2 Days Irangi Forest Birding

Irangi Forest is nestled on the eastern side of Mt Kenya zone which is the largest forest remaining in Kenya. It’s ecosystem as a whole plays a critical role in water catchment for two main rivers in the country, the Tana and Ewaso Nyiro. Irangi Forest is an Important Bird Area (IBA) with a rich biological diversity, not only in terms of ecosystems but also in terms of bird species. The area also has a wide variety of fauna with major species of large mammals of international conservation interest, including elephant, leopard, giant forest hog, mountain bongo and black-fronted duiker, species of ungulates

Fact File Irangi Forest

Size: 18,500 Hectares

Location: Embu Country

Altitude: 2000m

Drive time: 3 hours from Nairobi


Scenery is Amazing

Rupingazi Waterfall

Mount Kenya Peaks can be seen clearly from Irangi campsite early morning

The forest has 29 permanent rivers

Have some of known oldest trees (Camphor trees presumed to be over 300 years old)

Forest Birdlife prolific

 Bird Checklist

Mountain Buzzard, Green Ibis, 

Hamerkop, Eurasian Hobby, African Goshawk, Little Sparrow Hawk, Great Sparrow, Augur Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Ayres’s hawk Eagle, Crowned Eagle, Dusky Nightjar, Olive Pigeon, Lemon Dove, Red eyed Dove, Tambourine Dove, Hartlaub’s Turaco, African Emerald Cuckoo, African Wood Owl, Little & White rumped Swifts, Bar tailed Trogon, Cinnamon chested Bee-eater, Silvery cheeked Hornbill ,Moustached& Yellow rumped Tinkerbirds, White eared Barbet, Fine banded Woodpecker, Black fronted Bushshrike, Lesser Honeyguide, Grey cuckoo Shrike, Kenrick’s, Sharpe & Abbott’s Starlings, Chestnut &Grey throated Apalises,  Yellow whiskered, Slender billed, Cabanis’s Greenbuls, Cinnamon bracken Warbler, Brown woodland Warbler, Abyssinian ground Thrush, Thick billed Seed-eater.