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As this Red-headed weaver is building its nest,
so do we build a journey around some of the best birding places.

Photos by Sammy Mugo  - your ornithological guide on this journey & Elvira Wolfer

Dates:
8. bis 20. January 2018
16. bis 29. April 2018
12. - 25. November 2017
 

 “Best of Kenya birds”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day

Place / Activity

Accommodation

 

 

 

1

Nairobi – Lake Naivasha
Departure is either from Nairobi international Airport or from a hotel in town. You cross the escarpment to get into the Great Rift Valley. Your accommodation is directly on the shore of Lake Naivasha and the flowery garden is visited by many bird species as well as black&white Colobus monkeys.
The afternoon is spent with a visit to Lake Oloiden which is just nearby and often visited by flamingos.

D/FB Naivasha Sopa Lodge

 

 

 

 

2

Lake Naivasha – Hell’s Gate National park
Early morning the 2 hour boat ride is dedicated to water birds of which you will find many and if lucky even the rare Purple Heron.
In the afternoon you enter the scenic National park Hell’s gate. Schalow’s wheatear is one of the birds you encounter frequently. The dark morph is residing beside the normal morph of the Augur Buzzard. In the basalt lava cliffs a huge colony of Rüppel’s Griffon Vultures is breeding, while Nyanza and Mottled Swifts catch insects in flight and you might spot a magnificent Verraux Eagle.

You return to Naivasha Sopa Lodge to enjoy a lovely buffet and a walk in the great compound bordering the lake.

D/FB Naivasha Sopa Lodge

 

 

 

 

3

Naivasha – Kakamega Forest
The distance is quite long, but around lunch time you will have reached the wonderful place in the heart of the forest. In the afternoon you undertake a guided walk to encounter the special species to be found in this forest: Great Blue Turaco, Double-toothed Barbet, Grey-throated Barbet, Black and white casqued Hornbill, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Joyful Greenbul, Ansorge’s Greenbul, Turners Eremomela, Chapins Flycatcher, Red-headed Bluebill, Equatorial Akalat, Bar-tailed Trogon, African Blue Flycatcher... just to name a few.

D/FB Rondo Retreat
 alcoholic drinks have
to be carried along

 

 

 

 

 

4

Kakamega Forest
Early morning when there might still be dew on the plants you start your walk on the edge and inside the forest. The hotter time of the day is spent in the compound where you also find a large variety of birds. Later in the afternoon you start walking again.

D/FB Rondo Retreat
 alcoholic drinks have
to be carried along

 

 

 

 

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DoubleToothedBarbet_Klein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey-throated Barbet, Photo Sammy Mugo

 

 

Double-toothed Barbet, Photo Sammy Mugo

 

5

Kakamega Forest – Eldoret – Kerio Valley – Lake Baringo
The road takes you up and down and you will experience hairpin bends while descending into the Kerio Valley and climbing up the Tugen Hills and down again to Lake Baringo. The route is very scenic! With the gorge down at Kerio Valley and the views from the Tugen Hills. You will reach the camp for late lunch and there will be time for an evening walk.

D/FB Tumbili Camp

 

 

 

 

6

Lake Baringo
2 hour Boat ride and walks.... to encounter the excellent birding area. You might find the Northern masked Weaver, the pale morph of the African paradise Flycatcher, Pearl spotted Owlet, African scops Owl, Slender tailed Nightjar, Northern Bishop, Mouse coloured Penduline Tit, Heuglins Courser, Pale Prinia, Darter, Purple Heron, Fish Eagle and many more..

D/FB Tumbili Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perlkautz_klein
Schlangenhalsvogel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pearl-spotted owlet

 

 

Darter

 

7

Lake Baringo – Lake Bogoria – Nakuru
The road is heading south and descending to Lake Bogoria. This is one of the soda lakes where lesser and some Greater flamingos are feeding since several other lakes like Lake Nakuru have become too diluted. You have picnic lunch with you so that you can stay until early afternoon when it is time drive the 3 hours to Nakuru Town for overnight.

D/FB Sentrim Elementaita Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flamingosauffliegend

 

 

8

Nakuru – Aberdares National park
You follow the East African Highway until Naivasha and start ascending towards the Aberdare range. Scenic views into the Great Rift Valley while passing several vegetation belts. On the high altitude grass land you search for the endemic Sharpe’s longclaw. You will visit the impressive Karuru Waterfall and drive through the Tussock grass area where you can find the Aberdares Cisticola and the Alpine Chat. While descending on the Northern Site have an eye and ear open for the Red-fronted Parrots, various Sunbirds, Crowned Eagle, Jackson’s Francolin, Black Saw-wings and many more. Later in the evening you exit the park for your overnight. From the lodge you can see Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare Range.

D/FB Aberdares Country Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preussnektarvogel

 

HuntersCisticola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern double-collard Sunbird, Photo Sammy Mugo

Hunter’s Cisticola

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Aberdares – Meru National park
The journey takes you through fertile agricultural land passing the Western side of Mount Kenya and crossing over the Nyambene Hills from where you can see the Samburu mountains. You are now entering a drier part of Kenya, Commiphora- Acacia bush land where you find dry area species. Later in the afternoon you will search for them and you might get to see birds wider spread in Kenya like Palmnut Vultures, Vulturine and Helmeted Guinea fowls, Rufous-crested Bustard, Pink-breasted Lark, Donaldson’s sparrow Weaver, Pygmy Falcon, Grey Wren- Warbler, Nubian Nightjar, Von der Deckens and Jackson’s Hornbill, Golden-breasted Starling, Bare-eyed Thrush, Somali Bee-eater, Black-headed plover, Hartlaub’s Bustard, Somali ostrich among many others.

D/FB Ikweta Safari Camp

 

 

 

 

10 + 11

Meru National park
You spend 2 full days with morning and afternoon game drives or a full day trip to the Adamson falls. The gallery forest framing the Rivers and the open, hilly savannah accommodate different species. You will explore both different habitats. Game drives will concentrate on birds but we will also find big game like, Gerenuks, Grevys zebras, leopards, lions, elephants, Beisa oryx and others.

D/FB Ikweta Safari Camp

 

 

 

 

 

Schwarzbauchnektarvogel
Pygmy Falcon Klein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black-bellied Sunbird

 

Pygmy Falcon, Photo Sammy Mugo

 

12

Meru – Mount Kenya
The road is climbing towards the foot of Mt. Kenya. It takes around 4 hours and you will be surrounded by mountain forest. Later in the afternoon you will walk in the area in search of the various bird species inhabiting this area; Wallers Starling, Eastern naped Pigeon, Chestnut-throated & black-throated Apalis, Hartlaubs Turaco, Mountain Greenbull, Brown woodland warbler, Hunters and Chubbs cisticola, African hill babbler....

D/FB Serena Mountain Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Starroetel_Klein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey-headed Negro Finch

 

White-starred Robin

 

 

 

 

 

13

Mount Kenya – Nairobi
The early morning starts with a walk to listen and spot birds. Before noon you start heading to Nairobi with lunch on the way. The endemic Hinde’s babbler lives at Wajee Nature park and you will interrupt your journey to look for it. Further program according to your flight schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

January price 2018 per person with 4 participants
6 participants
Single room supplement

April price 2018 per person with 4 participants
6 participants
Single room supplement

November price 2017 per person with 4 participants
6 participants
Single room supplement

US$ 3.700.-
US$ 3.200.-
US$    595.-

US$ 2.975.-
US$ 3.470.-
US$    400.-

US$ 3.560.-
US$ 3.050.-
US$    550.-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Overnights and meals according to program
  • Safari in Landcruiser or Landrover with experienced safari driver
  • Sammy Mugo as ornithologist
  • All park entry fees and local guides
  • Boat rides
  • Local Taxes and VAT

 

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Visa, personal insurances
  • Not listed services
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips