Tour Name: The Jackson's Hornbill Tour(Best of Joyland safaris)
Tour Code: JLBK003
Duration:12Days | 11Nights
Departure Days: Daily Departures with exclusive use of vehicle and driver/guide.
Mode of Vehicle: Safari is either in a 7 Seater Tour mini van(2WD/4WD) with a pop up roof or a 4x4 LandCruiser at a supplemented cost.
Itinerary:Thika,Mt.Kenya,Lake Baringo,Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru,Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara
Day 1. Arrival Nairobi
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport,met by our representative and transferred to a Nairobi Hotel where you will freshen up and relieve the Jetlag.Afternoon guided visit to National Museum Bird Gallery,Followed by a short bird walk at the Museum Botanic Garden.Here you will be seeing species like the Variable Sunbird,Bronze Sunbird and the Collard Sunbird,African Goshawk, Palm swift Baglafetch Weaver,among others. Lunch,Dinner and Overnight Sarova panafric Hotel /similar.
Day 2.Nairobi - Thika
Breakfast and depart for Thika,unique with its twin waterfalls Chania and Thika Falls,provide rewarding bird watching time for birders'.you will have a great opportunity to encounter a few coastal species that penetrate into main land following the River Tana.You could be lucky to see the Trumpeter Hornbill, Brown Hooded Kingfisher, Zanzibar Sombre Green-bull and African Golden Weaver.Great egret,Ayres Hawk Eagle,Green sand piper,African green pigeon,Eastern bronze napped pigeon, Purple Crested Turaco, Green headed sunbird and Black cuckoo shrike before our lunch time at Blue Post Inn Hotel.Later in the afternoon leave Thika and climb high until the slopes of Mt Kenya, Naro Moru where mountain forest gives way to valley grassland. Unique birds to this area include, Eastern double collared sunbird, Alpine swift, Black Chested snake eagle, Narina Trogon, Scaly throated honey guide, Mountain Wagtail, White headed wood hoopoe, African Black Duck, Grey Cuckoo shrike and Yellow-bellied waxbill. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Naro Moru River Lodge/similar .
Day 3.Mt. Kenya
You will spend the whole day birding at this Mountain forest.Rare species likely to be seen include Green Ibis, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Harrier Hawk, Rufous Sparrow hawk, Ayre's Hawk Eagle. Black stork,Red Fronted Parrots,Green Ibis Common snipe,Mountain Buzzard,Bronze napped pigeon Mountain white-eye, Abbots Starling, Sharpe's Starling, Mountain Oriole and Thick-billed seedeater.Dinner and Overnight stay will be at Naro Moru River Lodge/similar.
Day 4.Mt. Kenya - Lake Baringo- Lake Bogoria
Breakfast and leave for Lake Baringo with a stop at the Nyahururu Waterfalls,there are possibilities of sighting Chestnut-Winged Starlings, Slender billed starling,Rock Martin, Grey cuckoo shrike around the waterfalls. Proceed on by road into the Great Rift Valley and onto Lake Bogoria National Park.The Reserve's herd of the rare Greater Kudu makes it unique and other game to view.The south shore of Lake Bogoria has acacia-ficus woodland and to the north is a papyrus swamp.Birds unique to this area include, Congregatory of Lesser and Greater flamingo,Steppe eagle,Curlew Sand piper, Black necked grebe and Black headed Plover.In the evening drive to Soi safari lodge in Lake Baringo /similar for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 5.Lake Baringo
Full day at Baringo, well known by many avid Ornithologist as mecca for Birds, with 500 species of birds having been recorded.Explore this area with field Birding around Lake Baringo, it's environs,the Cliffs and the bushes.There are possibilities to see rare species like,Cape Eagle Owl, White-faced Scops Owl,Jackson's Hornbill, Hemprich's Hornbill, Brown-Tailed Rock Chat, Nothern Red Bishop,Northern Masked Weaver and White Billed Buffalo Weaver,Olivaceous Warbler, Northern brownbul,Jackson's golden backed weaver,Little weaver, Brown Tailed Rock Chat, Goliath heron,Northern Shoveller, Verreauxs eagle owl,Bristle crowned starling,Senegal Thicknee,Pygmy falcon,Blue cheecked bee-eater.Dinner and Overnight will be at Soi safari lodge/similar.
Day 6.Lake Baringo - Lake Nakuru
Leave after breakfast and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park coloured with a shimmering flamingo pink from thousands of the beautiful birds lining its shores.Nakuru National Park,a shallow and strongly alkaline lake,with surrounding acacia woodland & grassland.Firstly gazetted as a bird sanctuary is,known for its bird life for the thousands of Lesser and Greater flamingos take this lake as their home,among hundreds of other Species unique to this area which include,White winged Black Tern,Hilderbrants Francolin,African fish eagle, Steppe eagle,Grey crested Helmet Shrike, Red-capped lark,Spotted Crake.Wildlife is also in abundance here.Lake Nakuru National Park has been made into one of Kenya's rhino sanctuary. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge/similar.
Day 7: Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha
After breakfast depart for Lake Naivasha arriving at 0930hrs for a morning bird walk or boat ride (Optional), the only fresh water rift valley lake in Kenya. It's unique in that its freshness is maintained by a combination of underground out flow and sedimentation of salts.The lake supports a diverse water-bird community,with more than 80 species recorded regularly.It is a significant site for Red knobbed coots, African spoonbill, African jacana and little grebes depending on water levels.Meals and accommodation at Lake Naivasha Sopa lodge /similar.
Day 8.Lake Naivasha
Full day at the lake Naivasha Region with bird walks around the Lodge grounds and a visit to the Elsa Mere field study center.Notable birds unique to this area include,Gadwall,Spotted Red Shank,Black Tailed Godwit,Great white egret,Black eaded Gull,Purple Swamp Hen and Mottled swift.Dinner and Overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa lodge/similar.
Day 9.Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara
Breakfast and drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley the longest rift in the crust of the Earth to Masai Mara Game Reserve the unspoiled Savannah.Masai Mara is actually the northern portion of the Great Plains ecosystem in the neighboring Tanzania called Serengeti.It is a home to the "big five" lion,buffalo,rhino,leopard and elephant as well cheetah, zebra, giraffe and vast herds of plain antelope and numerous other wildlife.Your lunch and accommodation for the nights will be at one of the excellent lodge Mara Sopa Lodge/similar. Sopa is a Masai word meaning welcome and indeed this is a tradition which has been well adopted by the lodge to all its guests.Set in the Ololaimutia valley the lodge blends in the perfectly surrounding hillside landscape. After lunch and some time to relax and perhaps take a dip in the pool,take an afternoon game drive in search of the big five. As sun sets slowly dip into the horizon, it will be your perfect time to photograph the beautiful Mara rolling plains.This is also the right time to spot the shy leopard. Dinner & overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge/similar
Day 10 & 11.Masai Mara
Two full days in the Masai, the extensive grasslands are a strong hold to the threatened, migratory Corncrake and the near threatened Jackson's widowbird. he bush and woodlands around the reserve also hold some unique bird species, more than 450 bird species have been recorded in the Mara, including 12 species of cisticola and birds of prey. Large numbers of palaerctic migrants winter in the area including Caspian plovers and white storks. Other local and unusual birds in the Mara include Rock Cisticola, Rufous Bellied Heron, Denham's Bustard, Black Coucal, Red Tailed chat, Pale Wren Warbler, Tabora Cisticola, Yellow Bellied Hyliota, Green-capped Eremomela and Magpie Shrike. All meals, dinner and Overnight stay will be at Mara serna lodge/similar.
Day 12.Masai Mara - Nairobi
After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at a Nairobi Hotel/ Restaurant where you can enjoy some good food, Check-in to a day room at Nairobi hotel or take a half day excursion of our capital city.Depending on your departure time,Later in the evening a bye bye dinner will be hosted by our company at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant considered "Africa's greatest eating experience" (if you love barbecue it doesn't get better than this), and home to the "Simba Saloon" one of the cities most popular night clubs. Thereafter you will be transferred to the airport in time for your International departure flight as we see you off.
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Price per person Sharing USD.
Departures daily, minimum 2 persons.
Transportation in tourist minibuses with HF Radio communication and pop-up roof for easy viewing and photographing. Full board accommodation on safari based on twin sharing, Drinking mineral water,All park entrance fees, services of English speaking skilled and experienced driver/guide, extensive game drives in the national parks ,Air Rescue Service fee,Free airport transfers in Nairobi.
Nairobi overnight, Alcoholic drinks, beverages, Airport departure Tax, tips, visas, laundry,Personal Toiletries, international flights, personal & baggage insurance. optional activities or items of personal nature.