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Birding Programme 3 : 8 Nights/9 Days

DAY 1

ARRIVE NAIROBI.

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)

DAY 2

MOUNT KENYA.

This morning we depart for Mt. Kenya region. The highest mountain in Kenya and an important catchment area supplying water to Tana and Uaso N’giro systems. The Mountain is an extinct Volcano and its sprawling slopes are clocked in forest bamboo, shrub and moorland, giving way on the high central peaks to rock, ice and snow.

Before we get to Mountain Lodge our final destination, we have made arrangements to visit Wajee, a small Private Park to look for the Hinde’s Babbler , a threatened Kenya endemic with a very restricted range.

Check-in for lunch at Serena Mountain Lodge.

After a little rest, in the afternoon your Soin  Safaris Professional Birding Guide will meet you in the  upper deck of the lodge. He will give you a briefing and tips on how to spot, identify and record your sightings. Each day, you will be discussing your objectives and achievements at each location.

A walk in the forest has been planned this afternoon. You will encounter Montane bird species, Waller’s, Kenrick’s and Abbot’s Starling. Mountain Buzzards, Scarce and Alpine Swifts and Mountain and Yellow Warbler. Jackson’s Francolin, Hill’s Chat’s and Scarlet Tufted Malachite Sunbirds. In the marshy forest glades, you might be lucky to see the African Green Ibis and the rare and little known Long Eared Owl.

This area has rich montane bird fauna, with 53 out of Kenya’s 67 African Highlands Biome species.

At the watering hole in the lodge, Elephants, Rhinos, Waterbucks, Bushbuck Giant Forest Hogs, and the rare Black-fronted Duiker come and drink and lick the natural salt. Leopards are seen occasionally.

Dinner and overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge on (Full Board)

 

DAY 3

SAMBURU-SHABA NATIONAL RESERVE

After breakfast we drive to Samburu region of Northern Kenya, which has three adjoining Savanna National Reserves, Samburu, Buffalo springs and Shaba. Our destination today is Shaba Reserve , which contains contrasting habitats, rocky cliffs, pool swamps and riverine sand dunes. It is low-lying semi-arid plain on the Northern bank of Ewaso N’giro River.

Lunch and check in at Sarova Shaba Lodge.

This afternoon, we will go on a game drive in the Shaba National Reserve looking for Magpie  Starling, Brown-Tailed Rock Chats, and Friedman’s Larks. We will also explore the lava plains for the endemic William’s Lark, also found here are Chestnut-Backed Sparrow Lark, Black Capped Social Weavers, Shinning Sunbird, and Black Cheeked Waxbill and in the late evenings look out for Spotted Night Jar.

 

DAY 4

SAMBURU-SHABA NATIONAL RESRVE

We have a full day with picnic lunch to visit Buffalo Springs National Reserve for Somali Ostriches, Fire- Fronted Bishop and Ethiopian Swallows, Black and White Storks, Somali Bee Eaters Somali Long Billed Crombecs, Yellow Vented Eremomelas, Golden Breasted, Bristle Crowned, Fishers and Superb Starlings. Donaldson-Smith Sparrow Weaver. At Dusk Slender Tailed Night Jars might show up. Small numbers of the globally threatened Lesser Kestrel pass through Shaba National Reserve on migration each year from the Palearctic.

The Northern Frontier National Reserves hold unique species of mammals, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx and Grevy Zebra.

Dinner and overnight at Sarova Shaba Lodge on (Full Board)

 

DAY 5

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

After a sumptuous breakfast we depart for Lake Nakuru, in the Great Rift Valley. The drive is very scenic going over the Rift Valley Escarpment, the Aberdare Ranges to the right  and the imposing Mount Kenya to the left.  We will stop for a break at  Thomson’s fall, to admire the thundering falls made famous by the intrepid explorer Joseph Thomson in1883.

Arrive Lake   Nakuru in time for lunch and check-in at Flamingo Hill Camp. Afternoon game drive is planned to explore the only park gazzeted as a bird sanctuary. The park is home to variety of Wildlife, the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, Hippos, Leopards and occasionally tree-climbing Lions. The park is also designated as a Rhino sanctuary, for both Black and White rhinos.

Overnight at Flamingo Hill camp on (Full Board)

DAY 6

MAASAI MARA

 

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)

 

DAY 7-8

MAASAI MARA

We have two more 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, 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 Lodge on (Full Board)

 

DAY 9

NAIROBI.

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 Lodge

 

Cost per person US $ 3005 x2

 

COST INCLUDES:

  • Meals and Accommodation per the Itinerary
  • All park fees.
  • Transport charges in 4×4 Land Cruiser
  • Service of English Speaking Professional Bird Guide and Walks
  • Transfers on Arrival and Departure to International airport
  • Flying Doctors Cover.

 

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Activities like ballooning
  • Any other expenses not mentioned as include
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