Best Nairobi Kenya Day Trip | One Day Nakuru Birdwatching Safari

Blacksmith-Plover-nakuru 8013Best Nairobi Kenya Day Trip | One Day Nakuru Birdwatching Safari

One Day Trip in Nakuru is one of the best birdwatching drive from Nairobi. Nakuru is one of the top important bird areas in Kenya near Nairobi. The one (1) day birdwatching tour to Nakuru starts early in the morning to cover the 2.5hrs trip by road and have enough time to do the birding drive in the park.

Where is Nakuru National Park?

Nakuru National Park is located North West of Nairobi on the floor of the Great Rift Valley some 160km away. The park is a 177 sqkm area which is all fenced up with an electric fence to protect the animals from poaching. Nakuru national park was started as a bird sanctuary in 1960 and later a larger area was gazette to include the forests and the animals therein.

The park is referred to as the largest bird spectacle in the world due to its seasonal flamingo numbers that can go as high as 2million birds. The flamingos at their peak season line up the shores of the lake in a pink ribbon which can be seen from miles away.Elementaita-birds

How Many Birds Are In Nakuru National Park

Nakuru national park has over 470 species of birds that have been identified which includes some migratory species as well. The biggest attraction in birds of this park are the greater and lesser flamingos, the pelicans and the cormorants. Among the birds found here in Nakuru national park include thousands of both little grebes and white winged black terns. Others that are frequently seen are stilts, avocets, ducks, and in the European winter the migrant waders. Other birds include ostriches, ducks, guinea fowl, pheasants, grouse, grebes, flamingos, storks, cormorants, shags, pelicans, hamerkop, herons, egrets, Bitterns, ibises, spoonbills, ospreys, hawks, eagles,

Other birds include kites, bustards, rails, gallinules, coots, Cranes, Stilts, avocets, plovers, lapwings, painted-snipes, Sandpipers, crab plovers, gulls, terns, skimmers, sand grouse, pigeons, doves, cuckoos, owls, night jars, swifts, mouse birds, hoopoes, wood hoopoes, hornbills, bee eaters, rollers, African barbets, honey guides, wood peckers, flacons, caracaras, parrots, wattle eyes, batises, vangas, helmet shrikes, Bush shrikes, cuckoo shrikes, shrikes, old world Orioles, drongos, Monarch flycatchers, larks, swallows, Tits, Chickadees, Bulbuls, African Warblers, leaf warblers, reed warblers, Cisticolas, sylviid warblers, yuhinas, white eyes, laughing thrushes, Old world flycatchers, Thrushes, Stirlings, Ox peckers, Sunbirds, wagtails, Pipits, Buntings, finches, Euphonia, Weavers, waxbills, and many more.

Nakuru national park is also a great place for game driving and it has more than 56 animal species including the lions, buffalos, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, gazelles, hippos, rhinos, reedbucks, waterbucks, klipspringer, zebra, hyenas, pythons, and many more.

Nakuru National Park Day Trip Itinerary

A Nakuru one day birdwatching itinerary starts early fronm Nairobi to make good time for birding in the park. A sample of a 1 day birding tour to the park looks like the one below:

6:00am: Our guide will pick you up from your Nairobi hotel for the tour.

7:30am: Scheduled stop at the Great Rift Valley view point to look into the valley from the escarpment.bird watching safari

9:00am: Arrive at Nakuru national park for the full day birding trip.

1:00pm: Enjoy a picnic lunch from the Makalia waterfalls.

2:00pm: Continue with your Nakuru birdwatch drive.

3:00pm: Depart the Nakuru game park after an hour’s game drive and exit concluding your 1 day Nakuru birding trip.

6:00pm: Arrive in Nairobi and you are dropped off in your hotel.

The Tour Cost Includes

  • Park entrance fees
  • Transport in a safari minivan
  • Services of a driver guide
  • Packed Picnic Lunch at the Makalia Waterfall
  • Pick up and drop off at Nairobi hotel
  • Bottled Drinking water

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