Fancy some Coastal Tropical Birding? Then this may just be for you. Being East Africa’s largest remaining Tropical Coastal Forest, there’s no wonder so many people are flocking here! Arabuko-Sokoke Forest has been ranked by BirdLife International as the second most important forest for bird conservation on mainland Africa. More than 230 bird species are recorded, including nine globally threatened species. Sustainable Birding has never been so important so join us on one of our Kenya birding tours at Arabuko Sokoke Forest!
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is Africa’s richest forest, with an impressive list of flora & fauna. These include 310 butterfly species, 200 tree species, several primate species including the chimpanzee and Mountain Gorilla. Oh, did I mention that is has an astonishing 350 bird species? The park is rich in Albertine endemics, where it’s unlikely you’ll see them anywhere else! If you would like to see Mountain Gorillas and some incredible birds, then this is the place.
Below are a few of Ethiopia’s best birding locations. Here you can learn about each location and some of the bird species found in them. Please let us know if you would like to include any of the birding locations below, or if you’re simply unsure, then leave it to us to create you an outstanding birding itinerary based on our expert knowledge.
Who wants to be confined to 4 wheels anyway? Named for the hellacious volcanic activity beneath the park, Hell’s Gate is the one of the many few national parks in Africa that actually allows you to walk or cycle in. There’s nothing like coming face to face with a herd of zebras on a bicycle. Trust me they look a lot bigger when there’s nothing between you and a striped beast other than your bicycle! With spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, huge rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and kettle-like plumes of geothermal steam, there’s a lot this place has to offer. And the best part, is that the birdlife is spectacular! From the exquisite Superb Starling to the all impressive Verreaux’s Eagle, there’s a lot of birding to keep you occupied. If you’re up for an adventure and don’t mind a little exercise then this tour is for you. Join us on one of our Kenya birding tours at Hell’s Gate National Park!
Jinja, aka ‘The Source of the Nile, is where the mighty River Nile formed. It’s a wonderful place to visit on one of our Uganda birding tours. Some of the birding highlights include the Great Blue Turaco, Rock Pratencols, Giant Kingfisher, African Open-billed Stork & Green-backed Heron to name a few. We organise birding boat-trips along the River Nile, so you can get up and close to the stunning birdlife!
Saving one of the best for last, the beautiful Kakamega Forest Reserve is a birder’s dream. One of the last remaining ancient forests of East Africa, this beautiful forest holds a wide array of birdlife. It’s one of the last remaining birding locations in Kenya where you can find the spectacular Great Blue Turaco, and is also home to one of world’s smartest birds but now unfortunately endangered, the African Grey Parrot! Join us on one of our Kenya Birding Tours at Kakamega Forest!
Called ‘The Primate Capital of the World’, Kibale National Park, is one of the world’s best primate parks. The park holds a population of 1450 chimpanzees and 13 species of primates overall. The birdlife is great as well, with a bird list of 335 species, thanks to the nearby Bogodi Wetland Sanctuary! A trip to Kibale is a must for any birder visiting Uganda.
Renowned as ‘The True African Wilderness’, Kidepo Valley does live up to it’s name. Due to the park being less accessible, it is one of Uganda’s least visited parks. However, don’t let that put you off, as this means is you get to reap in all the benefits due it’s isolation! It has the largest herds of Cape Buffalo in Africa, whilst boasting Lion, Leopard & Elephant. The best part though, for us birders, is of course, the birdlife. It holds a handful of Uganda’s rarest species such as the Black-breasted Barbet & Karamoja Apalis!
Kenya’s lakes are world renowned as the best birding spots in the world. In fact, Lake Baringo holds of the most amount birds counted in one area in one given time, and over a million flamingo have been recorded at Lake Bogoria National Reserve! Got your attention now? Join us on one of our Kenya birding tours at Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria National Reserve!
Lake Mburo offers not only great game viewing but fantastic birding opportunities. It has diverse savanna species that overlap from Tanzanian border, as well as many wetland species. Highlights include African Finfoot, White-backed Night Heron, Giant Kingfisher, Striated Heron, Rufous-bellied Heron & Pel’s Fishing Owl to name a few. Join us on one of our Uganda birding tours at Murchison Falls National Park 🙂
The World Famous Lake Naivasha has an abundance in Wildlife and Birdlife alike, and being just an hour and a half away from Nairobi, it’s no wonder why this stunning lake is so popular! It’s the most productive of all the Rift Valley lakes, so you can only imagine how much this place has to offer. This place is a birding spot not to be missed. With over 400 species of birds known from the area, we promise you a unforgettable Kenya Birding Tour. Join us on one of our Kenya Birding Tours at the beautiful Lake Naivasha!
Lake Nakuru National Park is renowned as the ‘Birdwatcher’s Paradise’, and was the first national park in Africa to be set up with an avian conservation objective. Up to a million flamingos have been recorded in this park depending on their regional migration! Along with many bird species, it’s also a great game park, where a particular highlight is the rare and endangered Black Rhino. Join us on one of our Kenya birding tours at Lake Nakuru National Park!
This place needs no introduction. The world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, regarded as 7th wonder of the world, is home to an abundant of amount of big game and predators with rolling savannah to make your jaw drop. With over 560 bird species, from the Southern Ground Hornbill to the largest flying bird in the world, the Kori Bustard, there’s plenty to get your binoculars misty! Join us on one of our Kenya Birding Tours at Masai Mara National Reserve!
This small but beautiful park enjoys a magnificent setting on the northern slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. Two rare primates are found here – the Mountain Gorilla and Golden Monkey. This park offers a unique Batwa Forest birding experience with highlights including Rwenzori Turaco, African Hill Babbler, Kivu Thrush, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Dusky’s Crimsonwing, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Chubs Cisticola, Mountain Buzzard, Regal Sunbird and the Blue-headed Sunbird.
Mount Elgon is one of Africa’s oldest volcanic mountains and has fantastic birdlife. If offers beautiful vistas, numerous caves and cascading waterfalls. The park contains a staggering 240 plus bird species, with highlights including the Purple Grenadier, Jameson’s Firefinch, Red-fronted parrot, Egyptian Vulture, Ayere’s Hawk-eagle, Yellow-spotted Petronia, White-breasted Cuckoshrike and Red-fronted Barbet.
Fancy some altitude birding to see some very special birdlife? Then we certainly recommend adding the iconic Mount Kenya on one of our Kenya birding tours. The scenery surrounding this designated World Heritage Site is truly breathtaking, with its pristine wilderness of lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs, high altitude adapted plains game, unique montage and alpine vegetation and a massive selection birdlife of and wildlife alike – this park truly a World Wonder. Join us on one of our Kenya birding tours at Mount Kenya National Park!
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