Bird Tourism in Kenya

There are abundant sites to visit in Kenya which has over 1,100 recorded bird species located in diverse habitats: cool, alpine zones, simmering hot soda lakes papyrus swamp, tussock grasslands, desert scrub or dunes, where birding is rewarding and productive of course with the help of our professional bird guides.


Best Time to Visit

To optimize on the high numbers the best time for birding is between October and April when more than 100 Palearctic migrant bird species have arrived from the northern hemisphere. From April to October the northern migrants are replaced by birds from the southern hemisphere and Madagascar, but these are much fewer, no more than 60 or 65 bird species.

Kenya's Rarest, Indigenious Birds

To see Kenya’s rarest, indigenous and unfortunately endangered birds, the bird enthusiast needs to seek out forests or highland grasslands tucked away amongst various farmlands. Arabuko-Sokoke Forest near Malindi, tops the list, with the six threatened bird species of the Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, Spotted Ground Thrush, EastCoast Akalat, Amani Sunbird and Clarke’s Weaver.

Forest ‘Islands’

The forest “islands” at the top of the Taita Hills, near Voi, is home to the beautiful but critically endangered Taita Thrush and Taita Apalis, as well as the endangered Taita White-eye. Sharpe’s Longclaw and Aberdares Cisticola, native and endangered, live in the highland grasslands near the Aberdares mountain range.

Western Kenya

In western Kenya, Kakamega Forest is a little patch of Guineo-Congolian rainforest in Kenya. Among the many rainforest species found are spectacular Turacos and Hornbills, and the tiny, endangered Turner’s Eremomela.

Lake Victoria

The scarce and threatened Papyrus Yellow Warbler is found in papyrus swamps on the shores of Lake Victoria, alongside the Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler and Papyrus Canary, all papyrus endemics.



Day Birding Trips

Eburru Forest Day Birding, Karura Forest Day Birding, Gatamaiyu Forest Day Birding, Magadi Road Day Birding, Nairobi National Park Day Birding, Ngong Road Forest Day Birding

6 Days Kenya Birding

Covering Nairobi National Park, Manguo Ponds, Gatamaiyu Forest, Lake Elementaita and Lake Baringo

15 Days Kenya Birding

Covering Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kisumu, Busia, Kakamega Forest, Kerio Valley, Lake Baringo, Naro Moru,Mt Kenya, Samburu Game Reserve

26 Days Kenya Birding

Covering Magadi Road, Thika Samburu Game Reserve, Mt.Kenya, Lake Nakuru, Lake Baringo, Kongelai Escarpment, Saiwa Swamp, Kakamega Forest, Busia, Kisumu, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Naivasha, Kinangop Plateau, Gatamaiyu Forest, Tsavo West, Lake Jipe, Taita Hills, Tsavo East, Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Mida Creek, & Shimba Hills
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