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

Sammy Mugo has been birding since childhood and grew
up on the North- Eastern slopes of the Aberdare range.

1. - 11. May 2018
6. - 16. December 2016
23. January - 2. February 2017
4. - 14. December 2017
or any date you prefer

From volcanoes, savanna, mountain forest to lakes




Place / Activity







Arrival in Nairobi
We will greet you at JKIA and drive to Thika town for overnight.

BB Eton Hotel, Thika town






Water dam + Oldonyo Sabuk - 14 Falls
After an early breakfast we depart towards a dam serving the pinapple and  mango plantations. The place is home to a large variety of resident and  migratory water birds and waders. Thereafter you continue for a short  while and enter Oldonyo Sabuk National park. On the picnic site where  you are free to walk around you will encounter a good number of rare birds. After picnic lunch we drive slowly up the road so we can  encounter more bird species like warblers, flycatchers and sunbirds  attracted by Leonotis, Protea and Lobelia plants. Standing on top of the volcano you are on 2.145 m above sea level and surrounded by bushes and trees. On your way back to you will visit 14 Falls where you might find some herons.

FB Eton Hotel, Thika town








Purple-crested Turaco

Eastern bearded Scrub Robin






Thika - Mt. Kenya
After checking out you leave Thika town and start heading North on the Thika highway. Soon you will reach the bridge near Sagana where we stop to watch swifts and swallows sometimes hunted by a Peregrine or Lanner  falcon. A further 2 hours drive and you have reached a place called Wajee where you can find the endemic Hinde’s babbler. For lunch you will have checked in at the lodge. The afternoon is spent in the vicinity of the lodge where many different species can be found in the trees and bushes.

FB Naro Moru River Lodge
at the slopes of Mt. Kenya






Mt. Kenya
You will undertake walks in the surrounding forests and depending on the weather further up inside Mt. Kenya National park or more below. Look out for species in the canopies of the tall trees, those who hide in thickets and those who fly in the sky. The area is full of bird species.

FB Naro Moru River Lodge
at the slopes of Mt. Kenya










Yellow-whiskered Greenbul

Mountain Greenbul






Mt. Kenya - Meru National park
It is a bit a long but a very scenic drive through the Laikipia plateau  with views to Mt. Kenya and later on over the Nyambene Hills from where  you can see the Samburu mountains. You will reach the camp for lunch. The afternoon will be spent on a game drive in the park.

FB Ikweta Camp






Meru National park
The park consists of savanna intersected by rivers and their gallery  forests. On clear days you can see Mt. Kenya and the Nyambene hills. The park is home to the most Northern subspecies of Giraffes - the  Reticulated giraffe. Elephants, buffaloes, Grevy and Plain zebras, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuks, Grant gazelles, Common waterbucks, Greater and lesser kudus, lion, cheetahs, leopards and many more found a safe heaven here.
You will go for morning and afternoon game drives and spend the hot time of the day in the camp where you will also come across a good number of  species in the bushy compound.

FB Ikweta Camp










Rosy-patched bush-shrike

Blue-cheeked bee-eater






Meru - Aberdare range
The partly steep road will take you up to Meru town and once more you are  crossing the Nyambene Hills. At lunch time you reach the foot of Mt. Kenya and lunch will be at Tree Trout Restaurant. Beside birds moving  around in the tall trees you will find Black & White Colobus  monkeys. After lunch you pass a plain bordering Solio Game reserve. The Mc Kinder’s owl is a subspecies of the cape owl and threatened. You will visit a pair well guarded by Paul. Nearby on a small lake you will have the opportunity to see not often found Black ducks. It is now not far  to your accommodation.

FB Aberdare Country Club










Long-tailed Widowbird male displaying near females, Solio plains

Eastern Double-banded Sunbird






Aberdares National park - Lake Naivasha
It might still be a bit misty when you start the drive into the Aberdare  forest. But keep your eyes open, it is the home of the strong Crowned  eagle. The mountain forest is higher up replaced by bamboo followed by  podocarpus / hagenia forests. You will stop at some interesting places  and observe the typical birds of these habitats.
Once you reach the  moorland look out for Alpine chat, Mountain buzzard, Hunter’s Cisticola  and the endemic Aberdare Cisticola. After visiting Karuru Falls and  enjoying your picnic lunch box you exit through Mutubio Gate. The road  starts now descending through the various vegetation belts. The bottom  of the Great Rift valley is getting nearer and you will proceed to Lake  Naivasha.

FB Naivasha Sopa Lodge






Lake Naivasha / Hell’s Gate
In the morning you will go for a 2 hour boat ride to see water birds  and hippos.The later afternoon hours are spent in the small but idyllic Hell’s Gate National park. You return to the lodge to enjoy a great buffet in the lovely compound. Birds and maybe Black & White Colobus monkeys will visit. The large compound borders the lake and a path is constructed through the wetland. The other habitat is acacias which many birds favour.

FB Naivasha Sope Lodge











Lava tower and basalt lava walls where Nyanza and mottled Swifts fly around and Rueppel’s Griffon breed                   Schalow’s Wheat-ear






Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru National park
After breakfast you drive for about 2 hours before you reach Lake Nakuru  National park. On the way to the lodge you will already look out for  game and birds. From the lodge terrace where you will have lunch you can overlook the lake. During the afternoon game drive you will look out  for black & white rhinos, Rothschild giraffe, visit the lake with  its many Great White pelicans and other interesting water birds.

FB Lake Nakuru Lodge









Lake Nakuru - Nairobi
After  checking out you have some time left in the park before you start  driving to Lake Elementaita for lunch and a walk along the lake. On the semi island is breeding place of the Great White pelican. On the way to Nairobi you will branch off the highway to seek the threatened and endemic Sharpe’s long-claw. In the same area you might find Painted snipe, Long-tailed and Jackson’s widowbirds, Lesser jacana, Maccoa duck. Continue to the international Airport.







Price per person with minimum 4 participants








Low season May
4 participants
6 participants
Single room supplement

High season any other time
4 participants
6 participants
Single room supplement

US$ 2.390.-
US$ 2.740.-
US$    400.-

US$ 2.460.-
US$ 2.840.-
US$    455.-








  • Airport transfers
  • All overnights and meals mentionnend
  • Safari in Landcruiser with experienced and licenced driver/guide
  • Maximum 6 person in one car
  • Sammy Mugo as professional ornithological guide
  • All park entries, conservation fees
  • Rangers and local guides
  • 2 hour boat ride on Lake Naivasha
  • Mineral water in the car
  • VAT and local taxes

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Visa, personal insurances
  • Not listed services
  • Festive season and peak season supplements
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips





List of some more special birds for the different places:

Water dam near Thika town:
Little stint, Open-billed stork, Yellow-billed duck, Red-billed duck, Reed  cormorant, African spoonbill, Yellow-billed stork, Black crake, Pied kingfisher, Malachite kingfisher, Pygmy kingfisher, Eurpean bee-eater, Lesser Swamp warbler and others

Oldonyo Sabuk:
Purple-crested Turaco, Eastern bearded scrub-robin, Black cuckoo-shrike, Brown-capped weaver,  Collared sunbird, Amethyst sunbird, Black-backed puff-back, Sulphur-breasted bush-shrike, White-bellied tit, African Paradise  flycatcher - dark and white morph, Augur buzzard, Sombre bulbul, Yellow-rumped tinkerbird, Red-fronted barbet, White-headed barbet, Spot-flanked barbet, Pallid honeyguide, Grey apalis, Red-capped Robin, Ayres’s hawk eagle, Martial eagle and others

Mt. Kenya region:
Grey-headed negrofinch, Thick-billed seedeater, Brown woodland warbler, Grey  apalis, Chestnut-throated apalis, Black-throated apalis, Abbott's  starling, Narina's trogon, Tawny flanked prinia, Northern double-collared sunbird, Silvery-cheeked hornbill, Crowned hornbill, Montane oriole, Mountain greenbul, Slender-billed greenbul, Brown-capped weaver, Great sparrowhawk, Hunters cisticola, Eastern bronze-naped  pigeon, Hartlaub's turaco, Abyssinian ground thrush, Sharpe's starling, Verreaux eagle, Jacksons francolin, Red-fronted parrot, Ayres  hawk-eagle, White-headed wood-hoopoe among others.

Donaldson-Smith sparrow-weaver, White-headed buffalo-weaver, Somali bunting, Grey  wren-warbler, Nubian nightjar, Somali courser, Golden-breasted starling, Superb starling, Pygmy batis, Magpie Starling, Fischer's starling, Tiny cisticola, Vulturine and helmeted guineafowl, Golden pipit, Von der  Deckens hornbill, Jackson’s hornbill, Fawn-coloured lark, Buff-crested bustard, Abyssinian scimitarbill, Red and Yellow barbet, Palm-nut vulture, Somali ostrich, Tawny eagle, Martial eagle, Ayers Hawk eagle,  Pygmy falcon, Black-faced sandgrouse, Namaqua dove, Emerald-spotted  wood-dove, White-bellied go-away bird, Great-spotted Cuckoo, Giant  Eagle-owl, White-headed mousebird, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Somali Bee-eater, Madagascar bee-eater, Blue-cheeked  bee-eater, Yellow-throated longclaw, Little Rock thrush, Straw-tailed  whydah, Cut-throat finch, Black-cheeked waxbill, Black-headed plover amongst many other Northern Kenya and widespread species. Recorded are around 400 species.


Black-saw-wings Jackson’s and Scaly Francolins, Red-fronted parrot, Olive pigeon,  White-headed wood-hoopoe, Mountain greenbul, Crowned eagle, Ayres's hawk-eagle, Mountain buzzard, Doherty's bush-shrike, Rufous- breasted sparrowhawk, Golden-winged sunbird, Tacazze sunbird, Malachite sunbird, Hartlaub's Turaco, White-bellied and Yellow-crowned canary, Black-headed waxbill, Montane white-eye, Grey-capped warbler, Aberdare Cisticola,  Hunter’s Cisticola, Alpine Chat and many more

Lake Naivasha:
Purple Heron, Goliath Heron, Night Heron, Little Bittern, Great White Egret,  Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Reed Cormorant, Pink-backed pelicans,  Great white pelicans, Fish Eagle, Arrow-marked babbler, African jacana,  White-browed robin chat, Red-headed weaver, Tropical boubou, Malachite kingfisher, White-headed barbet, Red-chested cuckoo, Scaly-throated honey guide, Black-lored babbler

Hell’s Gate National park:
Red-winged Starlings, Schalow’s Wheat-ear, dark and white morph Augur buzzard,  Verreaux eagle,
Rüppel’s griffon, Lanner falcon, Nyanza swift, Mottled swift, Verreaux eagle owl

Lake Nakuru:
Narina trogon, Guinea pigeon, White-breasted cormorant, Grey-crested  helmet-shrike, Scarlet-chested sunbird, Coqui francolin, Long- crested eagle, Little rock thrush, Mocking cliff chat, Winding cisticola, Lanner falcon, Tawny eagle, Martial eagle, Augur buzzard, Lapped-faced vulture, Lesser and Greater flamingos, Garganey, Southern porchard,  Northern shoveler, Spur-winged goose, Brown parrot amongst others. Along the lake shore are usually large numbers of Great white pelicans,  Grey-headed gulls, Glossy ibis and waders