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Birding Tours

Samburu Riverside Camp offers birding tours that are designed to be a superb experience that can be enjoyed by all kinds of birders enthusiasts. Our Best of Kenya birding tour produces a huge bird list and yet has pleasantly long stays at a number of wonderful locations. This is a tour that features wonderful, easy birding, fantastic wildlife viewing and good to excellent accommodations and food almost throughout. Kenya! No superlatives are sufficient to do justice to this middle-sized country that straddles the Equator, for Kenya offers not just the best birding in Africa but some of the best birding on earth!

Almost 1100 species have already been recorded from this one country, far more than from any equivalent area on the continent. This remarkable avifauna is a direct consequence of a highly varied topography combined with an extraordinary diversity of climatic conditions and habitats (including virtually everything from dry savannas to verdant forests, from snow-capped volcanoes to mangrove-fringed mudflats, from deserts to great lakes and from rugged mountains to rich grasslands). Like some of the countries of South America, Kenya exhibits great changes in the composition of its birdlife over very short distances, but unlike much of South America birding here is delightfully easy, with many open and bird-rich habitats to enjoy. We will travel in 4x4 Land Rovers or Toyota Landcruisers that have been specially adapted for safari work, with large roof hatches that make observation and photography easy. These vehicles are a huge improvement on the safari minibuses still used by some bird tours, being more comfortable, more spacious (with a much larger opening in the roof) and better able to cope with any difficult road conditions. They cost a lot more than a minibus, and this must be reflected in the tour price, but we have never met anyone who did not consider these excellent vehicles as worth the extra cost.

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