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Birdwatching in Kenya

Kenya has varied habitat with different vegetation that suit different types of birds numbering over 1000 species (11% in the whole world). From tropical rainforest, coastal forest, montane forest, the scrubs and grasslands to semi arid areas. It is vital to note that Kenya is ranked second after Zaire as far as habitat diversity is concerned though four times bigger.

"Spotted Eagle Owl".



With the Rift Valley running through the country, there are numerous lakes both fresh and saline, these provide apt environment for bird foraging and breeding. Lake Nakuru, Elementaita and Bogoria are renowned for Greater and Lesser Flamingo; of course Lake Nakuru has the greatest number of Flamingos in the world present throughout the year. Significant number of waders like Herons, Egrets, Plovers, Storks etc. are common in Lake Baringo and Naivasha. The enchanting African Fish-Eagle feeding in Lake Baringo is of interest to photographers worldwide.

"Basalt cliff, Lake Baringo. Home to Hemprich's Hornbill and Raptors".



The grassy highlands plateau provide an haven for the endangered species like the Sharpe’s Longclaw just as it is for the Papyrus Gonolek in Lake Victoria’s papyruses. Of ornithological interest is the fact that the habitat changes greatly within short distance thus presenting different species in a short duration. The presence of game in numerous parks and wild tend to woo different bird species, for instance predators like Eagles and Vultures, scavengers and others which are commensally dependent on the game. Kenya also lies on bird migration route which happens between October and April for birds from the Northern hemisphere and others from the Southern hemisphere between April and October. Though migrants form 10% of Kenya’s birds, it is vital for research, counting and ringing which is done at Ngulia in Tsavo area.
Birding popularity in Kenya has created birding tradition amongst the population all over the country, which gives visiting birders a better chance in locating endemic species in various areas, as no matter where, there is a helping hand from a Birdingpal.


Electronic map of Kenya








Year round birdwatching tours in Kenya

Tour I

4 day birdwatching tour to Kenya (Weekend Special).


Please see this DOCX file for our complete Itinerary

"Tawny Eagles feeding on a Dik-dik in Samburu Game Reserve"




Tour II

6 day birdwatching tour to Kenya.
Expect up to 275 species of birds and numerous game for this trip.



Please see this DOCX file for complete Itinerary

"Northern White-faced Scops-Owl" © Samuel Hansson.




Tour III

10 day birdwatching tour to Kenya.
Expect up to 450 species of birds and numerous game for this trip including the big five.



Please see this DOCX file for complete Itinerary

"Reticulated Giraffe, Samburu"


"Three-banded Courser"




Tour IV

21 day birdwatching tour to Kenya.
Expect up to 500 species of birds and numerous game for this trip.




Please see this DOCX file for complete Itinerary

"Golden-breasted Starling" © Samuel Hansson.




"Square-lipped Rhino (White Rhino)" © Samuel Hansson.


"Birding with octogenarian Roy Woodall, a friend to the late Phoebe Snetsinger, at Mida Creek (during low tide),
popularly known for Crab Plovers and other waders"


"Greater and Lesser Flamingo." © Samuel Hansson.




Included:
All meals and accomedations as stated, ground transport, park fees and guiding fee.
Excluded:
Air fares, medical covers/insurance(vital) and drinks including drinking water.
Notes:
The above birding itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes for birders. It can be shortened or extended.
Birding season: For Breeding Birds in May-June. Also Trips in autumn and winter are possible.
All the date of itineraries include arrival and departure dates.
All trips are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
Minimum lead time six (6)weeks.
To check availability for tours on short notice, fill out “Request for Quote” form with desirable dates.
Fitness:
The trip suits all physically fit people. Walking is very necessary with some minimal climbing if any. However, preventive drugs and vaccinations will be necessary because malaria and other fevers are common in some places.
Equipment:
Binoculars/scopes, good walking shoes/boots/sandals, rain gear (boots, umbrellas (this can be bought locally) and light clothing is important.


Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Moses.   

Birding guide Moses Kandie, your local Birdingpal guide
Born in 1979 in Lake Baringo a popular birding destination, I grew up watching tourists comb the bushes in my neighborhood in search of birds, whose names I did not know by then. In my primary school days, I started moving closer to the birders as I could say one or two things in English. It was through this interaction, that I came to understand, how important birds were to the curious visitors and more so nocturnals seemed challenging to them and warranted local assistance, and that is why I became a birdwatching guide.
I started getting little income from my search for rare birds, field guides and binoculars soon followed. While in secondary school my knowledge on birds soared, as I had access to books and with association of a British nestling photographer, who exposed me closely to the birds for nearly a decade.
I proceeded to university for a degree in Education Technology and did graduate in the year 2005. Lack of employment kept me guiding at Lake Baringo to date. From links with friends abroad I have organize birding trips for as long as 22 days in all of the most popular birding destinations and my trips have turned out to be successful.
My objective is to offer spectacular birding trip, that does include the game, culture and history at a pocket friendly rate.


Testimonials.

My wife and I hired Moses Kandie to lead us on a 8 day birding trip in Kenya. Our rough itinerary was Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Kakamega, Lake Baringo, and Lake Naivasha, Crater Lake, with many stops in between. Moses did an excellent job of selecting hotels that were comfortable and safe for us. The food at all stops was excellent as well. Moses is a world class bird guide, and knows every bird by site and sound. He was quick with his spotting scope, and used bird calls with discretion. Due to his expertise, we were able to spot rare birds such as Great Blue Turaco, Africa Broadbill, Red headed malimbe, hairy chested barbet, white headed barbet, amethyst sunbird, three banded courser, white faced scops owl, blue headed bee eater, white headed wood hoopoe, Maccoa duck, white spotted flufftail, red chested cuckoo, rufous crowned roller, Hemprich's hornbill, red fronted barbet, double toothed barbet, red throated wryneck, Shelley's greenbul, African shrike flycatcher, and sulphur breasted bush shrike, just to name a few. Moses and his driver were patient and pleasant, and we had an amazing experience logging 350+ sp of birds with him. I highly recommend Moses for any east african bird trip you might be planning.
Jason Westfall, Sonora, California
Moses Kandie has an excellent knowledge of birds and habitats of where to find a wide variety of birds in Kenya. Moses birds by his ears as well as by sight! His repetoire of bird sounds is amazing and accurate ... we found so many great birds because Moses heard them first among the many other bird sounds that one hears in the habitats of Kenya.
Moses is very patient, thorough and determined to find and identity birds observed. He does not mind checking the bird books, asking for field marks identified, etc., before calling the name of a particular bird. He is very open to debate and very easy to communicate with throughout the long days of birding. We started early in the am, took breaks at mid day or while travelling to other sites. And even during those times we stopped many times to confirm sightings along the road, etc. Moses loves sharing his birding expertise and his beautiful country ... a really great guy!
Moses went to some extreme measures to find such rarities in very confined habitats such as the Sharpe's Longclaw, a globally threatened bird ... Senrgal Thick-knee, Kori Bustard, Malechite Kingfisher, and, owls such as African Scops, White-faced Scops, Verreaux's and Spotted Eagle Owls, and Slender-tailed Nightjar ... amazing craker birds!
Some habitat sites we visited included Lake's Nakuru, Naivaisha and Boringo ... Moses's home area which he knew very well, Naiberi River Camp (7742 feet/2360meters) for some higher elevation birds such as Bush Pipit, Yellow-Rumped Tinkerbird, Long-crested Eagle, etc. We covered reedbeds, shorelines, escarpments, grasslands, streams, forests, islands, lakes, etc. In total we recorded 277 birds during the 6 days birding in Kenya.
Thanks for a great birding experience, Moses!
Greatly appreciated Birdingpal Gordon Saunders, Qatar. saunderstern(AT)gmail.com
I visited Lake Baringo last year, and Moses came out for 3 days with me as a guide. He showed an excellent knowledge of local species, calls as well as location of some of the specialties of the area and he is a very nice person to boot.
Our company is planning to run trips to Africa and for Baringo, we plan to use Mr Kandie - which I suppose sums up how much I enjoyed my time with him as my guide.
Any questions, please feel free to email me.
Vandit Kalia, Photo Safari India. vkalia(AT)photosafariindia.com
Moses is a sympatic and responsible birding guide that I first met in his home village Kampi ya Samaki by Lake Baringo in 2004. He's especially familiar with the birds of the Rift Valley but has also travelled over much of the rest of Kenya. We've made one professional tour together and there are more to come. I can thus recommend Moses as your birding guide!
Samuel Hansson, Heliangelus Nature Tours, Sweden. heliangelus(AT)telia.com

Links to photographers guided by Moses in Kenya.
Bird-paradise, Japan
Neil Gray Birds, UK

Some facts about Kenya.

Kenya is a peaceful country with diverse cultures, religions and habitat. Being in the equator it is warm, however at high altitudes it can be cold. Ornithologically Kenya is popular boasting over a thousand species of birds birds year round with numerous game in the parks making the country a safari paradise in Africa.

More facts about Kenya.

Guide books and CD’s recommended:

BIRDS OF KENYA AND NORTHERN TANZANIA by Zimmerman.
BIRDS OF EAST AFRICA by Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe



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