Kenya has one of the richest Avi-faunas in Africa with around 1090 bird species recorded. At least eight of these are national endemics. Around 170 species of Kenya’s birds species are Pale arctic migrants (11 species of them with a local breeding population too), mainly from eastern Europe, Russia, the middle East and Siberia. Another 60 species migrate regularly within the Afro tropics or from Madagascar. Some 335 species are found in forest; 230 species are entirely forest dependent.
Aquila safari offer custom made itinerary based on your checklist and below is one of the most rewarding birding Safari in Kenya.
The tour begins with a drive to Gatamaiyu Forest on the eastern escarpment with birding stops across Kinangop Plateau en route to Lake Naivasha for two days of birding around the Lake, there are several bird species around Lake Naivasha. These include; White Pelican, Long-tailed and Great Cormorants, Black Crake, African Jacana, several duck species, Long-toed Lapwing, Malachite Kingfisher, Green Woodhoopoe, White-headed Barbet, Bearded and Cardinal Woodpeckers, Grey-capped and Lesser Swamp Warblers, White-fronted Bee-eater, Winding and Rattling Cisticolas, Grey-headed Bush-shrike and many more. Hirundines can be plentiful, and over half of the species in Kenya can be seen. In the evening, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl hunts along the lakeshore acacias.Over night at Elsamere Centre.
We proceed to Lake Nakuru, famed for the million flamingos usually lining the shoreline.
After an overnight at Lake Nakuru, the route goes up the western escarpment to the Molo Grassland to seek out Sharpe’s Longclaw and Aberdare Cisticola before continuing north to Lake Baringo, the only major freshwater lake in the Rift Valley and home to some 450 bird species
After some final forest birding, we will head north to the market town of Kitale. Nearby are two excellent birding localities, Kongolei and Saiwa Swamp. At Kongolei, there are several dry country birds scarce elsewhere, including Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver, Lesser Blue-eared Starling, White-crested Turaco and Brown-rumped Bunting. Saiwa is home to the Sitatunga antelope, as well as De Brazza Monkey, and is a good site for Blue-headed Coucal, Double-toothed Barbet, Hartlaub’s Marsh Widowbird, Black-throated Wattle-eye and Splendid and Purple Glossy Starlings. Overnight Alakara Hotel.
We continue south arriving at Kakamega Forest Reserve that afternoon. Kakamega Forest is Kenya’s last remaining rain forest and is home to some 75 bird species found only in western Kenya.
We proceed south toward Kisumu and Lake Victoria, with stops en route near the Uganda border to pick up some open country specialties. After a morning birding the shores of Lake Victoria, the tour continues to the Oloololo Escarpment rising above the western plains of Masai Mara. Several birds of dry forest are found on the escarpment, along with a number of mammals such as Plains Zebra, Topi, and gazelles. Two days will be spent birding and game viewing on the plains of Masai Mara with a good chance of finding Cheetah and possibly Leopard as well as Lion and many other mammals of the open plains