey Flycatcher, but your birding guides will do this for you. Verreaux’s Eagles have a nest in the cliff and hopefully you will see them soaring along the lava wall. Often up on top of the trees are Shining Sunbirds, in the rocks you can find Mocking Cliff Chat and Brown-tailed Rock-Chats, on termite mound Red and Yellow Barbets. Look out for Hemprich’s Hornbill and Jacobin Cuckoo. It is also an area of many butterflies.

Accommodation: Tumbili Cliff Camp, meal plan: full board

Day 13
Day 13 - Lake Baringo - Lake Naivasha - fresh water lake in the Great Rift Valley, 200 km, 4 - 5 hours

An early start is necessary to reach Lake Naivasha for lunch. Take a stroll with your birding guide in the large compound and watch the always busy Fischer’s or Fischer’s x Yellow-collared Lovebirds. Greater Honeyguide, Gabar Goshawk, Black Cuckoo-shrike, White-browed Robin-Chat, Arrow-marked Babbler, Black-lored Babbler (endemic Kenya/Uganda), African Mourning Dove, Nubian Woodpecker, Grey Woodpecker, Red-headed Weaver, Southern Black Flycatcher (seasonal) and many more.

Accommodation: Sopa Naivasha Lodge, meal plan: full board

Day 14
Day 14 - Lake Naivasha - Nairobi, 110 km, 3 hours

After a tasty breakfast drive a distance up towards on the slopes of the Aberdares. After about 1.5 hours you reach an area with short grass. With a local guide you go looking for the endemic Sharpe’s Longclaw. Then you are heading to Nairobi where you enjoy lunch in the famous Carnivore Restaurant (there also vegetarian menus). Your birding guide and driver/guide will take you to the Four Point by Sheraton Hotel and you say good-bye. You will have a dayroom up to 18.00 hours and a hotel vehicle will take you to the terminal.

We hope you enjoyed your trip and we wish you a safe journey home.

For those who would like to extend their holidays we recommend to fly to Watamu. Different birding paradises await you - Arabuko Sokoke Forest and Mida Creek. We can organize the hotel, guides and transport for you. Also Gedi Ruins and Bio-Ken Snake Park are worth a visit.

It is also possible to organize this itinerary or a different one with a very experienced and passionate bird photographer. Lorenzo Barelli has lived in Kenya for some years, speaks English, French, Italian and German. Not only can you learn about birds but also about photography. Send us your request and we work it out.

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

Peregrine Falcon, Lanner Falcon, African Harrier-hawk, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Mustached Tinkerbird, Dusky Flycatcher, Gambaga Flycatcher, White-eyed slaty Flycatcher, Crested Guineafowl, Helmeted Guineafowl, Vulterine Guineafowl, Crowned Hornbill, Northern Red-billed Hornbill, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, African Grey Hornbill, Jackson’s Hornbill, Little Rock-Thrush, Olive-breasted Mountain Greenbul, Cinnamon-breasted Bee-eater, Red-fronted Parrot, Aberdare Cisticola, Variable Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird, Golden-winged Sunbird, Tacazze Sunbird, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Black-bellied Sunbird, Shining Sunbird, Violet-backed Sunbird, Scaly Spurfowl, Jackson’s Spurfowl, Crested Spurfowl, Hinde’s Babbler, Abyssinian Thrush, Mackinder’s Owl, Northern White-faced Scops Owl, Black Duck, Long-tailed Paradise Whydah, Jackson’s Widowbird, Cape Crow (Corvus capensis kordofanensis), Denham’s (Stanley’s) Bustard, Kenya Rufous Sparrow, Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver, Little Weaver, Northern Masked Weaver, Jackson’s Weaver, White-headed Mousebird, Pink-breasted Lark, Dodson’s Bulbul, Somali Ostrich, Somali Bee-eater, Bare-eyed Thrush, Taita Fiscal, Northern Brownbul, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Sharpe’s Longclaw

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
  • A special birding guide for the whole tour
  • Assistance in identifying species also after tour (e-mail)
  • Mineral water in the car
  • Flying Doctor evacuation insurance

What is not included?

  • Any flight, visa
  • Yellow-fever vaccination is mandatory if you have visited a country which has it in the last 6 months
  • Personal insurances (travel, theft, damage, health, cancellation)
  • Personal medication
  • Not as included declared services
  • Single room supplement - January US$ 1,050, February US$ 1,050, May US$ 525, September US$ 1,230, October US$ 1,090, November US$ 985, December US$ 985
  • 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)
  • Personal equipment like binoculars, cameras etc.
  • Any requirement due to Covid-19 mandatory by the time of travel
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why should I book with Bush Trucker Tours?

We are passionate about birds! All our birding guides have many years of experience and do birding since childhood. The reason we use local birding guides at some places is, they monitor the birds and know their whereabouts.

What sort of accommodation do you supply? Which standard do they have?

You will overnight in hotels, lodges, a night observation lodge and luxury tented camps rated between 3.5 - 5 stars

What sort of vehicles do you supply?

The vehicle will be a Landcruiser with pop up roof and a window seat for every participant

What forms of travel are involved in this tour?

You book your international flight yourself and we will have all transfers and tours, boat ride from the international Airport in Nairobi organized. This tour is a road trip.

What are your group sizes?

Our fixed departures are based on 6 participants. But you can at your convenient time book your private safari with no minimum participants. For photographers with long lenses we advise not to be more than 3 in one vehicle to have enough space.

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

Yes. You will be awaited at the airport and dropped off on the last day

Do you include internal flight costs?

Yes, if you would like to fly long distances

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

Tour leaders, guides are only changed in case of an emergency and we will notify you as soon as it is known. Accommodation once confirmed will only be changed due to an unforeseeable reason. Once an itinerary is confirmed we only amend should a road not be passable. If we know it in advance we will notify you immediately. Should it occur during your trip we have to use an alternative route.

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

Single rooms are available at all accommodations. You can choose in double rooms if you prefer 2 beds or 1 large bed. Some lodges, hotels and camps have family rooms with interconnection.

Do you include meals?

All meals are included as stated in the itinerary. During the safari it is full board = 3 meals a day

What time do I need to arrive in Nairobi and when to depart?

On day 1 you can arrive at any time. On the last day your departure should not be before 18.00. If you need to depart earlier we can make arrangements.

When is the best time to travel and why?

Throughout the year. The months of April, May and November can be wet. But with the weather changes it can’t be predicted anymore. The migrants are present from end of August to April or May.

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

Yes. You should be able to get into the car which is a bit higher than a saloon car. You should also be able to walk in slow speed for 2 - 3 hours in the field

Do you have any age restrictions to join this tour?

Yes. 15 years of age and must be very interested in birds and have the required patience

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

At most places it is quite good. It can be slow when the sky is cloudy, when it rains or when many guests are using it at the same time. Phone connectivity is good almost at all places.

How do you support local communities during this tour?

During this tour you will meet local guides working in conservation and closely with the local community. If you wish you can visit a village (at own cost)

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

All accommodation will be booked and confirmed prior to your deposit payment

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 bird enthusiast and birder for sure it is! You will see species not found anywhere else and we are not rushing from place to place to increase chances to find rare and elusive species

Is this tour suitable for children?

No - age limit is 15 years and a high interest in birds is necessary

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 senders 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 your insurance will have to be informed

What items are important to take along?

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, 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 a tropical medical institute

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

You are on full board during the safari, but you are welcome to carry your favorite snacks or sweets

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes, please state upon booking confirmation

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.

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

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14 Days

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USD3,270 / per person
This tour is operated by: Bush Trucker Tours Ltd.

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Tour Facts

  • Kenya
  • Birds
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • 6 pax, Photographers are advised to be only 3 in 1 vehicle
  • 14 Days
  • Throughout the year
  • 15, Must Have a High Interest in birds
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English. German, Italian and French on request
  • Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi
  • Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi