Kenya is world-renowned as a wildlife destination par excellence with a breathtaking range of often easily approachable mammals and birds in landscapes of immense beauty. Our tour takes in two of Kenya’s finest game reserves, Samburu and the Maasai Mara, visits the alkaline and freshwater lakes of the Rift Valley and the central highlands. Everywhere pulsates with life, from the acacia-dotted savannahs of arid Samburu, arguably Kenya’s finest mammal reserve, to the endless undulating grasslands of the legendary Maasai Mara, perhaps the best place on earth to see large mammals in abundance.
Our trip is timed to witness the northbound Wildebeest migration. At Nakuru National Park over a million noisy Lesser Flamingos ring the soda lake. Both these wildlife spectacles will surely be major highlights. A boat ride along the shore of Lake Baringo will take us close to African Spoonbills, Goliath Herons, Jacanas, diminutive Malachite Kingfishers and majestic Fish Eagles, common inhabitants of the lakeshore as are hippos and Nile Crocodiles. Throughout our tour we will encounter many of Africa’s colorful birds including gem-like sunbirds, beautiful bee-eaters and impossibly bright starlings. There are also a tremendous variety of raptors ranging from the tiny Pygmy Falcon, a bird no bigger than a starling, to the weird and wonderful Secretary Bird.
Kakamega is Kenya’s last remaining rainforest where the fauna of the Congo basin reaches its most easterly point. Specialities here include Blue-headed Bee-eater and the globally threatened Turner’s Eremomola, Chapin’s Flycatcher and African Grey Parrot. Weavers, bush-shrikes, robin-chats, sunbirds, malimbes, wattle-eyes and the gorgeous Red-headed Bluebill can be seen along the forest edge, and some of the forest’s iconic birds, African Crowned Eagle, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbills, Ross’s and Great Blue Turaco are sure to delight.
This is a wonderful trip for photography. The combination of unusual scenery, beautiful and often very approachable wildlife, and rural Kenyan ‘scenes’ means that there is plenty to shoot on this ultimate Wildlife Safari.
As with all safaris, the itinerary can be altered and customized to suit your needs and goals, whether it would be more birding or mammals or length of trip.
This trip can be combined with an extension to the Kenyan Coast, or, to see the Gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda.
Focus: Birds, Mammals, Photography, Reptiles, Butterflies, Scenery