Tanzania is one of the six nations in the African Great Lakes region in Eastern Africa that has the greatest variety and richness of birds. The country’s location in the tropics creates a rich mosaic of habitats that draws a fantastic array of avian species, including indigenous, intra-African migrant and Palearctic birds. Farmlands, open grasslands, wetlands, woodlands, and water bodies have all shown to be prime locations for bird watching. One does not need to be an ornithologist or a Superlister to enjoy birding in Tanzania because the majority of birds are so alluring that they can divert your attention from a lion and surprise you! Spending even a brief moment admiring this lovely realm of the animal kingdom in the natural world is simply remarkable because to their colors, species types, sizes, calls, social – organizations, distribution, and roles they play in relatively huge ecosystems! It’s understandable why the majority of tourists who arrive in Tanzania without having any particular interest in birds quickly become enthralled and anxious to learn the names of the numerous wonderfully colorful birds perching or soaring around, from the Lilac-breasted Roller to the Ostriches.
On this day, you will be picked up from your Arusha hotel or airport and driven to the Lark Plains north of Arusha, and spend the rest of the day birding.
Today you will spend the entire day at Arusha National Park gaming and birding. Take advantage of Momella Lake’s famed flamingo flocks and breathtaking views of the beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro as you relax with a picnic lunch. Black and white colobus monkeys, Sykes and vervet monkeys, timid forest duikers, leopards, and sizable herds of antelope can all be seen in the park. 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 leave Arusha National Park and head to Tarangire, Tanzania’s third-largest national park and home to an unusually high concentration of elephants. The park’s majestic baobab trees, which dwarf the creatures that consume them, are an interesting feature. There are several birds to hear and view right at Tarangire National Park’s entrance. Of course, superb starlings are everywhere, but other species that can be seen in the national park include the lilac-breasted roller, buffalo weaver, ostrich, white-backed vulture, red-billed hornbill, magpie shrike, Fischer’s lovebird, and several birds of prey.
After breakfast today, we’ll head to Lake Manyara. The park, which is tucked away at the foot of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, is renowned for its breathtaking splendor. 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 snoozing hippos and trotting warthogs, the lakeside is home to large flocks of greater and lesser flamingos, great white pelicans, great white egrets, cormorants, and plovers.
You’ll leave for Serengeti National Park following breakfast. Along the route, you’ll stop for a 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 park for the game drive after pausing for your picnic lunch on a kopje in the 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.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a full day of Serengeti game safaris. 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.
After returning from the Serengeti, have lunch at a wonderful restaurant in Arusha before relaxing on the grounds of the Inn and further enjoying the verdant environs.
Today is your last of 8 days Tanzania Birding safari; you will be dropped over at either you Hotel or at the Airport to catch your flight back home.
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