Guided by Adam Scott Kennedy.
Kenya is a mind-blowing birding destination at any time of year but our May departure was especially well timed once again. Not only did we enjoy some exceptional weather but we arrived in time to see a majority of resident birds in full breeding plumage, intra-African migrants just arriving and we even caught the tail-end of the Palearctic migration. This classic ‘set departure’ tour covered a vast array of habitats to be found within Kenya, from the verdant Guinea-Congolese rainforest at Kakamega and the Afro-montane forests of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares, the impressive Rift Valley lakes and papyrus swamps of Lake Victoria, and finishing on the endless plains of the Masai Mara. In total, we recorded 457 bird species, of which 448 were seen. It should be mentioned that this was a very relaxed tour with no ridiculously early starts or very late finishes; instead, we took our time and enjoyed our birding and, with three keen photographers on-board, we made the most of the fabulous encounters that came our way. In addition to the incredible birdlife, we observed 48 mammal species and some impressive reptiles too.