Tanzania is home to many rare and endemic bird species, with a list that virtually equals Uganda and neighboring Kenya in terms of variety. The nation is undoubtedly a haven for bird watchers. Over 1000 different bird species, including water birds, forest birds, savannah birds, and seabirds, have been identified in Tanzania. Some of the most common bird species in the nation are listed below. If you’re an ornithologist, you’ll also like the abundance of waterfowl, such as the Pel’s fishing owl, goliath heron, and African skimmer.
Tanzania preserves some of the largest and most pristine wilderness regions and wildlife reserves in the world, and the quality of wildlife viewing and birding in Tanzania’s wilderness areas is unmatched. Globally threatened species are still widespread, and the country is home to up to 39 endemic species, the majority of which may be observed by any birder on a comfortable safari.
On this day, you will be received at Kilimanjaro International Airport by your driver-guide and our representative. We will transport you to your hotel. Simply by strolling around the lodge grounds, you might get to see more than 100 different bird species.
Spend the entire day bird watching in Arusha National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Momella Lake, which is renowned for its enormous flocks of vibrant flamingos and breathtaking views of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Drive around the park’s various habitats to see it all. The park in northern Tanzania is home to black and white colobus monkeys, Sykes and vervet monkeys, timid forest duikers, leopards, and sizable herds of antelope. You will walk the steep slopes of Mount Meru through thick woodland or along the rim of Ngurduto Crater under the guidance of an armed ranger. In this stunning national park, birds are abundant. Species to watch for include the silvery-cheeked hornbill, Hartlaub’s turaco, and various water birds like the yellow-billed stork and many others.
Today, you’ll be heading to Tarangire, Tanzania’s third-largest national park and home to an extremely high number of elephants. The park’s majestic baobab trees, which dwarf the animals that graze beneath them, are an interesting feature. Since the Tarangire River is the only source of steady water in the region, animals congregate there. There is a wide variety of animals there, including up to 6,000 elephants plus lion, leopard, and cheetah. It also includes a walking tour through the park limits with a Masai guide or ranger. Many birds can be heard and seen right at Tarangire National Park’s entrance. While superb starlings are unavoidable, other birds that can be seen in the national park include the yellow-necked francolin, lilac-breasted roller, buffalo weaver, ostrich, red-billed hornbill, magpie shrike, Fischer’s lovebird, and numerous birds of prey.
After breakfast, we’ll head to Lake Manyara, a park renowned for its breathtaking beauty that is nestled at the foot of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Numerous game animals, including buffalo, elephants, giraffes, impalas, hippos, and others, can be seen. The lake itself occupies the great bulk of the park’s land; therefore it stands to reason that this region of Tanzania is well-known for its water birds. Along with dozing hippos and trotting warthogs, the lakeside is home to large flocks of greater and lesser flamingo, great white pelicans, great white egrets, cormorants, and plovers. Stay the night at the nearby Ngorongoro Farmhouse in Karatu.
After breakfast, you set out for Serengeti National Park with your picnic lunch. You’ll stop at the Olduvai Gorge along the journey, where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered a number of important finds that helped support the idea that human life originated in Africa. You will continue deeper into the Serengeti National Park for your game drive after pausing for your picnic lunch atop a kopje (rock protrusion). The Serengeti is the most well-known wildlife refuge in the world and is home to numerous species of common animals, ranging from the hare to the elephant. The Masai word “Siringet,” which denotes an infinite plain, gave rise to the name Serengeti. There are numerous areas of water in the Serengeti where birds congregate, including plovers, Egyptian geese, goliath herons, yellow-billed storks, sacred ibis, and other water birds. Aside from this, there are over 450 species of bird residents in the area, including kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, marabou stork, grey heron, hamerkop, secretry bird, various sparrow hawks, many eagles, helmeted and crested guinea fowl, cuckoos, kingfishers (including pied and malachite) bee-eaters, rollers, hornbills, shrikes, bulbuls, sunbirds.
A full day of Serengeti wildlife drives. You can expect to witness wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes, and numerous birds and other species, depending on the time of year and the herds’ journey.
Travel to Ngorongoro Crater in the morning. Following your arrival, you will descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with your picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater, which is frequently referred to as one of the world’s natural wonders. It is the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world and a natural haven for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the few locations where the endangered black rhino can be seen in its native habitat. A picnic will be had at the water bird-friendly Lake Magadi. The amazing variety of plants that can be found in this very small region is being taken advantage of by a large number of birds near the crater bottom. Turacos quickly dart from tree to tree while ostrich and kori bustard graze the flat grasslands. Black kites soar overhead.
Today you will wake have a leisure breakfast and then transfer to Arusha national park where you will encounter with various bird species.
After a leisurely breakfast, begin your drive to the Amani Nature Reserve in the Eastern Usambara Mountains. You’ll be greeted and given a brief overview of your program by the camp manager there. There is time for bird viewing in the late afternoon, either in the woodland close to your camp or elsewhere. The Usambara eagle owl and the Usambara weaver are two examples of the many bird species that are unique to the Usambara region. For those who are true bird lovers, this is a great treat! Amani sunbird, Fischer’s turaco, green-headed oriole, and Amani sunbird are some of the other notable species that may be seen nearby.
On this day, you will go to Mkomazi, Tanzania’s newest national park. It was published to relief the Tsavo National Park in Kenya. The boundary in the south is formed by the Pare and Usambara Mountains. The two mountain ranges in the background scenery, which alternate between sparse tree savannas and grassland, are what give the area its imposing and breathtaking appearance. Thanks to the implementation of protection measures, the number of animals has also significantly grown. There are about 450 different bird species that bird enthusiasts can see. Martial eagles and other hoopoes are lesser-known species, whereas secretary birds, bee-eaters, hornbills, starlings, and guinea fowl are more prevalent species. The George Adamson/Tony Fitz john African Wildlife Preservation Trust has breeding programs for both the endangered black rhino and African wild dogs at Mkomazi.
Today you will visit Mt Kilimanjaro before being dropped at either your Hotel or at the airport to catch your flight back home.
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