In eighteen days in the field, we'll travel from Nairobi and the famous Nairobi National Park south to Tanzania and some of the most spectacular mammal country on Earth. From the forested slopes of the Crater Highlands we'll travel by four-wheel drive vehicle for a day within Ngorongoro Crater. We'll then pass through Olduvai Gorge (where much of the Leakeys' most important anthropological work was done) and on to the vast plains of the Serengeti, with its herds of antelopes, Lions, and Cheetahs. Bustards stroll the plains, raptors cross the skies, songbirds inhabit the wooded valleys. Before we leave Tanzania, we will stop at Tarangire National Park--another area full of birds, mammals, and gorgeous giant baobab trees!
It's then back to Kenya with stops at the alkaline Lake Nakuru (perhaps with a million Lesser Flamingos) and Kakamega Forest for turacos, barbets, weavers, and wattle-eyes. Returning to the Rift Valley, we'll bird the arid bush country and shores of freshwater Lake Baringo--where many special "northern" birds are found. And then we finish our tour with a visit to the slopes of Mt. Kenya and a wealth of highland forest species--from Colobus Monkeys and Tree Hyrax, to giant Silvery-cheeked Hornbills and iridescent sunbirds.
Although our primary focus will be on birds, the many splendid views of large mammals will constitute a highlight of the tour. As veterans know, the joys of traveling in East Africa are many. Besides all the fabulous birds and mammals, the people are friendly, the climate is delightful, and tourist facilities are excellent.
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.
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