Tanzania is an excellent area for bird watching, and it’s probably one of the best for wildlife as well. Tanzania is a spectacular country for birding, offering a wide variety of habitats, including montane forest, miombo woodland, savanna, arid plains, and coastline, making it an important migratory passageway as well. More than 1100 bird species have been recorded there, including more than 20 national and dozens of regional endemic species. Over 30% of the country’s land area, or approximately 975,000 square kilometers, has been preserved. Tanzania straddles the border between the Southern African Miombo belt, the East African savannahs, and the central African lowland forests, resulting in a diverse range of species that may be seen with relative ease in Tanzania. Tanzania is regarded as one of the four mega hot places in the world. Such endemism hotspots for biodiversity have a high level of avian, reptilian, anuran, mammalian, and plant distinctiveness. All of those locations, as well as the renowned Eastern Arc Mountains, the east African coastal forests, the Kilombero river valley, the Serengeti eco-system, the southern highlands, the Pemba Islands, and the Mahale Mountains, are the subject of birding safaris that we offer.
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel.
Today, we’ll spend the day climbing Mt. Meru, which towers over Arusha. Montane woodland is one of the several habitats present here, and it is home to a variety of fascinating species, such as the Crowned Hawk-Eagle, the Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, and the magnificent songbird Rueppell’s Robin-Chat. The yellowwood trees get covered in Usnea old man’s beard lichen as we ascend the mist-shrouded slopes, and we look for skulking treasures like the White-starred Robin and the stylish Brown Woodland-Warbler. In addition, the park offers a great opportunity to see rare woodland antelope species like Harvey’s duiker and sank as well as big herds of buffalo that are known to graze on the mountain’s lower slopes.
Today, we’ll take a detour around Mt. Meru to visit the Lark Plains. These grasslands are home to the remaining 200 Beasley’s Larks on the planet, and we will look for the highly endangered Tanzanian endemic. Chestnut-bellied and Yellow-throated Sand grouse, Shrikes, Migratory Wheatears, Pipits, and Numerous Larks are among the other fascinating species found here.
Today we will travel to Tarangire, where we will experience some of the best bird watching in northern Tanzania. Many cool species, including three Tanzanian endemics—the Ashy Starling, Yellow-collared Lovebird, and Rufous-tailed Weaver—are supported by the low baobab-covered plains and fever-tree groves. Ground birds like the Northern White-bellied Bustard and both Red-necked and Yellow-necked Francolins can be found in abundance among the thick grasses. Elephants, which may be seen in large numbers along the Tarangire River, can be seen here in one of the best quantities.
We shall leave the Great Rift Valley and proceed to the rim of the enchanted crater. The spectacular Golden-winged, coppery-colored Bronze, and iridescent purple Tacazee Sunbirds will all be fighting for nectar from the same blooms, so we’ll keep an eye out for flowering Leonotis. If we come across a patch, we might get to enjoy the coolest sunbird display in all of Africa. Descending inside the crater with its towering vertical sides is like discovering Africa’s Eden. Inside, we search for a plethora of grassland and woodland birds, as well as scavenging vultures, in a thronging wildlife spectacle that is virtually unparalleled on the planet.
We will go across the Serengeti plains, which are home to numerous sand grouse, bustards, and larks. Ostrich and giraffe are swaying as they travel through the haze, while Grant’s gazelles are dispersed around the plains. With alkaline lakes and wetlands, we will enter stunning mature Acacia woodland as we head toward Ndutu. The woodlands are home to Rufous Chatterers, Black-faced Babblers, Cardinal and Bearded Woodpeckers, and Green Wood hoopoes. The place is famously known for harboring a larger number of wildebeest. The surrounding predators, mainly lions and hyenas, attentively monitor their activities, while the vultures eagerly anticipate each kill.
We will travel through the huge, acacia-covered plains of Serengeti National Park, where we will come across herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, and giraffe as well as the predators that prey on them. This is one of the best sites in East Africa for leopards; however it’s always challenging to find them. The birds are, of course, involved in this drama. The Meyer’s Parrot, Bare-faced Go-Away Bird, Usambiro Barbet, and Gray-headed Silver bill will all be looked for.
After lunch at the charming Gibbs Farm, where you may see Green-headed Sunbirds and Grosbeak Weavers, we head back to Arusha.
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