15-DAYS KENYA WILDLIFE AND BIRDING SAFARI

15-DAYS KENYA WILDLIFE AND BIRDING SAFARI SUMMARY

This 15-days Kenya Wildlife and Birding Safari will take you to Mt. Kenya, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo, Lake Victoria and Masai Mara. Wildlife viewing in these parks is indeed rewarding. You will experience culture of the local Maasai Community. Apart from Kenya being one of the world’s most authentic wildlife safari destination, valued for its national parks, game reserves, conservancies and forest protected areas, Kenya is still named as a bird watcher’s paradise. The combination of these natural endowments in this country is also a key driver for anyone who wishes for an integral safari or for high value research and wildlife / birding experience. Guests will therefore have the opportunity to explore wildlife and birds on this tour. This tour contribute to the conservation of local birds and wildlife.

With a good all year round bird watching expedition experience, Kenya’s bird watching offer the most competitive value in Africa. The concentration and distribution statistics make bird watching in Kenya the fairest choice. Our 15-days Kenya wildlife and Birding Safari holiday incorporates a variety of rich habitats and you can expect some unrivaled birding and wildlife experiences in Kenya and the neighboring countries. Kenya has the highest species concentrations of birds on the continent and some of the most beautiful and wild birding destinations to get your ticks. 

With the safari guides who are professionally qualified ornithologists you get the opportunity to spot many different bird species. Even some rare, indigenous or endangered ones. You will also spot the famous big five game and some other rare species like the Samburu special five. They include the Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Gerenuk antelope and Somali ostrich. Finally you will be touring in a private, luxurious, safari vehicle with a knowledgeable driver guide throughout your safari. 

15-DAYS KENYA WILDLIFE AND BIRDING SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: ARRIVAL/NAIROBI

On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and later transferred to Nairobi Safari Club Hotel. Nairobi Safari Club formerly a private club for members only is the ideal place to be. 

Accommodation: Nairobi Safari Club Hotel

Nairobi Safari Club Hotel - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Nairobi Safari Club Hotel - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: NAIROBI TO MOUNT KENYA

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and drive through lush coffee and tea plantations to the Serena Mountain Lodge in the Mount Kenya region. Mount Kenya is rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. Be on the look out for birds and wildlife that inhabit this park.

Accommodation: Serena Mountain Lodge

Serena Mountain Lodge - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya     Serena Mountain Lodge - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: MOUNT KENYA TO SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

You will have an early breakfast and depart for Samburu National Reserve. Samburu National Reserve is remote, hot and arid. The reserve spans over 165 square kilometres of spectacularly scenic landscape featuring rugged hills, undulating plains and riverine forests. After checking in guest will have lunch awaiting an afternoon game drive. On this drive you will have the opportunity to spot animals and birds that inhabit this reserve including the Samburu Special five animals.

Accommodation: Ashnil Samburu Camp

Ashnil Samburu Camp - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Ashnil Samburu Camp - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: FULL DAY SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Guest will still spend one more day exploring the fascinating Samburu National Reserve. Early morning and afternoon game drives give you the chance to view some of the world’s most spectacular and exciting terrain. Enjoy this time spent game viewing particularly the chance to see the “Samburu Five”: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Somali ostrich and the long-necked antelope. You will also sport birds such as Acacia tit, Chestnut Sparrow, the Somali Ostrich and the Somali bee-eater. You may also opt to visit a nearby cultural area.

Accommodation: Ashnil Samburu Camp

Ashnil Samburu Camp - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Ashnil Samburu Camp - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: SAMBURU TO ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK

You will wake up to a nice breakfast and depart for Aberdare National Park. Aberdare is an amazing highland safari area featuring mountains, lush forests and steep ravines teeming with the best of Africa’s varied wildlife including the majestic elephants and rhinos. This area is made up of the Abedare Mountain Range, which forms part of the eastern side of the Great Rift Valley as well as a vast savanna covered moorland plateau. Check in at your hotel. After checking in guest will have lunch and go on an afternoon game drive.

Accommodation: The Ark Lodge

The Ark Lodge - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya   The Ark Lodge - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: ABERDARE TO NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. Arrive in time for lunch. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon game drive around the park. Lake Nakuru National Park is among Kenya’s popular and finest national parks. It is mostly renowned for its conservation efforts towards the endangered black and white rhinos. Lions, waterbucks, buffalos, and baboons are all residents here. It’s also famous for its millions of pink flamingos lining the shores of Lake Nakuru.

Accommodation: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge Nakuru - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge Nakuru - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: NAKURU TO LAKE BARINGO

We will have early breakfast and spend morning hours in Lake Nakuru National park. More bird possibilities include Hamerkop, Cape and Hottentot Teals, Tawny Eagle, Kittlitz’s Plover, Red-chested and Klaas’ Cuckoos, Nyanza Swift, Greater Honeyguide, White-browed Robin-chat, Arrow-marked Babbler, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, Ruppell’s Glossy-starling, and Golden-breasted Bunting. We will later depart to the next destination which is lake Lake Baringo. Here the combination of a large lake in semi-desert country and the nearby Baringo cliffs provide the perfect habitat for a great diversity of bird life.

Accommodation: Lake Baringo Soi Lodge.

Soi Safari Lodge, Lake Baringo - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Soi Safari Lodge, Lake Baringo - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8: LAKE BARINGO RESERVE

After breakfast head out for a full day in Lake Baringo Reserve. Specialities in this area are Dark Chanting-goshawk, Heuglin’s Courser, Northern White-faced Owl, Greyish Eagle-owl, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Jackson’s and Hemprich’s Hornbills, Black-throated Barbet Somali Tit, Beautiful Sunbird, Bristle-crowned Starling, Golden-backed and Little Weavers, Northern Masked-weaver and Northern Red Bishop. Other possibilities in the area include Lanner Falcon, Verreaux’s Eagle, Blue-naped Mousebird, Madagascar. Lake Baringo has a rewarding bird wating opportunities.

Accommodation: Lake Baringo Soi Lodge

Soi Safari Lodge, Lake Baringo - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Soi Safari Lodge, Lake Baringo - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: LAKE BARINGO TO KAKAMEGA FOREST RESERVE

Check out at the hotel after breakfast early in the morning and head out to Kakamega National Reserve. Kakamega forest avi fauna is unique not only nationally, but continentally. Several species have isolated, rellict here include; Ansorge’s Greenbul, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Chapin’s Flycatcher and Turner’s Eromomela.

Accommodation: Lamanis Haven

Lamanis Haven - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Lamanis Haven - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10: KAKAMEGA FOREST NATIONAL RESERVE

This day guests will spend the whole day in Kakamega Forest to explore more. the remnant of the Guineo-Congolian Equatorial forest that stretched across all Central Africa. This wonderful forest is home many mammals including Bush Pig, Giant Forest Hedgehog, Colobus monkey, Debrazza Monkey and Pottos, among other; but of course, it’s most famed for it’s beautiful array of birdlife. Some of the birds to be seen here include the Blue-headed Bee-eater, Ross’s Turaco, Turner’s Eremomela and the endangered (due to the illegal pet trade) Grey Parrot. It’s also home to the gorgeous Great Blue Turaco.

Accommodation: Lamanis Haven

Lamanis Haven - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Lamanis Haven - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11: KAKAMEGA FORST TO LAKE VICTORIA IN KISUMU

This morning guest will have early breakfast and depart for Kisumu on the north eastern shore of Lake Victoria where we will search for the specialities of the area, some of which are found only in the papyrus swamps surrounding this great lake. Species you are likely to see are African Open bill and Papyrus Canary. 

Accommodation: Acacia Premier Hotel Kisumu

Acacia Premier Hotel, Kisumu - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Acacia Premier Hotel in Kisumu - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12: KISUMU TO MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

From Lake Victoria we will proceed to the Masai Mara Game Reserve in south-western Kenya. Here guest will find a wide variety of bird life, as well as some of the most spectacular mammals on the continent. Birds that can be expected in this area of the Mara are Rufous-bellied Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Coqui and Red-necked Francolins, Grey Crowned-crane, Temminck’s Courser, Wattled Lapwing, Ross’ and Schalow’s Turaco, Malachite and Woodland Kingfishers, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Rufous-chested Swallow, Familiar Chat, Silverbird, Red-faced, Trilling and Tabora Cisticolas, Green-capped Eremomela, Black-crowned Tchagra, Hildebrandt’s and Violet-backed Starlings and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting.

Accommodation: Masai Mara Sopa Lodge

Masai Mara Sopa Lodge - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Masai Mara Sopa Lodge - Kichaka Tours and Travel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 13: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Guest will wake up to a nice breakfast and then proceed on a full day of game viewing within the reserve with picnic lunch. The landscape here is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills. The reserve is the best park for game viewing in Kenya as it has an extensive road and track network that allows for close range viewing and photography.

Accommodation: Masai Mara Sopa Lodge

Masai Mara Sopa Lodge - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Masai Mara Sopa Lodge - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 14: MASAI MARA TO LAKE NAIVASHA

Guest will have a nice breakfast and pack up to depart to Lake Naivasha which is the highest of the Great Rift Valley Lakes and despite having no outlet, it is one of only two Rift Valley freshwater lakes. This beautiful lake is fringed by papyrus and acacia trees, a unique geologic landscape and supports a vast array of over 450 bird species. It serves as the main drinking hole for wildlife in the area such as zebra, eland, hippo, waterbuck, buffalo and much more. After checking in, you will go for an afternoon game drive before dinner.

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya    Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort - Kichaka Tours and Travel Kenya

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 15: LAKE NAIVASHA TO NAIROBI

After breakfast, drive to Nairobi. Lunch will be served at the famous carnivore “beast of a feast” restaurant, where a variety of meats including ostrich, crocodile and camel are roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the decor are outstanding. The restaurant also caters for vegetarians with wide variety of array to choose from. After this you will be transferred to your hotel or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ready for home-bound flight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

 

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TOTAL COST OF TOUR:

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Pick up and drop offs at the airport/hotel.
  • Meals as stipulated within the itinerary
  • Transport by safari van with a pop up roof.
  • Park entrance fees and vehicle park fees.
  • Full board accommodation on safari.
  • Emergency evaluation medical cover.
  • Lunch at carnivore on the last day.

 

COSTS EXCLUDE:

  • Tips & gratitude.
  • Soft drinks & local beers.
  • Extra deviation from activities from itinerary.
  • Balloon ($400 per person).
  • Village visit ($20 per person).

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