19 Day Tanzania Birding Safari
Day 1: Arusha National Park – Moshi
Our first birding day will be in the nearby Arusha National Park where we’ll sample some common African birds among different habitats from savanna, acacia woodlands, forest, and alkaline lakes. Ngurdoto Crater, Small and Big Momela Lakes offers a wide range of species that may include Lesser Flamingo, Maccoa Duck, Great Sparrowhawk, Mountain Buzzard, African Crowned Eagle, Narina Trogon, Silvery- cheeked Hornbill, White-eared Barbet, Forest Batis, Black-fronted Bush Shrike.
Mammals include African Buffalo, Waterbuck. Later in the late afternoon we will drive to Moshi
Overnight at a Moshi Hotel
Day 2: Moshi -Mkomazi Game Reserve
We’ll drive to Mkomazi National Reserve with stops along the way and spend bigger part of our day in the reserve birding on the dry savanna country.
Birds may include Tawny, Long-crested Eagle, Pygmy Falcon, African Orange-bellied Parrot, African & Red-chested Cuckoos, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, African Pygmy Kingfisher, African Hoopoe, African Grey, Von der Decken’s, Trumpeter & Red-billed Hornbills.
Overnight at Elephant Motel, Same
Day 3-4: West Usambara
Spend early morning birding along villages hoping to find other species with possible Taveta Golden Weaver. Later heading up the West Usambara Mountains where we expect a few range restricted and localized species and some Tanzania endemics.
These may include Shelly’s, Mountain & Yellow-streaked Greenbuls, Usambara Ground Robin, Fülleborn’s Boubou, Black-fronted Bush Shrike, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Double Collared & Green Banded Sunbirds, Yellow-throated Woodland, Evergreen Forest & Red-capped Forest Warblers, Bar-throated & Black-headed Apalis’, Cabanis’ Bunting. At night we hope to locate the Usambara Nightjar.
Overnight at Muller's Mountain Lodge
Day 5 & 6: West Usambara – Amani Nature Reserve
We transfer to the eastern parts of the Usambaras. Hope to find the Usambara Eagle Owl, Uluguru Violet-backed & Purple-banded Sunbirds, among Half-collared Kingfisher, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, White-eared Barbet, Kurrichane Thrush, Kenrik’s Starling, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Fischer’s Turaco among many others
Overnight at Amani Rest House
Day 7: Amani Nature Reserve -Tanga fly- Pemba Island
All morning birding and later after lunch drive to Tanga via villages in search of a few extra species. On arrival to Tanga will take a local flight to Pemba Island and after checking in to our hotel we will leave for a nocturnal birding in to the nearest forest in search of Pemba Scops Owl and in case we miss it then we have a back-up night drive again tomorrow.
Overnight at a Pemba Hotel
Day 8: Pemba Island
More birding here for the local specialties like Pemba White-eye, Pigeon & Sunbird.
Overnight at a Pemba Hotel
Day 9: Pemba Island -fly Arusha
Four good reasons for birding Pemba are Pemba Scops Owl, Pemba Green Pigeon, Pemba White-eye and Pemba Sunbird.
Overnight at East African Hotel
Day 10 &11: Arusha -Tarangire National Park
Drive west of Arusha to Tarangire National Park off-the route for the Beesly Lark on the plains near Kenya-Tanzania Border. Tarangire is characterized by Acacia wooded savannahs. Superb birding and big game. Birds may include endemics Ashy Starling & Yellow-collared Lovebird. Secretary Bird, Tawny, African Fish & Martial Eagles, Pigmy Falcon, Lappet-faced & White-headed Vultures, Magpie Shrike.
Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge
Day 12: Tarangire Nat Park – Lake Manyara National Park
Morning gamedrive en-route Lake Manyara National Park huge concentrations of waterfowl including Lesser Flamingo, Spur-winged & Knob-billed Ducks. Later in the day heading for Ngorongoro Crater whose forest gallery may produce both Hartlaub’s & Shallow’s Turacos and the highland grassland with the Jackson’s Widowbird, Capped Wheatear, Montane White-eye.
Overnight at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge
Day 13 & 14: Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
We’ll transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area for 2 nights and an en-route gamedrive to our lodge for lunch and later driving along the rim of the crater. We will also spend a day inside the Ngorongoro Crater with huge concentration of big mammals
Overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Day 15: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
We’ll transfer to Lake Ndutu area, a good site for one of the Tanzanian endemics Grey-breasted Spurfowl. Lunch and dinner at the lodge
Overnight at Lake Ndutu Safari Lodge
Day 16 & 17: Ngorongoro Conservation Area -Serengeti National Park
After breakfast birding and big game drive en-route to Serengeti National Park and spending our next 3 nights in the park. The open plains filled with Wildebeest, Common Zebra, Topi, Kongoni, Impala, Grant’s and Thomson’s Gazelles are trailed along with the no less than species 5 vultures (African White-backed, Lappet-faced, White-headed Ruppell’s and Hooded) while other birds of prey may include Black-chested Snake, Martial, Bateleur, Long-crested Eagles, both Eastern and Pale Chanting Goshawk, , Magpie Shrike, Brown-crowned Tchagra.
Overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Day 18: Serengeti National Reserve – Mwanza
After breakfast birding en-route to Mwanza located on the shores of the Lake Victoria for the papyrus endemics and specialties such as Papyrus Canary & Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher, Carruthers’s Cisticola and others.
Overnight at Speke’s Bay Resort.
Day 19: Mwanza – fly- Arusha
Whole morning birding on the shore of the lake and after lunch we will transfer to the nearby Mwanza Airport for a local transfer flight to Arusha. Dinner and transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight.
The cost per person sharing is
Arusha National Park
Mkomazi Game Reserve
Amani Nature Reserve
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park
Lake Manyara National Park
Serengeti National Park
Mwanza Lake Victoria
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