Birds and the Big 5

Wayfarer: Best of Africa
Wildlife extravaganzaJebin Vijay

9 Days of Wildlife Adventures

23 - 31 Aug2014

Day - 1 Nairobi    Arrive at Nairobi and immediate transfer to Samburu. The drive is a safari in itself.

Day - 2 SamburuGame drives for the 'Big 5' and many birds.

Day - 3 BogoriaDrive to Lake Bogoria to watch the flamingoes and spouting geysers.

Day - 4 NaivashaBoat rides on the beautiful lake watching majestic eagles, giraffe, waterbuck, eland, wildebeest, zebra and impala.

Day - 5 Lake NukuruDrive to Maasai Mara

Day 6 - 8 Masai MaraGame drives morning and evening in this wildlife Shangrila.

Day - 9After early breakfast leave camp and drive to Nairobi.

The African Safari

The African Safari has always been the holy grail of wildlifers. Home to the “Big 5” game and lesser mammals it often eclipses the rich birdlife of the country. Tours to Kenya are all focussed on the mammals leaving the birders wanting more. Here is a tour designed for birders, where you see the Mammals but also stop to look at the Birds.

We start the tour with Samburu, which hosts the rare Grevy's Zebra along with the Common Zebra, Gerenuk, Beisa Orynx, Reticulated Giraffe and loads of Crocs.
Birds we expect to see here are the Bristle-crowned Starling, Vereaux's Eagle-owl, Palm-Nut Vulture, Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow Weaver, Red-headed Weaver and if we are lucky the rare, endemic and little known Wiliiams' Lark.
Lake Bogoria is a Ramsar site in the Rift Valley. An alkaline lakes its the home to one of the world’s largest populations of Lesser Flamingo providing spectacular vistas. You would also see the Cape-wigeon, Yellow-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Augur Buzzard, Gabar Goshawk, Water Dikkop, Starlings, Hornbills and Crombecs. It is also home to the rare Greater Kudu, Warthogs, Zebras, Baboons, and many more small mammals! Not just wildlife but also spectacular scenery with hot springs and geysers.

Lake Naivasha is a beautiful large freshwater lake surrounded by Acacia woodlands and fringed by Papyrus. Home to large numbers of Hippopotamus, the lake supports abundant bird life including the striking African Fish-Eagle and speciality birds like Greater Swamp-Warbler, Grey-crested Helmeted-shrike, Basra Reed Warbler, Red-knobbed Coot. Home to the Black-and-white Colobus Monkeys and Giraffes.

The Maasai Mara is world famous for big game; the big 5 (lion, leopard, African elephant, African buffalo and Black Rhinoceros) We are in time to see the famous annual migration of the Wildebeast and try and photograph them as they do the river crossing. Following this heard of prey and predators would be a big trail of scavengers. We can possible see 6 out of the 7 species of Kenyan vulture (Egyptian, Hooded, Griffon, Nubian, White-backed and White-headed). There is more to the bird life here than just carrion eaters that can be found in this area, we could be seeing a lot of birds from the large Ostrich to the small Cardinal Quelea, the ever-present White-bellied Go-away-bird, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater. The Mara is also home to three relatively uncommon Woodpeckers (Golden-tailed, Little Spotted and Fine-banded). If you are really lucky you could sight the rare and elusive African Finfoot or the Blue Quail.

Indulge yourself in the luxury of our camps right in the midst of the Wildlife. Our tours are designed by experts with a long history of wildlife safaris. Come and enjoy the Best of Africa

1-3 day extensions available

Inclusive of:
-All accommodations
-All meals
-Transfers within Kenya
-Park entrance fees
-Driver-guides in each safari with each guest having a window seat

*Minimum group size of 6
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