Nature enthusiasts will love this 5-day adventure that visits four different Kenyan lakes known for birds and wildlife. A private driver will first take you to Lake Naivasha for a boat tour and island walk where you'll get up close to a range of bird species, as well as zebras and giraffes. Next is Lake Nakuru where you'll join a safari in a vast wildlife preserve. Finish the trip on Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria for quality time to experience the Rift Valley by car, boat, foot, and bicycle.

Highlights

  • Walk on an island to look for giraffes, zebras, and other non-predatory animals
  • Look for exotic birds like the greater blue-eared starlings and hottentot teals
  • Take a sunset boat ride to encounter the sights and sounds of evening birdlife
  • Choose lodging options that may include panoramic views or naturally heated pools
  • Visit the Nairobi National Museum with more than 900 stuffed bird species

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi - Transfer to Lake Nakuru, via Lake Naivasha Nakuru
Day 2 Morning Safari - Transfer to Lake Baringo & Lake Bogoria - Sunset Tour Baringo
Days 3-4 Explore Lake Bogoria & Lake Baringo Baringo
Day 5 Transfer to Nairobi - Museum Tour - Depart Kenya  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi - Transfer to Lake Nakuru, via Lake Naivasha

A great white pelican on Lake Naivasha

Welcome to Nairobi! Upon arrival at the capital's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport this morning, you'll be picked up and transferred by a private driver to Lake Nakuru (104 miles/167 km).

Along the way, you'll stop in Lake Naivasha for a boat tour where you might encounter hippos, waterbucks, and countless birds, such as saddle-billed storks, great white pelicans,  goliath herons, giant kingfishers, and African fish eagles, to name a few.

During the boat tour, you'll climb onshore at Crescent Island for a guided walk amongst possible giraffes, zebras, and other peaceful and relaxed animals, thanks in part to the absence of predators.  

Then, continue the drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, one of Kenya's most beautiful wildlife parks, with rocky mountains, pockets of acacia forest, and at least one waterfall. You'll end the afternoon with a driving safari where you might see black and white rhinos, leopards, hippos, and endangered Rothschild's giraffes. The forested area below Flamingo Hill is a popular lion-spotting point—lionesses love to sleep in the trees—while leopards frequent the same area. Notable birds include great white pelicans, greater blue-eared starlings, greater and lesser flamingos, and Hottentot teals. 

You'll spend the evening at Sarova Lion Hill Camp with panoramic views from most rooms and sitting areas. The lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall trees, winding walkways, and bird feeders.

Day 2: Morning Safari - Transfer to Lake Baringo & Lake Bogoria - Sunset Tour

A Rothschilds Giraffe in Lake Nakuru
A Rothschild's giraffe in Lake Nakuru

After breakfast at your lodge, you'll join a morning game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, followed by lunch. You'll then transfer to Lake Baringo/Lake Bogoria (85 miles/136 km), where you'll take a sunset boat ride and enjoy the evening birdlife.  

As similar as the names of Baringo and Bogoria are—and both lie on approximately the same altitude—these two lakes in the Kenyan Rift Valley couldn't be more different. Here is where the differences lie: 

  • Lake Bogoria is an alkaline body of water replete with mineral spas and one of the highest concentration of geysers in Africa (at least 18). Hot water geysers can be found on the western coastline and provide proof of the volcanic history of the area. It constitutes one of the few conservation areas you can enter by foot or bicycle to encounter zebras, buffalo, and the greater kudu (a rare antelope). Also, there are more 370 bird species, most notably flamingoes, in clear blue water set beneath the towering cliffs of the Laikipia Plateau

  • Lake Baringo, meanwhile, nourishes healthy fish, birds, hippos, and crocodile populations, and a boat trip provides a great opportunity for viewing. The area is also a birdwatchers' paradise, with more than 460 species, including owls, nightjars, Goliath herons, and rare Hemprich's hornbills. On Gibraltar Island is a breeding area for a large colony of Goliath herons, and the plateau on the west side of the lake is the home of the Verreaux's Eagle. Walks on the lakeshore offer opportunities to see an abundant number of birds up close. 

There are a few options on where you can stay overnight. They include: 

  • Lake Bogoria Spa Resort is the only resort in Kenya with a naturally heated pool. The property is known as the healing place because of the therapeutic values associated with the spa and the hot spring geysers.

  • Lake Baringo Soi Safari Lodge is located on the western shores of the freshwater Lake Baringo, surrounded by bushy acacia trees and rugged, majestic scenery. To the east of the lake are the Laikipia mountains and to the west rare the dramatic Tugen Hills. 

Days 3-4: Explore Lake Bogoria & Lake Baringo

The African fish eagle

Over the next two days, you'll continue your exploration of the two lakes, Bogoria and Baringo, with a range of guided bird and wildlife tours using various means of transportation including vehicle, boat, bicycle, as well as on foot.   

As you return to your lodge in the evenings, enjoy bird-spotting around the property as day turns to night.

Day 5: Transfer to Nairobi - Museum Tour - Depart Kenya

Downtown Nairobi
Get a taste of Kenya's capital city: Nairobi

It's time to say goodbye to Kenya! In the morning, you'll depart for Nairobi (178 miles/287 km), where you'll visit the Nairobi National Museum. The museum is known for its excellent bird exhibit, with more than 900 stuffed specimens—a chance to catch a glimpse of any birds you may have missed earlier in the trip.  

At the designated time, your driver will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Safe travels!

Map

Map of Kenya Birdwatching Safari - 5 Days
Map of Kenya Birdwatching Safari - 5 Days