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All about the Bird Photography Tour.

9 Days Bird Photography Tour

Twinspot Tours & Travel offers enjoyable Bird photography tours for all skill levels (regardless if you are a beginner birdwatcher, amateur photographer, advance birder or professional photographer) in East Africa. There are a numerous site that really stand out for great bird photography

Our passionate and energetic guides are experienced photographers, naturalists and teachers. They will help you learn your equipment and understand your subject. They will help you to be ready, to be quick and to get the shot of a lifetime… all with minimal impact on the environment.

During our photography tours, our goal is to provide opportunity and knowledge to empower you to create great photo shots.  At the end of our tour, you will enjoy a sense of accomplishment and a desire to do more tours

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Day 1 Nairobi JKIA – Mt Kenya
Distance 168 km, time app 3 hours
After arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by your guide and driver. From here
we will head for the country’s highest summit, our journey to Birding in Mt. Kenya could yield  Silvery-
cheeked Hornbill, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Ruppell’s Robin-Chat, Mountain Yellow Warbler, and Yellow-
crowned Canary. As dusk falls there is increasing excitement as we wait to see what will come to drink
or feed at the water hole. A Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl often keeps watch and sometimes Montane Nightjars
put in an appearance, while frequent mammalian visitors include Guereza Colobus & Syke’s Monkey,
White-tailed Mongoose, Spotted Hyena, Blotched Genet (feeding at the ‘genet table’), African Elephant,
Bush Pig, Giant Hog, African Buffalo, Bushbuck, Suni and Waterbuck. We’ll spend the early mornings
searching for White-starred Robin, Abyssinian Crimson-wing, African Crowned Eagle, African Emerald
Cuckoo, and Moustached Green Tinkerbird. A shaded riverside trail may reveal Crowned Hornbill,
Mountain Wagtail, and up to eight species of sunbirds, including the stunning Tacazze Sunbird.
Accommodation at Serena Mountain Lodge
Day 2/3 Mt Kenya – Samburu – Buffalo Springs Reserve
Distance app 195 km, time about 3.5 hours
After a morning bird walk, we will depart for Samburu/Buffalo Springs Game Reserve continuing to
do birding on the highlands on the way down. Below the escarpment the habitat changes dramatically
and dry acacia bushveld is dominant. The reserves lie on the edge of the dry zone of northern Kenya and
are scenically some of the most attractive reserves in the country. The extensive tracts of grassland,
acacia savanna and thorn bush are broken up by strips of lush riverine woodland, whilst in many areas
multiple-trunked doum palms further enhance the scenery. This diversity of habitats makes for a very
rich avifauna, ranging from the huge Somali Ostrich to tiny Crombec. Some spectacular birds live in
these fine reserves, such as the aptly named Secretary Bird, the bizarre Vulturine Guineafowl and the
huge Kori Bustard, while specialties of the area include the diminutive Somali Bee-eater, the comical
White-headed Mousebird, the stunning little Golden Pipit, the fabulous Golden-breasted Starling and
the wonderfully-named Donaldson Smith’s Sparrow-weaver. In contrast the lodge gardens form
veritable oases, with the added bonus of copious food supplies provided by sympathetic guests! Here
we should find Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, African Mourning Dove, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Red-
billed Hornbill, Northern Brownbul, Rufous Chatterer, Spotted Morning Thrush, African Bare-eyed
Thrush, Red-billed and White-headed Buffalo Weavers, Golden Palm and Black-headed (or Village)
Weavers, and Parrot-billed Sparrow.
Accommodation at Ashnil Samburu Camp
Day 4 Samburu – Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Sweet Waters
Distance 142 km, time app 2 hrs. 45 min
After our early morning breakfast, we will embark on our game drive and birding in the Samburu
National Reserve while heading towards Ol Pejeta Conservancy. This is a 24,000-acre private
Conservancy. It's home to a variety of wildlife, bird species, and flora. It has a waterhole that is floodlit

by night thereby providing an exotic game viewing experience. One of the highlights will be a visit to the
Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a charming haven established by the Jane Goodall Institute to provide sanctuary
to orphaned chimps, and refuge to over 40 species of black rhinos. Sweet Waters boasts of excellent
game viewing experience with the highest ratio of game to area among any other parks or reserves in
Kenya. Some of the birds to expect here include Black-winged Plover, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Temminicks
Courser, Blue-naped Mousebird, Buff-crested Bustard, Amethyst Sunbird, Rosy-breasted Longclaw,
Long-billed Pipit, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Taita Fiscal, White-bellied Go Away Bird, Kenya Rufous sparrow,
Yellow-necked Spurfowl, D’Anaurd’s Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, White-
eyed slaty flycatcher among others.
Accommodation at Sweet Waters Serena Camp
Day 5 Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Lake Nakuru National Park
Distance 156 km, time app 4 hrs.
Early morning birding around Sweet Waters will produce a good number of water birds, grassland and
forest edge species. Later on, we will depart for Lake Nakuru National Park which is one of the best
places in Kenya for seeing Leopard, but even so we will need some luck if we are to come across one
during our visit. We will arrive to witness vast flocks of flamingos and other water birds. The surrounding
woodland holds Narina Trogon, Red-throated Wryneck, Arrow-marked Babbler, and African Firefinch.
Amongst the many other species we should see at the lake itself or in the surrounding area are Little
Grebe, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, the distinctive ‘white-breasted’ form of the Great
Cormorant, Long-tailed Cormorant, Little and Great Egrets, Grey Heron, Sacred Ibis, African Spoonbill,
Cape Teal, African Fish Eagle, Coqui and Hildebrandt’s Francolins, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt,
Kittlitz’s and Blacksmith Plovers, Wood Sandpiper, Grey-headed Gull, Gull-billed, Whiskered and White-
winged Terns, Klaas’s and Black Cuckoos, Nyanza and Horus Swifts among others.
Accommodation at Lake Nakuru Lodge
Day 6/7/8 Lake Nakuru – Maasai Mara National Reserve
Distance 226 km, time app 5.5 hrs.
We will depart early morning after breakfast checking out birds, we might have missed the previous day
on the way to Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Mara, the northern portion of the magnificent
Serengeti system, offers spectacular vistas over flat-topped acacia and grassy plains riddled with
ungulates and other animals. This is probably the best place in Kenya for seeing carnivores and we can
expect to enjoy some marvelously close encounters with Lions, perhaps watching a pride snoozing
under some bushes whilst the cubs play amongst the Lionesses. For many people, the Mara’s famous
Cheetahs are an even bigger draw than the Lions, for their languid grace and extraordinary burst of
speed when hunting gazelles is something to behold. We will certainly spend some time tracking down
these beautiful cats in their favorite haunts, perhaps coming across one stealing softly through the
tawny grass or even watching a hunt. With all the big cat and hyena activity there are plenty of carcasses
around to attract gatherings of hissing and squawking vultures. We’ll spend the days in the eastern part
of the reserve looking for East Africa’s famous Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Buffalos, African Elephants,
gazelles, and other wildlife. However, birding does not take a back seat, and we should be rewarded
with views of many large raptors and vultures that gather at the kills, as well as storks, Kori Bustard,

Southern Ground-Hornbill, and other species that suffer from disturbance outside these large protected
areas. Other highlights may include Rufous-bellied Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Temminicks Courser,
Sooty Chat, and Schalow’s Turaco
Day 9 Maasai Mara to Nairobi, JKIA
Distance 259, time app 5 hrs.
After breakfast we will depart Maasai Mara making our way out of this vast wilderness and reluctantly
back to Nairobi in time for your flight.

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