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Kenya

Join Portland Audubon on the wildlife trip of a lifetime! Kenya is renowned for its remarkable diversity of landscapes, animals, and cultures. Kenya boasts over 1100 species of birds, 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 savanna, wetlands, semi-arid scrubland, desert Lava, highland forest, montane grasslands, and rare equatorial forest. Our trip coincides with the migration of many birds to and from Asia and Europe, and many resident species will be sporting fancy breeding plumage, so we are likely to experience an unparalleled array of avifauna.

 

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Our trip begins in Nairobi National Park, where we will seek out the magnificent Kori Bustard and Secretarybird, 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, Leopard and African Buffalo! From here, we head to beautiful Lake Magadi in southern Kenya, where grazers including giraffes, wildebeest and zebra are found, along with a huge array of birds including whydahs, hornbills and the beautiful Golden-winged Sunbird. We’ll also visit Olorgesailie, one of the most famous prehistoric archeological sites in the world, often referred to as the “factory of stone tools.”  

We then travel to Mt. Kenya, seeking the coveted endemic Hinde’s Babbler along the way. In the woodlands, we’ll look for Crowned Eagle and Bar-tailed Trogon, along with wagtails, apalis, crimsonwings and sunbirds, and an array of forest mammals including monkeys, mongooses and even elephants.  We will make our way to the Samburu Nature Reserve, famous for mammals including Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Cheetah, and Reticulated Giraffe, among many others. Birding is plentiful as well, with over 380 species in the park including Somali Ostrich, D’Arnaud’s barbet and the technicolor Golden-breasted Starling.

We’ll search for the rare Mackinder’s Eagle Owl and meet the farmers who are working to protect this incredible species, then make our way to Lake Nakuru National Park, where huge flocks of Lesser Flamingos are often found, along with Wooley-necked Stork, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, a variety of cuckoos and many, many other birds. This park is also a refuge for Black Rhinos and the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe.  We’ll take a boat ride on Lake Baringo, seeking waterbirds from African Jacana to Black Crake, and also learn about traditional fishing methods.

In the remarkable Kakamega equatorial forest, we’ll experience birds including the White-headed Wood-hoopoe, the dramatic Great Blue Turaco and the lovely Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, among dozens of birds at the eastern limit of their range and a slew of forest endemics. We’ll also visit Kinangop Plateau, home to four of Kenya’s most sought-after endemics including the critically endangered Sharpe’s Longclaw.

Our final wildlife destination with be the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, described by many as the top safari destination in Africa and home to all of Africa’s “big 5” mammals, plus over 500 species of birds, including an incredible 57 species of raptors! We will spend two days exploring the many habitats contained here, hoping for good looks at everything from the outrageous Schalow’s Turaco to the colorful near-endemic Usambiro Barbet, plus African Elephants, several big cats and wildebeest among the mind-blowing diversity of mammals in this park. Our visit with members of the Masai tribe will be a very special highlight on this very special journey.

Trip Details

  • Trip leaders: Dan van den Broek and Candace Larson
  • Early Bird discount: $6,995 members / $7,695 non-members
  • Deposit: $3,500
  • Single supplement: TBD
  • Group size: Limited to 14 participants

Trip fees include all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, all meals/non-alcoholic beverages/snacks, tips for meals/drivers/porters/local guides, trip materials, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leader(s). 

Trip fees do not include airfares and alcoholic beverages.

Details

Start:
October 14, 2021
End:
October 29, 2021
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Organizer

Tara Lemezis
Phone:
971-222-6131
Email:
tlemezis@audubonportland.org