Birds & Wildlife of Kenya

A Kenya Safari is one of the classic African holiday experiences. Indeed, Kenya is often touted as the ‘home of safari’. It was where the concept was first pioneered in the mid-to late 1800’s. Today the Kenya safari experience still captures that ambiance of comfort in the wilderness. Of open plains teeming with all manner of wild animals. Of vistas so immense that they touch your soul. Moreover, the country has a bird list of over 1000 species! Truly, Kenya safari is a must for anyone with an interest in travel and natural history. This 16-day itinerary is designed to showcase some of the country’s top birding and wildlife areas It’s designed to be a well-rounded and immensely enjoyable safari experience. And we have limited it to 5 participants, making for an exclusive and personal tour.

Areas covered:

Our Birds and Wildlife of Kenya tour starts with a night in Nairobi. We then visit Samburu National Reserve, home to the ‘northern specials’. These include Reticulated Giraffe (arguably the most striking of all the Giraffes), Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx and the unique Vulturine Guineafowl. Moving on, we then explore the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, with Mount Kenya as the backdrop to the vast plains. From there we explore three of the Rift Valley lakes (Nakuru, Bogoria and Baringo). Next up is Kakamega, Kenya’s last tract of tropical rainforest, a bird and primate hot-spot. Then we spend a night at Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria before the highlight of the tour – 4 nights in the Masai Mara.

Accommodation:

Your accommodation is of a medium-plus to high standard. It includes safari lodges in the main, as well as a few inns and country lodges. Importantly, all accommodations have en-suite facilities, and are clean and comfortable.

The birding:

This Kenya tour has a split focus, with both birds and mammals as the areas of interest. On the birding side there’s a great range of species to be seen. These include some of the typically bold and easy-to-see African savanna species. In addition, there will be a plethora of water-associated species to see. It’s the forests of Kakamega however that will offer the more unusual species, at least in terms of scarcity and range-restriction. To summarize, there is something for every type of birder, from casual to the more serious. Some of our target birds include: Rüppell’s Griffon, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Jackson’s Francolin, Black-faced Sandgrouse, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Bare-faced Go Away Bird, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Red-and-Yellow Barbet, Golden-winged Sunbird, Grey-crested Helmet-Shrike, Golden Pipit, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Bee-eater, Bar-tailed Trogon, Great Blue Turaco, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Turner’s Eremomela and many more.

The mammals:

Large mammals and the Kenya safari experience are synonymous! In this respect our Kenya tour has plenty to offer. Samburu, Ol Pejeta and the Masai Mara are the large mammal hot-spots. Kakamega offers an interesting range of primate species. Mammals we’ll be looking for include: Reticulated and Masai Giraffes, Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelle, Defassa Waterbuck, Topi, Coke’s Hartebeest, Plain’s Zebra, Bearded Gnu, Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Buffalo, Black Rhino, Kirk’s Dik-Dik, Olive Baboon, Golden Jackal, Black-and-White Colobus (Guereza), de Brazza’s Monkey and Red-tailed Monkey.

In conclusion, this Kenya tour is an experience not to be missed. From plains of Ol Pejeta in the shadow of Mount Kenya to the endless game-studded vistas of the Mara, this safari will enrich you well beyond just the 16 days spent in the country… 

For something along similar lines in South Africa check out our new Incredible Kruger itinerary!

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Itinerary

Tour in brief

Group size: limited to a maximum of 5 participants per vehicle.

Areas visited: Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lakes Nakuru, Baringo and Bogoria, Kakamega, Lake Victoria and the Masai Mara.

Expected weather conditions: generally warm to hot and humid, with afternoon thunderstorms occurring regularly.

Tour tempo: medium to medium-plus; some long travelling days and some full days out on safari. 

Accommodation standards: good to high: private guest houses, lodges and mobile camps.

Mammal viewing: Outstanding! Unbeatable for multitudes of plains game and predator action.

Top mammals: Maasai Giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelle, Defassa Waterbuck, Topi, Coke’s Hartebeest, Plain’s Zebra, Bearded Gnu, Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Buffalo, Black Rhino, Kirk’s Dik-Dik, Olive Baboon, Golden Jackal.

Birding in brief: Excellent, many of the East African specials to be seen.

Top birds: Rüppell’s Griffon, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Jackson’s Francolin, Black- faced Sandgrouse, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Bare-faced Go Away Bird, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Red-and-Yellow Barbet, Golden-winged Sunbird, Grey-crested Helmet-Shrike, Golden Pipit, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Bee-eater, Bar-tailed Trogon.

Rates

2021:

5 participants: US$ 5 975 per person sharing.

4 participants: US$ 6 550 per person sharing.

3 participants: US$ 7 550 per person sharing.

US$ 455 single supplement.

2022 prices to be announced.

Contact us for prices for other group sizes.

Price may be subject to change based on factors beyond our control. 

Includes

  • Accommodation
  • All meals (except lunches and  dinners on first and last days)
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transport in 4×4 photographic converted Land Cruiser
  • Charter flight
  • Bottled water in vehicle whilst travelling
  • Personalised checklists
  • Specialist guide fees

Excludes

  • All airfares except charter flight
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Lunches and dinners on first and last day
  • All drinks
  • Optional excursions where applicable
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Note:

  • This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions at the time and other factors beyond our control.
  • Birds and mammals mentioned on this itinerary do not represent all that can be seen.  A full list of possibles appears on your checklist.

Tour ends in Nairobi on the last day of the tour. We will arrive at approximately 13h00; so evening departure flights will work well. For those who may need to overnight in Nairobi we can arrange all accommodation and transfers (at extra cost). Day rooms may be available between arriving and departing Nairobi on international flights on the final day, at extra cost. Please check with us before booking any flights.