Are you looking to go on a birding tour in Kenya?
That’s wonderful news! But here’s the thing:
Finding a reputable company you feel comfortable traveling with can be challenging.
So to help narrow your search, I did my best to find highly-rated companies that offer birding trips to Kenya.
Before picking a trip, make sure to pay attention to the itinerary! Some tours are for hardcore birders, where you can expect to be birding in Kenya from sunrise to sunset. By comparison, other birding excursions are more relaxed and integrate other wildlife and cultural experiences. And lastly, some experiences in Kenya are designed specifically for bird photography.
Each tour is unique, and none are better or worse. It depends on what YOU want (or what your traveling companion wants). 🙂
7 Birding Tours in Kenya:
#1. Birding Ecotours
Birding Ecotours is one of the BEST birding tour companies in Kenya, combining an incredible overall experience with a competitive price. Their typical birding tour focuses on small groups of between 6-8 people, along with staying at exceptional lodging and vehicles.
In my opinion, here are a few of the things that make Birding Ecotours different:
- Their guides are some of the best in the business. Highly personable and fun, but also excellent birders.
- Everyone at Birding Ecotours is extremely passionate about conservation. And they put their money where their mouth is, as they donate a minimum of 10 % of net profit to local communities and bird conservation.
- Their CEO and founder (Chris) is an enthusiastic birder who has been in the birding tour business for a long time. He started Birding Ecotours in 2002 and has been running and growing the company ever since. You can read his story here.
And don’t hesitate to talk to them about creating a custom birding tour just for you or your group. Creating unique trips that mark off everything on your wish list gets Birding Ecotours very excited.
Many of these trips are incredibly popular, so if you are interested, please fill out the form below, and Birding Ecotours will contact you directly to answer questions, discuss pricing, etc.
Make sure to mention Bird Watching HQ to receive $100 off your trip!* 🙂
*Some exclusions apply*
#2. Rockjumper Birding Tours
Rockjumper is one of the best birding tour companies that travel to Kenya.
Their stellar reputation comes from their commitment to quality trips led by excellent guides. The average ratio of tour leaders to guests is excellent, with most trips having a maximum of eight participants.
Rockjumper has birding tours in Kenya for everyone.
- Relaxed Birds & Big Game: Explorers looking to slow down and enjoy their vacation while also focusing on birds and wildlife will love this tour. Spend 13 days in comfortable accommodations, seeing everything Kenya has to offer at an easy pace. Expect to see the beautiful Lilac-breasted Roller, Greater & Lesser Flamingos, Rhinos, Elephants, and Leopards, just to name a few!
- Kenya Mega Birding Tour: Serious birders looking to maximize the species they can find should look at this 26-day trek through all of Kenya’s habitats. This fast-paced, intensive tour is the perfect opportunity to expand your life list!
Pay attention to the itinerary because some trips are designed to maximize the number of species observed, while others are more relaxed and allow time to enjoy other unique cultural aspects of a region. And if you can’t find anything that meets your needs, you can work with Rockjumper to design your own trip.
If you want to learn more about a specific tour in Kenya, discuss pricing, or have other questions, it’s best to speak with Rockjumper Birding directly. They have a team of birding experts ready to help!
- Fill out this form below, and it will get sent directly to Rockjumper!
Lastly, Rockjumper donates a minimum of $50 per scheduled tour to a conservation fund to support bird projects worldwide.
#3. WINGS Birding Tours
If you are a serious birder and want an unforgettable adventure in Kenya, then going on a trip with Wings Birding Tours might be a perfect choice. Many other companies on this list try to accommodate people with different interests and physical levels and include things to do on their trips that don’t involve birding.
Wings Birding Tours makes no such promises. They know their target market and try to appeal to them as best as possible. In fact, If you have never been on a bird-watching tour before, they recommend that you contact them first before booking to make sure it’s a good fit.
Almost all of their trips are designed to see birds, regardless of where or when they are to appear. So prepare to be up early and spend your days having incredible adventures and doing a lot of walking and exploring. 🙂
If you are ready for a hardcore birding tour in Kenya, then make sure to check out their trip list. They typically have multiple tours scheduled that are approximately two weeks long and take you to many different habitats and ecosystems within Kenya.
#4. Naturalist Journeys
Founded over 20 years ago, Naturalist Journeys offers numerous nature and birding tours to Kenya and many other places around the globe. You can see a calendar of their upcoming birding trips to Kenya on their website.
A typical trip by Naturalist Journeys tries to incorporate different aspects to your adventure. The guides are not obsessed with seeing a bird just to check it off a list. Instead, the goal is to savor each experience by immersing yourself in the local culture while enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow travelers.
What’s neat is they also offer Independent Birding Ventures (IBVs), which are trips where YOU design the itinerary and pace yourself. You just tell Naturalist Journeys what you are looking for, and they plan the entire thing.
#5. Field Guides Birding Tours
I can almost guarantee you will find your dream bird-watching trip to Kenya with Field Guides Birding Tours. They have many adventures that go to Kenya every year.
I like that they have trips that cater to all interests, whether you are a hardcore birder who wants to see as many species as possible or someone who wants to do more than just birding. So please pay close attention to each tour’s itinerary to make sure it’s a match for you.
#6. Tropical Birding
Tropical Birding offers birding tours in Kenya for different interest levels, from hardcore birders to someone looking for a more relaxed photography trip.
Their logistics team can also organize a custom trip to Kenya to satisfy everyone in your group’s interest.
A considerable part of what makes or breaks a birding trip is your guide. Tropical Birding prides itself on its full-time professional tour leaders. Their guides promise to bring as much joy as possible to every trip. They do this by seeing as many birds and wildlife as possible but also having fun in the process.
#7. Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
Founded in 1976, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) has been leading birding trips for almost 50 years. The company is not only one of the best birding tour companies around but also one of the most respected.
VENT is committed to ensuring every part of your trip is a success. From quality, fun tour leaders to an efficient office staff that handles logistics, you are being held with experienced and helpful hands.
No matter what birds you want to see in Kenya, VENT should have a trip that makes you happy.
One thing that sticks out to me with VENT is their willingness over the years to give back. The company is strongly committed to eco-tourism, and they use local guides, drivers, and tour operators whenever possible.
Lastly, please do your own independent research before selecting a birding trip to Kenya!
My list is designed to point you in the right direction and narrow your choices. Before booking a trip, contact the companies directly to make sure they are a good fit for your travel needs.
Final Thoughts About Birding Tour Companies in Kenya:
I hope today you found a birding tour in Kenya that intrigues you. I did my best to find a variety of companies that offer many different birding experiences, including Kenyan trips that cater to bird photography.
The next step is contacting the company directly and deciding the best option for your adventure!
I’d love your feedback below if you have gone on a birding trip before in Kenya.