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8 Days Rift Valley and Western Kenya Birding Safari

8 Days Rift Valley and Western Kenya Birding Safari

Highlights:

This is an 8 days safari into Kenya’s best bird watching regions. You start from Nairobi then proceed to the Kenya’s Rift Valley and then to Lake Victoria and end at Nairobi on the last day. You will stay in Kenya’s top lodges while on this safari. You will use a 4x4 vehicle during this safari.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi- Naivasha- Nakuru

Met at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta international airport by our tour manager, briefed on your safari and then drive to Naivasha and Nakuru having a stop over at view point to view the magnificent Gregory Rift Valley. View birds that inhabit Lake Naivasha, the highest rift valley lake in Kenya. The lake has over 350 species of birds. Look for flocks of cormorants, kingfishers, and pelicans among other species of birds. As a better option, take a boat ride as you watch the birds. Lunch enroute. Proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park.

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru Game DriveLake Nakuru on the Floor of the Rift-Valley; here we will see the spectacular gathering of lesser Flamingoes in there hundreds of thousand together with an abundance of other water birds like the Western Reef Heron, Lesser Jacana, and black-headed Gull. We will also look for Acacia forest species, including Green-wood Hoopoe, Hildebrandt’s and Coqui Francolins, Rufous-naped and Fawn-colored Larks, scarce Grey-crowned Helmet-shrike, Arrow-marked Babbler, Bearded Woodpecker, Mottled swift and White-shouldered Cliff Chat. On the baboon cliff we shall be on the lookout for fox Kestrels and other species of falcons.

Check in Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge or Lake Nakuru Lodge for dinner and overnight on full board basis.

Day 2: Full day at Lake Nakuru

Early morning breakfast, followed by full day game viewing and bird-watching .Lake Nakuru national park is a world well known habitat for birds as flamingoes flock here in thousands feeding on crustaceans and small animals that in habit the lake as well as the algae. The flamingoes are accompanied by other species of birds including the gregarious white pelicans ‘fishing’, geese, jacanas, secretary birds, fish eagles and the vulturine fowls found in the bushy and forest parts of the park among other birds.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at the Lake Nakuru lodge or Sarova Lion Hill on full board basis.

Day 3: Lake Nakuru – Lake Baringo & Lake Bogoria

Have an early game viewing, followed breakfast. Mid morning at leisure. Have lunch and drive to Lake Baringo. Lake Baringo is one of the flesh water lakes on the floor of Kenya Rift Valley. Watch out for the red bishop, the solitary pink backed pelicans, fish eagles among other bird.

Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria

From Lake Nakuru we head North-west towards the fresh water Lake Baringo, with a stopover near the Menengai crater and here, we find the Brown Parisoma and Brown Snake-Eagle in these farm lands. At Lake Baringo and its environs, we search for rare species restricted to the north-western part of the country including Hemprich’s and Jackson’s Hornbills, Heuglin’s Courser, Nubian Nightjar, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Northern Grey Tit, Gambaga flycatcher, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, Beautiful Sunbird, Bristle-crowned Starling, Jackson’s Golden-backed, Little and Northern Masked Weavers. In the evening we visit several sites looking for Verreaux’s and Spotted-Eagle Owls, as well as the White-faced Scops Owl.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo country club.

Day 4: Full Day Birding Activities at Lake Baringo.

After breakfast, have a full day birding activities as Lake Baringo has a multitude of birds. 400 species have been recorded here. Have an experience of bird watching on foot or by boat. Have lunch at the country club.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Baringo Country Club.

Lake Baringo IslandDay 5: Travel to Kakamega, sight seeing en route.

Travel to Kakamega after breakfast and sight see enroute. Lunch enroute. Check in at Rondo Retreat in Kakamega forest.

Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat Resort.

Day 6: Full Day - Birding Activities at Kakamega Forest

After breakfast, have full day birding activity at Kakamega forest with a picnic lunch. The forest is well known for diversity of birds. There are 367 species of birds that have been recorded here.

Kakamega Forest

In this Western part of Kenya, the remnant Congolese rainforest has species which are found nowhere else in Kenya. This includes Blue-headed Bee-eater, African Broadbill Toro Olive, and Shelley’s Greenbuls, Grey-throated Barbet, Chapin’s flycatcher, Black-faced Rofous Warbler, Veillot’s Black Weaver, Uganda Woodland Warbler Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Chubb’s Cisticola, Brown-throated Wattle-eye among others. We will venture further field outside the forest for some more western specialties like Rock Pratincole, White-chinned Prinia, Marsh Widowbird, Black Bishop, Red-headed Lovebird, Green Crombec, Red-chested Sunbird, Purple Starling, Locust Finch, Zebra Waxbill, Brown Twinspot, Bar-breasted Fire finch and be on the lookout for rare Speckled-breasted Woodpecker and Bedouin Snake-eagle.

Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat.

Kakamega Forest Be EaterDay 7: Kakamega – Dunga beach – Kericho

After breakfast do the last bird watch at Kakamega forest. Have lunch and do birding at Dunga Beach on Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria – Dunga Beach

Bird species found around Lake Victoria but rarely if ever seen anywhere else in Kenya include the Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Blue Swallow, Swamp Flycatcher, Greater Swamp-warbler, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Caruthers' Cisticola, Papyrus Gonolek, Red-chested Sunbird, Red-headed Quelea, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Black-throated Seedeater and the Papyrus Canary.

Later drive to Kericho for dinner and overnight at Kericho Tea Hotel.

Day 8: Nairobi – Departure

Early morning birding at the arboretum, drive to Nairobi after lunch. Check in Nairobi a Nairobi hotel for your Day room. Dinner at carnivore. Depart for JKIA for your outbound flight.

Cost: Please request us for the current rate using the "Make A Reservation" link below.

Cost Inclusions:-

  • Transport based on a safari minibus / 4x4 Land cruiser with 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, drinks both alcoholic and non – alcoholic.

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