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Kenya Birding: Lakes, Rainforests + Masai Mara


KPL10N
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,895
International flights quoted separately
Kenya provides sanctuary to over 1,000 different bird species - 11% of all birds worldwide. It offers a wide array of habitats varying from semi-arid regions to the salt waters of Lake Nakuru, freshwater Lake Baringo, Kakmega rainforest & the open grasslands of Masai Mara. Travel with your own guide & discover this amazing birdlife first hand. English speaking birding guide, all transfers & game drives included.
Birding Holidays Kenya Guide Bird Watching Lake Victoria Baringo Kakamega
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Lake Nakuru
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Flamingos
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Lake Borgoria geysers
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Lake Baringo
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Boat Ride
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Kakamega Rainforest
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Primates
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Lake Victoria
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Masai Masa
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Big-5 Game Drives
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Lake Nakuru
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Flamingos
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Lake Borgoria geysers
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Lake Baringo
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Boat Ride
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Kakamega Rainforest
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Primates
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Lake Victoria
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Masai Masa
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Big-5 Game Drives
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport by your guide and transferred 3-hours to Lake Nakuru in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, travelling in a safari minibus with pop-up roof for game viewing.
 
A soda lake on the floor of the Rift Valley, at certain times of the year Lake Nakuru is home to many flamingos and over 400 different bird species. The lake is also a haven for certain endangered species including the Rothschild giraffe and black and white rhino.
 
Time permitting, enjoy an afternoon game drive into Lake Nakuru National Park.
Day 2
Today explore the bird and animal life of beautiful Lake Nakuru.
  
With over 400 species of birds in its shallow salt waters including pelicans, marabou storks and flamingos at certain times of the year, a wonderful day of birding is assured.
 
Lake Nakuru National Park also offers sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife including a significant population of rhino, giraffe, large herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, monkey, baboon, lion, thompsons gazelle, impala and ostrich.
Day 3
A full day on the road today as we travel 3-hours from soda Lake Nakuru to freshwater Lake Baringo, one of the most northern of the Great Rift Valley lakes that lies off the beaten track in a hot and dusty setting.
 
We stop at saline Lake Borgoria with its hot springs and geysers. Lake Borgoria has no fish, but is rich in blue-green algae on which thousands of flamingos feed - adding colour to the lake and turning it pink. You may see kudu, buffalo, zebras, dik dik and impala in the surrounding bushy grasslands.
Day 4
Today enjoy outstanding birding around Lake Baringo, a freshwater lake fed by several rivers but with no obvious outlet as its waters seep through the faulted volcanic bedrock. It is a critical habitat for over 470 species of birds, including many migratory waterbirds.
 
The lake provides excellent opportunities for foraging and feeding and is home to a significant number of waders such as saddle-billed storks, herons, egrets, plovers, comorants, swamp-hens and sandpipers. You can see the enchanting African fish eagle feeding in the lake and there is a goliath heronry located on a rocky islet known as Gibraltar. The lake is also home to many crocodiles and hippos.
 
An early morning boat ride on the lake will reveal various nocturnal species such as African scops-owls, white-faced scops owls, giant eagle owls, grayish eagle-owls, pearl-spotted owlets, three-banded coursers, slender-tailed nightjars and spotted stone curlews.
 
The West Bay region is good for sighting Lichtenstein's sandgrouse, gonolek, black-headed lapwing, boubous, babblers, warblers and many other species. The imposing basalt cliffs are the habitat of Vereaux's eagle, brown-tailed rock-chat, cliff chat, Hemprich's hornbill, Jacksons hornbill, grey hornbill, African rock martin, Lanner falcon, mottled swift, common kesterl, Jacobin cuckoo, fan-tailed raven and other raptors.
Day 5
Today enjoy a 4-hour scenic drive from Lake Baringo over the Tugen Hill, through the Kerian Valley and across the Serikwa Plateau to Kakamega Forest National Reserve, a tropical rain forest situated close to the border with Uganda.
 
This is Kenya's only remaining rainforest and famous for its hundreds of species of birds and butterflies. The forest is also home to several species of primates. Check into your accommodation in this very remote region.
Day 6
Enjoy exploring Kakamega Forest National Reserve where 367 different bird species have been recorded - at least nine of which are found nowhere else in the world. There are also over 400 species of butterflies and seven primate species.
 
A walk in the forest will reveal the abundant bird life including Stulhman's starlings, greenbuls, alethes, forest weavers, warblers, widowbirds, great blue turacos, black-and-white-casqued hornbills and hundreds of beautiful butterflies. There are over 125 different species of trees, orchids, creepers and bushes in this amazing rainforest.
 
Wildlife that can be seen in the park include bush pigs, duikers, dik diks, bushbuck, African clawless otters, mongoose, giant African water shrews, squirrels, tree pangolins, porcupines and bats. Primates include the DeBrazza monkey, black and white colobus monkey and the vervet monkey. The potto (the slowest mammal on earth) is also found only in Kakamega Forest National Reserve.
Day 7
After breakfast we leave Kakamega Rainforest and drive 1-hour to the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest inland lake in Africa and the source of the great River Nile.
 
Check into your lodge, settle in and relax in this area of great natural beauty.
Day 8
Today enjoy birding in the forest and along the shores of Lake Victoria.
 
Situated on an elevated plateau in the western section of the Great Rift Valley and straddling the equator, the lake has more than 3,000 islands. Its shoreline stretches 2,138 miles (3,440 km) and forms the border between three countries - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
 
Lake Victoria is a biodiversity hotspot offering outstanding birding - with a boat ride on the lake discovering African skimmers, Carruthers cisticola, northern brown-throated weavers, red-chested weavers, eastern grey plantain-eaters, water dikkop and if you are fortunate papyrus gonolek.
Day 9
Today travel 5-hours from Lake Victoria to Masai Mara National Park, named after the Masai people and the Mara River, which divides the park.
 
The Masai Mara is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena.
 
After checking into your lodge, enjoy a late afternoon game drive in this magnificent wildlife sanctuary.
Day 10
Today is dedicated to birding and game viewing with your guide on the open plains of the world famous Masai Mara National Park.
 
Nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara is famous for its many prides of lions, packs of hyena and other predators - as well as huge herds of wildebeest, which number over one million, zebra and giraffe. All the Big Five can be seen here, as well as numerous other species including the Thomson's gazelle, topi, kongoni, impala, roan antelope and hippo. The nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, also inhabits this park as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino.
 
Birding opportunities offer over 450 different species - including the vulture, marabou stork, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested eagle, african pygmy-falcon and various species of larks.
 
Set off early each morning, when game viewing conditions are at their best, to view the animals and birds of the Masai Mara region. Return to the lodge to rest in the heat of the day, before setting off again in the late afternoon for another game drive.
Day 11
Enjoy some final game viewing in the Masai Mara this morning, before your 5-hour transfer to Nairobi Airport for your flight home.
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