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Weavers Special Birding

offered by supplier M05597 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Kenya  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4110 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4110 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival Nairobi. On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, met by our representative and later transferred to Nairobi Safari Club Hotel where you will relax on your suite. Nairobi Safari Club formerly a private club for members only is the ideal place to be. Afternoon guided visit to National Museum Bird Gallery, Followed by a short bird walk at Nairobi National Museum Botanic Garden. Here we anticipate seeing species like the Variable Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird and the Collard Sunbird, African Goshawk, Palm swift Baglafetch Weaver, among others. Overnight Nairobi Safari Club Hotel or similar one. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 2: Nairobi - Thika. Today we leave in the morning and head Northward of "the city in the sky" towards Thika, Blue Post Inn - unique with its twin waterfalls Chania and Thika Falls, provide rewarding bird watching time for birders'. Here we have an opportunity to encounter with a few coastal species that penetrate into main land following the River Tana. We could be lucky to sight the Trumpeter Hornbill, Zanzibar Sombre Green-bull and African Golden Weaver. Great egret, Ayres Hawk Eagle, Purple Crested Turaco, Green headed sunbird and Black cuckoo shrike before our lunch time at Blue Post Inn Hotel.

Later in the afternoon we leave Thika and climb high until the slopes of Mt Kenya, Naro Moru where mountain forest gives way to valley grassland. Unique birds to this area include, Eastern double collared sunbird, Alpine swift, Black Chested snake eagle, Narina Trogon, Scaly throated honey guide, Mountain Wagtail, White headed wood hoopoe, African Black Duck, Grey Cuckoo shrike and Yellow-bellied waxbill. Overnight stay will be at Serena Mountain Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Mt. Kenya. We will spend the whole and birding at this Mountain Lodge with 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. Overnight stay will be at Naro Moru River Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Mt. Kenya - Lake Baringo/Lake Bogoria. We leave in the morning and head for Lake Baringo with a stop at the Nyahururu Waterfalls, there are possibilities of sighting Chestnut-Winged Starlings, Slender billed starling, Rock Martin, Grey cuckoo shrike around the waterfalls. Proceed on by road into 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 and Black headed Plover. Overnight will be at Lake Baringo Country Club. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Lake Baringo. Full day at Baringo, well known by many avid Ornithologist as mecca for Birds, with 500 species of birds having been recorded. Explore this area with field Birding around Lake Baringo, it's environs, the Cliffs and the bushes. 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, Brown Tailed Rock Chat, Goliath heron, Northern Shoveller, Verreauxs eagle owl, Bristle crowned starling, Senegal Thicknee, Pygmy falcon, Blue cheecked bee-eater. Overnight will be at Lake Baringo Country Club. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Lake Baringo - Kakamega forest. Today we leave lake Baringo and head to an isolated remnant of the equatorial rain forest that once spread over Africa from west to east. It contains an excellent representation of bird, animal, and plant species including an array of primates. Kakamega forest through Eldoret. Kakamega forest's aviauna is rich and unusual in its composition. Two globally threatened species reside here, Chapins Flycatcher and Turners Eremomela. The forest holds large populations of Black and white colobus and Red tailed monkeys among others. Overnight stay at Rondo Retreat Center. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Kakamega forest. Full day bird walk at the eastern most extension of the great tropical rain forest stretching from west Africa. This forest is renowned for its uniqueness and richness in bird life and species like, Turners Eremomela, Black billed Turaco, Great blue turaco, Cameroon Sombre Green bull, Purple-throated cuckoo, Hairy Breasted Barbet, Grey breasted Illadopsis, African Grey Parrot, Square tailed drongo and Chapins Flycatcher. Overnight stay will be at Rondo Retread Center. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Kakamega forest - Lake Victoria. We leave this morning after our breakfast and head southwards to the shore's Lake Victoria, our bird walk will be focusing on the Dunga beach Swamp this site is home to one of the most reliable sites in Kenya for the scarce and threatened papyrus yellow warbler. Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp fly catcher, Marsh Tachgra, Jacksons golden backed weaver, Red chested sunbird, Sedge warbler, Carruthers's Cisticola, Southern red bishop, Northern brown throated weaver, Greater swamp warbler. Overnight tonight will be Sunset hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Lake Victoria - Lake Nakuru. We leave this morning drive to Lake Nakuru National Park coloured with 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. Firstly gazetted as a bird sanctuary is, known for its bird life for the thousands of Lesser and Greater flamingos make this lake their home, among hundreds of other Species unique to this area which include, Steppe eagle, Grey crested Helmet Shrike, Red-capped lark, Spotted Crake. Wildlife is also in abundance here. Overnight stay tonight will be at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha. Depart for Lake Naivasha morning bird walk or boat ride (optional), the only fresh water rift valley lake in Kenya. It's unique in that its' freshness is maintained by a combination of underground out flow and sedimentation of salts. The lake supports a diverse water-bird community, with more than 80 species recorded regularly. It is a significant site for Red knobbed coots, African spoonbill, African jacana and little grebes depending on water levels. Overnight: Lake Naivasha Country Club. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 11: Lake Naivasha. Full day at the lake Naivasha Region with bird walks around the Club grounds and a visit to the Elsa Mere field study center. Notable birds unique to this area include, Gadwall, Spotted Red Shank, Black Tailed Godwit, Great white egret, Black Headed Gull, Purple Swamp Hen and Mottled swift. Overnight stay will be at Lake Naivasha Country Club or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 12: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara. Drive across acres of wheat and barley to Masai Mara. The Masai Mara Game Reserve, is regarded as the most magnificent natural theatre in the world. Set in the heart of Africa's Great Plains, the Masai Mara boasts 1,672 square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness. It is home to the highest concentration of animals and birds anywhere on the continent. Overnight stay will be at Sarova Mara Camp or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 13 & 14: Masai Mara. Two full days in the Masai, the extensive grasslands are a strong hold to the threatened, migratory Corncrake and the near threatened Jackson's widowbird. 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, Pale Wren Warbler, Tabora Cisticola, Yellow Bellied Hyliota, Green-capped Eremomela and Magpie Shrike. Overnight stay will be at Sarova Mara Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 15: Masai Mara - Nairobi. After breakfast, we drive back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at Toona Tree Restaurant where you can enjoy some good Italian food. Check-in to day room at Nairobi hotel. Farewell dinner Later early in the evening, will be hosted by our company at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant considered "Africa's greatest eating experience", and home to the "Simba Saloon" one of the cities most popular night clubs. Thereafter you will be transferred to the airport in time for your International departure flight.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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Our company is owned and managed by Joseph Mwangi. We have been operating on the market for the last six years. M05597 is a registered company under the Kenyan government Tourism Act, which provides qualitative services, and mainly professional bird watching safaris within Kenya and Tanzania, although not giving away...

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