8 Days Mount Kenya Birding Experience


This tour is a great chance to explore this ornithological neglected paradise.

Key Species in this region include Mountain Buzzard, Ayre’s Hawk-Eagle, Mountain Wagtail, Mountain Greenbul, Grey-Headed Negro-Finch, Yellow-crowned Bishop, Abyssinian Crimson wing, Red-fronted parrot, Pigmy Falcon, Donaldson-Smith’s sparrow Weaver, yellow-billed hornbill, Tambourine dove, Montagu harrier.


Day 1: Nairobi National Park – Nairobi Museum.

Our Nairobi National Park Day Tour visits the best birding spot in Nairobi City; the only capital city in the world to host a national park. Many regard it as Kenya’s capital birding location. In fact, over 500 bird species have been recorded in the park. The park is only 117.21 Km2 in size. We shall spend the day in the park birding across the varied habitats that our guide will help you enjoy. In the afternoon you will visit Nairobi Museum. The Nairobi National Museum Tour will take you to the largest and most interesting museum in Kenya. The museum is a great place to learn about Kenya’s rich heritage, culture and history. The museum was first initiated in the year 1910, making it over a century old.
The museum offers unique collections on various themes; including birds, mammals, history of Kenya, peoples of Kenya and human evolution. Indeed, the Nairobi National Museum Tour is always a wonderful experience. In the evening you will head back to your lodge for dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2: Nairobi –Embu

After break fast you will proceed to Embu, this is where you shall explore the foot of Mount Kenya forest looking for birds such as; Abbot’s Starling, Brown Woodland Warbler, Tulberg’s Barbet, Bar-tailed Trogon, White-starred Robin, Ayre’s Hawk-Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Mountain Buzzard, Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Bronze-napped Pigeon, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Bar-tailed Trogon, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Mountain Wagtail, Mountain Greenbul, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Black-throated Apalis, Black-headed Apalis, African Hill Babbler, Hunter’s Cisticola, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Montane Oriole, Kenrick’s Starling, Waller’s Starling, Olive Sunbird, Brown-capped Weaver, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Thick-billed Seed-eater and Grey-headed Negro-finch.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner overnight at your lodge.

Day 3: Mount Kenya National Park

After breakfast you will head for a full day game drive and bird viewing experience. Expect to be blown away by doing some altitude birding and being immersed in one of Africa’s most unique environments with a wide array of unique species to be encountered. Below is a list of species likely to be encountered on this tour!
Mountain Buzzard, Violet-backed Starling, Olive Pigeon, Eastern Bronze-napped Pigeon and Oriole Finch, Meyer’s Parrots, African Green Pigeon, Black-and-white Mannikin and Spot-flanked Barbet, Red-fronted Parrot, Jackson’s Francolin, Moorland Chat, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Black-headed Waxbill, Slender-billed Starling, Waller’s Starling, Montane White-eye, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Hunter’s Cisticola, and Moorland Francolin. In the evening, head back to your lodge for dinner and stay overnight.

Day 4: Mount Kenya National Park

On this day the forest birding will commence early in the morning, we shall follow the established nature trail to look for bird species that we may need or missed on our previous walk, we will rely more on bird calls because forest birds tend to be shy and skulking. Grey, Chestnut-throated, Black-throated, and Black Collared Apalises will be heard calling in intervals, other interesting birds to see on the trails includes the Kandt’s and Yellow-bellied Waxbills, Mountain Yellow Warbler, and Moustached Tinkerbird will also be heard calling high up in the tree canopy. After lunch you will rest for the day or proceed to an evening nature walk in the park with dinner and overnight afterwards.

Day 5: Samburu Game Reserve

We leave Mount Kenya after breakfast and head to Samburu, a place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District, whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana and beyond. Birdlife in this reserve is not raging behind as it is profuse, and species such as Somali and white throated bee-eaters, golden pipit, Vulture guinea fowl, White headed Mouse bird, Buff Crested Bustards, Black capped Social Weaver, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow Weaver, Golden Breasted Starling among other dry land species. You will be driven to your lodge later in the evening for dinner and stay overnight.

Day 6: Shaba National Reserve

From Samburu, you will proceed to Shaba National Reserve. Here you will be able to see a variety of birds such as; Secretary Bird, Hooded Vulture, Bateleur, Shikra, Gabar Goshawk, Lizard Buzzard, Palm-nut Vulture, Red-necked Falcon, Vulturine Guineafowl, Denham’s Bustard, African Orange-bellied Parrot, White-headed Mousebird, Somali Bee-eater, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, William’s Lark, Ethiopian Swallow, Boran Cisticola, Taita Fiscal, Magpie Starling, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver and many more. Dinner and stay overnight at your pre-booked lodge.

Day 7: Aberdare National Park

We shall continue with the forest birding driving to the Aberdares National Park looking for the endemic Aberdares Cisticola and the Jackson’s Francolin, other bird species of interest are Moorland Chat, and Buff-spotted Flufftail, Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird. We shall also keep an eye out for the Cassin Hawk Eagle- a real forest raptor with very few confirmed records in Kenya that hunt through the canopy using the leafage and dark light of the forest to get its prey. You will be driven to your lodge later in the evening for dinner and stay overnight.

Day 8: Nairobi.

Morning forest birding after breakfast as you embark on a journey back to Nairobi for your outbound flight home.

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Safari Inclusions

• Transport in a safari-designed vehicle
• All park entrance fees
• 7 nights accommodation whilst on safari
• Services of our professional driver/guide

Safari Exclusions

• International air transportation to and from Nairobi
• Expenses of personal nature such as visas, travel/baggage insurance, laundry, beverages, tips etc.
• Cultural visits e.g. To Maasai villages
• Hotel accommodation in Nairobi before and after the safari

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