KENYAN BIRDING SAFARI

IMPRESSIVE! WE HAVE IT HERE TOO, BIRDS

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$2800 - $3200
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
9 days
Best months:
March - June
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Birding safaris Birding
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Day 01 - Arrive/Met- Transfer to the hotel for relaxation - The Norfolk Hotel - Bed & Breakfast
Day 02 - Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park - Full day Birding/Game Viewing - Sarova Lion Hill Lodge - Full Board
Day 03 - Drive to Lake Naivasha - Brief stop at Limuru Swamp for Bird count - Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge- Full Board
Day 04 - Enjoy Boat ride on Lake Naivasha - Bird count - Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge- Full Board
Day 05 - Transfer to Menengai area for - Birding walk in the crater - Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge- Full Board
Day 06 - Drive to Masai Mara National reserve - Afternoon Birding drive - Mara simba Lodge - Full Board
Day 07/08 - Drive through Masai Land - Morning + Afternoon Birding - Mara simba Lodge - Full Board
Day 09 - Drive back to Nairobi - Late lunch - Transfer to the airport for your flight back home

DAY 01

Upon arrival in Nairobi, proceed through Immigration and Customs. After exiting the Customs & Immigrations
Hall, Please look out for a Zoar Tours & Safari’s driver/guide holding a Zoar Tours Banner with your name on
it. Our Guide will assist you with your luggage and you’ll be transferred to Norfolk Hotel.

DAY 02

After breakfast you will drive to Lake Nakuru, which is famous for its thousands of Lesser Flamingos - the
Greater Flamingoes will be easily distinguishable by their height. The Great White and Pink-backed Pelican and
Black-winged Stilt are also there. The lake has a low concentration of salt, so it supports fish that of course
attract other water birds. It is a good place to look for Avocets, Storks, Ibises, Ducks, Cormorants, Herons, and
Terns. In the wooded acacias there is a chance to see the White-browed Coucal, Broad-billed Roller, Arrowmarked
Babbler and the Narina Trogon. Have your picnic lunch before you take a full day for birding and game
viewing in the park.

DAY 03

You depart to the Rift valley with a stop at the Limuru Swamp where you do your first bird count: Little Grebe,
Yellow-billed and Maccoa Duck, Pelicans, Coots, Egrets and Herons. Soaring are Black Kite, Augur Buzzard
and Pied Crow. After lunch you drive to Hell's Gate National Park. The first part is open grasslands bordered
with steep rock cliffs in which the Rüppell's Griffon Vulture nests. Easy sightings here are the Verreaux's or
Black Eagle, Common Ostrich, Black-shouldered Kite, White-fronted Bee-eater, Grassland and Long-billed
Pipit, Northern and Schalow's Wheatear; Lilac-breasted Roller...The narrow gorge has a completely different
habitat and hence very different birds: Yellow, Grey and African Pied Wagtail, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu,
Purple Grenadier, Common Drongo, Superb Starling, Brimstone Canary, Common Waxbill, White-browed Robin-Chat.

DAY 04

You start your day with a boat ride on Lake Naivasha on the look out for a range of fish eaters: both the Longtailed
and Great Cormorant together with the Fish Eagle and the Pied, Malachite and Giant Kingfisher. To
have the best sightings of the Kenya birds species found in Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island is the place of
choice. It is a lagoon from where we should be able to see Red-capped Lark, Spectacled and Baglafecht
Weaver, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Brimstone Canary and Red-billed Fire finch.

DAY 05

Today you will be transferred to the Menengai area which is very beautiful with cliff walls and steam jets filling
the crater with mist. It is only 10 km from the Nakuru National Park and has not been touched by tourism. In the
afternoon you will do a birding walk in the crater where we will enjoy the beautiful contrasts of nature. Rocks
that have stood the test of time, natural springs with mirror clear water, lava that reminds us that this is the Rift
Valley and baboons trooping around with their babies. Possible sightings here are the Common Stonechat,
Yellow-rumped Seedeater, Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting, Yellow Bishop, Yellow-mantled Widowbird,
Northern Anteater chat, White-fronted Bee-eater and Shallow's Wheatear. (Alternative accommodation on this
birding tour is Sunbird Lodge on the shores of Lake Elementaita)

DAY 06

After breakfast, your birding tour goes to the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve, which borders Serengeti
in Tanzania. Mara is the gem of birding and game viewing in Kenya with 450 species recorded. Expected
Kenyan bird species are the highly conspicuous Common Ostrich, the small but still conspicuous Cardinal
Quelea, Sooty Chat, Ground Hornbill, Open-billed Stork, Temminck's Courser, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse
and Denham's Bustard. Lilac-breasted Rollers are common. We May encounter numerous raptors such as
Bateleur, Martial and Tawny Eagles, as well as Pale Chanting Goshawk, Augur Buzzards and Black-chested
Snake Eagles. Along the Mara River we'll watch for African Finfoot, Schalow's and Ross' Turaco, Woodland
Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Barbet, Black-billed Weaver, Violet-backed Starling, and perhaps with luck, Pel's
Fishing Owl. Any tapping noise on the trees may be indicative of the relatively uncommon Woodpeckers
(Golden-tailed, Green-backed and Fine-banded). Hopefully you will be lucky enough to see some of the more
difficult to see mammals such as Bat-eared Fox, Hunting Dog, Serval and the delightful Banded Mongoose.

DAY 07

Today we will drive through Masai land, home to one of the most fascinating cultures in Africa. Expected
Kenya bird species are the highly conspicuous Common Ostrich, the small but still conspicuous Cardinal
Quelea, Sooty Chat, Ground Hornbill, Open-billed Stork, Temminck's Courser, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse
and Denham's Bustard. Lilac-breasted Rollers are common. If we find a kill, we may see six species of vultures
all dining together: Egyptian, Hooded, Griffon, Lappet-faced, White-backed and White-headed. It will be a
double reward should a Hyena or a Jackal join in the scramble for the kill.

DAY 08

In addition we will encounter numerous raptors such as Bateleur, Martial and Tawny Eagles, as well as Pale
Chanting Goshawk, Augur Buzzards and Black-chested Snake Eagles. Along the Mara River we'll watch for
African Finfoot, Schalow's and Ross' Turaco, Crested Guineafowl, Woodland Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Barbet,
Black-billed Weaver, Violet-backed Starling, and perhaps with luck, Pel's Fishing Owl. Any tapping noise on
the trees may be indicative of the relatively uncommon Woodpeckers (Golden-tailed and Fine-banded).
Hopefully we will be lucky enough to see some of the more difficult to see mammals such as Bat-eared Fox,
Hunting Dog, Serval and the delightful Banded Mongoose.

DAY 09

Today you will be transferred to the airport to take an afternoon flight to Nairobi. On arrival in Nairobi you will
have late lunch, do a city tour and shopping, Dinner will be at the Norfolk Hotel and later on you will be
transferred to the airport your outbound flight.

 

 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • The Norfolk Hotel
  • Sarova Lion Hill
  • Naivasha Simba Lodge
  • Mara Simba Lodge

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