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Kenya Birdwatching Tour

Kenya Birdwatching Tour
When: Sat 5 Oct - Sun 27 Oct 2019
Leaders: Chris Doughty and Zachary Mbuthia
Kenya Birdwatching Tour
Melbourne/Melbourne (23 Days) $14,900
Single Room Supplement $1,550
Ground Content (ex Nairobi) $13, 054
Kenya boasts a staggering 1,100 species of birds, far more than any other country in Africa, as well as an extraordinary diversity of mammals. Kenya is so rich in both birds and mammals, that it has to qualify as an amazing, must-do destination, for anyone even remotely interested in birds and mammals. This once in a lifetime safari combines Kenya's extraordinary abundance of birds and mammals, with the very best of its celebrated wildlife lodges and private tented camps. Kenya is a land of superlatives; as one gazes across the seemingly endless savannah, dotted with grazing antelopes and acacias, or the majestic peaks of Mt. Kenya and its tropical mountain forests, one begins to really appreciate the magnificence that is East Africa, one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. Leaving Nairobi we drive northwards to the semi-arid savannah of Shaba Game Reserve, in this remote area specialities include White-headed Mousebird, Masked Lark, Somali Long-billed Crombec, Black-bellied Sunbird, Donaldson Smith's Sparrow-Weaver and a superb selection of mammals, including Southern Gerenuk and the attractive Galla Oryx. Moving on, we visit the little-visited and totally unspoilt Meru National Park , a remote and rugged area, which is home to a staggering array of warblers, sunbirds, shrikes and waxbills, along with African Elephant, Grevy's Zebra, African Buffalo, Bohor Reedbuck and Kongoni. We then travel to the forested slopes of Mount Kenya, for a night at a superb game-viewing lodge, where we will enjoy a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a large variety of both birds and mammals. Next, we drive up to the alpine grassland areas of Mount Kenya National Park, where we will search for local specialities such as Jackson's Francolin, Brown Woodland Warbler, Alpine Chat and Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird. Heading south, we explore the acacia covered, red earth plains of Tsavo West National Park, where we will see a huge variety of birds, including Shelley's Francolin, Hartlaub's Bustard, Pringle's Puffback, Tsavo Purple-backed Sunbird and a variety of wonderful mammals. We then go birding in the relict forest of the Taita Hills, where we will search for such exciting endemic birds as Taita Thrush, Taita Apalis and Taita White-eye. Our next birding destination is fabulous Lake Jipe, where we will search in particular for the highly localised and attractive Taveta Golden Weaver. On our way to the coast, we will explore the immense Tsavo East National Park, in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, searching for such interesting species as Vulturine Guineafowl, Golden Pipit, Scaly Chatterer and the fabulous Golden-breasted Starling. We then travel onwards to the Indian Ocean for an exploration of the Arabuko-Sokoke coastal forests and the mudflats around Watamu, searching for specialities such as Sokoke Pipit, Amani Sunbird, Clarke's Weaver and the exquisite Sokoke Scops-Owl.

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