Birding tours in Kenya provides an opportunity to witness the many different bird species found in the country. Kenya is home to some of the best hotspots that are used for various birding experiences. One of the most visited countries of Africa as it is renowned for its Safari opportunities. A country that is famed for not only its Big Game animals in a relatively comfortable climate but also has an extensive bird list and an increasing eco-tourism industry geared to birders.
The different areas that are home to some of these majestic birds include the Meru National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara, Kakamega Rainforest and Lake Victoria Region, just to name a few. The Rift Valley Lakes are quite famous for their birding offers and are home to the famed flamingos that are quite the pink sight for sore eyes.
Over 1100 bird species have been recorded in the country, and it is possible to see well over a half of these without undue effort within three or four weeks. Birding is an exercise that requires both patience and concentration so that you do not miss any part of the excitement.
In the west, there are remnants of the rainforest which used to stretch all the way to the west coast, as well as the shores of Lake Victoria, with their once-extensive papyrus beds. The Rift Valley cuts a swathe through the centre of the country, with sometimes towering cliffs, shrouded in forest, on either side. In the valley itself are the great safari plains, open in the south, and acacia-wooded in the north, with numerous lakes in between, of both fresh and soda water. The Central Highlands rise to the east of the Rift, with the Aberdare and Mount Kenya cloaked in forest, which gives way to afro-alpine moorland towards the peaks, which provide the sight of snow on the equator. The descent to the coast is mainly acacia woodland, and finally, the coast itself is a mosaic of estuary, palm and mangrove fringed beaches and creeks, and behind these, the remnants of coastal rainforest, home to numerous endemic and near-endemic species.
The variety of birdlife is enhanced by its visibility. Vibrant Sunbirds flit from tree-to-tree, Weavers build their incredible variety of nests in the open, the Starlings shine, resplendent Widowbirds dance in the air, and bright Turacos are strangely camouflaged in the trees. Kingfishers, Rollers, Bee-eaters, Hornbills, Barbets and Woodpeckers are present in many varieties, and for a greater challenge, the Cisticolas and Greenbuls provide just that. Overhead, the sky is alive with a variety of Swifts and Swallows, and raptors are plentiful. Ground birds include several Bustards, Larks, Pipits and Gamebirds, and the cast is not complete without the wonderful sight of tens of thousands of Lesser Flamingos on the soda lakes, and the world’s largest bird, the Ostrich. The avian jewels found within the country are a large number and cannot all be mentioned in one go although the substantive amounts of birds to be seen are incomparable.