Eastern and Main Tours Tour Leaflet 2021 © Tertius Gous © Tertius

Superb Starling

21-30 April 2021 + 30 April-13 May 2021 2021 Von der Decken's Hornbill

BIRDING Tour leader: Michael Mills AFRICA

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mega-di�ersit� • Target Kenya's endemics, near- endemics and specials • Brilliant dry-country birding • Varied habitats: arid savanna, montane grassland, highland forest, coastal forest and lowlands forest © Tasso Leventis © Tasso • Two back-to-back shorter tours Michael's incredible focus, dedication and ability to locate and show Africa's toughest is probably Our Kenya Main Tour and Eastern Kenya Tour run Tour Focus unequalled on the continent. He has led dozens of back-to-back, giving you the option to all the Kenya off ers a mind-boggling array of birds and tours across Africa and his experience in locating top birding sites in Kenya in 23 days, or to join a habitats, including 20 endemics and near-endemics, birds on just the soft est of calls or briefest of views shorter 10-day or 14-day trip if you are time limited. making it a great destination for dedicated world impresses those who travel with him. Th ese tours have a strong emphasis on arid savanna listers and keen birders alike. Th e specials will be birding, with localised targets at Tsavo, Marsabit, the main focus of our trip, and we aim to fi nd them Dates Shaba, Samburu and Lake Baringo including all excluding the questionable Tana River Cisticola, Donaldson Smith's Sparrow-Weaver, Grant's Wood Eastern Kenya 21-30 Apr 2021 but we also expect to record well over 650 species Hoopoe, Friedmann's Lark, William's Lark, Masked along the way. Main Kenya 30 Apr-13 May 2021 Lark, Fire-fronted Bishop and Jackson's Hornbill. Highland grasslands and shrublands at Kinangop Being an arid country, bird breeding activity is and Aberdares hold Jackson's Francolin, Aberdare stimulated by rainfall, and for these purposes we Pro�isional Prices Cisticola, Jackson's Widowbird and Sharpe's travel during the wettest time of the year, important Per person sharing $TBA Longclaw, and in montane forests we'll search for when trying to fi nd rare species of lark. At this time Single supplement $TBA Olive Ibis and Abbot's Starling on Mount Kenya and of the year the overall bird diversity is slightly lower Taita Th rush, Taita White-eye and Taita Apalis in because Palaearctic migrants are absent. the Taita Hills. Two areas of lowland forest boost the Includes all ground costs. We will travel in one or two 4x4s. More details about diversity; in the eastern coastal forests at Arabuko- what to expect, how to prepare and what to pack are Sokoke we search for Clarke's Weaver, Amani provided in our Tour Instructions. Book online Sunbird, Sokoke and Sokoke Scops Owl, and in the western lowland forests at Kakamega our Let us know if you have target species or want to Visit main targets include Turner's Eremomela and Blue- know more about the species we might encounter. Deposit ($150) by credit card headed Bee-eater. A short visit to Lamu Island gives A species list will be handed out to you at the start of Email [email protected] us the chance to look for the rarely-seen Somali the tour and is available beforehand upon request.

© Tasso Leventis © Tasso Sokoke Scops Owl Boubou.

2 | Kenya 2021 Kenya 2021 | 3 Accommodation and meals Departure from Nairobi is possible any time from 22h00 on the night of 30 April 2021 if you are only INTRODUCTION Accommodation and meals are generally fairly joining the Eastern Kenya Tour, and on 13 May good by African standards, and vary from lodges 2021 if you are joining the Main Kenya Tour. Kenya, for a long time, has been regarded as among to search for Cape Eagle-Owl, and for an overnight and guest houses to rustic bush lodges and small the top few countries for birding in Africa. Not break at Nyahururu. The Baringo area offers a good hotels. Rooms mostly have private facilities and hot Please email [email protected] a copy of only does it list over 1000 bird species, but a good variety of birds, with highlights potentially including water. We may need to share ablution facilities on your proposed flight details for approval before network of parks protects a wide range of habitats, Northern Masked Weaver, Jackson's Hornbill and the odd occasion. paying for your ticket. from coastal forests and Central African lowland Northern White-faced Owl. For a complete change

Birding Africa Tour Leaflet Tour Africa Birding forests to montane grasslands and forests, and of scenery we then visit Kakamega Forest in the far Leaflet Tour Africa Birding Meals are Western-style. Please advise if you are Kenya offers lots of easy, open country birding with west where our top targets will include Turner's vegetarian and what foods you enjoy, so that we can Group size plenty of arid savanna and deserts. Eremomela, Blue-headed Bee-eater and Jameson's cater for you. Wattle-eye, alongside a host of Central African Five to ten participants. Our 23-day Kenya tour is conveniently split in forest species. Finally we return to Nairobi with Water is not safe to drink so we supply two to allow you to sample some or all of the main time spent along the way in the Kinangop, Aberdare complimentary bottled water in the vehicle. birding sites. On our Eastern Kenya Tour we start and Gatamaiyu areas for Lynes's Cisticola, Sharpe's Walking off with a flight to Lamu Island to look for the Longclaw, Hunter's Cisticola, Jackson's Widowbird, localised Somali Boubou, Malindi Pipit and Golden This tour requires a moderate degree of fitness. Aberdare Cisticola and Jackson's Francolin. International flights Most walks will be done at a gentle pace, although Palm Weaver, before crossing to the Please plan to fly in to Nairobi by the night of 21 there will be one tougher walk on Mount Kenya to nearby mainland to visit Sokoke Forest, April 2021 if you are joining the Eastern Kenya look for Elgon Francolin, which participants and where an impressive range of forest birds Tour, or 30 April 2021 if you are joining only the easily opt out of. can be seen, including Sokoke Pipit, Main Kenya Tour. Sokoke Scops Owl, Clarke's Weaver and Amani Sunbird. Heading inland from the coast we first visit Tsavo East where Red-and-yellow Barbet we hope to find Fire-fronted Bishop, before visiting the Taita Hills for Taita Apalis, Taita Thrush and Taita White- eye. Descending back into the lowlands around Tsavo West we now look for Friedmann's Lark, Hartlaub's Bustard and Pangani Longclaw, before heading back to Nairobi to complete the Eastern Kenya Tour. Leading straight on to the Main Kenya Tour we now head off north of Nairobi to Mount Kenya, searching for Hinde's Babbler en route. On Mount Kenya we search for Abbot's Starling, Jackson's Francolin, Elgon Francolin and Scarlet- tufted Malachite Sunbird, before moving on to the open deserts north of Marsabit in the far north of the country, where we hope to find Masked Lark and, with some luck, Heuglin's Bustard. Returning south we pause in the Shaba and Samburu areas for a host of dry-country species, including William's Lark, Donaldson Smith's Sparrow-Weaver and Grant's Wood Hoopoe. We then make the long drive to Lake Baringo, pausing en route

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4 | Kenya 2021 Kenya 2021 | 5 DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

------EASTERN KENYA ------Days 4-5 (24-25 Apr): Sokoke Forest © Tasso Leventis © Tasso Sokoke Forest is arguably the most important forest Day 1 (21 Apr): Arrive Nairobi for birding on the entire east coast of Africa and we Welcome to Kenya! From the airport we transfer have two full days to explore its riches. Our main Birding Africa Tour Leaflet Tour Africa Birding to our hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. targets are Clarke's Weaver, for which the entire Leaflet Tour Africa Birding Overnight on the southern side of Nairobi. world population is confined to Sokoke and some adjacent woodlands, Sokoke Pipit, Sokoke Scops Owl and Amani Sunbird. However, a long list of Day 2 (22 Apr): Nairobi to Lamu other specials can be found in the forest, including This morning we fly from Nairobi to the coastal Red-throated Twinspot, Lowland Tiny , island of Lamu. Dry bush here is home to Somali Green Tinkerbird, fisheri form of Yellow-rumped Boubou, otherwise only known from Somalia. We Tinkerbird, Fischer's Greenbul, African Barred have an afternoon and morning to search for it in Owlet, Little Yellow Flycatcher, East Coast Akalat, coastal thickets, alongside Golden Palm Weaver, Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike, Scaly Babbler, Malindi Pipit, East Coast Boubou, Scaly Babbler Kenya Crested Guineafowl, Fischer’s Turaco, Red- and Coastal Cisticola. Overnight in the historical tailed Ant Thrush, Pallid Honeyguide, Little Spotted town of Lamu with its atmospheric white coral Woodpecker, Mombasa Woodpecker, Plain-backed buildings. Sunbird, Forest Batis and Southern Banded Eagle. Open areas around the forest hold Malindi Day 3 (23 Apr): To Malindi Pipit, Zanzibar Red Bishop, Coastal Cisticola and Golden Palm Weaver, and there is an outside After some final birding on Lamu we'll take a very chance for Violet-breasted Sunbird. Waterbirds at African Orange-bellied Parrot short flight to Malindi on coastal Kenya, where we'll Mida Creek and Sabaki River Mouth could include be based during our visit time in the area. If time Madagascar Pratincole and Crab Plover. allows we'll do some introductory birding near Day 6 (26 Apr): to Tsavo East Bushshrike, Grey Wren-Warbler, Banded Parisoma, Malindi. Nights in the Malindi area. Kenyan White-eye, Golden-breasted Starling, Today we leave coastal Kenya, driving west into Fischer's Starling, Golden Pipit, Eastern Violet- increasingly arid habitats toward Tsavo East backed Sunbird, Black-capped Social Weaver, National Park. Along the way we'll watch out for Parrot-billed Sparrow, White-headed Buffalo Steel-blue Whydah, but the grasslands of the park Weaver, Blue-capped Cordon-bleu, Straw-tailed will be our main destination, where we hope to find Whydah and Purple Grenadier. There is a remote Fire-fronted Bishop in breeding plumage in the © Tertius Gous © Tertius chance for Quail-Plover. afternoon. If the rains have been reliable we should see good numbers of displaying Red-winged Lark, Overnight in or adjacent to Tsavo East. Singing Bush Lark and Pink-breasted Lark. Tsavo East holds a wide range of arid country species, Day 7 (27 Apr): To Taita Hills and we'll be on the lookout for Somali Ostrich, Vulturine Guineafowl, Buff-crested Bustard, We will spend the morning in Tsavo East, before Hartlaub's Bustard, Black-headed Lapwing, Black- driving to the nearby Taita Hills. The tiny remnant faced Sandgrouse, Somali Bee-eater, Grant's Wood patches of montane forest here are home to three Hoopoe, Southern Ground Hornbill, Black-throated highly threatened endemics, namely Taita Apalis, Barbet, Red-and-yellow Barbet, D'Arnaud's Taita Thrush and Taita White-eye. Besides looking Barbet, Pygmy Falcon, African Orange-bellied for these species we also have chances to find Parrot, Eastern Black-headed Batis, Rosy-patched Brown-breasted Barbet, Usambara Double-collared Bushshrike, Northern Grey , Mouse-coloured Sunbird, Stripe-faced Greenbul, Placid Greenbul Penduline Tit, Fischer's Sparrow-Lark, Foxy Lark, and Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler. Overnight East Coast Akalat Dodson's , Red-fronted Warbler, Red-naped in the Taita Hills.

6 | Kenya 2021 Kenya 2021 | 7 Day 8 (28 Apr): To Tsavo West Cisticola, Southern Grosbeak-Canary, African ------MAIN KENYA TOUR ------Yellow Warbler, Black-collared Apalis, Black- Grey Flycatcher, Red-naped Bushshrike, Tit headed Apalis, Black-throated Apalis, Abyssinian We'll spend the morning birding the Taita Hills, and Three-streaked Tchagra. Day 1 (30 Apr): Arrive Nairobi Crimsonwing, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, before dropping down into the surrounding Brown-capped Weaver, Kandt's Waxbill and Thick- lowlands of Tsavo West. Here we'll be staying on a Day 10 (30 Apr): To Nairobi Overnight in Nairobi. billed Seedeater. Other possibilities include African community conservancy rather in the national park Black Duck, Crowned Eagle, Doherty's Bushshrike itself, which has the advantage that we can also do After some final birding in the Tsavo area we return Day 2 (1 May): To Mount Kenya (rare) and Mountain Wagtail. In the late afternoon some birding on foot. to Nairobi where the Eastern Kenya Tour ends. we'll relocate to another lodge on the western side Birding Africa Tour Leaflet Tour Africa Birding New arrivals will join those staying on for the Main Our main tour starts as we leave Nairobi to the of Mount Kenya, for our ascent up the mountain the Leaflet Tour Africa Birding Day 9 (29 Apr): Tsavo West area Kenya Tour. Overnight in Nairobi. north, travelling towards Mount Kenya. Various following morning. Night near Naro Moru. stops will be made in the central highlands, The open grasslands including to search for White-headed Barbet and Day 4 (3 May): Mount Kenya to Marsabit of this area are Hildebrandt's Starling the endemic Hinde's Babbler. In the afternoon we'll especially good bird the moist southern slopes of Mount Kenya. This morning we'll drive as high as possible up the for White-winged Overnight on Mount Kenya. western slopes of Mount Kenya, where the road Widowbird, Ashy © Tertius Gous © Tertius ends at 3100 m. We'll continue on foot, climbing Cisticola and Day 3 (2 May): Mount Kenya 500 m in altitude to heathlands above the upper Red-winged Lark, forest where we hope to find the rarely-seen Elgon Pangani Longclaw, Set in forest, our lodge is the perfect base from which Francolin. Other birds we hope to see this morning Taita Fiscal, Long- to bird the montane forests of Mount Kenya. In the include Jackson's Francolin, Abyssinian Ground tailed Fiscal, Foxy early morning we'll hope to see Olive Ibis near the Thrush, Moorland , Scarlet-tufted Malachite Lark, Hartlaub’s lodge. Over the rest of the day, birding both above Sunbird and Red-fronted Parrot, and there is a Bustard and and below our lodge should produce a good list small chance for Striped Flufftail. There is ample Harlequin Quail, but of forest species that may include Abbot's Starling opportunity for those not wanting to do the tough we will be hoping to (rare), Hunter's Cisticola, Scaly Francolin, African climb to bird around the vehicle. find the very poorly- Olive Pigeon, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, known Friedmann's Scarce Swift, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, White- In the late morning we will descend into the lowland Lark in display, eared Barbet, Purple-throated Cuckooshrike, around Mount Kenya, and spend the rest of the day where we found it Grey Cuckooshrike, Mountain Oriole, Mountain driving north to Marsabit town in much more arid during our last tour. surrounds. Night in Marsabit town. Acacia bushveld and Commiphora thickets give good opportunities for a range of other species, and the Leventis © Tasso following will be on our radars: Hildebrandt’s Starling, Tsavo Sunbird, Hunter's Sunbird, White- headed Mousebird, Blue-capped Cordon-bleu, Scaly Chatterer, Grey- headed Silverbill, Pringle’s Puffback, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Tiny Rüppell’s Robin-Chat

8 | Kenya 2021 Kenya 2021 | 9 Day 9 (8 May): Lake Baringo Red-fronted Warbler, Grey Wren-Warbler, Rufous Chatterer, Rüppell’s Long-tailed Starling, African Lake Baringo, set in arid savanna, offers some Grey Flycatcher, Spotted Mourning Thrush, excellent birding and it will be good to be back on Mocking Cliff Chat, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird,

© Tertius Gous © Tertius foot after all our time in the car. © Tasso Leventis © Tasso Hunter's Sunbird, Parrot-billed Sparrow, Chestnut Around the lake shore we expect to find Northern Sparrow, Yellow-spotted Petronia, Blue-capped Masked Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver, Jackson's Cordon-bleu, White-bellied Canary, Fan-tailed Hornbill and Goliath Heron. The surrounding Raven, Brown-tailed Rock Chat, Mouse-coloured Birding Africa Tour Leaflet Tour Africa Birding area holds arid bush with some rocky ridges, and Penduline Tit, Magpie Starling, Pale Prinia, White- Leaflet Tour Africa Birding birds here may include Three-banded Courser, billed Buffalo Weaver, Little Weaver, Crimson- Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Northern White- rumped Waxbill and Beautiful Sunbird. faced Owl, Greyish Eagle-Owl, African Scops Owl, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, Slender-tailed Day 10 (9 May): To Kakamega Nightjar, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Eastern Yellow- billed Hornbill, Hemprich's Hornbill, Red- Today we drive to Kakamega Forest via the Kerio fronted Tinkerbird, Red-fronted Barbet, Nubian Valley, where we hope to find Stripe-breasted Woodpecker, Eastern Grey Woodpecker, Pygmy Seedeater, White-crested Turaco, Black-headed Batis, Three-streaked Tchagra, Slate-coloured Gonolek, Double-toothed Barbet, Meyer's Parrot, Boubou, Grey-backed Fiscal, Buff-bellied Warbler, Northern Puffback and Brown Babbler. Overnight in Kakamega Forest Rosy Bee-eater © Tertius Gous © Tertius © Tertius Gous © Tertius

Northern White-faced Owl Purple Grenadier

Day 5 (4 May): Dida Galgalu Desert; to Shaba the localised Donaldson Smith's Sparrow-Weaver. A long list of other arid-country birds are possible, This morning we bird the very arid plains of including Somali Ostrich, Somali Courser, the Dida Galgalu Desert along the main road Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Black-faced Sandgrouse, north of Marsabit town. Our main aim will be to Somali Bee-eater, White-throated Bee-eater, White- find the very localised Masked Lark, but other headed Mousebird, Rosy-patched Bushshrike, possibilities include Northern Grosbeak-Canary, Yellow-vented Eremomela, Banded Parisoma, Greater Kestrel, William's Lark, Heuglin's Bustard, Acacia Tit, Chestnut-headed Sparrow-Lark, Foxy Egyptian Vulture, Somali Courser, , Lark, Red-winged Lark, Magpie Starling, Black- Somali Crow, Chestnut-headed Sparrow-Lark, bellied Sunbird, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Chestnut Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Bristle-crowned Starling Weaver, Black-cheeked Waxbill, African Silverbill and Somali Sparrow. In the afternoon we'll drive and Golden Pipit. Overnight in the Shaba/Samburu southwards to the Shaba area, stopping to look for area. Boran Cisticola en route. Overnight in the Shaba/ Samburu area. Day 7-8 (6-7 May): To Baringo Day 6 (5 May): Shaba and Samburu After a final morning of birding in the Shaba/ Samburu area we'll start the long drive to Lake We have a full day in the arid reserves of Shaba and Baringo, with an overnight stop at Nyahururu along Samburu. Our main target will be William's Lark the way. Birding stops will include looking for Cape Bar-tailed Trogon Golden-winged Sunbird that breeds on the lava fields in Shaba, alongside Eagle-Owl.

10 | Kenya 2021 Kenya 2021 | 11 Day 13 (12 May): Kinangop and Aberdares Day 14 (13 May): To Nairobi Today we climb into the Aberdare Mountains, On our final day we'll start off birding in the stopping en route above Naivasha town to look for montane forests at Gatamaiyu, which will give us a

© Tertius Gous © Tertius Lynes's Cisticola. Grasslands around Kinangop will second chance to look for the rare Abbot's Starling. be our next stop, where Sharpe's Longclaw will be Other forest birds we could encounter include our main target. Here we may also find Jackson's Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Eastern Double-collared Widowbird, African Snipe, Long-tailed Widowbird, Sunbird, Brown-capped Weaver, Scaly Francolin,

Birding Africa Tour Leaflet Tour Africa Birding Hunter's Cisticola, Levaillant's Cisticola, Schalow's Lemon Dove, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Red- Leaflet Tour Africa Birding , Black-winged Lapwing, Cape Crow, fronted Parrot, Mountain Oriole, White-browed Red-capped Lark, Wing-snapping Cisticola and Crombec, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Evergreen Northern Anteater Chat. Once we've climbed to Forest Warbler, Black-collared Apalis and Brown- around 3000 m altitude we'll start looking out for chested Alethe. In the afternoon we'll drive back Aberdares Cisticola, and other possible species to Nairobi, pausing at some wetlands near Limuru include Jackson's Francolin and Moorland Chat. In where White-backed Duck is often seen. The tour the evening we will return to Naivasha. ends on arrival in Nairobi. © Tertius Gous © Tertius

Grey-capped Warbler

Day 11 (10 May): Kakamega Forest Cuckooshrike, Mackinnon's , Western Black-headed Oriole, Square-tailed Drongo, Kakamega Forest, with the nearby Nandi Forests, Dusky Tit, Western Nicator, Kakamega Greenbul, hold the only Central African lowland forest in Ansorge's Greenbul, White-headed Saw-wing, Kenya, and thus add a large number of species to Green Hylia, Chubb's Cisticola, Black-faced Prinia, the country list. We'll have a full day to explore Black-collared Apalis, White-chinned Prinia, these forests, with our main targets including Buff-throated Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera, Turner's Eremomela, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Scaly-breasted Jameson's Wattle-eye, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Illadopsis, Brown Illadopsis, Mountain Illadopsis, Joyful Greenbul, Toro Olive Greenbul and what is Grey-chested Illadopsis, Stuhlmann’s Starling, currently called 'Southern Hyliota', but could be White-tailed Ant Thrush, Brown-chested Alethe, a distinct species. A range of other forest birds Equatorial Akalat, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, can be found and include Crowned Eagle, White- Grey-winged Akalat, Green-throated Sunbird, spotted Flufftail, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Lemon Olive-bellied Sunbird, Black-billed Weaver, Red- Dove, Great Blue Turaco, Ross's Turaco, Bar-tailed headed Malimbe, White-breasted Nigrita and Trogon, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Grey- Southern Citril. throated Barbet, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Day 12 (11 May): Kakamega to Naivasha African Broadbill, African Shrike-Flycatcher, After some final birding at Kakamega Forest we Chestnut Wattle-eye, Bocage's Bushshrike, Pink- drive to Lake Naivasha for an overnight stay. footed Puffback, Lühder’s Bushshrike, Petit's Hunter's Cisticola

12 | Kenya 2021 Kenya 2021 | 13 Steel-blue Whydah BOOKLET AND CHECKLIST Birding Africa provides: © Tertius Gous © Tertius 1. Tour Details leaflet with detailed itinerary (this document). 2. Tour Information Pack, emailed to you. Birding Africa Tour Leaflet Tour Africa Birding Leaflet Tour Africa Birding 3. Tour Booklet with checklists, provided in hard copy at the start of the tour.

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• services of Birding Africa tour leader and local guides Gous © Tertius • entry fees and activities as per itinerary • ground transport • Internal flight from Nairobi to Lamu and Lamu to Malindi (Eastern Kenya only) • accommodation and all meals starting with dinner on the first night and ending with lunch on the last day • airport transfers • bottled water in the vehicle • one soft drink per meal • general tips Spotted Palm Thrush

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