Kenya Tour (incl. Ishaqbini), July 29-August 13, 2023

Hello everyone! Sharing an amazing opportunity here! I currently have a 2.5 week-long trip to Kenya planned for this upcoming summer, with availability for 1-2 others to join me from Saturday, July 29 to Sunday, August 13. The trip is focused on East African mammals and birds, with a particular focus on Kenya’s endemic mammals. A few days are planned as more bird-focused, however all days include extensive mammal watching. The highlights of the trip are the following:

  • Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy searching for Coastal Topi, Somali Dwarf Mongoose, Somali Galago, Somali Ostrich, and of course the incredibly rare Hirola
  • Tana River Primate Reserve searching for Tana River Red Colobus and Tana River Mangabey
  • Arabuko-Sokoke/Watamu searching for Golden-Rumped Sengi, Kenya Coast Galago, Sokoke Scops-Owl, Coastal Suni, duikers, and the bat caves (with a possibility of bottlenose and humpback dolphins on the coast)
  • Tsavo East/Rukinga searching for Hinde’s Dik-Dik, Peters’ Gazelle, Klipspringer, and Rufous Sengi
  • Taita Hills searching for endangered endemic birds and Eastern Tree-Hyrax (with a possibility of African Wildcat both here and near Rukinga at night)
  • Amboseli National Park searching for African Golden Wolf
  • Aberdare National Park (and the surrounding lodges) searching for Giant Forest Hog, Black-Fronted Duiker, Mountain Suni, White-Tailed Mongoose, Kenya Mtn. Viper, and Maned Rat
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy for the rhinoceros
  • Samburu National Reserve searching for Desert Warthog, Smith’s (Gunther’s) Dik-Dik, Bright’s Gazelle, Gerenuk, and Grevy’s Zebra

In addition to the rare target animals above, the trip will include plenty of opportunities to see the more classic array of African mammals, including elephants, hippopotamus, both Reticulated and Masai Giraffe, wildebeest, hartebeest, Impala, Thomson’s Gazelle, African Buffalo, Plains Zebra, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, and African Wild Dog. Please note that this trip departs from Malindi and concludes in Nairobi. I already have the expert guide/driver Zarek Cockar lined up with guaranteed access to Ishaqbini. Cost per person is still to be determined based on a few factors but is likely to range between $5-10K/person for the entire length of the trip. This will include accommodation, food, lodging, and costs associated with the expert/local guides we will have access to 24/7. Participation for only a length of the trip is possible in theory, though logistically full participation is desired. If you are interested in joining this trip of a lifetime, please reach out to me at for the full itinerary and further details. I hope to hear from you soon!

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  • jonaslivet

    Tyler, I would be interested to hear more about your trip. Could you reach to me by email at jonaslivet (at) Looking forward, Jonas


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