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Northern Tanzania Birding Safari

From: $3,995 per person (14 days, 13 nights)

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Ox-peckers clinging to swaying giraffe, buffalo weaver flitting between thorny acacia, lappet-faced vulture circling and searching for a lion’s abandoned kill, great white pelican wading aside a grunting hippo, flamingo gathering in their thousands, and a multitude of starling, bee-eater, sunbird, hornbill, plover, weaver and hundreds of other varieties – this is what awaits the discerning safari-goer / bird enthusiast who chooses this extra-special tour.

This birding safari begins with a circuit of the most famous national parks and conservancies in northern Tanzania.

Tarangire gives a great overview of birds which a typically Tanzanian – yellow-throated francolin, buffalo weaver, magpie shrike, red-billed hornbill, white-backed vulture, tawny eagle and, of course, ostrich are all present here – amongst many large mammals, plains game and predators!  Lake Manyara is the ideal place for spotting water birds like pelican, egret, kingfishers and a variety of waders, as well as forest species like the striking silvery-cheeked hornbill.  The Serengeti is so vast that it is impossible to give a snapshot of the 450 bird species which can be found here, though birds of prey are definitely a highlight.  The Ngorongoro Crater is breathtaking for anyone, but for bird-lovers the crater bottom provides a mini-ecosystem, a world unto itself, where Kori bustards move cautiously through tall grasses, flamingo gather in their thousands and black kite swoop over hippo-infested waters.

Afterwards, you will discover other, lesser-travelled national parks of northern Tanzania.  Though not as famous as other national parks on the northern circuit, they offer a veritable haven of discovery for any bird enthusiast.  

Mkomazi Game Reserve is bordered by the Pare and Usambara mountains at the southern boundaries, and is home to over 450 different bird species, as well as a special breeding project for African wild dogs – ever more threatened in Africa.  Amani Nature Reserve is at the eastern Usambara Mountains, and is home to two endemic species – the Usambara eagle owl and the Usambara weaver.  Spotting either of these birds would be a treat for any enthusiastic ornithologist!  Your trip will end in Morongoro, where you can take a tour of a working local farm as well as spotting birds in the vicinity.

Note; this particular tour can be further enhanced with our specially developed southern Tanzania birding extension – get in touch for more details.   

This private tour is completely customisable - you can change the duration, where you visit and the hotels you stay in - just let us know what you'd like to change when you get in touch with us.

Day 1: Arrival

Half Board
  • Pick up from International Airport of Kilimanjaro and transfer to Rivertrees Country Inn
  • Safari briefing and dicusssion of programme with our representative
  • Afternoon and/or evening of rest and relaxtion - enjoy the grounds of Rivertrees - tall trees, green lawns and rushing streams - where over 100 bird species have been spotted by past guests
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 2: Arusha National Park

Private Full Day Game Drive
Private Walking Safari
Full Board
  • Full day of exporation and bird-spotting in Arusha National Park
  • Enjoy the lush landscape and views of Momella Lake, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru
  • Take a guided walk within the national park, at the slopes of Mount Meru through dense forest, or at the rim of the Ngurduto crater
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 3: Tarangire

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board
  • After breakfast make the short drive to Tarangire National Park
  • Full day of exploration in your safari vehicle
  • A picnic lunch will be taken at a scenic spot, overlooking vast open plains or the winding Tarangire River
  • Birds to spot here include yellow-throated francolin, various weavers, ostrich, vultures, many birds of prey, red-billed hornbill and many, many more
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 4: Tarangire

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board
  • Another full day to really explore this amazing national park - the third biggest in Tanzania
  • As well as birds, here you can spot lion, giraffe (look out for ox-peckers on their legs!), leopard, various plains game, different antelope species and of course the huge elephant herds for which this park is so famous
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 5: Lake Manyara

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board
  • Depart for Lake Manyara after breakfast
  • Spot buffalo, elephant, giraffe, hippo, warthogs and much more
  • At the hippo pool you will see pelican, egret, flamingo and many other water birds congregating in vast numbers.  The forested areas are brimming with forest species
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 6: Serengeti

Private Afternoon Game Drive
Full Board
  • Today you will head west towards the Serengeti
  • Along the way make a stop at the Olduvai Museum - an interesting place to learn about the many significant anthropological discoveries made by the famous husband-and-wife team of Mary and Louis Leakey
  • Head into the Serengeti National Park for game driving
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 7: Serengeti

Private Full Day Game Drive
Private Early Morning Game Drive
Full Board
  • Early morning game drive in the Serengeti
  • After breakfast in the bush, you will continue your day of exploration, looking out for lion, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, cheetah and baboon, as well as bird species such as sacred ibis, goliath heron, marabou stork, secretary bird, hamerkop, lappet-faced vulture, Egyptian goose and many more, totalling some 450 species!
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 8: Ngorongoro

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board
  • Head into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and then descend the walls of the astounding Ngorongoro Crater - a wildlife world unto itself
  • Explore the amazingly diverse topography of the crater floor - open plains, hippo pools, shallow lakes, riverine forest and sheer rock walls.  Needless to say, birdlife is abundant in such varied landscapes
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 9: Arusha

Full Board
  • Return to Arusha after a delicious lodge breakfast, arriving back in Arusha early afternoon.  Lunch will be taken along the way
  • Afternoon and evening of leisure at Rivertrees
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 10: Mkomazi Game Reserve

Private Walking Safari
Full Board
  • Depart Rivertrees in the morning and drive via Mount Kilimanjaro to Mkomazi Game Reserve
  • Take in the Pare and Usambara mountains bordering in the south, the sparse savannahs and the open grasslands
  • Take an afternoon guided walk around your tented camp
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 11: Mkomazi Game Reserve

Private Full Day Game Drive
Private Evening Game Drive
Full Board
  • Full day of exploration and game driving in Mkomazi
  • Home to over 450 species of bird, Mkomazi is a veritable haven for ornothologists!
  • Mkomazi is also home to a breeding project of African wild dogs - a fascinating but sadly endangered species
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 12: Amani Nature Reserve

Full Board
  • After early morning game / bird vewing (if desired) and breakfast, proceed to Amani Nature Reserve
  • Afternoon birdwatching at your camp or in the nearby forests - keep an eye out for endemic species like the Usambara eagle owl or Usambara weaver
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 13: Amani Nature Reserve

Full Board
  • Full day of exploration of Amani Nature Reserve, on a forest walk or around the camp
  • Dinner and overnight

Day 14: Departure

Breakfast and Lunch
  • After breakfast (and more early morning walking / bird watching if desired) depart Amani and return to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward journey

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Wildlife you might see

During your holiday you will have the chance to see the animals pictured below - unfortunately we can't guaruntee that you'll see all the animals, but hopefully the photos will give you an idea of what to look out for!

Black Rhino
Black Rhino
Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
Elephant
Elephant
Leopard
Leopard
Masai Lion
Masai Lion
Bat-eared Fox
Bat-eared Fox
Beisa Oryx
Beisa Oryx
blackkite1
Black Kite
Cheetah
Cheetah
Crocodile
Crocodile
Crowned Crane
Crowned Crane
Dikdik
Dik-dik
dwarf-mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose
Eland
Eland
African Fish Eagle
Fish Eagle
Grant's Gazelle
Grant's Gazelle
Great White Pelican
Great White Pelican
Pink Flamingo
Greater Flamingo
Grey Heron
Grey Heron
greyheaded-kingfisher
Grey-headed Kingfisher
Hartebeest
Hartebeest
Hippo
Hippo
Hyena
Hyena
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Impala
Jackal
Jackal
kori-bustard
Kori Bustard
Lappet-faced Vulture
Lappet-faced Vulture
Lesser Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
Little Bee-Eater
Little Bee-Eater
Marabou Stork
Marabou Stork
Masai Giraffe
Masai Giraffe
Masai Ostrich
Masai Ostrich
Oliva Baboon
Olive Baboon
Plains Zebra
Plains Zebra
Reedbuck
Reedbuck
Sacred Ibis
Sacred Ibis
Somali Ostrich
Somali Ostrich
Superb Starling
Superb Starling
Tawny Eagle
Tawny Eagle
Thomson's Gazelle
Thomson's Gazelle
Topi
Topi
Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Vulturine Guineafowl
Vulturine Guineafowl
Warthog
Warthog
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
Wildebeest
Wildebeest
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-billed Stork

Prices for this tour

2 - 3 people: $5,195 per person ... book now4+ People: $3,995 per person ... book now

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  • Single Room Supplement: $620
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