2 Days Birding Safaris

ABAA-002: 2 DAYS KARIBU BIRDING SAFARIS

Option One:
Day 1: Nairobi National Park
Day 2: Gatamaiyu Forest & Manguo Ponds

Option Two:
Day 1: Olorgesaille (near Lake Magadi)
Day 2: Gatamaiyu Forest & Manguo Ponds

Detailed Itinerary

Nairobi National Park

The park located between two ecological zones (dry forest to the north and the grasslands to the south) The Park, only 7km off the cosmopolitan city has one of the greatest avifauna with a record of 517 species in an area of 117km². It offers a good birding introduction to the bird families to expect during our safari. With a good assemblage of the birds of prey, pipits, cisticolas, including waterbirds. Specialties includes the Long-tailed Fiscal, Red-throated Tit, Jackson's Widowbird. We hope to see the Bateleur, Ostrich, White-bellied Busturd, Red-billed Oxpecker, Rufous-naped Lark, Yellow- throated Longclaw, Lilac-breasted Roller among many others.

The park is full of big game such as the Bufallo, Burchell's Zebra, Hippo, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Vervet and the Syke's Monkey, both the Black and the White Rhino.

Olorgesaille

This is a dry, arid, scrub country about 75 km south of Nairobi (on the way to Lake Magadi) and makes an excellent whole day birding trip. All the way down the rift valley, stops along the way shows a distinctive change in habitat and species. Recorded species includes the Cut Throat, Blue-capped Cordonbleu, Northen Crombec, Banded Parisoma, White-bellied Canary, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Grey Wren Warbler, Taita Fiscal, Von Der Decken's Hornbill, Fischer's Sparrow-Lark, Grey-headed Silverbill, Grey-capped Social-Weaver, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Straw-tailed Wydah, Tiny Cisticola etc.

Gatamaiyu Forest & Manguo Ponds

The forest located about 50-km n.w. of Nairobi stretches through the Kieni forest (part of the central highlands) and boost many montane species includes the Chestnut-throated, Grey, Black-collared, Black-throated Apalis, Montane Oriole, Narina & Bar-tailed Trogon, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Yellow-rumped, Mustached Green Tinkerbird, Scarce Swift, White-browed Crombec, while Abbott's Starling and the Sharpe's Starling have been recorded, among others.

While Manguo Ponds makes an excellent birding spot en-route to the forest. It boost a wide variety of waterfowls such as the Yellow-billed Ducks, Little Grebe, Red-billed Teal, Red-knobbed Coot, while Maccoa Ducks are regularly recorded, Grey, Black-headed Heron, African Spoonbill, White-faced Whistling Duck, Hottentot Teal, while sometimes waders occur in large numbers such as the Greenshanks, Sandpipers, Plovers, etc

 

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