10 Days Tanzania Bird Watching Safari3
10 Days Tanzania Bird Watching Safarifrom
10 Days Tanzania Bird Watching Safari itinerary was designed for clients who have a special interest in African bird life. 10 Days Tanzania Bird Watching Safari offer fantastic birding safaris Tanzania that won’t leave indifferent anyone, regardless of his or her age. Our 10 Days Tanzania Bird Watching Safari offer an excellent chance to see Tanzania birds in their natural habitat. Get a taste East Africa, 10 Days Tanzania Bird Watching Safari and wildlife safari with Africa safari bookings advisor. 10 Days Tanzania Bird Watching Safari is one of the outstanding tour package that gives you the two activities; birding and game drives blended with culture from the Maasai community.
The wild expanses of Tanzania offers the ultimate paradise for birding enthusiasts. While there’s plenty of Birdwatching opportunities in Tanzania, you will get a wonderful experience being guided by professionals. The huge list of bird species to be found here make bird watching safaris in Tanzania the most sought after activity among bird lovers. In the Serengeti alone there are over 500 species of birds. The best time for bird watching is from November to April, when the migratory birds have returned from Europe and the resident birds are nesting.
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10 Days Tanzania Bird Watching Safari leads you to the paradise of birds of air in Africa. We customized this 10 Days Tanzania Bird Watching Safari for birding and bird lovers who want to learn and experience closely birds’ love story, beautiful singing, coloration. Tanzania host thousands of bird species which some are endemic to Africa and only found in Tanzania. Firstly, Ostriches which are the largest bird in the world and endemic to Africa are seen populated in Tanzania.
Tanzania boasts a bird list of 1,038 species, the 3rd biggest in Africa. Eight of the 10 family’s endemic to mainland Africa are present. Raptors, plovers, parrots, turacos, bee-eaters, barbets, flamingos, starlings, weavers, pipits and sunbirds are well represented. Led by excellent guides specialized in Bird life, Tanzania Birding Safari will visit some of the most interesting areas in Northern Tanzania focusing into different habitats and ecosystems. This is a safari for keen naturalists, for people interested in something else than viewing wildlife.
Tanzania is blessed for birding as it hosts everything you want to see. The world has 9,000 species of birds and Tarangire National park alone host 555 species of birds, almost every bird you know or dreamed to see. Tarangire also welcomes migrant’s birds from Europe and Asia. If you want to see water birds, we got them in Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, Ngorongoro crater. You prefer forest bird Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro will serve your desire. If you are desired to learn more of grassland and aerial birds come to Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park.
Tanzania, which is known primarily for the colossal amount of wildlife that it has, is also an excellent birding destination. Our 10 Days Tanzania Bird Watching Safari Package will take you through more than thousands of native and migratory bird species that are commonly found in Tanzania and present a truer picture of the rich biodiversity of Tanzania & East Africa with attention given both to birding and to regular wildlife observation.
Starting off at Arusha which has over 400 species of bird to explore, you’ll subsequently get to visit prominent areas of the northern circuit which are Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro, and lastly Serengeti National Park. Tarangire National Park is known for the elephant herds, which partially offsets the fact that there are 550 species of birds inhabiting the park. The big Tarangire River which flows through the park is an excellent place for birds to breed.
- All meals
- A local birding guide
- All park, conservation, and entrance fees
- Excursions and activities as detailed in the itinerary
- Transport by minibus or converted 4 x 4 safari vehicle with professional safari guide
- Items of a personal nature
- Gratuities (please see our tipping guidelines blog)
- International flights
- International airport taxes
- Medical curtailment of the tour
Arusha National Park.
After breakfast drive to Arusha National Park. Arusha is a small jewel among the Tanzanian national parks. The park provides a unique variety of mountain, forest swamps, finger lakes and long grass habitats. Look for turacos, mountain buzzard, peregrine, lanner falcons and possibly the lammergeyer vulture. The differing PH in the finger lakes attracts a wide assortment of water fowl, flamingos and fish eagles. This is also the best location to see the black and white colobus monkey. Overnight at Ngurdoto Lodge. Accommodation: Ngurdoto Lodge – FB
Arusha National Park
Full day birding at Arusha National Park. Arusha NP should be on every bird watcher’s itinerary in Tanzania. Over 400 species recorded in such a small park is quite an impressive count. Momella Lake is one of the best places in Tanzania to see waterbirds: flamingo, pelican, little grebe, a variety of heron, duck and wader are common. Augur buzzard, Verreaux’s eagle and other cliff-associated raptors can often be seen flying above Ngurdoto Crater. Migratory birds are present from November to April.
Accommodation: Ngurdoto Lodge – FB
Arusha - Tarangire National Park.
Tarangire is Tanzania’s 3rd largest national park and considered its most scenic with huge baobab trees and acacia dotted hills. The park has one of the densest populations of birds in all of Africa and has more than 650 recorded species. We will look especially for ground hornbills, verraux eagle owl, african eagle owl, battaleur and martial eagles, buff-crested bustard, starlings of all kinds, francolins, cuckoos, hoopoes and mousebirds. Many species can be spotted from the lodge, with a wonderful view of the Tarangire River below. Accommodation: Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge – FB
Birding and enjoy some mammals today. This park is famous for its resident and migratory elephants, with 3000 individuals living in the park and another 3000 individuals migrating into the park from June-November. There are large prides of lion, leopard and rock python that live in the swamp and serve as a good food source for the many raptors in the park. Accommodation: Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge – FB
Days 5 & 6:
Tarangire - Lake Manyara
Drive to Lake Manyara, a short distance from Tarangire and located on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley. The park is fed by underground springs and consists of a small temperate rain forest at the entrance to the park. Baboons are abundant in the park as well as the famous tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara. Here we look for a variety of waterfowl, silver-checked, red-billed and Von Der Decken’s hornbills, kingfishers, warblers, paradise flycatcher, whydah birds and sunbirds of all kinds. Picnic lunch and continue to the lodge in late afternoon for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge – FB
Lake Manyara - Serengeti
Drive to Serengeti National Park through the crater highlands, stopping along the way to visit Oldupai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous archeological discoveries. The Gorge also offers good sightings of red and yellow barbet, red-cheeked cordon-bleu and purple grenadier. Continue into the Serengeti enjoying a game drive and birding along the way with a picnic lunch. Overnights at Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Accommodation: Seronera Wildlife Lodge – FB
Serengeti National Park
We embark on a spectacular journey that few people would ever forget. We head out from Arusha to Serengeti National Park, having lunch (being careful not to have your food taken from your hands by opportunistic Yellow-billed Kites) on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater on the way. If you’ve never been to Africa before, you’re likely to be amazed by African Elephant, African Buffalo, and the sheer number of bird species. After an exciting drive we’ll eventually reach the Serengeti, where we enjoy the huge and impressive wildebeest migration, not to mention the thousands of Plains Zebras and Thomson’s Gazelles.
Other megafauna that we’ll search for include Topi, Common Eland, Oribi, Bohor Reedbuck, and Masai Giraffe. This is one of the best places on the planet to see big cats – we’ve sometimes seen Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah in a single day, as well as some of the smaller cats such as Serval and Caracal. Finding a kill should allow us to see a good number of vulture species, such as Rüppell’s, White-backed, Lappet-faced, White-headed, Egyptian, and Hooded Vultures.
Birds of prey are everywhere, including the most colorful of the world’s eagles, Bateleur. Secretarybird regally roams the plains searching for its serpentine prey, while Common Ostrich tries to be regal but without much success. Smaller birds are everywhere, and so many of them are brightly colored – such as Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Purple Grenadier, Lilac-breasted Roller, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Yellow-collared Lovebird, Beautiful Sunbird, and many others. Interestingly, the Serengeti is home to quite a few extremely localized bird species.
One of these is Karamoja Apalis, which favors the weird whistling-thorn habitat that we’ll visit for this species; it only occurs here and in a tiny part of northern Uganda (it has a strangely disjunct distribution). Red-throated Tit, Fischer’s Lovebird, and Grey-crested Helmetshrike are other range-restricted species we will look for in the Serengeti. Another important target bird here is the Tanzanian-endemic Rufous-tailed Weaver. The huge Kori Bustard can be seen roaming the grasslands throughout the Serengeti plains.
Accommodation: Seronera Wildlife Lodge – FB
Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater
The forested sections of the crater rim will be birded, looking for localized specials such as Golden-winged Sunbird, Brown-headed Apalis, and the curious Oriole Finch which we may be lucky enough to encounter here too. The prehistoric-looking Schalow’s Turaco adds a spectacular flash of crimson and green, and, if one gets a good view, its spectacular crest leaves even a hardened birder gobsmacked. Grey-capped Warbler is one of those more widespread, characteristic East African species we may also encounter here. Other species to look out for include Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Montane White-eye, and Thick-billed Seedeater. Overnight: a lodge on the crater rim with spectacular views onto the floor far below Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge – FB
Leisure breakfast and drive to back to Arusha. Arrive in a plenty of time for shopping and hot lunch at Cultural Heritage center. Drive to Ngudoto Lodge, afternoon is free to relax, shower, pack or explore. Farewell dinner and early evening transfer to Kilimanjaro for return flight. Accommodation: Ngurdoto Lodge – dayroom.
Ngurdoto Lodge stands on a verdant 140-acre coffee plantation alongside the road between Usa River and Arusha National Park. It is affiliated to the Impala Hotel in downtown Arusha and has some of the best facilities of any lodge or hotel in the Arusha Area. Offering spacious grounds and gardens, natural streams and water features, and wonderful views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, Ngurdoto Lodge also offers a 9-hole golf course, a fully-equipped gym, health club, 2 tennis courts, badminton court, swimming pool,600-seat conference centre, 24-hr internet access, 2 restaurants and 2 bars.
Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge
Built on top of a high bluff with a breathtaking panorama, our lodge is superbly located in Tarangire National Park, providing one of the best views in Africa. Carving out the landscape below the lodge is the Tarangire River, a favourite watering place, which attracts impressive numbers and a variety of game. The scene unfolds before you while lounging on the outdoor terrace, allowing you to appreciate Tarangire’s diverse wildlife. At the heart of the lodge are the impressively high thatched roofs of the lounge and dining room. The open-sided design allows an uninterrupted view of the landscape and wildlife below, and captures the cooling breeze while you dine on our delicious home cooked safari cuisine. The lounge area has oversized armchairs made from old dhow boats ~ a perfect place to relax. Those wanting something a bit more active can take a dip in the pool, a bird walk around the lodge grounds or hunt for souvenirs in the Baobab boutique.
Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Seronera Wildlife Lodge is artfully constructed round a rocky outcrop from glass and wood elements, perfectly blending into its surrounding; next to the lodge, several waterholes attract day and night the most amazing animals, providing a unique opportunity for a close encounter with the so called Big Five. The Lodge is only 5 minutes far from the departing point of the hot – air balloon safaris, which offer a thrilling birds-eye wildlife perspective of the vast plains of the Serengeti.
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