Image of the Month
Red-and-yellow Barbet by Markus Lilje
Kenya and Tanzania are lands of many marvels. With bird lists of over a thousand species each (many of which are outrageously colorful and easily seen), it makes perfect sense that our Kenya & Tanzania: Birds & Big Game safaris are such popular tours amongst both hard-core and casual birders alike. To boot, these trips also offer some of the best mammal viewing on the planet (including the “Big 5” and some of the highest concentrations of big cats and other predators to be found anywhere), all of which is further augmented by magnificent scenery, excellent cuisine and luxury lodges set within superb surrounds in only the very best and most accessible birding and wildlife destinations.
Amongst the numerous stellar species that we specifically target on these tours, the gorgeous Red-and-yellow Barbet must surely rank as one of the most striking of the lot! This locally common and very distinctive bird is a denizen of semi-arid scrub and open thorn-bush areas in north-east Africa, where it is generally associated with termite mounds, which it uitilzes to excavate its nesting burrows. Interestingly, the termites do not bother the species, which very seldom preys upon its host, and in return the barbets protect the termites by attacking or devouring potential predators. A surprisingly tame species particularly around lodges and picnic sites, it makes for a fantastic photographic subject, as made the most of by Markus Lilje who captured this image of a preening bird.
This is just one of many beautiful birds on offer on our Kenya & Tanzania safaris, with other delectable species including Saddle-billed Stork, Secretarybird, Southern Ground Hornbill, huge (and often displaying) Kori Bustard, chances for millions of flamingos on Lake Nakuru, spectacular raptors, Vulturine Guineafowl, Bar-tailed Trogon, Fischer’s and Yellow-collared Lovebirds, Rosy-patched Bushshrike, resplendent Golden-winged and Tacazze Sunbirds, many of Africa’s most astounding starlings, and a plethora of gorgeous weavers, widows, whydahs and seedeaters, including the immaculately patterned Purple Grenadier!
If this sounds like just the tour you’ve been waiting for, then we are pleased to announce that we still have some spaces available on our Kenya & Tanzania: Birds & Big Game II and V safaris for 2015. For further information on these departures, click on the links below or contact our office at email@example.com.
Kenya & Tanzania – Birds & Big Game II (5 – 21 Apr 2015, US$7,450 per person sharing);
Kenya & Tanzania – Birds & Big Game V (9 – 25 May 2015, US$7,450 per person sharing).
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