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Kenya Birding & Photo Safari - Photographic Guide, Africa: Amboseli + Tsavo + Watamu

Kenya Birding: Amboseli + Tsavo + Watamu
KPX12N
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Kenya Birding Photo Safari Photographic Guide Africa Amboseli Tsavo Watamu

This privately guided Kenya birding & photo safari travels from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park, then on to both Tsavo West and Tsavo East parks, before continuing to Watamu on the coast, with its marine habitat. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable photographic guide, allowing you to enjoy the birds & wildlife of East Africa at your own pace. All transfers, park fees & Malindi flight included.

Kenya Birding Photo Safari Photographic Guide Africa Amboseli Tsavo Watamu
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Kenya Birding & Photo Safari
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Birds of East Africa
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Nairobi
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Amboseli & Mount Kilimanjaro
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Tsavo West
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Tsave East
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Watamu
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Arabuko Sokoke Forest
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Kilifi Mnarani Creek
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Photographic Guide, Africa
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Kenya Birding & Photo Safari
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Birds of East Africa
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Nairobi
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Amboseli & Mount Kilimanjaro
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Tsavo West
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Tsave East
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Watamu
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Arabuko Sokoke Forest
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Kilifi Mnarani Creek
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Photographic Guide, Africa
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Check in and relax in your warm and friendly African surroundings.
Day 2
Departure early from Nairobi this morning with your guide for the scenic 5-hour drive to Amboseli National Park, travelling in a safari vehicle with pop-up roof for game viewing and windows suitable for photography.
 
Situated in southern Kenya, if the weather is clear this national park offers magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania.
 
Check into your lodge for lunch, before enjoying an afternoon birding and game drive across the vast lake bed in this wildlife reserve. Amboseli is best known for its great herds of elephant - you'll often find many of them standing knee deep in the water, spraying themselves to keep cool - but there is a lot of other game here including cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, many types of gazelle and other plains game.
 
Note: Bean bags will be provided in the vehicle, but due to limited space rigid suitcases are not suitable. Luggage needs to be packed in soft side bags (sports bags are ideal) not exceeding 15 kg and 65 x 46 cm.
Days 3 To 4
Today enjoy birding and game viewing in Amboseli National Park, renowned for its large herds of elephants and where the local people are mainly Maasai.
 
In the early morning it is wonderful to see Mount Kilimanjaro hovering above the clouds. If the clouds clear, wildlife photography against this dramatic backdrop is particularly rewarding. With its dramatic contrast between dry savanna, fresh water swamps, salty plains and acacia forests, this sanctuary offers a fantastic array of birds and wildlife. You should see buffalo, black and white rhino, zebra, wildebeest and much more - as this low rainfall area is one of the best game viewing regions in the whole of Kenya.
 
Bird species we can hope to see include the Von der Deckens hornbill, Beautiful sunbird, Grey wren-warbler, Blue-capped cordonbleu, Green-winged pytilia, Kori bustard, Martial eagle, Steppe & Lanner falcon, Spotted eagle-owl, Gabar goshawk and Double-banded Courser. You will also see many waders (both resident and migrants), ducks, geese and much more
 
Depending on the location of your lodge, you will either depart after breakfast with a picnic lunch for a full day of birding and game viewing, or return to your lodge for lunch followed by another game drive in the afternoon.
Day 5
This morning we leave Amboseli and drive 4.5-hours to Tsavo West National Park.
 
The road passes the rugged Chyulu Hills with their striking landscapes of ancient volcanic craters and cones and 60-mile (100 km) Shetani lava tube - the longest in the world.
 
We stop to search for the Verreaux's eagle, before continuing to our lodge in this great national park, which is divided into an eastern and western section by the railway line and national road and is one of the oldest and largest wildlife conservation areas in Kenya. As the park is unfenced, animals migrate freely across both sectors.
 
Check into your safari lodge and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the unique atmosphere of the Kenyan bushveld.
Day 6
Today is devoted to birding and game viewing with your guide in the western sector of Tsavo National Park.
 
At over 7,000 square miles (11,747 square km), this vast national park is the largest in Kenya and is named after the Tsavo River that flows through it. On a clear day you can enjoy wonderful views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, which is usually surrounded by clouds.
 
Early this morning we visit Mzima Springs, where water flows underground from the Chyulu Hills and surfaces to create a lake and river. Birds you can hope to meet here include the Darter, Greater cormorant, Reed cormorant, Giant kingfisher, Grey-headed kingfisher, Malachite kingfisher, Pygmy kingfisher and many more. The surrounding area is also home to the Bateleur, Brown snake-eagle, Eastern chanting goshawk and many hornbills, guineafowls, francolins and ostriches.  
 
After returning to the lodge for lunch, from the open terrace look out for the Pearl-spotted owlet, Grey-headed bushshrike, Orange-bellied parrot, Blue-naped mousebird, African silverbill, Grey hornbill, Red-billed hornbill, Von der Deckens hornbill, Superb starling, Kori bustard, Woolly-necked stork, Verreaux’s eagle-owl, Rufous-crowned roller, Pygmy falcon and various weaver birds.
 
In the late afternoon enjoy another game drive in this particularly scenic park with its mountain landscapes, bushveld and volcanic lava from the Chyulu Hills. Wildlife is plentiful and diverse with particularly good elephant sightings, as large herds roam freely between Tsavo and Amboseli. Lion, buffalo, leopard and wild dog are present and plains game is plentiful - including giraffe, zebra, the small dik-dik, Grant's gazelle, kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck, eland, oryx, wildebeest, vervet monkey and baboon. Hippo and crocodile can be seen in the rivers and also keep an eye out for smaller animals such as the hyrax, mongoose, monitor lizard, chameleon and tortoise.
Day 7
Today enjoy more birding and game viewing, as we travel from Tsavo West to your next lodge in Tsavo East.
 
Along the way we stop at Voi, where we visit the Elephant Relocation Centre that resettles youngsters reared at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi.
 
We arrive at your lodge, before enjoying another afternoon game drive in this different habitat, with its dry savanna, acacia bushveld and rivers. Later enjoy another beautiful African sunset.
 
Note: To gain admission to the Voi Relocation Centre, you need to produce proof that you have fostered an elephant on the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage website.
Day 8
Today is devoted to birding and photography in the eastern sector of Tsavo National Park, with morning and afternooon game drives.
 
We search for raptors but also shrikes, larks, pipits and many others today, both resident and migrant. In the park you can find the Martial eagle, Eastern chanting goshawk, Grasshopper buzzard, Brown snake eagle, Ayer’s hawk eagle, Golden pipit, Francolin, Black-faced sandgrouse, Orange-bellied parrot, Kori bustard, Black-headed plover, Golden-breasted starling, Northern carmine bee-eater and many more. Also listen out for the call of the Pearl-spotted owlet.
 
These flat open grasslands also offer easy game viewing, with animals attracted by its dams and the Galana River which flows through it. Wildlife is diverse with particularly good elephant sightings, as large herds roam freely between Tsavo and Amboseli. Lion, buffalo, leopard and wild dog are present and plains game is plentiful - including giraffe, zebra, the small dik-dik, Grant's gazelle, kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck, eland, oryx, wildebeest, vervet monkey and baboon. Hippos and crocodiles can be seen in the rivers and dams and keep an eye out for smaller animals such as the hyrax, mongoose, monitor lizard, chameleon and tortoise.
Day 9
Today we leave our lodge and drive 2-hours through Tsavo National Park, birding and game viewing along the way.
 
After leaving the park, we drive another 2-hours to the town of Watamu. Check in and relax in your warm tropical surroundings on the shores of the sparkling Indian Ocean.
Day 10
We rise early this morning and head inland for a day of birding in the Arabuko Sosoke Forest with an experienced local birding guide.
 
This 41,600 hectare woodland and forest reserve is famous for its rare endemics. Our targets here include the Sokoke scopes owl, Clarke's weaver, Amani sunbird, Ant-eater thrush, Sokoke pipit, East coast akalat and Spotted ground thrush, amongst other globally threaten species that occur only in this forest.
 
Other typical birds found here include the Mombasa woodpecker, Eastern nicator, Malindi pipit, Little yellow flycatcher, Chestnut-fronted helmet shrike, Lizard buzzard, Wahlberg’s eagle, Black-bellied starling, Green barbet, Olive sunbird, Fischer’s turaco, Forbes-Watson’ swift, Böhm’s spinetail and many more.
 
We then head back to our hotel for lunch (own account). In the afternoon we visit the historic 16th century Gedi Ruins, where we may find the Verreaux’s eagle-owl and Green barbet among others.
Day 11
This morning we have another opportunity to visit the Arabuko Sosoke Forest and photograph its rare endemic species.
 
In the afternoon you can visit the Bio-Ken Snake Park, which assists people bitten by snakes (pay entrance fee locally), or simply relax on the glorious beach at Watamu.
Day 12
We leave our hotel early this morning (06.00) and drive 1-hour southwards to beautiful Mnarani Creek, situated on a large river estuary.
 
Accompanied by a local birding guide, we search on foot and by Arab dhow for a variety of resident and migratory birds found along this shoreline and in the mangroves.
 
After stopping for lunch at a local restaurant (own account), we return to the creek for more birding before returning to Watamu in the late afternoon.
Day 13
Another early start this morning as we drive 20-minutes to Mida Creek, a tidal inlet that offers a variety of different habitats influenced by the tide - such as mud and sand flats, open shallow waters and mangrove forests.
 
First we walk around in the bushes looking for the endemic Coastal cisticola, Lizard buzzard, Sombre greenbul, Purple-banded sunbird and more. We then walk under the mangroves to the hanging bridge and walk over it to the canoes (two per canoe). When the water level is high, a variety of resident and migrant species sit on land or in the bushes, waiting for sandy places to be free of water. They then fly there in flocks - a great spectacle to watch. From September to April you are likely to see waders such as the Eurasian curlew, Whimbrel, Crab plover, Terek sandpiper, Mangrove kingfisher, Greater sandplover and Eurasian oystercatcher amongst others. For lunch you will be served fresh roasted fish and coconut rice - a local delicacy.
 
Afterwards transfer to Malindi Airport for your flight to Nairobi Airport and onward flight home.