Not only is East Africa famous for its large wild animals, like lions, elephants and leopards, but it is also one of the most special areas in the world for bird-watching.

Various international research institutes have installed a great many observation facilities to explore the diverse richness of bird species in the area. Several Karibu Africa Safaris guides are fascinated by the presence of so many different rare birds and have specialised in ornithology. Every year, they go on training courses to expand their knowledge. They also enjoy sharing their knowledge with other guides by organising joint safaris.

One very interesting area is the Rift Valley, which runs all the way from north to south Africa. It is a tremendous cleft, dotted with lakes, which is home to an unprecedented number of at least 400 different species of birds. There are millions of flamingos, not to mention hornbills, weaver-birds, bee-eaters, ice-birds, parrots, eagles and vultures. Musts for all bird lovers arethe Pel’s fish-owl, the fish-eagle, the kamerhead, the giant heron, the white-bellied erako and the secretary bird. With time and patience, you can cross many new birds off your list.

Other famous bird habitats are Lake Eyasi, Kakamega Forest, Tsavo and Selous. More then 1200 different species have already been counted in these areas, and it is very possible to see more then half in three or four weeks. Because these are specialised safaris, sometimes combined with regular safaris, only a few companies offer them. Karibu Africa Safaris do have this kind of expertise and are prepared to plan your holiday. If you are interested in this kind of holiday, we will gladly take account of your wishes to create, together with our guides, a full programme. Of course, your available time, your flight schedule and budget will influence what can be included.

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