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Birding Programme 1: 6 Nights/7 Days
Welcome to Kenya. You will be met by Soin Safaris representative on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International airport and transferred to Eka Hotel for overnight on (Bed & Breakfast)
NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK-LAKE NAIVASHA.
Check out of Eka Hotel very early in the morning and drive to the adjacent Nairobi National Park. Your Soin professional birding driver guide will introduce you to the birds of the park. He will also give you insights of how to spot, identify and keep records of all your sightings. At the end of each day, before you retire to bed you will be recapping as a group what you have seen at each location. The idea is to establish whether you have achieved your objective for the day!
Nairobi National Park was the first park to be gazzeted in Kenya. Its varied habitat of rolling grass, plains, woodland and man-made dams make it ideal for bird watching. The park is a roosting site for lesser Kestrel flocks on passage, the grasslands is ideal for restricted range for Jacksons Widow bird which breeds here regularly. African Crowned Eagles nest in the forested area of the park.
The avifauna in the park is diverse, with a remarkable 516 species recorded. The globally threatened Corncrake is a scarce visitor from the Palearctic. Near threatened shoe bill and Basra reed warbler have both been recorded here.
Rhinos, Cheetah, Giraffes, Cape Buffaloes Wildebeest and Antelopes are also present in the park.
After lunch in Nairobi, we drive to Naivasha, making a few stops on the way to admire the Great Rift Valley and its volcanic Mountains of Longonot and Suswa. Our destination is Lake Naivasha, which lies on the floor of the Rift Valley. This is a shallow fresh water lake, of recent geological origin ringed by Mt. Ol Karia and Eburu. Lake Naivasha is the second site listed by Kenya as Wetland of International importance under Ramsar Convention.
After checking in and settling, this afternoon a boat ride as been planned to the Crescent Island. Here we get very close to diverse water bird community, Red Knobbed Coot, African Spoonbill, and Little Grebe. Many species of ducks, Maccoa, White Backed Ducks, African Skimmer, Baillon’s Crake and many species of Palearctic Warders. The park is also known for its high density of African Fish Eagles. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded here.
On your boat trip, you will encounter a sizeable population of Hippos and on occasion you find the Kenya Horned Viper endemic to central Rift Valley.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa lodge on (Full Board)
LAKES BARINGO AND BOGORIA
After breakfast, we depart to Lake Baringo and its Islands. Laikipia Escarpment borders its catchment to the east and Tugen hills in the west. The area around the western shore is mainly acacia woodland, with small covered bush, hilltops, gorges and cliffs. It is in this escarpment where we start our tour looking for (Northern) White Faced Scops Owl, Greyish Eagle Owls (recently split from Spotted), Hemphrich’s Hornbills and Heuglin’s Courser.
Then we visit the southern part, which is bush land interspersed with dry riverbeds and swampy wetland with Typha reeds. Here we are likely to find Weavers along the lakeshore, Northern Masked, Jackson and Golden Backed. A colony of up to 20 Goliath Herons has nested in one of the highlands. The Black Heron is also found here. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded in Lake Baringo.
The Lake supports large populations of Nile crocodiles and Hippos.
After an eventful morning, we proceed to Lake Bogoria for lunch and check-in at Lake Bogoria Hotel.
Lake Bogoria is a shallow, alkaline lake on the floor of the Rift Valley. To the east, the Siracho escarpment rises abruptly from the lakeshore.
After a little rest, we will visit the western shore and admire a series of spectacular series of hot springs and geysers. They produce steam rich in sulphur compounds, believed to be medicinal.
The lake is a key feeding ground of near threatened Lesser Flamingo. Spectacular congregation (estimated 2 million birds) occurs at times. Black Necked Grebe and Cape Teal are usually present in good numbers, not forgetting Pallid Harrier and Lesser Kestrel on passage.
There is a chance of seeing the rare Greater Kudu.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Bogoria Hotel on (Full Board)
This morning after breakfast we depart to Maasai Mara, Kenya’s mostly visited reserve, world famous for its high density of herbivores, predators and the annual Wildebeest Migration.
The Mara extensive grassland is a stronghold for the threatened migratory Corncrake and near threatened, range restricted Jackson’s Widowbird.
Check in and lunch at Mara Leisure Lodge.
In the afternoon we will scout the escarpment and look out for special residents, the Ovampo Sparrowhawks, Red Tailed Chat, Green Capped Eromomela, Pale Wren Warbler and Rock Loving and Trilling Cisticola.
Dinner and overnight at Mara Leisure Lodge on (Full Board)
We have a two full days to explore the swamps and the rocky areas for Rufous Bellied Heron, Saddle Billed Stork, Shoebill Rock and Tabora Cisticola, Yellow Bellied Hyliota, Black Coucal and Denham’s bustard.
Maasai Mara has more than 500 species of birds recorded, including 12 species of Cisticolas and 53 birds of prey. Large numbers of Palearctic migrants winter in the area, including Caspian Plovers and White Storks.
This morning, we wrap-up and head to Nairobi after breakfast. Do not put away your binoculars or note books yet! We have a last stop to make before the city. We will stop at Manguo swamp and the nearby sewage lagoon to look for Maccoa Ducks, Malachite and Grey Headed Kingfishers. Plenty of Leonitis Flowers around, more likely to find beautiful Sunbirds with long tails, Malachite and Golden Winged.
Lunch is on your own today to sample different restaurants in Nairobi, before transferring you to your onward flight home.
(Bed and Breakfast) at Mara Leisure Lodge
Cost of the tour per person US $ 3,030
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