Some of the bird species to look out for include the Fischer’s Lovebird, Northern Pied-Babbler, Shelly’s Francolin, Secretary Bird, White-backed Vulture, Kori Bustard, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Moustached Grass-Warbler, Singing Cisticola, Rattling Cisticola, Pectoral-patch Cisticola, Siffling Cisticola, Black-winged Lapwing, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Dark capped Bulbul, Marabou Stork, Rufous-naped Lark, the near endemic Northern pied Babbler and Green-backed Honeyguide among others.
After breakfast we proceed to Mt Kenya region but with a brief stop-over in Thika where we will seek to find some special species including the Trumpeter Hornbill, African Goshawk, Grey-olive Greenbul, Collared and Green-headed Sunbird, African Black Duck, Mountain Wagtail, Brown-headed Kingfisher, Brown-backed and Bronze Mannikin, White-headed and Spot-flanked Barbets. We will try to find our first endemic bird along the way, the Hinde’s Babbler.The species that we will look out for around Mt Kenya include the magnificent African Crowned Eagle, Great Sparrow-hawk, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Olive and Eastern bronze-naped Pigeon, Montane Nightjar, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, Thick-billed Seed-eater, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Red-fronted Parrot, White-starred Robin, Hunter’s Cisticola, White-browed Crombec, Cape Robin chat, Waller’s Starling, Kenrick’s Starling, White-bellied Tit, Eastern double-colored Sunbird, Northern double-colored Sunbird, Montane Oriole, Grey-headed Negrofinch, Chin-spot Batis, Brown-capped Weaver, Mountain, Slender-billed and Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Black-throated, Yellow-crowned Canary, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Chestnut-throated and Grey Apalis.
This diversity of habitats makes for a very rich avifauna, ranging from the huge Somali Ostrich to tiny Finches. Amongst array of birds here include the endemic Williams lark, Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Somali Courser, Vulturine Guinea fowl, Donaldson Smith’s Sparrow-weaver, Northern Brownbul, African Bare-eyed Thrush, Palm-nut Vultures, Hooded Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown snake-eagle, Bateleur, Verreaux’s Eagle, Pygmy Falcon, Red-necked Falcon, Buff-crested Bustard, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Red-chested Cuckoo, Greater spotted Cuckoo, Diederick Cuckoo, Pick-breasted Lark, Red-winged Lark, Singing Bush Lark, Little Bee-eater, Von der Decken’s Hornbills, Rosy-patched Bush Shrike, Northern Crombec, Golden-breasted Starling, White-headed & Blue-naped Mousebird, Bristle-crowned ,Magpie and Wattled Starlings, Ashy and Desert Cisticola, Cut-throat Finch, Golden palm, Lesser-masked Weaver, Black-capped social Weaver and Pygmy Batis.
Buffalo Springs-Samburu Game Reserve
Seeing the iridescent starlings alongside the majestic Kori Bustard or hearing the iconic call of the African Fish Eagle are some of the great bird experiences to be had here. We may visit the Chimpanzee sanctuary. Some of the birds to expect here includes Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Taita Fiscal, Plain-backed Pipit, Long-billed Pipit, Grassland Pipit, Long-tailed Widowbird, Red-colored Widowbird, Red-winged Starling, Cape Rook, Black-winged Plover, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Buff-crested Bustard, D’Anaurd’s Barbet, Temminicks Courser and Nubian Woodpecker.
Surrounded by attractive 'fever trees' and arid hills peppered with impressive euphorbias, the lake often holds spectacular concentrations of Lesser Flamingos and small numbers of Greater Flamingos. It has become world famous for these birds, who visit the lake to feed on the blue-green algae that forms on the lake bed. Among the many other bird species we expect to see include the Mocking Cliff chat, Grey-headed Gull, Zitting Cisticola, Winding Cisticola, Red-faced Cisticola, White-fronted Bee-eater, Broad-billed Roller, Green Wood Hoopoe, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Schalow’s Wheatear, Arrow-marked Babbler, Mottled Swifts, Horus swift, Nyanza Swift, Little rock Thrush, White-browed Robin chat, African Harrier-hawk, Long crested Eagle, Augur Buzzard, Coqui Francolin, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Greater Honeyguide, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl and the rare Grey-crested Helmet shrike if we are lucky.
Specialties here include the Slender-tailed Nightjar, the rare Star-spotted Nightjar, the Greyish Eagle-owl, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Heuglin’s Courser, Bristle-crowned Starling, African Scops Owl, White-faced Scops Owl, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Jackson’s Hornbill, Allen’s Gallinule, Beautiful Sunbird, Pygmy Kingfisher, Green-winged Phytilia and the Brown-tailed Rock Chat.
We will depart early morning heading to Kakamega but make a stop along the way for some special birds which include the Ross's Turaco, White-crested Turaco, Meyer’s Parrot, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Yellow-spotted Petronia, Golden-breasted Bunting and Green-backed Eremomela. The specialties in Kakamega Forest include Uganda Woodland Warbler, Chapin’s Flycatcher, the globally endangered Turner's Eremomela, Black-faced Rufous-Warbler, the majestic Great Blue Turaco, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Grey-green Bushshrike, Pink-footed Puffback, Rosy-patched Bushshrike, White-spotted Flufftail, Bar-tailed Trogon, Equatorial Akalat, Black and White casqued Hornbill, Square-tailed Drongo, Grey-headed Negrofinch, African Broadbill, African Blue Flycatcher, Snowy-headed Robin-chat, Makinnon’s Fiscal, Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye, Brown-throated Wattle-eye and Jameson’s Wattle-eye.
Kakamega Forest Reserve
Some of the specialties expected to find here include the Papyrus Gonolek, Black-headed Gonolek, White-winged warbler, Greater swamp Warbler, Swamp Flycatcher, Copper Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Northern brown-throated Weaver, Jackson’s Golden-backed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Black-winged Bishop, Black-billed Barbet, Water Thicknee, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird and the elusive Marsh Owl, if we are lucky enough.
Birdlife in the Maasai Mara is very rich and some of the highlights include Usambiro Barbet, Long-tailed Cisticola, Rock-loving Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola, Familiar Chat, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, White-naped Raven, Rufous-bellied Heron, Yellow-fronted Canary, Wattled Plover, Pale Wren Warbler, Black-backed Puffback, Coqui Francolin, Red-necked Francolin, Woodland Kingfisher, Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, Grey Kestrel, Brown Snake-eagle, Black-chested Snake-eagle, Dark chanting Goshawk, Greater Kestrel, Lappet-faced Vulture, White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s griffon Vulture, Rufous-chested Swallow, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Violet-backed Starling, Red-billed Oxpecker, Yellow-billed Oxpecker and the Southern ground Hornbill.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Today after breakfast we head eastwards to Lake Naivasha a fresh water lake outside the town of Naivasha, Nakuru County. The lake has a surface area of 139 km?, and is surrounded by a swamp which covers an area of 64 square km, but this can vary largely depending on rainfall. It is situated at an altitude of 1,884 meters (6,180 ft.).The lake has an average depth of 6 m (20 ft.), with the deepest area being at Crescent Island, at a maximum depth of 30 m (100 ft.) The lake is home to a variety of types of wildlife including over 400 different species of bird and a sizeable population of hippos. The fish community in the lake has been highly variable over time, influenced by changes in climate, fishing effort and the introduction of invasive species. Some of the birds we will look out for include the Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Great white Pelican, Pink-backed Pelican, Lesser Moorhen, Giant Kingfisher, Southern Pochard and African marsh Harrier.
On this last day we will depart for the airport JKIA but make some few stops along the way including Kinangop grasslands in search of the endemic Sharpe’s Longclaw whose population is declining rapidly due to its habitat lose. Next stop will be at a small wetland along the way and we hope to see the elusive Maccoa Duck, White-backed Duck, Whiskered Tern, White-faced whistling Duck and Fulvous whistling Duck among others.
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Africa Safari Discovery