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14 Days Tanzania Birding Safari Holiday tours to the Northern Tanzania birding tour is not just a wonderful birding tour. 14 Days Tanzania Birding Safari Holiday tours take us to remarkable African safari destinations, each boasting a bird list in excess of a thousand species. Tanzania is one of the finest bird watching destinations in Africa. With a resident population in excess of 1,388 different bird species, eight of the 10 family’s endemic to mainland Africa are present. Raptors, plovers, parrots, turacos, bee-eaters, barbets, starlings, weavers, pipits and sunbirds are well represented. There are many more that come down and up here from Europe and Southern Africa, Tanzania is probably one of the greatest places on the planet for birders. From the gigantic Marshall eagle to the delicate sunbird, the elusive Shoebill to the omnipresent Marabou, there is certainly something to please any keen twitcher! Led by excellent guides specialized in Bird life, 14 Days Tanzania Birding Safari Holiday tours will visit some of the most interesting areas in Northern Tanzania focusing into different habitats and ecosystems. 14 Days Tanzania Birding Safari Holiday tours is a true safari for keen naturalists, for people interested in something else than just viewing wildlife from the comfort of their vehicle. For birders, 14 Days Tanzania Birding Safari Holiday tours in Northern Tanzania offer the chance to happily combine top-level African birding, featuring a very rich avifauna that includes a whole series of endemics and other regional specialties.
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Activity Level Fairly Easy
14 Days Tanzania Birding Safari Holiday is designed with a great budget. The locations recorded in 14 Days Tanzania Birding Safari Holiday are based on the yearly wildlife movement, scenery and an adequate game drive distance. One travels to Tanzania to enjoy the wildlife, thus the properties are not the main focus, but rather the adventure provided within the safari, which often holds dear to all travelers. The accommodations selected, however, can be changed based on the preferred standards. We provide a quality of work that is both different and exhilarating for the steady workers and the strapping adventurers.
Tanzania boasts a bird list of 1,038 species, the 3rd biggest in Africa. Eight of the 10 families’ endemic to mainland Africa are present. Raptors, plovers, parrots, turacos, bee-eaters, barbets, starlings, weavers, pipits and sunbirds are well represented. Led by excellent guides specialized in Bird life, this 14 Days Tanzania Birding Safari Holiday will visit some of the most interesting areas in Northern Tanzania focusing into different habitats and ecosystems.
14 Days Tanzania Birding Safari Holiday is a true safari for keen naturalists, for people interested in something else than just viewing wildlife from the comfort of their vehicle. The best birding spots are the Acacia woodlands, plains of Sinya, the Mountain Forests of Arusha National Park and Ngorongoro, the Baobab country in Tarangire, the Rift Valley escarpment and the forests at Lake Manyara and the Serengeti Plains in search of the most interesting bird species.
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- Accommodation during safari.
- Transportation in 4×4 safari vehicle
- Overnight stay at Tented Camps and Lodges
- All National Park fees
- Professional, English speaking guide
- Meals: Breakfast- Lunch & Dinner
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fee
- Tips to Driver/Guide
- Personal Spending monies for souvenirs etc.
Welcome to Tanzania: Mount Meru Game Lodge (D)
This is your arrival day in Kilimanjaro International Airport where we will pick you and transfer you to a lodge in Arusha. On this day our safari manager will meet you at the lodge to give you a short safari briefing and leave you to relax. Diner is included at the lodge for your first night. Overnight is at Mount Meru Game Lodge. In case you arrive via another airport such as Dar es salaam, or Nairobi Kenya, we shall arrange your transfer to Arusha.
From Dar er salaam we recommend taking one of the many daily flights to Arusha. From Nairobi you can take a scheduled Shuttle bus, private vehicle transfers via Namanga border or by flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Our safari consultants will be glad to offer help as needed. Time permitting, you can take unguided evening birding tour in the hotels grounds where there are plenty of natural trees which together make the home of many endemic and migratory birds. A welcome dinner and a safari briefing tonight at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Mount Meru Game Lodge or Similar (D)
Arusha National Park: Mount Meru Game Lodge (D)
Our Tanzania adventure starts with a birding excursion to Arusha National Park. Arusha National Park is located close to the city of Arusha, the capital of the northern safari circuit in Tanzania, and is a complete contrast to birding anywhere else in the much drier surroundings. We will spend the day exploring the mosaic of forest and grassland habitats in search of the park specials which could include Scaly Francolin, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Narina Trogon, White-starred Robin, White-eared Barbet, Stripe-faced and Grey-olive Greenbuls, Red-throated Twinspot, Black-throated Wattle-eye, African Emerald Cuckoo, Red- winged and Violet-backed Starlings, Retz’s Helmetshrike, Pallid Honeyguide, Mountain Oriole, Mbulu White-eye, Red- backed Mannikin, shy Rüppell’s Robin- Chat, Green-backed Honeybird, Fan-tailed Grassbird, Moustached Grass Warbler and Bronzy Sunbird. Mammal highlights may include sightings of African Buffalo, Common Waterbuck, ‘Maasai’ Giraffe, Harvey’s Duiker, Spotted Hyena and Blue Beesley’s Lark by Adam Riley Monkey. Meals and Overnight at Mount Meru Game Lodge or Similar (FB)
Sinya / Oldonyo Sambu: Mount Meru Game Lodge (D)
After breakfast departure to Sinya across a landscape with spectacular views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro and plains populated by Maasai pastoralists with their herds of cattle, sheep and goats. We spend the day escorted by “Morani”, Maasai warriors in search of birds. The area also hosts some of the biggest elephants in East Africa. Interesting species include Maasai Ostrich, Kori bustard, Crowned plover, Crested francolin, Temminck’s courser, Heuglin’s Coutrser, White browed sparrow weaver, Fischer’s starling, Hildebrandt’s starling, Wattled starling, Rufous chatterer, Rosy patched shrike, Slate coloured boubou, White headed buffalo weaver, Black necked weaver, Spike heeled lark, Grey wren warbler, Banded Parisoma, Von der Decken’s hornbill, White bellied go away bird, Eastern pale chanting goshawk, African spoonbill, Glossy ibis, Blue-naped mouse bird. Return to Arusha in time for Dinner and Overnight at Mount Meru Game Lodge or Similar (FB)
Day 4 & 5:
Tarangire National Park: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (BLD)
We depart Arusha on an early morning transfer to Tarangire National Park. En route there are bound to be birding stops, especially in the drier Acacia woodland and scrubby areas. This roadside birding can often be very productive and may include sightings of Blue-naped Mousebird, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Rosy-patched Bushshrike, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird and Golden-backed Weaver. The Tarangire ecosystem is the third largest in Tanzania, sprawling over a vast 20,000 square km (over 7,700 sq miles).
Seasonally, the park supports the second largest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania, surpassed only by the Serengeti during peak migration! However, Tarangire is most famous for its huge numbers of African Elephant that congregate along the meandering Tarangire River. We will take our time to observe these massive pachyderms and will surely be amazed at their tender family interactions. Other mammals likely to be seen include the stately Waterbuck, Impala, comical Common Warthog and Giraffe. Night birding around our lodge can also be fruitful, and we will look for Slender-tailed and Freckled Nightjars as well as the diminutive African Scops Owl. Spend 2 Nights at Tarangire Sopa Lodge or Similar (FB)
Day 6 & 7:
Lake Manyara National Park: Kirurumu Lodge (BLD)
After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara. The next two days will be spent visiting the Ground water forest and the Lake of the park by car and a walking safari on the Rift Valley Escarpment. Lake Manyara National Park lies at the foot of the Great Rift Valley and is only 330 square kms with most of its surface under water. The park’s interest lies in its diversity of habitats: Ground water forest, acacia woodland and the alkaline lake, and is famous for the climbing tree habits of its lions.
The park’s bird list covers 380 species. Interesting species: Dusky turtle dove, Palm nut vulture, Egyptian vulture, Spur winged plover, Madagascar pratincole, Chestnut banded plover, Purple crested Turaco, Taita fiscal, Southern black flycatcher, Silvery cheeked hornbill, Red bill hornbill, Grey hornbill, Ground hornbill, Crested guinea fowl, African fish eagle, Black winged stilt, African spoon bill, Egyptian goose. White pelican. Marabou stork. Spend 2 Nights at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge or Similar (FB)
Ngorongoro Crater: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (BLD)
After breakfast depart to the Highlands of Karatu near Ngorongoro Crater. After lunch bird walk at Gibbs Farm in Karatu, we head to Ngorongoro Crater Rim, Interesting species on the way include: Mountain greenbul, Paradise flycatcher, Dusky flycatcher, White eye slaty flycatcher, Cinnamon chested bee eater, Augur buzzard (white and dark morph), Black saw wing, Grey capped warbler, Black kite, Red knobed coot, Avocet, Black crown night heron, Anteater chat, Baglafecht weaver, Hunters cisticola, Red rumped swallow, Montane nightjar, Schalows Turaco, Scaly Francolin, Golden winged sunbird, Mountain yellow eye. Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Ngorongoro Crater: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (BLD)
After an early breakfast, we will descend 600m (1,970ft) to the Ngorongoro Crater floor itself. The crater is deluxe ‘Big Five’ territory and a photographer’s dream. Most of the animals are extremely relaxed and habituated to the presence of human admirers and the high crater walls, usually cloaked in a pure white frosting of clouds, make for Eastern Double-collared Sunbird by Adam Riley dramatic back-drops to animal photographs. In addition, the crater floor provides a mini-example of a complete African ecosystem with forests, lakes, grasslands, swamps and rivers. Between 25,000 and 30,000 large animals reside in the crater and great concentrations of Common Wildebeest and Plains Zebra are supplemented by smaller numbers of African Elephant (we hope to find some of the crater’s famous Tuskers), African Buffalo, the highly sought-after Black Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, Common Eland and Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelles.
The crater reputably boasts the world’s highest concentration of predators, and these include Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Serval, Bat-eared Fox, Spotted Hyena, African Golden Wolf (Golden Jackal) and Black-backed Jackal. The birding is equally rewarding and we can expect to find many of the picture-book species which make Africa so famous. Pink rafts of Greater and Lesser Flamingos on Lake Magadi, Common Ostrich striding over the grasslands, regal Kori Bustard (the world’s heaviest flying bird), the elegant Grey Crowned Crane and good numbers of raptors including the unique Secretary bird, Bateleur and Martial Eagle could all be found.
Amongst the many other species that we may encounter, we hope to see the uncommon Shelley’s Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, Dusky Turtle Dove, White-headed Barbet, Pectoral-patch Cisticola, comical Anteater Chat, Black-crowned Tchagra, the striking Rosy-throated Longclaw, Fan-tailed Widowbird and the skittish Quailfinch, the latter probably more easily seen here than anywhere else! Return to the crater rim this afternoon for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Serengeti National Park: Sopa Logde (BLD)
This morning we make our way to the world famous Serengeti National Park. En route we pass through an area which is home to the Maasai people. These tall, proud nomadic warriors are famous for their legendary prowess in battle and single-handed acts of bravery in fights with wild animals. Here, we have the opportunity for an optional (non-inclusive) excursion to a traditional Maasai village. A local guide will explain their unique culture as you watch the people busy about their daily chores. You will also be treated to a display of the famous Maasai dancing and will have unlimited photographic opportunities. Time dependent, we may stop at the famous Oldupai Gorge, so named after the wild Sisal plant that grows in the gorge.
As a result of massive geological activities over the eons, Oldupai provides a unique record of countless years of fossilized creatures and plants in a series of stratified rock-layers. Most famous of all discoveries, which revolutionized thinking on hominid evolution, have been those of Australopithecine hominid remains found by the Leakey family. After an introductory lecture we have time to explore the very informative museum at the site which exhibits replicas of the hominid fossils and extinct animals that used to inhabit the region, ranging from River Elephant and Giant Swine to Short-necked Giraffe! A bird walk around the site may yield a variety of arid-country species such as the vocal Slate-colored Boubou, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Rufous Chatterer, Kenya Sparrow, Vitelline Masked Weaver, White-bellied Canary, Southern Grosbeak-Canary and the beautiful Purple Grenadier. Thereafter, we continue our travels westward on the rutted dirt track across the vast, flat and seemingly endless Serengeti Plains, to Lazy Leopard by Clayton Burne spend three nights in one of the world’s most renowned game reserves. All meals and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Day 11, 12 & 13:
Serengeti National Park: Sopa Logde (BLD)
Two full days at Serengeti National Park. Extending for an incredible 15,000km² (5,790 mi²), the Serengeti is one of the world’s largest natural sanctuaries. Despite the vast space, the numbers of game that we can expect to see is still astounding. The Serengeti, literally meaning “Endless Plain” in Maasai, consists mostly of grasslands interspersed with Acacia woodlands and rocky outcrops. There is little permanent water in the park and this fact, combined with a fairly regular rainfall pattern, has resulted in the world- famous Wildebeest migration, when up to two million large ungulates move between the Serengeti in Tanzania and Maasai Mara in Kenya. Our visit is timed so that we might bear witness to unbelievable numbers of wildebeest, zebra and antelope, an unrivalled and primeval wonder of the natural world! During our visit to the Serengeti we will explore the southern and central areas. Once again we have the chance of finding the full complement of African mega fauna. All meals and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
Fly to Arusha + Departure: End of Tour (BL)
We have our last game drive this morning and after breakfast, you’ll check out of your accommodation and you will be transferred to Seronera Airstrip in the Serengeti for your flight back to Arusha. The one-hour flight takes us to Arusha, where we have dayrooms at a quiet hotel outside the city. There is time to rest, shower and prepare for flights home this evening. This marks the end of your Tanzania Wildlife Birding Safari Adventure (BLD).
Mount Meru Game Lodge
Set in beautiful and tranquil surroundings, the Mount Meru Game Lodge is nestled between the Usa river and the sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to water buffalo, birds and monkeys, including the elusive Colobus monkey. Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), the lodge is an ideal starting point for your safari.
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
The luxurious Tarangire Sopa Lodge, surrounded by rocky outcrops known as kopjes and ringed by ancient baobab trees, stands deep within the pristine and largely undiscovered wilderness that is Tarangire National Park. Offering 75 rooms, a swimming pool and a luxury dining room and bar, the lodge offers a welcome oasis in these semi-arid lands, which act as a backdrop to some of the largest migrations of animals in Africa.
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge
The lodge has an excellent view of the Great Rift Valley from many of the rooms and the bar area. We think this is a good option for those who are lovers of a great view and a slightly bigger lodge style. Kirurumu Camp is located about a 30 minute drive from Manyara airstrip, and two hours from Arusha. The site consists of 27 permanent tented rooms all with wooden decked balconies and most of which overlook the spectacular view which the bar also boasts.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Situated on the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, in the volcanic highlands of Tanzania, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is located 220 km from Arusha, approximately 4 hours drive and 40 minutes by air, with another 2 hour transfer from the airstrip to the lodge. The Ngorongoro conservancy is located in the Crater Highlands of Northeastern Tanzania. The conservancy, an intrinsic part of the Serengeti ecosystem, borders Serengeti National Park to the Northwest and is on the path of the annual wildebeest and zebra migration.
Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of out-standing natural beauty – An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun. The lodge allows its guests to experience magnificent sights and enjoy interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality.
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