Picnic lunch, Masai Mara.
Picnic lunch, Masai Mara.

Introduction: 

When the word safari is mentioned the general image formed in one’s mind will probably be based on a scene from the great plains of East Africa. And indeed, Kenya is generally regarded as the home of the safari, where the concept was first pioneered in the mid to late 1800’s. Things have changed since then, but a Kenyan safari still captures that classic ambiance of comfort in the wilderness, of vast open plains teeming with all manner of wild beast. The scale and diversity is incredible, and with this in mind we have developed a 17-day itinerary that focuses on both birds and wildlife, with the aim of seeing a lot, and seeing it well, without trying to ‘see it all’ and include too much.  Getting around in Kenya takes time, and can be quite tiring, so we’ve tried to keep travel time to a minimum. This means that we do miss some of the important birding areas, but believe the compromise makes for a much more  enjoyable and relaxing experience. After a first night in Nairobi we experience the arid wonderland of Samburu, land of majestic Reticulated Giraffes and stylish Doum Palms and home to some unique birds and mammals. From there we visit the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the shadow of Mount Kenya; explore three of the Rift Valley Lakes (Lakes Nakuru, Bogoria and Baringo) as well as Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake on the planet. From there we have the highlight of the experience in the famous Masai Mara, Kenya’s prime wildlife reserve and part of the massive Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem. We have avoided the prime season to avoid peak-season pricing and higher tourist numbers, and while we aren’t in the area during the migration, it will still amount to the experience of a lifetime. This ‘easy birding and wildlife’ itinerary aims to deliver a decent bird list and incredible mammal viewing combined with comfortable accommodation and a manageable pace. A safari entails a lot of car time, and we use stretched Land-Cruiser game viewers, specially kitted out for photography, with a maximum of four clients and one leader per vehicle to make for the most comfortable experience possible.

14 – 30 April 2020 (16 nights / 17 days)

Starts in Nairobi on the morning of the 14th April 2020. Tour ends in Nairobi 29th April. We will arrive at approximately 13h00 so for those flying out on the same day there will be a reduced rate in lieu of the final night in Nairobi. Please check with us before booking any flights.

2020: US$ 7 950 per person sharing, US$ 550 single supplement

Price may be subject to change based on factors beyond our control. 

Includes

  • Accommodation
  • All meals (except lunches and  dinners on first and last days)
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transport in 4×4 photographic converted Land Cruiser
  • Charter flight
  • Bottled water in vehicle whilst travelling
  • Personalised checklists
  • Specialist guide fees

Excludes

  • All airfares except charter flight
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Lunches and dinners on first and last day
  • All drinks
  • Optional excursions where applicable
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Note

  • This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions at the time and other factors beyond our control.
  • Birds and mammals mentioned on this itinerary do not represent all that can be seen.  A full list of possibles appears on your checklist.

Group size: limited to a maximum of 4 participants per vehicle.

Areas visited: Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lakes Nakuru, Baringo and Bogoria, Kakamega, Lake Victoria and the Masai Mara.

Expected weather conditions: generally warm to hot and humid, with afternoon thunderstorms occurring regularly.

Tour tempo: medium to medium-plus; some long travelling days and some full days out on safari.  

Accommodation standards: good to high: private guest houses, lodges and mobile camps.

Mammal viewing: Outstanding! Unbeatable for multitudes of plains game and predator action.

Top mammals: Maasai Giraffe, Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelle, Defassa Waterbuck, Topi, Coke’s Hartebeest, Plain’s Zebra, Bearded Gnu, Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Buffalo, Black Rhino, Kirk’s Dik-Dik, Olive Baboon, Golden Jackal.

Birding in brief: Excellent, many of the East African specials to be seen.

Top birds: Rüppell’s Griffon, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Jackson’s Francolin, Black- faced Sandgrouse, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Bare-faced Go Away Bird, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Red-and-Yellow Barbet, Golden-winged Sunbird, Grey-crested Helmet-Shrike, Golden Pipit, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Bee-eater, Bar-tailed Trogon.

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Kenya: Easy Birding & Wildlife 2020

 

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