Kenya and Tanzania - 3rd - 25th February 2006

Published by Svend Linderström (sal AT

Participants: Svend Aage Linderström


In February 2006 my wife Dorthe and I visited Kenya and Tanzania for the first time, two countries, we had had on our most wanted itinerary for a long time.

Beside from the birds we intended to see as many animals as possible, especially the many wildebeests at Serengeti would be a highlight leaving us two options, either to go in November (migrant birds) or February (wildebeests having newborn calves meaning lots of lions). We decided the latter. November migrants in Kenya will add more species to your list, but give you few lifers. More important – rainfall may give you problems, especially gravel roads can turn out to be impassable limiting your mobility in the national parks and indeed in the highlands.

We saw more than 100 lions and more than 500.000 wildebeests on the trip – stunning !

First we contacted some Danish tour operators. The best offer was a 17 day round trip at a prize of 12.500 USD for two persons insurances, tips, beverages excluded. Instead we thought of making an arrangement with a local tour operator and found a trip report by Christoph Haag recommending Eastern and Southern Safaris based in Nairobi.

We ended up with a trip of a duration of 23 days. The costs were for two persons – flight tickets and insurance 2.000 USD, the safari package 8.530 USD including flight Nairobi-Malindi and return, shuttle bus Arusha and return, pick ups to and from the airport in Nairobi, full board except Nairobi on bed and breakfast basis and Malindi on half board. Beside this we spent 1.000 USD – beverages, tips, guide in Malindi, visit at Karen Blixen’s farm etc.

We will highly recommend Eastern and Southern Safaris, their website is We got our own safari vehicle in Kenya as well as in Tanzania which made us independent travellers – you don’t have to argue with fellow travellers why you need to go to this or that place to look for a bird.

We had arranged to stay at lodges in Kenya. In Tanzania accommodation is heavily overprized (and many Danish tour operators had recently dropped Tanzania) – so we had four night in tent and two nights in lodge. The tent was well equipped with sleeping bags and mattresses – and not too hot during the nights. Our safari cook provided excellent food – early morning tea or coffee, hot breakfast, hot lunch or lunch bag, before diner snacks and a three course candle light diner. Safarimakers cooperate with Eastern and Southern Safaris for the Tanzanian part of the trip.

While planning our trip we were often in contact with Serah at Eastern and Southern Safaris, and we always got an answer within 24 hours. It was very pleasant to meet with Serah in Nairobi – and we owe her lot of thanks. You will have to pay a deposit of 25 percent in advance – we made swift bank transfer by home banking. You’ll pay the rest on arrival – we chose to carry the amount in travellers cheques – the alternative is cash – all amounts in USD.

During our visit 100 USD was 618 Dkr, 100 KES = 8,63 Dkr, 100 TZS = 0,52 Dkr.

Red tapes went smoothly – as you apply for visa at the boarder and have to pay 50 USD each both in Kenya and Tanzania. In Kenya you will have to fill a form – can be found on the web – in Tanzania they’ll scan your passport.

Tips are widely expected and should depend on the service you get. 15 USD a day to the driver seemed fair.
Prices at markets are not fixed, remember to bargain – don’t ever think of buying your souvenirs at the lodges. Beverages especially wine is expensive at the lodges, but Tusker Lager is a good beer and really the thing you need after a long day.

During our visit Danish embassies in many muslim countries were burnt down because of a Danish newspaper bringing cartoons showing Muhammed. The matter was foolishly handled by our national liberal prime minister who refused dialog. Daily demonstrations in Nairobi against Denmark appeared during our stay, and we kept low profile on our nationality and had no problems beside feeling embarrassed being Danes.

We had armed escort between Tsavo West and Amboseli due to banditry, but we didn’t feel insecure at any time during our trip. In general service was good and people very friendly. Salesmen at Malindi were however persistent but gave up when met by a firm attitude. Malindi was as less charming as any beach resort – this spot being dominated by Italians which gave you no problem not understanding the local hustlers addressing you in Italian.

Food was good and plenty – often served as giant buffets – don’t be on diet when on safari.

Weather was good in our scale, daily max temperatures 28-32 (Arusha 35) and min 20-24 Celcius in the mornings. At Mount Kenya 14 in the morning and 18 in the evening. We had rain or showers at Mt. Kenya, Lake Naivasha and Ngogorongoro. Western Africa was suffering from El Nino and had had little rain for at least four years. As the rain also failed in March 2006 famine will strike – especially at Isiolo/Samburu and Arusha people already seemed to have a hard time during our visit.

We saw 518 different birds of which 173 were new and at least 54 species of mammals during our trip. We want to thank Stig Jensen, Ulrik and Kate Andersen, Erik Mølgaard and Poul Erik Madsen for good advice.

Unfortunately it took me almost two years to finish this report which off course means that some details may be inaccurate. I decided not to include Latin names or notes concerning status according to Bird Life International.


Friday February 3

Day started with some morning birding around snow covered Ølsemagle Revle, at 10.40 (GMT +1) the taxi arrived and took us to Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup 11.05-13.05. Our first destination was Amsterdam by KLM 14.10-20.30. We took the train from Schipol to Amsterdam Centraal and walked around in the city centre. In contrast to freezing Denmark, Amsterdam had a more mild climate, no snow and 5 degrees Celcius – Starlings were singing in the trees just outside the central station.
Kenyan Airways modern Boeing 777 took off 20.30 for a pleasant flight and good services to Kenya.

Saturday Feb. 4

Arrived Jomo Kenyatta Airport Nairobi 6.05 (GMT+3), filled in formulas for our visa, paid 50 USD each and entered Kenya. Met Edward from Eastern and Southern Safaris and went to our safari car and where introduced to our guide and driver Ben Ikoroi. After having arranged the payment for the rest of the amount for the safari, we drove off for Tsawo West National Park 7.35-11.10 seeing quite a lot of animals along the road. Drove from the gate to Kilaguni Serana Lodge, where we arrived 12.10 – just in time for lunch. Afternoon drive to Mzima Springs 15.00-17.45 where we were guided/guarded around the hippo pools by a young and tall masai woman carrying a machine gun over her shoulder. From the tank in the hippo pool we got excellent views of hippos swimming by.

Enjoyed dinner in the restaurant looking at the animals coming in to drink at the waterhole, at dusk several nightjars appeared and tired after the journey we went to bed early.

Sunday Feb. 5

Our first morning game drive in the bush around Kilaguni where Ben took us to the drier parts in order to find some of the special birds as Bush Pipit and Tiny Cisticola. However the highlight that morning was our first Cheetah seen close to the lodge. 6.35-8.35. Had breakfast at Kilaguni Lodge then drove to the south western gate of Tsawo West 9.20-10.10 where we waited for our guards to appear. At the moment the road between Tsawo and Amboseli wasn’t safe due to banditry so we went in convoy with armed guards – had a short stop at Shetani Lava Flow. 10.15-12.10. Arrived at Amboseli Serena Lodge 12.40 for lunch. Afternoon game drive around the swamp 16.00-18.15.

Monday Feb. 6

Morning game drive around Amboseli Lodge and the swamp 6.20-8.50. Close to the gate we saw our first group of lions with Kilimanjaro as background – a spectacular view though Kilimanjaro due to the draught had nearly no snow cap. At the swamp we watched a buffalo giving birth to a calf, the calf splashed into the water and drowned immediately while the mother still was eating grass.

Back at the lodge we celebrated Dorthe’s birthday with champagne and a ring – all studied at close range by one of the masais working at the lodge as bell boy, monkey chaser etc.

Birdwatching at the lodge provided Taveta Golden Weaver at the pool.

Evening game drive to the swamp and the nearby rock 16.00-18.35. At night we watched an encounter of two lions and one hippo just next to the fence – the lions did not seem to like the company of a hippo and ran off.

Tuesday Feb. 7

Left Amboseli Serena Lodge at 7.00 and drove through Amboseli Lake – not a single drop of water left – to Namanga 7.00-8.35. After a short coffee break we continued to Nairobi, 9.00-12.00 where we met Serah at Eastern and Southern Safaris before having lunch at the five star Nairobi Serena Lodge 12.00-14.30. Then we drove north to Mt. Kenya to Naro Moru River Lodge 14.30-17.30. As we arrived it started to rain, however walked along the river and the camp 17.30-19.00.

Wednesday Feb. 8

Ben and Svend did some early morning birding around the camp 5.50-8.15 providing a good list as Ben know the calls of most birds. Left Naro Moru 9.00 crossed equator next to Nanyuki and arrived at the Samburu gate 11.50. We followed a loop in order to find Somali Ostrich and Donaldson-Smith’s Weaver before we checked in at Samburu Serena Lodge 12.45 just in time for lunch. The river was completely dry so the pools at the lodge held many birds. Evening game drive 15.50-18.45. Diner while watching the feeding of a leopard in the spotlight at the riverbed opposite the restaurant.

Thursday Feb. 9

Another day at Samburu. Morning drive along the river 6.25-9.15 saw a male lion as close as 2 m and another Cheetah. Whiteheaded Mousebird was added to the list. Afternoon drive 15.50-18.45 to the drier parts to the east, found Somali Fiscal, an out of range sighting, saw another Leopard.

Friday Feb 10.

Left Samburu Serena Lodge at 7.05, had to assist another safari vehicle from another tour operator as their car was stocked on top of a big stone as their driver had missed a curve and continued into the bush – according to Ben the driver had been drinking too many beers the night before, so watch out !

Left the gate at 7.55 and made a stop west of Isiolo to find Boran Cisticola in dry low shrub surrounded by corn fields, not hard to imagine that lost of habitat is a problem for this species. Back to Nanyuki where a stop at some flowering bushes in the highland to the east of the city was rewarded with good views of Goldenwinged Sunbird. Went north from Nanyuki by dirt tracks to Nyahururu and the nearby spectacular Thomson’s Falls, where we had our lunch boxes 12.40-13.40. Continued to Lake Barringo, had a puncture, arriving at Lake Barringo Country Club 17.00 just in time to do some good birding in the garden of this colonial type of accommodation.

Saturday Feb 11.

Morning drive to the escarpment northwest of the country club – a picnic site is marked as birdwatching area. A boy from the village had slept here for the night in order to meet us and show us the local specialities. He was very skilful and within two hours he showed us nightjars, owls and Threebanded Courser 6.15-8.20. Back for breakfast and 9.00-10.20 we had a boat trip on Lake Barringo. We were amused by our captain spelling all the bird names, i.e. A-f-r-i-c-a-n F-i-s-h E-a-g-l-e and so on. 110 species in one morning was not bad at all. Left Barringo 10.40 arriving at Lake Bogoria 11.45 seeing a lot of Flamingos, hot springs and a natron lake, had lunch box and left 13.55. Arrived at Lake Nakuru 16.10 for afternoon game drive and our first rhinos for the trip. From the view point we learned why the nick name is Lake Pink as the lake looked like melting strawberry icecream. Check in at the busy Sarova Hill Lion Lodge 17.50.

Sunday Feb 12.

Birding in the garden, short game drive 7.30-8.05 in order to reach Hell’s Gate 9.50 for a bush walk 9.50-12.00 which turned out to be waste of time – a stop at the escarpment forming the gate would have been sufficient. Arrived at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge 12.30 in a thunder storm. When the rain stopped we walked around the garden and saw many birds especially at the boat ramp.

Monday Feb 13.

Early morning birding in the garden, drove to Lake Naivasha Country Club from where we sailed to Crescent Island – actually a peninsula with zebras, giraffes and a lot of birds 8.50-10.30. Left Naivasha, stopped at the office at Eastern and Southern Safaris in order to get our bus and flight tickets for the rest of our trip. Time to say goodbye to Ben as we got dropped off at Panafric Hotel in Nairobi 13.00. Hired a taxi (2.000 K$) and went to Karen, a suburb to Nairobi famous for Karen Blixen’s farm 14.15-15.45 – had a Blixen Cheese Burger at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden before visiting the farm.

Tuesday Feb 14.

Our shuttle bus arrived 8.15 and after some pick ups we left Nairobi 9.00 and arrived at the border at Namanga 11.30. Crossing the border to Tanzania and buying visa went smoothly using it and scanners so we didn’t have to fill a lot of forms – a visa costs 50 USD.

Drove the final stretch to Arusha 12.00-13.05 where we met Maluia Kimambo – guide and driver – and his assistant and cook Imisi. Had lunch, left Arusha 14.50 and arrived at Tarangiere for an afternoon game drive 16.10-18.30. Raised our tent and stayed for the night at Kingongoni Campsite next to the park. Off course it was raining through the night !

Wednesday Feb 15.

Early morning breakfast before game drive in Tarangiere 7.35-12.30. Few animals but at least some birds were singing due to the showers the night before. Lunch at the campsite before we went to Panorama Safari Camp next to Lake Manyara 13.45-15.00. Afternoon game drive in the park at Manyara 15.30-18.35. Night at tented camp.

Thursday Feb 16

Did some morning birdring at Panorama Safari Camp, left after breakfast 8.40 and arrived at the gate to Ngorongoro 9.45. Made a stop at the view point overlooking the crater, which looked very promising. But we continued as we had planned to start at Serengeti. It was amazing to follow the road at the edge of the crater towards Serengeti seeing lots of animals wandering into the crater – small groups of giraffes in high altitude, heds of wildebeest and zebras etc.12.45 we entered Serengeti south of Nuabi Gate in an area with dry bush and woodland, where we had lunch. Drove back to Nuabi Gate for game drive along the masai steppe, which gave good views of two cheetahs and many lions, more than 50.000 wildebeests and lots of zebras etc.

Finally we reached Nyani Campsite in the central Seronera area of Serengeti National Park – one of few campsites with reliable water supply – where we tented for the night.

Friday Feb 17.

Woke up having heard lions and hyenas in the night and went for a morning drive 6.40-9.15, had lunch and went for another game drive 10.05-14.00 finding two hunting cheetahs – unfortunately they didn’t succeed in getting a Wildebeest calf for lunch. Back for lunch and some rest before we went on afternoon game drive 16.05-19.40. A sleeping Leopard in a tree on close range was an absolute highlight.

Saturday Feb 18.

Morning game drive 6.40-10.30 to the south west of the park, found great numbers of Wildebeests, more than 300.000, lots of lions – a female with a newborn pup saying miaw.

Back for brunch, left Nyani 12.15, Nuabi Gate 14.40 and arrived at Ngogorongoro Sopa Lodge 17.30.

Sunday Feb. 19.

Left the lodge 6.30 – heard a Leopard as we walked to the reception. Entered the gate to the crater 7.00 for the six hours game drive you are allowed to have. This was really something, birds and animals were plenty and at close range. No doubt the best wild life site we had ever visited. As we stopped at a picnic site close to a lake in order to have breakfast together with some other groups, a Dutch woman suddenly came running shouting : “Lions, Lions” All the guides immediately jumped up shouting : “Don’t run, for God’s sake don’t run”. Anyway we got good views of lions drinking at the lake side. Found Black Rhino which meant, that we had got Big Five within a few hours, saw lions leaving a carcase that immediately got ripped by vultures and jackals. At noon it started to rain, but never mind, we had already seen a lot. Showers and thunder through the afternoon, some birding around the lodge 16.00-17.30.

Monday Feb. 20.

Did some birding around the lodge, a singing Chiffchaff turned out to be the bird of the trip – only a couple of sightings in Tanzania. 6.45-7.45. Left Sopa Lodge 9.00 and the gate 10.00. Arrived in Arusha 13.25, had lunch, said goodbye to Maluia and Imisi, took the shuttle for Nairobi 14.20, stop at the border 16.10-16.40, arrived at Panafric Hotel 19.50, had diner at the pool and went very tired to bed.

Tuesday Feb. 21

Pick up 9.00 at Panafric for Jomo Kenyatta Airport, arrived 9.20. Flight for Malindi 11.15-12.15, taxi to our prebooked hotel, just to find out, that our booking was overruled without any warning. We were taking to another hotel, ending up in down town Malindi fenced by what might have been the remains of the Berlin wall at a pool. Called Serah at our agency, she got very upset, and a little later we could check in at Coral Key Beach Resort. So when we finally met a problem, it was solved in a jiffy – just one more argument to use Eastern and Southern Safaris as your tour operator.

Afternoon walk along the beach 16.00-17.15.

Wednesday Feb 22.

Met Willy Naganda form Spinetail Safaris 4.50 at Coral Key, he had hired a taxi for the whole day taking us to Sokoke Forest 5.30-13.00 with a stop at Mida Creek 10.30-11.05. Had some lunch, then we went to Sabaki River mouth 14.45-16.10 and then back to Sokoke Forest again 16.25-18.00 – at the last part we saw a roosting pair of Sokoke Scops Owl and two Elephants – our driver enjoyed the first and feared the latter !

You may hear the owls at night, but you’ll have no chance to see them without a guide.

Sokoke Pipit is another skulking bird you’ll need a guide to find. Anyway our day with Willy was very pleasant, he is ringing birds at Tsawo and he carried tape to lure the birds – and was very annoyed that we could not find an East Coast Akalat.

Thursday Feb 23.
Would have done some snorkling, but couldn’t get a fair price – paying 110 euros is madness. Birded around the harbour 8.20-11.00 and went along the beach 16.30-18.00. Enjoyed the masai event at our hotel – imagine all the masais had dreadlocks and were Italian speaking – and looked like the staff of the hotel.

Friday Feb 24.

Walked along the beach to Cassuarina Point – if you intend to go to the reef, this is where you should find your boat to a fair price. 9.45-11.40. Got lunch, went to Malindi airport. Our plane left 14.40 – half an hour ahead of schedule, we arrived in Nairobi 15.45, where we were met by Eastern and Southern Safaris and ended up for our last night at Panafric Hotel.

Saturday Feb. 25

Pick up 7.35 by Eastern and Southern Safaris, check in 7.55 at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, left 11.45 (GMT -3), arrived 17.50 (GMT -1) at Schipol Amsterdam, left 19.50, arrival Copehagen 20.50, got at taxi, got stuck in traffic jam due to road work – but at last we reached Solrød 22.05 – to our annoyance it was still winter and freezing in Denmark – but that’s another story.



We didn’t see much in Nairobi. Marabou Stork and Sacred Ibis are common and we saw Nyanza Swift and Cape Robin at Karen. It could be worth visiting Nairobi National Park in search for Masked Finfoot and a few more passerines for the list.

Tsawo West National Park

Good for birds, especially on migration, best month is said to be November. The hippo pools at Mzima Springs will be the place to look – we saw some migrants, but not much.

We went south to some dry bush land and saw Pink-breasted Lark, Bush Pipit, Tiny Cisticola and Somali Golden-breasted Bunting. Fisher’s Starling seemed not to be uncommon and Strawtailed Whydahs could be seen at the pools in front of the restaurant of Kilaguni Lodge.

Amboseli National Park

Taveta Golden Weaver is endemic and found at Amboseli and around Kilimanjaro. We saw a pair at the pool area at Amboseli Serena Lodge – they could be seen at the masai village as well and at the swamp. At our visit Lake Amboseli was completely dry, but the swamp at Enkongo Narok provided many herons, waders and a few ducks. The marshes of Olokenya held quite a few birds too, but seemed better for animals.

The view of Kilimanjaro in the morning is spectacular as well as herds of wildebeests, zebras etc. are the main reason why Amboseli is the second most visited park in Kenya.
Golden Pipit and Athi Short-toed Lark (a recent split from Somali Short-toed Lark) were found around Enkongo Narok.

Naro Moru

Riverine forest at Mount Kenya. The grassland before you reach the lodge is good for Longtailed Widowbird. A walk along the river and through the camp gave Moorland Francolin, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Red-fronted Parrots flying over in the early morning, both Northern and Eastern Double-collared Sunbird and Mountain Wagtail.

Samburu National Park

Dry bushland. Somali Ostrich and Vulturine Guineafowl could be encountered anywhere. We had Whiteheaded Mousebird and Bare-eyed Thrush in the scrub at the river. Donaldson-Smith’s Weaver several places, even close to the gate. We went east to the driest part of the park, where we found an out-of-range Somali Fiscal.

Lake Barringo

The central spot for bird watching in Kenya where many eastern, western, southern and northern species meet. The garden at Lake Barringo Country Club is splendid, and it is easy to find Lesser Weaver. At the escarpment you will find birds of semi desert and higher altitude such as Jakson’s and Hemprich’s Hornbill, Pygmy Batis, Bristlecrowned and Slenderbilled Starling and Browntailed Chat. A good guide might find nightjars, owls and coursers roosting.

We had a boat trip as well going out from the jetty at the country club – the first part to the south along the shore gave many herons, ducks and waders.

Lake Bogoria

A soda lake with Greater and Lesser Flamingo and Little Stint in good numbers.

Lake Nakuru

Another soda lake better known as Lake Pink covered with Lesser Flamingos. Some parts of the park covered with woodland and our only Cliff Chat was seen at the view point on top of some rocks.

Hell’s Gate

A canyon and a perfect site for Schalow’s Wheatear and Nyanza Swift. Look for Desert Cisticola in the dry shrub.

Lake Naivasha

A fresh water lake like Barringo. We birded the garden of Naivasha Sopa Lodge and at Crescent Island – the latter a regular site for Giant Kingfisher. The best way to improve your bird list will be to stay a couple of nights, but at a different lodge each night. It could be difficult to get good views at the lake, however many of the birds, you will go for, are passerines found in the vegetation around the lake.


The park is famous for its giant baobabs, for a birder the main target is Ashy Starling, which is commonly seen all over the park. We saw Rufous-tailed Weaver as well, another northern Tanzania endemic. At our visit the park was very dry indeed and most animals had left the park.

Lake Manyara

At our visit the lake was perhaps half its normal size. Birds and animals seemed concentrated around the lake. We found Pangani Longclaw at the hippo pool and Hornbill in the forest.


Speckle-fronted Weaver was common at Nuabi Gate. Fischer’s Lovebird was seen at several places, Redthroated Tit at Seronera and Caspian Plover and Shorttailed Lark at the masai steppe to the south west.


Actually birding in the crater is less rewarding. The endemic Rufoustailed Weaver is common – they even tried to snatch our breakfast. Chestnutbanded Plover at the soda lake and Caspian Plover at the plains.
Most birds are found in the forest at the edge of the crater where you might see some highland species. We found Schalow’s Turaco, , Brownheaded Apalis, Hunter’s Cisticola and Tacazze Sunbird. A singing Chifchaf was a very rare vagrant.

Coast at Malindi

Malindi harbour is said to be a reliable spot for Crab Plover – we saw none, but a least some waders and Ethiopian Swallos. Western Reef Heron and Caspian Tern at Casuarina Point – but still no Crab Plover here too.

Mida Creek

Unfortunately we visited the creek at low tide and saw Crab Plover and lot of other shorebirds and one Dimorphic Egret. At high tide birding is best from the hide, where you might see Mangrove Kingfisher – we dipped.

Sokoke Forest

The star bird is the endemic Clarke’s Weaver – only likely to be seen in July and August – however our guide had seen one just a couple of weeks before. Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit and Amani Sunbird are three other birds with a very restricted range that you might get in the forest. To improve your chance, I will recommend to hire a guide through Spinetail Safaris – a full day trip including taxi will cost 100 USD + 10 USD each in park fee – you will easily get another 25 species to your list.
Don’t miss Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew – a really odd creature. We even saw the very rare Aders’ Duiker and two Elephants.

Sabaki River Mouth

North of Malindi is a good spot for many waders including Terek and Broadbilled Sandpipers. Until recently Malindi Pipits were breeding here, but according to our guide they have been absent for the last couple of years.


Guide book

Fitzpatrick et al : East Africa, 6th edition, Lonely Planet, 2003

Reptiles and mammals

Branch : A photographic guide to snakes, other reptiles and amphibians of East Africa 2005

Kingdon : The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals, 1997

Field guides etc

Del Hoyo : Handbook to the birds of the World 1-12

Fanshawe and Stevenson : Birds of East Africa, 2006

Sinclair and Ryan : A comprehensive illustrated field guide to the Birds of Africa south of the Sahara, 2003

Wheatley : Where to watch birds in Africa, 1995

Zimmermann et all : Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania, 2001

Trip reports

Many studied on the web – the far two best being by the Danish Ornitological Society :

Søren Skov : Tanzania 20/2-15/3 1998

Jensen and Mølgaard : Kenya 1989

- though not the newest those two reports cover nearly all important sites in Kenya and northern Tanzania and are very reliable sources.

Other reports include :

Gruff Drodd : Central Kenya and Northern Tanzania 2003

Christoph Haag : Kenya and northern Tanzania 2-21/2 2005

Peter Nilsson : Tanzania 20/2-4/3 2005

Erik Vikkelsø Rasmussen : Kenya 2004

Internet sources

Safari operator – strongly recommended –

Guide Malindi –

Locality guide etc –

Bird status by Birdlife International –

Bird List

Common Ostrich
4 Tsavo West, 3 Amboseli, 16 Lake Barringo, 2 Lake Bogoria, 20 Lake Manyara, 15 Tarangiere, 48 Serengeti, 42 Ngorongoro and 5 Arusha-Nairobi

Somali Ostrich
3 Samburu

Little Grebe
1 Lake Naivasha

Black-necked Grebe
480 Lake Bogoria

Pink-backed Pelican
2 Lake Nakuru, 4 Lake Naivasha and 60 Lake Manyara

Great Cormorant
80 Lake Naivasha

Long-tailed Cormorant
2 Tsavo West, 1 Lake Barringo and 4 Ngorongoro

African Darter
1 Tsavo West

Black-browed Night Heron
16 Ngorongoro

Cattle Egret
A total of 755 recorded at most sites except Malindi area

Little Egret
180 Amboseli, 20 Nairobi-Naro Moru, 2 Samburu, 2 Thomson’s Fall-Lake Barringo, 40 Lake Barringo, 2 Lake Nakuru, 80 Naivasha and 42 Lake Manyara.

Dimorphic Egret
1 Mida Creek

Western Reef Heron
2 Malindi and 1 Sabaki River

Black Egret
17 Lake Manyara

Squacco Heron
40 Amboseli, 2 Lake Barringo, 1 Lake Bogoria-Lake Nakuru, 1 Naivasha, 4 Lake Manyara and 2 Ngorongoro.

Striated Heron
1 Lake Barringo

Intermediate Heron
16 Amboseli, 6 Lake Barringo, 1 Lake Bogoria-Lake Nakuru, 2 Naivasha and 2 Lake Manyara

Great Egret
4 Amboseli, 1 Samburu-Thomson’s Fall, 2 Lake Barringo, 1 Lake Bogoria-Lake Nakuru, 2 Lake Manyara, 1 Ngorongoro and 1 Mida Creek

Grey Heron
2 Amboseli, 4 Lake Barringo, 2 Lake Nakuru, 8 Naivasha, 2 Lake Manyara, 7 Ngorongoro, 6 Malindi and 2 Sabaki River

Purple Heron
1 Lake Barringo and 2 Ngorongoro

Goliath Heron
1 Amboseli, 4 Lake Barringo and 1 Naivasha

Black-headed Heron
1 Nairobi-Tsavo West, 1 Tsavo West, 1 Nairobi-Naro Moru, 1 Naro Moru-Samburu, 2 Samburu-Thomson’s Fall, 4 Ngorongoro, 2 Ngorongoro-Arusha, 1 Malindi and 7 Sabaki River

1 Lake Nakuru-Hell’s Gate

White Stork
1 Amboseli, 17 Naro Moru-Samburu, 9 Samburu-Thomson’s Fall, 1 Namanga-Arusha, 1 Lake Manyara-Ngorongoro, 90 Serengeti and 120 Ngorongoro.

Black Stork
1 Naro Moru

Abdims Stork
120 Namanga-Arusha and 320 Ngorongoro

Saddle-billed Stork
2 Amboseli

Marabou Stork
48 Tsavo West, 37 Amboseli, 80 in and around Nairobi, 1 Naro Moru-Samburu, 1 Lake Bogoria, 90 Lake Nakuru, 5 Naivasha, 110 Lake Manyara, 12 Tarangiere, 56 Serengeti and 12 Ngorongoro

Yellow-billed Stork
40 Lake Nakuru-Lake Barringo, 3 Lake Barringo, 12 Lake Nakuru, 16 Naivasha, 90 Lake Manyara, 3 Ngorongoro and 3 Mida Creek

Sacred Ibis
588, most 280 at Ngorongoro

121 in Kenya –none at coast. In Tanzania just 8 at Serengeti.

Glossy Ibis
6 Amboseli, 32 Lake Barringo, 2 Lake Manyara and 2 Ngorongoro

African Spoonbill
6 Amboseli, 5 Lake Barringo, 3 near and 14 at Lake Nakuru, 19 Lake Naivasha and 8 Lake Manyara

Greater Flamingo
140 Lake Bogoria, 400 Lake Nakuru, 200 Lake Naivasha, 120 Mida Creek and 120 Sabaki River Mouth

Lesser Flamingo
16.000 Lake Bogoria, 1.700.000 Lake Nakuru, 1.200 Nakuru-Naivasha, 1.500 Lake Naivasha, 18.000 Lake Manyara and 120 Ngorongoro

Fulvous Whistling Duck
16 Lake Barringo, 22 Lake Manyara, 12 Ngorongoro and 22 Sabaki River Mouth

White-faced Whistling Duck
7 Lake Barringo, 4 Barringo-Nakuru and 58 Lake Manyara

Spurwinged Goose
1 Tsavo West, 3 Amboseli, 36 Naivasha, 33 Lake Manyara and 2 Ngorongoro

Egyptian Goose
A total of 1.114

Knob-billed Duck
8 Lake Barringo, 3 Lake Naivasha and 16 Lake Manyara

African Black Duck
2 in the river at Naro Moru

Cape Teal
80 Lake Naivasha, 2 Lake Manyara and 8 Ngorongoro

3 Amboseli, 4 Lake Barringo and 13 Lake Naivasha

Yellow-billed Duck
4 Lake Naivasha

Red-billed Duck
4 Amboseli, 38 Lake Bogoria, 6 Lake Naivasha and 10 Nogorongoro

Hottentot Teal
2 Amboseli, 32 Lake Naivasha, 360 Lake Manyara, 8 Serengeti and 8 Ngorongoro

Nothern Shoveler
52 Lake Naivasha and 35 Ngorongoro

Secretary Bird
1 close to Naro Moru, 1 Samburu and 12 Serengeti

Black-shouldered Kite
2 Tsawo West, 2 Amboseli, 2 Samburu and 1 Lake Barringo

Black Kite
A total of 215

Hooded Vulture
21 Serengeti and 6 Ngorongoro

African White-backed Vulture
1 Tsawo West, 5 Samburu, 21 Hell’s Gate, 4 Tarangiere, 1 Lake Manyara, 26 Serengeti and 28 Ngorongoro

Rüppel’s Vulture
26 Amboseli, 6 Hell’s Gate, 8 Nairobi, 23 Serengeti and 20 Ngorongoro

Lappet-faced Vulture
4 Serengeti and 3 Ngorongoro

White-headed Vulture
2 Serengeti

Brown Snake Eagle
1 Smaburu, 1 Lake Barringo-Lake Bogoria and 2 Serengeti

3 Samburu, 2 Naivasha and 6 Serengeti

African Harrier Hawk
1 Samburu, 3 Naro Moru and 6 Serengeti

Pallid Harrier
3 Amboseli, 1 Naro Moru, 1 Samburu-Thomson’s Fall, 3 close to Nairobi, 8 Serengeti and 2 Ngorongoro

Montague’s Harrier
2 Taswo West, 1 Samburu-Thomson’s Fall, 11 Serengeti and 4 Ngorongoro

African Marsh Harrier
1 Tsawo West and 1 Naivasha

European Marsh Harrier
5 Amboseli, 1 Lake Bogoria, 2 Naivasha, 1 Lake Nakuru, 6 Ngorongoro and further two Marsh Harrier sp. at Naivasha

Gabar Goshawk
1 Lake Barringo, 2 Naivasha, 1 Serengeti and 1 Sokoko Forest

Dark Chanting Goshawk
1 Serengeti

Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk
2 Tsawo Weat, 1 Namanga-Nairobi, 1 Samburu and 1 Tarangiere

African Goshawk
1 Samburu and 1 Lake Bogoria-Naivasha

1 Tsawo West, 3 Amboseli and 1 Samburu

Little Sparrowhawk
1 Samburu

Great Sparrowhawk
1 Sokoke Forest

Common Buzzard
1 Sokoko Forest

Mountain Buzzard
1 Samburu-Thomson’s Fall

Augur Buzzard
At least 43

African Fish Eagle
5 Amboseli, 5 Lake Barringo, 4 Lake Nakuru, 8 Naivasha and 3 Manyara

Palmnut Vulture
2 Samburu

Lesser Spotted Eagle
1 Samburu and 1 Lake Nakuru and 1 unidentified spotted eagle at Samburu

Tawny Eagle
2 Tsawo West, 1 Amboseli, 5 Samburu, 3 Nakuru, 1 Nakuru-Hell’s Gate, 2 near Lake Barringo, 2 close to Arusha, 1 Tarangiere, 1 Serengeti and 4 Ngorongoro

Steppe Eagle
1 Samburu, 3 Lake Nakuru, 1 Nakuru-Hell’s Gate, 1 Hell’s Gate, 1 Tarangiere, 2 Srengeti and 1 Ngorongoro

Imperial Eagle
1 imm at Samburu seen vel – a scarce winter visitor

Wahlberg’s Eagle
2 Amboseli, 4 Samburu, 1 Lake Barringo and 3 Serengeti

Verreaux’s Eagle
1 Samburu, 1 Hell’s Gate, 1 Serengeti and 4 Ngorongoro

Long-crested Eagle
1 Samburu, 1 Samburu and 1 Serengeti

African Crowned Eagle
2 Serengeti and 1 Sokoke Forest

Martial Eagle
1 Samburu, 1 Lake Manyara and 2 Serengeti

Pygmy Falcon
2 Amboseli, 3 Samburu, 1 Namanga and 1 Arusha

Lanner Falcon
2 Lake Barringo

Peregrine Falcon
1 Amboseli was an adult calidus and 1 Lake Barringo

African Hobby
1 Nairobi-Naro Moru

Greater Kestrel
2 Serengeti

Lesser Kestrel
1 Thomson’s Falls-Lake Barringo and 24 Serengeti

Common Kestrel
2 Tsawo West, 20 Serengeti and 1 Ngorongoro

Common Quail
1 Samburu-Thomson’s Falls

Harlequin Quail
7 Serengeti – easy to find when vocal, during our trip quails were silent

Coqui Francolin
4 Tarangiere and 6 Serengeti

Moorland Francolin
1 Naro Moru

Crested Francolin
1 Tsawo West, 30 Samburu and 6 Tarangiere

Hildebrant’s Francolin
4 Trangiere and 2 Ngorongoro

Rednecked Spurfowl
6 Tarangiere

Yellow-necked Spurfowl
5 Tsawo West, 42 Amboseli, 56 Samburu and 53 Tarangiere

Greybreasted Spurfowl
16 Serengeti and 4 hybrid Greybreasted x Yellownecked

Vulturine Guineafowl
76 Samburu – perhaps one of the most odd-looking creatures of the world

Helmeted Guineafowl
A total of 291

Black Crake
2 Amboseli and 1 Ngorongoro

Red-knobbed Coot
40 Amboseli, 2 Lake Barringo, 920 Lake Naivasha and 8 Nairobi

Grey Crowned Crane
46 Amboseli, 3 Lake Manyara and 116 Ngorongoro

Kori Bustard
2 Amboseli, 19 Serengeti and 2 Ngorongoro

Crested Bustard
1 Samburu

White-bellied Bustard
1 Tsawo West, 3 Amboseli, 2 Tarangiere and 13 Serengeti

Black-bellied Bustard
1 Naro Moru and 1 Serengeti

African Jacana
140 Amboseli, 2 Lake Barringo, 2 in a pond near Lake Bogoria, 12 Lake Manyara and 4 Ngorongoro

Crab Plover
48 Mida Creek

Pied Avocet
3 Amboseli, 22 Lake Bogoria, 8 Lake Nakuru, 9 Lake Naivasha, 18 Ngorongoro, 1 Lake Manyara and 2 Sabaki River Mouth

Black-winged Stilt
46 Amboseli, 80 Lake Bogoria and 12 Naivasha

Water Thickknee
2 Amboseli and 2 Lake Barringo

Spotted Thickknee
1 Amboseli

Two-banded Courser
7 Amboseli

Heuglin’s Courser
4 Lake Barringo – also known as threebanded courser

Temminck’s Courser
1 Tarangiere and 2 Serengeti

Collared Pratincole
5 Amboseli, 1 Lake Manyara and 1 Serengeti

Long-toed Plover
60 Amboseli, 2 Lake Manyara and 1 Ngorongoro

Blacksmith Plover
A total of 478

Spur-winged Plover
4 Samburu, 6 Lake Barringo, 2 Lake Bogoria, 8 Lake Naivasha and 2 Sabaki River

Black-headed Plover
3 Tsavo West and 1 Sabaki River Mouth

Senegal Plover
2 Serengeti and6 Lake Nakuru-Hell’s Gate

Black-winged Plover
A group of 50 Ngorongoro

Crowned Plover
6 Tsawo West, 180 Amboseli, 2 Hell’s Gate, 28 Tarangiere, 4 Lake Manyara, 184 Serengeti and 60 Ngorongoro

Ringed Plover
2 Lake Barringo, 60 Malindi, 16 Mida Creek and 12 Sabaki River Mouth

Grey Plover
10 Malindi, 28 Mida Creek and 120 Sabaki River Mouth

Kittlitz’s Plover
1 Tsawo West, 6 Lake Barringo, 14 Lake Bogoria, 4 Lake Naivasha, 12 Ngorongoro and 2 Sabaki River Mouth

Three-banded Plover
2 Tsawo West, 10 Amboseli, 2 Samburu and 3 Serengeti

White-fronted Plover
2 Malindi and 4 Sabaki River Mouth

Chestnut-banded Plover
1 Amboseli and 14 Ngorongoro

Lesser Sand Plover
140 Malindi, 320 Mida Creek and 220 Sabaki River Mouth

Greater Sand Plover
2 Malindi and 14 Mida Creek

Caspian Sand Plover
10 Serengeti and 57 Ngorongoro

Little Stint
800 Lake Bogoria, 12 Ngorongoro, 80 Malindi, 450 Mida Creek and 1.400 Sabaki River

Temminck’s Stint
30 Amboseli, 2 Lake Naivasha, 1 Lake Manyara, 4 Serengeti and 2 Ngorongoro

Curlew Sandpiper
1 Amboseli, 14 Ngorongoro, 20 Malindi, 120 Mida Creek and 380 Sabaki River Mouth

Broad-billed Sandpiper
2 Sabaki River Mouth

80 Malindi and 18 Mida Creek

30 Amboseli, 3 Lake Barringo, 60 Lake Bogoria, 60 Lake Naivasha, 40 Lake Manyara, 4 Serengeti and 60 Ngorongoro

Common Snipe
1 Amboseli, 1 Lake Barringo and 1 Serengeti

Black-tailed Godwit
2 Lake Barringo

14 Malindi, 16 Mida Creek and 40 Sabaki River Mouth

Eurasian Curlew
1 Ngorongoro and 1 Mida Creek

Marsh Sandpiper
12 Amboseli, 1 Lake Barringo, 1 Lake Bogoria, 19 Lake Naivasha, 1 Tarangiere, 1 Lake Manyara and 2 Sabaki River Mouth

Common Greenshank
1 Tsawo West, 60 Amboseli, 3 Samburu, 2 Lake Barringo, 3 Lake Bogoria, 8 Lake Nakuru, 26 Lake Naivasha, 3 Tarangiere, 13 Lake Manyara, 90 Serengeti, 5 Ngorongoro and 60 Sabaki River Mouth

Wood Sandpiper
1 Tsawo West. 1 Amboseli, 60 Lake Barringo, 60 Lake Bogoria, 2 Tarangiere and 14 Lake Manyara

Green Sandpiper
5 Tarangiere, 1 Serengeti and 1 Sabaki River Mouth

Common Sandpiper
1 Tsawo West, 6 Amboseli, 4 Lake Barringo, 1 Lake Bogoria, 2 Lake Naivasha, 2 Lake Manyara, 7 Serengeti, 2 Ngorongoro and 2 Sabaki River Mouth

Terek Sandpiper
1 Sabaki River Mouth

Ruddy Turnstone
14 Malindi

Sooty Gull
250 Malindi

Heuglin’s Gull
10 Malindi

Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Lake Naivasha, 20 Malindi and 10 Sabaki River Mouth

Grey-headed Gull
40 Lake Naivasha and 8 Ngorongoro

Gull-billed Tern
1 Lake Naivasha, 34 Ngorongoro, 20 Malindi and 40 Sabaki River Mouth

Caspian Tern
3 Malindi and 1 Sabaki River Mouth

Greater Crested Tern
2 Malindi and 50 Sabaki River Mouth

Lesser Crested Tern
60 Malindi and 300 Sabaki River Mouth

Sandwich Tern
1 Sabaki River Mouth

Saunder’s Tern
2 Malindi, 2 Mida Creek and 3 Sabaki River Mouth

Whiskered Tern
6 Amboseli, 2 Lake Barringo, 2 Lake Bogoria, 12 Lake Naivasha, 2 Lake Manyara, 1 Ngorongoro and 80 Sabaki River Mouth

White-winged Tern
4 Amboseli, 2 Lake Barringo, 1 Lake Bogoria, 2 Lake Naivasha and 1 Sabaki River Mouth

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
8 Tarangiere and 8 Serengeti

Black-faced Sandgrouse
1 Amboseli, 74 Samburu and 2 Tarangiere

Yellow-throated Sandgrouse
4 Samburu, 28 Tarangiere and 28 Ngorongoro

African Green Pigeon
1 Tsawo West

Tambourine Dove
1 Amboseli-Namanga, 12 Naro Moru, 1 Sokoke Forest, 2 Mida Creek and 1 Sabaki River

Emerald Spotted Dove
A total of 99 – most in major game parks but also 2 Sokoke Forest

Namaqua Dove
5 Tsawo West

Speckled Dove
A total of 213, none in Malindi area

Red-eyed Dove
A total of 359, mostly inland, only a few at coast

African Mourning Dove
A total of 65 inland

Ring-necked Dove
371 inland

Dusky Turtle Dove
1 Naro Moru, 2 Samburu-Thomson’s Falls, 2 Lake Naivasha and 7 Ngorongoro

Laughing Dove
A total of 401

Red-fronted Parrot
13 Naro Moru

Brown Parrot
2 Serengeti

African Orange-bellied Parrot
5 Samburu and 2 Tarangiere

Fischer’s Lovebird
32 Serengeti

Yellow-collared Lovebird
120 Tarangiere. 30 genuine and 30 hybrid at Naivasha of feral population.

Schalow’s Turaco
1 Serengeti and 3 Ngorongoro

Fischer’s Turaco
2 Sokoke Forest

Hartlaub’s Turaco
2 Naro Moru and 2 Thomson’s Falls

Barefaced Go Away Bird
2 Tarangiere and 4 Serengeti

White-bellied Go Away Bird
2 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 2 Tsawo West, 14 Namanga-Nairobi, 12 Samburu, 2 Lake Barringo, 8 Tarangiere and 2 Lake Manyara

Red-chested Cuckoo
1 Naro Moru and 1 Lake Barringo – not vocal during our visit

Diederik Cuckoo
1 Naro Moru and 1 Lake Manyara – not vocal during our visit

White-browed Coucal
2 Tsawo West, 2 Samburu, 2 Lake Barringo, 6 Tarangiere, 10 Serengeti and 2 Sokoke Forest – vocal in Tarangiere and Serengeti

Sokoke Scops Owl
2 roosting Sokoke Forest

African Scops Owl
1 heard Tsawo West

White-faced Scops Owl
1 seen at Lake Barringo

Spotted Eagle Owl
1 seen at Lake Barringo

Verreaux’s Eagle Owl
1 Samburu, 1 Lake Barringo in the garden of the country club and 1 Serengeti – all seen well

Pearl-spotted Owlet
1 Tsawo West, 1 Amboseli and 1 Samburu – all heard

Montane Nightjar
1 seen at Naro Moru

Nubian Nightjar
1 Lake Barringo seen at roost

Plain Nightjar
3 seen at Tsawo West in the spotlight at the lodge

Slender-tailed Nightjar
2 Amboseli, 6 at roost Lake Barringo and 1 Tarangiere

Mottled Spinetail
4 Tarangiere

Böhm’s Spinetail
2 Sokoke Forest

African Palm Swift
5 Samburu, 20 Tarangiere and 10 Lake Manyare

Common Swift
2 Lake Naivasha, 600 Serengeti and 2 Ngorongoro

African Black Swift
2 Naro Moru

Nyanza Swift
400 Hell’s Gate, 20 Lake Naivasha and 2 Karen, Nairobi

Mottled Swift
1 Thomson’s Falls and 20 Ngorongoro

White-rumped Swift
20 Nairobi-Tsawo West and 20 Thomson’s Falls

Little Swift
20 Hell’s Gate, 20 Lake Naivasha, 2 Tarangiere and 20 Lake Manyara

Speckled Mousebird
A total of 344

White-headed Mousebird
6 Samburu

Blue-naped Mousebird
28 Tsawo West, 12 Tsawo West-Amboseli and 2 Amboseli

Grey-headed Kingfisher
5 Amboseli, 2 Namanga-Nairobi, 4 Lake Barringo and 1 Tarangiere

Striped Kingfisher
2 Nairobi-Tsawo West

Malachite Kingfisher
5 Lake Barringo and 1 Ngorongoro

Giant Kingfisher
1 Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island

Pied Kingfisher
2 Amboseli, 11 Lake Barringo, 18 Lake Naivasha, 1 Mida Creek and 1 Sabaki River Mouth

Eurasian Bee-eater
3 Thomson’s Fall-Lake Barringo, 5 Lake Barringo, 2 Tarangiere-Lake Manyara, 14 Lake Manyara and 4 Sabaki River

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
28 Tsawo West, 12 Amboseli, 8 Lake Barringo and 2 Lake Manyara

Carmine Bee-eater
12 Malindi and 3 Mida Creek

White-throated Bee-eater
6 Samburu, 2 Lake Barringo and 16 Sabaki River Mouth

White-fronted Bee-eater
2 Lake Nakuru-Hell’s Gate, 1 Hell’s Gate, 6 Lake Naivasha and 2 Lake Nakuru

Little Bee-eater
1 Nairobi, 2 Tsawo West, 8 Amboseli, 2 Namanga-Nairobi, 3 Samburu, 2 Lake Barringo and 9 Serengeti

Cinnamon-cheeked Bee-eater
4 Ngorongoro

Somali Beeeater
2 Samburu

Eurasian Roller
2 Tsawo West

Lilac-breasted Roller
A total of 102

Purple Roller
1 Tsawo West, 1 near Samburu and 1 Tarangiere

Broad-billed Roller
1 Serengeti

Eurasian Hoopoe
1 Samburu and 1 Lake Barringo

African Hoopoe
1 Tsawo West, 2 Samburu, 3 Lake Naivasha and 1 Tarangiere

Green Woodhoopoe
1 Tsawo West, 4 Samburu, 2 Lake Barringo, 1 Serengeti and 1 Sabaki River

Common Scimitarbill
2 Lake Barringo and 7 Sokoke Forest

Abyssinian Scmitarbill
2 Tsawo West, 1 Samburu and 1 Tarangiere

Southern Ground Hornbill
5 Lake Nakuru-Hell’s Gate

Red-billed Hornbill
16 Tsawo West, 6 Samburu, 8 Tarangiere and 4 Serengeti

Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill
2 Samburu

Von der Decken’s Hornbill
18 Tsawo West, 6 Samburu and 6 Tarangiere

Jackson’s Hornbill
8 Lake Barringo

Hemprich’s Hornbill
4 Lake Baringo and 4 Lake Bogoria

Crowned Hornbill
1 Naro Moru and 1 Lake Barringo

African Grey Hornbill
1 Tsawo West, 1 Lake Barringo, 1 Lake Naivasha, 2 Tarangiere, 1 Lake Manyara and 4 Serengeti

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
2 Lake Manyara

Green Barbet
1 Sokoke Forest and 1 Malindi

Red-fronted Tinkerbird
1 Lake Barringo and 1 Serengeti

Red-fronted Barbet
1 Serengeti

White-headed Barbet
1 Tarangiere

Red-and-yellow Barbet
2 Tsawo West,1 Namanga-Nairobi, 2 Lake Barringo and 2Tarangiere

D’arnaud’s Barbet
5 Lake Barringo, 4 Lake Bogoria, 1 Nakuru, 2 Tarangiere and 4 Serengeti – the latter of the usambiro form, a potential split

Greater Honeyguide
2 Lake Barringo

Lesser Honeyguide
1 Lake Naivasha

Red-throated Wryneck
1 Lake Naivasha

Nubian Woodpecker
1 Tsawo West, 5 Samburu and 1 Serengeti

Mombasa Woodpecker
8 Sokoke Forest

Cardinal Woodpecker
2 Naro Moru, 2 Lake Naivasha, 2 Tarangiere, 1 Lake Manyara and 4 Serengeti

Bearded Woodpecker
1 Samburu-Thomson’s Falls and 1 Lake Bogoria

Grey Woodpecker
1 Thomson’s Falls and 9 Lake Naivasha

Singing Bush Lark
1 Amboseli

Rufous-naped Lark
2 Hell’s Gate and 32 Ngorongoro

Red-winged Lark
1 Lake Nakuru

Flappet Lark
2 displaying Serengeti

Foxy (Fawn-collared) Lark
2 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 26 Amboseli, 4 Amboseli-Namanga, 38 Serengeti and 2 Tarangiere

Red-capped Lark
3 Amboseli, 1 Samburu-Thomson’s Falls and 12 Nogorongoro

Athi Short-toed Lark
11 Amboseli

Short-tailed Lark
2 Serengeti

Fisher’s Sparrow Lark
At least 552

Cheastnut-headed Sparrow Lark
4 Sabaki River Mouth

African Pied Wagtail
2 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 3 Tsawo West, 1 Amboseli-Namanga, 2 Naro Moru, 4 Lake Barringo, 4 Serengeti and 8 Ngorongoro

Mountain Wagtail
1 Naro Moru

Yellow Wagtail
A total of 1.615

Grassland Pipit
1 Tsawo West, 6 Amboseli, 2 Amboseli-Namango, 2 Samburu, 2 Samburu-Thomson’s Falls, 3 Hell’s Gate, 4 Lake Naivasha, 8 Serengeti and 12 Ngorongoro

Long-tailed Pipit
1 Amboseli and 1 Hell’s Gate

Plain-backed Pipit
2 Lake Nakuru and 1 Hell’s Gate

Tree Pipit
2 Thomson’s Falls and 1 Lake Naivasha

Red-throated Pipit
2 Amboseli

Bush Pipit
1 Tsawo West

Sokoke Pipit
3 skulking Sokoke Forest

Golden Pipit
1 Nairobi-Tsawo West and 4 Tsawo West

Yellow-throated Longclaw
2 Amboseli, 11 Lake Nakuru, 1 Lake Naivasha and 7 Serengeti

Pangani Longclaw
2 Lake Manyara

Pink-throated Longclaw
1 Ngorongoro

Banded Martin
1 Lake Naivasha and 2 Ngorongoro

African Sand Martin
12 Amboseli, 400 Lake Naivasha, 10 Thomson’s Falls and 60 Ngorongoro

Bank Swallow
1 Lake Barringo, 1 Hell’s Gate, 200 Lake Naivasha, 1 Serengeti and 1 Sabaki River

Wire-tailed Swallow
1 Samburu, 6 Lake Naivasha and 2 Ngorongoro

Barn Swallow
A total of 10.310

Ethiopian Swallow
8 Malindi

Red-rumped Swallow
7 Amboseli, 20 Naro Moru-Samburu, 60 Lake Barringo, 1 Lake Manyara and 30 Serengeti

Mosque Swallow
3 Lake Naivasha, 4 Manyara-Ngorongoro, 2 Serengeti and 1 Ngorongoro

Lesser Striped Swallow
5 Amboseli, 7 Tarangiere, 9 Serengeti and 3 Ngorongoro

Rock Martin
2 Hell’s Gate

Black Sawwing
4 Naro Moru, 30 Thomson’s Falls and 6 Ngorongoro

White-headed Sawwing
1 Serengeti and 1 Serengeti-Ngorongoro

Mountain Greenbull
2 Ngorongoro

Yellow-whiskered Greenbull
2 Naro Moru

Sombre Greenbull
4 Sokoke Forest and 1 Sabaki River Mouth

Tiny Greenbull
1 Sokoke Forest

Yellow-bellied Greenbull
4 Sokoke Forest

Dark-capped Bulbul
A total of 104 – a recent split from Common Bulbul

Dodson’s Bulbul
8 Tsawo West and 40 Amboseli – also a recent split

Black-lored Babbler
7 Lake Naivasha

Arrowmarked Babler
12 Serengeti

Brown Babbler
1 Lake Barringo

Nothern Pied Babbler
3 Tarangiere

Rufous Chatterer
6 Naro Moru, 6 Samburu, 2 near Thomson’s Falls, 4 Lake Barringo and 8 Serengeti

White-browed Robin Chat
1 Lake Manyara

Rüppels Robin Chat
9 Ngorongoro

Cape Robin Chat
1 Naro Moru, 3 near Thomson’s Falls, 1 Lake Barringo, 6 Lake Nakuru, 2 Lake Nakuru-Hells Gate, 4 Lake Naivasha, 2 Nairobi, 2 Tarangiere

Red-tailed Ant Thrush
4 Sokoke Forest

Spotted Morning Thrush
2 Tsawo West, 3 Samburu, 2 Lake Barringo and 2 Serengeti

5 Amboseli

Thrush Nightingale
1 Tsawo West

White-browed Scrub Robin
2 Samburu and 1 Tarangiere

Eastern Bearded Scrub Robin
19 Sokoke Forest

Rufous Scrub Robin
1 Lake Barringo

White-browed Robin
1 Amboseli – also known as Irania

Common Stonechat
1 Tsawo West, 1 Naro Moru-Samburu, 6 Samburu-Thomson’s Falls, 1 Hell’s Gate, 7 Serengeti and 12 Ngorongoro

1 Tarangiere

Northern Wheatear
A total of 109

Pied Wheatear
7 Tsawo West, 2 Tsawo West-Amboseli, 4 Amboseli-Nairobi, 1 Samburu-Thomson’s Falls, 3 Hell’s Gate and 1 Ngorongoro

Isabelline Wheatear
2 Tsawo West, 1 Amboseli, 1 Naro Moru-Samburu, 1 Lake Naivasha-Nairobi and 1 Lake Manyara

Capped Wheatear
2 Tsawo West and 1 Ngorongoro

Schalow’s Wheatear
8 Hell’s Gate and 2 Ngorongoro

Brown-tailed Rock Chat
4 Lake Barringo

Northern Anteater Chat
1 Samburu-Thomson’s Falls, 4 Lake Nakuru, 3 Nakuru-Hell’s Gate, 6 Hell’s Gate 4 Lake Naivasha and 6 Ngorongoro

Cliff Chat
1 Lake Nakuru

Common Rock Thrush
2 Tsawo West

Olive Thrush
2 Samburu-Thomson’s Falls and 3 Thomson’s Falls

African Thrush
1 Lake Barringo

Bare-eyed Thrush
2 Samburu

Spotted Flycatcher
A total 48

African Dusky Flycatcher
2 Naro Moru

Ashy Flycatcher
5 Sokoke forest

White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher
2 Naro Moru, 2 Lake Nakuru, 2 Thomson’s Falls, 1 Hell’s Gate and 5 Ngorongoro

Southern Black Flycatcher
2 Samburu

Pale Flycatcher
1 Serengeti

2 Lake Bogoria, 3 Lake Nakuru and 5 Serengeti

Lesser Swamp Warbler
2 Lake Barringo

Olivaceous Warbler
4 Tsawo West, 2 Lake Bogoria, 3 Lake Nakuru, 4 Lake Naivasha, 1 Tarangiere and 2 Serengeti

Upcher’s Warbler
1 Tsawo West

Common Whitethroat
1 Samburu

2 Tsawo West and 1 Lake Naivasha

1 singing at the lodge Ngorongoro crater edge is rare

Willow Warbler
1 Tsawo West, 1 Thomson’s Falls, 1 Lake Barringo, 1 Lake Naivasha, 2 Lake Manyara and 1 Serengeti

Zitting Cisticola
2 Serengeti and 2 Ngorongoro

Hunter’s Cisticola
1 Serengeti-Ngorongoro

Tiny Cisticola
1 Tsawo West

Winding Cisticola
9 Amboseli, 4 Lake Naivasha, 5 Tarangiere and 1 Ngorongoro

Rattling Cisticola
3 Tsawo West, 3 Naro Moru, 1 Isiolo, 9 Amboseli, 21 Tarangiere, 4 Lake Manyara and 42 Serengeti

Boran Cisticola
2 Isiolo-Laikipi

Ashy Cisticola
5 Tsawo West

Desert Cisticola
1 Hell’s Gate

Pectoral-patch Cisticola
1 Lake Bogoria and 3 Ngorongoro

Tawny-flanked Prinia
5 Lake Nakuru, 6 Lake Naivasha, 3 Tarangiere, 2 Lake Manyara and 8 Serengeti

Buff-bellied Warbler
1 Lake Barringo and 6 Serengeti

Pale Wren Warbler
1 Serengeti

Grey-backed Camaroptera
1 Naro Moru, 1 Serengeti and 3 Sokoke Forest

Yellow-breasted Apalis
4 Amboseli

Brown-headed Apalis
5 Nogorongoro

Black-headed Apalis
3 Sokoke Forest

Red-faced Crombec
3 Tsawo West, 4 Amboseli, 1 Naro Moru, 1 Naro Moru-Samburu, 2 Lake Barringo and 1 Serengeti

Montane Whiteeye
1 Naro Moru and 1 Thomson’s Falls

Yellow Whiteeye
4 Tsawo West and 2 Lake Bogoria

White-bellied Tit
2 Lake Barringo and 1 Lake Bogoria

Little Yellow Flycatcher
7 Sokoke Forest

African Paradise Flycatcher
3 Lake Barringo and 8 Sokoke Forest

Chinspot Batis
2 Tsawo West, 2 Lake Nakuru, 1 Lake Barringo, 2 Samburu and 1 Lake Manyara

Forest Batis
3 Sokoke Forest

East Coast Batis
10 Sokoke Forest, also known as Pale Batis

Pygmy Batis
1 Lake Barringo

White-crested Helmet Shrike
4 Lake Barringo

Retz’s Helmet Shrike
5 Sokoke Forest

Chestnut-fronted Helmet Shrike
3 Sokoke Forest

Northern White-crowned Shrike
2 Tsawo West, 2 Tsawo West-Amboseli, 2 near Arusha, 8 Tarangiere and 12 Serengeti

Magpie Shrike
10 Tarangiere

Red-backed Shrike
1 Lake Manyara

Isabelline Shrike
4 Nairobi-Tsawo Est, 3 Tsawo West, 3 Tsawo West Ambolseli, 1 Amboseli, 2 Naor Moru-Samburu, 1 Isiolo, 1 Hell’s Gate, 2 Nairobi-Arusha, 1 Lake Manyara and 2 Lake Manyara-Ngorongoro

Lesser Grey Shrike
1 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 1 Lake Nakuru, 6 Lake Naivasha, 2 Tarangiere, 2 Lake Manyara-Ngorongoro and 17 Serengeti

Grey-backed Fiscal
A total of 32 Lake Bogoria- Lake Naivasha

Long-tailed Fiscal
42 Tsawo West, 6 Amboseli, 2 Namanga-Nairobi, 1 Samburu and 6 Tarangiere

Somali Fiscal
1 Samburu – out of range

Taita Fiscal
1 Amboseli and 2 Samburu

Common Fiscal
A total of 98

2 Tsawo West, 1 Naro Moru, 1 Hell’s Gate, 2 Tarangiere, 3 Serengeti and 2 Ngorongoro

Black-crowned Tchagra
2 Lake Manyara, 2 Serengeti and 2 Sokoke Forest

Three-streaked Tchagra
2 Tsawo West and 1 Samburu

Rosy-patched Bushshrike
1 Isiolo and 1 Samburu

Tropical Boubou
3 Naro Moru, 1 Lake Naivasha and 5 Sokoke Forest

Slate-colored Boubou
1 Lake Barringo and 4 Tarangiere

Northern Puffback
1 Samburu and 2 Lake Barringo

Black-backed Puffbak
4 Sokoke Forest

Eastern Nicator
2 Sokoke Forest

Common Drongo
A total of 139

Black-headed Oriole
3 Naro Moru, 4 Lake Barringo, 4 Lake Naivasha, 3 Malindi, 8 Sokoke Forest and 4 Sabaki River Mouth

Montane Oriole
1 Naro Moru

Eurasian Golden Oriole
1 Malindi

House Crow
40 Malindi

Fan-tailed Raven
2 Lake Barringo

Pied Crow
A total of 160

Cape Rook
4 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 3 Thomson’s Falls-Lake Barringo, 3 Lake Nakuru-Hell’s Gate and 8 Serengeti-Ngorongoro

Red-winged Starling
3 Naro Moru-Samburu and 1 Lake Bogoria – Lake Nakuru

Slender-billed Starling
1 Lake Barringo escarpment and 2 Thomson’s Falls

Bristle-crowned Starling
14 Lake Barringo

Black-bellied Starling
4 Sokoke Forest

Superb Starling
A total of at least 1.195

Greater Blue-eared Starling
8 Naro Moru, 1 Nora Moru-Samburu, 10 near Isiolo, 4 Lake Nakuru-Hell’s Gate, ( arusha-Tarangiere and 10 Serengeti

Rüppel’s Long-tailed Starling
12 Thomson’s Falls-Lake Barringo, 16 Lake Barringo, 6 Lake Nakuru, 2 Lake Nakuru-Hell’s Gate and 2 Tarangiere

Hildebrandt’s Starling
4 Amboseli, 2 Lake Naivasha, 4 Nairobi-Arusha, 20 Tarangiere and 4 Serengeti

Golden-breasted Starling
2 Tsawo West, 2 Tsawo West-Amboseli, 1 Namanga and 3 Samburu

Ashy Starling
44 Tarangiere

Violet-backed Starling
7 Amboseli and 1 Naro Moru – also known as Plumcoloured Starling

Fischer’s Starling
13 Tsawo West and 8 Samburu

Wattled Starling
20 Tsawo West, 80 Amboseli, 10 Amboseli-Namanga, 260 Lake Barringo, 20 near Arusha and 460 Serengeti

Red-billed Oxpecker
4 Tsawo West, 43 Amboseli, 8 Samburu, 12 Lake Nakuru, 5 Tarangiere and 6 Serengeti

Yellow-billed Oxpecker
1 Amboseli and 6 Serengeti

Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird
3 Samburu and 2 Lake Barringo

Amani Sunbird
4 Sokoke Forest

Collared Sunbird
13 Sokoke Forest

Olive Sunbird
8 Sokoke Forest

Amethyst Sunbird
6 Naro Moru

Scarlet-chested Sunbird
1 Lake Barringo, 8 Lake Naivasha, 2 Tarangiere and 1 Serengeti

Hunter’s Sunbird
4 Tsawo West

Variable Sunbird
4 Lake Naivasha and 2 Hell’s Gate

Northern Double-collared Sunbird
1 Naro Moru

Eastern Double-collared Sunbird
2 Naro Moru, 2 Lake Bogoria and 6 Ngorongoro

Marico Sunbird
1 Naro Moru-Samburu

Purple-banded Sunbird
2 Tsawo West and 2 Serengeti

Tacazze Sunbird
4 Naro Moru, 1 Naro Moru-Samburu, 1 Thomson’s Falls and 12 Ngorongoro crater edge

Bronze Sunbird
3 Naro Moru-Samburu, 2 near Isiolo

Golden-winged Sunbird
2 Isiolo-Laikipia

Malachite Sunbird
1 Naro Moru

Beautiful Sunbird
1 Tsawo West, 1 near Naro Moru and 8 Lake Barringo

Grey-headed Sparrow
20 Lake Naivasha and 4 Tarangiere – I had no notes on (sub)species

Parrot-billed Sparrow
4 Tsawo West, 30 Amboseli and 6 Samburu – a recent split from Greyheaded Sparrow

Swahili Sparrow
4 Serengeti – a recent split from Greyheaded Sparrow

Rufous Sparrow
5Amboseli, 8 Nairobi-Naivasha, 6 Naro Moru, 20 Naro Moru-Samburu, 40 Samburu-Thomson’s Falls, 40 Hell’s Gate, 10 Tarangiere and 30 Serengeti

House Sparrow
2 Nairobi, 1 Thomson’s Falls-Lake Barringo, 20 Lake Manyara, 20 Lake Manyara-Ngorongoro, 20 Malindi

Chestnut Sparrow
20 Hell’s Gate and 4 Tarangiere

Yellow-spotted Petronia
2 Amboseli-Namanga and 2 Lake Barringo

White-headed Buffaloweaver
6 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 40 Tsawo West, 8 Samburu, 20 Lake Barringo, 22 Tarangiere and 20 Serengeti

Red-billed Buffaloweaver
3 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 90 Tsawo West, 20 Tsawo West-Amboseli, 2 Amboseli-Namanga, 50 Namanga-Nairoib, 2 Samburu, 4 Tarangiere and 20 Serengeti

White-billed Buffaloweaver
30 Lake Barringo

Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow Weaver
18 Samburu

White-browed Sparrow Weaver
2 Isiolo, 40 Samburu, 40 lake Barringo, 20 lake Bogoria and 20 Lake Nakuru

Rufous-tailed Weaver
5 Tarangiere, 1 Serengeti-Ngorongoro and 40 Ngorongoro

Grey-capped Social Weaver
8 Samburu

Speckle-fronted Weaver
1 Naro Moru-Samburu

Baglafecht Weaver
A total of 246

Little Weaver
4 Lake Barringo and 1 Lake Bogoria

Spectacled Weaver
1 Naro Moru, 20 Lake Barringo and 2 Ngorongoro

Holub’s Golden Weaver
1 Lake Naivasha

Golden Palm Weaver
2 Malindi

Taveta Golden Weaver
2 Amboseli

Vitelline Masked Weaver
10 Nairobi and 30 Serengeti

Lesser Masked Weaver
60 Malindi

Northern Masked Weaver
60 Lake Barringo

Speke’s Weaver
40 Lake Nakuru, 2 Lake Manyara and 20 Lake Naivasha

Village Weaver
30 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 20 Amboseli, 20 Namanga-Nairobi, 60 Lake Barringo, 10 Lake Nakuru, 20 Lake Nakuru-Hell’s Gate, 20 Serengeti and 20 Ngorongoro

Chestnut Weaver
20 Hell’s Gate

Dark-backed Weaver
2 Sokoke Forest

Red-billed Quelea
20 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 20 near Isiolo and 120 Tarangiere

White-winged Widowbird
2 Amboseli and 1 Naro Moru-Samburu

Red-collared Widowbird
30 Ngorongoro

Long-tailed Widowbird
6 near Naro Moru and 2 near Isiolo

Jackson’s Widowbird
5 Ngorongoro

Green-winged Pytilia
1 Serengeti – also known as Melba Finch

Red-billed Firefinch
4 Amboseli, 2 Tarngiere, 4 Tarangiere-Ngorongoro and 2 Ngorongoro

African Firefinch
1 Naro Moru and 2 Serengeti

Red-cheeked Gordonbleu
3 Tsawo West, 3 Naro Moru and 2 Isiolo-Thomson’s Falls

Blue-capped Gordonbleu
4 Amboseli and 14 Tarangiere

Purple Grenadier
4 Tsawo West, 6 Naro Moru, 6 Tarangiere and 2 near Nairobi

Crimson-rumped Waxbill
4 Tsawo West

Common Waxbill
20 Amboseli, 1 Naro Moru, 10 Lake Naivasha, 14 Tarangiere and 60 Lake Barringo

Quail Finch
3 Serengeti

African Silverbill
3 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 20 Tsawo West, 8 Samburu, 2 Serengeti-Ngorongoro and 1 Ngorongoro

Bronze Mannikin
2 Naro Moru

Black-and-white Mannikin
1 Sokoke Forest and 140 Malindi

Cutthroat Finch
20 Tsawo West

Village Indigofinch
2 Tarangiere

Pin-tailed Whydah
4 Ngorongoro

Straw-tailed Whydah
2 Tsawo West

Paradise Whydah
40 Mida Creek

Streaky Seedeater
8 Naro Moru and 2 Naro Moru-Samburu

Yellow-rumped Seedeater
10 Lake Manyara

African Citril
6 Lake Naivasha-Lake Nakuru, 2 Lake Manyara and 2 Ngorongoro

Yellow-fronted Canary
7 Naro Moru-Samburu, 2 Samburu-Laikipia, 2 Thomson’s Falls and 1 Sokoke Forest

White-bellied Canary
8 Tsawo West, 2 Tsawo West-Amboseli and 3 Serengeti

Brimstone Canary
5 Naro Moru

Golden-breasted Bunting
1 Serengeti

Somali Golden-breasted Bunting
4 Tsawo West

Rock Bunting
1 Isiolo-Thomson’s Falls


Pied Colobus
2 Naro Moru

Olive Baboon
20 Samburu, 2 Thomson’s Falls, 18 Lake Nakuru, 19 Lake Nakuru-Hell’s Gate, 44 Tarangiere, 20 Lake Manyara and 40 Ngorongoro

Yellow Baboon
1 Nairobi-Tsawo West and 12 Tsawo West

Vervet Monkey
5 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 14 Tsawo West, 40 Samburu, 4 Lake Barringo, 12 Lake Nakuru, 4 Lake Naivasha, 18 Lake Manyara and 14 Serengeti

Gentle Monkey
9 Tsawo West, 4 Tarangiere, 6 Ngorongoro and 2 Sokoke Forest

Greater Galago
1 Sokoke Forest

Bat sp
5 Tsawo West, 3 Lake Barringo, 20 Lake Nakuru, 2 Tarangiere and 14 Ngorongoro

Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew
4 Sokoke Forest

1 Lake Naivasha

Spring Hare
1 Amboseli

Squirrel sp
2 Amboseli

Unstriped Ground Squirrel
8 Samburu and 2 Tarangiere

Striped Ground Squirrel
4 Lake Bogoria

Red-bellied Coast Squirrel
3 Sokoke Forest

Mice sp
20 Serengeti

Golden-backed Jackal
2 Ngorongoro

Black-backed Jackal
1 Tsawo West, 1 Amboseli, 1 Samburu, 1 Hell’s Gate and 9 Serengeti

Dwarf Mongoose
4 Tsawo West and 2 Samburu

Banded Mongoose
4 Tarangiere

White-tailed Mongoose
1 Sokoke Forest

Spotted Hyena
1 Tsawo West, 5 Amboseli, Serengeti and 7 Ngorongoro

Common Genet
1 Tsawo West

Wild Cat
1 Amboseli

2 Samburu, 2 Serengeti and 1 Ngorongoro

13 Amboseli, 18 Samburu, 69 Serengeti and 15 Ngorongoro

1 Tsawo West, 1 Samburu, 4 Serengeti and 1 Ngorongoro

Rock Hyrax
2 Lake Barringo, 1 Lake Naivasha, 2 Tarangiere and 2 Serengeti

Bush Hyrax
4 Naro Moru, 10 Serengeti and 1 Ngorongoro

African Elephant
1 Tsawo West, 130 Amboseli, 6 Samburu, 17 Tarangiere, 11 Lake Manyara, 48 Serengeti, 5 Ngorongoro and 2 Sokoke Forest

Common Zebra
A total of 3.603 – also seen outside national parks, most 1.800 Serengeti

Grevy’s Zebra
27 Samburu

Black Rhinoceros
2 Ngorongoro

White Rinoceros
3 Lake Nakuru

36 Tsawo West, 16 Amboseli, 16 Lake Barringo, 108 Lake Naivasha, 11 Lake Manyara, 15 Serengeti and 48 Ngorongoro

Common Warthog
25 Tsawo West, 2 Tsawo West-Amboseli, 6 Amboseli, 2 Lake Nakuru, 6 Hell’s Gate, 6 Tarangiere, 3 Lake Manyara, 22 Serengeti and 13 Ngorongoro

Masai-Giraffe : 2 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 12 Tsawo West, 25 Amboseli, 7 Lake Naivasha, 2 Tarangiere, 41 Lake Manyara and 26 Serengeti
Rothschild’s Giraffe 2 Lake Nakuru and Reticulated Giraffe 23 Samburu – by some authors regarded three different species

African Buffalo
4 Tsawo West, 14 Amboseli, 18 Samburu, 90 Lake Nakuru, 24 Tarangiere, 22 Lake Manyara, 280 Serengeti and 180 Ngorongoro

Lesser Kudu
1 Tsawo West and 1 Namanga-Nairobi

2 Amboseli and 1 Ngorongoro

Bush Duiker
1 Tsawo West

Ader’s Duiker
1 Sokoke Forest

2 Hell’s Gate

Kirk’s Dikdik
5 Tsawo West, 28 Samburu and 12 Tarangiere

5 Tsawo West, 15 Amboseli, 42 Samburu, 17 Lake Naivasha, 18 Tarangiere, 12 Lake Manyara, 12 Serengeti and 6 Ngorongoro

1 Tsawo West

Thomson’s Gazelle
170 Nairobi-Tsawo West, 8 Tsawo West, 5 Tsawo West-Amboseli, 80 Amboseli, 5 Namanga-Nairobi, 2 Samburu, 10 Isiolo-Thomson’s Falls, 40 Lake Nakuru, 3.600 Serengeti and 800 Ngorongoro

Grant’s Gazelle
8 Amboseli, 26 Samburu and 14 Lake Naivasha

5 Samburu

A total of 1.262, also seen outside national parks – most 420 Serengeti

23 Serengeti

18 Serengeti

An exceptional 550.000 Serengeti. 5.300 Amboseli and 3.500 Ngorongoro. 860 at other localities – also seen outside national parks

Beisa Oryx
28 Samburu

Whale sp
1 Malindi – a dorsal fin seen briefly on quite a distance, looked like Killer Whale


Spotted Bush Snake
1 Serengeti being killed by a secretary bird

1 Serengeti

Redheaded Agama
4 Tsawo West

Mwanza Rock Agama
12 Serengeti

Slender Chameleon
1 thomson’s Falls

Tropical House Gecko

Whiteheaded Dwarf Gecko
5 Malindi

Nile Crocodile
1 Samburu and 3 Lake Barringo

Leopard Tortoise
1 Tarangiere

Hawksbill Turtle
1 dead Malindi

And several unidentified skinks or/and lizards