19 Day Tanzania Birding Safari

Covering: Arusha National park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Mkomazi Game Reserve, Ngotongoro Conservation Area, West Usambara, Amani Nature Reserve, Pemba Island, and Serengeti National Park.

Day 1: Arusha National Park – Moshi

Our first birding day will be in the nearby Arusha National Park where we’ll sample some common African birds among different habitats from savanna, acacia woodlands, forest, and alkaline lakes. Ngurdoto Crater, Small and Big Momela Lakes offers a wide range of species that may include Lesser Flamingo, Maccoa Duck, Great Sparrowhawk, Mountain Buzzard, African Crowned Eagle, Narina Trogon, Silvery- cheeked Hornbill, White-eared Barbet, Forest Batis, Black-fronted Bush Shrike.


Mammals include African Buffalo, Waterbuck. Later in the late afternoon, we will drive to Moshi


Overnight at a Moshi Hotel

Day 2: Moshi -Mkomazi Game Reserve

We’ll drive to Mkomazi National Reserve with stops along the way and spend bigger part of our day in the reserve birding on the dry savanna country.

Birds may include Tawny, Long-crested Eagle, Pygmy Falcon, African Orange-bellied Parrot, African & Red-chested Cuckoos, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, African Pygmy Kingfisher, African Hoopoe, African Grey, Von der Decken’s, Trumpeter & Red-billed Hornbills.


Overnight at Elephant Motel, Same

Day 3-4: West Usambara

Spend early morning birding along villages hoping to find other species with possible Taveta Golden Weaver. Later heading up the West Usambara Mountains where we expect a few range restricted and localized species and some Tanzania endemics.


These may include Shelly’s, Mountain & Yellow-streaked Greenbuls, Usambara Ground Robin, Fülleborn’s Boubou, Black-fronted Bush Shrike, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Double Collared & Green Banded Sunbirds, Yellow-throated Woodland, Evergreen Forest & Red-capped Forest Warblers, Bar-throated & Black-headed Apalis’, Cabanis’ Bunting. At night we hope to locate the Usambara Nightjar.


Overnight at Muller’s Mountain Lodge

Day 5 & 6: West Usambara – Amani Nature Reserve

We transfer to the eastern parts of the Usambaras. Hope to find the Usambara Eagle Owl, Uluguru Violet-backed & Purple-banded Sunbirds, among Half-collared Kingfisher, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, White-eared Barbet, Kurrichane Thrush, Kenrik’s Starling, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Fischer’s Turaco among many others


Overnight at Amani Rest House


Day 7: Amani Nature Reserve -Tanga fly- Pemba Island

All morning birding and later after lunch drive to Tanga via villages in search of a few extra species. On arrival to Tanga will take a local flight to Pemba Island and after checking in to our hotel we will leave for a nocturnal birding into the nearest forest in search of Pemba Scops Owl and in case we miss it then we have a back-up night drive again tomorrow.  


Overnight at a Pemba Hotel

Day 8: Pemba Island

More birding here for the local specialties like Pemba White-eye, Pigeon & Sunbird.


Overnight at a Pemba Hotel

Day 9: Pemba Island -fly Arusha

Four good reasons for birding Pemba are Pemba Scops Owl, Pemba Green Pigeon, Pemba White-eye, and Pemba Sunbird.


Overnight at East African Hotel

Day 10 &11: Arusha -Tarangire National Park

Drive west of Arusha to Tarangire National Park off-the route for the Beesly Lark on the plains near Kenya-Tanzania Border. Tarangire is characterized by Acacia wooded savannahs. Superb birding and big game. Birds may include endemics Ashy Starling & Yellow-collared Lovebird. Secretary Bird, Tawny, African Fish & Martial Eagles, Pigmy Falcon, Lappet-faced & White-headed Vultures, Magpie Shrike.


Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge

Day 12: Tarangire Nat Park – Lake Manyara National Park

Morning gamedrive en-route Lake Manyara National Park huge concentrations of waterfowl including Lesser Flamingo, Spur-winged & Knob-billed Ducks. Later in the day heading for Ngorongoro Crater whose forest gallery may produce both Hartlaub’s & Shallow’s Turacos and the highland grassland with the Jackson’s Widowbird, Capped Wheatear, Montane White-eye.

Overnight at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge

Day 13 & 14: Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

We’ll transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area for 2 nights and an en-route gamedrive to our lodge for lunch and later driving along the rim of the crater. We will also spend a day inside the Ngorongoro Crater with huge concentration of big mammals


Overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Day 15: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

We’ll transfer to Lake Ndutu area, a good site for one of the Tanzanian endemics Grey-breasted Spurfowl.  Lunch and dinner at the lodge


Overnight at Lake Ndutu Safari Lodge

Day 16 & 17: Ngorongoro Conservation Area -Serengeti National Park

After breakfast birding and big game drive en-route to Serengeti National Park and spending our next 3 nights in the park. The open plains filled with Wildebeest, Common Zebra, Topi, Kongoni, Impala, Grant’s and Thomson’s Gazelles are trailed along with the no less than species 5 vultures (African White-backed, Lappet-faced, White-headed Ruppell’s and Hooded) while other birds of prey may include Black-chested Snake, Martial, Bateleur, Long-crested Eagles, both Eastern and Pale Chanting Goshawk, ,  Magpie Shrike, Brown-crowned Tchagra.


Overnight at Seronera Wildlife Lodge

Day 18: Serengeti National Reserve – Mwanza

After breakfast birding en-route to Mwanza located on the shores of the Lake Victoria for the papyrus endemics and specialties such as Papyrus Canary & Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher, Carruthers’s Cisticola and others.


Overnight at Speke’s Bay Resort.

Day 19: Mwanza – fly- Arusha

Whole morning birding on the shore of the lake and after lunch we will transfer to the nearby Mwanza Airport for a local transfer flight to Arusha. Dinner and transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight.

The Cost is Inclusive of:

  • Transport with exclusive use of the safari van as from the 1st day to departure day as per itinerary.
  • Pick up and drop off on arrival and departure at the airport.
  • Accommodation in lodges as per the itinerary with all three meals a day
  • Services of a knowledgeable bird guide
  • Boat ride at Lakes Naivasha and Baringo
  • Parks, reserve, and conservation areas entry fee
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Drinking water available from the van cool box
  • other pre-tour information

The Cost is Exclusive of:

  • Medical and travel insurance including luggage.
  • Beverages
  • Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, gifts among others
  • Visa, airport tax
  • Tipping of Safari driver guide, lodge porters, waiters, etc
  • Other extras such as balloon Safari, Masai Village visit

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