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Kenya: Kilimanjaro to the Coast!

Join Bird Alliance of Oregon on a brand-new Kenya adventure!

One of the world’s most famous travel destinations, Kenya is renowned for its remarkable diversity of landscapes, animals and cultures. Kenya boasts over 1100 species of birds and all of Africa’s “Big 5” mammals, large herds of grazing herbivores, plus fascinating history, friendly people and delicious food. We’ll explore a wide variety of habitats, including Savannah, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland, Eastern Arc Forest, Coastal Forest and Coastal Beach. 

Our trip is timed to coincide with peak bird diversity, when migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are present and many resident bird species are sporting their finest breeding plumage. February is also a wonderful month for viewing the country’s impressive megafauna.

Our trip begins in Nairobi National Park, where we will quickly find ourselves awash in exciting birds of Kenya such as Hadada Ibis, Hamerkop, Speckled Mousebird, White-headed Barbet, Long-tailed Fiscal, Variable Sunbird and Purple Grenadier. We’ll seek out the magnificent African Paradise Flycatcher and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, plus Martial Eagle (Africa’s largest), among the 500 species known here in the country’s oldest National Park. We also have our first chance at Black Rhino, African Lion, Maasai Giraffe and African Buffalo!  

We then travel to Amboseli National Park, at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. While this impressive peak –popularly referred to as the “Roof of Africa” at over 19,000 feet and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world — is located in neighboring Tanzania, the best views are actually from this exciting National Park.  Amboseli also hosts the most important elephant research program on the planet, and we’ll enjoy many encounters with the Savannah Elephants here! The birding is excellent, and we’ll be looking out for African Fish Eagle, Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark, Two-banded Courser, Cardinal Quelea, White-bellied Canary, Red-headed Weaver, Taveta Golden Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, and Saddle-billed Stork among many, many others. We’ll also visit a Maasai village and learn about the local, traditional culture and dance!

From Amboseli, we head to the expansive Tsavo West National Park, with magnificent vistas and wildlife-watching from thornbush plains to the famous Mzima Springs. We will add tremendous variety to our quickly-growing bird list here, with dozens of new species on our wish list including Harlequin Quail, Friedman’s and Red-winged Larks, Golden-breasted and Shelley’s Starlings, Tsavo Sunbird, Tiny Cisticola, Eastern Paradise Whydah, along with a wide array of raptors and nightjars. We then explore the amazing grassland savannah at Taita Hills Ranch and Conservancy, where mammals including African Buffalo, Coke’s Hartebeest, Fringe-eared Oryx, Cheetah and Lions are all very likely. New birds include Hartlaub’s Bustard, Kori Bustard, Marsh Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, African Golden Oriole, Pangani Longclaw, Secretarybird and Lizard Buzzard. In Tsavo East National Park, drylands fed by the massive Athi-Galana-Sabaki River will introduce us to  the beautiful Carmine Bee-eater, Golden Palm Weaver, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Nubian Nightjar, Slender-tailed Nightjar, African Cuckoo-Hawk, and Broad-billed Roller.

We spend four nights on the stunning Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, which will give us time to explore the wonderful coastal forests in early mornings, home to so many special birds including Fischer’s Turaco, Trumpeter Hornbill, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Green Barbet and Amani Sunbird, as well as the locally endemic Sengis and various monkey species! Midday will offer us time to enjoy the beach before heading out in the afternoons to look for a wide array of shorebirds at local marine wetlands as well as a search for Mangrove Kingfisher and Mandali Pipits at the Sabaki River mouth. We’ll spend time at Arabuku seeking out nocturnal specialties such as the Sokoke Scops Owl, African Barred Owlet and Fiery-necked Nightjar. We’ll visit the famous Gede Museum, an archeological treasure surrounded by the Gede Indigenous forest, sacred to the surrounding community. And we’ll be sure to enjoy the delightful waters of the Indian Ocean, including a boat trip to snorkel at the ocean reef!

Notes on Pace and Conditions

Kenya is a wildlife watcher’s paradise and we will be traveling at a pace that allows us to enjoy all the wonderful sights and sounds around us. Most of our exploring will be done from the comfort and safety of spacious safari vehicles with lifting roofs. Some of our exploring will be on foot, especially in the forested or coastal areas when we are outside of the game reserves. We will also take one boat trip to a coral reef where opportunities for snorkeling will be provided.  

Expect pre-dawn departures on some days, and do note that Kenya can be quite warm in February. Rainfall is possible, though we will be traveling during the dry season. You will be given ample opportunities to take a morning or afternoon off as you desire, to rest and enjoy the wonderful lodges along the journey!

At the lodges, most meals will be in the form of tasty and varied buffets, so you will have many choices. Do note that we cannot guarantee that all food sensitivities can be accommodated at every location.

Register today to travel with us to Kenya!

Join Bird Alliance of Oregon on the wildlife trip of a lifetime! We'll explore a wide variety of habitats, including Savannah, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland, Eastern Arc Forest, Coastal Forest and Coastal Beach. Our trip is timed to coincide with peak bird diversity, when migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are present and many resident bird species are sporting their finest breeding plumage. February is also a wonderful month for viewing the country’s impressive megafauna.

Register!

Trip Details

  • Trip leaders: Dan van den Broek and Candace Larson
  • Fee: $8,950 members / $9,750 non-members
  • Single supplement: $1,050 (limited single supplements available, please consider sharing a room)
  • Group size: Limited to 10 participants
  • Fee Includes: All ground transportation within Kenya plus one internal flight from the coast to Nairobi, 14 nights’ double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, local guide fees, park entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders. A 10% portion of your fee is a tax-deductible contribution to Bird Alliance of Oregon.

 

Details

Start:
February 6, 2026
End:
February 20, 2026
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Organizer

Candace Larson
Email:
clarson@birdallianceoregon.org