Kenya Bird Life Delight Adventure Safari 11 Days
Day 1: Arrival Nairobi + Afternoon Excursion
Arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the morning. Transfer to a city hotel. A morning to relax and wear off jet lag but not without an introduction of the Kenyan birds. A walk in the garden of our hotel will give our first count of African birds: Northern Pied Babbler, Holub's Golden Weaver, Speckled Mousebird, Dusky Turtle Doves and numerous Sunbirds. After lunch we visit the Nairobi National Park, which despite being only a few kilometers from the city, is a home to big game. In its open grasslands scattered with acacia trees we will see the first game like Gazelles, Zebras, Giraffes and maybe some of the Cats. We also see Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Crowned Crane, Vulture, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Tawny Eagle and a herd of Buffaloes should provide Red-billed Oxpecker perched on their backs. Black Kite, Marabou Stork, Pied Crow and African Palm Swift are also available in the park. Overnight at the city hotel in Nairobi.
Day 2 : Mount Kenya + Central Highlands Region
NB: People arriving in the morning can join this tour directly on arrival on this day. This morning we will pick you at your city hotel and drive towards Mount Kenya. We will have a lunch birding stopover at Wajee Camp at Mukurweini Valley, where the endemic Hinde's Babbler can be seen. Later after lunch and after a few hours of bird watching, we will proceed on to Mountain Lodge at the base of Mount Kenya, where we will dinner and spend the night.
Day 3: Mount Kenya + Central Highlands Region
Today we will have an early morning scan at the water hole and later take a walk around the Lodge grounds to look for more species. After breakfast, we will drive to Narumoru River Lodge (birding en route off course) on the highland grasslands and arrive in time for lunch. After lunch we will spend the rest of the afternoon bird watching at the Narumoru River Lodge grounds. Later we will drive the short distance to Mountain Rock Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Rift Valley - Lake Baringo Basin
This morning after an early morning bird walk and breakfast, we will depart for Lake Baringo driving across the Solio Plains right adjacent to the famous Solio Ranch. If lucky we might be able to see the White Rhinos or Black Rhinos through the fence as we drive across. We will then have a brief lunch stop over at the famous Thompson's Falls Lodge and later drive on and drop down to the Rift Valley arriving in time for a brief walk at Lake Baringo Club grounds. It is here that we will be based for our two nights. Lake Baringo region has got its specialties as well. Just to mention a few, you will be looking for species like, Jackson's and Hemprich's Hornbill, Bristle-Crowned Starlings, Brown-Tailed Rock Chat, Dark-Chanting Goshawk, a variety of weavers as well as an incredible number of water birds.
Day 5: Rift Valley - Lake Baringo Basin
Today, we will have a full day at Lake Baringo, with an early morning bird walk at the Baringo basalt cliffs and later after breakfast, an optional boat ride around the lake. After lunch at, we will depart for an afternoon game/bird drive at the nearby Lake Bogoria National Reserve. Notable species at Bogoria includes huge flocks of Cape Teals, Fulvous Whistling Ducks, Black-Necked Grebes and other wader birds not mentioning the Lesser and Greater Flamingoes. We will later drive back to Lake Baringo Club, late evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Western Kenya - Kakamega Forest
This morning after breakfast, we will depart for Kakamega Forest through the spectacular Kerio Valley in search of species like Gambaga Flycatcher. We will have a couple of birding stopovers and finally arrive in time for Lunch at Rondo Retreat Center. The rest of the day will be spent birding at the Retreat's lovely grounds with dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Center.
Day 7: Western Kenya - Kakamega Forest
Full day birding around the Kakamega Forest with our second night here. At Kakamega and the surroundings, you will be looking for the 36 birds' species that are endemic to this place. Just to mention a few, we will be looking for Blue-Headed Bee-Eater, Western Black-Headed Oriole, Jameson's Wattle-Eye, Turner's Eremomela, African Crowned Eagles, Yellowbill, Great Blue and Black-Bellied Turaco and a host number of Greenbuls among others. Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Center.
Day 8: Lake Victoria - Kisumu & Surrounding Areas
This morning after breakfast, we will drive to Kisumu via some major birding hot spots on the way with lunch en route. Later in the evening, we will visit the famous Dunga Swamp (one of the strong hold of rare Lake Victoria swamp species). Dinner and overnight today, will be at Kisumu Sunset Hotel.
Day 9: Rift Valley - Lake Nakuru National Park
This Morning after breakfast, we will drive to Lake Nakuru National Park (birding off course) with a lunch stopover en route. We will arrive at Nakuru late afternoon and immediately embark on the evening game drive en route to Lake Nakuru Lodge, where we will have dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Rift Valley - Lake Naivasha & Surroundings
Today, we will leave for Naivasha after an early morning game drive and our final breakfast here and arrive at Lake Naivasha Country Club in time for lunch. After lunch, we will spend the rest of the evening bird watching at the grounds of the Club as well as the lake shoreline. Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Country Club.
Day 11: Rift Valley - Lake Naivasha - Nairobi
Today, we will leave for Naivasha after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi for last minute shopping before departure to the Airport for outbound flight back home.
The above cost includes :
Transport with exclusive use of the equipped safari vehicle.
Pick up and drop off on arrival and departure.
Accommodation as per the itinerary with all the meals except for dinner in Nairobi
Experienced Birder / Bird Guide equiped with binoculars, telescope and sound recording gear.
Parks, reserve and conservation areas entry fee
Drinking water available from van's cool box
Checklist of the birds of Kenya and other pre tour information
The above cost excludes :
Medical and travel insurance
Any extra meals
Beverages both soft and hard drinks
Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, gift among others
Visa, Airport Tax