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Everything about Africa is unique, unexpected, and in numbers and variety that never fail to surprise. This is especially true of the universe of birds to be found on safari in Kenya & Tanzania. Up in the sky, in the trees, on the lakeshores, and assembled before you on the fields, Africa’s dazzling gift of birdlife can be astonishing for first-time visitors. 

Imagine in a single day spotting a hundred species – from great white pelicans and storks to vibrant pink flamingoes, from vultures and raptor eagles to graceful ibis and herons. While all about, colorful warbling songbirds like starlings, doves, blue turacos, and guineafowl fill the air with their coos, calls, and light melodies.

Africa and especially Kenya and Tanzania are a birdwatcher’s paradise with its varied landscapes of savannahs, grasslands, forests, and wetlands – each habitat supporting a colorful range of bird types like bee-eaters, sunbirds, parrots, cranes, and fish eagles. Both countries boast over 1000 species so the birding on your African safari will be rich, active, and lots of fun.

Kingfisher seen while birdwatching on safari in East Africa
Kingfisher seen while birdwatching on safari in East Africa

The Birds of Kenya

Here’s an incredible number: Kenya is populated with 11% of the world’s bird species or close to 1100 different types of avian life. On some bird-watching journeys, safari-goers have recorded over 500 different species. 

Besides its geographical diversity, Kenya’s many climates also foster a delightful variety of bird types. Adding to that thriving habitat are the many migrant species that arrive between February through October like swallows and waders at the lakes and shorelines. The dry season from June through October also affords excellent viewing as the birds gather near water sources making them easier to spot.

Tanzania’s Amazing Birdlife

Like Kenya, Tanzania enjoys over a thousand species of birds, (over 1,100!) and many types that are native to East Africa and resident to the country’s stunning landscapes. These include migratory, waterfowl, birds of prey, and unique, unusual species.

Of course, Tanzania is a wildlife wonderland with its thousands of big cats and millions of grazers rounding out your bird-watching experience.

Flamingos seen on safari in Lake Manyara National Reserve

What To Take On Your Bird-watching Safari

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Preparing for your safari is part of the fun of this special experience, no matter if you’re looking for a lion or a black-headed heron. You’ll always want clothing that’s neutral in color, is cooling, and hides the safari dust.

But to get the most out of your birding safari here are some important items you should bring along:

Binoculars – At Africa Kenya Safaris, we supply your group with Olympus binoculars to give your bird sightings an up-close view. However, bringing your own pair means you’ll always have that instant immediacy that makes bird-watching fun.

Identification Book – While our guides are experts at identifying the many bird species you’ll spot on the ground, in the trees, in the air, and near the lakes, it’s helpful to have an identification book with photos to give you still more information about your sightings.

Camera – A camera, especially one with a zoom or telephoto lens is a great way to view the birds and create memories at the same time. It’s also a fun means to compare your sightings with the photos in your identification book.

Voice Recorder – This is valuable for identifying certain birds whose calls are not immediately known. It’s also a great way to preserve the unique, special, and melodious sounds of your safari.

Insect repellant – For some this may be the most important item to bring along on safari. Besides traveling over the savannahs, you’ll probably be moving through forests and grasslands, the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitos and other insects. A little insect repellant will go a long way in guaranteeing a fun safari.

Snacks and water – Bring plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated as you’ll be out in the bush. Same with snacks – you’ll want to keep your energy up.

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From the great ostrich to dazzling flamingoes, regal pelicans, and storks, to dramatic buzzards and eagles, our Africa presents an unending world of birdlife.

Now that you know about the astonishing number and variety of birdlife to be found in Kenya’s and Tanzania’s parks, come join us on a personalized bird-watching safari to suit your budget, taste, style, and love of our feathered friends.

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And that’s what we strive to give you throughout your African safari with us.

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Bird Watching Safari FAQs

Welcome to the Africa Kenya Safaris FAQ section on bird watching safaris. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or a novice enthusiast, our bird watching safaris in Kenya and Tanzania offer a captivating opportunity to explore the vibrant avian diversity of East Africa. In this FAQ, we aim to address your questions and provide insights into the world of birding on our meticulously curated safaris, guided by our experts who share your passion for ornithology. Discover the answers to common queries and embark on a journey to witness the remarkable birds of this diverse and beautiful region.

Embarking on bird-watching safaris in Kenya and Tanzania promises an exceptional opportunity to witness a staggering array of bird species. Both countries are known for their remarkable avian diversity, with Kenya boasting over 1,100 species and Tanzania not far behind. As you venture into the pristine wilderness on your safari, you’ll encounter an impressive array of birds, from the iconic to the rare and elusive. Africa Kenya Safaris takes pride in curating bird-watching experiences that cater to both novice birders and seasoned ornithologists, ensuring you witness the avian wonders of East Africa.

Kenya’s Birding Highlights

In Kenya, birders can revel in the sight of splendid species such as the Lilac-breasted Roller, African Fish Eagle, and the striking Secretary Bird. The Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Amboseli National Park are some of the top birding destinations, offering a chance to spot vibrant flamingos, raptors, and a plethora of waterfowl. Our bird-watching safaris in Kenya are expertly designed to lead you to these birding hotspots while providing insights into the behaviour and habitats of the species you encounter.

Tanzania’s Avian Wonders

Tanzania, on the other hand, offers birders the chance to explore remarkable locales like the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and the Serengeti, where you can spot captivating birds like the Grey Crowned Crane, Fischer’s Lovebird, and the majestic African Crowned Eagle. Our bird-watching safaris in Tanzania are thoughtfully crafted to immerse you in the vibrant world of East African birds, allowing you to capture breathtaking sightings and create lasting memories. Whether you’re a dedicated birder or a wildlife enthusiast looking to diversify your safari experience, Africa Kenya Safaris ensures that your bird-watching adventure in Kenya and Tanzania is both captivating and educational.

When it comes to bird watching safaris in Kenya, several outstanding national parks and reserves offer exceptional opportunities to observe a wide variety of avian species. Africa Kenya Safaris is dedicated to helping bird enthusiasts explore the rich birdlife of this magnificent country. The Masai Mara, renowned for its remarkable Big Five population, is also a birding paradise. Here, you can spot the African Fish Eagle, Lilac-breasted Roller, and Secretary Bird, along with various vultures, herons, and other waterfowl.

The Ornithological Gem of Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru National Park is another iconic destination for bird watchers in Kenya. Famous for its pink-hued flamingo population, Lake Nakuru is home to over 450 bird species. This avian wonderland includes raptors like the African Fish Eagle, Goliath Heron, and the Great White Pelican, providing a captivating spectacle for bird enthusiasts. Africa Kenya Safaris ensures that your bird-watching safari in Kenya encompasses the best of Lake Nakuru, allowing you to witness the diverse birdlife that calls this park home.

Amboseli National Park – A Birding Haven

Amboseli National Park is a haven for both birders and wildlife enthusiasts. Surrounded by the iconic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, this park offers the chance to spot birds like the Grey Crowned Crane, African Hawk-Eagle, and the striking Von der Decken’s Hornbill. Africa Kenya Safaris provides expertly guided bird-watching safaris in Amboseli, offering you the opportunity to capture the beauty and diversity of Kenya’s avian wonders against the breathtaking landscapes of the park. Whether you’re an experienced birder or new to the world of bird watching, these Kenyan destinations ensure a memorable and enlightening bird-watching safari experience.

Tanzania, with its diverse ecosystems and varied landscapes, is a bird watcher’s paradise. Africa Kenya Safaris offers incredible opportunities to explore the remarkable avian diversity in this beautiful East African country. The Serengeti National Park is renowned for its stunning wildlife, and it’s equally impressive for bird watching. Here, you can observe the Kori Bustard, Grey-breasted Spurfowl, and the endemic Fischer’s Lovebird, along with countless other bird species. Our bird-watching safaris in the Serengeti ensure an immersive experience amidst the iconic landscapes and fascinating birds of this park.

The Unique Avian World of Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another birding gem in Tanzania. Africa Kenya Safaris organizes bird-watching safaris in this area, allowing you to witness an array of birds, including the stunning Von der Decken’s Hornbill, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, and the Wattled Starling. The Ngorongoro Crater, with its diverse habitats, provides an excellent opportunity to explore the avifauna of Tanzania. Our expert guides ensure you get the most out of your bird-watching adventure in this unique setting.

Bird Enthusiasts’ Haven – Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is celebrated for its remarkable birdlife and offers a quintessential bird-watching safari experience. This park is a paradise for flamingos, as well as home to African Fish Eagles, Crowned Hornbills, and various waterfowl. Africa Kenya Safaris is your trusted partner for an enriching bird-watching safari in Lake Manyara. Our guides are well-versed in the avian world of Tanzania, ensuring you witness the splendid diversity of birds while exploring this stunning park.

Choosing the right time for a bird watching safari in Kenya and Tanzania is crucial to make the most of your avian adventure. At Africa Kenya Safaris, we understand the seasonal nuances and offer the best experiences based on the time of year.

The Abundance of Wet Seasons

The wet seasons, typically from March to May and November to December, can be a fantastic time for bird watching in Kenya and Tanzania. These periods create lush landscapes and abundant food sources, attracting a myriad of bird species. It’s a great opportunity to observe migratory birds, both intra-African and Palearctic migrants. During these wet months, you can expect to witness birds in their breeding plumage, showcasing their vibrant colours and courtship displays.

Migratory Marvels in Dry Seasons

For a different bird watching experience, consider the dry seasons from June to October and January to February. These times are excellent for viewing the region’s resident bird species. As water sources become scarcer, birds gather around remaining waterholes, providing fantastic opportunities for observation. Additionally, the scarcity of foliage makes birds more visible, and you’ll have the chance to spot raptors soaring in search of prey. Our bird watching safaris are expertly designed to optimize your birding experience, regardless of the season.

Capturing stunning images of the diverse birdlife on your Kenya and Tanzania bird watching safari requires some specialized safari photography techniques.

Essential Bird Photography Equipment

To successfully photograph birds, having the right equipment is essential. We recommend using a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a telephoto lens to get close-up shots of birds in the wild. A tripod or monopod can be valuable for stability and minimizing camera shake. Understanding your equipment and practicing before your safari will significantly improve your photography skills.

Patience and Fieldcraft for Bird Photography

The key to exceptional bird photography is patience. Birds can be elusive, and they often move quickly. Spend time observing their behaviour and movements to anticipate their actions. Practice fieldcraft by blending into the environment, avoiding sudden movements or loud noises. By immersing yourself in the world of birds and their habitats, you’ll have a better chance of capturing those breathtaking moments.

Lighting and Composition for Avian Photography

Pay close attention to lighting and composition. Early morning and late afternoon offer the best natural light for bird photography, casting a warm glow and reducing harsh shadows. When composing your shots, consider the bird’s surroundings and incorporate natural elements to create captivating images. Remember to focus on the bird’s eyes, as this brings life and connection to your photographs. Africa Kenya Safaris’ bird watching tours are crafted to offer excellent opportunities for bird photography in the stunning landscapes of Kenya and Tanzania.

East Africa is a birdwatcher’s paradise, home to a remarkable diversity of bird species. While it’s challenging to list all the common birds, we can highlight several prominent ones that you’re likely to encounter during your bird watching safari in Kenya and Tanzania.

Stunning and Iconic East African Birds

Among the most sought-after bird species in East Africa are the Lilac-breasted Roller, Superb Starling, and the striking Secretary Bird. These birds are not only stunning to observe but also showcase the vivid colours that East African birdlife is renowned for.

Rich Diversity in East African Habitats

East Africa’s diverse landscapes, from savannas to wetlands, offer a wide range of bird habitats. Keep an eye out for the striking Maasai Ostrich and the sociable Weavers that create intricate nests. The magnificent Fish Eagle and the colourful Bee-eaters are also frequently spotted, offering plenty of opportunities for bird enthusiasts to observe and photograph these remarkable species.

Varied Birdwatching Experiences

East Africa provides a unique birdwatching experience, making it an ideal destination for both novice and seasoned birders. With the help of Africa Kenya Safaris’ expert guides, you’ll have the chance to spot an array of birds while exploring the region’s incredible national parks and reserves.

East Africa is not only home to common and widespread bird species but also hosts some extraordinary and rare avian gems. On your bird watching safari with Africa Kenya Safaris, you might have the opportunity to encounter these captivating and less-frequently seen birds in the region.

Rare Raptors and Waterfowl

One of the exceptional rarities of East African birdlife is the Shoebill Stork, an elusive and prehistoric-looking bird known for its distinctive shoe-shaped bill. These fascinating birds inhabit the papyrus swamps and wetlands of East Africa and are a highly sought-after sighting for bird enthusiasts. Additionally, the African Skimmer, with its unique lower mandible longer than the upper one, is another scarce gem found along the region’s rivers and lakes.

Elusive Forest Dwellers

East Africa also offers incredible birdwatching opportunities in its lush forests, where you may be fortunate enough to spot the Ruwenzori Turaco, a striking and rare bird with vibrant plumage. The East African Green Broadbill, a forest dweller, is another challenging but rewarding find. These forested habitats are teeming with life, providing a rich and unique birdwatching experience for those willing to explore the region’s verdant landscapes.

Expert Guided Safaris for Rare Bird Sightings

To increase your chances of spotting these rare avian treasures, Africa Kenya Safaris offers expert-guided birdwatching safaris. Our guides are well-versed in the behaviour and habitats of these elusive birds, ensuring you have the best possible opportunity to observe and photograph these rare and remarkable species in their natural environment.

When embarking on a thrilling bird watching safari in Africa, having the best binoculars can make all the difference in your birdwatching experience. Africa Kenya Safaris recommends selecting binoculars that suit your specific needs and preferences, taking into account important factors that can enhance your birdwatching adventure.

Consider the Optics

The optics of binoculars play a crucial role in bird watching. Look for binoculars with high-quality lenses that offer excellent clarity and brightness. In East Africa’s diverse landscapes, you’ll encounter birds in various lighting conditions, so having binoculars with superior optics will ensure you can observe birds with precision, even in challenging environments.

Choose the Right Magnification and Field of View

Magnification and field of view are essential factors to consider when selecting binoculars. For birdwatching in Africa, binoculars with a magnification of 8x to 10x are recommended. This range strikes a balance between zooming in on distant birds and maintaining a wide enough field of view to track birds in flight and spot them in dense foliage.

Pick Binoculars with a Comfortable Grip

During long hours of birdwatching, comfort matters. Opt for binoculars that offer a comfortable grip and a user-friendly design. Africa Kenya Safaris suggests testing the binoculars in person to ensure they fit well in your hands. Comfortable binoculars reduce fatigue and allow you to focus on the beauty of the birds and the scenery.

Remember that the best binoculars for bird watching will ultimately depend on your personal preferences and requirements. Africa Kenya Safaris can assist you in selecting the right pair of binoculars for your upcoming birdwatching safari, ensuring that you have an unforgettable and rewarding experience observing the stunning avian species of East Africa.

When it comes to bird watching safaris, the choice of vehicle can significantly impact your overall experience. Africa Kenya Safaris provides insights into the vehicles ideally suited for birdwatching, ensuring you get the most out of your East African birding adventure.

Comfortable and Customized Safari Vehicles

Africa Kenya Safaris employs customized safari vehicles, specially designed for bird watching. These vehicles typically have pop-up roofs, which are fantastic for birders. The pop-up roof allows you to stand up and have an unobstructed view of the surrounding area, ideal for tracking and observing birds in flight or perched in treetops. The spacious interiors are comfortable, and there’s plenty of room for your birding equipment.

Open-Sided Safari Vehicles for an Unobstructed View

Open-sided safari vehicles are another great choice for bird watching. With open sides, you have unrestricted access to the surrounding environment, which is perfect for spotting birds from various angles. These vehicles often come with expert guides who know where to find specific bird species and can assist you in capturing the best birdwatching moments.

Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicles for Access to Remote Birding Locations

To reach more remote or less-travelled birding destinations, Africa Kenya Safaris uses four-wheel-drive vehicles. These robust and versatile vehicles can navigate diverse terrains and ensure you have access to a wide range of bird species in their natural habitats. The ability to explore off the beaten path enhances the birdwatching opportunities during your safari.

Choosing the right vehicle for your bird watching safari is an essential part of the experience. Africa Kenya Safaris ensures that the vehicles used on our safaris are tailored to the specific needs of birders, offering comfort, safety, and unobstructed views to make your birdwatching adventure unforgettable.

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