Bird Safaris - avitourism

Bird Watching Highlights Our bird watching holidays take birding to its very basics; observing birds in their natural habitats in a relaxed way. Competent bird guides, good selection of habitats for a variety of birds of Kenya, easy walks so that you are not cooped up in a minibus throughout your birding tour and flawless ground logistics are the hallmarks of our birding safaris. We spend more time in the places we visit than most birdwatching tour operators do, our focus being to let our clients have easy bird watching by their ability and not at the pace, speed and the pressure of a tour leader.



With a minimum of 2 nights in every location, you will have quality time devoted to getting to know the birds names, identifying by color and other special features which can only be done on very relaxed tours: This is what sets Go Kenya Tours and Safaris bird watching holidays apart.Our birding safaris can be booked as customized tours on your most convenient date or you may join a scheduled small group safaris where you will meet other bird watchers whose approach to bird and bird watching is similar to yours i.e. observing birds in their natural habitats instead of being in a hectic rush so as to fill a checklist. Group size is 4 -8 birders.As always you can depend on our competent birding guides, who will accompany you throughout the tour, to be worth companions in finding, identifying the many bird species you will find on this tour in Kenya.



Bird Watching Tours Are Mainly to the Following areas

Tsavo East
Species likely to be seen throughout the year include; Hunters Sunbird, Golden-Bellied Starling, Tawny Eagle, White-Backed Vultures, Kori Bustard, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Bateleur Eagle, Red-Billed Hornbill, African Grey Hornbill, Whalberg's Eagle, Spotted-Eagle Owl, Taita Fiscal, Red & Yellow Barbet, D'Naurd's Barbet, Spot-Flanked Barbet, Fisher's Sparrowlark, Long-Billed Pipit, Rosy-Patched Bush Shrike.

Tsavo West/Lake Jipe
Species likely to be seen include: Broad-Billed Roller, Crowned Hornbill, Hilderbrand's Francolin, Crested Guinea Fowl, Giant Kingfisher, Brown-Breasted Parrot, Black-Faced Sandgrouse, Variable Sunbird, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Common Ostrich, Taveta Golden Weaver, Green Woodhoopoe, Golden-Winged Starling, Gabar Goshawk, White-Headed Vulture

Species likely to be seen include: Great White Egret, Sadle-Billled Stork, Egyptian Plover, Blacksmith Plover, Verreaux's Eagle, Wattled Plover, Tawny Eagle, Eurasian Roller, Black-Shouldered Kite, Lizard Buzard,



Lake Nakuru
Species highlights include: Lesser Flamingo, African Cuckoo, Red-chested Cuckoo, Sooty Chat, Ant-eating Chat, African Fish Eagle, Two-Banded Courser, Tawny Eagle, Verreaux's Eagle, Knod-Billed Duck, Spurwing Goose, African Darter, Greater Cormorant, Greater Pelican, Red & Yellow Barbet, Rupell's Starling,Golden-Winged Sunbird, Red-Billed Oxpecker, Yellow-Billed Stork, Open-Billed Stork, Hooded Vulture etc.

Masai Mara
Species highlights include: Hartlaub's Turacco, Greater & Lesser Kestrel, White Stork, Yellow-mantled Bishop, Black-bellied Bustard, Heuglin's Courser, Two-banded Couser, Jackson's Widowbird, Rupell's Starling, Eurasian Hooby, Little Bee-eater, Slate-coloured Boubou,etc.

Mt. Kenya

Species highlight include: White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Cabanis Greenbul, Tacaze Sunbird, Baglafetch Weaver, Ross Turaco, Kikuyu White Eye, Hamerkop, Little Grebe, Great-Crested Grebe, African Finfoot, Fulvous Ducks etc.

Arabuko Sokoke Forest
Species highlight include: Amani Sunbird,Clarke's Weaver, Sokoke Scops Owl,East Coast Akalat, Nicator, Narina Trogon, Thick-billed Cuckoo,Blue-mantled Flycatcher, Crowned Eagle, Marshal Eagle, Ayre's Hawk Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, Retz's Reb-billed Helmet Shrike, Dark-Backed Weaver etc.

Mida Creek & Sabaki River-Mouth
Species highlights include: Crab Plover, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Mongolian Sandplover, Sanderling, Avocet, Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, African Skimer, Roseate Tern, Madagascar & Colared Pratincole, Saunder's Tern, Bar-tail Godwit, Lesser Flamingo & Greater Flamingo, Curlew Sandpiper, Osprey, Sooty Gull etc.

The parks exceptional bird life records a remarkable 400 species, their numbers swell between march-may when a host of European bird migrants make the park their home. look out for the marabou storks, vultures and hawk Eagles perished high in the acacia trees and on the grasslands for secretary Birds, Kori Buster d, Ostrich, Crowned crane and the gorgeous Jackson's widow bird. For bird lover's, there is so much more than can be mentioned herein.

As for as birds conservation is concerned Kakamega reseve is one of the important birds area (IBA) in Kenya with a prolific record of over 330 species.Turners, Eremomela, Blue headed Bee-eater, Ansoger's Greenbul birds are found only in Kakamenga Forest and neighbouring south Nandi Forest in the whole of East Africa.Other birds to be found only in this and nearby forests in Western Kenya include Black-billied turaco, Red -bellied paradise flycatcher, Chestnut, Jameso's and yellow-bellied wattle-eye, Southern Hyliota, Africa shrike flycatcher, white-tailed Ant-thrush, Petit's cuckoo-shrike and cassin's honeyguide.

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