Birding Safaris

Why to go on birding safaris in Kenya? For any avid bird watcher, Kenya can be described as no less than a paradise.

Due to its unique global position and climate, Kenya is home to over 1,000 species of birds and many of them can be viewed while on a well-planned safari.

Because Kenya is directly on the equator, the country has no defined winter or summer seasons. Kenya only experiences “wet” and “dry” seasons.

For this reason, thousands of millions of birds (about 6,000 million, to be more precise) migrate to Kenya each year. They come from as far west as the northern tip of Norway and as far east as the Bering Straits.

Kenya is a haven for birds, and the country is absolutely packed with both the local and the migratory birds.

A Unique Bird Diversity

The variety of bird life in Kenya ranges from the tiny weaverbird to the giant ostrich. Flamingos, pelicans, storks, hundreds of birds of prey and thousands more can be seen in Kenya throughout the year.

This great diversity is completely unique to Kenya, and cannot be experienced anywhere else. Because of its optimal climate, during a safari in Kenya it will feel as though birds from all over the world have chosen to flock to you.

The beautiful thing about Kenya is that there is virtually no wrong place to go for birding safaris. The many species of birds live in a variety of habitats, including deserts, open savannah grasslands, lowland forests, scrub, bush, lakes and mudflats.

Because of the giant range that many of the birds migrate from, Kenya fills up with these visitors and all conceivable landscapes are populated with them.

On a well planned safari through Kenya, it is not uncommon to see as many as 300, 400, or 500 species of birds.

This is, of course, if the basic rules are carefully followed; namely, a rushed safari, one that is meant to cover a large distance in a short amount of time, will likely result in less bird sightings, not more.

Memorize Your Experience

The birds in Kenya are easy to photograph, as they have become accustomed to humans and are not skittish.

Specifically, it is said that these birds are not threatened at all by cars, and that approaching them in this method may actually get you closer to the birds.

Photographing these birds will be an excellent way to remember your trip to Africa, and an excellent reminder of the thriving birdlife to be found here.

For diversity and easy access to over a thousand species of birds, Kenya cannot be ousted. Birding safaris to Kenya are guaranteed to be teeming with birdlife.

For the bird watching enthusiast, this is a dream come true. For someone on safari hoping to see big game or the beautiful landscape, the birds will only serve to brighten up the scenery.