Join Us On a Bird Watching Safari

Flamingo flying across the surface of an East African lake

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Think Africa is just about lions, elephants, and zebras? You’ll find an entire universe of colorful, fluttering winged creatures filling the skies, the trees, and the lakeshores on your safari.

So why not take advantage of this natural treasure and fill your eyes with pelicans, eagles, starlings, doves, ibis, herons, and pink flamingoes? Their calls, chirps, and songs can be the most melodious soundtrack to accompany your African safari.

The skies of Kenya and Tanzania are practically held aloft by the sheer numbers and varieties of birdlife. And the savannahs, forests, and wetlands are alive with sunbirds, parrots, cranes, and bee-eaters.

You won’t want to miss all the richness our avian friends can bring to your time on safari.

Over One Thousand Types of Birds

That’s how many species of birdlife fill the skies on your birding safari in Kenya. With over 11% of the world’s bird types, some safari goers have spotted 500 different species on their journey.

Kenya’s wonderfully diverse landscapes and many microclimates encourage a natural variety of birds. And the migrating season, from February through October sees a great influx of visitors like swallows, osprey, kingfisher, sandpiper, and terns.

Safari guide using binoculars for bird watching

All of Kenya’s major parks, Amboseli, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara, and Tsavo East host great menageries of gulls, hens, cranes, geese, owls, eagles, starlings, ostrich, vultures, and more.

Bird standing on a rock on a lake as seen on a birdwatching safari

And Then There’s Tanzania

Tanzania, Kenya’s close wildlife rival also competes with its over 1,100 bird species, including waterfowl, birds of prey, and migratory birds. Many of which are native to this region of Africa.

At the great Serengeti Reserve, you’ll find over 500 species like bustards, lovebirds, herons, sparrows, shrikes, and robins.

The almost mystical Ngorongoro Crater will bring you up close to the black kite, lesser flamingo, flycatcher, and white-eyed flycatcher.

Ready to Bird Safari?

You’ll want to dress the part – cool, neutral colors, and sturdy boots or shoes. And the number one must-have is a good pair of binoculars for getting close to the birding action.

Here are some other useful accessories to bring along on your birding safari:

An identification book to fine-tune your sightings. Is that a greater or a lesser flamingo?

Camera – especially with a zoom or telephoto lens

Voice Recorder – great for when you can’t identify a bird call. Just record and identify later. Also wonderful for recording the songs of your birding safari.

Pair of large exotic birds seen on a birdwatching safari with Africa Kenya Safaris

Insect Repellant – you’re on a birding safari, not an insect safari. Ideal for keeping you comfortable and itch-free.

There is an incredibly varied world of feathered friends out there to be discovered and treasured. Join us for a birding safari that we will personalize to your likes, taste, desires… and dreams.

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