Kenya’s Beautiful Prominent Birding Safari Destinations You Ought to Know

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Lake Naivasha National Park to a bird lover is what Masai Mara National Park is to an animal lover. It’s a glimpse of God’s colourful creations and how they co-exist. While there, you will enjoy this place that gives a bird photographer joy. This is the only opportunity you have to get close to a bird without scaring it. If you are on a boat cruise along Lake Naivasha, at times you get close to them at about 5 meters even! If you love birds, including the pigeons and crows and enjoy watching them soar, fly and glide, you must visit Lake Naivasha National Park for a Kenya birding safari. You will spend about an hour sailing along the lake in your boat. Boat ride on the waters of Lake Naivasha is in most cases an optional activity that can be included on your itinerary as an en-route from Lake Nakuru or Masai Mara where you will take a breathtaking memorable moment.

How do you explore Lake Naivasha during a birding safari?

The answer is pretty obvious! You will definitely go for a boat cruise along the lake. This is the only opportunity for you to see and get close to the birds. Besides the birds, you will also have a glance at the healthy population of hippos that can sight lazing in the swampy area of the lake. After your boat cruise, you can go for a walk in the park through the woods where the zebras, giraffes and water bucks are merrily snack on the grass.

What should one carry for this boat safari?

Remember to take come along with a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen because it may be a little sunny for you. You may need to wear a cotton shirt to keep cool in the heat and cover your arms to avoid a sunburn. You will need to dress in simple long trousers so that you are guarded against mosquito bites, however, it must be foldable in case you are required to wade through water. Carry with you waterproof shoes or flip flops because they may get wet as you move along the lakeside. Carry your binoculars and a zoom lens because you may have to view some species from afar. You can also enjoy a wildlife safari in Kenya during your visit to Lake Naivasha since the Lake is situated inside the park. It is very interesting to enjoy several memorable activities in one place; a Kenya wildlife safari, a birding safari in Kenya, a nature walk and a boat cruise safari.

Lake Nakuru National Park Kenya

Situated at 3 hours’ drive from Nairobi where we start and end our journey, Lake Nakuru National Park Kenya is another perfect Kenya safari destination for clients who enjoy travelling for birding safaris. A full-day excursion to Lake Nakuru National Park gives you an opportunity to encounter with several a number of birdlife during your Kenya birding safaris and wild animals that call this park home. As you explore this destination on your adventure, you will see many water animals such as hippos and waterbucks, and among other wildlife found in the park. If you get lucky will also be able to spot lions, leopards, giraffes, hyenas, buffalo, baboons, monkeys and gazelles during your game drive in your 4×4 safari land cruiser for hire in Kenya/ 4×4 safari van for rent Kenya/4×4 minivan hire Kenya with an open rack giving you a good view of the park and the animals as well.

Lake Nakuru National Park is made up bushy grassland, rocky caves as well as Lake Nakuru which is one of the major reasons as to why visitors take an excursion to this park. Lake Nakuru National Park is more famous for attracting thousands of pink flamingos seen at the edges of the lake. These birds are attracted by their favourite food; Cyanophyta spirulina plantensis, a type of blue-green algae that fills the lake. In addition to the flamingos, more than 400 different bird species have been spotted in the park and it is said to be the best destination for bird sighting on earth. While in the park, you may definitely need a birding guide with you to help you identify the feathered creatures you will spot while there.

How to enjoy this one day Lake Nakuru birding safari

Early in the morning after your breakfast at around 6:30 am, you will be picked up by your Kenya safari guide from your hotel. He will give you a very short briefing about your 1-day Kenya wildlife safari tour excursion in Lake Nakuru National Park. After the short briefing, you will embark on your journey to Lake Nakuru National Park driving through the Great African Rift Valley driving for about 3 hours from Nairobi. While at the rift valley viewpoint, your guide will stop so you can admire the breathtaking views of the escarpment. Arrive at the park, check-in and start away with a game drive. At the beginning of your game drive, your driver-guide will open the roof top for good views and photography during your game drive in your 4×4 safari Land cruiser for rent in Kenya . Your morning game drive will last 3-4 hours and after you will proceed for your picnic lunch or lunch at the lodge.

In the afternoon after lunch, you will do another game drive in the park along the lake shores. While there, you may decide to get out of the car, take a walk and have a close look at animals and the birds with your guide to help you identify them by names. Later on, after exploring the park, you will proceed back to Nairobi arriving late in the afternoon dropping you off at your hotel or Airport for your flight.

A highlight of a simple one day Kenya birding safari

  • Wake up very early in the morning, have breakfast at your hotel and be ready by 6:30 am
  • You will be picked by your driver-guide, transfer to the park for your morning and afternoon game drive in the park

Safari Packages to the above destinations

Best Kenya Safari Destinations Suitable for Day Trip

Hells Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate National Park takes you to the adventure lover’s paradise. Hell’s Gate National Park is just short drive from Nairobi making it a perfect for a Kenya tour far from your usual home and the urban life of Nairobi. The park is characterized by its unique landscape that everybody would want to have the chance to see. Hell’s Gate National Park is free from dangerous predators it a perfect place to stretch your legs with guided cycling, adrenaline-fueled rock climbing and scenic hikes within this breathtaking park. The park is located between Lake Naivasha, Mt Longonot and the Suswa volcanoes. and it is an ideal venue for a weekend retreat far from the urban life of Nairobi.

Amboseli National Park

Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, Amboseli National Reserve is one of Kenya’s most common tourist parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, an apt description for the park’s parched conditions.

The reserve is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Other wildlife commonly spotted in the park includes big cats such as lion and cheetah as well as giraffe, impala, eland, waterbuck, gazelle, and more than 600 species of birds.

Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulfur springs, savannah, and woodlands. Look for the local Maasai people who live in the area around the park. Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, is in Kajiado County, Kenya and located in Loitokitok district. The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometres (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.

Kakamega Forest

Tourists that taken a safari Kenya to Kakamega forest reserve, have chosen this place as the best birder`s paradise. The forest has over 300 species of birds and 400 species of butterflies that tourists are most likely to explore during their forest walks/Nature walks in picnics within Kakamega forest reserve.

Nevertheless, there are also some important species of mammals such as squirrels, Aardvarks, porcupines, bushbucks and huge forest hogs. When you talk of primates in Kenya, then this is where they belong! Once you’re in this forest, then you have a short Kenya wildlife safari to do.

The flora of Kakamega forest reserve it itself impressing, the forest has a fig tree that is said to have lived for over 700 years. It gets its regular water supplies from the remarkable waterfalls. The forest reserve has permanent hiking trails tourists can use while hiking it. While in the forest, the only reward here is with the memorable and distinctive attractions that will leave you dreaming about other Kenya safaris.

Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National park day tour safaris Kenya are short excursions to Nairobi park to see part of big five animals. Nairobi national park 1-day Kenya safari tour is a great way to see animals like crocodiles, lions, buffalos, rhinos and others. One day Nairobi Park tour is a good way to spend a full or half-day in Nairobi. A game drive in this park will see you face to face with big five animals like buffalos, lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, leopards, giraffes, zebras, impalas, gazelles, elands and many others. Nairobi National Park opens at 6:30 am and closes at 6:30 pm in the evening giving you ample time to explore the park.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Situated at 3 hours’ drive from Nairobi where we start and end our journey, Lake Nakuru National Park Kenya is a perfect Kenya safari destination for clients who enjoy travelling but are time-limited. This full-day excursion to Lake Nakuru National Park gives you opportunity encounter with birdlife if your interested in Kenya birding safaris and wild animals that call this park home.  As part of your adventure, you will see many water animals such as hippos and waterbucks, and among other wildlife found in the park. If you get lucky will also be able to spot lions, leopards, giraffes, hyenas, buffalo, baboons, monkeys and gazelles during your game drive in your 4×4 safari land cruiser hire/ 4×4 safari van hire Kenya/ 4×4 safari minivan rental with an open rack giving you a good view of the park and the animals as well.

Lake Nakuru National Park is made up bushy grassland, rocky caves as well as Lake Nakuru which is one of the major reasons as to why visitors take an excursion to this park. Lake Nakuru National Park is more famous for attracting thousands of pink flamingos seen at the edges of the lake. These birds are attracted by their favourite food; Cyanophyta spirulina plantensis, a type of blue-green algae that fills the lake. In addition to the flamingos, more than 400 different bird species have been spotted in the park and it is said to be the best destination for bird sighting on earth. While in the park, you may definitely need a birding guide with you to help you identify the feathered creatures you will spot while there.

Lamu Island

Lying just off Kenya’s far north coast, lies a string of beautiful Indian Ocean islands including Lamu, Manda, Pate, Kiwayu and Manda Toto that are known collectively as the “Lamu Archipelago”.

Lamu Island is an area of archaeological and historical interest as well as great natural beauty. It is a place like no other, a peaceful tropical island where life is lived at its own relaxed rhythm, but a place whose history is as mysterious and fascinating as the winding streets of its medieval stone town.

Largely unvisited until quite recently, the Lamu Archipelago is now home to some lavishly luxurious accommodation in stunning settings. Popular as a post-safari add on a Kenya safari tour, you can enjoy activities like snorkelling and scuba diving. These are best between November and March when the water is clearest. As part of your adventure, you can also enjoy historical walking tours, dhow sailing trips, sea kayaking and diving with dolphins.

Its popularity was gained following the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office lifting the travel advisory on Lamu Island and after that crowds started flooding the Island. Since then, Lamu Island is the most popular and most developed of the islands and its hotels have gained a well-deserved reputation for delivering a superb ‘barefoot luxury’ experience.

The island itself is a beautiful place of rolling dunes and endless beaches, dazzling coral reefs, a wealth of activities, great cuisine and friendly, discreet service while on a Lamu holiday.

After enjoying a tour at this Island, you can add a Kenya wildlife safari to your itinerary or travel and enjoy another Africa safari destination like Tanzania for a Tanzania wildlife safari destination, to Uganda for a Uganda wildlife safari, or a short Uganda wildlife safari, a Uganda gorilla safari, a Rwanda wildlife safari, a Rwanda gorilla safari, a Congo gorilla safari and many more.

October 28th, 2019|Safari News|
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