Pack your bags and don’t forget to bring your sunnies, because we’re off to the sunny Kenyan Coast on this 6 Day Kenya Birding Tour of a lifetime!

The Kenyan coast is a truly magical place, with it’s gorgeous stretches of white sand beaches, pristine tropical coral rug forests and the red stained lands of Tsavo. No wonder birds and people are flocking here in their thousands each year!

Join us on an 9 day coastal birding tour to some of Kenya’s best birding regions. Kenya is lucky enough to hosts a long coastline, with the Indian Ocean being it’s host. These coastal lowlands are home to some of the most unique landscapes in East Africa; and the habitats here provide for a huge array of birds species. And to top it all off, there are a huge amount of endemic mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods in great numbers and also not forgetting the wonderful plants of the region. Man, this place is truly difficult to put into words. You’ll just have to see it to believe it!

Brief Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Dakatcha Woodland

On our second day we’ll be leaving the beautiful Indian Ocean shores of Malindi to take a look at the lush woodlands of Dakatcha, where we hope to see the Kenyan endemic the Clarke’s Weaver. It’s the only place in the world where this unique weaver species nests. Our partners Nature Kenya & RSPB are working tirelessly to stop this woodland from being cleared for the Jatropha curcas crop – whose seeds produce oil which is used to make bio-diesel.

Day 2 & 3 – Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Sabaki River Mouth & Mida Creek

You’re in for treat on this one! Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve is a staggering 420 km2 coastal forest. It is the largest and most intact coastal forest in all of East Africa, with 20% of all Kenya’s bird species, 30% butterfly species and at least 24 rare and endemic bird, mammal and butterfly species! It is incredible to say the least. As well as doing some of the best birding in the world, you’ll also get the chance to cool off and go for a dip in some of the creeks too. Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear!

Day 4, 5 & 6 – Tsavo East National Park & Taita Hills

The sight of red stained elephants wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilometre long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for a unforgettable time. Tsavo really is a world wonder. Oh, and I forgot about the part with the infamous man-eating lions… but don’t worry, you’re safe with us! Tsavo is the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to large mammals and vast herds of dust with elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser kudu, gerenuk and much more. However, the prolific birdlife here is absolutely incredible, with over 500 recorded species! This place will serve you well for two days as you soak in the wildlife and birdlife alike, and you too become red from the Tsavo dust.

​After you’ve dusted yourself off, we’ll head to the beautiful Taita Hills, where we’ll finsih our tour looking for many endemic species such as the Taita White-eye, Taita Thrush and Taita Apalis. 

The endemic Sokoke Scops Owl seen on our Kenya Birding Tours
A Jackson's Hornbill seen on our Kenya Bird Photography Tours

Brief Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Dakatcha Woodland

On our second day we’ll be leaving the beautiful Indian Ocean shores of Malindi to take a look at the lush woodlands of Dakatcha, where we hope to see the Kenyan endemic the Clarke’s Weaver. It’s the only place in the world where this unique weaver species nests. Our partners Nature Kenya & RSPB are working tirelessly to stop this woodland from being cleared for the Jatropha curcas crop – whose seeds produce oil which is used to make bio-diesel.

Day 2 & 3 – Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Sabaki River Mouth & Mida Creek

You’re in for treat on this one! Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve is a staggering 420 km2 coastal forest. It is the largest and most intact coastal forest in all of East Africa, with 20% of all Kenya’s bird species, 30% butterfly species and at least 24 rare and endemic bird, mammal and butterfly species! It is incredible to say the least. As well as doing some of the best birding in the world, you’ll also get the chance to cool off and go for a dip in some of the creeks too. Don’t forget to bring your swimming gear!

Day 4, 5 & 6 – Tsavo East National Park & Taita Hills

The sight of red stained elephants wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilometre long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for a unforgettable time. Tsavo really is a world wonder. Oh, and I forgot about the part with the infamous man-eating lions… but don’t worry, you’re safe with us! Tsavo is the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to large mammals and vast herds of dust with elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser kudu, gerenuk and much more. However, the prolific birdlife here is absolutely incredible, with over 500 recorded species! This place will serve you well for two days as you soak in the wildlife and birdlife alike, and you too become red from the Tsavo dust.

​After you’ve dusted yourself off, we’ll head to the beautfiful Taita Hills, where we’ll finsih our tour looking for many endemic species such as the Taita White-eye, Taita Thrush and Taita Apalis.

Fischer's Turaco seen on our Kenya Birding Tours
The beautiful Crab Plover seen on our Kenya Birding Tours

Key Bird Species

Popular Species on this tour: Clarke’s Weaver, White-eared Barbet, Trumpeter Hornbill, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Sokoke Scops Owl, Taita Thrush, Taita White-eye

Below is a list of species likely to be encountered on this tour! –

Retz’s Helmetshrike, Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike, Little Spotted Woodpecker, Mombasa Woodpecker, Brown- headed Parrot, Black-headed Apalis, Eastern Nicator, Common Scimitarbill, Malindi Pipit, Senegal Plover, Clarke’s Weaver, Southern Banded Snake-Eagle, Lizard Buzzard, Red-tailed Ant- Thrush, Sokoke Pipit, Four-coloured Bush-Shrike, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Crested Guineafowl, East Coast Akalat, Fischer’s Turaco, Trumpeter Hornbill, Little Yellow Flycatcher, African Wood Owl, Green Barbet, Green Tinkerbird, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Plain-backed Sunbird, Amani Sunbird, Common Greenshank, Crab Plover, Grey Plover, Sooty Gull, Sanderling, Greater Sand Plover, Greater Crested Tern, Sokoke Scops Owl, African Barred Owlet and Fiery-necked Nightjar,

Sokoke Pipit, White-eared Barbet, Green Tinkerbird, Tiny Greenbul, Flappet Lark, African Golden Oriole, Golden Pipit, Bohm’s Spinetail, African Hawk-Eagle, Two-banded Courser, Somali Courser, Somali Crombec, Somali Sparrow, Red-winged Lark, Three-streaked Tchagra, Black-headed Plover, Spotted Thick-knee, Golden-breasted Starling, Shelley’s Starling, Fischer’s Starling, Tawny Eagle, Martial Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle and Eastern Paradise Whydah. Taita White-eye, Taita Thrush and Taita Apalis. Other birds will be likely too including Stripe- cheeked Greenbul, African Paradise Flycatcher, African Fish Eagle, Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark, Two-banded Courser, Cardinal Quelea, White-bellied Canary, Red-headed Weaver, Taveta Golden Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, White-headed Mousebird, Eastern Chanting Goshawk and Saddle-billed Stork.

Trevor and the gang enjoying some coastal birding on one of our Kenya birding tours
Kenya endemic species the Taita Thrush seen on our birding tours
Black-shouldered Kite on our Uganda Birding Tours and Kenya Birding Tours

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