In Africa Kenya, has one of the richest avifaunas with around 1090 bird species. Kenya is one of the top destinations which offer birding safari. There are different bird habitats in Kenya and this means that different areas of the country have different lists of bird, which makes it an exciting part of the world for those who love birds. Birds are relatively easy to see when during birding safari in Kenya since most of the country is open grassland or bush. There are specialized operators of birding safari in Kenya. During birding safaris in Kenya, tourists are guided by top bird guides with four wheel drive vehicles designed for the rough roads in the parks. There are various parks where birding lovers can enjoy birding safari in Kenya. With over 1,000 bird species recorded, many near endemics and some endemics, birding safari in Kenya starts in Nairobi.
Kenya can justifiably define itself as a Mecca for birders. Lake Nakuru national park is one of the parks where birding safari in Kenya can be done. This park is a sanctuary for over 400 species of birds which include; flamingoes and many other water birds. Lake Nakuru covers an area of 180kms and it is located in Great Rift Valley 156kms northwest of Nairobi. This lake supports blue-green cynophyte spirulina platensis which is the main source of food for beautiful pink flamingoes. The flamingoes can be found wading on the edge of the lake. Rainy season is the best time for Lake Nakuru birding safari in Kenya. Lake Naivasha is another birding sanctuary in Kenya.
This fresh water lake is 80kms west of Nairobi. Over 450 bird species have been recorded around and on the lake. Lake Naivasha county club has a large beautiful garden full of birds. Boat trips on the lake are a must for birders because they offer a spectacular view of the birds. Hells gate national park offers a great opportunity for birding safari in Kenya. The cliffs on this park offer a breading place for Verreaux’s eagle and Ruppell’s griffon vulture. Many birds can be seen at the entrance of the park. Another birding site in Kenya is Lake Baringo national park. This park is 120kms from nakuru. Various birds can be found at this park. The garden of the lodge and the adjacent camping grounds are a perfect spot for birding.
Since this place is usually hot it is advisable to do birding in the morning and most birds can be seen from the nearby cliffs. Birding safari in Kenya can also be done in Lake Bogoria. This is a good place to see both greater and lesser flamingoes as well as variety of other birds. Aberdare county club is a perfect spot for birding safaris in Kenya. This is home to a large ni9mber of birds. Some of the birds found here are yellow-necked spurfowl, African snipe, yellow bishop and Eurasian wryneck. Tourist can also enjoy birding safari in Kenya in the Shaba national reserve which is located 70kms north of mt.kenya in isiolo district of eastern province.
A number of birds are found in this game reserve and birders would enjoy the exciting bird view. Other places where birding safari in Kenya can visit is Naro Moru River lodge, sweet waters camp, elementaita lodge, Maasai mara game reserve and meru national park. Birding safari in Kenya offers trips to all the above mentioned places and many more. If you are a birder and would like to travel with us to all these destinations and enjoy a beautiful view of birds contact birding safari in Kenya.