3 Days Kakamega Rainforest Reserve Birdwatching Tour

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Kakamega Rainforest Reserve

This is a 3-day unforgettable bird watching tour to Kakamega Forest National Reserve located in Western Kenya. The trip begins and ends in Nairobi.

Kakamega Rainforest Reserve is located 418 km from Nairobi city through, Nakuru, Kericho, Kisumu Kakamega town then Kakamega Isecheno forest station.

Being the only remnant in Kenya of the unique Guinea-Congolian forest ecosystem, the park offers unique wildlife and scenic beauty. For bird and butterfly watchers, this is the place to visit.

Popular Bird species seen on this Kakamega Forest birding tour include Blue-headed Bee-eater, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco and the Crowned Eagle.

The forest is home to over 400 species of butterflies, about 300 bird species, and 27 species of snakes (home to Africa’s largest and most aggressive Cobra.

The Kakamega forest Cobra – reputed by locals to spend a lot of time in the trees, stories abound of fearsome attacks on unsuspecting passers-by. Other snakes in the area include the forest adder, black mamba, and the green mamba.)

The park also supports more than 350 species of trees and 7 primate species including the endangered DE Brazza monkey, black and white colobus monkey, and vervet monkey.

The Potto (the world’s slowest mammal on earth), duikers, and Dik disks are also found in Kakamega Forest National Reserve.

The forest has resident populations of primates, including the rare red-tailed monkey, butterflies, chameleons, and stunning birdlife, such as the giant Blue Turaco.

Kakamega Forest National Reserve activities include; Forest Walking, hiking, primate watching, bird and butterfly watching, game watching, self-guided nature walks, and camping.

Kakamega Rainforest National Reserve Attractions | What to Do and See

Kakamega Rainforest Snakes: 27 species of snakes

Kakamega Rainforest Butterflies: over 450 species of butterflies

Massive Trees, Scenic Spots, and Waterfalls: Over 380 species of trees, the forest holds mostly indigenous vegetation. Some of the species include Orchids, woody trees, fence, vines.

Kakamega Rainforest Bird-watching: Over 360 species of which some are found nowhere else in the country e.g. the Blue turaco.

Other rare birds species include the Great blue turaco, Blue-headed bee-eater, Turners Eremomela, Yellow-bellied wattle-eye, African shrike-flycatcher, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, and many others.

Kakamega Rainforest  Wildlife: Debrazza Monkey, Blue Monkey, Black and white colobus Monkey, slow-moving Potto, Bush Pig, Duikers, Bushbuck, Clawless Otter, Mongoose, Giant Water Shrew, Squirrels, Tree Pangolin, Porcupine and Bats.

Guided Tours in Kakamega Rainforest enable you at first hand to enjoy all these with a professional tour guide who will explain or interpret tropical rainforest Biodiversity including; Birds, Primates, Medicinal plants, Butterflies and cultural activities of local people staying around the forest.

Village Walks: We visit the Luyhia community and the Market around the forest and see the local thatched community bands, community home stays, indigenous vegetables, and community land cultivation.

3 Days Kakamega Rainforest Reserve Birdwatching Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Drive to Kakamega Forest National Reserve

0700 Hours: After breakfast, you will drive to Kakamega Forest National Reserve which is situated in the Lake Victoria basin, about 50 kilometers north of Kisumu city and 418 kilometers from Nairobi.

1300 Hours: On arrival, you will have lunch and then relax at the lodge.

1630 Hours: Best times to see birds. We take a sunset walk into the forest looking for the many species of birds found in the forest. We walk to Lirhanda Hill where you will see the sunset and generally the Forest canopy cover.

1845 Hours: Return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options
Luxury Accommodations: Rondo Retreat Guest House, Kakamega Golf hotel
Mid-range Accommodations: Isecheno Blue shouldered guest house
Budget Accommodations: Isecheno Forest rest house, Sheywe guest house


Day 2: Full Day in Kakamega Forest National Reserve

0500 Hours: We depart for the early sunrise walking through the Forest to Lirhanda Hill the highest elevation (1700 above sea level) of Kakamega forest and see the sunrise.

Here we have great views of the entire Forest, see the Nandi escarpment, see the grasslands within the forest and then turn back and watch Birds, Butterflies, and Monkeys.

Kakamega forest is one of the Important Bird Area (IBA) that has over 330 species of Birds including; Ansorge’s Greenbul, Blue-headed bee-eater, Turner’s Eremomela, and many other forest species.

0930 Hours: We return to the camp/ lodge for breakfast.

1030 Hours: We visit the Luyhia community and the Market around the forest and see the local thatched community bands, community homestays, indigenous vegetables, and community land cultivation.

1300 Hours: Midday finds us at the lodge/ camp in time for lunch and rest time follows.

1530 Hours: We depart for a walk through the forest watching various species of monkeys, massive native trees marked as the “Big five” and their medicinal values, butterflies, birds, climb on the canopy watchtower, and tour the natural grassland.

We continue watching primates, birds, some animals e.g. bushbuck, blue duiker, red duiker then we proceed to Isiukhu river where we see the waterfalls.

Later we proceed to Buyangu hill lookout where we view the Kakamega forest from the top and we turn back to the camp.

1845 Hours: Return to the camp/ lodge.

Accommodation Options
Luxury Accommodations: Rondo Retreat Guest House, Kakamega Golf hotel
Mid-range Accommodations: Isecheno Blue shouldered guest house
Budget Accommodations: Isecheno Forest rest house, Sheywe guest house


Day 3: Transfer back to Nairobi

0800 Hours: Breakfast and then drive back to Nairobi passing through, Kakamega, Kisumu, Kericho, Nakuru town to Nairobi.

1700 Hours: Arrive back in Nairobi.

3 Days Kakamega Rainforest Reserve Birdwatching Tour Prices

3 Days Kakamega Rainforest Reserve Birdwatching Tour Rates Includes:

Mineral water during tour + All meals included while on safari + Professional experienced driver-guide + All applicable Game Park entrance fees + Guaranteed window seating with an open-top Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water+ Accommodations of your choice in Kakamega Forest National Reserve + Round trip transport from Nairobi to Kakamega Forest National Reserve & hiking trails in the forest for forest walks, camping, hiking, primate watching, bird and butterfly watching, game watching and village walks

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Notes
* What to bring; binoculars, hiking boots, raincoat, camera, change of clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, Insect repellant, bottled water, and guidebooks


3 Days Kakamega Rainforest Reserve Birdwatching Tour Rates Do Not Include:

* Drinks
* Laundry
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

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