Africa birding tours and holidays: our Best of Africa birding tours and holidays is a splendid way of seeing this marvelous and highly scenic country’s many endemic birds, not to mention some great mammals. Africa birding tours and holidays packages offer the quintessential Africa birding tours and holidays experience thanks to vast wilderness areas, impressive quality and diversity of species. Among the most impressive of the continent’s innumerable wildlife spectacles are the flamingoes on Rift Valley lakes, water birds in deltas, rivers and lakes of Africa to raptors on open plains. Africa really does impress with its birding holidays and it is not unusual to record more than 100 species in a day.
Kenya has one of the richest avifaunas in Africa with around 1090 bird species recorded. At least eight of these are national endemics. Around 170 species of Kenya’s birds species are Palearctic migrants (11 species of them with a local breeding population too), mainly from Eastern Europe, Russia, the middle East and Siberia. Another 60 species migrate regularly within the Afrotropics or from Madagascar. Some 335 species are found in forest; 230 species are entirely forest dependent.
Kenya has over 1,000 species of birds and is a paradise for birdwatchers that will have the added bonus of also seeing the big game animals for which Kenya is famous. On this safari you can expect to identify at least 200 different species of birds. Kenya birding tours: In best safari holidays & Masai Mara forest birding visit holidays. For unspoiled bird species with Masai Mara safari & top forest watching nature trails in Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha & Lake Victoria Kenya
Stunning birds like kingfishers, rollers, guineafowl, starlings, sunbirds, barbets, hornbills, bushshrikes and bee-eaters can be seen as can a rich diversity of raptors. Bataleur, snake eagle, martial eagle, fish eagle, falcons, buzzards and goshawks aplenty. The waterbirding safari is among the worlds finest with wetlands throughout Africa supporting a wealth of wonderful birdlife. Storks, herons, shorebirds, pelicans, waterfowl to name a few.
Our Kenya and Tanzania birding tours take us to these remarkable African safari destinations, each boasting a bird list in excess of a thousand species! As such they epitomize Africa’s reputation as “the birding tours continent”, hosting a profusion of outrageously colorful and easily observable birds. Augmenting this incredible birding, our Kenya Birding Tours guarantee you “front row seats” to the finest mammal show on the planet.
Over our many years of operation in this region, we have tailored an exciting portfolio of Kenya Birding Tours to satisfy every visitor, from hardcore birders to travelers seeking a more diverse vacation blending birding, wildlife and cultural activities with luxury game lodges. Our Kenya Birding Tours & Big Game birding tours are designed to maximize both big game and Birdwatching experiences by selecting the very best and most accessible destinations of these two fantastic African nations.
In Kenya we visit key reserves offering a variety of habitats, from Amboseli in the shadows of Mt. Kilimanjaro, to the montane forests of Mt. Kenya, fantastic Shaba in the dry Samburu region, as well as Lake Nakuru, glowing pink with up to two million Lesser Flamingos! Offering over 450 bird species and unparalleled African mammal experiences, it’s no surprise that this remains one of our most popular tours. Furthermore, a small group size of just 6 guests makes for a very personalized experience.
Our Kenya Birding Tours provides 26 days of non-stop Birdwatching! This Kenya birding tour typically produces an astounding total of over 800 bird species, as well as an amazing diversity of large mammals. Not only do we obtain a huge list of mouth-watering species, but also Kenya’s most sought-after rarities and endemics. We explore areas that include Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Tsavo West and East, the isolated Taita Hills, Lake Baringo, Kakamega and the plains of the Masai Mara. This is simply the finest tour available for those wanting a complete Kenyan birding tour experience.
Our Budget Africa Birding Tours and Holidays in Kenya highlights some of Africa’s most iconic and famous wildlife reserves. Our Kenya Birding Tours begins with an exploration of Mount Kenya, shrouded in montane forest – it is Africa’s second highest peak. Leaving the cool forests, we descend to the nutrient rich Lake Nakuru, with its inexhaustible numbers of Lesser Flamingo.
Africa is rich in birding opportunities, for beginners and professionals alike. The Albertine Rift, just south of the Zambezi River, for example, is rich with endemic birds, while Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa contain the highest number of endemic species of all the African countries.
Africa is a fantastic continent for a bird watching holiday, with the wide range of habitats offering such a diverse bird population. The range is vast, with montane and lowland forests, wetlands, savannahs, deserts and coastlines on both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. With a range of African and country-specific endemics, as well as the many migrant birds which come to ‘winter’ in the southern hemisphere, bird-watching in Africa is packed full of variety.
Africa is rich in birding opportunities, for beginners and professionals alike. The Albertine or Western Rift for example, that extends from Lake Albert south to lakes Tanganyika and Kivu is rich with endemic birds, while Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda & Ethiopia contain a high percentage of all the endemic species that occur in Africa.
Kenya is rightfully described as “All of Africa in One Country” and it is exactly that – it is a fact that Kenya enjoys some of the world’s greatest environmental spectacles, resulting in an unparalleled number of species of both birds and mammals.
From the world’s biggest bird, the Ostrich, to spectacular flamingos that congregate in their thousands at some lakes in the Great Rift Valley, often camouflaging them in pink, Kenya holds some remarkable birding sights that you have to see to believe. With eleven per cent of the world’s species – some 1089 different varieties, Kenya’s birding is still one of the best in the world. It is not unusual for birding trips to record over 500 different species on a short trip, or to record more than 120 at a particular site on any single day!
The variety of birds in Kenya is made possible by its favourable climate, diverse habitats and geographical features that also provide a suitable ‘stop-over’ for the many thousands of migratory birds. Even without venturing outside of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, where more than 500 bird species have been recorded (more than in any other capital city, and more than some countries) can be a rewarding experience.
Bird watching is good all year round in Kenya. The rainy seasons of April-May and November-December coincide with the migration of birds from Europe and Asia, and many of the ‘big-day’ totals have been recorded at that time. Migrants make up about ten per cent of Kenya’s total birdlife, while spectacular birds of the bush such as guineafowl, go-away birds, rollers, starlings and weavers to mention but a few are present all year round.
Tanzania is a true wilderness – over a quarter of this magnificent country is dedicated to incredibly wild and beautiful national parks and reserves. With a range of endemic bird species, Tanzania is a great location for a bird watching holiday. A tremendous amount of ornithological research has been carried out here in the past twenty years, which has hugely increased the information and resources for bird watching in Tanzania. Come for great endemics, near-endemics and speciality birds. The changes suggested by on-going research make listing the exact number of endemics rather difficult. Some sources suggest around 26, while others who prefer to split sub-species will suggest as many as 34. A selection of their spectacular endemic birds include the Udzungwa Forest Partridge, Uluguru Bush Shrike, Mrs Moreau’s Warbler, Loveridge’s and Rufous-winged Sunbirds, the Kilombero and Usambara Weavers, not to forget the four very special endemics to be found on Pemba Island (Green Pigeon, Scops Owl, Sunbird and White-eye).