Let us take you on a Photographic Birding Tour of a Lifetime!
Join us, as we travel far and wide to find the the very best Birding and Big Mammal photography spots in Kenya!
This tour of Kenya has been specially crafted to allow you to enjoy Kenya’s best birding locations over 14 days, with photography being the main agenda. Loaded with national and regional endemics, this tour will engage you in a birding and photography experience of a lifetime. The locations and destinations have been selected to give you an opportunity to see some of Kenya’s best mammal and birding parks that are filled with nature’s wonders. From soda lakes, grasslands, bushland, savannah to woodland habitats – you will see incredible birdlife as well as other taxa of animals and plants. Big game will be encountered in plenty, including many rare and unique species. This tour has the intention of making you fall in love with Kenya just like we all have – a truly once in a lifetime birding photography experience that will leave your heart in Africa!
Brief Tour Itinerary
Day 1, 2, 3 & 4 – Samburu National Reserve
We kick off our very first day of the tour en route to Samburu National Reserve! Samburu is renowned as one of Kenya’s best reserves for big mammals and bird species, so this will be one to remember!
Over the next few days, we’ll spend our time relaxing as we try and get the best photos possible, where we’ll on the lookout for regional bird species such as: Somali Ostrich, Somali Courser, White-headed Mousebird, Hunter’s Sunbird, Shining Sunbird, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Somali Bee-eater, Stone Partridge,
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, African Orange- bellied Parrot, Vulturine Guineafowl to name a few.
This is a true highlight of the tour which will not be forgotten in a hurry.
Day 5 – Lake Nakuru National Park
Renowned as “Birdwatchers Paradise”. this place will, blow your feathers off! Up to a million flamingos have been recorded here at one given time. That’s a million flamingos people! It was also the first National Park in Africa to be established due to the abundance of birdlife found here The National Park also gives you the opportunity to see 4 of the ‘Big 5’, along with many other mammal species. The park is also famed for its Black Rhino population, which is unfortunately now endangered.
Day 6, 7 & 8 – Lake Baringo & Lake Bogoria National Reserve
On Day 6, we’ll head north to Lake Bogoria National Reserve that is famed for not only its dramatic volcanic hot springs but also for the Flamingo population – a staggering figure of over one million have been spotted at one time! We’ll then travel to Lake Baringo to do a spot of birding and get some well deserved rest!!
On Days 7 & 8, we’ll be birding around the stunning Lake Baringo. We’ll be heading onto the lake via a boat ride to find the trickier to spot species whilst looking out for African Fish Eagles hunting and displaying their territory calls. We’ll also, be taking you birding around the scrubland and dramatic cliffs that surround the lake in search of bird of prey such as the Dark Chanting-Goshawk, Spotted Scops Owls and Verreaux’s Eagle among many other wonderful species of this region.
Day 9 & 10 – Kakamega Forest
Days 9 & 10 are very special. You’ll be treated to one of Kenya’s last remaining pristine Ancient Forests, that is Kakamega. This place holds a ridiculous amount of birdlife that is bound to get your binoculars misty! Kakamega Forest is home to some truly awesome birdlife, which among them is the famous Great Blue Turaco! It’s also home to the majestic yet powerful Crowned Eagle which spends its days preying on the monkey species that call this wonderful forest their home.
Day 11, 12, 13 & 14 – Masai Mara National Reserve
Well, what can I say about this place? Described by many as not only the best National Reserve in Kenya, but the World! Frankly, this place has it all. From Mass Migration of Wildebeest to the Big 5. Yet, the best thing of all the birding is exceptional with over 500+ species!
*African Fish Eagle - Photo credit: Bob Longhorn
*Buff-crested Bustard - Photo credit: Bob Longhorn
Key Bird Species
Popular Species on this tour: Straw-tailed Whydah, Steel-blue Whydah, Grey Crowned Crane, African Blue Flycatcher
Below is a list of species likely to be encountered on this tour!
Somali Ostrich, Somali Courser, White-headed Mousebird, Hunter’s Sunbird, Shining Sunbird, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Somali Bee-eater, Stone Partridge, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, African Orange- bellied Parrot, Vulturine Guineafowl, Rufous Chatterer, Bateleur, Martial Eagle and Tawny Eagle.
The 120m-high cliffs, Egyptian Vulture, Ruppel’s Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Nyanza Swift Mottled Swifts, Verreaux’s Eagle, Lammergeier Eagle, Cape Eagle-owl, Mountain Wagtail, African Black Duck, Red-fronted Parrot, Jackson’s Francolin, Moorland Chat, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Black-headed Waxbill, Slender-billed Starling, Waller’s Starling, Montane White-eye, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Hunter’s Cisticola, Moorland Francolin, Mountain Buzzard, Olive Pigeon, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon and Oriole Finch, Meyer’s Parrots, African Green Pigeon, Black-and-white Mannikin and Spot-flanked Barbet, Red-fronted Parrot, Jackson’s Francolin, Moorland Chat, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Black-headed Waxbill, Slender-billed Starling, Waller’s Starling, Montane White-eye, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Hunter’s Cisticola, Moorland Francolin, Slender-billed Starling, Tacazze Sunbird, African Yellow White-eye, Montane White-eye, Crowned Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, Cape Wagtail, Peregrine Falcon and Crowned Hornbill, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Long-tailed Widowbird, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Grey-headed Gull, African Snipe, Allen’s Gallinule, Collared Pratincole, Common Teal, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Garganey, Knob-billed Duck, Maccoa Duck, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Ferruginous Duck, Lesser Jacana, Whiskered Tern, White-winged (Black) Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Sharpe’s Longclaw, Jackson’s Widowbird, Ospey, African Marsh Harrier, Reed Cormorant, Pink- backed Pelican, Pied Avocet, Blacksmith Plover, Coqui Francolin, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Black Cuckoo, African Cuckoo, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Cape Teal, Hottentot Teal and Red- billed Teal, Dusky Nightjar, Montane Nightjar, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Pink-backed Pelican, Pied Avocet, Blacksmith Plover, Coqui Francolin, Hilderbrandt’s Francolin, Black Cuckoo, African Cuckoo, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Cape Teal, Hottentot Teal and Red-billed Teal, Dusky Nightjar, Montane Nightjar, Maccoa Duck, Malachite Sunbird, White-backed Duck, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Northern White-faced Scops Owl, Shikra, Dark Chanting-Goshawk, Verreaux’s Eagle, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Heuglin’s Courser, Blue-capped Cordon-bleu, D’Arnaud’s Barbet, Black-throated Barbet, Brubru, Grey-headed Bushshrike, Jackson’s Golden- backed Weaver, Northern Masked Weaver, White-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Beautiful Sunbird, Jackson’s Hornbill, Yellow-billed Hornbill, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Northern Red Bishop, Brown- tailed Rock Chat, Mocking Cliff-Chat, Bristle-crowned Starling, Gambaga Flycatcher, White-naped Raven and Ross’s Turaco, African Blue Flycatcher, Mountain Illadopsis, Grey-winged Robin, Angola Swallow, Brown Woodland Warbler, Stuhlman’s Starling, Northern Puffback, Thick-billed Honeyguide, Black-billed Weaver, Black-collared Apalis, Black-and-white-Casqued Hornbill, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Doherty’s Bush-Shrike, Yellow-billed Shrike, Bronze-tailed Starling, Lesser Blue-eared Starling, Mottled Swift, Pale Flycatcher, Yellow-fronted Canary, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver and Green-backed Eremomela, Heuglin’s Masked Weaver, Red-chested Flufftail, Chubb’s Cisticola and Hartlaub’s Marsh Widowbird, Crowned Eagle, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Red-headed Bluebill, Uganda Woodland Warbler, White-chinned Prinia, Buff-throated Apalis, Turner’s Eremomela, Green Hylia, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Vieillot’s Black Weaver, Olive-Green Camaroptera, African Broadbill, Snowy-headed Robin-Chat, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Green-throated Sunbird, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, White-spotted Flufftail, Dusky Tit, Bocage’s Bush-Shrike, Luhder’s Bush- Shrike, Black-crowned Waxbill, White-breasted Negrofinch, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Equatorial Akalat, White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Common Wattle-eye, Jameson’s Wattle-eye, Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye, Gambaga Flycatcher, White-naped Raven Ross’s Turaco, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Double-toothed Barbet, Black-billed Barbet, Slender-billed Weaver, Greater Swamp Warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Red-chested Sunbird, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Swamp Flycatcher and Carruther’s Cisticola, Familiar Chat, Sooty Chat, Rufous-bellied Heron, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Square-tailed Nightjar, Dusky Nightjar, Schalow’s Turaco, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Red-necked Spurfowl, Red-winged Francolin, White-headed Vulture, Ruppell’s Vulture, Secretarybird, Temminck’s Courser, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Bare-faced Go-away-bird.
*African Blue Flycatcher
*Von der Decken's Hornbill - Photo credit: Bob Longhorn
*Grevy's Zebra - Photo credit: Bob Longhorn
*African Golden Weaver - Photo credit: Bob Longhorn
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