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Tanzania Birding Safari

TANZANIA BIRDING SAFARI

Trip duration

10 days/ 9 nights

The Tanzania Birding Safari can be combined with our Kenya Birding Safari to form our famous Best of Kenya and Tanzania Birding Safari.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN TANZANIA

We shall start our Tanzania Birding Safari in Arusha town, the tourism capital of Tanzania. We shall arrive via the Kilimanjaro Airport, where our Tour Leader will be ready to receive us and kick start our journey. We shall then head to our hotel in Arusha, where we shall check in.

On this day, if we have an early arrival, we may explore local birding spots around Arusha. Otherwise, we can relax and enjoy the nice Arusha weather from our lodge.

Night in Arusha.

DAY 2: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

We shall enjoy a full day trip in the spectacular Arusha National Park. Here we shall drive some sections of the park, and also bird on foot in other areas. This park has a great highland forest nestled around Mt. Meru. Many highland bird species can be expected here. We shall spend most of the day birding here.

Other wildlife will be encountered including Maasai Giraffes and assorted monkeys. We shall spend most of the day in the park to maximise our Tanzania Birding Safari list and enjoy the most that this area has to offer.

Night in Arusha.

DAY 3: LARK PLAINS TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Leaving early, we shall drive from Arusha and head North to the Lark Plains, a key site on our Tanzania Birding Safari. We shall enjoy birding at the plains; targeting the local specials among an array of other species.

Later, we head to Tarangire National Park, a less explored birding gem. Birding on the way will be active and in the afternoon we shall enter Tarangire, the land of Elephants and Baobab trees; where many birds await us. Big game will also be encountered as we bird. The local Acacia woodland is very graceful and full of birds.

Night in Tarangire.

DAY 4: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

This day will be spent enjoying Tarangire as we score species we may have missed the previous day. The birds will surely keep adding to our already great Tanzania Birding Safari list. We may also add more mammal encounters as we scout the various habitats.

Mammals expected here include the African Elephant, Banded Mongoose, African Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo and Cheetah.

Night in Tarangire.

DAY 5: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK – THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY

We shall leave our hotel early, to allow enough time in the park. We shall enter Lake Manyara National Park, a great habitat surrounding a pristine soda lake in the Rift Valley. The local Baobab trees will illuminate our journey through this lowland region.

Here we see lots of birds and during a good time, lots of flamingos- a key highlight on our Tanzania Birding Safari. The local game is mainly composed of monkeys. Others include Savannah Elephants, famous tree-climbing Lions and much more.

Night in Karatu.

DAY 6: NGORONGORO CRATER

We shall head into the mighty Ngorongoro Crater, a true jewel of our Tanzania Birding Safari. This is a large and scenic crater located at about 2000m above sea level. This crater is about 600m deep and has an amazing view both from the top and inside the crater. The crater is nestled in a pristine natural forest, full of beautiful indigenous trees. We shall enjoy the views of the crater from the rim, as we scan for birds in the area. We shall then descend the majestic Ngorogoro Crater.

Descending down the crater floor takes you through great scenery and you get to experience the local Euphorbia tree varieties. Herds of wild animals are plenty inside the crater as well as wonderful views of the crater walls. Look out for the local Lions, Black Rhinos, Common Zebras, assorted Gazelles, Nile Hippos and Wildebeests. We shall spend most of the day birding and enjoying the game across the crater.

Later in the afternoon, we shall ascend to the crater’s rim enjoying some more highland forest birds as we move higher.

Night in Ngorongoro.  

DAY 7: NGORONGORO TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

On this day, we shall continue enjoying the birds of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area as we seek any species we may have missed over the past sessions. We shall also transect the vast Ndutu Plains, where local gamebirds and grassland specialists occur in good numbers. This is a very exciting location on all our Tanzania Birding Safaris.

In the afternoon, we shall enjoy birding in Serengeti National Park. Mammals will also be encountered here including Maasai Giraffe, Grant’s Gazelle, African Lion, Cheetah, Cape Buffaloes and Common Zebras.

Night in Serengeti.

DAY 8 AND 9: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

We shall spend the next leg of our Tanzania Birding Safari enjoying the beautiful birds and big game of the mighty Serengeti. We shall enjoy the days on game drives as we transect this vast savannah. We shall also sample local wetlands and bushland to boost our species lists. We shall enjoy lunch stops around midday.

Mammals we can expect here include the Savannah Elephant, Serval, Maasai Giraffe, African Lion, Leopard, assorted antelopes, Common Zebra and Cheetah.

Nights in Serengeti.

DAY 10: SERENGETI TO ARUSHA

On this day we shall drive back to Arusha picking some extra birds on the way out of Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Later in the afternoon we shall drive to Kilimanjaro Airport, for our evening flights home; marking the end to our lovely Tanzania Birding Safari.

 

 

Highlight birds

Fischer’s Lovebird, Yellow-collared Lovebird, Meyer’s Parrot, Black Coucal, Steel Blue Whydah, Swahili Sparrow, White-bellied Canary, Kori Bustard, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Schalow’s Turaco, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Yellow-billed Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, Lyne’s Cisticola, Hunter’s Cisticola, Golden-winged Sunbird, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, Taita Fiscal, Slate-coloured Boubou, Brubru, Magpie Shrike, Northern White-crowned Shrike, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, Magpie Shrike, Silverbird, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Miombo Wren-warbler, Brown Woodland Warbler, Brown Parisoma, Banded Parisoma, Bar-throated Apalis, Karamoja Apalis, Southern Ground Hornbill, Tanzania Red-billed Hornbill, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Rameron Pigeon, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Waller’s Starling, Superb Starling,

Hildebrandt’s Starling, Secretarybird, Crowned Eagle, Mountain Buzzard, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Southern Citril, Thick-billed Seedeater, White-naped Raven, Usambiro Barbet, White-headed Barbet, Red and Yellow Barbet, Grey Crowned Crane, Chestnut-banded Plover, Great White Pelican, White-headed Mousebird, Short-tailed Lark, Beesley’s Lark, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, Black Bishop, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Red-throated Tit, Two-banded Courser, African Scops-Owl, Black-lored Babbler, Cape Teal, Blacksmith Lapwing, Grey-breasted Spurfowl, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Mottled Spinetail, Green Woodhoopoe, Ashy Starling

Highlight mammals and others

African Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Nile Hippo, Savannah Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino

Habitats covered

Savannah, Highland Forest, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Ngorongoro Crater, the mighty Serengeti, Africa’s Big 5, the Great Rift Valley