Special Birding Safari IN KENYA
Kenya Birding adventure for 18 Nights/19Days: Nairobi - Sweetwaters -
Samburu - L. Nakuru - L. Bogoria - L. Baringo - Saiwa Swamp - Kakamega
- L. Victoria - L. Naivasha - Masai Mara - Amboseli.
On arrival at the (J.K.I.A) Airport, you will be met and greeted by our
customer service representative and transferred to the luxurious NAIROBI
SAFARI CLUB Hotel where you will relax in your air-conditioned suite and
ware-out the jet lag. In the afternoon an orientation tour of Nairobi
city which will include visiting the ornithological section of National
Museums of Kenya for a lecture. Nairobi Safari club, formerly a private
club for members only is the ideal place to be. All the rooms in the hotel
are suites, six of which are Presidential Suites. Here you can enjoy the
clubs sauna, gym, swimming pool, various bars and other amenities. Overnight
tonight will be served at NAIROBI SAFARI CLUB.
02: Nairobi - Sweetwaters.
After breakfast, depart to the exquisite Sweetwaters Tented Camp in the
secluded heart of the Ol Pejeta Ranch and Rhino sanctuary. Built within
a private ranch, the camp is a "Rhino heaven" which also supports
a wide variety of birds such as Augur Buzzard, Stout Cisticola, Cape Robin
Chat, Black Kite, African Harrier Hawk among other highland species. The
sanctuary also support large mammals such as elephants, giraffes etc,
it is only here that you can have a night game drive at extra cost. 25
of the 30 luxurious tents overlook the water hole and some are built on
stilts to offer you a better view. Each luxurious tent comes with en-suite
facilities, a patio (verandah) and is set under a thatch roof. A visit
to the Chimpanzee sanctuary should not be missed and remember to pack
your swimming gear because the camp has a swimming pool, table tennis,
board games and satellite television. Lunch will be served at the Camp.
Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at luxurious Sweetwaters
Tented Camp (BLD).
03: Sweetwaters - Samburu.
After an early morning breakfast we depart for Samburu National Reserve
by driving north through the high wheat fields of Timau, crossing the
equator and then down into the thorny landscape of Samburu country. This
area boost of unique bird species as such as Buff Crested bustard, Kori
bustard, Chestnut weaver, Golden palm weaver, Golden breasted starlings,
Water thicknee, among other. Also unique northern wildlife which are not
found in any other part south of equator, here you will find the Grevy
zebra, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, the long necked
gerenuk, herds of elephants and their predators abound. The life-giving
Uaso Nyiro River plays a major role in the ecosystem of this region.
Our new home for the next two nights will be at Sarova Shaba Lodge. It's
located high above the banks of the life-giving Uaso Nyiro River in the
Shaba Game Reserve (Filming location of the Hit CBS Survivor III, series).
Shaba lodge is composed of 85 luxury thatched-roof bedrooms with en-suite
bathrooms, all of which are facing the river. Each room is furnished with
local stone and off-cut timber, a Presidential Suite with a separate bedroom,
lounge, and private Jacuzzi is also available, as well as 4 junior suites.
The lodge beautifully incorporates the existing natural springs as one
of its special features. The 1989 movie "Born Free", a true-life
story of George and Joy Adamson was shot in the Game Reserve and some
of the scenes were shot at the lodge. An open-air restaurant over looking
the river, swimming pool, curio shop, bars, and it's location at an oasis
make it a perfect base from which to explore the Shaba Reserve, as well
as its sister reserve - Buffalo Springs to the west. Overnight tonight
will be served Sarova Shaba Lodge (BLD).
Spend the whole day bird watching trying to come up with a list of 400
different species found in this region. All meals & overnight at Sarova
Shaba Lodge (BLD).
05: Samburu - Lake Nakuru.
After an early breakfast bid farewell to Shaba as we drive south through
Isiolo, crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount Kenya, until we reach
Nanyuki town. Heading west we make a brief stopover at Nyahururu Falls,
still known to many as Thomson's falls for its 237ft cascade. After the
stopover, we drive southward to our next destination Lake Nakuru. Located
in the Great Rift Valley 1750m above sea level, Lake Nakuru is known as
an ornithological paradise by birdwatchers because the lake is world famous
as the location of the greatest ornithological spectacle on earth, which
boasts any where between one and two million lesser and greater pink flamingoes
that feed on the abundant algae thriving in the lakes warm waters. It
is one of the few parks that have been specifically established (Gazetted)
for the protection of birds specifically flamingoes, more than 450 species
of birds have been recorded here. The park has also been established for
the protection of endangered species such as the rhino and is also home
to Columbus monkeys, Leopards, Giraffes, and a variety of plain antelope.
Lunch will be served at Lake Nakuru Lodge, which, is situated in the south
ecological niche of the park. The lodge with its friendly and competent
staff is an oasis of comfort that provides first class customer service
and offers commanding views of lesser flamingoes dotted with the greater
flamingoes. It blends in perfectly well with its natural surroundings
and animals often patrol peacefully close to the lodge adding to its captivating
magic. For some R&R "Rest and Relaxation", the spacious
logged and inviting Mamma Nikki's bar, the cool upstairs Rhino Paddock
Cocktail bar overlooking the Lake and the enticing blue pool can be tremendously
inviting. An afternoon game drive around the lakeshore will be the main
feature for the afternoon, dinner & overnight tonight will be served
at Lake Nakuru Lodge (BLD).
06: Lake Nakuru.
After breakfast, spend the whole day bird watching and trying to come
up with the total list of 450 different species found here. Dinner &
overnight tonight will be at Lake Nakuru Lodge (BLD).
07: Lake Nakuru - Lake Bogoria
After breakfast, we proceed to the jewel of the Great Rift Valley, Lake
Bogoria. Described as the "Most beautiful view in Africa" by
Bishop Hannington, the lake is well known for its Hot springs and geysers,
which are spread out along its southern shores. The hot sulfur water gushing
out of the ground is known to have therapeutic values. These natural spas
and their steam are Mother Nature's version of a bath & sauna. After
a relaxing bird walk around the lake, your lunch will be served at Lake
Bogoria Hotel. Later in the after you will enjoy an extensive bird walk
around the lake and the lodge environs, here we expect to find a variety
of species as such as Woodland kingfisher, Northern puff back, White headed
buffalo weaver, Rufous crowned roller, African golden oriole, African
hoope e.t.c. Our dinner and overnight will be served at Lake Bogoria
Day 08: Lake Bogoria - Lake Baringo
After breakfast we drive further north to Lake Baringo one of the leading
ornithology lakes in East Africa, more than 470 bird species call this
area home. We check-in at Lake Baringo Country Club a superb and compact
hotel set at the shores of Lake Baringo. Our bird walk today will feature
the following rare species e.g. White faced scopes owl, Bristol crowned
starling, Goliath heron, Fan tailed raven etc. A relaxing boat ride on
the lake will be the feature of the afternoon. Dinner and overnight tonight
will be served at Lake Baringo Country Club (BLD).
09: Lake Baringo - Saiwa Swamp
Today our birding safari will depart Lake Baringo and drive towards Saiwa
Swamp National Park in Kitale, the only exceptional Park in Kenya enjoyed
exclusively on foot and birding landmark. Lunch to be served in Hotel
at Kitale Town before afternoon bird walk. The birding menu for today
will be Great blue turaco, Ross turaco, Ludher's bush shrike, White capped
robin chat, Grey crown crane etc. Dinner and overnight stay at a Hotel
at Kitale Town (BLD).
10: Saiwa Swamp - Kakamega Forest.
Depart to Kakamega Forest, covers an area of 240sq.km is a living remnant
of the original equatorial rainforest, which once extended from Guinea
in the west, to East and Central Africa for a fulfilling and eventful
day of birdwatching in this only & unique remaining rain forest with
some of very rare and spectacular bird species in the world e g Grey Parrot,
Great blue and Black billed turacos, blue headed bee eaters, Turner's
eremomela, Little grey greenbul etc. if one of your ambitions is to experience
the enchanting mystery of the jungle,
.the melody of singing
birds, the breeze whispering trees, the croaking frogs, the rasp of butterflies
as they fly on by, the cheeky monkeys as they swing from branch to branch
meals at Golf Hotel, flanked with 60 self contained standard rooms and
2 standard executive suites. Each room is tastefully furnished with beautifully
designed furniture and cheerful big windows to allow maximum light and
ventilation, rooms are also equipped with mosquito nets, telephone and
a big balcony. For those still wishing to exercise their muscles, a quick
game of golf at the Golf club next door, in addition, guests can also
play squash, table tennis, pool and other indoor games. Dinner and overnight
tonight will be served at Kakamega Golf Hotel (BLD).
11: Kakamega Forest - Lake Victoria
A morning lecture on the birds of this small forest which harbour's over
380 different plant species, 50 of which have traditional medicinal value,
some endemic animal species, 400 butterly species and 330 bird species
at an altitude of between 1500-1700m followed by a walk to try and identify
the available rare species of this equatorial forest. Lunch at Kakamega
Golf Hotel followed by a short drive to Lake Victoria where we will do
a late afternoon birding around the lake for fresh water birds species
e.g. African open bill stork, Swamp flycatcher, Red chested sunbird, Hammerkop,
Eastern grey plantain-eater etc. Dinner and overnight tonight will be
served at Sunset Hotel.
12: Kisumu - Lake Naivasha.
Today after an early breakfast, our safari will be destined for Lake Naivasha,
the only freshwater lake in the Rift Valley. From the top of the Rift
Valley escarpment, you can see the lake sparkling under the sun thousands
of feet below you. The lake is home to a large colony of hippos and it's
also a Mecca for bird watchers and researchers since over 400 different
species of birds have been recorded here e.g. Long toed plover, Great
white egret, Grey headed gull, Southern pochard, Red billed teal and not
mention the Lilly trotter; African jacana. The lake location and wildlife
makes it an ideal place for an afternoon boat ride. A visit to the liberating
Crescent Island, which is completely undeveloped, wild and free, is one
of the few places on earth where you can
wander/walk on foot among herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, giraffe
and dik diks. There are no predators and no fences so it will be quite
a liberating and exciting feeling to walk among the wildlife.
Lunch will be served at the tranquil Lake Naivasha Country Club, which
has retained its colonial architecture since it was built in 1937 as a
staging post for the Imperial Airways flying water boat services from
Durban to London. The lodge is built on 55 acres of lakeside green lawns
shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees. Dinner and overnight
tonight will be served at Lake Naivasha Country Club (BLD).
13: Lake Naivasha - Hell's Gate.
After breakfast, a morning bird walk with the aim of viewing birds on
the shores of the Lake with a few hours of relaxation before lunch. Afternoon
visit to Hell's Gate National Park, which is breeding ground for vultures
in Kenya e.g. Lammergeyer vultures. Dinner & overnight tonight will
be served at Lake Naivasha Country Club (BLD).
14: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara.
Today our safari expedition will take us to the jewel of Kenya's parks,
the world famous Masai Mara Game (Wildlife) Reserve. This is Kenya's number
one park and is always on every bird watcher's and wildlife tourists "Must
see list". Full of life with various types of animals and birds,
Masai Mara crown's the climax of every safari in Kenya. It's rolling grasslands
and acacia savannah have time and again been captured on film with the
movie "Out Of Africa" being the most famous. Masai Mara
is home to the "Big Five" (Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard
and Rhino) and over 450 bird species as such as Bare faced go away bird,
Hooded vulture, Egyptian vulture, Flappet lark, Red necked fowl, White
necked raven etc. Apart from the big five, the Masai Mara is most famous
for the spectacular annual migration of over a million wildebeest, zebra,
gazelle etc from the Serengeti in northern Tanzania crossing the Mara
River into Kenya in search of fresh feeding grounds, which takes place
in late July or August. During this crossing, hundreds of animals are
swept away by the first moving Mara River and other are killed by the
ferocious African Crocodiles. This crossing gives true meaning to the
phrase "Survival of the fittest".
Lunch will be served at the excellent Mara Sopa Lodge your new home for
the next two nights. "Sopa" means welcome in the Masai language
and true to its name, the lodge and its staff offer first class customer
service and accommodations under a welcoming atmosphere. Set in the Oloolaimutia
valley the lodge blends in perfectly well with its surrounding hillside
landscape. The 77 rooms, 12 suites, and 1 Presidential Suite are all equipped
with en-suite bathrooms, mini bars and elevated verandahs (patios) from
which guests can sun bathe, relax and enjoy the view of the valley and
it's resident wildlife and birds. The lodge has direct-dial telephone
services, satellite television and video services. P.S don't forget
your swimming costume for a midday or night swim under the star filled
After lunch and some time for relaxation, or sunbathing and going for
a dive in the pool, your driver/guide will take you for an afternoon game
drive in search of the shy and elusive leopard, the solitary and ill-tempered
Rhino, lions, buffaloes, and many others. As the sun starts to edge its
way dip into the African horizon it will be the perfect opportunity to
capture the beautiful Mara landscape on film or video camera. Dinner &
overnight tonight will be served at, Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).
15 & 16: Masai Mara.
An early morning birding cum game drive after breakfast will be our perfect
start of another unforgettable and memorable birding day in Africa. With
picnic lunch en-route you spend your day in Mara Plains trying to identify
and record the over 450 species record in this reserve. All meals and
overnight tonight will be served at, Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).
17: Masai Mara - Amboseli.
After an early morning breakfast, we proceed to Amboseli National Park
via Nairobi for an early lunch at Toona Tree Restaurant, before proceeding
to Amboseli beautifully situated beneath the foot of Africa's highest
mountain Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895m), the park is well renowned for its huge
herds of elephants and various types of other Savannah wildlife such as
Giraffes, Bushbuck's, Kudu, Warthog's, Zebra's and over 425 species of
birds recorded here such as White faced whilsting duck, Brown snake eagle,
Yellow billed stork, Woolly necked stork, Shikra, Helmented guinea fowl,
African cuckoo e.t.c. The snowcapped peak of Kilimanjaro rising above
white clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli and forms a backdrop to
an impressive display of wildlife attracted to this location by swamps
and springs fed by underground rivers from Kilimanjaro's melting snow.
With an airstrip at Empusel Gate, the park is also home to the Masai people,
those tall, brave, and proud nomads who live in close harmony with the
environment and the wildlife that surrounds them. Amboseli was the location
around which such famous writers like Sir Ernest Hemingway and Robert
Ruark tailored their stories of big game hunting in the wilds of Africa.
Enjoy a birding game drive en-route, as we arrive in time for your dinner
at the Ol-Tukai Lodge, situated deep in the heart of the world famous
Amboseli National Park. The lodge is camouflaged in a forest of fever
trees, yellow barked acacia trees, palms and well designed cottage style
accommodations, which spread out on either side of the main lodge. Each
room offers a breathtaking view of the magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro and
the surrounding wetlands. Ol-Tukai lodge blends perfectly well into the
African savannah and it will bring out your natural instincts.
You can go for a dive in the Acacia tree shaded swimming pool, or for
those of you reading enthusiasts, you can read the day away in the well-stocked
library with a relaxing view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After your afternoon
game drive you can spend some time in the open-air bar, which is open
until the last guest retires, so if you're the "night owl type"
this is the perfect opportunity for you to stay up all night Overnight
tonight will be served at Ol-Tukai Lodge (BLD).
After breakfast it will be the perfect time for photographing the humbling
and magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro the highest peak in Africa. With picnic
lunch you depart your lodge for a full day birding section with our eagle
eyed birding guide. Please take this opportunity to add a new specie in
your birding list. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at Ol-Tukai
19: Amboseli - Nairobi - Fly
After breakfast, we drive back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at
Toona Tree Restaurant where you can enjoy some good Italian food. Later
early in the evening, a complimentary dinner will be hosted by our company
at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant considered "Africa's
greatest eating experience" (if you love barbecue it doesn't
get better than this), and home to the "Simba Saloon" one of
the cities most popular night clubs. Thereafter you will be transferred
to the airport in time for your International departure flight.