|The trip begins on the coast. South of Mombasa is the forested Shimba Hills National Park, and
then heading north, we reach the shore at Mida Creek and Sabaki Rivermouth, the mysterious
|In the forest, Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, Clarke’s Weaver, Amani Sunbird and East Coast
Akalat are all restricted in range, and are accompanied by Fischer’s Turaco, Green-headed
Oriole, Madagascar and Asian Lesser Cuckoos, Four-coloured Bush-shrike and the strange
Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew.
On the creeks and shore, one can find African Skimmer, Saunder’s Tern, Crab Plover, Greater
and Lesser Sandplovers, Madagascar Pratincole, Zanzibar Red Bishop and many more. The
salt-flats north of Malindi are the home of the restricted-range Malindi Pipit.
Heading inland, we go through Tsavo East National Park. Here
are found Somali Ostrich, Kori and Buff-crested Bustards, Whitethroated
Bee-eaters, Vulturine Guineafowl, Golden-breasted
Starling, Orange-bellied Parrot, and Yellow-billed and Von der
Decken’s Hornbills. Tsavo West is home to the restricted-range
En-route, we visit Taita Hills, with their endemic Taita Thrush,
White-eye and Apalis, as well as Stripe-cheeked Greenbul,
Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler and Striped Pipit.
|Finally, we visit Amboseli National Park, under the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and with an
impressive range of mammals, including Lion, Cheetah, Elephant and Hippo. Dependent on
season, waterbirds can be plentiful, larks abound, and it is one of the best places to find the
scarce regional endemic, Taveta Golden Weaver.