27 days Magical Birding Safari in Kenya

27 Days 26 Nights
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Join us on this 27 days Magical Birding safari in Kenya as we look out for 11% of the world’s bird population! Kenya is a true bird-watching haven and this safari exhibit is why Kenya is one of the most famous birding spots in the world. On this birding adventure, you’ll be visiting Kenya’s entire Topnotch Birding destination with the most fascinating scenery. This is drafted for the hardcore birders!

This birding watching safari is designed for you to observe the finest of Kenya’s bird species. Kenya is home to over 11% of the world’s birdlife population, so there is plenty for you to get your binoculars ready! On our 27 day Magical Kenya Birding Safari, you’ll be traversing through the southern hemisphere, and then crossing the northern hemisphere in Kenya, all while enjoying the variety of avian life and wildlife within varied conservation areas and landscapes. We have allocated enough time at each site to ensure you do not miss out on anything unless nature refuses. This bird-watching safari is fully packed with Kenyan endemic bird species, regional residents, and migrants too. Our professional bird-watching safari guides will take you to Kenya’s most popular national parks in terms of birding, as well as the lesser-known but rich locations. Our bird watching safari guides will also help you to spot, identify, observe and learn about the bird species you come across along the way. You’ll also have an opportunity to spot Kenya’s fascinating wildlife, inclusive of large and small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and arthropods, and multitudes of flora species. This is a bird-watching extravaganza not to miss and particularly designed for hard-core birders.

27 days Magical Birding Safari in Kenya Highlights;

  • Day 1: Birding Kinangop Grasslands
  • Day 2: Birding Lake Naivasha
  • Day 3 & 4: Birding Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Day 5 & 6: Birding Kakamega Forest Reserve
  • Day 7: Birding Busia Grasslands
  • Day 8-10: Birding Saiwa Swamp National Park
  • Day 11 & 12: Birding Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria
  • Day 13 & 14: Birding Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Day 15: Birding Thompson’s Falls
  • Day 16: Birding Mount Kenya
  • Day 17 – 19: Birding Samburu National Reserve
  • Day 20: Birding Nairobi National Park
  • Day 21- 23: Birding Tsavo East National Park and Transfer Taita Hills
  • Day 24: Birding Shimba Hills National Reserve
  • Day 25 – 26: Birding Arabuko Sokoke Forest and Mida Creek
  • Day 27: Birding Dakatcha Woodlands

Cost Inclusions;

  • Transport based on a tourist vehicle with a pop-up roof for game viewing.
  • Park entry fee where applicable
  • Accommodation and all meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Service of an English-speaking driver
  • Guarantee of going for this trip.
  • Game viewing drives as per the Itinerary
  • Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
  • Government taxes

Cost Excludes:

  • Tips to driver guide, porters, and hotel staff.
  • Extras at the lodges – tips, drinks, telephone bills, alcoholic
  • Kenyan Visa

Itinerary

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Day 1: Birding Kinangop Grasslands

We kick off our Magical Kenya Birding Tour in Kinangop Plateaus. This incredible ecosystem is home to some of the best Kenya’s endemic birds which are now unfortunately disappearing. These gorgeous grasslands offer so much birdlife they’ll be sure to get your binoculars misty! Starting on the lower grasslands and then gaining elevation as we go up to the edge of the Aberdare forest whilst also sampling the local wetlands for highland water birds along the way. Later that afternoon, we proceed to back Nairobi for the night as we wind up our trip and go through the many bird species we’ve encountered and also share all the wonderful photos you’ve acquired. It’ll be sad to say goodbye, but the memories will last forever.
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 2: Birding Lake Naivasha

On the second day of this birding tour you’ll get the chance to visit the wonderful Lake Naivasha. This incredible lake has an abundance in Wildlife and Birdlife alike, and being just an hour and a half away from Nairobi, it’s no wonder why this stunning lake is so popular! It’s the most productive of all the Rift Valley lakes, so you can only imagine how much this place has to offer. With over 400 species of birds known from the area, we promise you an unforgettable day!
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 3 & 4: Birding Masai Mara National Reserve

Well, what can we say about this place? Described by many as not only the best National Reserve in Kenya, but the World! Frankly, this place has it all. From Mass Migration of Wildebeest to the Big 5. Yet, the best thing of all the birding is exceptional with over 500+ species! On this birding tour, you’ll be spending two nights here, that’ll make you wanting more and more…
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 5 & 6: Birding Kakamega Forest Reserve

Day 5 and 6, on this Magical Birding Tour, are very special. We’ll be heading to the incredible Kakamega Forest. it is one of Kenya’s last remaining pristine Ancient Forests, that is Kakamega. This place holds a ridiculous amount of birdlife that is bound to get your binoculars misty! Kakamega Forest is home to some truly awesome birdlife, which among them is the famous Great Blue Turaco! It’s also home to the majestic yet powerful Crowned Eagle which spends it’s days preying on the monkey species that call this wonderful forest their home.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 7: Birding Busia Grasslands

On Day 7, we will be looking for local and interesting species around much less visited locations. This one won’t disappoint!
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 8-10: Birding Saiwa Swamp National Park

will be packed full of birding hidden gems and Kenya’s lesser visited areas. You’ll get to visit Saiwa Swamp National Park which is famed for it’s rare mammal species such as the Sitatunga Antelope, a great swamp dwelling ungulate and the Gandalf the Grey lookalike De Brazza’s Monkey! However, due to the wetland environment, the area is rich in birdlife and home to some fascinating and eye-catching species such as the African Blue Flycatcher.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 11 & 12: Birding Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria

On our of the 11th day of this epic Magical Kenya Birding Tour, we’ll be heading north to Lake Bogoria National Reserve. Lake Bogoria is famed for not only it’s dramatic volcanic hot springs but also for it’s Flamingo population – a staggering figure of over one million individuals have been spotted at one time! We’ll then travel to Lake Baringo where we’ll do a spot of birding and then get some well deserved rest!!

On your 12th day, we’ll go birding around the stunning Lake Baringo as well as going onto the lake via a leisurely boat ride to find the trickier to spot species whilst looking out for African Fish Eagles hunting and displaying their territory calls. After lunch where we’ll take you birding around the scrubland in search of interesting species of this region.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 13 & 14: Birding Lake Nakuru National Park

Renowned as the “Birdwatcher’s Paradise”, this park will blow your feathers off! Up to a million flamingos have been recorded here at one given time. That’s a million flamingos people! It was also the first National Park in Africa to be established due to the abundance of birdlife found there. Lake Nakuru National Park, also gives you the opportunity to see 4 of the ‘Big 5’ mammal species, along with many other interesting fauna.The park is also famed for it’s Black Rhino population, which is unfortunately now endangered.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 15: Birding Thompson’s Falls

On our 14th day of the birding tour, we’ll be taking you to the spectacular Thompson’s Falls where not only is there a breathtaking waterfall but there’s also as huge amount of birdlife to be seen and if luck is on our side we’ll get to encounter the elusive and beautiful Cape Eagle-owl. Make sure your binoculars are well dusted for this one!
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 16: Birding Mount Kenya

On Day 16, we’ll be birding at Africa’s second largest mountain, Mt Kenya. Expect to be blown away by engaging in some altitude birding and being immersed in one of Africa’s most unique environments with a wide array of unique species to be encountered.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 17 – 19: Birding Samburu National Reserve

On Day 17, 18 & 19 of this birding tour, we’ll be heading to Samburu National Reserve where you’ll spend the next three days. Samburu is one of the very best reserves in Africa and is actually where the settings for the films Born Free and Out of Africa. Here you’ll get the opportunity see some birding gems such as the Steel-blue Whydah and the Egyptian Vulture along with some unbelievably good game viewing! This is a true highlight of the birding tour, which will not be forgotten in a hurry.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 20: Birding Nairobi National Park

On our 20th day of the tour you’ll get a taste of Kenya’s oldest yet still very valuable National Park, the one and only Nairobi National Park! This irreplaceable park will give you a chance to experience forest, grassland, terrestrial and wetland species with over 500 species have been recorded!
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 21- 23: Birding Tsavo East National Park and Transfer Taita Hills

The sight of red stained elephants wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilometre long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for a unforgettable time. Tsavo really is a world wonder. Oh, and I forgot about the part with the infamous man-eating lions… but don’t worry, you’re safe with us! Tsavo is the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to large mammals and vast herds of dust with elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser kudu, gerenuk and much more. However, the prolific birdlife here is absolutely incredible, with over 500 recorded species! This place will serve you well for two days as you soak in the wildlife and birdlife alike, and you too become red from the Tsavo dust. After you’ve dusted yourself off, we’ll head to the beautiful Taita Hills, where you’ll find many endemic species such as the Taita White-eye, Taita Thrush and Taita Apalis.

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Day 24: Birding Shimba Hills National Reserve

On Day 24 of this Magical Kenya Birding Tour, we’ll be heading to Shimba Hills, a local protected area within the coastal region, is one of the best birding and game drive spots in the Kenyan southern end. This area is famous for hosting the Sable Antelope, one of the most beautiful ungulates in Kenya and is also home to a large population of African Elephants. Close to the Tanzanian border, this park offers the chance to see species from further south while just a short drive from Kenya’s most popular coastal spots.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 25 – 26: Birding Arabuko Sokoke Forest and Mida Creek

Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve is a staggering 420 km2 coastal forest. It is the largest and most intact coastal forest in all of East Africa, with 20% of all Kenya’s bird species, 30% butterfly species and at least 24 rare and endemic bird, mammal and butterfly species! It’s pretty incredible, I’m not going to lie to you! As well as doing some of the best birding in the world, you’ll also get the chance to cool off and go for a dip in some of the creeks too. Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear!
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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Day 27: Birding Dakatcha Woodlands

On our last day of this incredible Magical Kenya Birding Tour, we’ll be venturing into the lush woodlands of Dakatcha, in hope of seeing the endemic Clarke’s Weaver. It’s the only place in the world where this unique weaver species nests. Our partners Nature Kenya & RSPB are working tirelessly to stop this woodland from being cleared for the Jatropha curcas crop – whose seeds produce oil which is used to make bio-diesel. Seeing it on the last day would be the icing on the cake – fingers crossed! If needed we can arrange domestics flights for you back to Nairobi or you can simply relax on gorgeous white sands of Malindi whilst sipping on a cocktail!
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

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