Our Kenya Mega birding tour offers twenty-six days of non-stop birdwatching as we thoroughly explore this famous bird and wildlife country. Our 2007 tour smashed all records with an amazing 817 bird species recorded, plus an incredible diversity of large mammals and other wildlife. In fact, on our four Mega tours thus far, we have recorded an unbelievable 901 species (over 80% of Kenya’s possible birds!) and 90 mammal species (an average of 77 per tour!). Not only is this safari specifically planned to obtain a huge list of mouth-watering birds and animals, but also Kenya’s most sought-after endemics and rarities.
Our tour kicks off with an exploration of the lush Shimba Hills and Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. Here we will seek out some of the rarest birds in Africa, including the diminutive Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit and Clarke’s Weaver. Next we travel through both Tsavo West and East reserves, offering excellent game viewing and a huge bird list. A visit to the isolated Taita Hills in search of the critically endangered Taita Thrush, Taita Apalis and Taita White-eye is truly memorable. We then search Mount Kenya’s forest clad slopes for avian gems such as Jackson’s Francolin, Abbott’s Starling and Abyssinian Crimsonwing. We enter the true arid zone at Samburu-Shaba where a wealth of new dry-country specials occur; possible highlights include Somali Courser and the nomadic Williams’s and Friedmann’s Lark. Traveling next to the dry woodlands of the beautiful Lake Baringo, we will search for new birds including Jackson’s Hornbill, Red-naped Bushshrike and Somali Sparrow. The famous west Kenyan forest of Kakamega will add a West African element to our tour as we tick off such forest gems as Blue-headed Bee-eater, Turner’s Eremomela, Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye and Great Blue Turaco. After exploring the papyrus swamps and moist woodlands along Lake Victoria, we enter the plains to visit the grand Maasai Mara. Besides the incredible birds, here we will enjoy unrivalled game watching (sightings of large predators and teeming game can be expected), superb scenery, wonderful lodges and tented camps, friendly tribal people and a well-planned tour.
Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, Clarke’s Weaver, Taita Thrush, Taita Apalis, Jackson’s Francolin, Aberdare Cisticola, Abbott’s Starling, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Somali Courser, William’s & Friedmann’s Lark, Jackson’s Hornbill, Red-naped Bushshrike, Somali Sparrow, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Turner’s Eremomela, Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye, Great Blue Turaco, vast numbers of flamingos, Secretarybird, Vulturine Guineafowl, Kori Bustard, Bar-tailed Trogon, Golden-winged Sunbird, Golden-breasted Starling
the “Big Five” and typical African megafauna, Striped Hyena, Angola Pied Colobus, Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk, Serval, Golden-rumped Elephant-Shrew
lowland & montane forests, Acacia savanna, papyrus swamps, rivers and wetlands, rocky gorges, grassland, semi-desert, coastal estuaries
warm to hot, dry conditions, but cool at higher elevations and occasional rain can be expected
moderate to brisk pace, moderate walking with some longer hikes and drives
Olorgasailie Prehistoric sites, Mt Kenya, Aberdare Mountains, Shimba Hills, Maasai Mara, Lakes Nkuru, Naivasha and Baringo, Masaai Tribe and other local tribes, African curios