Kenya Safaris: Birding safari

9 DAYS BIRDING SAFARI: Lake ELEMENTAITA - LAKE NAIVASHA - LAKE NAKURU - MASAI MARA

DAY 01: NAIROBI

On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport (morning flight) that is if arrival is in the morning hours, met by our representative and later transferred to Nairobi Safari Club Hotel where you will check-in and later we proceed to Nairobi National Museum's birds gallery if open as currently under renovation. Overnight at the hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 02 : NAIROBI - LAKE ELEMENTAITA

Morning departure to Lake Elementaita arriving in the mid morning bird walk to try and identify available species like the Feral lovebird, Avocet, Klaas' cuckoo, Glossy ibis, Black heron, Red billed Teal, Black tailed godwit among others before time for lunch at Lake Elementaita Lodge/or similar. An afternoon bird walk around the lodge environs before time for Dinner and overnight at Lake Elementaita Lodge or similar.

DAY 03: LAKE ELEMENTAITA - LAKE NAIVASHA

After breakfast we depart from Elementaita for a scenic drive through the Great North road to Lake Naivasha arriving by mid-morning for bird walk before time for lunch at Lake Naivasha Lodge. Lake Naivasha being close to Lake Nakuru and 65 miles from Nairobi, is freshwater Lake Naivasha. It was declared a bird sanctuary in 1967 and also supports pastoral industries of wine and flowers.

During our full day field trip to Lake Naivasha, we study the birds of the region such as herons, fish eagles, ospreys, black crakes, and lily-trotters. Dominated by the shadow of Mt. Longonot, few lakes in the world have a more commanding or spectacular setting than Naivasha. We also have an excursion to the Elsa mere Center. Activities include reliving the experience of Joy Adamson and Elsa while viewing "Born Free." Lake Naivasha being on the Rift floor is home to an incredible variety of species. Over 450 species have been recorded here. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Naivasha Lodge or similar.

DAY 04: LAKE NAIVASHA - HELLS GATE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, a morning bird walk with the aim of viewing birds on the shores of the Lake with a few hours of relaxation before lunch. Afternoon visit to Hell's Gate National Park, which is a breeding ground for vultures in Kenya e.g. Lammergeyer vultures we also anticipate for species like Imperial eagle, Schalow's wheatear, Chin spot batis. Dinner & overnight will be served at Lake Naivasha Lodge or similar

DAY 05: HELL'S GATE - LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK  

After breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru National Park known as The pink Heart Of Kenya because of the millions of Flamingoes that cover the lake with pink shine.
Afternoon game/bird viewing, dinner and overnight stay will be at the Lodge /Campsite.

DAY 06: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Today we will spend the whole day bird watching at the park and if lucky enough we have the chance to see the shy cat "the Leopard" mostly seen in this park before returning for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon we have some time to relax before embarking on our late afternoon game drive to try and capture what was not seen during the day before the dusk engulf us. Dinner and Overnight stay will be atLodge or campsite.

DAY 07: LAKE NAKURU - MASAI MARA.

Soon after breakfast, drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley the longest Rift in the crust of the Earth to Masai Mara Game Reserve the unspoiled Savannah. Masai Mara is actually the northern portion of the Great Plains ecosystem in the neighboring Tanzania called Serengeti. It is a home to the "big five" lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephant as well cheetah, zebra, giraffe and vast herds of plain antelope and numerous and other wildlife. Our accommodation for the nights will be at one of the excellent lodge Lodge or campsite.

Sopa is a Masai word meaning welcome and indeed this is a tradition which has be well adopted by the lodge to all guest. Set in the Oloolaimutia valley the lodge blends in the perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape. After lunch and some time to relax and perhaps take a dip in the pool, you will depart with your driver guide for an afternoon game drive in search of the big five. As sun starts to edge dip into the horizon it will be perfect time to photograph the beautiful Mara rolling plains. Don't forget this is the right time to spot the shy leopard. Dinner & overnight at Lodge/Campsite.

DAY 08: MASAI MARA

An early morning birding cum game drive after breakfast will be our perfect start of another unforgettable and memorable birding days in Africa. With picnic lunch en-route you spend your day in Mara Plains trying to identify and record the over 450 species record in this reserve. All meals and Overnight tonight will be served at, Lodge /Campsite.

DAY 09: MASAI MARA

E arly Morning gamedrive and birdwatching, and then after breakfast, leave for Nairobi where the tour ends with a drop off at the airport or Nairobi hotel where the tour ends.

 
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