During eighteen days of superb birding and mammal viewing, 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 in the bottom of Ngorongoro Crater. We'll then pass through Olduvai Gorge (where many of the Leakeys' most important anthropological work was done) and on to the vast plains of the Serengeti, with its herds of antelopes, elephants, Lions, and Cheetahs. Bustards stroll the plains, raptors cross the skies, songbirds inhabit the acacia woodlands, and an array of shorebirds feed along the fringes of seasonal lakes and pools. Before we leave Tanzania, we'll stop at Tarangire National Park — another area full of birds (including endemics), mammals, and giant baobab trees!
It's then a short flight 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. In addition to all the fabulous birds and mammals, the people are friendly, the climate is delightful, and tourist facilities are excellent. On this revised itinerary, we fly between Nairobi and Arusha, saving hours of driving and giving us more time in the field.
Note: The limit for this tour is just six participants. Transportation will be primarily in pop-top 4X4 Toyota Landcruisers, 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.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"I selected this trip because of the guide, Terry Stevenson. Traveling with him is always the best. I have now traveled with Terry four times. And I hope I can do it again. Your office service was outstanding. As usual." K.B., WILD KENYA: A TENTED CAMP SAFARI 2019
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ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2021 sample (PDF)
- 2022 (PDF expected Jun 2021)
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2023, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Mar 5-25, 2022
Guided by: Terry Stevenson
Tour Manager: Sharon Mackie
Tour Limit: 6
Status: Waitlisted - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2021=$15525
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Mar 4-24, 2023
Tour Manager: TBA
Tour Limit: 6
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2021=$15525
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Enjoy looking through the 8 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!