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15 Days Kenya Tanzania Birding Safarifrom
15 Days Kenya Tanzania Birding Safari will explore some of the best birdwatching destinations in East Africa. Our 15 Days Kenya Tanzania Birding Safari Holiday Adventures of Tanzania has been specially crafted to allow you to enjoy Tanzania’s best birding locations, with photography being the main agenda. Loaded with national and regional endemics, this 15 Days Kenya Tanzania Birding Safari tour will engage you in a birding and photography experience of a lifetime. The locations and destinations have been selected to give you an opportunity to see some of Kenya’s best mammal and birding parks that are filled with nature’s wonders.
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15 Days Kenya Tanzania Birding Safari tours take us to these remarkable African safari destinations, each boasting a bird list in excess of a thousand species! As such they epitomize Africa’s reputation as “the birding tours continent”, hosting a profusion of outrageously colorful and easily observable birds. Augmenting this incredible birding, our 15 Days Kenya Tanzania Birding Safari tours guarantee you “front row seats” to the finest birding show on the planet. From hardcore birders to travelers seeking a more diverse vacation blending birding, wildlife and cultural activities with luxury game lodges. Our 15 Days Kenya Tanzania Birding Safari & Big Game birding tours are designed to maximize both big game and birdwatching experiences by selecting the very best and most accessible destinations of these two fantastic African nations.
On our Tanzania birding tours, we explore the floor of the legendary Ngorongoro Crater, literally teeming with mammals and birdlife, the endless plains of the Serengeti, and the verdant riverbeds of Tarangire. In Kenya we visit key reserves offering a variety of habitats, from Amboseli in the shadows of Mt. Kilimanjaro, to the montane forests of Mt. Kenya, fantastic Shaba in the dry Samburu region, as well as Lake Nakuru, glowing pink with up to two million Lesser Flamingos! Offering over 450 bird species and unparalleled African mammal experiences, it’s no surprise that 15 Days Kenya Tanzania Birding Safari remains one of our most popular tours. Furthermore, a small group size of just 6 guests makes for a very personalized experience.
Our Kenya Bird watching safaris tours are designed to offer you the best of bird watching in Kenya. Enjoy our 15 Days Kenya Tanzania Birding Safari tours during our Best of Kenya and Tanzania birding tour while seeing an awesome variety of birds and an amazing variety of mammals. Book our 15 days Kenya and Tanzania birding safari to discover the best habitats for bird watching in Kenya and Tanzania. Our birding tour will give you a great opportunity to explore a region part of Kenya and Tanzania that are neglected yet is an ornithological paradise that hosts some endemic birds among other birds.
The adventurous Kenya and Tanzania Birding Safari comprised of 15 days full of experiences with bird watchers who would accompany you to see the wading forests and birds. You will have a full chance to observe the birds of your own type and interest. Bird Lovers would love this 15 Days Kenya Tanzania Birding Safari tours! Kenya and Tanzania are prime destination for a bird watching holiday at any time of the year. The Tremendous geographical range gives Kenya and Tanzania a variety of climates and landscapes, hence the second highest number of species in the whole of Africa.
Kenya and Tanzania has some of the most excellent birdwatching destinations in the whole world. If you’ve ever considered taking a birdwatching or photography tour of a lifetime, then choosing Kenya and Tanzania as your birdwatching destination might be a perfect choice. Kenya and Tanzania birdwatching tours provides lasting memories of East Africa due to their wealth of birding experiences. Kenya and Tanzania birding tours takes birding to its very basics; observing birds in their natural habitats in relaxed way, we have competent bird guides, good selection of habitats for a variety of birds of Kenya; easy walks so that you are not cooped up in a tour van throughout your birding tour and flawless ground logistics are the hallmarks of our Kenya and Tanzania birding safaris. Our Kenya and Tanzania Birding safaris spend more time in the places visited than most birdwatching tours operators do, our focus being to let our birding clients have easy birdwatching by their ability and not at the pace, speed and the pressure of a tour leader.
- All meals from dinner on day 1 to luncheon on the last day;
- Bottled drinking water;
- All lodgings;
- All ground transportation during the tour in stretched Land cruiser 4×4 vehicles;
- Reserve entrance fees;
- Extra activities as mentioned in the itinerary; and
- All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).
- Visa fees;
- ANY flights;
- Any beverages (including mini-bar charges at hotels);
- Optional excursion to a traditional Maasai village (approx. US$25.00);
- Special gratuities;
- Telephone calls and
- Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
Nairobi – Tsavo West
Departure from Europe destination for overnight flight to Nairobi. On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and greeted by our customer service representative and later we will transfer to Tsavo West National Park for a two nights stay at Kitani Safari Camp. The park consists of many habitat types, but thick bush country is the most prevalent. Avain treats during our stay in Tsavo West may include African Darter, Hamerkop, Tawny and Verreaux’s Eagles, Mottled and African Black Swifts, Spot-flanked Barbet, Cardinal Woodpecker, Green Wood hoopoe, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Dodson’s Bulbul, Scaly Chatterer, Somali Tit, Mouse-colored Penduline-tit, Black-billied, Hunter’s, Tsavo and Kenya Violet-backed sunbirds, Pygmy Batis, Brubru, Three-streaked and Black-crowned Tchagra, African Black-headed Oriole, White-naped Raven, Red-billed and Yellow-billed Ox-peckers, Golden-breasted Starling, Black-necked, Village and Red-headed Weavers, Black-capped Social-Weaver, Reichenow’s (Kenya Yellow-rumped) Seedeater and the magnificent Somali Bunting. African Crested Porcupine, Yellow Baboon, Blue Sykes’s Monkey, Black-faced Vervet Monkey, Scrub Hare, Unstripped Ground-squirrel, Black-backed Jackal, Lion, Bush Hyrax, Common (Burchell’s) Zebra, Hippopotamus, Common Warthog, Masai Bushbuck, the elegant lesser Kudu, Klipspringer, Kirk’s Dikdik, Bush Duiker, Bohor Reedbuck, Common Waterbuck, Grant’s Gazelle, Impala, Coke’s Hartebeest and the impressive Fringe-eared Oryx are just a few of the m
Day 2 & 3:
Tsavo - Amboseli National Park
Today after our morning breakfast we will transfer you to Amboseli National Park. Amboseli National Park is home to a wide variety of birds and mammal species and is also one of the best places in the world from which to observe the spectacular Mt. Kilimanjaro, which towers more than 19,000 feet above the plains. Birds that can be seen within the reserve include common Ostrich, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, White-backed and Lappet-faced Vultures, Spur-winged and Egyptian Geese, Red-billed and Hottentot Teals, Long-tailed Cormorant, Red-knobbed Coot, Yellow-billed and Saddle-billed Storks, Great and Intermediate Egrets, Grey, Black-headed, Goliath and Squacco Herons, Black Crake, African Jacana, Grey Crowned-crane, African spoonbill, African Fish-eagle, Lanner Hartlaub’s Bustard, Water Thick-knee, Collared Pratincole, Two-banded Courser, Long toed Lapwing, Three-banded, Kitlitz’s, Blacksmith and Spur-wingled Plovers, Greater Painted-snipe, Chestnut-bellied and Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, White-browed Coucal, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Lilac-breasted Roller, Grey-headed, Malachite and Pied King-fishers, African Hoopoe, Red-capped Lark, Fischer’s Sparrow-lark, Pangani and Rosy-throated longclaws, Zitting and Winding Cisticolas, Speke’s Weaver, Taveta Golden-weaver, Fan-tailed Widowbird and the diminutive Red-billed Firefinch. Dinner and overnight at Centrim Camp
Amboseli - Arusha Overnight
Today with game drive en-route we will depart Amboseli and head to Arusha via Namanga border where we meet our transport and drive to Arusha for overnight at Impala Hotel. Here we are booked on bed and Breakfast for this night. En-route and with time allowing us we will visit the plains of Angyata Osugat in order to search Beesley’s Lark, the ‘Lark Plains’, a rather strange open area situated between Arusha and the border town of Namanga which is home to one of Africa’s rarest birds, Beesley’s Lark. This isolated form of Spike-heeled Lark is critically endangered with a world population of probably no more than 100 individuals.
These plains, in the rain shadow of Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro, are perfect habitat for larks and as well as Beesley’s, we’ll look for Pink-breasted, Athi Short-toed, Short-tailed, and Foxy Larks. The open landscape can be good for raptors sometimes with migrant Montagu’s Harriers, Lesser Kestrels and Amur Falcons joining the resident Greater and Common (Rock) Kestrels. In this distinctly dry habitat we can also find savannah species typical of the larger protected areas to the west such as Eastern Chanting Goshawk, African Pygmy Falcon, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Double-banded Courser, Crowned Lapwing, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Red-fronted, Red-and-Yellow, and Spot-flanked Barbets, Ashy and Tiny Cisticolas, Purple Grenadier, Eastern Paradise and Straw-tailed Whydahs and Somali Golden-breasted Bunting while mammals we might not have seen before could include Golden Jackal and Gerenuk, and with great luck, Lesser Kudu.
Arusha National Park.
After breakfast drive we’ll drive into Arusha National Park where we’ll encounter our first African large mammals as we find ourselves amongst Masai Giraffe, African Buffalo, Common Zebra, Common Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Warthog, Black and White Colobus, Blue Monkey, and Olive Baboon. Hiding in the dappled shade of this magnificent evergreen hill forest we may also find a tiny woodland antelope, the secretive Suni, along with the bay-colored Harvey’s Red Duiker. If we are very lucky we may also catch sight of a Leopard or Serval.
There will be much to see during the day. Our first stop will be in the lush forest that cloaks the edge of the ancient volcanic crater. Here we’ll be looking for the massive African Crowned Eagle, as well as Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Mountain Buzzard, African Green Pigeon, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Bar-tailed Trogon, White-fronted and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, African Palm, Horus, Alpine, Mottled, Little, and Nyanza Swifts, Black Saw-wing, Olive Mountain (Placid), Stripe-cheeked and Mountain Greenbul, Waller’s, Kenrick’s and, if we are very fortunate, Abbott’s Starlings, and Eastern Double-collared Sunbird. Night in Momella Lodge.
Day 6 & 7:
Arusha - Tarangire National Park.
After a game drive to the Momela Lakes, departure to Arusha, drive through superb scenery to Tarangire where we stay for the next two nights. Tarangire National Park has a mixture of habitats, which we can explore during our time here: there is the dry,open acacia woodland beloved by rollers, bee-eaters and shrikes, where Secretary birds stalk through the long grass and between the spiky shrubs looking for a small lizard or snake. The common birds here include Black-shouldered Kite, White-backed Vulture, Bateleur, Tawny Eagle, Helmeted Guineafowl, Blacksmith Plover, Laughing Dove, Speckled Mouse-bird, Lilac breasted Roller, Common Bulbul, Common Fiscal, Grey-headed Sparrow and Red-billed Quelea. Giant baobabs stand as though planted upside down, and the grassy areas often hold secretive pairs of Heuglin’s Coursers. Spot flanked, D’Arnaud’s and White-headed Barbets all occur here, together with Brown and Orange bellied Parrots. All meals will be at Tarangire Sopa Lodge on full board
Day 8 & Day 9:
Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The vast Ngorongoro Crater is just one of those places that has to be seen – words alone cannot do it justice. We’ll drive down into the huge sunken caldera, descending into what was once, many eons ago, the fiery heart of a huge volcano. The bird life in the crater varies according to the seasons but during our visit we should see Grey Crowned Crane, Shelley’s Francolin, Abdim’s and Black Storks, Lappet-faced Vulture, Black-bellied and Kori Bustards, Fischer’s Lovebird, Hunter’s and Pectoral-patch Cisticolas, Northern Anteater Chat among many others. Overnight stay at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, on the rim of the crater.
Day 10 &11:
Ngorongoro - Serengeti National Park.
After breakfast, we’ll travel northwards into the famous Serengeti National Park and then stay for two nights at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. As soon as we enter the Serengeti we find ourselves in the Africa of everyone’s imagination – a wide open landscape land of long grass punctuated by ‘koppies’, tall rocky outcrops, scattered acacia trees, and mammals and birds everywhere. As we make our way towards the central part of the Serengeti, there will be plenty to look at. Out on the plains we’ll be looking for Kori and Buff-crested Bustard, Coqui Francolin, the endemic Grey-breasted Spurfowl, Brown Parrot, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Freckled Nightjar, Plain-backed Pipit, Sooty Chat, the endemic Tanzanian (Ruaha) Hornbill, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, Rosy-patched Shrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Buff-bellied Penduline and Red-throated Tits, and Steel-blue Whydah to mention a few.
Serengeti National Park. - N’dutu Area
This morning we’ll spend the day at the southern end of Serengeti “N’dutu Area”, just on the edge of the Serengeti National Park. The birds are rewarding and range from bulky Kori Bustards to tiny Red-throated Tits. We will be looking for migrating raptors, wheat-ears and shrikes amongst the resident Martial Eagles, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, White-tailed Lark, Yellow-throated Longclaw and Magpie Shrike to name but a few. Overnight at Serengeti Sopa lodge
Day 13 & 14:
Serengeti - Lake Manyara.
After breakfast we leave Serengeti, and travel to Lake Manyara Hotel, overlooking Lake Manyara National Park, where we stay for two nights. Here we can look for Cut-throat Finch and Green-winged Pytilia amongst a host of other birds and small mammals that come to bathe and refresh themselves. We shall also visit the lake itself looking for Silvery-cheeked Hornbills and Syke’s Monkey, both Lesser and Greater Flamingos, White and Pink-backed Pelicans, and perhaps finding the famous tree climbing lions. The lakeside is often teeming with water birds and we can spend some time here identifying the many storks, herons, egrets, waders and ducks. Ovenights for 2 nights at Lake Manyara Hotel.
Lake Manyara- Departure.
After breakfast, depart back to Arusha where we arrive before lunch on own arrangements and after lunch we are scheduled to board a Shuttle Bus back to Nairobi. On arrival at Nairobi clients will be dropped at the Airport connect with their flight back home with expected time of arrival being between 1830-1930hrs.
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Kitani Safari Camp
Featuring free WiFi, Kitani Safari Lodge offers accommodations in Tsavo West National Park. Guests enjoy free use of the Severin Safari Camp’s facilities that include a pool, gym and WiFi. Kitani Safari Lodge is 0.9 mi away from Severin Safari Camp. Each guest unit at Kitani Safari Lodge has a private bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided. The Out of Africa restaurant at Severin Safari Camp serves all meals at a surcharge.
Amboseli Centrim Camp
Sentrim Amboseli is located within Amboseli National Park. It offers 60 newly constructed tents, each with private terrace and luxury bathrooms. Centered on a comfortable dining space, the camp also offers a bar and lounge, and a luxury swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sun-bathing area. Once part of the Great Southern Game Reserve, Amboseli is one of Kenya’s earliest game sanctuaries; it is also one of her most popular attracting over 200,000 tourists per year. Located at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Kilima Camp is set amidst 360 aces of mature wooded grounds with stunning views of Africa’s highest mountain and the legendary ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro’.
Featuring a bar, garden and views of garden, IMPALA HOTEL is located in Nairobi, 1.4 km from Nairobi National Museum. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property. At the hotel, each room is fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Popular points of interest near IMPALA HOTEL include Kumbu Kumbu Art Gallery, The Sarit Centre and RaMoMa Art Gallery. The nearest airport is Wilson Airport, 6 km from the accommodation.
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Built to blend in with the vastness of its surroundings, Tarangire Sopa Lodge lies hidden among the kopjes, ancient baobab and grasses of the Tarangire National Park – home to the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa. Many can be seen around the lodge, allowing visitors a close encounter.
The circular guest suites with their high, conical roofs fan out to either side of the public areas, it is worth mentioning a word of caution here. Because the lodge is not fenced in any way, wild animals are at liberty to come and go as they please and transits to your room and back might be – but rarely – delayed by an elephant or two. This is the only reason the guards will insist on taking you to and fro at night.
Once inside the coolness of the room, you will be delighted at its space and airiness, and also the views from its sheltered veranda. With its mini-bar, two double beds and an extremely spacious, well appointed bathroom, you can only wish that you were staying an extra night.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors: it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambience of both warmth and cosiness.
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