Private Kilimanjar Bird Watching and Wildlife Tour
A 13- days Kilimanjaro wildlife tour not only for bird enthusiasts but also for those who love amazing landscapes within the background and a large variety of mammals.
We will adjust the Kilimanjaro wildlife tour to groups wishing to see more mammals than birds but we won’t mix with birders unless specifically requested. Birders can be accompanied by a professional Kenyan birder or do self-identification or go with Lorenzo Barelli for bird photography.
Nairobi National Park is the only park bordering a capital town. But is a birder’s paradise! Imagine a Great Spotted Eagle spends the Northern winter regularly here! Black and White rhinos, leopards, lions, and a lot of plain game for the non-birders.
Who hasn’t heard of Amboseli National Park with its many elephant families and Kilimanjaro wildlife towering over the area?
Tsavo East and West National Parks belong to the acacia Commiphora bushland and host Lesser Kudus, Fringed-ear Kudus, cats, Klipspringer, and many more. Birders will find Grasshopper Buzzard beside many more birds of prey, Tsavo and Purple-banded Sunbirds as well as Northern Carmine Bee-eater.
Watamu is one of the loveliest places in the Indian Ocean. Arabuko Sokoke Forest is a dream for birders but also non-birders will love to see the Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew. The Gedi ruins will fascinate you since the history is really interesting! Mida Creek with its many migrants and the beautiful Mangrove forest will be visited by canoe. It is a great experience for everyone!
Kilimanjaro Wildlife Tour Highlights:
- Elephants with Kilimanjaro as culisse is always a dream scene
- Birds and mammals - an amazing variety at all places visited
- Endemic and semi endemic birds at Arabuko Sokoke Forest with an amazing birding guide
- Experience one of the loveliest beaches along the Indian Ocean with its interesting history, Coastal forest and the beautiful Mida Creek
- Red-elephants in Tsavo East and West - after bathing they apply the red laterite soil on their skin
If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Great Wildebeest Migration and Northern Kenya Wildlife Tour have to offer.
Alternative Tour Name: Kenya South - East - Wildlife and bird watcher’s paradise with Kilimanjaro
Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta international Airport you will be met and taken to the hotel outside Nairobi City Centre, where you will be briefed about the coming days.
Hotel Rudi, Bed & breakfast
As it will always be an early start into the day with a delicious breakfast. The entrance to Nairobi National Park is just some driving minutes away and your driver/guide will do the check in for you. With dams, rivers, gallery forests, gorges and open grass land the park has many faces and therefore is home to many mammals and an amazing bird number! Almost 500 bird species have been recorded and among them some rare sightings! Just to name a few - Shelley’s Spurfowl, African Water Rail, resident and migrant waders, Black Storks and the famous Great Spotted Eagle!
Wildlife lovers will enjoy the sightings of Black and White Rhinos, lions, maybe a leopard! Kongonis, Zebras, Wildebeest, Maasai Giraffes and many more.
Picnic lunch will be provided so you enjoy the whole day in this amazing environment until it is time to return to the hotel for dinner and overnight
Hotel Rudi, full board
240 km, 5 - 6 hours
After breakfast you are heading to Amboseli National Park. You will reach the lodge for lunch and have a heat rest. The compound hosts a lot of bird species even sometime a Cape Eagle-Owl. Watch the Ground squirrels, Banded and Dwarf mongoose. The afternoon game drive is either dedicated to the water birds or the grey giants - elephants - eating in the swamp and walking to their sleeping places passing the Umbrella Acacias in front of Kilimanjaro.
Sentrim Amboseli Lodge, full board
Morning and afternoon game drives, lunch and heat rest in the lodge adjacent to the park. Kilimanjaro is often clear in the morning and you can see it well from the camp and just after the entrance of the park which is a few minutes drive away. In the morning elephant families come out of their sleeping places in the whirling dust. A fantastic sight! At the lake you don’t only find Lesser and Greater Flamingos and other water birds, but also hippos, zebras, wildebeest, elephants and sometimes a lion. Reed bucks, Maasai Giraffes, Spotted Hyenas frequent the park. Rarer to spot are Serval Cats and Cheetahs. Amboseli has a lot to offer for any kind of interest!
Sentrim Amboseli Lodge, full board
180 km, approximately 5 hours depending on sightings
After passing crop fields and banana plantations can see the volcanoes of Chyulu Hills very well. A stop at the 200 years old Shetani Lava flow will give you an insight how a lot of ground in this region is covered by lava. Klipspringer and Vervet Monkeys can sometimes be spotted. Martial Eagles are often around here and rare but not impossible a Verreaux’s Eagle. Through the park you are heading for the camp for lunch. It is a scenic drive! The camp has many water holes and a fantastic view to Kilimanjaro. Enjoy a tasty lunch on the terrace where birds are coming for water and antelopes to drink at the water hole.
In the later afternoon you are looking for one of the resident Leopards, Fringed-ear antelopes Zebras and others. Depending on the season elephants can be nearby.
Severin Safari Camp, full board
Early morning when it is still cool and fresh you visit the Mzima Springs. On your way there look out for Lesser Kudus, Bateleur and Eastern Chanting Goshawks. In the water coming underground from the Chyulu Hills you can see hippos and crocodiles and fish from the bunker. Malachite, Pied, Giant, Grey-headed and Pygmy Kingfishers can be spotted here. Darters and Greater Cormorants are normally here so is the Striated Heron. Vervet Monkeys and Yellow Baboons are always present and make sure you don’t carry any food. While continuing with your game drive look out for elephants, lions, leopard and others.
Many migratory birds like the Common Rock Thrush, Nightingale, Sprosser, Northern Wheatear, Isabelline Wheatear are present during the Northern Winter.
Severin Safari Camp, full board
220 km, 4 - 6 hours depending on sightings
Tsavo West - Tsavo East National Park
The road takes you to the East African Highway on which you drive East up to Voi where you enter Tsavo East National Park. On the way to the camp you already look out for elephants and lions. Lunch at the camp where you can watch animals coming to drink at the water hole. Afternoon drive.
Listen to the sound of the Pearl-spotted Owlet and follow it. The little cuties like areas with Acacia trees. Northern Brownbul, Crimson-winged Waxbill, Greater Blue-eared Starling, White-browed Coucal and many others are around the camp or the bird bath.
Sentrim Tsavo East Tented Camp, full board
On your full day excursion you pass Mudanda Rock, a long and weathered rock sticking out of the flat land. Many hills in the Tsavo are ancient rocks and shaped by weather. Picnic lunch will be at the Lugard’s falls. If you are lucky you will meet Wild Dogs! But for sure elephants roam the area, large Grant’s Gazelles, Lesser Kudus, Gerenuk and if maybe you spot a leopard on one of the trees or a large African Python snake.
Golden-breasted Starling, Golden Pipit, Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, Eurasian Roller, Red-tailed or Isabelline Shrike, Grasshopper Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard, Steppe Eagle, African Hawk-Eagle and many more can be found.
Sentrim Tsavo East Tented Camp, full board
300 km, 7 hours depending on sightings
A good stretch leads through the park and you are not in a hurry so you can stop for any sighting. After the exit Gate Sala you find a new tarmac road taking you to Watamu. A delicious coast meal awaits you at Ocean Sports Hotel on the terrace very near the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the beach in the afternoon! It is one of the most interesting once with the mushroom shaped coral rocks, puddles with ocean creature during low tide.
Ocean Sports Hotel, Luxury Sea View Room, half board
A very early breakfast with a cup of coffee and a sandwich at 5 a.m. so by 6 a.m. you are at the entrance of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest where you meet your local guide. He will show you the Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew - a shy 25 cm tall cute animal feeding on arthropods. The forest is home to a large number of amazingly coloured butterflies and even if you are not a birder you will be fascinated. Birder will look out for the semi endemic Arabuko Sokoke Scops-owl and the many other special species the forest is famous for. List will follow.
At noon or when you are tired return to the hotel for lunch (at own cost), swimming or resting.
The afternoon is spent at Gedi Ruins and those who are interested can visit the butterfly farm. Pupas are imported abroad.
Ocean Sports Hotel, Luxury Sea View Room, half board
Again the very early breakfast so you can enjoy the cooler hours of the morning and have not blinding bright light. 20 minutes drive and you have reached Mida Creek. A walk and then enjoy a ride with the canoe while slowly the low tide is setting in. Shore birds are waiting for sand patches to get free of water and in large flocks fly there to feed - it is a show to watch! Mud springs are semi aquatic fish and the guides will show you some in their nest built of mud. Take a stroll back and learn about the different species of mangroves. On the ground a variety of crabs, mussels and snails will attract your glimps. Once you return to the entrance they will have prepared a fresh fish and rice or potatoes for you. A simple but really delicious meal. In the afternoon you return to the hotel.
Ocean Sports Hotel, Luxury Sea View Room, full board
Non birders can visit one of the best snake parks - Bio-Ken! Or just relax in the hotel and enjoy the wonderful beach. Enjoy your last lunch before you are taken to Malindi Airport (30 minutes drive) for your flight to Nairobi and onwards back home.
Birders will go once more to Arabuko Sokoke Forest very early in the morning! Return to Ocean Sports Hotel for lunch and there will be 1 room to freshen up before driving to Malindi Airport.
Wildlife species expected to see:
Mammals: Elephants, lions, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, bat-eared fox, black-backed and golden jackal, slender-tailes mongoose, dwarf mongoose, banded mongoose, serval cat, African wild dog, Maasai giraffe, wildebeest, plain zebra, Grevy zebra, Kongoni, Hirola antelope, Grant’s gazelle, Thomson Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Klipspringer, fringed-ear oryx, dikdik, African hare, ground squirrel, golden-rumped elephant shrew, rock python
Nairobi National Park
A jewel for birders with almost 500 registered species! Lesser and Great spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Martial Eagle, Fish Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle, Augur Buzzard, Saddle-billed Stork, Open-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Goliath Heron, Black-crowned Heron, Darter, Spotted Thick-knee, various waders – residents and non residents, Shelley’s Spurfowl, Stout Cisticola, Winding Cisticola, Rattling Cisticola, Singing Cisticola, Dusky Turtle Dove, Diederick Cuckoo, Klaas Cuckoo, White-browed Coucal, Great spotted Cuckoo, Montane Nightjar, Cape Eagle-owl, Striped Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Von der Deckens Hornbill, African Hoopoe, Spot-flanked Barbet, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Black-cuckoo Shrike, Black-backed Puffback, Chin-spot Batis, Northern Pied Babbler, Common Stonechat, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Little Rush Warbler, Red-throated Tit, Kenyan Rufous Sparrow, White-winged Widowbird, Red-collared Widowbird, Yellow Bishop to point out a some.
Some acacia trees, balanites, extended salt plains, swamp and currently a lake are the dominant biotopes. The region is often very dry and dusty.
A pair of Greater Kestrel is now frequently seen. Taita Fiscal and Long-tailed Fiscals, Plain-backed Pipit, Fisher’s Sparrow-lark, Blue-capped Cordon-bleu and on salty plains the Double-banded Courser. Some of the migrants are Isabelline Wheatear, Isabelline Shrike, Eurasian Roller, Spotted Flycatcher a.o.
In the lake you can find lesser and greater flamingos, egrets and herons, Red-billed duck, Hottentot teal, Glossy Ibis, Black-winged stilt. Kori bustards, Secretary birds and Grey Crowned cranes belong to the picture of Amboseli.
At Sentrim Amboseli Lodge search for Spotted Eagle-owl, Gabar goshawk, Von der Deckens hornbill, Red-billed hornbill, Beautiful Sunbird, Scarlet-chested sunbird, Green-winged Pytilia, Spotted morning thrush, Hildebrandt’s starling, Grey Wren-warbler, Blue-capped Cordon-bleu, Black-faced waxbill, Banded Parisoma, and occasionally Black-necked weaver. White-bellied Go-away birds are fun to watch and always present.
Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West is the wilder park with more bushes and mountains while East is more flat. Rivers flow through both and few swampy areas are also found. Belonging to the acacia-commiphora bush land these are the dominant plants beside others adjusted to long dry spells.
Grey hornbill, yellow-billed hornbill, von der Deckens hornbill, Northern red-billed hornbill and Ground hornbills, White-bellied Go-away birds, Orange-bellied parrots, Golden-breasted starlings, Blue-naped Mousebird, Northern Brownbul, Golden Pipit, Silverbill, Pygmy falcon, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Grasshopper buzzard, Steppe eagle, Steppe buzzard, Honey buzzard, African Hawk-Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Bare-eyed thrush, Eastern Violet-backed sunbird, Tsavo Sunbird, Purple-banded Sunbird, Hunter’s Sunbird, Chestnut weaver, Pink-breasted Lark, Chestnut-headed Sparrow-Lark, Fischer’s Starling, Pygmy Batis, Gambaga Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Rufous Chatterer are some of the birds to find.
Migrants like different wheatears, Eurasian Roller, Carmine Bee-eater, White-throated Bee-eater, Red-tailed Shrikes and many others can be met.
Arabuko Sokoke Forest
Famous for the Sokoke scops-owl, Amani Sunbird, Ground thrush, Sokoke Pipit, East coast Akalat and not birds but a rare mammal, the cute Golden-rumped elephant shrew and the Adder’s Duiker. Further more you have chances to see Fischer’s Turaco, Malindi Pipit, Mombasa Woodpecker, Chestnut-fronted helmet-shrike, Reitz’s helmet-shrike, Forest Batis, Little yellow flycatcher, Red-tailed ant-thrush, Scaly babbler, Lizard buzzard, Southern banded snake-eagle, Wahlberg’s eagle, Little sparrow-hawk and the migrant European Honey buzzard. Special along the coast is the Golden Palm Weaver.
Black-bellied starling, African emerald cuckoo, Thick-billed cuckoo, Bar-tailed cuckoo, Madagascar cuckoo, Barred owlet, Böhm’s spinetail, Mottled spinetail and many others. You need a very experienced local guide who knows which species prefers which habitat and special trees.
Yellow-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Lesser Flamingo, Little Egret, Dimorphic Egret, Great White Egret, rare White-backed Heron, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Greater Sandplover, Caspian Plover, Mongolian Sandplover, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Crab Plover, Avocet, Lizard Buzzard, Purple-banded Sunbird, Coastal Cisticola, Sombre Bulbul a.o.
What is included?
- Airport transfers
- Safari in Safari Minibus with pop up roof (can be changed to a more expensive Landcruiser)
- Experienced, English speaking safari/guide
- All accommodation in double/twin rooms
- All meals als listed in the program
- Mineral water in the car
- All entry fees to protected areas
- One visit to Arabuko Sokoke Forest with an experienced local guide
- One visit to Gede Ruins with a local guide
- One visit to Mida Creek, local guide, canoe and lunch
- Fight Malindi - Nairobi
- Flying Doctors evacuation insurance
What is not included?
- International flights
- Personal insurances (mandatory)
- Not as included declared services, meals
- Personal expenses like laundry
- Swift Transfer fees (own and correspondence bank)
- Anything that is not mentioned in "What is included"
With over 20 years experience in safaris we will tailor-made this tour exactly to your wishes. We have top guides in place who will show you what you are most interested in. This tour has amazing wildlife but as well bird life. We don't mix birder and wildlife enthusiasts but create the special tour for each group.
The rate given is based on a minivan with pop up roof. If you prefer a Landcruiser we will gladly provide it.
The hotels and lodges chosen are medium standard but at great locations. If you wish high end, luxury accommodation just let us know and we will create the more luxury safari for you.
This is a road safari and you travel in a minibus or if you wish in a landcruiser. It involves the flight from Malindi to Jomo Kenyatta international Airport in Nairobi.
Most of our tours are custom made and often it is just 2 guests. This tour can be done from 1 to 12 participants. Ideal is 2 - 6 in once group with the same interest.
All airport transfers in Nairobi und at the coast are included. We take care of you from landing to departing.
Best is arriving in the evening. Latest arrival to start the safari immediately after landing is 11 a.m.
Ideal is departure after 6 p.m. but for any time we can arrange the suitable flight from Malindi.
We only change allocated guides in emergencies of any nature and give notice as soon as the unavailability is known
Accommodation we only change if unavoidable or if the group has a special wish. It can happen that a route is not passable due to heavy rain or mud slides. If we can foresee this we adjust the route before you start the journey. Should it happen while you are on tour we have to change to the best alternative route
Most Hotels and Lodges have tripple rooms many even family rooms = 2 adjacent rooms/tents with interconnection - price on request. Inform us as early about this wish so we can arrange where it is possible. Single room option is available at all accommodation at single supplement rate.
Meals are included according to the program - full board = 3 meals a day, half board = breakfast and dinner
This tour can be done any time of the year. With global warming it is very hard to predict rainfalls. It rarely rains the whole day and to see the usually dry regions blossoming is a fantastic sight.
Your fitness should be sufficient that you can get into the vehicle and out which is a bit higher than a saloon car and walk short distances on flat ground and some steps in the lodges/hotel. Some days can be long.
We don’t advise below 15 years of age and only allow with consent from the other guests. Interest in wildlife and be ready to patiently watch and wait for at least 2 hours is a requirement for this kind of tour. For children of younger age kindly book a private family tour so the activities can be flexibly adjusted
Quite good, exept when it is very cloudy or rainy. It can be slow when many guests are using it at the same time. Connection for phone calls is almost everywhere available.
If you wish you can visit a Maasai village and so support the community. By visiting Mida Creek, Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Gedi Ruins, butterfly and snake farm we support their efforts to protect and ecudate the communities.
All accommodation will be booked and confirmed prior to your final confirmation and payment.. We take the liberty to change accommodation indicated in the program should it be necessary due to any reason but will not change after your confirmation unless there is a very drastic reason. This would be communicated to you as early as possible.
Any insurance is the responsibility of the traveller 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 as necessary. We will purchase a Flying Doctor evacuation insurance which is included.
If you love interesting landscapes, wildlife and the Ocean for sure it is. If you are a birder or bird photographer expect a high number of species and fantastic photo opportunities. On either main topic you will get to know special areas and species.
This tour is suitable for families with children and activities will be adjusted to suit children.
A 20% deposit is required at time of booking. The balance is due 40 days before commencement of this arrangement. You pay 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 trip/tour/safari? Inform us as early as possible. Depending on the date of change before the tour starts some additional fees or price increament might occur.
Wildlife is sensitive to colours. Therefore kindly wear nature colours like brown, green, beige, grey etc. Footwear - closed shoes mainly for evenings or also for game drives. Since we move in hot areas very solid sandals are suitable for game drives as well. The sole must withstand acacia thorns. Sandals for the beach. The tour is going to warm areas. Therefore carry light cloth but also have 1 set of warm cloths with you. Night temperature can drop. Dress like an onion so you can peel off when day temperature raises. Sun protection: The pop up roof will protect you to some level, but a strong sun lotion, sun glasses and a hat are recommended. A light scarf can help covering against sun and also serve as wind protection. The sun at the Indian Ocean is very strong! Torch: The paths in camps are slightly lit. But to see smaller nocturnal creatures a strong torch is the key to explore nocturnal animal's life. Headlights are very comfortable and you have your hands free. Medicine: your personal, against diarrhiah, flu/cold, headache. Vaccination: Yellow-fever is mandatory if you have visited a country with this sickness within the last 6 months. For Malaria and other prophylaxis kindly contact a tropical medical institute Covid-19: any expenses to comply with the regulations by the time of travelling are on your side. Kindly bring a mask and your sanitizer. Camera: not less than 300 mm lenses. 2 - 3 batteries, enough memory cards. Maybe a laptop to safe photos on the drive. An adapter might help - Kenya has the English socket system with 3 square holes. 2 pole plugs fit Binoculars can help if you like more observing animals than photographing. Kindly carry yours. We are not allowed to go offroad so the distance can be a bit far Drones are forbidden in Kenya
Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary and drinks can be purchased in the hotels/lodges/camps. Some people like some sweets during game drive, take along your favourite
Yes. Kindly let us know prior to your trip
Both. Sometimes credit card connection fails. You can change any currency to Kenya Shilling at the airport or withdraw at an ATM machine or let us know in advance and we change for you cash. Lodges/hotels give a very bad exchange rate. Tips can be paid in any currency. Coins are not accepted by any bank in Kenya. The most accepted credit cards are Master and Visa. US$ older than 2006 are not accepted. US$ notes below 50 attract a lower exchange rate.
A good safari guide book about Kenya will contain a lot of information about the places you will visit. We have some information on our website or you find informative pages on internet.