Birdwatching in Kenya
Kenya is a prime destination for a birdwatching holiday at any time of year. Tremendous geographical range gives Kenya a variety of climates and landscapes, hence the second highest number of species in Africa. Kenya holds the world-record 'bird watch' - with 342 species seen in 24 hours!
Between October and February many palearctic migrants come to Kenya's marine and inland shorelines. Many swallows, terns and waders will be found during this time; whilst between June and July weavers and bishops are in breeding plumage and many Southern African migrants visit.
Kenya's national parks make excellent centres for bird watching in Kenya - the Maasai Mara for the rosy-throated longclaw and magpie shrike; the Samburu for the rare shining sunbird and pink breasted lark; and Nairobi for the northern pied-babbler and Pangani longclaw. Kenya' handful of endemics include the Tara River cisticola, the Aberdare cisticola; Hinde's pied-babbler; William's lark; Sharpe's pipit; and Clarke's weaver.
This diverse range of habitats supports a great diversity of bird species - and makes a birdwatching holiday in Kenya very rewarding! For some of the better lodges and camps for birders in Kenya, see below.
7 places found for birdwatching in Kenya
Elsas KopjeMeru National Park has around 300 different recorded bird species, and when we visited, Elsa’s Kopje had a top bird specialist and experienced guide. He was always keen to share his passion with fellow birding enthusiasts. More about Elsa's Kopje
Kicheche ValleyThere’s good birdwatching in camp, with trees and a spring nearby and a number of unusual or rare species, including bush pipit, northern white-crowned shrike, pygmy falcon and white-headed buffalo weaver, and spectacular crested eagle, martial eagle and Verreaux’s eagle owl. More about Kicheche Valley
Porini Amboseli CampMore than 200 species of bird can be seen in Porini Amboseli’s private Selenkay Conservancy, with renowned Maasai birding guide Wilson ole Kasaine on hand as one of the camp’s guides. Several species more usually associated with Tanzania can be found in the Amboseli area, ... More about Porini Amboseli Camp
Porini Lion CampA pair of ground hornbills calling to each other nearby was just one of a series of ornithological delights that accompanied our stay at Porini Lion Camp. Birdwatching in camp is excellent, especially around the tall Warburgia (elephant pepper trees) trees. There is a good ... More about Porini Lion Camp
Rekero|100% (1 review)There’s good birdlife in camp at Rekero, with a variety of habitats in the vicinity. Birders will enjoy the privacy of the tent veranda areas with uninterrupted views across the rocky valley of the Talek River. More about Rekero
Shimba Lodge|80% (1 review)Shimba Lodge is excellent for birders: a pair of fish eagles lives around the waterhole and regularly pose on the branches opposite to engage in their discordant duets, or swoop over the lake to grab a fish. More about Shimba Lodge
The Emakoko|100% (6 reviews)More than 50 bird species are regularly seen around The Emakoko, where the terrace and room verandas are great vantage points for birdwatching. Birds from ostriches to violet-backed sunbirds can be seen in Nairobi National Park, where there are also high species counts ... More about The Emakoko