12 Days/11 Nights:Nairobi /Aberdare /Samburu /Mt Kenya/Lake Nakuru/ Maasai Mara/ Lake Naivasha.
Day 1:Nairobi National Park.
Arrive Nairobi onboard morning flight.Transfer to Nairobi Safari Club.Check inn and later at 12:00am pick up for a visit to Nairobi National Park, which lies within the shadows of the large capital city. With highland forest, Acacia woodland, rocky escarpments, open grassland, large ponds, and small streams, this park is home to a wide variety of birds and mammals. Some of the key species we will search for here are Shelley's Francolin, Hartlaub's Bustard, Spotted Thick-knee, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Singing Cisticola, Banded and Brown Warblers, African Yellow Warbler, Northern Pied Babbler, White-breasted White-eye, Long-tailed Fiscal, and White-winged Widowbird. Nairobi National Park is without a doubt the best place in Kenya to see the endangered Black Rhino, and we have a very good chance of locating this very impressive species together with many of the other mammals we have seen before. Return late afternoon/early evening to Nairobi Safari Club for your overnightstay.
Day 2:Aberdares:Mountain Lodge.
Breakfast at your Nairobi Hotel and depart for the Aberdares with several short stops en route. Our first destination is the Blue Post Hotel in Thika, where we will bird the hotel grounds and woodlands along the Chania River. Here we will start seeing our first exciting African species, which may include Hadada Ibis, Red-eyed Dove, African Green-pigeon, Speckled Mousebird, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, White-headed and Spot-flanked Barbets, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Mountain Wagtail, Grey-olive Greenbul, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Grey-capped Warbler, Variable, Collared and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, Holub's Golden-weaver, Baglafecht Weaver and African Citril. Our second stop will be at the large Tana River, where we should find Moustached Grass-warbler, African Golden-weaver, Yellow Bishop, and Brown-backed and Bronze Mannikins. We will make another stop at Wajee Camp, a noted site for the endemic Hinde's Pied-babbler. While birding the steep forested slopes of the camp, we stand a chance of locating Ayre's Hawk-eagle, African Wood-owl, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, and Green-headed Sunbird. Serena Mountain Lodge is located on the lower slopes of Mt Kenya, Africa's second tallest mountain, and is an excellent place to locate many highland forest species. Along the entrance road we may encounter Augur Buzzard, Crowned Hawk-eagle, Hartlaub's Turaco, Moustached Tinkerbird, Mosque Swallow, Black Saw-wing, Sharpe's Starling, Black-tailed Oriole, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, African Paradise-flycatcher, Cape Robin-chat, African Stonechat, Broad-ringed White-eye, and Eastern Double-collared Sunbird. The large waterhole and salt lick at the lodge is host to many mammals and we can expect Blue Sykes Monkey, White-tailed and Marsh Mongooses, Common Genet, Defassa Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Giant Forest Hog, and the tiny Suni. At an elevation of almost 8,000ft nights can be quite chilly. One night stay at the Serena Mountain Lodge.
Days 3-4 :Samburu.
Early-morning birding from the lodge balcony is always productive and may include Marabou Stork, Black Goshawk, Delegourge's Pigeon, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Cape Wagtail, Slender-billed and Mountain Greenbuls, R?ppell's Robin-chat, Hunter's Cisticola, Grey and Black-throated Apalis, Grey-headed Negrofinch and Yellow-crowned Canary. We will also take a short walk from the lodge along the entrance road in search of the more secretive species of the area such as Scaly Francolin, African Hill Babbler, White-starred Robin, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Mountain Yellow Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Yellow-bellied Waxbill and Oriole Finch. Mid-morning we will leave the cool climate of Mt Kenya for more arid country in the north, specifically the Samburu Game Reserve. The drive will offer spectacular scenery, and the grasslands along the roadside are a great place for Black-winged Plover, Black-shouldered Kite, Dusky Turtle-dove, Angola Swallow, Greater Blue-eared Glossy-starling, Cape Rook, Boran Cisticola, Tacazze Sunbird, Red-collared and Long-tailed Widowbirds (seasonal) and Speke's Weaver. Samburu is one of the most exciting reserves in East Africa. The semi-desert habitat and the rich woodlands along the Ewaso Nyiro River are teeming with wildlife. Exploration of the fantastic reserve will produce an almost overwhelming array of bird species: Palm-nut and Hooded Vultures, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, African Hawk-eagle, Crested and Yellow-necked Francolins, Vulturine Guineafowl, Buff-crested and White-bellied Bustards, Black-faced and Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Red-bellied Parrot, African Scops-owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Somali Bee-eater, Rufous-crowned Roller, Von der Decken's Hornbill, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Bearded Woodpecker, Pink-breasted Lark, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Rosy-patched Bush-shrike, Hunter's and Black-bellied Sunbirds, Golden-breasted and Fischer's Starlings, Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-weaver, Cut-throat and the stunning Somali Bunting. Mammal life is also prolific, with many species not seen elsewhere on our tour. Just a few of the many possibilities are Olive Baboon, Black-faced Vervet Monkey, Dwarf Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Kirk's Dikdik, Common Waterbuck, Gerenuk and the magnificent Beisa Oryx. Two night stay at the Samburu Serena Lodge/Samburu Lodge/Samburu Sopa Lodge.
Day 5:Mt. Kenya/Naro Moru River.
Breakfast from your lodge and depart Samburu for Mt.Kenya region arriving at the Naro-Moru River lodge early afternnon for lunch,spend the rest of the day birding at this montane forest. Rare species likely to be seen include; Green Ibis, Lesser Spotted Eagle,Harrier Hawk, Rufous Sparrow hawk, Ayre's Hawk Eagle.Black stork, Red Fronted Parrots, Green Ibis Common snipe, Mountain Buzzard, Bronze napped pigeon Mountain white-eye, Abbots Starling, Sharpe's Starling,Mountain Oriole and Thick-billed seedeater. Dinner and Overnight stay will be at Naro Moru River Lodge .
Day 6&7:Lake Nakuru.
Morning depart for Lake Nakuru National Park allowing time to search for several key species along the way. A large rocky escarpment en route is a favourite roosting spot for the Mackinder's Eagle-owl and with some luck we should be able to locate this highly sought-after species. The Acacia scrub by a nearby lake is a favourite haunt for Little Grebe, Yellow-billed Duck, Red-winged Starling, Little Rock-thrush, Pale Flycatcher, and Purple Grenadier. In the early afternoon we will arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park, the greatest birding spectacle on earth! Huge numbers of Lesser Flamingos feed in the shallow alkaline water, sometimes up to a million, with smaller numbers of Greater Flamingos. Exploring the Acacia woodland and the lakeside marshes we will no doubt encounter many wonderful avian delights: Great White Pelican, Great Cormorant, African Spoonbill, African Fish-eagle, African Harrier-hawk, Hildebrandt's Francolin, Grey-headed Gull, Broad-billed Roller, Levaillant's Cuckoo, White-browed Coucal, Green Wood-hoopoe, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Grey Woodpecker, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Northern Anteater-chat, Grey-backed Fiscal, Brown-crowned Tchagra and African Firefinch. Mammals are also quite common in the park and it is one of the few places in East Africa where the endangered White Rhino can be found. Some of the other mammals we hope to find include Rothchild's Giraffe and Reedbuck. One night stay at the Sarova Lion Hill/Similar.
Days 8,9 & 10:Maasai Mara.
Depart early morning for Masai Mara Game Reserve in south-western Kenya. The Mara is the northern extension of the famous Serengeti plains. Here we will find a wide variety of bird life, as well as some of the most spectacular mammals on the continent. Complimenting the wildlife is the dramatic scenery of endless grasslands, lush river valleys, and steep rock strewn escarpments. Birds we can expect in this area of the Mara are Rufous-bellied Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Wahlberg's Eagle, Coqui and Red-necked Francolins, Grey Crowned-crane, Temminck's Courser, Wattled Lapwing, Ross' and Schalow's Turaco, Malachite and Woodland Kingfishers, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Rufous-chested Swallow, White-tailed Lark, Familiar Chat, Silverbird, Red-faced, Trilling and Tabora Cisticolas, Green-capped Eremomela, Black-crowned Tchagra, Hildebrandt's and Violet-backed Starlings, Yellow-fronted Canary and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting. This is the best area in the Mara to see big game up close and some of the many mammals to be seen here include Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Banded Mongoose, Spotted Hyena, Serval Cat, African Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Bush Hyrax, African Elephant, Common Zebra, Hippopotamus, Common Warthog, Masai Giraffe, African Buffalo, Eland, Steinbuck, Bohor Reedbuck, Thomson's and Grant's Gazelles, Impala, Topi, Coke's Hartebeest, and thousands of Wildebeest. You will have achance to see the Crocodiles at the Mara River. Accomodation at Mara Sopa Lodge/Mara Keekrok Lodge.
Day 11.Lake Naivasha.
After Breakfast depart for Lake Naivasha traveling through the Great Rift Valley. While en route we may come across Egyptian Vulture, Greater Kestrel, Kori Bustard, Grey-rumped Swallow, Schalow's and Capped Wheatears and Red-billed Quelea. An afternoon arrival will allow us to bird the tall Acacia woodland on the beautiful hotel grounds. expected here are Gabar Goshawk, Dideric and Black Cuckoos, Barn Owl, Verreaux's Eagle-owl, White-fronted Bee-eater, Lesser and Wahlberg's Honeyguide, Black-lored Babbler, Amethyst Sunbird, Grey-headed Bush-shrike and Spectacled Weaver. One night stay at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge/Similar.
Late morning depart for Nairobi arriving early afternoon.Enjoy a city tour and later you will be taken for a farewell dinner at the Carnivore restaurant.At 21:00hrs transfer to the airport for your flight out.
Price per person sharing a double room USD.
Nairobi/ Sweetwaters / Samburu/ Naro Moru/ Aberdares / LakeBogoria/ Lake Nakuru/ Lake Elemtaita / Lake Naivasha / Maasai Mara/ Amboseli/ Tsavo/ Nairobi.
Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta international airport onboard evening flight.We recieve you at the airport and transfer to Nairobi Safari Club/Hilton Hotel,overnightstay on bed/breakfast basis.
Day 2:Nairobi/SweetWaters Game Reserve.
Depart in the morning for the shoulders of Mt.Kenya,d rive through rich farmlands of the kikuyu tribe who grow corn and coffee among other crops enjoy the scenery as you explore the great rift valley on your drive to arrive at Sweetwaters Luxury Tented Camp for lunch. Sweetwaters is a "Rhino heaven"(Morani which you can feed and touch) and other big five game including the elephants,buffalos,lion and the loepard, a wide variety of birds such as Augur Buzzard, Stout Cisticola, Cape Robin Chat, Black Kite, African Harrier Hawk among other highland species are easily spotted. An optional night game drive is available at an extral cost.Dinner and overnight at Sweetwaters Tented Camp. (fullboard).
Day 3:Samburu National Reserve.
Leave Sweetwaters after breakfast and you drive (3hours)to the north rugged semi desert region arriving in time for lunch at lodge. Afternoon game drive and birds commonly seen in this region include the Bristle-crowned Starling,Vereaux's Eagle-owl, Night Heron, Palm-Nut Vulture (sometimes called the South African Fish-Eagle) and Pygmy Falcon; Verreaux's Eagle can be seen soaring over the hills in the park. Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow Weaver which is fairly common in some locations. Dinner and overnight at Samburu lodge/Serena lodge/Sopa Lodge.(fullboard).
Early morning (6:30am-9:00am)and late afternoon( 1600hrs-1800hrs) game viewing drive at Samburu in search of the rarely found species of wild game like the rare liver-red reticulated giraffe, grevy's zebra, the long necked gerenuk antelopes, beisaOryx, blue flanked Somali ostrich, vulturine guinea fowl and also braving lions on the grass, leopards in the trees and plenty of other plains game, you may even get to see the uncommon Red-headed Weaver which has been nesting in the grounds for the last couple of years.In between meals there is optional visit to the Samburu villages if clients so wish. All mealsand overnight at Shaba lodge/Serena Lodge/Sopa Lodge.
Day 5:Mt. Kenya/Naro Moru River.
Breakfast from your lodge and depart Samburu for Mt.Kenya region arriving at the Naro-Moru River lodge early afternnon for lunch, spend the rest of the day birding at this montane forest. Rare species likely to be seen include; Green Ibis, Lesser Spotted Eagle,Harrier Hawk, Rufous Sparrow hawk, Ayre's Hawk Eagle.Black stork, Red Fronted Parrots, Green Ibis Common snipe, Mountain Buzzard, Bronze napped pigeon Mountain white-eye, Abbots Starling, Sharpe's Starling, Mountain Oriole and Thick-billed seedeater. Dinner and Overnight stay will be at Naro Moru River Lodge .
Day 6:Aberdares/Tree Hotel.
Early morning guided nature walk followed by breakfast at your lodge and drive to the shoulders of Mt.Kenya arriving at the Outspan Golf & Country Club for lunch. After lunch transfer by lodge vehicle to the Treetops Lodge where from the lodge balcony you view game that often visit the floodlit waterhole and saltlick--e.g elephants, rhino, buffalo and giant forest hog,birds likely to be spotted include African Green Ibis,Ayres's Hawk Eagle, Crowned Eagle, African Grass Owl,Cape Eagle Owl and Long-tailed Widowbird,and Aberdare Cisticola, Baillon's Crake and the Striped Flufftail. Dinner and overnight onboard the Tree Lodge.(Treetops).
Day 7:Aberdares Tree Hotel/ Lake Baringo/ Lake Bogoria.
Depart Treetops lodge for Outspan hotel for breakfast. After breakfast proceed southwards via
Thomson falls for a brief stop ,you're likely to see Chestnut-Winged Starlings, Slender billed starling, Rock Martin, Grey cuckoo shrike around the waterfalls. Proceed to the Great Rift Valley and onto Lake Bogoria National Park. The Reserve's herd of the rare Greater Kudu makes it unique and other game to view. The south shore of Lake Bogoria has acacia-ficus woodland and to the north is a papyrus swamp. Birds unique to this area include, Congregatory of Lesser and Greater flamingo, Steppe eagle, Curlew Sand piper, Black necked grebe and Black headed Plover. Dinner and Overnight will be at Lake Baringo Country Club (Fullboard).
Day 8:Lake Baringo.
Full day at Baringo, well known by many avid Ornithologist as mecca for Birds, with 500 species of birds having been recorded. There are possibilities to see rare species like, Cape Eagle Owl, White-faced Scops Owl, Jackson's Hornbill, Hemprich's Hornbill, Brown-Tailed Rock Chat, Nothern Red Bishop, Northern Masked Weaver and White Billed Buffalo Weaver, Olivaceous Warbler, Northern brownbul, Jackson's golden backed weaver, Little weaver, Brown Tailed Rock Chat, Goliath heron, Northern Shoveller, Verreauxs eagle owl, Bristle crowned starling, Senegal Thicknee, Pygmy falcon, Blue cheecked bee-eater. Dinner and Overnight at the Lake Baringo Country Club (Fullboard).
Day 9:Lake Baringo/Lake Nakuru.
Morning breakfast at your lodge in Baringo,and proceed to arrive Lake Nakuru in time for lunch at Sarova Lionhill/ Lake Nakuru Lodge, Late afternoon (1600hrs-1800hrs) game drive.Lake Nakuru has a surprisingly number of animals, it is a Rhino sanctuary and the "big five" except the Elephant can be seen here, a shimmering flamingo pink from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores. Nakuru National Park, a shallow and strongly alkaline lake, with surrounding acacia woodland & grassland, there're thousands of Lesser and Greater flamingos make this lake their home, among hundreds of other Species unique to this area which include, White winged Black Tern, Hilderbrants Francolin, African fish eagle, Steppe eagle, Grey crested Helmet Shrike, Red-capped lark, Spotted Crake. Wildlife is also in abundance here. dinner and overnight at Sarova Lionhill lodge/Lake Nakuru Lodge. (fullboard).
Day 10:Lake Nakuru/Lake Elementaita.
Early morning game drive followed by breakfast at your lodge and depart for Lake Elemntaita in good time for lunch. Enjoy most the afternoon at the shores of the lake which also harbour greater flamingos make this lake their home, among hundreds of other Species unique to this area which include, White winged Black Tern, Hilderbrants Francolin, African fish eagle, Steppe eagle, Grey crested Helmet Shrike, Red-capped lark, Spotted Crake. Wildlife is also in abundance here. dinner and overnight at Lake Elementaita.
Day 11:Lake Elementaita/Lake Naivasha.
Morning breakfast and depart Lake Elemetaita for Lake Naivasha arriving in good time for lunch at the Sopa Lodge.Mid afternoon bird walk or boat ride (Optional),the only fresh water rift valley lake in Kenya. The lake supports a diverse water-bird community, with more than 80 species recorded regularly which includes Red knobbed coots, African spoonbill, African jacana and little grebes depending on water levels. Dinner and over night at the Sopa Lodge/Simillar.
Day 12:Full day at the Lake Naivasha.
Full day at the lake Naivasha Region extending your bird walks to Hells gate for vulture bredding point. Afternoon return to your lodge for optional activities. All meals at Sopa Lodge/Simillar.
Day 13:Lake Naivasha/Maasai Mara.
Early Breakfast depart for Maasai Mara crossing the loita plains, Game viewing enroute to arrive at lodge in good time for lunch at Mara sopa/ Keekorok lodge .Afternoon game drive inside the scenic park well known for great concertration of wildgame. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa lodge/ Keekork lodge. (fullboard).
Day 14&15:Maasai Mara.
Two Full days in maasai mara taking with you picnic luches for full days to explore the magic mara. The bush and woodlands around the reserve also hold some unique bird species, more than 450 bird species have been recorded in the Mara, including 12 species of cisticola and birds of prey. Large numbers of palaerctic migrants winter in the area including Caspian plovers and white storks. Other local and unusual birds in the Mara include Rock Cisticola, Rufous Bellied Heron, Denham's Bustard, Black Coucal, Red Tailed chat, Pale Wren Warbler, Tabora Cisticola, Yellow Bellied Hyliota, Green-capped Eremomela and Magpie Shrike. Dinner and overnight at the Sopa Lodge/ Keekorok Lodge.
Day 16:Nairobi/Amboseli .
Early Breakfast at your lodge in Mara and depart for Nairobi arriving for earlylunch, afternoon depart for Amboseli at the foot of the mighty snow-capped Mt.Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, Amboseli is a photogenic Park and hosts great number of game ,enroute game viewing as you proceed to Amboseli Sopa/ Serena lodge for dinner and overnight. (fullboard).
Day 17:Amboseli National Park.
Full day in Amboseli Park which hosts great number of game including the lion, elephant and the splendid cheetah, 400 species of birds many of which live in and around the swamps. Meals and overnight at Amboseli lodge/Sopa Lodge. (fullboard).
Day 18:Amboseli/Tsavo West National Park.
Early early morning breakfast and depart Amboseli for Tsavo Westto the land of man-eaters - Tsavo National Park. A diverse and vast park which is one of the largest game sanctuaries with combination of Tsavo west and Tsavo East. Arrive in good time for lunch at the Kilaguni Serena Lodge. game drive in the wilderness supports a large number of games including elephants, rhino, lion, huge herd of buffalo etc.Dinner and over night at the Kilaguni Serena
Day 19: Tsavo West National Park.
Early morning breakfast followed by full day game drive extending the game at the Mzima springs for nature walk. Meals and dinner at the Kilaguni Serena Lodge.
Day 20:Tsavo West/Nairobi.
Early morning breakfast and depart Tsavo for Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. Lunch at Tona Tree and proceed to Nairobi National Park bide fare well your bird watching, overnight at the Nairobi Safari Club/Hilton Hotel.
Breakfast at your Nairobi Hotel and drop off at the airport for your flight out.
End of our services.
Safari Price per person sharing in a Double Room USD
Inclusive in cost as per itinerary;
Private Transportation in tourist minibuses Vehicle fitted with HF Radio communication and pop-up roof for easy viewing and photographing, Fullboard accomodation on safari, All park entrance fees, services of English speaking skilled and experienced bird driver/guide, extensive game drives in the national parks, airport transfers.
Exclusive in safari cost :
Any Nairobi over night, Mineral Drinking water, Alcoholic drinks, beverages, Airport departure Tax, tips ,visas, laundry, Personal Toiletries, optional activities like city tours, carnivore restaurant etc, items of personal nature, Flying Doctors service (recommended. $30 per person).