Turacos Special Birding Safari
18 Nights/19 Days: Nairobi - Sweetwaters - Samburu - L.
Nakuru - L. Bogoria - L. Baringo - Saiwa Swamp - Kakamega - L. Victoria - L. Naivasha
- Masai Mara - Amboseli.
On arrival at the (J.K.I.A) Airport, you will be met and
greeted by our customer service representative and transferred to the luxurious
NAIROBI SAFARI CLUB Hotel where you will relax in your air-conditioned suite and
ware-out the jet lag. In the afternoon an orientation tour of Nairobi city which
will include visiting the ornithological section of National Museums of Kenya
for a lecture. Nairobi Safari club, formerly a private club for members only is
the ideal place to be. All the rooms in the hotel are suites, six of which are
Presidential Suites. Here you can enjoy the clubs sauna, gym, swimming pool, various
bars and other amenities. Overnight tonight will be served at NAIROBI SAFARI
02: Nairobi - Sweetwaters.
After breakfast, depart to the exquisite Sweetwaters
Tented Camp in the secluded heart of the Ol Pejeta Ranch and Rhino sanctuary.
Built within a private ranch, the camp is a "Rhino heaven" which also
supports a wide variety of birds such as Augur Buzzard, Stout Cisticola, Cape
Robin Chat, Black Kite, African Harrier Hawk among other highland species. The
sanctuary also support large mammals such as elephants, giraffes etc, it is only
here that you can have a night game drive at extra cost. 25 of the 30 luxurious
tents overlook the water hole and some are built on stilts to offer you a better
view. Each luxurious tent comes with en-suite facilities, a patio (verandah) and
is set under a thatch roof. A visit to the Chimpanzee sanctuary should not be
missed and remember to pack your swimming gear because the camp has a swimming
pool, table tennis, board games and satellite television. Lunch will be served
at the Camp. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at luxurious Sweetwaters
Tented Camp (BLD).
03: Sweetwaters - Samburu.
After an early morning breakfast we depart
for Samburu National Reserve by driving north through the high wheat fields of
Timau, crossing the equator and then down into the thorny landscape of Samburu
country. This area boost of unique bird species as such as Buff Crested bustard,
Kori bustard, Chestnut weaver, Golden palm weaver, Golden breasted starlings,
Water thicknee, among other. Also unique northern wildlife which are not found
in any other part south of equator, here you will find the Grevy zebra, Beisa
Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, the long necked gerenuk, herds of elephants
and their predators abound. The life-giving Uaso Nyiro River plays a major role
in the ecosystem of this region.
Our new home for the next two nights will
be at Sarova Shaba Lodge. It's located high above the banks of the life-giving
Uaso Nyiro River in the Shaba Game Reserve (Filming location of the Hit CBS Survivor
III, series). Shaba lodge is composed of 85 luxury thatched-roof bedrooms with
en-suite bathrooms, all of which are facing the river. Each room is furnished
with local stone and off-cut timber, a Presidential Suite with a separate bedroom,
lounge, and private Jacuzzi is also available, as well as 4 junior suites. The
lodge beautifully incorporates the existing natural springs as one of its special
features. The 1989 movie "Born Free", a true-life story of George and
Joy Adamson was shot in the Game Reserve and some of the scenes were shot at the
lodge. An open-air restaurant over looking the river, swimming pool, curio shop,
bars, and it's location at an oasis make it a perfect base from which to explore
the Shaba Reserve, as well as its sister reserve - Buffalo Springs to the west.
Overnight tonight will be served Sarova Shaba Lodge (BLD).
Spend the whole day bird watching trying to come up with
a list of 400 different species found in this region. All meals & overnight
at Sarova Shaba Lodge (BLD).
05: Samburu - Lake Nakuru.
After an early breakfast bid farewell to Shaba
as we drive south through Isiolo, crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount
Kenya, until we reach Nanyuki town. Heading west we make a brief stopover at Nyahururu
Falls, still known to many as Thomson's falls for its 237ft cascade. After the
stopover, we drive southward to our next destination Lake Nakuru. Located in the
Great Rift Valley 1750m above sea level, Lake Nakuru is known as an ornithological
paradise by birdwatchers because the lake is world famous as the location of the
greatest ornithological spectacle on earth, which boasts any where between one
and two million lesser and greater pink flamingoes that feed on the abundant algae
thriving in the lakes warm waters. It is one of the few parks that have been specifically
established (Gazetted) for the protection of birds specifically flamingoes, more
than 450 species of birds have been recorded here. The park has also been established
for the protection of endangered species such as the rhino and is also home to
Columbus monkeys, Leopards, Giraffes, and a variety of plain antelope.
will be served at Lake Nakuru Lodge, which, is situated in the south ecological
niche of the park. The lodge with its friendly and competent staff is an oasis
of comfort that provides first class customer service and offers commanding views
of lesser flamingoes dotted with the greater flamingoes. It blends in perfectly
well with its natural surroundings and animals often patrol peacefully close to
the lodge adding to its captivating magic. For some R&R "Rest and Relaxation",
the spacious logged and inviting Mamma Nikki's bar, the cool upstairs Rhino Paddock
Cocktail bar overlooking the Lake and the enticing blue pool can be tremendously
inviting. An afternoon game drive around the lakeshore will be the main feature
for the afternoon, dinner & overnight tonight will be served at Lake Nakuru
06: Lake Nakuru.
After breakfast, spend the whole day bird watching and
trying to come up with the total list of 450 different species found here. Dinner
& overnight tonight will be at Lake Nakuru Lodge (BLD).
07: Lake Nakuru - Lake Bogoria
After breakfast, we proceed to the jewel
of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria. Described as the "Most beautiful
view in Africa" by Bishop Hannington, the lake is well known for its Hot
springs and geysers, which are spread out along its southern shores. The hot sulfur
water gushing out of the ground is known to have therapeutic values. These natural
spas and their steam are Mother Nature's version of a bath & sauna. After
a relaxing bird walk around the lake, your lunch will be served at Lake Bogoria
Hotel. Later in the after you will enjoy an extensive bird walk around the lake
and the lodge environs, here we expect to find a variety of species as such as
Woodland kingfisher, Northern puff back, White headed buffalo weaver, Rufous crowned
roller, African golden oriole, African hoope e.t.c. Our dinner and overnight will
be served at Lake Bogoria Hotel (bld).
Day 08: Lake Bogoria
- Lake Baringo
After breakfast we drive further north to Lake Baringo
one of the leading ornithology lakes in East Africa, more than 470 bird species
call this area home. We check-in at Lake Baringo Country Club a superb and compact
hotel set at the shores of Lake Baringo. Our bird walk today will feature the
following rare species e.g. White faced scopes owl, Bristol crowned starling,
Goliath heron, Fan tailed raven etc. A relaxing boat ride on the lake will be
the feature of the afternoon. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at Lake
Baringo Country Club (BLD).
09: Lake Baringo - Saiwa Swamp
Today our birding safari will depart Lake
Baringo and drive towards Saiwa Swamp National Park in Kitale, the only exceptional
Park in Kenya enjoyed exclusively on foot and birding landmark. Lunch to be served
in Hotel at Kitale Town before afternoon bird walk. The birding menu for today
will be Great blue turaco, Ross turaco, Ludher's bush shrike, White capped robin
chat, Grey crown crane etc. Dinner and overnight stay at a Hotel at Kitale
10: Saiwa Swamp - Kakamega Forest.
Depart to Kakamega Forest, covers an
area of 240sq.km is a living remnant of the original equatorial rainforest, which
once extended from Guinea in the west, to East and Central Africa for a fulfilling
and eventful day of birdwatching in this only & unique remaining rain forest
with some of very rare and spectacular bird species in the world e g Grey Parrot,
Great blue and Black billed turacos, blue headed bee eaters, Turner's eremomela,
Little grey greenbul etc. if one of your ambitions is to experience the enchanting
mystery of the jungle,
.the melody of singing birds, the breeze whispering
trees, the croaking frogs, the rasp of butterflies as they fly on by, the cheeky
monkeys as they swing from branch to branch
All meals at Golf Hotel, flanked
with 60 self contained standard rooms and 2 standard executive suites. Each room
is tastefully furnished with beautifully designed furniture and cheerful big windows
to allow maximum light and ventilation, rooms are also equipped with mosquito
nets, telephone and a big balcony. For those still wishing to exercise their muscles,
a quick game of golf at the Golf club next door, in addition, guests can also
play squash, table tennis, pool and other indoor games. Dinner and overnight tonight
will be served at Kakamega Golf Hotel (BLD).
11: Kakamega Forest - Lake Victoria
A morning lecture on the birds of
this small forest which harbour's over 380 different plant species, 50 of which
have traditional medicinal value, some endemic animal species, 400 butterly species
and 330 bird species at an altitude of between 1500-1700m followed by a walk to
try and identify the available rare species of this equatorial forest. Lunch at
Kakamega Golf Hotel followed by a short drive to Lake Victoria where we will do
a late afternoon birding around the lake for fresh water birds species e.g. African
open bill stork, Swamp flycatcher, Red chested sunbird, Hammerkop, Eastern grey
plantain-eater etc. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at Sunset Hotel.
12: Kisumu - Lake Naivasha.
Today after an early breakfast, our safari
will be destined for Lake Naivasha, the only freshwater lake in the Rift Valley.
From the top of the Rift Valley escarpment, you can see the lake sparkling under
the sun thousands of feet below you. The lake is home to a large colony of hippos
and it's also a Mecca for bird watchers and researchers since over 400 different
species of birds have been recorded here e.g. Long toed plover, Great white egret,
Grey headed gull, Southern pochard, Red billed teal and not mention the Lilly
trotter; African jacana. The lake location and wildlife makes it an ideal place
for an afternoon boat ride. A visit to the liberating Crescent Island, which is
completely undeveloped, wild and free, is one of the few places on earth where
wander/walk on foot among herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, giraffe
and dik diks. There are no predators and no fences so it will be quite a liberating
and exciting feeling to walk among the wildlife.
Lunch will be served at
the tranquil Lake Naivasha Country Club, which has retained its colonial architecture
since it was built in 1937 as a staging post for the Imperial Airways flying water
boat services from Durban to London. The lodge is built on 55 acres of lakeside
green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees. Dinner and overnight
tonight will be served at Lake Naivasha Country Club (BLD).
13: Lake Naivasha - Hell's Gate.
After breakfast, a morning bird walk
with the aim of viewing birds on the shores of the Lake with a few hours of relaxation
before lunch. Afternoon visit to Hell's Gate National Park, which is breeding
ground for vultures in Kenya e.g. Lammergeyer vultures. Dinner & overnight
tonight will be served at Lake Naivasha Country Club (BLD).
14: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara.
Today our safari expedition will take
us to the jewel of Kenya's parks, the world famous Masai Mara Game (Wildlife)
Reserve. This is Kenya's number one park and is always on every bird watcher's
and wildlife tourists "Must see list". Full of life with various types
of animals and birds, Masai Mara crown's the climax of every safari in Kenya.
It's rolling grasslands and acacia savannah have time and again been captured
on film with the movie "Out Of Africa" being the most famous.
Masai Mara is home to the "Big Five" (Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard
and Rhino) and over 450 bird species as such as Bare faced go away bird, Hooded
vulture, Egyptian vulture, Flappet lark, Red necked fowl, White necked raven etc.
Apart from the big five, the Masai Mara is most famous for the spectacular annual
migration of over a million wildebeest, zebra, gazelle etc from the Serengeti
in northern Tanzania crossing the Mara River into Kenya in search of fresh feeding
grounds, which takes place in late July or August. During this crossing, hundreds
of animals are swept away by the first moving Mara River and other are killed
by the ferocious African Crocodiles. This crossing gives true meaning to the phrase "Survival of the fittest".
Lunch will be served at the excellent Mara Sopa Lodge your new home for the next
two nights. "Sopa" means welcome in the Masai language and true to its
name, the lodge and its staff offer first class customer service and accommodations
under a welcoming atmosphere. Set in the Oloolaimutia valley the lodge blends
in perfectly well with its surrounding hillside landscape. The 77 rooms, 12 suites,
and 1 Presidential Suite are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms, mini bars and
elevated verandahs (patios) from which guests can sun bathe, relax and enjoy the
view of the valley and it's resident wildlife and birds. The lodge has direct-dial
telephone services, satellite television and video services. P.S don't forget
your swimming costume for a midday or night swim under the star filled African
After lunch and some time for relaxation, or sunbathing and going
for a dive in the pool, your driver/guide will take you for an afternoon game
drive in search of the shy and elusive leopard, the solitary and ill-tempered
Rhino, lions, buffaloes, and many others. As the sun starts to edge its way dip
into the African horizon it will be the perfect opportunity to capture the beautiful
Mara landscape on film or video camera. Dinner & overnight tonight will be
served at, Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).
15 & 16: Masai Mara.
An early morning birding cum game drive after
breakfast will be our perfect start of another unforgettable and memorable birding
day in Africa. With picnic lunch en-route you spend your day in Mara Plains trying
to identify and record the over 450 species record in this reserve. All meals
and overnight tonight will be served at, Mara Sopa Lodge (BLD).
17: Masai Mara - Amboseli.
After an early morning breakfast, we proceed
to Amboseli National Park via Nairobi for an early lunch at Toona Tree Restaurant,
before proceeding to Amboseli beautifully situated beneath the foot of Africa's
highest mountain Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895m), the park is well renowned for its huge
herds of elephants and various types of other Savannah wildlife such as Giraffes,
Bushbuck's, Kudu, Warthog's, Zebra's and over 425 species of birds recorded here
such as White faced whilsting duck, Brown snake eagle, Yellow billed stork, Woolly
necked stork, Shikra, Helmented guinea fowl, African cuckoo e.t.c. The snowcapped
peak of Kilimanjaro rising above white clouds dominates every aspect of Amboseli
and forms a backdrop to an impressive display of wildlife attracted to this location
by swamps and springs fed by underground rivers from Kilimanjaro's melting snow.
With an airstrip at Empusel Gate, the park is also home to the Masai people, those
tall, brave, and proud nomads who live in close harmony with the environment and
the wildlife that surrounds them. Amboseli was the location around which such
famous writers like Sir Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark tailored their stories
of big game hunting in the wilds of Africa. Enjoy a birding game drive en-route,
as we arrive in time for your dinner at the Ol-Tukai Lodge, situated deep in the
heart of the world famous Amboseli National Park. The lodge is camouflaged in
a forest of fever trees, yellow barked acacia trees, palms and well designed cottage
style accommodations, which spread out on either side of the main lodge. Each
room offers a breathtaking view of the magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro and the surrounding
wetlands. Ol-Tukai lodge blends perfectly well into the African savannah and it
will bring out your natural instincts. You can go for a dive in the Acacia
tree shaded swimming pool, or for those of you reading enthusiasts, you can read
the day away in the well-stocked library with a relaxing view of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
After your afternoon game drive you can spend some time in the open-air bar, which
is open until the last guest retires, so if you're the "night owl type"
this is the perfect opportunity for you to stay up all night Overnight tonight
will be served at Ol-Tukai Lodge (BLD).
After breakfast it will be the perfect time for photographing
the humbling and magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro the highest peak in Africa. With
picnic lunch you depart your lodge for a full day birding section with our eagle
eyed birding guide. Please take this opportunity to add a new specie in your birding
list. Dinner and overnight tonight will be served at Ol-Tukai Lodge (BLD).
19: Amboseli - Nairobi - Fly
After breakfast, we drive back to Nairobi
arriving in time for lunch at Pampa Grill Restaurant where you can enjoy some good
Italian food. Later early in the evening, a complimentary dinner will be hosted
by our company at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant considered "Africa's
greatest eating experience" (if you love barbecue it doesn't get better
than this), and home to the "Simba Saloon" one of the cities most popular
night clubs. Thereafter you will be transferred to the airport in time for your
International departure flight.