TANZANIA BIRDING SAFARI
9 days/ 8 nights
This tour can be combined with our Kenya Prime Birding Tour to make our famous Kenya & Tanzania Birding Tour.
DAY 1: LARK PLAINS
We shall start our Tanzania Birding Safari in Arusha town, the tourism capital of Tanzania. We shall drive from Arusha and head north to the Lark Plains for a day of birding. Birding will be active on the way and we shall make stops to enjoy many species as we drive along. We shall enjoy birding at the plains; targeting the local specials among an array of other species. Later in the afternoon, we shall return to Arusha for the night.
Night in Arusha.
DAY 2: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK TO LAKE MANYARA
We shall start the day early with a trip to 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 lists and enjoy the most that this area has to offer.
From here we shall cruise through the semi-arid area west of Arusha on our way to Lake Manyara. On the way, we shall encounter more birds, as we make several strategic stop-overs.
Night at Lake Manyara.
DAY 3: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
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, Lions and much more.
Night in Karatu.
DAY 4: NGORONGORO CRATER
We shall leave early and head to the Ngorongoro Crater. 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 5 AND 6: 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 long days on game drives as we transect this vast savannah. We shall also sample local wetlands and scrubland 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 7: TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
We shall leave early and 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 also very graceful and full of birds.
Night in Tarangire.
DAY 8: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
This day will be spent enjoying more of Tarangire to score species we may have missed the previous day. The birds will surely keep adding to our already great list. We may also add more mammal encounters as we scout the habitat for birds. Mammals expected here include the African Elephant, Banded Mongoose, Cape Buffalo and Cheetah.
Night in Tarangire.
DAY 9: ARUSHA AND DEPARTURE
On this day we shall drive back to Arusha picking some extra birds on the way. We shall arrive in Arusha in time for lunch. Later in the afternoon we shall drive to Kilimanjaro Airport, for our evening flights home marking the end to our lovely Tanzania Birding Safari.
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
Savannah, Highland Forest, Wetlands, Semi-arid Scrubland
Ngorongoro Crater, the mighty Serengeti, Africa’s Big 5, the Great Rift Valley