Birding and Wildlife in Kenya's Great Rift Valley
Africa's heaviest flying bird, Kori bustard, displaying, Masai Mara  
Martial eagle and its prey, Masai Mara  
Looking for birds and aquatic wildlife on a boat trip  
Governors' Loldia House Swimming pool  
Bronze sunbird is common enough at Loldia House  
The fabulous Jackson's widowbird, Masai Mara  
'Its MINE!' - Tawney eagle scolding Black-backed jackal, Masai Mara  
Southern ground hornbills at carcass (!), Masai Mara  
Yellow-billed oxpecker on zebra, Masai Mara  
8 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£2850 - £4795

Tour Highlights

  • Kenya's wildlife-rich Great Rift Valley
  • Visits to Lake Nakuru and Naivasha
  • Safari in the Masaai Mara
  • Supporting Responsible Tourism
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Birding and Wildlife in Kenya's Great Rift Valley

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This itinerary has been designed for beginner birders, who also enjoy mammals and other aspects of natural history. Most birders planning on visiting Kenya will be aware that the country has a longer checklist (about 1,100 species) than any other African country. This is thanks to an incredibly diverse spectrum of habitats, from great lakes and semi-desert expanses, to lush evergreen forests; snow-capped mountains and undulating grasslands. 

The locations you'll explore during this trip have been chosen because they have a reputation for harbouring abundant birdlife as well as for offering gratifying mammal-watching opportunities, so they're suited for experienced birders and keen novices alike. One of the many magical occasions you'd be able to savour is spending time with your experienced guide observing the huge concentrations of aquatic birds from a boat on Lake Naivasha. And then there are the diverse avian communities of the savannah, woodland and grassland habitats which you'll have the chance to investigate. 

Of course there will also be plenty to see for mammal watchers: a stay of three glorious nights at a comfortable tented safari camp in the Masai Mara means you'll be enjoying game drives (with emphasis on birds, of course) and exploring the savannah and undulating plains with experienced, knowledgeable and personable bush guides.

Please note: for serious birders, we're always happy to tailor specialist itineraries incorporating the better-known localities appreciated by the international birding fraternity, such as Arabuko-Sokoke Forest near Malindi; the Taita Hills and of course, the Kakamega Forest in the western part of the country. 

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Day 1
Take to the skies...
Take an overnight flight to Nairobi.
Day 2
Day 2
Nairobi - Lake Naivasha/ Great Rift Valley (flight)
On arrival today you will be met and transferred to the domestic airport, where you'll take a scenic light aircraft flight to reach Loldia House for the start of your birdwatching experience. Here you will spend the next 3 nights with all meals and safari activities included.
 
Set on a 6,500 acre farm, Loldia House offers a range of wildlife and birding activities on the shores of Lake Naivasha.
Accommodation: Loldia House
                   
Day 3
Day 3
Lake Nakuru
Armed with your bins, head for the Lake Nakuru, at one of Kenya's smallest national parks. Enjoy the wonderful spectacle created by the Greater and Lesser flamingos lining the lake shores, along with various other aquatic birds. In the bush and grassy habitat along the shore, there's also an abundance of avian life awaiting discovery. In terms of mammals, you may see some White rhino.
Accommodation: Loldia House
                   
Day 4
Day 4
Lake Naivasha
Today you can choose to discover the birdlife by foot, by boat, and on game drive with the resident birder - there's plenty awaiting keen twitchers heading out this way.
 
Accommodation: Loldia House
                   
Day 5
Day 5
Light aircraft to Masai Mara National Park
Today you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Governors' Camp in Masai Mara where you will spend the next 3 nights with all meals and activities included.
 
Just as the Mara is absolutely heaving with wildlife, it is alive with prolific birdlife - you'll not leave disappointed.
Accommodation: Governors' Camp
                 
Day 6
Day 6
Masai Mara National Reserve
Experience exceptional game viewing, in some of the best designed vehicles and with highly experienced guides in the magnificent Masai Mara National Reserve. Immersed in the breathtaking scenery, your days spent in the Mara offer some first-class wildlife and landscape photographic experiences.
 
For the more adventurous, hot air balloons are a safari experience unlike any other, offering unparalleled sweeping views and a bird's eye perspective.
 
A Masai cultural village that accepts visitors sits just outside of the reserve, giving insight to travellers interested in understanding a way of life unchanged for centuries.
 
Accommodation: Governors' Camp
                 
Day 7
Day 7
Masai Mara
Your final day in the Masai Mara. Governors' Camp has a variety of activities on offer with their knowledgeable guides, but don't forget their various initiatives that are ongoing. Ask for more information on what Governors' Camps are doing to support their communities and conservation projects.
Accommodation: Governors' Camp
                 
Day 8
Day 8
Flight back to Nairobi Wilson and departure
Today you will be transferred to the airstrip for your internal flight back to Nairobi Wilson Airport, where you'll be met and taken to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to check in for your flight home.
 
Time allowing, you'll be taken to a hotel where you have the use of a day room, and where you can freshen up and have a meal (cost of meal for own account).

Pricing Information & Dates

8 day tour, from £2850 - £4795 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Itinerary Dates From Price
01 Jan 2022
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31 Mar 2022
£3440
01 Apr 2022
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30 Jun 2022
£2850
01 Jul 2022
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30 Sep 2022
£4795
01 Oct 2022
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15 Dec 2022
£3880
Price Includes
* Return International flights in economy class seating
* Airport taxes,
* Internal flights and all required transfers and 4-wheel drive transportation
* All accommodation with all meals as indicated
* All game-related activities as indicated;
* All park fees and permits;
* Services of your experienced, professional driver/guide while on safari.
Price Excludes
*Visa fee
* Any additional entrance fees or additional activities not in itinerary.
* Gratuities
* Items of a personal nature (travel insurance, drinks, laundry, telephone calls)
Price Notes
Luggage restriction of 15 kilograms per person in soft bags only

Tour Route Map

  1.   Nairobi
  2.   Masai Mara Safari

Accommodation on this Tour

Governors' Camp
Governors' Camp
Masai Mara Safari, Kenya
Governors' Camp Governors' Camp is a tented safari camp standing in a forested setting beside the Mara River. The camp is in the premier game-viewing area of the Masai Mara – only a century......
                 
Loldia House
Loldia House
Rift Valley Lakes Safari, Kenya
Loldia House Loldia House enjoys a beautiful setting on the northern shore of Lake Naivasha. The house is shaded by old acacia and wild fig trees, with gardens filled with indigenous plants and lawns......
                   

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