Five days bird watching tours and camping in kafta sheraro national park western part of Tigray ,Ethiopia.
The best place to see some rare and special birds in the west part of Tigray Kafta Sheraro national park. ,Ethiopia.
Kafta Sheraro National park is home to many ungulates, predators and other wild animal species. The presence of some mega wild animals such as the African elephant, Roan antelope and the thousands of Demoiselle crane (which use the area as a wintering site) and other migratory birds make the Park and its environs a significant site for wild life lovers and birders .
Other mammals such as Greater kudus and Bohor reedbucks were relatively common. The avifauna of the Park is rather immense. As a result, the Park is registered as one of the 73 Important Bird Areas in Ethiopia. The egyptian Plover, white headed babbler( habitat restricted species) , Walking along the river side forest and cultivation area which you will see birds like Rose-ringed Parakeet, Black scrub robin, Black -headed Gonolek , Red-breasted barbet, lizard buzzard, parrot billed sparrow, sniar penduline tit , Desert lark , Brown-headed parrot, Little green bee-eater, and Demoiselle crane are of the few most attractive bird species of the Park. The Demoiselle crane at the northwestern edge of Kafta-Sheraro National Park in the Great Tekeze Valley.
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- Ghibie Gorge 1night/2 days
- Debreziet lakes and Ziway 2nights/3 days
- Langano and lake Hawassa 3nights /4 days
- Awash National Park and Aledegi plains 3 nights /4 days
- Debrelibanos and Jemma Valley and Ankober Gemmassa Gedel and Melka Jebdu 3nights/4 days
- Rift Valley lakes and Langano area 3nights/4days
- Bale Mountains and langano 4 nights /5 days
- Kafta Sheraro National Park/ Humera /Tigray 4nights /5 days
- Gambella National Park 4nights/5 days
- Chebera Chrchra National Park 4nights/5 days
- Mazie national Park 3nights /4 days
Day 1 : Arrival and transfer to hotel inAruslha
On arrival in Arusha, you will transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 2 : Transfer to Lake Natron
Havebreakfast and then drive to Longido and enjoy a cultural tour of the Masaai tradition. Have lunch and then proceed to Lake Natron. Take a nature walk along thelake shores to see the flamingo breeding grounds Then check into your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 : Lake Natron - Serengeti
Have breakfast then visit the waterfall at Engero sero waterfall after that youwill drive to Serengeti with a beautiful view of Oldonyo Lengai to.Then drive via Loliondo and Waso through Klein's gate; look out for wild game like antelopes ,wild dogs, zebras among others .Check into your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 : Serengeti National park
After breakfast you will embark on a full day game drive in this vast endless plain of Serengeti ;which is also known as the most significant wildlife sanctuary tosee the big seven ,beautiful views of the endless plains as well as over 500 recorded bird species. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 : Serengeti National Park
Full day morning and evening game drive in the plain with picnic lunch to see a variety of the wild game that lives in the park. Return for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 6 : Transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area; stopover at the Masai bomas to learn about the Masai culture and lifestyle. After lunch, you will take some timeexploring the rim of the crater .Check into your lodge for dinner and overnight
Day 7 : Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast drive down into the crater floor for a fullday game drive to see fantastic wildlife; in the living Eden for tourists. During the game drive in the crater, you will encounter the big five in plenty. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 : To Lake Manyara
After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara, arriving in time for lunch. Have an evening game drive in search of the tree climbing lions which can be lazily seen lyingon the acacia branches. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 : Tarangire National Park
Leave the lodge at 08.00 am, drive for about 40 minutes to Tarangire National Park.The park is nicknamed “The Home of elephants” and in here, you’ll be able to see elephant in large herds congregating around the Tarangire River also tarangire is one of best place to see more than 160 special of birds. Other animals that are on offer are leopards, lions, giraffes et cetera! Dinner and overnight either at, tented camp.
Day 10 : Departure
Have breakfast, drive back to Arusha and transfer to the airport time to catch your flight back Uganda.
Day 10 : Kampala to Murchison falls National Park.
After your breakfast you will be picked from the hotel by a guide to the park. Lunch en route at Masindi and proceed to the park. Go to the top of the falls for a remarkable sight and sound of the Nile crushing through the chasm. Dinner and overnight stay at either Sambiya River Safari Lodge, Red chilli or Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 11 : Game drive and Launch cruise.
A cup of coffee and leave for the morning game drive around the park hoping to see the Uganda kob, giraffes, Leopards. Return back to the lodge for breakfast and rest. After lunch, you will go for a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile to the bottom of the falls expecting to see crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and numerous bird species like kingfishers, rare shoebills among others. Dinner and overnight stay at either Sambiya River Safari Lodge, Red chilli or Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 12 : Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.
Have breakfast in the morning and depart for Kibale forest National Park. Lunch en route in Fort Portal and proceed in the view of the Rwenzori Mountains. A guided nature walk in the Bigodi wetland sanctuary to see various bird species, butterflies and primates. Dinner and overnight stay at Bigodi.
Day 13 : Chimpanzee tracking and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth.
Enjoy your breakfast and head for chimpanzee tracking and other primates like the Red, Black and white colobus monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys plus a sight of some birds like the African pitas, Red-faced woodland warbler, Blue-headed sunbird and many more. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park after lunch. Go for an evening game drive around the park for a variety of wildlife species. Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge / Enganzi Lodge.
Day 14 : Nature walk and Boat cruise.
Breakfast in the morning and visit the Maramagambo forest hoping to see different bird species, chimpanzee, other primates and the python caves. After lunch head for a boat ride along the Kazinga channel expecting to see crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, Topis, birds like Corncrake, African skimmer, Marital eagle among others. Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge / Enganzi Lodge.
Day 15 : Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
After breakfast, you will transfer to Bwindi through Ishasha to view the tree-climbing Lions. Lunch at Ishasha wilderness Camp; visit the Ishasha River for bushbucks, hippos, crocodile and the green vegetation. Dinner and overnight stay at either Buhoma Homesteads or Gorilla Forest camp.
Day 16 : Gorilla tracking and Nature walk.
A cup of tea and go the park headquarters to be briefed about the “dos and don’ts” when with the gorilla. After tracking, go back to the lodge for breakfast and rest. After lunch visit the Buhoma community to see the Batwa people, their cultural performances, traditional healers and brewers. Dinner and overnight stay at either Buhoma Homesteads or Gorilla Forest camp.
Day 17 : Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.
Breakfast and drive to Lake Mburo National Park through the gorgeous scenery of Kabale. Go for a boat cruise after lunch expecting to see Impalas, zebra, crocodiles, Eland among other savanna species. Dinner and overnight stay at either Mantana Tented Camp, Rwonyo Rest Camp or Mihingo lodge.
Day 18 : Game drive and Transfer to Kampala.
Take a cup of coffee and leave for the morning game drive to see zebras, Buffaloes, Impalas, Topis, Warthogs and different bird species. Return to the lodge for lunch and transfer to Kampala. Lunch en route in Mbarara and a stopover at the equator for photography. Dinner and overnight stay at either Tourist Hotel or Cassia lodge.
Day 19 : Drive to Uganda wildlife Education Centre or Airport.
Have breakfast in the morning head to Entebbe Uganda wildlife Education Centre for a variety of wildlife species and birds or transfer to the Airport for your flight back home.
Destination: Birdwatching zones in Kenya. See day by day itinerary
Duration: 28 Nights / 29 Days
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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Nairobi
Arrival at the Airport and transferred to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight in a Nairobi hotel.
Day 2: Nairobi National Park
After breakfast we proceed to the Nairobi National Park, which despite being only a few kilometers from the city, is a home to big game. In its open grasslands scattered with acacia trees we will see the first game like Gazelles, Zebras, Giraffes and maybe some of the Cats. If the season is right the wildebeest, which migrates from Tanzania through Masai Mara, will also be there.
This afternoon we will see Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Crowned Crane, Vulture, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Tawny Eagle and a herd of Buffaloes should provide Red-billed Oxpecker perched on their backs. Black Kite, Marabou Stork, Pied Crow and African Palm Swift are also available in the park. A walk around the Hippo pools should give us our first sighting of the Nile Crocodiles and the Helmeted Guineafowl. In the Yellow-backed Acacia, look out for Grey Crowned Crane, Red-throated Tit and Chestnut-banded Plover. At the picnic site Baboons will quickly assemble on our arrival and just as quick they will easily walk away with a lunch box. The Agama Rock Lizard is common here. Overnight at the hotel in Nairobi.
Day 3: Nairobi - Sweetwaters
After breakfast, depart for Sweetwaters game santuary where there is a wide variety of birds such as Stout Cisticola, Black Kite, Augur Buzzard, Cape Robin Chat Hawk etc. The sanctuary also support large mammals such as elephants, giraffes, chimpanzee etc. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp.
Day 4: Sweetwaters - Samburu
After an early morning breakfast then depart for Samburu National Reserve by driving north, crossing the equato. Here we a unique bird species as such as Buff Crested bustard, Chestnut weaver, Kori bustard, Golden palm weaver, Golden breasted starlings, Water thicknee, among other.
There is unique northern wildlife which are not found in any other part south of equator, here you will find the Grevy zebra, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, the long necked gerenuk, herds of elephants and their predators abound. The life-giving Uaso Nyiro River plays a major role in the ecosystem of this region. Overnight tonight will be served the lodge.
Day 5: Samburu
Spend the whole day bird watching trying to come up with a list of 400 different species found in this region. All meals & overnight at the Lodge
Day 6: Samburu - Lake Nakuru
After an early breakfast, drive south through Isiolo, crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount Kenya, until we reach Nanyuki town. Heading west we make a brief stopover at Nyahururu Falls, still known to many as Thomson's falls. Proceed to Nakuru where you will see flamingoes, more than 450 species of birds have been recorded here.
The park has also been established for the protection of endangered species such as the rhino and is also home to Columbus monkeys, Leopards, Giraffes, and a variety of plain antelope. Lunch will be served at Lake Nakuru Lodge. An afternoon game drive around the lakeshore will be the main feature for the afternoon, dinner & overnight tonight will be served at Lake Nakuru Lodge
Day 7: Lake Nakuru
After breakfast, spend the whole day bird watching and trying to come up with the total list of 450 different species found here. Dinner & overnight tonight will be at Lake Nakuru Lodge
Day 8: Lake Nakuru - Lake Bogoria
After breakfast, we proceed to the jewel of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria. Described as the "Most beautiful view in Africa" by Bishop Hannington, the lake is well known for its Hot springs and geysers, which are spread out along its southern shores. The hot sulfur water gushing out of the ground is known to have therapeutic values.
These natural spas and their steam are Mother Nature's version of a bath & sauna. After a relaxing bird walk around the lake, your lunch will be served at Lake Bogoria Hotel. Later in the after you will enjoy an extensive bird walk around the lake and the lodge environs, here we expect to find a variety of species as such as Woodland kingfisher, Northern puff back, White headed buffalo weaver, Rufous crowned roller, African golden oriole, African hoope e.t.c. Our dinner and overnight will be served at Lake Bogoria Hotel
Day 9: Lake Bogoria - Lake Baringo
After breakfast we drive further north to Lake Baringo one of the leading ornithology lakes in East Africa, more than 470 bird species call this area home. We check-in at Lake Baringo Country Club a superb and compact hotel set at the shores of Lake Baringo.
Our bird walk today will feature the following rare species e.g. White faced scopes owl, Bristol crowned starling, Goliath heron, Fan tailed raven etc. A relaxing boat ride on the lake will be the feature of the afternoon. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at Lake Baringo Country Club
Day 10: Lake Baringo - Saiwa Swamp
Today our birding safari will depart Lake Baringo and drive towards Saiwa Swamp National Park in Kitale, the only exceptional Park in Kenya enjoyed exclusively on foot and birding landmark. Lunch to be served in Hotel at Kitale Town before afternoon bird walk. The birding menu for today will be Great blue turaco, Ross turaco, Ludher's bush shrike, White capped robin chat, Grey crown crane etc. Dinner and overnight stay at a Hotel at Kitale Town
Day 11: Saiwa Swamp - Kakamega Forest
Depart to Kakamega Forest, covers an area of 240sq.km is a living remnant of the original equatorial rainforest, which once extended from Guinea in the west, to East and Central Africa for a fulfilling and eventful day of bird watching in this only & unique remaining rain forest with some of very rare and spectacular bird species in the world e g Grey Parrot, Great blue and Black billed turacos, blue headed bee eaters, Turner's eremomela, Little grey greenbul etc. if one of your ambitions is to experience the enchanting mystery of the jungle,….the melody of singing birds, the breeze whispering trees, the croaking frogs, the rasp of butterflies as they fly on by, the cheeky monkeys as they swing from branch to branch…All meals at Hotel. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at Kakamega Golf Hotel .
Day 12: Kakamega Forest - Lake Victoria
A morning lecture on the birds of this small forest which harbour's over 380 different plant species, 50 of which have traditional medicinal value, some endemic animal species, 400 butterfly species and 330 bird species at an altitude of between 1500-1700m followed by a walk to try and identify the available rare species of this equatorial forest.
Lunch at Kakamega Golf Hotel followed by a short drive to Lake Victoria where we will do a late afternoon birding around the lake for fresh water birds species e.g. African open bill stork, Swamp flycatcher, Red chested sunbird, Hammerkop, Eastern grey plantain-eater etc. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at Sunset Hotel.
Day 13: Kisumu - Lake Naivasha
Today after an early breakfast, our safari will be destined for Lake Naivasha, the only freshwater lake in the Rift Valley. From the top of the Rift Valley escarpment, you can see the lake sparkling under the sun thousands of feet below you. The lake is home to a large colony of hippos and it's also a Mecca for bird watchers and researchers since over 400 different species of birds have been recorded here e.g. Long toed plover, Great white egret, Grey headed gull, Southern pochard, Red billed teal and not mention the Lilly trotter.
The lake location and wildlife makes it an ideal place for an afternoon boat ride. A visit to the liberating Crescent Island, which is completely undeveloped, wild and free, is one of the few places on earth where you canwander/walk on foot among herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, giraffe and dik diks. There are no predators and no fences so it will be quite a liberating and exciting feeling to walk among the wildlife. Lunch will be served at the tranquil Lake Naivasha Country Club. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at Lake Naivasha Country Club.
Day 14: Lake Naivasha - Hell's Gate
After breakfast, a morning bird walk with the aim of viewing birds on the shores of the Lake with a few hours of relaxation before lunch. Afternoon visit to Hell's Gate National Park, which is breeding ground for vultures in Kenya e.g. Lammergeyer vultures. Dinner & overnight tonight will be served at Lake Naivasha Country Club.
Day 15: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara
Today our safari expedition will take us to the jewel of Kenya's parks, the world famous Masai Mara Game (Wildlife) Reserve. This is Kenya's number one park and is always on every bird watcher's and wildlife tourists "Must see list". Full of life with various types of animals and birds, Masai Mara crown's the climax of every safari in Kenya.
It's rolling grasslands and acacia savannah have time and again been captured on film with the movie "Out Of Africa" being the most famous. Masai Mara is home to the "Big Five" (Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and Rhino) and over 450 bird species as such as Bare faced go away bird, Hooded vulture, Egyptian vulture, Flappet lark, Red necked fowl, White necked raven etc. Apart from the big five, the Masai Mara is most famous for the spectacular annual migration of over a million wildebeest, zebra, gazelle etc from the Serengeti in northern Tanzania crossing the Mara River into Kenya in search of fresh feeding grounds, which takes place in late July or August. Dinner & overnight tonight will be served at, the lodge.
Day 16 & 17: Masai Mara
An early morning birding cum game drive after breakfast will be our perfect start of another unforgettable and memorable birding day in Africa. With picnic lunch en-route you spend your day in Mara Plains trying to identify and record the over 450 species record in this reserve. All meals and overnight tonight will be served at, the lodge.
Day 18: Nairobi
Morning game drive then depart for Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.
Day 19: Nairobi - Amboseli
After an early morning breakfast, we proceeding to Amboseli beautifully situated beneath the foot of Africa's highest mountain Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895m), the park is well renowned for its huge herds of elephants and various types of other Savannah wildlife such as Giraffes, Bushbuck's, Kudu, Warthog's, Zebra's and over 425 species of birds recorded here such as White faced whilsting duck, Brown snake eagle, Yellow billed stork, Woolly necked stork, Shikra, Helmented guinea fowl, African cuckoo e.t.c.
The snowcapped peak of Kilimanjaro rising above white clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli and forms a backdrop to an impressive display of wildlife attracted to this location by swamps and springs fed by underground rivers from Kilimanjaro's melting snow. With an airstrip at Empusel Gate, the park is also home to the Masai people, those tall, brave, and proud nomads who live in close harmony with the environment and the wildlife that surrounds them. Enjoy a birding game drive en-route, as we arrive in time for your dinner at the Lodge.
Day 20: Amboseli
After breakfast it will be the perfect time for photographing the humbling and magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro the highest peak in Africa. With picnic lunch you depart your lodge for a full day birding section with our eagle eyed birding guide. Please take this opportunity to add a new specie in your birding list. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at Ol-Tukai Lodge.
Day 21: Amboseli - Tsavo West
After breakfast, drive to Tsavo West with an en route birding where habitat is relatively denser thicket of savanna dominated by acacia-Commiphora bush land with Baobab, grassy plains, riverine woodland, the Mzima Springs. The park is also famous for the autumn bird ringing at the Ngulia Safari Lodge with thousands of European and Asian Palearctic migrants on their way south. Overnight at Ngulia Safari Lodge.
Day 22: Tsavo West National Park- Taita Hills Forest- Voi
We bird in the park en route heading for Taita Hills Forest where we hope to see endemics “Taita Three” Apalis, White-eye and Thrush. Other specialties include Striped Pipit, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Striped-cheeked Greenbul. Overnight at Ngutuni Lodge.
Day 23: Tsavo - Shimba Hills
After leisure morning breakfast, depart for Mombasa either driving arriving Mombasa at Mid -Morning hours and later be transferred to Shimba Hills National Reserve, Located 48kms from Mombasa town. The reserve is the last remaining habitat of the rare Sable Antelope in East Africa a treat you may not want to Miss!! The hills have a heterogeneous mosaic of vegetation, including grassland, scrub and exotic plantations as well as forest. Certainly holding one of the largest areas of coastal forest in East Africa after Arabuko Sokoke Forest.
Here, globally threatened species, restricted-range species, East African Coast biome species occur here among them, Southern banded Snake Eagle, Fischer's Turaco, Spotted Ground Thrush, Sokoke Pipit, East Coast Akalat, Plain Backed Sunbird, Ayres's hawk Eagle, Crowned Eagle, African Pitta, little Yellow Flycatcher, Mangrove King fisher, Eastern Green Tinker bird, Tiny greenbul, Chestnut-fronted Helment Shrike, Green headed Oriole among many more. Lunch at the lodge. All meals at the lodge
Day 24, 25, 26: Shimba Hills - Arabuko Sokoke Forest
After an early morning breakfast, proceed with our safari to Arabuko-sokoke forest. Has an area of 41,600 ha at an altitude of 0-21m above the sea level. It was proclaimed a crown forest in 1932 and gazetted 1943 covering an area of 2,700 ha added in 1968. Arabuko-sokoke has three types habitats namely; Mixed forest 7,000 ha, Brachystegia woodland 7,700 ha on white, very infertile soil and Cynometra forest 11,300 ha with a canopy height of 7-8 m. Here we target species likes Sokoke scopes owl, Clarke's Weaver, Amani sunbird, Ant-eater thrush, Eastern Nicator, Mombasa woodpecker, Fischer Greenbul, Pale Batis, among other globally threaten species that only occurs in this forest. All meals, dinner and overnight will be served at beach hotel.
Day 27 & 28: Sabaki River Mouth and Mida Creek
After breakfast, it will be the perfect time for photographing the humbling and magnificent Mangrove forest (the magical trees) of Mida creek. Mida creek has an area of 26100 ha and stretches for almost 40 km along the seashores and it's a fascinating world of cultures to discover, lying at 0-10 m above the sea level. Area comprises a complex of marine and tidal habitats on Kenya's north coast, stretching from just south of Malindi town southwards to beyond the entrance of Mida creek.
Habitats include inter-tidal rock, sand and mud, fringing reefs and coral gardens; beds of sea grass; coral cliffs, platforms and islets; sand beaches; and mangrove forests. The sand dunes are great workout to build leg muscles and the tiny sand granules are fantastic as they massage every nerve of your foot - it's natural reflexology. Our species of focus will include among others the Crab plover, Terek Sandpiper, Mangrove kingfisher, Greater Sand plover, Eurasian Oystercatcher among others. All meals, dinner and overnight will be served at beach hotel.
Day 29: Malindi- Nairobi
Fly to Nairobi to connect with your international flight
Massay Mara 3nights/4 days
Nairobi park 2nights
KENYA LONG BIRDING TOUR 15 DAYS
Trip duration : 15 days/ 14 nights
This tour can be combined with our Coastal Kenya Birding Tour to make our famous Kenya Mega Birding Tour.
DAY 1: THIKA, OL DONYO SABUK AND MT. KENYA
Leaving from Nairobi, on this day we shall have an early start on our Kenya Birding Tour. We shall head slowly towards Mt. Kenya through Thika, where we shall make a stop for local birds and also visit the Ol Donyo Sabuk Mountain area; targeting local special species. We shall likely see local monkey and antelope species, among other mammals.
Night at Mt. Kenya.
DAY 2: MT. KENYA
From the hotel we shall bird near the local bush and forest edge and then head deeper into the mountain forest in our vehicle. We shall scan the forest, rivers and grasslands for the montane specials all day. Montane mammals are likely, including monkeys, antelopes, mongooses, genets, pigs, hogs and squirrels.
Night at Mt. Kenya.
DAY 3 AND 4: BUFFALO SPRINGS AND SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVES
We shall leave early for Samburu and Buffalo Springs, a very interesting destination on our Kenya Birding Tour. We shall spend time scouting for extra birds as we enjoy the local mammals, such as Leopard, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Lion and Elephants. More birds will be expected here to add to our list. This is an amazing part of Kenya, and allows for excellent dry country birding. Many of the typical North-East African dryland birds are present here and the habitat will provide a huge species list.
Nights in Samburu.
DAY 5: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK
Leaving early, on this day we shall drive to Lake Nakuru National Park; with a possible quick stop for a site where Cape Eagle-Owls roost. We shall arrive in Nakuru, around mid-day where we shall spend the entire afternoon birding in the park.
This park is famed as the birdwatchers’ paradise, and indeed was the first national park in Africa to be set up with an avian conservation objective. This is indeed one of the highlight locations on our Kenya Birding Tour. Up to a million flamingos have been recorded in this park depending on their regional migration.
Most of these are Lesser Flamingos with Greater Flamingos making a smaller population. Other birds will be seen including some special species for this area and Palearctic water migrants being abundant in the right season. The park is also a great sanctuary for rhinos; without forgetting other three members of the Big Five, and these may be encountered as we move around the park. Other mammals will be seen, especially herds of grazing herbivores; and the Rothschild’s Giraffe.
We shall spend the night in Nakuru.
DAY 6: LAKE NAKURU TO LAKE BARINGO
On this day, we shall start with more birding in Nakuru. We shall spend the better part of the morning adding any species we may have missed the previous day. In the later afternoon, we shall head for Lake Baringo, as we bird along the way. If time allows, we shall stop briefly at a roadside dam near the lake, to check for some waterfowl.
Night in Baringo.
DAY 7: LAKE BARINGO
On this day, we shall enjoy birding in the Baringo area. We shall drive and walk around the scrubland and the cliffs surrounding the lake, in search of birds in this unique area. A boat ride experience will also help you enjoy the beauty of the lake and see the local African Fish Eagles advertising their territories.
Night in Baringo.
DAY 8: KERIO VALLEY, KITALE AND SAIWA SWAMP NATIONAL PARK
We shall continue westwards, on our Kenya Birding Tour and explore an area rarely birded by many groups. Driving to Kitale will see us cross the scenic Kerio circuit. We shall do our birding on the way; and also in Kitale and Saiwa Swamp that afternoon. Here we may also see the very rare Sitatunga Antelope and De Brazza’s Monkey.
Night in Kitale.
DAY 9: KONGELAI ESCARPMENT
We shall start with a short bird walk around our hotel compound. Then we head out to Kongelai Escarpment. This is one of Kenya’s best hidden spots and one of the least visited; and it will likely produce some great surprise species for our Kenya Birding Tour. We shall traverse this rich ecosystem hoping to find special birds, in the main escarpment, Kanyarkwat area and Suam. In the afternoon, we shall try our luck at a local nesting site for the rare Heuglin’s Masked Weaver; a highly sort after species on our Kenya Birding Tour. We shall also visit a local swamp to search for Red-chested Flufftail, Chubb’s Cisticola and Hartlaub’s Marsh Widowbird.
Night in Kitale.
DAY 10: LAKE VICTORIA
We shall leave early targeting Lake Victoria. On our way out, we shall scan several local spots that often produce nice birds around Busia and Mumias. We shall look for the very local Rock Pratincole. We shall then travel to the lakeside city of Kisumu, at the shores of Lake Victoria. The water here is fresh with lots of life and the local riparian zone will be our major target. We expect many wetland and marsh species. We shall have a boat ride to access more of the lake either that afternoon or early the next morning.
We shall spend the night in Kisumu.
DAY 11 AND 12: KAKAMEGA FOREST
This time will be spent exploring Kakamega forest, a remnant of the Guineo-Congolian Equatorial forest. Species diversity here is plenty and we shall hope to have a huge addition to our Kenya Birding Tour list. We shall spend time walking in the forest in search of local specialties, with short breaks in between. The forest is also great with different unique monkeys, antelopes and squirrel species.
Nights in Kakamega.
DAY 13: LAKE NAIVASHA
We shall leave early and drive straight to Naivasha. In Naivasha, we shall sample local birding spots. We shall keep an eye for more savannah and bushland birds. We shall also get to the lake shore, at our best-selected beach points, where many shorebirds will be seen. A boat ride on Lake Naivasha, will ensure you can reach more species in the middle of the lake, as you enjoy the aquatic beauty.
Night in Naivasha.
DAY 14: KINANGOP GRASSLANDS, ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK AND NAIROBI
Home to some of the best Kenya’s endemic birds, Kinangop-Aberdare area promises to be rewarding on each trip. Indeed our Kenya Birding Tour scores very well on national and regional endemics and this day trip will be very helpful in adding these to our already big list. We shall start from the lower grasslands and gain elevation up to the Aberdare National Park; a pristine alpine moorland habitat. Local wetlands will also be sampled for the highland water birds. We shall have our picnic lunch here.
Later that afternoon, we proceed to Nairobi for the night, with a possible stop at a local swamp for some water birds.
DAY 15: NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
We shall spend the entire day in this park, which has always proven very successful on our tours. This is Kenya’s oldest National Park, located just 7 kilometres from the edge of the Nairobi city centre, Kenya’s capital city. Indeed, this is Kenya’s capital birding location with over 500 species recorded in the park. The park also hosts four of the African Big Five and many other interesting animals that you’ll enjoy during the visit.
Evening flight from Nairobi marking the end to our lovely Kenya Birding Tour.
Day 1 : Arrival in Addis Ababa O/N in Ghion Hotel
Day 2 : Addis Ababa to DebreBirhan (AnkoberSerin etc.) O/N in Getva Hotel
Day 3 : DebreBirhan to Bilen via Ankober Escarpment O/N in Belien Lodge/ Doho Lodge( I will check on advance and book if belien or Animalia can give us the service they are on and off , otherwise Doho Lodge is functional).
Day 4 : Bilen to Awash National Park) O/N in Awash Falls Lodge
Day 5 : Awash National Park to LakeLangano (via Lake Ziway) O/N in Simbo Lodge/ former Bekelle Molla hotel) /Savanna Lodge
Day 6 : Lake Langano area O/N in Simbo Lodge/Savanna Lodge
Day 7 : Lake Langanoto Goba (via Dinsho) O/N in Wabishebelle Hotel
Day 8 : Bale Mountains National Park (Sanetti Plateau) O/N in Bale Mountains Lodge
Day 9 : Bale Mountains Lodge to Negele O/N in Turaco Hotel
Day 10 & 11: Negele Area O/N in Turaco Hotel
Day 12 : Negele to Yabello (via Dawa River) O/N in Borena Lodge
Day 13 – 15: Yabello Area O/N in Borena Lodge
Day 16 : Yabello to Lake Awassa O/N in United Africa Hotel
Day 17 : Lake Awassa- afternoon depart to O/N Welkitie or Negash Lodge Weliso
Day 18 : Morning drive to Gibe Gorge (ending in Addis Ababa)
Day 1 : Addis Abeba-Debrelibanos( 110 km ) O/N Ethio german Lodge
Day 2 : Debrelibanos-Jemma Valley-Debrebrhan O/N Debrebrhan(100+100=200)
Day 3 : Ankober –Melka jebdu O/N Getva Hotel.
Day 4 : Debrebrhan –Awash National Park (330km) O/N in a Hotel
Day 5 : Awash National Park O/N in a Hotel
Day 6 : Awash National Park O/N Langano O/N in Fulweha hotel and spa
Day 7 : Langano area O/N Langano
Day 8 : Langano –Bale Mountain national Park( Dinsho –Goba) O/N Wabi Shebelle hotel( 200km)
Day 9 : Senette plateau and Harena Forest O/N Wabi Shebelle hotel
Day 10 : Goba to Negelle O/N Turaco Hotel( 270km)(or Optional- Goba to Negelle via kibremengist)
Day 11 : Negelle Borena Liben plains and Filtu road O/N Turacko Hotel
Day 12 : Negelle -Kibre Mengist –Arbaminch O/N in forty spring Hotel.
Day 13 : Arbaminch-Konso- Yabello O/N in Yabello
Day 14 : Birding in Yabello O/N in Yabello.
Day 15 : Yabello-Hawassa via konso –Arbaminch (optional) / or Via Hagere maryam and Dilla O/N East Africa Group hotel
Day 16 : Hawasa- to Addis Ababa)