TANZANIA BIRDING TOURS

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As the home of the continent’s second largest variety of bird species, Tanzania’s avifauna can give its fauna a run for its money. Don’t believe us? The statistics speak for themselves

Tanzania’s avifauna represents 10% of the global avifauna

Its indigenous bird wealth stands around 1800. Add the migratory bird species and the numbers shoot up to 2500

A three-week tour can give you sightings of 700 bird species

And how is that possible? With 18% land mass dedicated to 80 important bird watching areas and rich diversity of habitats Tanzania truly regales as the favourite hunting ground of birds and ornithologists alike. And you could partake in this birding spectacle on our birding tours that also keep the faunal wealth in the loop for that heady concoction that would leave you in awe

Driving from Arusha you will head to nearest Tarangire National Park which is home to 500 bird species including the rare and endemic Ashy Starling, Yellow-collared Lovebird, and Rufous-tailed Weaver. And if your eyes get tired feasting on the soaring birds then you can give them a break by teeming game inhabiting the baobab lands. Next up is Ernest Hemmingway’s muse, the Lake Manyara National Park. Finding eloquence as “the loveliest I have ever seen in Africa” the park is home to 380 species of birds with the flamingos of Lake Manyara underscoring Hemmingway’s summation in vivid pink.  Other attractions that will have your attention are storks, cormorants, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, and Crowned Eagle etc.

What the other parks can do Serengeti can do it better. It has the numbers on her side. 500 birds species abound in the park including endemic Fischer’s Lovebird and the lilac-breasted rollers, to bee-eaters and snake eagles. “One of a kind’ that’s what the Ngorongoro Crater is about. The majestic animals are backed up by Africa’s largest birds. And that’s not all. You can see them all in a single day.

The 13-day trip is curated to encompass the best of the four predominant attractions and they get real with a brush with the cultural aspects of the locals and overnight stays in tented lodges and luxury mobile camps in proximity to where the action unfolds.

If you aren’t an avid bird watcher then we assure you, you will be one at the end of the birding safari. Contact Tanganyika Safari for more on the trip.

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Day 1

Arrive Arusha Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival in Tanzania this evening, you will be met by you Safari guide and transferred to your hotel Game Lodge.

Day 2 Arusha, Tarangire (BLD)

Post breakfast you will drive to the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, the Tarangire National Park. Established in the year 1970, the park covers an area of 2600sq.km and is renowned for the magnificent baobab trees that cover the semi-arid landscape. The park draws its name from the perennial Tarangire River that rises from the central Tanzania highlands and traverses through park providing succor to the large herds of elephants during the dry season through its shrunken – but permanent – brackish waters(overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge)

Day 3 Tarangire (BLD): Tarangire National Park.

After breakfast, you will explore the mighty herd of elephants that call the Tarangire national Park home and go on exhilarating morning and afternoon game drives in the animal rich expanses of the park (overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge)

Day 4 Tarangire -Lake Manyara (BLD)

The next morning you will head to Lake Manyara, the site of your picnic lunch. The picturesque Lake Manyara lies in a depressed valley with the brown and red cliffs of the escarpment rising strikingly on one side; with springs originating from the base of the escarpment acting as a source of water. You will game drive en route to your lodge. (overnight at Kirurumu Tented Lodge)

Day 5 Lake Manyara (BLD)

Lake Manyara is a birding paradise with a recorded sighting of nearly 400 species, including the hadada ibis, saddle-bill stork, Hottentot teal, plover and African pied wagtail. As you continue your game viewing through the groundwater forest, look for the playful vervet monkeys searching for food at the top of the trees.

Day 6 Lake Manyara-Serengeti (BLD)

The Gorge was discovered accidentally by a German butterfly collector, Professor Kattwinkle, in 1911, but it came into prominence only after the unearthing of a Zinj skull, believed to be 1.8 million years old by Dr. Mary Leakey in 1959. After your educational evolutionary round up of the gorge, you will retire to your camp for a while before heading out for an afternoon of game viewing.

Day 7, 8 Serengeti (BLD)

Experience the excitement of a spacious ensuite complete with comfortable bed and facilities of hot showers in the private tented campsite at the sprawling plains of Serengeti. The culinary fixes set to an open fire are exquisite enough to give five-star restaurants a run for their money. The opportunity to unwind under the starlit sky sitting around the campfire after a day well spent in game viewing is a joy to behold! (Savannah Luxury Mobile Camp)

Day 9 Serengeti (BLD)

Another wonderful aspect of private tented camping is the ability to fix your own schedule. Today, you might want to relax in camp for a while before heading out on a game drive. (Savannah Luxury Mobile Camp)

Day 10 Serengeti (BLD)

Another wonderful aspect of private tented camping is the ability to fix your own schedule. Today, you might want to relax in camp for a while before heading out on a game drive. (Savannah Luxury Mobile Camp)

Day 11 Serengeti-Ngorongoro (BLD)

Today you will head to the site of one of archaelogy’s most significant discoveries, the Olduvai Gorge, where Mary and  Louis Leakey after spending 28 years of hard excavation unearthed the partial skull of “Nutcracker Man”, dating back 1.75 million years. The duo followed it up with the discovery of homo habilis (Handy Man) which sparked off a debate of the origins of the first human. Continue to Ngorongoro Crater for the night. (overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge).

Day 12 Ngorongoro (BLD):

Covering an area 100 square miles of the Conservation Area, Ngorongoro crater provides sanctuary to more than 25,000 mammals with the zebras and wildebeest dominating the landscape with the giraffes conspicuous by their absence thanks to the dwindling availability of food for them. Enjoy a full morning game viewing on the crater’s floor. (overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge)

Day 13 Ngorongoro-Arusha (BL):

Drive to Arusha this morning where you will arrive for lunch, spend the afternoon at leisure and optional shopping before proceeding to Kilimanjaro for day use room at Kia lodge for a day room before take your flight back home.

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