Birding with the Experts
3 Nights/4 Days Birding Safari
Special Road Package Ex Nairobi to Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp.
1st December 2022 to 30th June 2023
Per person sharing in a double/twin room - US$1,790
Single room supplement - US$265 per person
1st July to 22nd December 2023
Per person sharing in a double/twin room - US$1,915
Single room supplement - US$450 per person
Guaranteed Departure - Minimum 2pax
- Pick-up/drop-off at your Nairobi Hotel
- Full board accommodation at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp
- Transport, bird and game viewing drives in a 4x4WD Safari Cruiser
- Services of our Birding Expert throughout the trip
- Farewell alfresco breakfast compliment of Serena Hotels
- Conservancy entry fees
- All COVID-19 Protocols observed
- All items of a personal nature: drinks, travel insuarance, PCR tests, tips/gratuities, laundry.
Festive supplement of US$30 per person per day applicable on 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st December 2022 & 1st January 2023.
Day 1: Nairobi - Lake Elmenteita
Distance: 130 kms (2 hrs)
Leave Nairobi in the morning.
Brief stop at Manguo Ponds in Limuru for wetland birds viewing.
This shallow seasonal pond has astonishing number of wetland and marshland birds. The somehow localized Maccoa Duck is a key attraction. Drive through the Rift Valley View point to arrive at the camp for check-in and lunch.
Lake Elmenteita is within the Kenya lake System in the Great Rift Valley. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Ramsar Convention Wetlands Site, and a Bird Life International – Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. The Ecosystem is characterized by Alkaline lake, acacia woodland, riverine forest galleries, Tarchonanthus bushland and grassland.
The lake is a critical breeding ground for the Great White Pelicans and foraging grounds for Palaearctic and Intra-African migrants. Key globally-threatened species found within this IBA include Greater Spotted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, Jackson's Widowbird. Also hosts large congregations of Black-necked Grebe, Great White Pelican, African Spoonbill, and Pied Avocet. Afternoon birding drive to orient ourselves with this IBA.
Day 2: Full Day Birding at Lake Elementeita and Soysambu Wildlife Conservancy
After breakfast, armed with our binoculars, telescope, checklist and guide books, we take a drive around the lake in search of key wetland birds. It is a full day avian safari.
Birding in Lake Elmenteita is an exceptionally thrilling experience. With over 450 species having been recorded, it makes it a birder’s paradise. Different habitats in
Soysambu Conservancy surround the lake, giving it the muscles to host high densities of different bird species. Our birding experience starts from the Northern shores and head westwards to the mouth of River Mbaruk. This is the best spot to catch the bird activity. Here, the river deposits a lot of silts,
making a perfect habitat for Mud Fish. Herons, pelicans, African Fish Eagles compete for their share. Fully fed pelicans and flamingos can be seen rinsing themselves to get rid of alkaline salts after long hours roaming in the lake’s alkaline waters.
We traverse the western stretch of the lake with a visit to the ecologically sensitive Great White Pelicans breeding grounds. Extend down to the Southern end of the Lake via the festooning acacia woodlands.
After a picnic lunch, we drive to Congrieve, the western part of the conservancy bordering Lake Nakuru. The habitat here is characterized by expansive open grasslands.
Day 3: Excursion to Kinangop Grasslands and Lake Douglas
Distance: 120 kms (2 hrs)
After breakfast, we depart for Kinangop Grasslands. These montane grasslands lie on the Kinangop Plateau, a wide stretch of land bounded by the forests of the Aberdare Mountains to the East, Kikuyu Escarpment to the South, and by a steep scarp dropping to the Rift Valley floor on the West. It is the stronghold of
Sharpe’s Longclaw, a threatened Kenya’s endemic.
Key globally threatened species include Pallid Harrier, Sharpe's Longclaw, Aberdare Cisticola, Yellow Bishop, Red- collared Windowbird and Jackson's Widowbird.
Take a walk at the edges of Aberdare Forest in search of the endemic
Jackson’s Francolin. By the ‘shore’ of Lake Douglas, we shall have our picnic lunch as we spot the water birds. Return to the camp for freshening up and dinner.
Bonfire as we recap on the species spotted and their ecological importance.
Day 4: Lake Elementaita - Nairobi
Distance: 120 kms (2 hrs)
After breakfast, we have a brief bird walk session within the Camp.
0930hrs: Check out and depart for Nairobi.