Kenya Birding Tours
Kenya! This is truly one of the planet’s most exciting countries for birds as well as for big game (along with all the small mammals, of course). On a three-week birding tour to Kenya you can see 550 to 750 bird species (we usually don’t race, and we like to spend adequate time with each species, so we don’t try to pad our list with lots of “glimpse only” or “heard only” birds, but we usually do see well over 600 bird species). While accumulating a humongous bird list (and enjoying the birds seen rather than racing from one bird to the next) you’ll also be able to enjoy Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Blue Wildebeest (on migration in the Masai Mara if your tour is timed right when these beasts haven’t crossed the Tanzania border into the Serengeti), African Elephant, Hippopotamus, Giraffe, Plains Zebra, and more.
Habitats change rapidly in Kenya. Everything is so compact, and in the course of a single morning you can find yourself birding in a semi-arid area inhabited by African megafauna, bustards and more, in an evergreen Afro-montane forest with the scarlet wings of an otherwise mainly bright green turaco adding vivid color to the scene, and in a chilly highland grassland looking for Sharpe’s Longclaw and Aberdare Cisticola. From Kakamega Forest (one of Africa’s most legendary birding forests, where Turner’s Eremomela, beautiful wattle-eyes and possibly even (African) Grey Parrot (although this is much more easily seen on our West African bird tours), to the hyper-saline, flamingo-filled Great Rift Valley Lakes such as Lake Naivasha with the famous Elsamere Conservation Centre and Elsamere Lodge on its banks, Lake Nakuru, Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, and the others, you’ll see birds, birds, and more birds in incredible Kenya!