7 Days Best of Kenya's Rift Valley Lakes & Kakamega Forest Bird Watching Camping Safari

Best of Kenya's Rift Valley Lakes & Kakamega Forest Bird Watching Camping Safari - 7 Days / 6 Nights

Highlights: This is a road camping Birdwatchers paradise safari best for birding in Kenya. It starts from Nairobi and ends in Nairobi. You will start by visiting the Lake Baringo National Park, and then to Lake Bogoria - Kakamega forest - Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha and lastly round it by returning back to Nairobi.

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi - Lake Baringo
Pick up from your hotel and drive through Limuru tea farms, descending to the floor of the Great Rift Valley with a brief stop at the viewpoint. Mt. Longonot (which is of volcanic origin) and Lake Naivasha can be seen from far enroute to Lake Baringo. This is one of the two fresh waters lakes in the rift valley and a bird watchers paradise; it has over 460 recorded bird species and a number of hippos. Check in and lunch at Lake Baringo country club campsite which has plenty of information on the areas bird life. A resident ornithologist leads walks before breakfast and in the evenings. Dinner and Overnight at campsite.

Day 2: Lake Baringo
After breakfast, take a 1hour bird watching trip by boat to the island to view more birds and hippos. On the island you can organise short excursions at an extra cost to see the njemp village (local tribe) and dancing, or a local snake farm. After proceed to the nearby Lake Bogoria 1 hour away.

Lake Bogoria is a shallow soda lake hosting thousands of pink flamingos, a large number of other birds and the lesser kudu. Scalding hot springs and geysers at the southern end of the lake spurt and steam their alkaline waters. The bubbling of hot springs, hundreds of singing weaverbirds and a million flamingos feeding in the bluish water presents a rare scenic beauty. Dinner and overnight at the Campsite.

Day 3: Lake Baringo – Kakamega
After breakfast, drive to Kakamega National Reserve. This is the country’s only tropical rain forest and formed part of the dense rain forest that stretched from west Africa, across central Africa and in to the highland areas East and West of the great rift valley .The forest is world renowned as home to several hundred species of birds including rare snake eating birds, insects, monkeys and other mammals as well as countless exotic tree species. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

Day 4: Kakamega
After breakfast, spend a full day in the Kakamega national reserve with bird walks accompanied by game wardens and our driver / guides. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

Day 5: Kakamega - Nakuru
Drive to Lake Nakuru national park after an early breakfast arriving at the Lake Nakuru Campsite in time for lunch. The park is a home to stunning flocks of lesser and greater flamingos, which literally turn the lakeshores in to a magnificent pink stretch. The bird life here is world renown and over 400 birds’ species can be seen like, white pelicans and the marabou stork, all water birds that breed in the lakes alkaline waters. You may also spot white rhino, rare Rothschild giraffe, and other plain game. Dinner and Overnight at the campsite.

Day 6: Nakuru - Naivasha
A pre breakfast bird spotting drive in the park and around the lake before returning to the campsite for breakfast. Drive to Hells gate national park with a brief stop at the lake Elementaita viewpoint.

The Hells Gate National Park is famous for its natural steaming geysers and a haven for birdwatchers. The walking/hiking in the park gives one a sense of freedom, open space and a clear view of wildlife. The cliffs are breeding grounds for vultures, verreauxs eagles, augur buzzards and thousands of swifts. Over 120 species have been recorded here.

Lunch at the campsite and the afternoon is spent at leisure either to explore the rich, bird filled gardens or an optional boat ride to Crescent Island (at an extra cost). Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

Day 7: Naivasha - Nairobi
After a leisurely breakfast drive back to Nairobi and drop off at your hotel or drop off at JKI Airport to catch your flight back home.

Cost: Euro 850 / US$ 1240 per person. Based on minimum 2 persons travelling.

Package Includes:

  • all game parks or national parks entrance fees
  • all game drives in the various parks accompanied by our professional English-speaking driver cum guide
  • transport by comfortable safari vehicles with hatch-roofs
  • all campsite fees
  • all camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • accommodation in the campsite
  • Three sumptuous meals per day whilst on safari, prepared and served by our cook

Package Excludes:

  • Tips to driver guide, cook and porter.
  • Extras at the lodges - tips, drinks, telephone, laundry etc
  • Items of personal expenses