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Kenya Easterly Bird Watching Tour- 15 Days

Written by  Jan 17, 2012

Day 1: Arrival for 15 Day Kenya Easterly Birding Safari – Birdwatching East Africa

On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Avian Safaris representative receives you for your 15 Day Kenya Easterly Birding Safari. You will be transferred to the hotel for check in, depending on the time of arrival; we visit the National Museum Bird Gallery and later have a leisurely bird walk in the Nairobi National Museum Botanical Gardens.

Overnight at Nairobi Safari Club (Full Board)

Day 2: Birdwatching Tour to Amboseli National Park of Kenya – Birding East Africa Tours

We have an early morning breakfast and with packed lunch, bird to Amboseli National Park.

The park covers part of a Pleistocene lake basin, now dry. Within this basin is a temporary lake, ‘Lake’ Amboseli, which floods during times of heavy rainfall. The Amboseli area is in the rain-shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and receives only 300 mm of rain/year on average. However, water flowing underground from Mount Kilimanjaro wells up here in a series of lush papyrus swamps that provide dry-season water and forage for wildlife.

The Park boosts of a rich avifauna, with over 400 bird species recorded. Among these include the globally threatened Madagascar Pond-Heron, Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Kestrel, Possibly Africa’s most sought after bird- Shoebill Stork (a-one-time record), over 40 birds of prey, and 42 of the 94 species of the Somali-Masai biome that occur in Kenya.

Overnight at Ol-Tukai Lodge (Full Board)

Day 3: Whole Day Birding Amboseli National Park – East Africa Birding Tours

We spend the day in the field birding for Amboseli specialties, Taveta Golden Weaver, Long-toed Plover, Red-throated Tit, Collared Pratincole, Fischer's Sparrowlark, Black-necked Weaver, Fischer's Starling, Greater Spotted Eagle, Caspian Plover, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Capped Wheatear, Lead-coloured Flycatcher, the skulking Aberdare Cisticola, Golden-winged Sunbird as well as Eastern Double-collared, Tacazze and Malachite Sunbirds, Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Alpine Chat, Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Dusky Turtle Dove, Scarce Swift, Cape Wagtail, Cape Robin Chat, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Chiffchaff, Hunter’s Cisticola, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Slender-billed Starling and Kandt’s Waxbill, and many more of the 400 species known to occur here.

Overnight at Ol-Tukai Lodge (Full Board)

Day 4 & 5: Kenya Birding Tour to Tsavo West National Park – Birds of East Africa TourLong-crested EagleLong-crested Eagle

We bird to Tsavo West National Park and spend the fifth day at this Important Bird Area. Plenty of game and a fair bird number of birds must be added on your checklists.

Overnight at Kilanguni Serena Lodge (Full Board)

Day 6: Birding to Arabuko-Sokoke Forest via Taita Hills– East Africa Forest Birding Safaris

Arabuko-Sokoke is conservation value number two on the African mainland and lies just a few kilometers inland on the Kenyan coast. Arabuko-Sokoke is the largest extant fragment of the forests that once covered much of the East African coast, and whose remnants constitute the East African coastal forests Endemic Bird Area. It was proclaimed a Crown Forest in 1932 and gazetted in 1943.

The forest boosts of a more than 230 bird species checklist including nine globally threatened species, namely; Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Fisher’s Turaco, Sokoke Scops Owl, Spotted Ground Thrush, Sokoke Pipit, East Coast Akalat, Amani Sunbird, Plain-backed Sunbird, and Clarke’s Weaver. Five of the seven species of the East African coastal forests Endemic Bird Area and twenty three of the twenty nine species of the East African coastal biome species that occur in Kenya have been recorded here.

Arabuko-Sokoke is also rich in rare and endemic wildlife with six taxa of butterfly endemic to the East African coast, present, as well as three rare near-endemic mammals, and amphibians.

Overnight at Turtle Bay Beach Club (Full Board)

Day 7&8: Arabuko-Sokoke Birdwatching Tour for Kenya Costal Endemics

At Arabuko-Sokoke, Mida Creek and Sabaki Estuary birding spots we search for Trumpeter Hornbill, Mouse-coloured Sunbird, Scaly Babbler, Southern Banded Snake-Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Little Yellow Flycatcher, Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Four-coloured Bush-shrike, Black-bellied Starling,Lizard Buzzard, Crested Guineafowl, Narina Trogon, Green Barbet, Mombasa Woodpecker, Fischer's Greenbul, Yellow-bellied and Tiny Greenbuls, Violet-backed Starling, Forest Batis, Black-headed Apalis, East-coast Akalat, Eastern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Black-headed Apalis, Northern Brownbul, Terrestrial Brownbul, Pale Batis, Eastern Nicator, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrike, Plain-backed Sunbird, Amani Sunbird, Bohm’s Spinetail, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, Sokoke Pipit, Malindi Pipit, Gull-billed, Saunders’s Terns, Sooty Gull, Grey Plover, Crab Plover, Bat-Hawk Osprey, Western Reef Heron, Lesser Sandplover, Greater Sandplover, Sanderling, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Terek Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Lesser Crested Tern, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Zanzibar Sombre Greenbul, Little Yellow Flycatcher African Open-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Pied Avocet alongside more other species.

Overnight at Turtle Bay Beach Club (Full Board)

Day 9 and 10: Birding Mida Creek and Sabaki River Mouth – Bird Watching East Africa Tours

Overnight at Turtle Bay Beach Club (Full Board)

Day 11: Kenya Birdwatching Tour to Tsavo East National Park

We bird to Tsavo East National Park, one of the oldest National Parks in Kenya after being established in April 1948.Nothern Grey-headed SparrowNothern Grey-headed Sparrow

Tsavo East National Park has a prolific bird with an astounding checklist of up 500 species on record. The Park lies within the migratory routes of palearctic migrants which qualifies it an important spot for these species especially the rarely seen Sooty and Eleonora’s Falcons.

The park is home to 61 of the 94 species of the Somali-Masai biome that occur in Kenya. Four globally threatened species namely; Taita Thrush, Friedmann’s Lark, Lesser Kestrel and Basra Reed Warbler along with seven regionally threatened species namely; African Finfoot, African Darter, Great egret, Saddle-billed Stork, White-headed Vulture, Martial Eagle, and Violet Wood Hoopoe have been recorded at this site.

Overnight at Tsavo Park Hotel (Full Board)

Day 12 and 13: Tsavo East Game Reserve Birdwatching Tour – East Africa Birding Safaris

We spend two days birdwatching this important Area; we feature all the best spots. We hope to pocket big and small game, Cut-throat Finch, Golden-breasted Starling, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Irania, Quail-plover, Pangani Longclaw, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Southern Ground Hornbill, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Long-crested Eagle, Square-tailed Nightjar, Somali Long-billed Crombec, the Eastern Paradise, Steel-blue, and Straw-tailed Whydahs, Scaly Chatterer, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Spotted Flycatcher, Vulturine Guinea-Fowl, Crested Francolin, Red-chested Cuckoo, Black-cuckoo Shrike, Eurasian and Black-headed Orioles, Gabar Goshawk, Three-streaked Tchagra, Eastern Violet-backed, and Variable Sunbirds, Red-fronted Warbler, Green-winged Pytilia, white-headed and Blue-napped Mousebirds, Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike, Red-billed and Yellow-billed Oxpeckers, Black-fronted Bush Shrike, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Yellow-bellied and Striped-cheeked Greenbuls, White-starred Robin, the national Taita Thrush, Taita white-Eye, Taita Apalis, Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Tawny, Steppe, Imperial, Martial and Wahlberg’s Eagles, Egyptian Vulture, Bateleur, Black-shouldered Kite, Barbary Falcon, the Grey and Common Kestrels, Red-winged Lark, Somali and Temminck’s  Coursers, Crested Francolin, white-bellied and Buff-crested Bustard, Somali Ostrich, Olive-Tree Warbler, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Northern Pintail, Red-billed Teal, Fulvous Whistling and White-faced whistling Ducks, Common Sandpiper, Collared Pratincole, and many more.

Overnight at Tsavo Park Hotel (Full Board)

Day 14: Birding to Nairobi National Game Park – Birding East Africa

Have breakfast, and have a leisurely morning before birding to Nairobi City for the last night on this Kenya Easterly Birding Safari.

Overnight at Nairobi Safari Club (Full Board)

Day 15: End of 15 Day Kenya Easterly Birding Safari – Departure

 

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