Although many go on safari to see the “Big Five” — lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo — the smart safarian adds birds to the list. Instead of anxiously waiting hours for one big animal, alert birders fill their idle time with brilliant plumage and fascinating tweets (of the non-social-media variety).
The magnificent Great Rift Valley runs nearly 4,000 miles from Lebanon to Mozambique, and the Kenyan portion holds ancient lakes hosting over 400 species of birds, from flamingos to eagles to bee eaters.
“I visited Lake Nakuru, where I saw over 230 species in just one day,” Dwarshuis says. “Lake Baringo further north also offers terrific birding, including some hard to find nocturnal species like the Three-banded Courser and very localized species like Hemprich’s Hornbill.”