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14 Days Tanzania Birding Tour

Day 1: Arrive Arusha or Nairobi
With a transfer to the hotel. And depending on the arrival time we have a couple of hour of birding
Overnight at Arumeru River Lodge

Day 2: 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 among others. Ngurdoto Crater, Small and Big Momela Lakes offers a wide range of species that may includes Little Grebe, Lesser Flamingo, Spur-winged Goose, Common Teal, Southern Pochard, Maccoa Duck, Great Sparrowhawk, Mountain Buzzard, African Crowned and Martial Eagle, Taita Falcon, Alpine, Mottled Swift, Narina Trogon, Silvery- cheeked Hornbill, White-eared Barbet, White-starred Robin, African Mustached Warbler, Trilling Cisticola, Black-headed Apalis, Forest Batis, Black-fronted Bush Shrike.  

Mammals include African Buffalo, Waterbuck
Overnight at Arumeru River Lodge

Day 3: 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 great for migrants. 

Birds may include Tawny, Long-crested Eagle, Pygmy Falcon, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, African Orange-bellied Parrot, African, Red-chested Cuckoo, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Grey-headed African Pygmy Kingfisher, African Hoopoe, African Grey, Von der Decken’s, Trumpeter and Red-billed Hornbill, d’Arnaud’s Barbet, Zanzibar Sombre Greenbul, Bare-eyed Thrush, Rattling, Ashy Cisticola, Red-faced and Northern Crombec, Long-tailed Shrike, Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike, Hildebrandt’s, Red-winged, Superb Starling, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird, Paradise Whydah and Yellow-spotted Petronia.  

Picnic lunch in the park. Birds in this park may include
Overnight at Elephant Motel, Same

Day 4-5: 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 expect a few species localized here and some Tanzania endemics.

The mountains offers a wide range of birds that are endemic or localized to the mountains among other local specialties some of which are range restricted. Birds here may include Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Olive Woodpecker, Cinnamon-chested Bee Eater, Mustached Green Tinkerbird, Mountain Wagtail, Shelly’s, Mountain, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Usambara Ground Robin, Pale-breasted Illadopsis,  Fülleborn’s Boubou,  Black-fronted Bush Shrike, White-tailed Crested, African Dusky Flycatcher, Collared, Eastern Double Collared, Green Banded Sunbird, Yellow-throated Woodland, Evergreen Forest, Red-capped Forest Warbler, Bar-throated. Black-headed Apalis, Black-backed Puffback, Fülleborn’s Black Boubou, Green-headed Oriole, Square-tailed Drongo, White-naped Raven, Cabanis’ Bunting, Black-and-White Manikin, Yellow-billed Waxbill.
Overnight at Muller's Mountain Lodge

Day 6: West Usambara – Amani Nature Reserve
Overnight at Amani Guest house

Day 7: Amani Nature Reserve
Overnight at Amani Guest house

Day 8: Amani Nature Reserve – Tanga fly- Pemba Island
All morning birding and later after lunch driving to Tanga via villages in search of a few extra species. On arrival to Tanga will take a local flight to Pemba Island
Overnight at 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 Arumeru River Lodge

Day 10: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
Drive west of Arusha to Tarangire National Park characterized by Acacia wooded savannah. Superb birding and big game has no equal as you may have 3 endemic bird species in the park (Ashy Starling, Yellow-collared Lovebird, Rufous-tailed Weaver……though recently found in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya). Other birds may include Saddle-billed Stork, Knob-billed Duck, Secretary Bird, Wahlberg’s, Tawny, African Fish, Martial Eagles, Pigmy Falcon, African White-backed, lappet-faced, White-headed Vultures, Spotted Thickknee, Brown Parrot, Woodland, Pied Kingfishers, Green Woodhoopoe, Southern Ground, Red-billed, Von der Decken’s Hornbills, Northern Pied Babbler, Spotted Morning Thrush, Magpie Shrike,  White-headed, Red-billed buffalo, Vitelline Masked Weavers.
Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge

Day 11: Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara- Ngorongoro Crater
After a morning game drive we’ll head for Lake Manyara National Park which will be a strong hold on this trip for the waterfowl with Great White and Pink-backed Pelican, Great Cormorant, Little Egret, Goliath, Common Squacco Herons, Yellow-billed Stork breeding in large numbers in the near by forest, Lesser Flamingo,  Spur-winged, Knob-billed Ducks, Hottentot, Red-billed Teals, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, African Jacana, Water Thickknee, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl.

Later in the day heading for Ngorongoro Crater whose forest gallery may produce both Hartlaub’s and Shallow’s Turacos and the highland grassland with the Jackson’s Widowbird, Grassland pipit, Common Stonechat, Capped Wheatear, Montane White-eye.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Safari Lodge

Day 12-13: Serengeti National Park
After breakfast birds around the forest en-route to the Caldera where huge concentration of big mammals makes a great morning. Then head for Serengeti birding with big game en-route and spending our next 3 days. 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 4 vultures (African White-backed, Lappet-faced, White-headed and Hooded) while other birds of prey may include Black-chested Snake, Martial, Bateleur, Long-crested Eagles. 

Both Eastern and Pale Chanting Goshawk, Coqui Francolin, Grey-breasted Spurfowl (a Tz endemic),  Two-banded Courser, black-faced Sandgrouse, Fischer’s Lovebird, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Woodland Kingfisher, African Grey Flycatcher, Brown Parisoma, Croaking Cisticola, Magpie Shrike, Brown-crowned Tchagra.
Overnight at Seronera Safari Lodge

Day 14: Serengeti National Reserve – Arusha
After breakfast birding en-route to Arusha

The cost per person sharing is

Inclusive of:

  • Transport with exclusive use of the safari van as from the 1st day to departure day as per itinerary.
  • Pick up and drop off on arrival and departure at the airport.
  • Accommodation in lodges as per the itinerary with all the three meals a day
  • Services of a knowledgeable birdguide
  • Boat ride at Lakes Naivasha and Baringo
  • Parks, reserve and conservation areas entry fee
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Drinking water available from the van cool box
  • other pre-tour information


Exclusive of:

  • -Medical and travel insurance including luggage.
  • -Beverages
  • -Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, gifts among others
  • -Visa, airport tax
  • -tipping of Safari driver guide, lodge porters, waiters etc
  • -Other extras such as balloon Safari, Masai Village visit
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Hightlights

Arusha National Park
Mkomazi Game Reserve

West Usambara
Amani Nature Reserve
Pemba Island
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park
Lake Manyara National Park

Ngorongoro Crater

Serengeti National Park

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From: John Gabriel, Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Hi Chege, Maurice and I have talked about our day with you in the Nairobi National Park on many occasions. From a birding point of view it has been the high point of many years birding and I know that I have boasted about it to many people over the past six months. Your knowledge of the birds and of the park made it a truly memorable experience for which I want to thank and compliment you. To see more than 150 species in a day is spectacular, and when leopard and cheetah are added to the day's viewing, it becomes even more so”
From: Josep del Hoyo, Spain, (Editor, Handbook Of The Birds Of The World)
“Chege was very knowledgeable on every site that I visited with him and we succeeded in videoing several difficult birds.”
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