Bird Watching in Kenya 1 Week Itinerary East

Simple and Leisurely Eastern Kenya Birding and Game

Day 1

Meet and go for birding and big game in Kenya capital national park. The park lies at the center of Nairobi city and fenced to protect wildlife from direct contact to human. Whereas the southern boundary is open to allow migrating wildlife move between the park and the neighboring Kitengela plains. From big ungulates to the smallest like rodents and chameleons, checklists of over 500 species of birds live in the park. We checkout for Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Common Ostrich, Black-headed Heron, Marabou Stork, Egyptian Goose, Black-shouldered Kite, African White-backed Vulture, Augur Buzzard, Tawny Eagle, Helmeted Guineafowl, the beautiful Grey Crowned Crane, White-bellied Bustard, Ring-necked Dove, White-browed Coucal, Rufous-naped Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Rock Martin and the multicolored Red-and-yellow Barbet, or our first flamingos among many wintering Palearctic shorebirds on Lake Magadi.

Day 2

Birding transfer to Tsavo National park. The biggest national park in Kenya and among the top 10 biggest in East Africa. Strategically located between the two capital cities of Kenya- Nairobi and Mombasa, and one of the oldest parks in Kenya with enormous wilderness area that was divided into two sections, i.e. Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks.

Day 3

Birding in Tsavo East national park whole day. Try our luck for Cut-throat Finch, Golden-breasted Starling, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Irania, Quail-plover, Pangani Longclaw, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Southern Ground Hornbill, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Long-crested Eagle, Square-tailed Nightjar, Somali Long-billed Crombec, the Eastern Paradise, Steel-blue, and Straw-tailed Whydahs, Scaly Chatterer, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Spotted Flycatcher, Vulturine Guinea-Fowl.

Day 4

Transfer To Malindi Marine National Reserve And Sabaki River Mouth. Sabaki River Mouth is among the 67 designated Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in Kenya. An important habitat for resident and migratory shorebirds, the estuary is home to over 240 bird species. The estuary’s turbid coastal waters are an important nursery ground for crustaceans and fish, while its sandy shores on both sides are breeding grounds for turtles. Different species of mangroves dominate its peripheral mudflats. Crocodiles, hippos and antelopes also live in the area.

Day 5

At Malindi Marine National Reserve And Sabaki River Mouth, we try our luck for Crested Guineafowl, Narina Trogon, Green Barbet, Mombasa Woodpecker, Fischer’s Greenbul, Yellow-bellied and Tiny Greenbuls, Violet-backed Starling, Forest Batis, Black-headed Apalis, East-coast Akalat, Eastern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Black-headed Apalis, Northern Brownbul, Terrestrial Brownbul, Pale Batis, Eastern Nicator, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrike, Plain-backed Sunbird, Amani Sunbird, Bohm’s Spinetail, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, Sokoke Pipit, Trumpeter Hornbill, Mouse-coloured Sunbird, Scaly Babbler, Southern Banded Snake-Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Little Yellow Flycatcher, Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher and more.

Day 6

Drive To Arabuko Sokoke Forest - Bird In The Afternoon/Evening. Arabuko-Sokoke is the largest extant fragment of the forests that once covered much of the East African coast, and whose remnants constitute the East African coastal forests Endemic Bird Area. Many things to talk about Arabuko Sokoke. The forest boasts of a more than 230 bird species checklist including nine globally threatened species.

Day 7

Whole day at Arabuko Sokoke and Mida Creek. Four-coloured Bush-shrike, Black-bellied Starling, Lizard Buzzard, Malindi Pipit, Gull-billed, Saunders’s Terns, Sooty Gull, Grey Plover, Crab Plover, Bat-Hawk Osprey, Western Reef Heron, Lesser Sandplover, Greater Sandplover, Sanderling, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Terek Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Lesser Crested Tern, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Zanzibar Sombre Greenbul, Little Yellow Flycatcher, African Open-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Pied Avocet alongside more other species.

Day 8

Drive to Nairobi International Airport or Mombasa Airport for your return flight

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