Overview

Kenya is well regarded as one of the finest safari destinations on the planet, and rightly so. Our 2-week Kenya Highlights tour traverses a wide range of habitat from coastal forest, acacia savanna and central African rainforest to papyrus swamps and rolling grassy savanna as we target a mouth-watering array of Kenya’s most special birds. The game viewing will also be a significant highlight as we explore famous Kenyan game reserves such as Tsavo West, Tsavo East and the Maasai Mara.  

Our tour begins with an exploration of the lush Shimba Hills and Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. Here we will endeavor to find some of the rarest birds in Africa, including the diminutive Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, Green-headed Oriole, Fischer’s Turaco, Amani Sunbird and Clarke’s Weaver. We then travel through both Tsavo West and East Parks, offering excellent game viewing and a huge bird list. We will also take time to visit the isolated Taita Hills, with its critically endangered species. For the second week of our Kenya tour we head across to western Kenya where our first site will be the famous Kakamega Forest. Here a plethora of forest specials await, with the gorgeous Blue-headed Bee-eater, Turner’s Eremomela, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat and Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye being notable targets. After exploring the papyrus swamps and moist woodlands along Lake Victoria for the striking Papyrus Gonolek and Papyrus Canary we finally enter the plains to visit arguably the most famous game reserve in the world, the fabulous Maasai Mara!

Join us for what promises to be an extraordinary tour offering an incredible diversity of wildlife, superb scenery, wonderful lodges and tented camps, and super-friendly tribal people!

Tour Facts Top Birds
Blue-headed and Somali Bee-eaters, Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke, Golden & Malindi Pipits, Clarke's and Golden Palm Weavers, Amani, Plain-backed & Tsavo Sunbirds, Green-headed Oriole, Fischer's & Black-billed Turacos, Equatorial and East Coast Akalats, Taita Apalis, Taita White-eye, Taita Thrush, Golden-breasted & Magpie Starlings, Black-headed Apalis, Turner's Eremomela, Chapin's Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied & Jameson's Wattle-eyes, Brown-chested Alethe, Blue-shouldered & Grey-winged Robin-Chats, Grey-chested Babbler, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Red-headed Bluebill, Papyrus Canary, Papyrus Gonolek, Red-naped Bushshrike, Three-streaked Tchagra, Pringle's Puffback, Athi Short-toed and White-tailed Larks, Red-throated Tit, Miombo Wren-Warbler, Pangani Longclaw, Steel-blue & Straw-tailed Whydahs, Cuckoo-finch, Red-throated Twinspot,
Top Mammals
Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, African Elephant, African Buffalo, Black Rhinoceros, Lesser Kudu, Golden-rumped Sengi, Harvey's Duiker, Sable Antelope, Angola Colobus, Small-eared Greater Galago, Serval, Spotted & Striped Hyaena, Aardwolf, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, Maasai Giraffe
Habitats Covered
lowland coastal forest, grasslands, estuaries, beaches, mangroves, acacia savanna, temporary and permanent wetlands, rivers, central African rainforest,
Expected Climate
warm to hot, dry conditions mostly but humid along the coast, cooler at higher elevations and rain can be expected
Max Group Size
6 with 1 Rockjumper Leader
Tour Pace & Walking
undemanding to moderate pace, moderate walking and some long drives
Accommodation
safari lodges and hotels
Ease of Birding
mostly easy birding, tougher in forest
Other Attractions
Maasai and other tribes, African curios
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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Wayne Jones was excellent. His knowledge of birds, where to find them, identification - both by sight and sound - was superb. He was very personable with a good sense of humour. I especially appreciate his patience in helping us find some birds which were not particularly in plain view. All-in-all, a very good trip.

Wayne Jones was a true professional. In addition, he was warm and kind. Also, he is an excellent manager of time. We got the target birds and were given enough time to get ready for checklist & dinner. Wayne also set up excellent photo experiences.

Thank you for organising and running the two wonderful Tanzania and Kenya birding/wildlife trips my wife and I recently enjoyed. The timing was great for seeing bird mating displays as well as a large diversity of both birds and mammals. We felt that the Rockjumper guides and drivers were all experts.

This was my 8th tour with Rockjumper, so I obviously am a happy and loyal customer, and this tour was up to the standard I have come to expect. Heinz, our guide, was charming and funny, outstanding with the birds and excellent in dealing with logistics. I would be very happy to travel with him again. The Itinerary was well planned. Both our drivers were also great - friendly, extremely competent, and full of useful local information. The vehicles were comfortable and accommodations were much more luxurious than I am used to on birding tours. I could easily have stayed another three weeks.

Wayne Jones' birding skills were good. He is a very good spotter, knows his vocalisations and was pretty good at getting us on a bird. Wayne did often convey the importance of the more hard-to-find birds.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2021 DEPARTURES
2022 DEPARTURES
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