The Sustainable Birding Company, Nairobi

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#96 of 370 in Outdoors in Nairobi
The Sustainable Birding Company offers high quality Birding, African Big 5 Safari and Photography Tours in Kenya and Uganda that directly contribute to the conservation of local birds and wildlife.

Our Model of Sustainability involves donating a percentage of profit to local wildlife conservation NGOs and our own personal Sustainable Projects, mitigating against environmental impact, and creating opportunities for young people to get inspired by birding. We only employ the best local bird guides, meaning you not only benefit from their huge expertise but that you're also supporting local livelihoods. By choosing to go on a tour with us, you are actively choosing to support a sustainable approach to tourism in East Africa.



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  • My friends and I went on a safari organised by The Sustainable Birding Company, after we’d attended a wedding in Kenya. It was spectacular! Sam and the team couldn’t have been more helpful. They...  more »
  • What a fantastic experience! My wife and I thought our entire visit was welcoming, delivered professionally, and especially catered for when delays and traffic (out of our control) had the potential.....  more »
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  • Awesome tour! My guide, Sam, was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and great at spotting and identifying birds, explaining different facets of the park and environment in the park and Kenya generally, and ensuring the tour was tailored to what I wanted. I did a half day tour (would have booked for longer but needed to get to the airport). We saw over 80 birds and many animals. They emailed me a list of all the birds and animals as well, so that I didn't have to record the types of birds as we went. The driver was great too. I had so much fun, and would 100% recommend Sustainable Birding Company to anyone interested in birding in Kenya.
  • As part of 30th birthday celebrations, we went on a one day tour to Nairobi National Park with SBC, and for me, as someone who wouldn’t really label themselves as a ‘birder’, but does love nature and wildlife in general, it really did confound expectations. We were picked up from our flat at 6 in the morning in a simple matatu as we deliberately were looking for the cheapest option, but it was clean, comfortable, and the roof opened up perfectly once we got to the gates. Our guide was really personable, chatty and keen to get us excited ahead of arriving. I knew that NNP was a famous and surprisingly diverse park, but I couldn’t believe quite how much it felt like we were no longer in a city. So, - to the important business of what we saw – I was genuinely surprised and amazed at how quickly I got into looking for birds, identifying them, and looking through the book to see more about them. Our guide didn't even need his binoculars! – he literally hears something, or knows the habitat each species will be in, goes there, then boom – we see the bird in question. And it is so fast! There was no kind of waiting, watching, hanging around – every corner we turned we seemed to see a previously unseen, beautiful, colourful, amazing bird. I really appreciated the fact that when I told the guide that while I did enjoy the birding, I also did want to see lions, he knew exactly where to go to make sure this happened. I hugely appreciated this – having been on lots of safaris, the key to a good one is having a really responsive guide who can make sure everyone in the group is happy. And we saw two lovely lions! Up close, practically next to us. They were looking right at us, it was a special moment. Although I am a huge big cat fan, the lions weren’t the highlight but rather it was a short walk into the park that stood out. Walking in a national park is a pleasure that driving in a van doesn’t even come close to. You feel like you’re truly in the wild, and are able to smell, breathe, and feel all the sensations around you instead of just watching from a distance. We went on a good walk with an armed ranger down to a beautiful river, and saw around 10 rare and amazing bird species within a very hectic 20 seconds! My favourite was the hybrid lovebirds. The last part of the tour was when I realised my potential to be a true birder: when we got a bit competitive and tried to see if we could beat SBC’s record for number of species seen in Nairobi National Park. We got up to around 120 (our guide had a great app he uses to note them down, track them, and then report back to conservation NGOs so they are better able to do their jobs – a nice bit of environmental impact), and things got serious. I became a little obsessed with trying to spot a new species….so we could beat the previous SBC record! And we did it! – I think around 132 species or something. Overall, I felt like my knowledge of Kenya’s amazing birdlife increased rapidly and significantly, - it made me feel proud, and properly engaged with the park and its ecosystem, and so much of a better day than if we’d only been driving around taking the odd boring photo of a zebra. We laughed a lot, had a good picnic lunch and were home by 6 or 7. I can imagine how it really would be an amazing amazing experience to do the same but over a few days, in somewhere even more diverse like Samburu. Thanks to all at SBC for making it happen!

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