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Republic of Kenya

Crab Plover Dromas ardeola ©Joseph K Mwangi Website

Kenya is one of the most visited countries of Africa as it is renowned for its Safari opportunities. A country where you can see all the most famous Big Game animals in a relatively comfortable climate. It also has an extensive bird list and an increasing eco-tourism industry geared to birders… not least as it holds some remarkable birding sights… such as the rift valley lakes with millions of flamingoes. Kenya is a birdwatcher`s paradise, teeming with birdlife, with diverse habitats, spectacular scenery and a supporting cast of the big game for which it is famous. Over 1100 bird species have been recorded in the country, and it is possible to see well over a half of these without undue effort within three or four weeks.

In the west, there are remnants of the rainforest which used to stretch all the way to the west coast, as well as the shores of Lake Victoria, with their once-extensive papyrus beds. The Rift Valley cuts a swathe through the centre of the country, with sometimes towering cliffs, shrouded in forest, on either side. In the valley itself are the great safari plains, open in the south, and acacia-wooded in the north, with numerous lakes in between, of both fresh and soda water. The Central Highlands rise to the east of the Rift, with the Aberdares and Mount Kenya cloaked in forest, which gives way to afro-alpine moorland towards the peaks, which provide the sight of snow on the equator. The descent to the coast is mainly acacia woodland, and finally, the coast itself is a mosaic of estuary, palm and mangrove fringed beaches and creeks, and behind these, the remnanats of coastal rainforest, home to numerous endemic and near-endemic species.

The variety of birdlife is enhanced by its visibility. Vibrant Sunbirds flit from tree-to-tree, Weavers build their incredible variety of nests in the open, the Starlings shine, resplendent Widowbirds dance in the air, and bright Turacos are strangely camouflaged in the trees. Kingfishers, Rollers, Bee-eaters, Hornbills, Barbets and Woodpeckers are present in many varieties, and for a greater challenge, the Cisticolas and Greenbuls provide just that. Overhead, the sky is alive with a variety of Swifts and Swallows, and raptors are plentiful. Ground birds include several Bustards, Larks, Pipits and Gamebirds, and the cast is not complete without the wonderful sight of tens of thousands of Lesser Flamogoes on the soda lakes, and the world's largest bird, the Ostrich.

This is just the beginning of the avian jewels in the country, and for those who have not visited, go there whilst the political climate is reasonably stable, and the big game is still there in reasonable numbers. If you want any advice on anything about the country, then please feel free to contact me.

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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 1153

Endemics

Number of endemics: 9

Taita Thrush Turdus helleri Tana River Cisticola Cisticola restrictus Aberdare Cisticola Cisticola aberdare Teita White-eye Zosterops silvanus South Pare White-eye Zosterops kulalensis Hinde's Pied-Babbler Turdoides hindei Williams's Lark Mirafra williamsi Sharpe's Pipit Macronyx sharpei Clarke's Weaver Ploceus golandi

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Useful Reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania

Dale Zimmerman (Illustrator); Don Turner, Doug Pratt (Illustrator); Ian Willis (Illustrator) Paperback - 576 pages (Re-print 2005) Christopher Helm

ISBN: 0713675500

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Photographic Guide to Birds of Prey of Southern, Central and East Africa

David Allan, Peter Hayman (Illustrator) Paperback - 144 pages ( 1 November, 1996) New Holland Publishers (UK)

ISBN: 1868725219

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Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa ? Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe Series: HELM FIELD GUIDES 604 pages, 287 col plates, distrib maps. Christopher Helm

ISBN: 0713673478

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Beautiful Birds of Kenya

John Karmali Paperback - 128 pages (28 December, 1989) Camerapix

ISBN: 1874041318

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Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania

Dale Zimmerman, Don Turner, David Pearson, Ian Willis and Douglas Pratt Series: CHRISTOPHER HELM IDENTIFICATION GUIDE SERIES 740 pages, 124 colour plates, line drawings, 1,000 maps. Christopher Helm

ISBN: 0713639687

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The Bird Song of Kenya and Tanzania CD

An Introductory Aid to Identification by John Hammick - Mandarin Productions ISBN: 140136

A Bird Atlas of Kenya

Adrian Lewis and Derek Pomeroy 620 pages, b’w photos, figs, tabs, maps. A A Balkema

ISBN: 9061917166

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Important Bird Areas in Kenya

Leon Bennun and Peter Njoroge 318 pages, line illus, dist maps, tabs. RSPB Distributed by NHBS

ISBN: 9966992111

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Birds of the Masai Mara

By Robert Burton & John Croxall | 176 Pages | 300+ Colour Photos | 1 Colour Map | WildGuides | Paperback | Oct 2012
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ISBN: 9780691155944

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Guides & Tour Operators

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Kenya Travels

Tour Operator

On the shores of Lake Baringo, 285kms northwest of Nairobi, Lake Baringo Club nestles among palm trees, green lawns and the clashing red and pink bougainvillea obviously thriving in the hot steamy days that characteristics so many of the Great Rift Valley`s lakes. Mirroring the surrounding Tugen Hills and the Laikipia Escarpment, the lakes owes its chocolate colour to the rivers that feed it all carrying plenty of top soil.

Muthaiga Travel Ltd

Tour Operator

We handle a great variety of safaris and pride ourselves on exclusive, customised and personalized itineraries. Our clients are looked after throughout their stay by our experienced and dedicated team, and we go out of our way to ensure that every holiday is a memorable one.

Sarus Bird Tours

Tour Operator

The Birdwatcher`s Paradise… Kenya boasts a wide variety of habitats, from snow-capped peaks to grass plains, arid deserts and palm-fringed ocean. Over 1100 species of bird have been recorded in the country, of which we should see over half, as well as a bewildering array of large mammals. This tour can also be extended with a week in North Tanzania
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Ben's Ecological Safaris

Tour Operator

Ben's Ecological Safaris is a small concern specializing in East African natural history within the context of the history, ancient civilizations and culture of the region. The tours emphasize birds, wildlife, ecology and conservation from the unique perspective of someone who has lived all their life surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of Kenya. However you won`t simply focus on bird watching or wildlife viewing, with BES you get the chance to learn about the plants, reptiles, amphibians, local customs, history, geography and geology of the areas you visit… [Ben's Ecological Safaris. P.O. Box 5898-00100, Nairobi-Kenya Tel/Fax: +254-020-3755290/1 Cell Phone: +254-722-861072 +254-734-873923]

East Africa Shuttles

Tour Operator

Local operators which include guiding from ornithologically trained guides - although its not yet obvious from their website.

Birding Pal

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Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Ontdek Kenya Ltd

Tour Operator

Ontdek Kenya Ltd, a leading organizer of walking and bird watching tours, presents Kenya as a destination for the active traveler. Our tours allow you to enjoy the country at a slow pace, to interact with the Kenyan people and visit places that are not visited by mass tourism…

Leading Expeditions

Tour Operator

Leading Expeditions Safaris operate under the auspices of the ministry of tourism in Kenya and are led by indigenous Kenyans who are seasoned professionals in this field, backed by wealth of experience…

Nature's Wonderland Safaris

Tour Operator

We proudly present a selection of exciting Birding safaris, Wildlife safaris, Adventure tours and Camping safaris through the Eastern part of Africa ranging from 4 - 37 days, many of which can be combined with a relaxing interlude on the coast…

Cheesemans Safaris

Tour Operator

We are a high quality wildlife tour company for small groups. We offer tours to our favorite places in the world, places unique for their abundant and photogenic mammals and birdlife. All our trips have knowledgeable, enthusiastic leadership, custom high quality itineraries, and more time in the field. Our safaris are for nonsmokers who love nature…

Bird Treks

Tour Operator

Regular trips…

African Jacana Birding Safari

Tour Operator

…a short bird walk at Nairobi National Museum Botanic Garden. Here we anticipate to see species like the Variable Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird and the Collard Sunbird, African Goshawk, Palm swift, Baglafetch Weaver, among others…

Oasis Camping Tours

Tour Operator

We at OASIS CAMPING TOURS are committed and qualified to meet your needs. We arrange safaris in Kenya and across all of East Africa. We organize air ticketing and car hire. Simply contact our qualified staff who will make every effort to provide you with efficient, enjoyable and economical travel services…

Go4Fun

Tour Operator

20 Day bird wilderness safari…

Birding Club of Lake Baringo

Tour Operator

This is a serious birding club of local guides from the Lake Baringo region which is a must-visit area as far as ornithology is concern. Members of this club have for years played a pivotal role in ensuring that visiting birders do not miss out on the elusive birds of the region, for instance nightjars, coursers, & owls. The club will now ensure that sight of these species among others will no longer be a challenge. So contact this club prior to your visit to ensure you get the best out of a visit. The club members are conversant with birds of the whole of the country and they can be hired as guides. By enlisting their services you can cut costs as well as getting the best guiding and ensuring that the local economy is helped to the maximum. The club can be reached through its founder: Moses K Kandie, P.O. Box 7, Lake Baringo, Via Nakuru, Kenya Mobile: +254722420699

Birding & Beyond Safaris

Tour Operator

We invite you to read through our web-pages in order to be able to come up with the actual desired Holiday of your lifetime. We always have one more lifer for you…

Africa Unlocked

Tour Operator

Join our Frontier Birding Safari and experience the remarkable variety of birdlife within the northern reaches of Kenya. In addition to the wide representation of East African birds you are also afforded the chance to view north African species at the southern limit of their distribution. See thousands of flamingos along the shores of stunningly beautiful Lake Bogoria, and visit remarkable Mount Elgon and Kakamega forest with its array of tropical species normally only found within the equatorial forests of Central Africa…

Speedway Safaris

Tour Operator

Speedway Safaris is a tour and travel company based in Uganda specialising in organising trips to National Parks, gorilla tracking, hotel bookings, chimpanzee trekking, mountaineering excursions, birding trips, adventure travels, sightseeing expeditions, car hire, community tours, guided nature walks plus vacation and customized tours in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania….

Chalkoko Birding & Wildlife Safaris

Tour Operator

Chalkoko Birding and Wildlife Safaris offers perfectly organized and well thought-out Safaris in Kenya that are destined to serve all safari interests of all age groups and all budgets. These include wildlife safaris, bird watching safaris, wildebeest migration safaris, Masai Mara tours, Balloon safaris and Beach tours…

Silent Fliers of Kenya

Tour Operator

We are intent on providing our customers with a thoroughly worthwhile experience in which they not only see as many birds as possible but also take away new knowledge on such subjects as migration, identification, moult/ageing and fieldcraft…

Rockjumper Birding Tours

Tour Operator

Kenya, with a bird list in excess of a thousand species, epitomizes Africa’s reputation as ‘the birding continent’, and over our many years of operation in this region we have tailored an exciting portfolio of tours to satisfy every visitor.

Birding Ecotours

Tour Operator

A Birdwatcher’s Paradise… Kenya boasts a wide variety of habitats, from snow-capped peaks to grass plains, arid deserts and palm-fringed ocean. Over 1100 bird species have been recorded, of which we should see well over half, as well as a bewildering array of large mammals.

Biodiversity Expedition Safaris

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Biodiversity Expedition Safaris (BES) is a tour company which organizes tailor-made safaris into Kenya and East Africa specializing in birds watching, mammal tours, cultural and photographic safaris and student’s ecological expeditions…

Kenya Birding

Tour Operator

… birding tours to kenya. This site is for all those who wish to visit the bird-filled country of Kenya, to see the wealth of birdlife there. We offer a range of birdwatching tours to observe the colourful and enigmatic species…

The Sustainable Birding Company

Tour Operator

Birding tours that make a difference! The Sustainable Birding Company offers high quality birding and photography tours across a variety of habitats in Kenya that directly contribute to the conservation of indigenous birds and wildlife.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2001 [05 May] - Disabled Birders Association

Report

A report on the first ever dba trip - with access details for hotels etc. as well as checklist, diary etc.

2007 [10 October] - Bob Biggs

Report

…After a lazy morning, I met my birding colleagues at 2pm and all 5 of us joined Jonathan for several hours’ birding. On our way, we had great views of several Carmine Bee-eaters and I also increased my life list with good views of African Open Billed Stork and Rattling Cisticola at a small pool next to the road….

2008 [11 November] - Benji Schwartz

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…With huge tracts of unspoiled acacia-dotted savannah, Kenya is justly famous as one of Africa’s premier mammal viewing destinations. However, with habitat ranging from lowland rainforest to moorlands above the tree-line, Kenya is also a birders paradise. A trip here in November provides not only all the resident species, but also a whole slew of Palearctic migrants that winter in the warmth of the African sun…

2008 [05 May] - Benji Schwartz

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Birding in a new place is always a thrill, but when that place is on a different continent, and in an amazing country like Kenya, the excitement is almost unbearable. After having picked up species such as Superb Starling and Marabou Stork on the brief drive to our hotel the previous evening, our first new bird on our first full day was the gorgeous Bronze Sunbird…

2010 [08 August] - Jeff Perkins

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Wow! Trip of a lifetime. Everything we thought it would be, and much, much more! With a 4 week sabbatical from work, and a 12 year old son delighting in his wonder years, we plotted a family vacation to “experience Africa”, see the big game animals, and of course look for birds. We chose Tanzania for its accessibility, stability, tourism friendly, variety of habitats, excellent wildlife, and great bird list. We couldn’t have been more pleased with how it all worked out….

2009 [08 August] Martin & Gill Parr

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"We wanted to mix birding, game watching and general sightseeing and to do as much on Safari as possible and then have a more relaxed week on the coast. We did try to make up our own Safari package, but as visiting the reserves and getting permits independently would have taken so much time to organise – and looked more expensive, we ended up booking via Thomas Cook Signature Holidays, taking their Big Cat Safari with an added week at the Turtle Bay Beach Resort in Malindi."

2009 [12 December] - Oscar Campbell - Watamu, coastal Kenya

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…This was fine being handy for the village and getting a taxi to the forest or Gede. They helpfully keep some very noisy parrots to assist you in getting out of bed early if you are going to the forest. It was right next to a small, seaweed-strewn beach liberally peppered with very tame waders, Sooty Gulls and gangs of terns, all impervious to the snorkellers, trinket sellers and beach bums that hang out along most of the Kenyan coast…

2010 [08 August] - Keith Barnes

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…We also saw the famous Big-5 mammals and had incredible encounters with Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees amongst 12 species of primates. For the extremely successful Uganda and Rwanda portion of the tour, see our trip report for that tour…

2011 [10 October] - Alan Pomroy & Nikki Piper - Kenya Coast & Tsavo

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This was always intended to be a relaxing holiday with a bit of bird and mammal watching thrown in. My partner Nikki and I have done high-intensity, dawn to dusk bird-watching tours and wanted something less strenuous this time….

2011 [02 February] - Bob Biggs

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This trip gave me an opportunity to see birds in a region of Kenya that I had not visited on my previous three trips. Although I was only there for a relatively short time, I really enjoyed the birding and saw over 270 species….

2011 [10 October] - Bob Biggs - Kenya Coast & Tsavo

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…There were several Pink Breasted Larks in the bushy areas alongside the road and a few Golden Breasted Starlings and White Browed Sparrow Weavers. Once parked, we walked to the Lodge and had lunch, watching a pair of stunning African Paradise Flycatchers [white morph] chase each other around, while Vitelline Masked, Black Necked and Village Weavers got on with their nest making skills…

2013 [11 November] - Nik Borrow

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…For beauty we admired the colours of glittering Golden-winged and Eastern Double-collared Sunbirds and an assortment of kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers. We also enjoyed the displays of tail wiggling Usambiro Barbets and the flapping antics of Long-tailed Widowbirds whilst the sight of a family of White-spotted Flufftails wandering around in the open totally amazed us all…

2013 [08 August] - Scott Watson

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…Then, being in the middle of the commotion while the huge African Crowned-Eagle attacked a troop of Blue Monkeys in Kakamega Forest, and finding the rare Sokoke Scops-Owl and weird Golden-rumped Elelphant-Shrew in the coastal Sokoke forest. These are just a few of many great memories…

2013 [09 September] - Terry Stevenson

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…As always, we began in Nairobi and headed north to Mt. Kenya and Samburu. Although only a few hours apart, these areas have totally different habitats and of course birds; the mountain forests and grasslands hold Hartlaub's Turaco, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Tropical Boubou, Mountain Yellow-Warbler, Ruppell's Robin-Chat, Golden-winged Sunbird, and Abyssinian Crimsonwing. While the arid lower country at Samburu is home to Vulturine Guineafowl, Bateleur, Black-faced Sandgrouse, White-headed Mousebird, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Pygmy Batis, Rosy-patched Bushshrike, Yellow-vented Eremomela, and Golden-breasted Starling. The mammals vary too, with Sykes Monkey, Tree Hyrax, and Bushbuck being typical of the highlands, while Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Greater Kudu, Gerenuk, and Beisa Oryx are more suited to the drier low countr…

2011 [07 July] - Mike & Martina Comber

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The next two days were spent walking through the forest searching for birds and trying to lure the White-spotted Flufftail out of hiding. Despite Joseph’s best efforts, it was only when Wilfred joined the search that the bird made its entry and paraded around the pond! The other birds spotted were African Goshawk, Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Great Blue Turaco, African Emerald Cuckoo, Grey-throated Barbet, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow-billed Barbet, White-headed and Black Saw-wing, Purple-throated Cuckoo-Shrike, Shelley’s Greenbul, Joyful Greenbul, Chubbs Cisticola…

2014 [02 February] - Terry Stevenson - East Africa Highlights: Kenya & Tanzania

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Our 2014 East Africa Highlights tour followed our well-tried route visiting many of the best areas of Kenya and Tanzania in just 21 days. In total contrast to our other departure just two months previously, Tanzania was now lush and green, Kenya dry, but with the Rift Valley lakes still at record highs…

2013 [12 December] - Regina McNulty - Tanzania (and Nairobi)

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My husband and I did an 11 day Birding Safari in Tanzania with Nature’s Wonderland Safaris out of Nairobi. We flew into Nairobi and spent two nights with one day devoted to sightseeing and some birding before taking a shuttle bus to Arusha, Tanzania. We had an amazing time and the whole trip went flawlessly. We would recommend Nature’s Wonderland Safaris and Joseph Mwangi without reservation. We ended up with a list of 316 birds and saw an amazing amount of wildlife….

2013 [12 December] - Terry Stevenson - East Africa Highlights: Kenya & Tanzania

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Beginning with an afternoon in Nairobi National Park we saw our first Olive Baboons, Black-backed Jackals, Burchell's Zebra, Common Giraffe, African Buffalo, and a variety of antelopes and gazelles. Birds varied from Ostrich and White-bellied Bustard on the plains, to Egyptian Goose and Blacksmith Plover around the pools, secretive Shelley's Francolins, noisy Hadada Ibis, and a whole array of small passerines in the bush and acacia woodland. Perhaps most surprising, though, was a fabulous female Greater Painted-snipe standing amongst the reedy fringes of the hippo pool…

2014 [05 May] - Sharad Sridhar

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Total 357 species, including 2 heard only (Red-faced Cisticola & African Rail). 330 species photographed. 260 lifers to add to my bird list including Turner’s Eremomela, Great Sparrowhawk, pair of mating martial eagles at close range, 6 hornbill species, 7 Greenbul species, 8 Cisticola Species, 14 Sunbird species, Red-faced Tit, Grey-crested and White-crested Helmet-shrikes and a whopping 23 species of weavers!

2014 [11 November] - David E Wolf

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...along the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Then it was off to the famed Kakamega rainforest in western Kenya, where upon arrival at our lodging we found a Crowned Eagle sitting on its nest in a lone tree right over the main building...

2015 [07 July] - Terry Stevenson - Kenya & Tanzania

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Our July 2015 Kenya Highlights tour began, as always, at the Ole Sereni Hotel overlooking Nairobi National Park. We then went south to Lake Magadi (near the Tanzania border), north to Mount Kenya and the arid lowlands of Samburu, west to Lake Baringo in the Great Rift Valley, and further west to Kakamega Forest and Lake Victoria, before returning to the Rift Valley at Nakuru and back to Nairobi. The final leg involved flights to and from the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve -- the jewel of Kenya's wildlife parks.

2015 [06 June] - Ken Behrens - Kenya & Tanzania

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This was a custom trip for a group of friends, one of the things that Tropical Birding does best. The Kenya portion of the itinerary was very similar to our set-departure tour. At the end of the trip, we visited the Usambara Mountains of northern Tanzania.

2016 [02 February] - Ella Maria & leif Bisschop-Larsen

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We chose Kenya because of the rich wildlife and birdlife of East Africa. It was also of importance to us that Kenya is free of hunting tourism. We planned for a classic safari in Kenya’s highland with focus on the big mammals in Masai Mara and more focus on birds at the lakes. We also visited a Masai village. The last days were spent at the coast south of Mombasa.

2016 [02 February] - Kenya & Tanzania

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Our January-February 2016 East Africa Highlights tour benefitted from exceptional rains across most of the region from early December onwards. This unexpected, prolonged period of rain meant that many birds were still breeding, and one of the tour highlights was seeing a displaying African Broadbill at Kakamega. Additionally, a good variety of sunbirds, weavers, widowbirds, and bishops were in full breeding plumage -- with Northern Red Bishop at Bogoria being simply stunning!

2016 [01 January] - Nate Dias

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This trip report covers a safari I took to Kenya with my friend Tommy Graham. Tommy is a good naturalist who also knows his birds, though he is not a lister or twitcher by any means. Mammals are his primary natural history interest. Tommy went to school with my father and has been a friend of the family since before I was born. This was the first trip to Africa for both of us.

2016 [05 May] - Marcus Lilje - Kenya & Tanzania

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There can hardly be a wildlife destination on the planet that can compete with the sheer number and diversity of large mammals in combination with attractive and easy-to-see birds. During the course of this brief exploration of Tanzania and Kenya, we managed to cover a wide diversity of habitats as we amassed well over 500 different bird species and many wonderful mammals, providing great viewing and photographing opportunities...

2016 [05May] - Adam Scott Kennedy

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Kenya is a mind-blowing birding destination at any time of year but it would seem that our May departure was especially well-timed. Not only did we enjoy the best weather imaginable but we arrived in time to see a majority of resident birds in full breeding plumage, intra-African migrants just arriving and we even caught the tail-end of the Palearctic migration...

Places to Stay

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Best of Kenya

Accommodation

Welcome to your reference to some of Kenya`s Best hotels, camps, lodges…

Lake Baringo Club

Accommodation

Lake Baringo Club is a neat compact hotel on the lake shore. The architecture has a Spanish flair about it and the garden and the grounds are unmistakably African, but laid out with English air....

Naro Moru River Lodge

Accommodation

Situated on the Equator between Nyeri and Nanyuki at an altitude of 1,982 meters (6,505 ft) in the foothills of Mt. Kenya. The lodge is set in beautiful tropical gardens through which the snow fed Naro Moru River flows. Naro Moru River Lodge is the natural choice as the base for climbing Mt. Kenya. Time from Nairobi is between 2-3 hours of scenic drive. The Lodge is 180 km from Jomo Kenyatta Airport and 160 km from Nairobi.

Lake Naivasha Country Club

Accommodation

Just over an hour`s drive from Nairobi, one of the Great Rift Valley`s jewels, reflecting the tranquil beauty of an African sky and the surrounding mountains, is temporarily distorted as flocks of graceful flamingoes and pink-backed pelicans settle of the water. This fresh water lake, some 13 kms accross is a haven for bird watchers, nature lovers, artists and for those seeking a peaceful scenic retreat.

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Accommodation

Threat to Wetland of International Importance. Concern for the Ecological Character (maintenance of the Natural Integrity to Flora and Fauna. Education and public awareness. Community conservation - soil erosion and tree planting. Pollution and Ecotourism - Nature friendly. Promotion of Coexistence between Mankind and Wildlife.

Samburu Game Lodge

Accommodation

Each and every guests enjoy time honored hospitality and service and the mouth watering cuisine prepared by our team of chefs, so many miles from the city, is truly outstanding. There`s also a choice of accommodation - cottages, twin or single rooms, all facing the river. At Samburu, there is never a dull moment. Apart from our resident bird life, monitor lizards and inquisitive squirrels, there are nightly visits from several large crocodiles and more often than not at least one member of the magnificent leopard family.

Eco-resorts East Africa

Accommodation

Welcome to eco-resorts, your online resource for East African eco-tours and safaris! We would like to personally welcome you to the fascinating world of eco-safaris and eco adventures in Kenya and Tanzania. Take your time - visit some of the delightful camps, hotels and lodges available for your safari.

Kichwa Tembo

Accommodation

The Masai Mara is Kenya's premier wildlife habitat. Kichwa Tembo is the ideal location for intimate encounters with an overwhelming assortment of animals. The camp overlooks endless, game-filled plains and is shaded by a dense forest canopy.

Turtle Bay Beach Resort

Accommodation

Luxury accommodation with many bird species close at hand…

Rondo Retreat

Accommodation

The tranquil Retreat Centre in the Kakamega Rain Forest welcomes you to make it your home for a few memorable days, pursuing your hobbies as a butterfly collector, beetle specialist, frog fancier, spider hunter, tourist or bird watcher. Among the vast array of birds the Kakamega Rain Forest is home to the flamboyant Great Blue Turaco, gemlike Emerald Cuckoo and the cacophonous Black-and-white casqued Hornbill…

Mwembe Lodge - Kipini

Accommodation

…our small eco-lodge (Mwembelodge) located at Tana River, Kipini Area at 60 km from Lamu. Is composed by 9 double private bungalows, we are all inclusive (including one excursion per night stay) except wine and spirits. Many activities can be done, like bird watching…

St. Thomas Hotels & Resorts

Accommodation

Griffon Holding Limited is small luxury hotels Management Company own of St Thomas Hotel & Resort's brand. Its talented team has developed a groundbreaking sustainability model that best showcases International's natural and cultural treasures…

Organisations

Nature Kenya

Website

P0 Box 44486, Nairobi. + 254 2 749957 eanhs@africaonline.co.ke Nature Kenya is taking action to help maintain and preserve these resources for present and future generations…

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Website

Lewa was once a cattle ranch; it then became a heavily guarded black rhino sanctuary, and it is now the headquarters for a non-profit wildlife conservancy, which has gained a world-wide reputation for extending the benefits of conservation beyond its borders…

Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

Facebook Page

Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (FoASF) was started in October 1999 by concerned individuals and institutions to link people interested in the conservation of the Forest with the present Forest Managers…

A Rocha

Facebook Page

Malindi is home to some of the richest and most diverse habitats in the whole of Kenya. The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest alone is home to at least 5 globally endangered species and has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Despite the richness and diversity of the habitats, an exploding population and desperately high levels of poverty are putting a huge strain on the delicate relationship between local people and the surrounding environment. By working with the local communities A Rocha Kenya (ARK) aims to achieve the long-term conservation of threatened habitats and species in the Malindi-Watamu area…

African Bird Club

Website

With over 1,000 species recorded, several endemics and many near endemics, and birding which starts in the capital Nairobi, Kenya can justifiably be described as a mecca for birders. Whether you are a new or regular visitor to East Africa, an ornithologist or a traveller with a passing interest in birds, Kenya should be high in your list of priorities to visit…

Birding Club of Lake Baringo

Website

This is a serious birding club of local guides from the Lake Baringo region which is a must-visit area as far as ornithology is concern. Members of this club have for years played a pivotal role in ensuring that visiting birders do not miss out on the elusive birds of the region, for instance nightjars, coursers, & owls. The club will now ensure that sight of these species among others will no longer be a challenge. So contact this club prior to your visit to ensure you get the best out of a visit. The club members are conversant with birds of the whole of the country and they can be hired as guides. By enlisting their services you can cut costs as well as getting the best guiding and ensuring that the local economy is helped to the maximum. The club can be reached through its founder: Moses K Kandie, P.O. Box 7, Lake Baringo, Via Nakuru, Kenya Mobile: +254722420699

Museums

National Museums of Kenya

http://www.museums.or.ke/

In Kenya, there are about 1080 species of birds. These range from the Ostrich - the world`s biggest bird - to tiny sunbirds with brilliantly coloured feathers. Kenya has a varied landscape and diverse habitats, and different birds may be seen in each different habitat.

Reserves

Kakamega Forest

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The Kakamega National Reserve is a 36 km2 reserve, situated at the north end of the Kakamega Forest, in Western Province, Kenya, at an elevation of about 1560m, along the northeastern edge of the Lake Victoria basin. Along its eastern edge rises the partially forested Nandi Escarpment which runs along the western edge of the Rift Valley. The Kakamega Forest is generally considered the eastern-most remnant of the lowland Congolean rainforest of Central Africa. Faunally and florally, Kakamega is dominated by central African lowland species, but due to its elevation (predominantly between 1500m and 1600m) and proximity to the formerly contiguous Nandi Forests it also contains highland elements and is thus unique. The forest boundary (including the reserves) encloses about 238km2, of which less than half is still indigenous forest.

Kenya National Parks

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Maps and lots of info on many parks.

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

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The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is Kenya's coastal jewel. Covering an area of 420 sq km, it is the largest block of indigenous coastal forest remaining in East Africa. In terms of biodiversity conservation, it is one of Kenya's most valuable forest areas, containing wildlife communities of international importance, especially birds and mammals. The concentration of rare species accounts for its status as the second most important site on the African mainland for bird conservation.

Amboseli National Park

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Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, is in Kajiado District, Rift Valley Province in Kenya…

Kakamega Forest National Reserve

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Kakamega Forest National Reserve located on the western part of Kenya is rich bird habitat. Kakamega Forest National Reserve resembles that of Central African Rainforest, ascertaining scientific theories on the expanse of the rainforest that covered Zaire and Uganda. Today Kakamega is a "Forest Island" , which is excellent for bird watching, and in which many species not found else where in Kenya, are resident. The specialized species of birds include: gray parrot, great blue turaco, blue-headed bee-eater, black and white casqued hornbill, yellow-spotted barbet, hairy-breasted barbet, brown-eared and yellow crested woodpeckers, African broadbill, and many other species of illadopsis and yellow-bellied wattle-eyes…

IBAs

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There are 9 restricted range species of the Kenya mountains Endemic Bird Area (EBA) and 7 of the East African coastal forests EBA. Kenya also has small portions of other EBAs: Tanzanian Malawi mountains; Serengeti plains; Jubba and Shabeelle valleys…

Blogs

Kenya Birdwatchers Paradise

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A pictorial blog of African birds in their natural habitat…

Kenya Birdwatchers Paradise

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A pictorial blog of African birds in their natural habitat…

Other Links

Hinde’s Babblers Breeding in Kabete, Nairobi

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Following the initial sightings of Hinde’s Babblers at the University of Nairobi’s Upper Kabete Field Station on 26th February (Simon Carter and David Guarnieri) and 8th March 2017 (Nature Kenya Wednesday Morning Bird Walk), marking the first official records of the species in Nairobi, I have been monitoring the birds as I am a student at UoN Upper Kabete Campus. On one occasion while observing the birds with Allan Kipruto (a schoolmate), we got a brief glimpse of what seemed to be a very orange-looking individual in the bushes where the rest of the Babblers (4 adults) were noisily moving around. We suspected it was a juvenile but couldn’t confirm since it quickly went deep into the bush and did not re-emerge.

Environmental Action Kenya

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In Kenya and Tanzania, wildlife is crucially important to the economy and culture. Yet these values are often overlooked because they aren`t realized as immediately as cattle, crops or development. But the people who can change this don`t often have the tools to make the change. Protected areas suffer from a shortage of committed locals who have the education to hold positions of responsibility. The education required is not expensive – tuition for one student at the Kenya Wildlife College in Naivasha can be as little as $1800. But this is more than local self-taught naturalists and aspiring conservationists can afford.

Kenya Birds

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Birding in Kenya - The variation in habitat across Kenya means that different areas of the country have very different bird lists, making it a fascinating part of the world for birders to visit. Since so much of the coutry is open grassland or bush the birds are also relatively easy to see. Some specialist tours reckon on 5-600 species in a two week tour. Taking it fairly gently, without a specialist bird guide, but going on some of the bird walks available at lodges we`ve managed 350 species in two weeks; there`s a lot of birds out there…

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - Andy Waddington

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A selection from a collection of several hundred pictures, of which over 200 are already scanned. These images were taken in February 1993, during a two-week visit to several of the Kenyan National Parks in which we saw (and identified) more species of bird than previously ticked in over thirty years in Europe.

Photographer - Ron Eggert, David Peterson & Trude Peterson

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A website for bird and animal lovers with photos and photo stories from Kenya and Tanzania.

Photographer - Don Getty

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1989 was the year of my first safari to Kenya. Expecting a once in a lifetime experience, I came away with a passion for Africa that has lead to 8 safaris to date.

Photographers - John & Nigel Kendall

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Bird-crazy brothers, John and Nigel Kendall, spent nine days bird watching in Kenya in early March 1999. John was a resident of Kenya at the time. Here are some of the photographs from the trip plus shots taken by John during 10 years of missionary work…

Photographer - Mic Clark - Wildlife Photography

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Some wonderful bird portraits… particularly the raptors!

Photographers - Vicki Louise Kennedy & Adam Scott Kennedy

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Welcome to rawnaturephoto, the online image library of Vicki Louise Kennedy and Adam Scott Kennedy. Currently based in Kenya’s world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, both are avid photographers with their own areas of expertise.