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 will appeal to those on a Kenya birdwatching holiday for over 300 recorded bird species. When we visited, Elsa’s Kopje had a top bird specialist and experienced guide who was keen to share his passion. More about Elsa's Kopje
Kicheche ValleyYour Kenyan birdwatching holiday can begin in the camp itself, with unusual and rare species (bush pipit, northern white-crowned shrike, white-headed buffalo weaver, pygmy falcon and eagles) seen in the trees and nearby spring. More about Kicheche Valley
Porini Amboseli CampRenowned Maasai birding guide Wilson ole Kasaine is on hand as one of the camp’s guides here, and with over 200 bird species in the camps private Selenkay Conservancy this is a great place for birdwatching in Kenya. More about Porini Amboseli Camp
Porini Lion Camp|76% (5 reviews)Birdwatching in camp is excellent, especially around the tall Warburgia (elephant pepper trees) trees. There is a good variety of raptors in the area and the rare Usambiro barbet can be seen around camp. More about Porini Lion Camp
Rekero|100% (1 review)Kenya birdwatching is good here for the 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 a birdwatching trip in Kenya: 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|98% (21 reviews)The Emakoko will stand out on a Kenyan birdwatching break for the great viewing point, from which over 50 bird species can be seen. Close by Nairobi National Park is excellent for birdwatching with over 500 recorded species. More about The Emakoko