Birding Safaris

Birding Safaris

Since inception Dawn in Africa Safaris has been the corner stone of ensuring many hours of sheer bird watching pleasure.
We have worked tirelessly to develop and run tours that provide our guests with incredible birding species, we appreciate that people love to see new species and are delighted to make this happen.
We welcome bird watchers of all levels, age, and experiences to join us on this breathe taking adventure.
Our aim is not only to ensure that you enjoy your trip with us, but also learn more about bird identification and field craft from the guide. Kenya offers Africa in a nutshell, from the soda encrusted, flamingo filled Rift valley lake to the Alpine Mount Kenya and The Western Lowland forests at Kakamega.
These habitats combined with the bird rich Savannas, Tsavo semi deserts, and Sokokes coastal forests and of course the parks that make it the worlds premier big mammal watching destination, make Kenya the Perennial favorite in Africa.
This isn’t surprising considering you will probably see more bird and mammal species than any other African tour.
The variety of birds in Kenya is made possible by the favorable climate, diverse habitats and geographical features that make it a suitable migratory route for birds.
To see Kenya's rarest, indigenous and unfortunately endangered birds, the bird enthusiast needs to seek out forests or highland grasslands tucked away amongst various farmlands.
With Arabuko Sokoke forest near Malindi toping the list with 6 threatened bird species; sokoke scops owl, sokoke pipit, spotted ground thrush, east coast akalat, Amani sunbird and Clarke’s weaver.
Sharpe's long claw and Aberdare cisticola. Native and endangered, live in the highland grasslands near the Aberdare mountain range.
In Western Kenya, Kakamega forest is a little patch of Guineo-Congolian rainforest in Kenya. Among the many rainforest species found are spectacular Turacos and Hornbills, and the tiny, endangered Turner's Eremomela.

What makes our bird quest tours special?

Kenya is not just a fantastic birding tour (turning up a huge bird list in just two weeks) but also an extra ordinary mammal watching experience as well (including lions, cheetahs, leopards, Elephants, rhinos and many others) There are not many birding tours where you can combine finding a series of endemics and other avian specialties with piling up a large bird list and at the same time enjoying one of the world's greatest spectacles. Join us on this marvelous Africa adventure; you are not going to be disappointed!

Kakamega Forest

Birdlife is widely known for being Kakamega's main attraction for decades. The forest not only has a unique environment in Kenya but also in Africa, with a number of relict species being found here. Including; blue headed bee eater, Chapin's flycatcher and Turner's Ereomola. Other notables include; the red chested owlet, least honey guide, great blue turaco, banded snake eagle and crowned eagle

Arabuko Sokoke

This is a forest very important for birding. Among the endemics here is the sokoke scops owl, the world’s rarest owl. The species only found in this forest, making its sighting a real mecca for birders. Other species to be seen also include the rare Clarke’s weaver, Fischer’s turaco, southern banded snake eagle and the Amani and plain backed sunbirds.


Whether it is a stroll in hotel gardens, a trip to the national parks or the grounds of the national museum, you are guaranteed to come across birds of all varieties. From the bright black and yellow weavers, tiny iridescent sunbirds resembling flying jewels, secretary bird, Bustards and Mouse birds with long tails, which are unique to Africa. A wide range of habitats can be visited on day trips in Nairobi and its environs such as Lake Naivasha, the dry bush around the Olorgesaille prehistoric site, the escarpment forest in the foothills of the Aberdare mountain range just to mention but a few.


This is a very important birding area and the entire region is a popular destination with specialist biding tours. Naivasha has recorded over 400 birding species. The waters of the lake obviously attracting many water birds including the continent's highest concentration of African fish eagle, many Goliath Heron, Jacanas, pied and malachite kingfisher, red knobbed coot, spoonbills, little grebe, rare maccoa duck, African darters and saddle billed stork.


One of Nakuru's greatest is its birds and this is a common stop for specialist birding safaris. apart from the obvious Greater and Lesser Flamingos, species of interest recorded here include many Great white pelican and black necked and little grebe, as well as rare martial eagle, lesser kestrel and Madagascar squacco heron

Masai Mara

The Mara is equally popular with birders. with 500 recorded species, with notables such as the corncrake, grey crested helmet shrike, lesser kestrel, secretary bird, ostrich, white headed ostrich just to mention but a few.


This vast area is a very excellent birding site in the country. Popular with specialist birding safaris. Notable species recorded include; the rare Basra reed warbler, Friedman’s Lark, Ostrich, Blue Quail, violet wood hoopoe, Martial and crowned eagle.

Highlight birds

Hartlaub’s Turaco, Jackson’s Francolin, Moorland Francolin, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Red-chested Owlet, Northern White-faced Scops Owl, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Montane Nightjar, Somali Bee-eater, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Equatorial Akalat, Moorland Chat, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Snowy-headed Robin-Chat, Little Rock-Thrush, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Mocking Cliff Chat, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Spot-flanked Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-spotted Barbet, White-spotted Flufftail, Dusky Tit, African Emerald Cuckoo, Pink-backed Pelican, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Somali Courser, Spotted Thick-Knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Secretary bird, African Water Rail, Sharpe’s Long claw, Pangani Long claw, Rock Pratincole, Hartlaub’s Marsh Widowbird, Jackson’s Widowbird, Kori Bustard, Saddle-billed Stork, Hinde’s Babbler, Northern Pied Babbler, Stone Partridge, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Yellow-vented Eremomela, Green-backed Eremomela, Turner’s Eremomela, Green Hylia, Northern Crombec, Northern Grey Tit, Black-capped Social Weaver, Little Weaver, Jackson’s Golden-backed Weaver, Northern Masked Weaver, Heuglin’s Masked Weaver, White-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Martial Eagle, Zebra Waxbill, Lappet-faced Vulture, Somali Ostrich, Olive Ibis, Abbott’s Starling, Purple Starling, Lesser Blue-eared Starling, Golden-breasted Starling, Stulman’s Starling, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Nairobi Pipit, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Hunter’s Cisticola, Aberdare Cisticola, Boran Cisticola, Somali Sparrow, Three-streaked Tchagra, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Grey Olive Greenbul, Yellow-throated Leaf-Love, Eastern Paradise Whydah, Jackson’s Hornbill, Black-and-white-Casqued Hornbill, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Golden-winged Sunbird, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Oriole Finch, Narina Trogon, Bar-tailed Trogon

Habitats covered

Savanna, wetlands, semi- arid scrubland, Desert lava, Highland forest, Montane Grasslands, Equatorial forest.