Bird Watching in Central Kenya, Birding Tours in East Africa, Ornithology around Mount Kenya, Birding in Mt Kenya, Birds of Mount Kenya
VST 966X - Birding in Central Kenya - 14 Days/ 13 Nights
This birding tour will give you a great opportunity to explore a region part of Kenya that is neglected yet is an orthinological paradise that hosts some endemic birds among other birds. You will drive through this highland terrain from hills to mountain valleys including the plains with a 4x4 wheeled vehicle to explore these Important Birding Areas (IBA)
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Nairobi Area
Nairobi National Park is a park within the periphery of Nairobi city, Kenya's capital city only 7 km from the city centre. Has a wide variety of birds as well as game as its have different habitats such as Grassland, woodland, thickets, dams and ponds and upland dry forest. Look out for the globally threatened species such as Madagascar Squacco Heron, Corncrake Lesser Kestrel, Red-throated Tit and Jackson's Widowbird among other common birds such as the largest bird on earth, the ostrich, and black headed weaver among other birds. In Nairobi Safari walk areas look out for the little bee eater, weavers among other birds around the walk especially at the forest trail section.
Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Nairobi - Embu
Irangi Forest situated along the Meru road from Embu. About 6 km travel will bring you to the small village of Mutindori. On the left a well defined murram road leads to St. Marks Teacher Training College. Follow this road towards the mountain, passing the college, Manyatta and Mianjakoma Tea Factories and finally reaching the Irangi Forest barrier. You can explore this forest by foot or by vehicle as the numerous tracks and trails in the forest itself merit investigation. Interesting bird watching can be guaranteed, but interesting sightings can be slow and few and far between until one comes across mixed bird parties. The forest holds and excellent selection of highland forest and stream-side birds, including Ayre's Hawk-Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Mountain Buzzard, Rufous-breasted Sparrow hawk, Bronze-napped Pigeon, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Bar-tailed Trogon, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Mountain Wagtail, Mountain Greenbul, African Hill Babbler, hunter’s Cisticola, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Montane Oriole, Kendrick’s Starling, Waller's Starling, Olive Sunbird, Brown-capped Weaver, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Black-throated Apalis, Black-headed Apalis, Brown Woodland Warbler, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Abyssinian Crimson-wing, thick-billed seed eater and Grey-headed Negro-finch.
Dinner and overnight at Izaak Walton Inn
Day 4: Mount Kenya National Park
Day 5: Mount Kenya National
In this Mount Kenya national park other birds to see include Hartlaub’s Turaco, Brown-Hooded Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Grey-olive Greenbul, Zanzibar Sombre Greenbul, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, Black-Throated Wattle-eye, Singing, Red faced, Winding, Rattling, Croaking Cisiticolas, Mountain Yellow Warbler, African-moustached Warbler, Broad-tailed Warbler, African Golden Weaver, Yellow-crowned Bishop, African Fire finch, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, and Abyssinian Crimson wing.
Green Ibis, Long-crested Eagle, Mountain and Augur Buzzards, Rofous-breasted Sparrow hawk, Red-fronted Parrot, Red-throated Wryneck, Common Stone-chat, Kenrick's and Waller’s Starlings, Oriole Finch, Montane White-eye, African Hill Babbler, Montane Greenbul, White-headed Hoopoe, Grey , Black-throated, Black-headed, Chestnut-throated Apalises, Green, Olive, and Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeons, Lemon, and Tambourine Doves, Moustached Green Tinker bird, White-headed and White-eared Barbets, Scarce and Alpine Swifts, Eastern and Northern Double-collared sunbirds, Green Headed, Golden- winged and Tacazze sunbirds among more common species.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mountain Serena Lodge
Day 6 - 9: Mount Kenya National Park
- Samburu Game Reserve
The Samburu Game Reserve, Shaba Game Reserve and Buffalo Springs are watered by the Uaso Nyiro River (meaning the brown river) which runs through all these three reserves and in parts is the border between the Samburu and Buffalo Springs; there's usually plenty of bird life in the Acacias and Doum Palms along the river banks. The river is generally wide and shallow but vanishes completely in very dry seasons while it raises high enough to flood both banks after especially heavy rains. In drought or very dry spells the weavers which normally nest along the banks seem to become less common, while birds such as the yellow billed hornbill tend to move down closer to the river. The shade provided by the acacia and doum palm trees also makes them a favorite place for elephants in the middle of the day. Look out for bristle-crowned starling, night heron, vereaux’s eagle-owl (also known as the South African Fish-Eagle), pigmy falcon, Donaldson-Smith’s sparrow weaver and the red- headed weaver.
All meals at Samburu Serena lodge or similar lodge
Day 10: Mount Kenya Safari Club
NOTE: dressing for dinner is strictly casual. Can hire one in the club if you do not have one.
Day 11-12: Aberdare National Park
Aberdare National Park forest and moorlands shelter and nourish a diverse avian fauna. You can encounter birds such as silvery-cheeked hornbill, Hartlaub's turaco, Narina and bar-tailed trogons, green pigeons, tambourine dove and purple-crested cuckoo-shrike. birds of prey may include the African crowned eagle which preys on monkeys, guineafowls, francolins and even known to take duickers. black and white colobus monkeys are a favorite prey. Other birds of prey may include the mountain buzzard and aguar buzzard, long crested eagle, owls, the rare Ayre's eagle and the palearctic birds such as Montagu harrier and steppe buzzard. Other forest birds include the cinnamon-chested bee eater, African paradise fly catcher, and white headed hoopoe. At the bamboo area look out for the white-starred robin, Jackson's francolin and in the moorland region expect to see the cisticolas- the Aberdare cisticolas, hunter's cisticolas and the Levaillant and wing - snaping cistocola. sunbirds include the Tacazze sunbird and the malachite sunbird. The Kinangop grasslands which are on the plateau west of Aberdares are home of the Sharpe's long craw found nowhere else in the world.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at treetops
Day 13: Outspan - Nairobi
Day 14: Departure
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