Birding in Kenya
It’s hard to imagine an African landscape without Kenya popping into your mind, and there’s a reason for that…
Kenya optimises what Africa is to most people – a wild and beautiful land blessed with the sort of big wildlife and birdlife most of us could never dream of (and wish we had it ourselves). Kenya’s wild landscapes truly are the non-fictional Lion King where the locals even seem to live by the famous song from the Lion King – ‘hakuna matata’, which roughly translates to ‘no worries’. And that’s exactly the kind vibes you get when you take your first step off the plane. A highly warm welcome from the locals, who will make your time here relaxed and get you to forget about your worries whilst you immerse yourself in some of the best wildlife this planet has to offer.
Not only does Kenya have the ‘African Big Five’ safaris but it’s also has an extraordinary amount of birdlife, holding a huge 1,103 plus bird species – 9 of which are endemic species. Birding in Kenya is very rewarding, where birds are bolder than you’ve ever seen before and for it not to be uncommon for one to greet you up close waiting to steal a bit of your lunch. Beware!
Join us as we take you across some Kenya’s wildest and most beautiful environments! From the red-stained soil of Tsavo East National Park to the wild and untamed land of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Kenya truly has it all!
The Sustainable Birding Company’s Professional Bird Guides work in collaboration with Nature Kenya and local guides to find the very best sites Kenya has to offer. Most of which are Important Bird Areas sites and varying in different habitats
From the beautiful highlands of the Rift Valley, gorgeous red stained drylands of Tsavo, exotic tropical coastal lowlands to the savannah grasslands of the Masai Mara. There’s so much Kenya has to offer, so join us on a Sustainable Birding and Photography Tour of a lifetime.
Nairobi National Park
Hell's Gate National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park
Mount Kenya National Park
Samburu, Shaba & Buffalo Springs
Tsavo East National Park
Masai Mara National Reserve
Kakamega Forest National Reserve, Kenya
Weather and Cimate
Being so close to the equator Kenya has a warm and tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country. Throughout the country, the hottest months, Kenya’s ‘summer’, are December to March. The coastal areas are tropical, with particularly high humidity in April and May, but tempered by high winds. The lowlands are hot but mainly dry, while the highlands are more temperate with four seasons. Nairobi has a very pleasant climate throughout the year due to its altitude. Near Lake Victoria, the temperatures are much higher and rainfall can be heavy.
Endemic Bird Species in Kenya
- William’s Lark (Mirafra williamsi)
- Hinde’s Babbler (Turdoides hindei)
- Taita Thrush (Turdus helleri)
- Taita Apalis (Apalis fuscigularis)
- Taita White-eye (Zosterops poliogaster)
- Kulal White-eye (Zosterops kulalensis)
- Tana River Cisticola (Cisticola restrictus)
- Aberdare Cisticola (Cisticola aberdare)
- Clarke’s Weaver (Ploceus golandi)
Photo credit: Bob Longhorn
Photo credit: Bob Longhorn
Conservation of birds in Kenya through the Sustainable Birding Company
“Not only do we give to local bird conservation charities after each one of our tours, we also form part of the citizen-science team for the Kenya Bird Map Project. All our birding tours contribute data to this bird atlas, where we get to contribute to the conservation of birds species within Kenya, through documenting where species occur in the country. Whilst out on our tours, our professional guides also take the responsibility to motivate local birders to join this very important project. For ecosystems and species to be conserved in a sustainable manner, everybody’s contribution is key to this very important prooject. Join us on our tours and get a chance to take part in this very interesting and important bird mapping programme. Kenya’s Birds need all our efforts”.
Book with us today and contribute to Bird Conservation!
By booking with The Sustainable Birding Company you are not only going to be actively helping the fight towards ethical and sustainable tourism, but also having the best possible birding tour imaginable. It's a win-win!
Book today and have the time of your life!