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Birding Programme 4: 8 Nights/9days
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)
TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
This morning we depart Nairobi for Tsavo West National Park, which is a vast savanna stretching as far South to the Tanzania border. The boundary adjoins Tsavo East National Park. Tsavo West has a more varied topography and a more diverse array of habitats than its neihbour.the permanent Tsavo River runs through the northern part of the Park.
At Mzima Springs in the north of the Park, water that has been filtered underground from Chyulu hills gushes into a series of clear pools.
Tsavo West houses one of Africa’s premier bird ringing stations at Ngulia Lodge which is located on the edge of dramatic Ngulia escarpment.
Tsavo west form part of a corridor of natural habitat in Eastern Kenya, through which vast numbers of Palearctic birds migrate, especially in Nov. Dec. This includes the threatened Corncrake and the near threatened Basra Reed Warbler.
Over 220,000 individuals have been ringed at Ngulia since 1969. The lights attract thousands of migrating birds.
Check in for lunch at Kilaguni Safari Lodge.
Afternoon game drive has been planned to drive up to Mzima Springs, looking for Red-Footed Falcon, Amur Falcon, Eurasian and Plain Nightjar, Violet Woodhoope, Africanfinfoot and Blue Quail.
We set out for a full day with picnic lunch to Lake Jipe. This very attractive lake is fed by the run off from Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is situated in the far southwestern corner on the Kenyan –Tanzanian border. The lake supports an important Heronry, where African Darter nests among other species. We are also likely to see, other species like near threatened Friedman’s Lark, Somali Bee-eater, Pale Prinias, very restricted Taveta Golden Weaver, Zanzibar Red Bishop, Two Banded Coursers and Water Thicknees. Jameson’s Fire finch, Red Winged Starlings, Red-Napped Bush Shrike and Pringled Puffback.
Tsavo West has rich avifauna, including 55 of Kenya’s92 Somali-Masai biome species.
Dinner and overnight at Kilaguni Serena lodge.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Today we head to Amboseli National Park with part of the park covering a Pleistocene lake basin, now dry. It has a temporary lake, which only appears, after the rains. Amboseli area is in the rain shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro and receives only 300mm of rain per year on average. However water flowing underground from the mountain creates swamps and marshes.
Check in for lunch at Kibo Safari Camp. In the afternoon we go on a game drive along the marshes looking for Herons. Egrets, Plovers, Lapwings, Jacanas Prancticoles, Little Crake, Kingfishers Ibises.
Dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp.
AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK.
We have another day to explore Amboseli National Park and look for vulnerable Lesser Kestrel on passage, non-breeding Madagascar Squacco heron and Lesser Flamingos. The near threatened Shoebill has been recorded here. White Bucked Duck, White Headed Vulture and Martial Eagle.
The Park has a rich Bird fauna, with 42 of the 92 Somali-Masai biome species that occur in Kenya. Over 400 bird species have been recorded.
The pachyderms of Amboseli are the longest studied Elephants in the wild since early
We have a long drive to Lake 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).
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 Sparrow hawks, 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 full day 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, African Blue Flycatcher, Double Toothed Barbet, Ross’s Turaco, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, African Moustached Warbler, Martial Eagle and Grey Throated Barbet just to name a few.
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.
Dinner and overnight at Mara Leisure Camp on (Full Board)
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. 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 to your international flight.
(Bed and Breakfast) at Mara Leisure Camp
Cost Per Person US $ 2706×2
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