East Africa is one of the wonders of the world. Not only are the diversity and abundance of large mammals legendary, but the birding is some of the world's richest. Nearly 1100 species of birds have been recorded in Kenya, and more species have been seen in one day here (330) than anywhere else on Earth.
It's a real treat to watch Crowned Hornbills and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters from a rooftop in montane forest while the sunlight dances on snow-capped Mount Kenya beyond...and with the fall of darkness to watch Black Rhinos or elephants join the herd of African Buffalo at the salt lick below, to the lyrical calling of Montane Nightjars. Or to look out at dawn over Lake Nakuru, speckled with nearly a million flamingos and surrounded by yellow-barked acacia woodland...or to view a Bristle-crowned Starling or Hemprich's Hornbill at the base of the lofty cliffs of the Great Rift Valley. From tiny wattle-eyes and fanciful sunbirds in the rainforest at Kakamega to giant Martial Eagles and Kori Bustards in the arid bush of Samburuland; from coursers, sandgrouse, and Secretary-birds foraging among the ungulates on the open plains to African Openbills and Black-headed Gonoleks at home in the swampy fringes of Lake Victoria, Kenya offers a fantastic array of bird life very different from our own.
Our tour is designed to focus primarily on the birds of Kenya without ignoring the fabulous mammals. We should record more than 600 species of birds, representing nearly all the bird families of Africa, and more than 50 species of mammals!
Note: The limit for this tour is just six participants. Transportation will be primarily in pop-top, nine-passenger minibuses ("safari cruisers") especially adapted for wildlife viewing. Each participant will have a window seat, and there is room for everyone to stand up through the open roof. We will be staying in hotels and lodges that offer an amazing degree of comfort and convenience in some of the finest birding habitats. In Masai Mara we'll travel in an open-sided 4X4 vehicle--for the ultimate wildlife viewing.
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