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Birding Programme 2: 7 Nights/8 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)
This morning we depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. It is a scenic drive over the Great Rift Valley. We marvel at the picturesque volcanic Mountains of Longonot and Suswa.
Lake Nakuru is a very shallow strongly alkaline lake with surrounding woodland and grassland. The park was first gazzeted as a bird sanctuary in1960. It is internationally famous for its population of Lesser Flamingoes, but the numbers have dwindled significantly in the recent past due increase in the water level in the lake.
We will check in for lunch at Flamingo Hill Top Camp.
After lunch, we will do a game drive and explore the lakeshore and see thousands of White Pelicans since this is their feeding ground. The water birds have significantly increased in numbers and diversity since the introduction of Fish in1961.
We will also explore the grassland and woodland for Grey Crested Helmet Shrike, large numbers of Palearctic Warders winter here and use the site. It is one of the flyway in Eastern Rift Valley. Over 450 species of birds have been recorded.
You can also see. Rhinos, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Bohor Reedbuck, Waterbuck and the rare Large Eared -Leaf Noosed Bat.
Dinner and overnight at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp on (Full Board)
This morning we depart for Kakamega forest. This is a unique mid-altitude forest
with affinities to West Africa and the easternmost outlier of Congo Basin Forest.
Kakamega Avifauna is unique not only nationally, but continentally as well.. At least 16 bird species occur in kakamega and nowhere else in Kenya.
We arrive in time for lunch and check in at Rondo retreat.
After lunch will explore the surrounding area for garden species, Bronze Tailed Starling, Grey Parrots, Stuhlmann’s Starling and both Snowy-Crowned and Grey Winged Robin Chat. Near the fish ponds, we can find the White Spotted Flufftail.
Dinner and overnight at Rondo Retreat on (Full Board)
We have a full day to explore the forest looking for its specialties, the Great Blue Turaco, Blue Headed Beeaters, African Broadbill, Hairy Breasted Barbet, Brown Eared Wood Pecker, Toro Olive Greenbull, Grey Chested Illadopsis, Southern Hyliota, Yellow Billed Wattle Eye and Chapin’s Flycatcher. More searches inside the forest should reveal the shy Blue Headed Coucal, Broad Tailed (Fan Tailed) Warbler and Marsh Tshagra
Kakamega forest has over 400 species of Butterflies, over 300 species of Trees and 27 species of Snakes. Not forgetting the Primates, Blue and De-Brazza Monkeys.
It has also impressive waterfalls.
Overnight and dinner at Rondo retreat on (Full Board)
This morning we depart for Kisumu City. We will make a brief stop at Mumias town, the only place in Kenya to find Rock Pranticoles and at Busia grassland to look for Red –Headed Lovebirds, Bar-Crested Firefinch, common in Lantana shrubs.
Check in at Impala Acacia Premier for lunch.
This afternoon we will explore this one square kilometer of Wildlife Sanctuary looking for Carruther’s Cisticola, Black Billed Barbet, Lesser Moorhen and Little Bittern. Red and Southern Bishop and African Marsh Harrier. Later we will take a boat ride and visit Dunga Island. This site is reliable to see the scarce and threatened Papyrus Yellow Warbler. Other papyrus endemics are Papyrus Canary, Papyrus Gonolek, and White Winged Warbler. Lots of, Egrets, Hammerkop, Kingfishers, Ducks, Sandpipers and Terns.
Within the wildlife sanctuary, we have Rhinos, Hippos, Antelopes (Impalas) Monitor lizards and Pythons.
Dinner and overnight at Acacia Premier 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 $ 2585 x 2
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