Day 1: Arrival at JKIA to Nairobi hotel
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), you will be met by our knowledgeable guide who will be briefed regarding the safari. You will then be transferred to Best Western Plus Hotel for rest and overnight.
Day 2: Nairobi National park Excursion
Our safari will begin with an excursion in Nairobi National Park. After breakfast, you will be picked from the hotel and drive to the park which is the home to a big game despite the closeness to the city. We will be able to see Ostrich, Secretary Bird, Crowned Crane, Vulture, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Tawny Eagle and a herd of Buffaloes should provide Red-billed Woodpecker perched on their backs, Black Kite, Marabou Stork, Pied Crow, and African Palm Swift are also available in the park. The Park has a diverse avifauna with a checklist of over 520 bird species. One of the eight species of Kenya Mountains Endemic Bird Area, 27 species of the 94 Somali–Masai biome, and 25 species of the 67 African Highlands biome that occur in Kenya, have been recorded in the area. Migrating Lesser Falcons roost at the site in large numbers (Over 5,000 individuals have been recorded at a time) among other bird species. Hosting a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino (one of the park’s success stories), lions, leopards, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes. The park is also the home to various animals including 4 of the big 5 animals- lion, leopard, buffalo, and Rhino. Other animals you will get to spot include giraffes, antelopes, zebras, and maybe some of the cats. In the afternoon you will visit the National Museum where you will get to learn more about different species of birds.
Overnight at Best Western Plus Hotel
Day 03: Nairobi to Olpejeta Conservancy
This morning we depart Nairobi after breakfast and proceed north through the lush and coffee plantations and on to Olpejeta Conservancy arriving at Serena Sweetwaters Camp for lunch. After a brief rest, you will have a guided bush walk and bird watching. You will get to spot various birds species including Stout Cisticola, Black Kite, Augur Buzzard, Cape Robin-Chat Hawk, etc. The conservancy also supports various animals such as elephants, giraffes, rhinoceros, chimpanzees, etc. In the evening return to the camp for rest, dinner, and overnight.
Day 03: Samburu National Reserve
Rise early for a morning game drive then return to the camp for breakfast. Leave the sanctuary with an en-route game drive and proceed to the fiercely beautiful Samburu National Reserve. Have lunch then head out for an exciting afternoon game drive till sunset where you will return to the lodge for rest. You can plan time to visit the local villages and interact with the community. Lunch, dinner, and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge.
Day 4: Samburu National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve is located in the northeast of Laikipia and is home to some of the rarest flora and fauna. More common mammals are grant’s gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, dik-diks, olive baboons, elephants, warthogs, hippos, and many others. These prey animals support an active population of carnivores, including lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, leopards, to name a few, and you may even sight the powerful African wild dogs that have been recorded in the reserve. During your stay in Samburu, your Samburu guide will help you identify diverse sunbirds, bee-eaters, kingfishers, woodpeckers, hornbills, and many other avifaunae including birds of prey like a palm-nut vulture, Verreaux’s eagle-owl, Egyptian vulture, lappet-faced vulture, etc. Imagine the excitement of sighting a vulnerable species, such as great egrets, African darters, white-headed vultures, yellow-billed ox-peckers, and martial eagle.
Day 05: Full day Samburu National Reserve
This day will be spent in the reserve bird watching trying to come with a list of all the bird species found in this region with the help of our guide.
All meals and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge
Day 06: Samburu National Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast check out the lodge and leave the park while enjoying an en-route game drive. Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park with a brief stop-over at the Nyahururu falls. Arrive at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp for check-in and lunch. In the afternoon head out for game viewing and bird watching till evening where you will return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Lake Nakuru National Park is located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley named as a Ramsar site and an important bird area. It is regarded by the bird lovers as a spectacle ornithologist on earth. Touring and exploring the park will give you an opportunity to see and engage in many of East Africa’s most prized fauna in a natural and beautiful setting. The most prominent wildlife in the park includes 56 mammals and 450 bird species. The lake itself is frequently dotted with the pink tones of flamingos that are joined by pelicans, herons, storks, and other wading birds. Overhead, you see the distinct brown, black, white, and bright yellow coloration of an African fish eagle looking for a meaty carcass of flamingos while gliding on wings that span six to eight feet.
Day 07: Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Bogoria
After breakfast, we will proceed to Lake Bogoria where we will go birding to the nearby alkaline lake of Bogoria, famous for its thousands of flamingos and beautiful hot springs. After a relaxing bird walk around the lake, you will proceed to Lake Bogoria Club for lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will enjoy an extensive bird walk around the lake and the lodge environs, here we expect to find a variety of species such as the Woodland Kingfisher, Northern puff back, White-headed buffalo weaver, Rufous-crowned Roller, African golden oriole, African hoopoe, etc.
Lake Bogoria is the jewel of the Great Rift Valley described by Bishop Hannington as the most beautiful view in Africa. The lake is well known for its hot geysers which spread out along its southern shores. Lake Bogoria has become the preferred feeding and nesting site for greater and lesser flamingos, and these regal creatures create a contrasting element of light pink tones.
Day 08: Lake Bogoria to Lake Baringo
After breakfast, we drive further north to one of the leading bird destinations which are Lake Baringo. Proceed to Lake Baringo Club Hotel for check-in and lunch then enjoy a bird walk where will spot various species of birds such as White-faced scops owl, Bristol crowned starling, Goliath heron, Fan-tailed raven, etc. Afterward, a relaxing boat ride will also be featured. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Baringo Club Hotel.
Day 09 : Lake Baringo to Saiwa Swamp
We will depart Lake Baringo after breakfast and drive to Kitale town for lunch and on to Saiwa Swamp National Park, a forested paradise filled with exotic flowers, trees, and birds. Have an afternoon bird walk in search of Great blue turaco, Ross turaco, Luther’s bush shrike, White-capped robin chat, Grey crown crane, etc. You will also have various animals including sitatungas. Dinner and overnight at Kitale Golf Clubs
This is the smallest national park in Kenya created specifically created to protect the habitat and preserve the sitatungas, the aquatic antelope. It is an ideal park to visit if you enjoy walking and watching birds. There are boardwalks and four strategically placed observation towers to watch the wildlife and 372 species of birds including the Ross’ turaco and the blue-headed coucal. The park boasts over 370 bird species some of which include; grey heron, African black duck, orange tufted sunbird, Hartlaub's Marsh widow bird, lesser jacana, Narina trogons, lesser jacana, collared sunbird, blue-headed coucal brown-throated wattle eye, double toothed barbet, eastern plantain eater, grey-headed nigrita, grey-headed francolin, joyful greenbul, swamp flycatcher, snowy crowned Robin-chat, African fish eagle, and Ross’s turaco.
Day 10 : Saiwa Swamp to Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Have breakfast and head to Kakamega Forest National Reserve arriving at Rondo Retreat for lunch and check-in. Have rest then proceed to an afternoon game drive to this small forest. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Kakamega Forest is the only true equatorial forest found in Kenya located in Kakamega. There are dazzling lush flowers everywhere lighting up the green with their varied colors, among them 60 types of orchids. There are different bird species of birds including regal swallowtails, forest mother of pearl, black-tipped diadems, characters, green-banded swallowtails, and Hobart’s red gliders.
Day 11: Kakamega forest to Lake Victoria
After breakfast has an exciting nature walk accompanied by your local guide. During this time there are high chances of seeing a large variety of bird species endemic to this region as well a diverse plant life. Afterward, depart for Kisumu city located on the shores of Lake Victoria arriving at the Vic Hotel for lunch. In the afternoon we will enjoy watching the bird's African openbill stork, Swamp flycatcher, Red-chested Sunbird, Hammerkop, Eastern grey plantain-eater, etc. around the lake as you have a boat ride in the lake. Dinner tonight will be served at the Vic Hotel.
Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa located in Kisumu, the western frontier of Kenya, and is named after Queen Victoria. The most popular activity here is boat riding, fishing and bird watching. You can also visit local villages and schools, trek to hidden caves where the walls are etched with rock art, tour archeological sites in search of the enigmas of the lake’s earliest inhabitants, and much more.
Day 12: Lake Victoria to Lake Naivasha
Have an early breakfast then leave the hotel for Lake Naivasha where you will arrive for lunch at Naivasha Sawela Lodge. In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride at the lake then proceed to Crescent Island where you can wander/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. In the evening return to the lodge for rest, dinner, and overnight
Lake Naivasha is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 450 species of recorded birds including long-toed plover, Great white egret, Grey-headed gull, Southern pochard, Red-billed teal, and not to mention the Lilly trotter. It is a beautiful freshwater lake fed by the perennial Malewa and Gilgil rivers and, most unusually, it now has no visible outlet.
Day 13 : Lake Naivasha to Masaai Mara National park
Today our safari will take us to the world’s famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s number one park, and is always on every bird watcher’s and wildlife tourist “Must see list”. Arrive at Mara Sopa Lodge for lunch and check-in. In the afternoon head out for an exciting game drive in search of animals and bird watching then return to the lodge for rest, dinner & overnight.
Day 14: Masaai Mara Full day
Rise early take a cup of hot African tea/coffee and a snack then head out for a morning bird game drive. Return to the lodge for freshening up and breakfast. Collect your lunch boxes and drive to the wilderness to spend the day in the Mara Plains trying to identify and record the species of birds in the reserve. You will also spot many animals while in the reserve. The reserve is particularly rich in raptors with 57 species present. Bateleurs can often be seen soaring above the grassy plains and predator kills are a good place to find up to six species of vultures scavenging. Migratory birds are present from November to April.
Dinner tonight will be served at Mara Simba Lodge
Day 15: Masaai Mara to Nairobi
Have a morning game drive, followed by breakfast, and then leave the park as you enjoy an en-route game drive. Drive to Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon at Best Western Plus Hotel overnight.
Day 16: Departure to Airport
Depending to you scheduled flight you will be picked from the hotel and be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta for your flight home.