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Kenya Leisurely Birding Tour – 10 Days

Kenya Birdwatching Tours, Simple Easy Birding Safari

Kenya Leisurely Birding Tour – 10 Days

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Day 1 Kenya Bird watching Tours: Arrival for Kenya Leisurely Bird watching Tour – Birding in Kenya

On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the Avian Safaris representative receives you for your ten days Kenya leisurely birding tour. Depending on the arrival time, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in; we will visit the National Museum Bird Gallery and later have a leisurely bird walk in the Nairobi National Museum Botanical Gardens.

Day 2 Kenya Bird watching Tours: Kenya Birding Tour to Lake Elementaita – Bird Kenya

We have an early morning breakfast, then a bird to Lake Elmenteita- a shallow alkaline lake. Elmenteita’s surrounding natural vegetation of mainly Acacia and Tarconanthus camphoratus bushland interspersed with Themeda triandra grassland favours a rich checklist of stunning biological species! We hope to nail the globally threatened Jackson’s Widowbird, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Lesser Kestrel (a Passage migrant), and the vagrant Greater Spotted Eagle. Other species will include; Grey-headed Gull, Hadada Ibis, Helmeted Guineafowl, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Horus Swift, Kittlitz’s Sandplover, Lesser Flamingo, Lilac-breasted Roller, Little Egret, Little Stint, Long-crested Eagle, Marabou Stork, Martial Eagle, Pied Avocet, Plain-backed Pipit, Rattling Cisticola, Red-billed Teal, Red-capped Lark, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Red-eyed Dove, Rufous Sparrow, Sacred Ibis, Scarlet-chested Sunbird,Secretary Bird, Speke’s Weaver, Splendid Starling, Tawny Eagle, Variable Sunbird, Wattled Starling, Yellow Bishop, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Mosque Swallow, Northern Anteater Chat, Northern White-tailed Lark, Olive Pigeon, Pale Flycatcher, African Fish Eagle, African White-backed Vulture, Augur Buzzard, Black Swift, Black-headed Oriole, Blacksmith Plover, Blue-eared Starling, Blue-naped Mousebird, Cape Teal, Cattle Egret, Common Bulbul, Common Drongo, Coqui Francolin, Crowned Plover, Egyptian Goose, Great White Pelican, Greater Flamingo, Grey Woodpecker, Grey-backed Fiscal, to mention but a few.

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Sacred Ibis

Day 3 Kenya Bird watching Tours: Birdwatching Safari to Lake Naivasha Ramsar Site of Kenya

After breakfast, we bird to the shallow freshwater lake with fringing Acacia woodland- Lake Naivasha Ramsar site (the second site listed by Kenya as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention). The permanent Malewa and Gilgil plus other seasonal rivers flow into Lake Naivasha, which all drain the Aberdare Mountains and substantial ground-water seepage. The lake has no surface outlet. The combination of underground outflow and sedimentation of salts keeps the lake fresh, unlike other endorheic lakes in the eastern Rift Valley.

It is the highest of the Rift Valley Lakes at 1,880 m, the second largest freshwater lake and one of Kenya’s only two freshwater lakes.

The fascinating birdlife of over 350 species results from dense vegetation at the lake’s edge. Papyrus fringes the main lake’s shore and cloaks the inlets of the Gilgil and Malewa rivers.

Day 4 Kenya Bird watching Tours: Lake Naivasha Birding Tour

After breakfast, we still bird the lake and its surroundings; we look out for the globally threatened Grey-crested Helmeted-shrike, Basra Reed Warbler, Lesser Flamingo, and large congregations of Red-knobbed Coot, African Spoonbill, and Little Grebe. We continue for locality species among which might include; Grey-backed Fiscal, Pink-backed Pelican, Great Cormorant, Red-billed Teal, Hottentot Teal, Black Crake, African Jacana, Giant and Malachite kingfishers, African Fish-Eagle, Little Grebe, Pink-backed Pelican, Long-tailed Cormorant, Southern Pochard, Gray-headed Gull, Whiskered Tern, Long-toed Lapwing, Blacksmith Lapwing, Three-banded Plover, Black Heron, Lesser Moorhen, Greater Painted-Snipe, African Skimmer, Purple Heron, Little Bittern, African Rail, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Red-chested Cuckoo, Pearl-spotted Owlet, White-fronted Bee-eater, Green Wood-Hoopoe, African Gray Hornbill, Red-fronted Barbet, Black-throated Honeyguide, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Gray-backed Fiscal, Gray-headed Bushshrike, White-browed Robin-Chat, Gray-capped Warbler, Black-lored Babbler, Purple Grenadier, Pin-tailed Whydah, Spectacled Weaver, Rueppell’s Griffons, Verreaux’s Eagle, Augur Buzzard, Lanner Falcon, Speckled Pigeon, Mourning Wheatear, and many more.

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African Skimmer

Day 5 Kenya Bird watching Tours: Bird Watching Safari to Lake Nakuru National Park of Kenya

This morning after breakfast, we flew to Lake Nakuru Ramsar Site. Lake Nakuru National Park (Ramsar Site) boosts an up to 450 species bird checklist and a 1,496,000 waterbirds record. Five globally threatened species are on paper for occurring here, namely Madagascar Pond-Heron, Lesser Flamingo, Pallid Harrier, Greater Spotted Eagle, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, along with large congregations of Greater Flamingo, Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Great White Pelican, Yellow-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt, Grey-headed Gull and Gull-billed Tern.

The lake is internationally famous for its healthy population of the globally threatened Lesser Flamingo; numbers can reach 1.5 million at times, though drastic and unpredictable fluctuations occur. Undoubtedly, Nakuru is an important feeding site for this species.

Plenty of game here; the elusive Leopard should be on our want list.

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Red-headed Weaver

Day 6 Kenya Bird watching Tours: Birdwatching Tour at Lake Nakuru National Park of Kenya – Kenya Birding Safaris

During the whole day of birding, we have lunch in the field. We search for Grassland, trees and scrub species among which shall include; the Red-chested, Klaas’s, Black and Diederik Cuckoos, Speckled Mousebird, Striped Kingfisher, Broad-billed Roller, Green Wood-hoopoe, African Paradise Flycatcher, Common Wattle-eye, Black-crowned and Brown-crowned Tchagras, Northern Puffback, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Common Drongo, Black-headed Oriole, Rüppell’s Long-tailed Starling, Amethyst Sunbird, Speke’s and Baglafecht Weavers, Red-billed and African Firefinches, Greater and Scaly-throated Honeyguides, African Grey-headed Woodpecker, SpottedFlycatcher, Willow Warbler, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Red-faced Crombec, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Common Waxbill, Little Rock Thrush, helmet-shrikes, Coqui Francolin, Helmeted Guineafowl, Long-crested Eagle, Lilac-breasted Roller, African Hoopoe, White-fronted Bee-eater, Grassland and Plain-backed Pipits, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Whinchat, Schalow’s Wheatear, Northern Anteater Chat, Winding, Rattling and Pectoral-patch Cisticolas, Pied Crow and Red-billed Oxpecker, name it.

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White-browed Robin-Chat

Day 7 Kenya Bird watching Tours: Kenya Birding Safari to Masai Mara National Park – (Shoebill Bird Record)

This morning, we bird all way to the famous Masai Mara National Park, a renowned home for Africa’s Big Five (African Lion, African Elephant, Leopard, Rhinoceros, and Cape Buffalo). On arrival, we go birding on an evening game drive- an opportunity to “Tick-off” some mammals and other wildlife.

Please expect a productive birding activity at this site. Grassland birds are abundant. More than 500 bird species are known to occur, including 12 species of Cisticola and 53 birds of prey. Many Palearctic migrants winter in the area, including Caspian PloverandWhite Stork.

As an endemic bird area, Masai Mara has all three of the Serengeti Plains and is one of the eight species of the Kenya Mountains Endemic Bird Areas that occur in Kenya. Seven globally threatened species occur here: the Madagascar Pond-Heron, Pallid Harrier, Jackson’s Widowbird, Red-throated Tit, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, Corncrake, and Lesser Kestrel.

The Mara’s extensive grasslands are a stronghold for the threatened, migratory Corncrake and the threatened, restricted-range Jackson’s widowbird. The woodlands around the reserve are probably the centre of abundance for the threatened, restricted-range Grey-crested Helmet-shrike. The restricted-range Rufous-tailed Weaver occurs within the budget.

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Spectacled Weaver

Day 8 Kenya Birdwatching Tours: Kenya Birdwatching tour in the Masai Mara Plains

Today we bird the Mara plains, we search for, Usambiro Barbet, Foxy Lark, Red-throated Tit, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Swahili and Kenya Rufous Sparrows, Little Bee-eater, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, White-headed Barbet, Flappet and Rufous-naped Larks, Long-billed Pipit, Pale Wren-Warbler, Green-capped Eremomela, Red-tailed and Sooty Chats, Trilling, Rock and Long-tailed Cisticolas, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Variable Sunbird, Yellow Bishop, Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting, Harlequin Quail, Red-necked Spurfowl, White-bellied and Black-bellied Bustards, Senegal and Black-winged Plovers, the localized White-tailed Lark, Red-capped Lark, Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Stout and Croaking Cisticolas, Northern, Pied and Isabelline Wheatears, African Quailfinch, Jackson’s, Yellow-mantled and Red-collared Widowbirds, Caspian Plovers, Banded Martin,Rufous-chested, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Bateleur, Pallid and Montagu’s Harriers, Lesser Spotted, Tawny and Steppe Eagles, Grey Kestrel, and many more.

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Day 9 Kenya Bird watching Tours: Kenya Birding Tour to Nairobi – Birdwatching Safaris Kenya

Today we carry a picnic breakfast and lunch, then head out for a game drive. We bird for more species possibly missed the previous days. From the game drive, we proceed to Nairobi for your last night.

Day 10 Kenya Bird watching Tours: Departure – End of 10 Day Kenya Leisurely Birding Tour

Today marks the end of the tour, and your guide and the driver transfer you to the Airport for your journey back home.

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