INTRODUCING BIRDING IN KENYA

WHY YOU MUST GO BIRDING IN KENYA

From the vast open plains of the Maasai Mara to the tropical, forested landscapes on the coast, Kenya is home to a whole host of resident and migratory birdlife. The latter is what keeps safari different month to month so whatever time of year you travel, you can expect to see something new. With over 1,000 different bird species calling Kenya home, it’s not unusual to spot over 100 species in just one game drive.

In fact it was in Kenya that the world record for the most number of sightings in 24 hours was set, back in 1976. Even if you are taking a more traditional game drive as opposed to a specialist birding safari, your guide will be happy to point out the birdlife along the way whilst keeping their eyes out for larger game.

DISCOVER KENYA

Renowned as the birthplace of safari, Kenya offers arguably some of the best game viewing in the world. With over 50 national parks and reserves, the country is literally teeming with wildlife and offers ample opportunities to see all of the “Big Five” including Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhino. These more familiar species tend to take the limelight but Kenya is also home to some equally as interesting birdlife that can be found here in abundance.

OUR BEST ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS FOR BIRDING IN KENYA

The variety of landscapes and activities that come with the birdlife is what makes each trip to Kenya different. From the vast expanse of Lake Victoria spanning the border between Uganda and Tanzania, the craggy peak of Mount Kenya to the seemingly endless red plains of Tsavo in the east and out to the 500km of beautiful Indian Ocean coastline, this ensures visitors return year after year.

With all this wildlife and variety on offer, it appeals to both the novice birder happy to admire the colourful lilac breasted roller and other alien species not seen back home to the more experienced birder.

LAKE NAKURU - ABERDERE NATIONAL PARK - NAIROBI

Perfect for:
  • Budget conscious travellers
  • Visitors keen to see more of the country by road
  • Visitors wanting to follow in the Queen’s footsteps

Samburu – Maasai Mara – Malindi

Perfect for:
  • Repeat visitors
  • Lower vehicle and visitor density
  • Visitors looking for combination of safari and beach

Kakamega Forest

Perfect for:
  • Avid birdwatchers
  • Those interested in fishing
  • Great alternative to the coast

Taita Hills – Mombasa

Perfect for:
  • First time visitors
  • Visitors wanting a beach holiday
  • Those wanting to test drive safari

BIRDING IN KENYA

Hover over the birds below to find out what species you can discover in Kenya

African Golden Weaver

African Fish Eagle

African Spoonbill

African Citril

Grey Crowned Crane

Secretary Bird

Beautiful Sunbird

Stonechat

Malachite Kingfisher

Red-headed Weaver

Rosy-patched Bush-shrike

Rufous-crowned Roller

EXPLORE

From the world’s biggest bird, the Ostrich, to spectacular flamingos that congregate in their millions at the various Lakes of the Great Rift Valley and camouflage them in pink, Kenya holds some remarkable birding sights that you have to see to believe. With eleven percent of the world’s species – some 1,100 different varieties, Kenya’s birding is some of the best in the world.  It is not unusual for birding trips to record 300-600 different varieties on a short trip or to record more than 100 at a particular site on a single day!