This Easter weekend birders, both avid and amateur, have the opportunity to visit spectacular Lakes Magadi and Natron in Kenya, explore the forest around Nguruman and discover the scrub environment of the Ngong Hills. Accompanied by one of Kenya’s pre-eminent birding guides, James Kiptoo, this is OTA’s inaugural birding trip which is expected to become an annual feature on the safari calendar.
Lake Magadi in southern Kenya is a breeding haven for water birds and migrants between March and June. This Easter weekend you are sure to see plenty of different species, both wet land and dry. The weekend starts on Good Friday with a hike through the Ngong Hills, before continuing to the renowned Olepolos for lunch overlooking the valley. In the afternoon, head to Olorgesailie Pre-historic Site where there are both birds and history. The next day, continue into the Great Rift Valley, through Magadi town and into the forests near Nguruman. The camp is by the river in this wildlife corridor between Maasai Mara and Amboseli. On Easter Sunday, a drive through Shompole Conservancy leads to Lake Natron on the Kenya-Tanzania border to spot a variety of water birds. Camp is set up next to the hot springs of Lake Magadi, where you can take an evening bath. Finally make your way back to Nairobi, with the weather dictating the route – if it’s dry there is the opportunity to take the back road to Kajiado.
Founder and director of OTA, Francis Wamai loves visiting Lake Magadi: “What a wonderful birding experience: waking up each morning to beautiful birdsong. Lake Magadi is famous for its flamingos, as well as Magadi Salt works and the hot springs – the salt water is great for your skin. Lake Magadi is a quiet and beautiful place right in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.”
OTA’s Easter Birding Safari is your chance to view a myriad of species in different environments. We welcome everyone from avid, experienced birders to those with an interest in learning. James Kiptoo has been a bird guide for many years and is ready to share his knowledge. This safari provides an Easter holiday away from the massive crowds of the traditional game parks. For more information, visit our Facebook page. There are only limited seats available, so if you are interested in joining this spectacular safari, email Tracey now: firstname.lastname@example.org.