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Birding at Great Rift Valley in Kenya

Birding in Kenya is a superb and mesmerizing activity.

Best time: October–March

Birding at Great Rift Valley
Birding at Great Rift Valley
Birding at Great Rift Valley
Birding at Great Rift Valley
Birding at Great Rift Valley

There are over 1100 species found in different habitats in Kenya, including migrant and non-migrant birds. However, visit Great Rift Valley to enjoy the most dramatic scenery while watching the birds. On a clear day any time of the year savanna and geology of the place will be the perfect background for watching flamingoes hanging out randomly. And although, this is the perfect spot for birdwatching no matter the time, aim for October to March as this is the period when most migrant species arrive. Finally, choose January if you want to spot one million waterbirds in Great Rift Valley.

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What is the location of the Great Rift Valley and what caused its formation?

The Great Rift Valley is present in East Africa, extending about 6000km from Syria to Mozambique. In Kenya, it stretches from Lake Turkana to Lake Magadi, near Tanzania. The valley was created due to the cracking of the earth's crust along two parallel faults. Show more

During which months of the year is the Great Rift Valley in Kenya best for birdwatching, and why?

To enjoy bird watching in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, it is advisable to visit during the months between October and March. This is the time when a wide range of migrant birds arrive, leading to an increase in the bird population. January, in particular, is an ideal month to watch a variety of waterbirds, as reduced water levels provide enough space for birds to feed on aquatic creatures. Show more

How diverse is the bird population in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, and why is it so diverse?

There are over 1100 species of birds found in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. Lake Bogoria, one of the popular birdwatching spots of the valley, is home to more than 300 species of birds. The bird population is diverse due to the varied habitats found within the valley, including savannahs, forests, and wetlands. Some of the birds found in the area include various ducks, eagles, flamingos, weavers, and several endemic species. Show more

Is flamingo watching the only attraction in the Great Rift Valley?

Visitors to the Great Rift Valley in Kenya should not limit themselves to flamingo watching as the valley has more to offer. Along with the incredible flocks of flamingos, the valley is home to storks, weavers, ducks, and eagles. The valley boasts several endemic species, such as the Sharpe's Longclaw, Kenrick’s starling, and Taita fiscal. With its geological features and extensive wildlife, the valley is an ideal location for photography, camping, and hiking. Show more

What are some other activities that visitors can experience besides birdwatching in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya?

Apart from birdwatching, there are plenty of other activities on offer in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. Visitors can take a hot air balloon ride, explore the nearby Maasai Mara Reserve, take a boat ride on Lake Naivasha or Lake Elementaita, or hike in the Hell's Gate National Park. The valley’s scenery also provides an ideal location for camping, hiking, and photography. Show more

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