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7 Days Western Kenya Birdwatchers safari

7 days and 6 nights, Birdwatchers and walker safari

(Kisumu, kakamega, Mbita, lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Elementaita, Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara, Nairobi National Park)

Highlights: This is an exciting safari on the Western Kenya for bird trackers. This road safari will start in Busia and end in Nairobi and will give you an opportunity to visit some exciting bird haven destinations such as Kisumu city, kakamega, Mbita, lake Nakuru, lake Elementaita Naivasha, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National park. You will travel with an experienced driver/guide who knows the area very well and spend the nights in hotel in Kisumu city. You will travel in a private safari minivan with open roof for better game viewing and photography.

 Detailed Itinerary:

 Day 1: Nairobi – Kisumu

 Assuming that you arrive in the morning, you will be met by our tour guide/drive who will brief you on your safari. Depart for Kisumu stopping en-route to have lunch. Drive to Yala Swamp directly to look for birds. Drive later to Sunset Hotel Kisumu for tour dinner and overnight stay.

 Kisumu and Yala Swamp ; Along the Papyrus stands on the shores of Lake Victoria and Yala Swamps, we shall look for the three Papyrus endemics which are, Papyrus Gonolek, Warbler and Canary. Other Lake region species to see are Open-billed Stork, White winged Warbler, Swamp Flycatcher, Red-headed Quelea,  Yellow-backed Weaver, Greater-swamp Warbler, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Red-chested Sunbird, Slender-billed and Golden-backed Weavers among others

 Dinner and overnight at Sunset hotel Kisumu or similar

 Day 2: Kakamega – Kisumu

 Early morning depart for Kakamega forest for the better part of the half day, lunch will be taken in kakamega. Kakamega is a virgin tropical rainforest. It is home to a huge variety of birds (more than 300 species recorded). Casqued hornbills and Ross’s turacos and Great Blue turacos are all found here. It is the only place apart from Mt Elgon where the rare De Brazza’s monkey can be observed. Other monkey species found here are the Blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, the black and white Colobus, butterfly monkey and the blue monkey. After lunch rest you will depart for Kisumu where you will spend the dinner and overnight there.

 Kakamega Forest, in this Western part of Kenya, the remnant Congolese rainforest has species which are found nowhere else in Kenya. This includes Blue-headed Bee-eater, African Broadbill Toro Olive, and Shelley’s Greenbuls, Grey-throated Barbet, Chapin’s flycatcher, Black-faced Rofous Warbler, Veillot’s Black Weaver, Uganda Woodland Warbler Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Chubb’s Cisticola, Brown-throated Wattle-eye among others. We will venture further afield outside the forest for some more western specialties like Rock Pratincole, White-chinned Prinia, Marsh Widowbird, Black Bishop, Red-headed Lovebird, Green Crombec, Red-chested Sunbird, Purple Starling, Locust Finch, Zebra Waxbill, Brown Twinspot Bar-breasted Firefinch and be on the lookout for rare Speckled-breasted Woodpecker and Bedouin Snake-eagle.

 Dinner and overnight at sunset hotel Kisumu or similar

 Day 3: Kisumu - Mbita

 Early morning departure from Kisumu hotel to Mbita area of Lake Victoria where you will check in to Lake Victoria safari village. After late lunch in the hotel you will be taken on evening bird tracking adventure.

 Lake Victoria, Bird species found around Lake Victoria but rarely if ever seen anywhere else in Kenya include the Blue-breasted Bee-easter, Blue Swallow, Swamp Flycatcher, Greater Swamp-warbler, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Carruthers' Cisticola, Papyrus Gonolek, Red-chested Sunbird, Red-headed Quelea, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Black-throated Seedeater and the Papyrus Canary.                                                           

 Dinner and overnight at Lake Victoria safari village or similar

 Day 4: Mbita – Lake Nakuru National Park

 We will be up early and leave the hotel at around 7.00am so we can arrive at the park's entrance by in the afternoon. We will game drive looking for the elusive leopard before enjoying a brunch in the park. We will then continue on in search of black and white rhino, lion, buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelle and warthog. The Nakuru National park is famous for its introduced Rothschild giraffe and a sizeable leopard population, not to mention possibly the most incredible bird spectacle on the planet, the massive numbers of greater and lesser flamingo.

 Lake Nakuru on the Floor of the Rift-Valley; here we will see the spectacular gathering of lesser Flamingoes in there hundreds of thousand together with an abundance of other water birds like the Western Reef Heron, Lesser Jacana, and black-headed Gull. We will also look for Acacia forest species, including Green-wood Hoopoe, Hildebrandt’s and Coqui Francolins, Rufous-naped and  Fawn-colored Larks, scarce Grey-crowned Helmet-shrike, Arrow-marked Babbler, Bearded Woodpecker, Mottled swift and White-shouldered Cliff Chat. On the baboon cliff we shall be on the lookout for fox Kestrels and other species of falcons.

 Dinner and Overnight at Lake Nakuru Guest House or similar

 Day 5: Lake Nakuru - Lake Elementaita – Naivasha

 We head out in the morning after breakfast and drive through the rich Kikuyu farmland to the edge of the Rift Valley. We then ascend the escarpment and drive via Great Rift Valley view point stopping along the way for photographs. You will continue driving towards one of the Great Rift Valley fresh water lakes and at lunch time you will stop at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. The afternoon will be full of Site seeing around the lake including a visit to the Lake Elementaita

 We will drive to the beautiful Lake Naivasha and arrive in time for an evening birdwalk by the lake shore, species to see here are African Skimmer Black headed Gulls, White-winged Black Terns, Black-tailed Godwits, Gull-billed Terns Black Heron, Ringed Plovers, Common Pratincole, Black Swift, Walberg’s Honeybird, Plain Backed Pipits, Black, African, Red-chested, Diedrik, and Klaas Cuckoos. Early  the next morning we will go for an early morning drive towards the Aberdare ranges searching for some high altitude birds like, Alpine Chat, Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, Jackson’s Francolin and Mountain Buzzard. On Kikuyu Escarpment we  shall look for the endemic Sharpe’s Longclaw,  and other good ones like Wing-snapping and Levaillant’s Cisticolas,  Tullberg’s Woodpecker, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, the elusive Abbott’s and Kenrick’s Starlings and Black-fronted Bush-shrike. 

 Dinner and overnight at Cray fish camp or similar

 Day 6: Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara

 From Lake Naivasha, we make an early start to world famous Maasai Mara and here we will also find birds rarely found outside the park, they will include, Southern Ground Hornbill, Long-toed Plover Lizard Buzzard, Secretary Bird, Shelley’s Francolin, Red-necked Spurfowl, Madagascar Squacco Heron, Rofous-bellied Heron Spotted Thicknee, Red-throated Spurfowl, Magpie Shrike, Black Coucal, Little Greenbul, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Athi Short-toed Lark, Karamoja Apalis, Zitting and Rock-loving Cisticola

 Dinner and overnight at Big time camp or similar

 Day 7: Maasai Mara – Nairobi - Departure           

After breakfast you will depart Maasai Mara on schedule flight to Nairobi Wilson airport after that you are taken on half day in the Nairobi National Park before evening transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your homebound flight. Lunch will be served at famous carnivore restaurant.

 Nairobi National Park, was the first to be established in Kenya in 1946, covering an area of 117sq km it is located 10km South-west of downtown Nairobi. With over 400 species of birds recorded within its perimeter, it makes Nairobi the birdiest city in the world.  We make an early start into the part to look for Great Comorant, Southern Pochard, Knob-billed Duck, Spur-winged Plovers, White-tailed Lark, Violet-backed Starling, Grosbeak and Parasitic Weaver, Fan-tailed Warbler, Saddle-billed Storks, Purple Swamphen, Nairobi Pipit, Olive Pigeon, Zebra, Curlew Sandpiper, Common Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Lesser-spotted Eagle, Little Sparrow hawk, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Martial Eagle,  Northern Hobby, Montagu’s Harrier, Yellow Wagtail, Northern wheatear, Thrush Nightgale,  Tree Pipit, Spotted flycatcher, blackcap Warbler, Garden Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, and Red-throated Pipit. Among afrotropicals, we shall look for White Pelicans, Waxbill, Qualfinch, Teminck’s Stint, Common Snipe, Water Thicknee, Squacco Heron and Red-collared and White-winged Widowbirds.

 

Inclusion:

- All park entry fees

- Full board accommodation in a camps and hotels for 6 nights

- Services of a professional English speaking tour driver/guide

- Transport in a private safari minivan with pop up roof for game viewing & photography

- Driver allowances & park fees for vehicle & driver

- All game drives as per the itinerary

- Government taxes

 

Exclusion:

- Optional activities not included in the costs

- Extras at the camp i.e. beverages and drinks, telephone, laundry etc

- International or local flight fees and departure taxes

- Tips and gratuities 

- Personal travel insurance

- Any other item not included in itinerary

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