Kenya stands as one of the world’s most thrilling destinations for both birders and safari enthusiasts.
Not only renowned for the famed ‘African Big Five’ safaris and the breath-taking wildebeest migration in the iconic Masai Mara, but also for its extraordinary wealth of birdlife, boasting over 1,100 species, 10 of which are endemic. Kenya’s expansive and diverse habitats allows for such rich species diversity. From the Great Rift Valley, a geological wonder slicing through Kenya, to the serene shores of Lake Bogoria, where millions of flamingos paint the water pink with their presence.
On a 14-day tour, our bird count typically reaches around 600 species. However, on an extended 30-day tour, that count can soar to an impressive 800 species. It’s a must-visit for any birder, whether they are dedicated twitchers or casual observers—truly a dream destination. Photography opportunities abound, especially during the ‘short rains’ season from November to early December, when widowbirds, whydahs, and bishops flaunt their vibrant breeding plumages, offering remarkable photo opportunities.
Exploring the savannas, acacia scrublands, Afromontane forests, or the shores of the great lakes, and even dipping your toes in the Indian Ocean, promises an unforgettable birding experience in Kenya. Seamlessly combined with a traditional safari, the sheer abundance of wildlife makes it an integral part of the experience!
At Sustainable Birding, we don’t offer ready-made, off-the-shelf birding tours. Our approach is deeply personalised—we meticulously craft each of our tours in Kenya from scratch, ensuring every detail aligns with your unique preferences. From the savannah of the Masai Mara to the lush forests of Kakamega and the coastal beauty of Arabuko Sokoke, our team of seasoned birding experts use our comprehensive knowledge to tailor your birding holiday, guaranteeing an experience perfectly attuned to your specific requirements.
All our birding tours in Kenya are expertly guided by our passionate, knowledgeable and experienced Kenyan tour leaders. They are some of the best guides on the planet! So, give us a call or drop us an email and let’s talk Kenya!
Reasons to go on a Tailor-made Birding Tour:
Explore our selection of Scheduled Group Birding Tours in Kenya. These groups tours have been designed to fit different birding preference and time restraints. Typically, our group tours are more affordable, and allow people to meet up and make lifelong memories with fellow birders. All our group tours are small and come with an expert Tour Leader, having groups no bigger than 6 individuals, so you still get that intimate feeling and the full attention of the Tour Leader.
Please refer to our Birding Calendar for tour schedules, dates, and fixed prices.
Prime birding season in Kenya falls during the short rains of November and early December. This period showcases most species in vibrant breeding plumage, featuring captivating display behaviours of whydahs, widowbirds and bishops. Additionally, it’s when numerous Palearctic migrants make their presence felt, so the count will be high.
During Kenya’s ‘summer,’ from December to March, the entire country experiences its hottest months. Coastal regions, characterised by tropical conditions, encounter elevated humidity in April and May, although strong winds provide respite. Lowland areas remain hot but predominantly dry, contrasting with the more temperate highlands that showcase distinct seasons. Nairobi, situated at altitude, maintains a consistently pleasant climate year-round.
Near Lake Victoria, temperatures escalate significantly, accompanied by heavy rainfall. This diverse climate spectrum across Kenya offers a varied experience for travellers throughout the year.
Mosquito repellent is crucial to ward off insect bites, and taking anti-malarial tablets is highly recommended.
Equipment such as high-quality binoculars tailored for birdwatching is essential and if you have a good working camera and lens, then please bring it with you! A comprehensive field guide specific to the country’s birds, such as Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa by John Fanshawe & Terry Stevenson would be recommended.
*Remember that when you book a Kenya birding tour with us over 14 days, we will send you a new complementary field guide!
Check out our comprehensive Kit List for Kenya.
The Sustainable Birding Company is a subsidiary of Far and Wild Travel, a tailor-made tour company based in Cumbria, UK. Far and Wild Travel offer sustainable, luxury, tailor-made tour itineraries throughout Africa and around the world.