11 Days Birding and Wildlife Tour in Tanzania
Embark on this 11 Days Birding and Wildlife Tour in Tanzania traversing Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro National Parks. Tanzania has over 1,100, of which over 800 species are resident, and about 200 are migrants. There are 22 bird species endemic to Tanzania.
- Tarangire National Park is known for its huge elephants and giraffes and is a habitat for over 500 bird species.
- Lake Manyara with over 300 bird specie, its vast flocks of flamingos, tree-climbing lions, and one of the highest concentrations of elephants.
- The Serengeti with about 540 bird species and is famed for its highest concentration of wildebeest migration.
- Ngorongoro Crater is the cradle of mankind and has over 500 bird species.
- Arusha National Park – Mount Meru Sight and home to the world’s largest population of giraffes.
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
Upon arrival in Arusha, you will then drive to your accommodation in Arusha (approximately a 1.5 hours drive) and then spend the evening relaxing at the hotel. Accommodation and Meals at African Tulip
Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park
We will depart Arusha in the morning and head directly to Tarangire National Park, named after the river that runs through it which quenches the thirst of a variety of animals, including giraffes, waterbucks, wildebeests, zebras, and elephants. Tarangire is home to over 500 species of birds and its hilly landscape is dotted with baobabs and diverse grasses. After a morning game drive, you will enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the river. We will continue exploring and arrive at your lodge nestled in the park, surrounded by abundant wildlife. Accommodation and Meals at Tarangire Safari Lodge
Day 3: Birding and Game Safari in Tarangire National Park
As the sun rises, head out for a birding excursion in the park, look out for the Yellow necked spurfowl, Northern Pied Babbler, Woodland kingfisher, Pygmy Batis, Southern Grosbeak Canary, Red-throated Tit, White-crowned Shrike, Pygmy faced whistling duck, Red-billed Hornbill, falcon, African marsh harrier, and the Black-headed heron among others. This is also the chance to look out for the three Tanzanian endemics, Ashy Starling, Drabber Rufous-tailed weaver, and Yellow-collared Lovebird. Later in the evening, you will have a game drive in search of giraffes, waterbucks, wildebeests, zebras, and elephants.
Accommodation and Meals at Tarangire Safari Lodge
Day 4: Tarangire – Lake Manyara
After breakfast, we will head to Lake Manyara, an alkaline lake, rich with plant and birdlife. The lake’s environment supports over 300 bird species including Eurasian migrant birds, acacia-associated birds, raptors, and 3 endangered Tanzanian species. After check-in and relaxation, head out for a birding session in the evening. Look out for the Rufous-tailed weaver, Ashy starlings, and Black-collared Lovebird, the endemics to Tanzania. Accommodation and Meals at Mamera Valley Lodge.
Day 5: Birding and Game Safari in Lake Manyara
We will leave at dawn and head back to the park, taking breakfast with us to view the early morning birdlife and other animals as they move around in the cool of the day. Lake Manyara is home to a diverse number of water birds, including Great White Pelican, Intermediate (or Yellow-billed) Egret, Purple Heron, the huge Goliath Heron, the colorful Saddle-billed Stork, Spur-winged Goose, Hottentot Teal, the beautiful Long-toed Lapwing, Little Stint, Curlew, and Marsh Sandpipers.
Other bird species include the Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Silver-cheeked Hornbill, Winged & Knob-billed Ducks, Black-backed Puffback, Slate-coloured Boubou, Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike, Narina Trogon, Crowned Hornbill, Schalow’s Turaco and Emerald Cuckoo, many others.
After a picnic lunch, we will enjoy an afternoon game drive where you can see elephants and baboons, If you are lucky you will also see the famous tree-climbing lions. Later head back to the lodge for relaxation. Accommodation and Meals at Mamera Valley Lodge
Day 6: Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we will start our journey to the Serengeti National Park which spans over 14,000 km². The name Serengeti comes from a Maasai word meaning ‘endless plains’ and this park is home to the ‘big five’; Rhinoceros, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, and Lion. It is home to about 540 bird species. You will arrive in time for lunch and relaxation thereafter heading out for a game safari in search of giraffes, baboons, colobus monkeys, gazelles, antelopes, crocodiles, hippos, waterbuck, hartebeest, and more! Accommodation and Meals at Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Day 7: Birding and Game Safari in Serengeti National Park
Today you will have a bird excursion in this vast and varied park that is home to about 540 bird species. The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of Africa’s Endemic Bird Areas and it hosts five bird species found nowhere else. Look out for the grey-breasted spurfowl, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Usambiro barbet, Fischer’s lovebird, and the grey-crested helmet-shrike. The park has got a mixture of woodland, riverine forests, and grasslands, and other bird species to look out for including, Lilac-breasted roller, Fischer’s lovebird, Kori bustard, Secretary bird, Red-billed Hornbill, Karamoja Apalis, Schalow’s Turaco, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Black-headed Gonolek, Black-backed Cisticola, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Magpie Shrike, Brown-crowned Tchagra among others. After picnic lunch, you will have a game drive in search of the big five, or you may choose to continue birding in the central plains. Accommodation and Meals at Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, we head to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name Ngorongoro is from a Maasai word meaning ‘Gift of Life. The park has habitats of forests, canyons, grassland plains, lakes, and marshes providing habitats for a wide range of birdlife that is about 500 species. You will arrive in time for lunch and relaxation before heading out for a birding session around the grassland part of the park. Look out for species such as the Kori bustards, Secretary birds, Grey-crowned Cranes, the ground nestling Northern Anteater Chat, Rufous-napped Lark, Capped Water, Fischer’s Sparrow Lark, Red-capped Lark, and the Grassland Pipit. Later head back to the lodge for relaxation. Accommodation and Meals at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Day 9: Birding and Game Safari Ngorongoro
After breakfast, we will drive to the Crater rim with the magnificent views before descending into the crater itself. You will have the opportunity to see elephants, lions, buffalo, zebra, and many other species of animals and birds. We will enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the hippo pool. Thereafter head to the crater a haven for birdlife looking out for species such as the Abdim’s Stork, Bearded Woodpecker, Yellow-headed and Grey-headed Wagtails, Banded Martin, and Northern Anteater Chat, Martial Eagle, Grey Crowned Crane, Kori Bustard, Black-winged Lapwing, and Dusky Turtle Dove among others. Head out to Lake Magadi, a salt lake on the floor of the crater, for a chance to spot the lesser flamingos and other water birds. Later head back to the lodge. Accommodation and Meals at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater Area – Arusha
After a relaxed breakfast, head back to Arusha arriving in time for late lunch and relaxation at the Lodge. You might opt to visit the Uhuru Torch monument: Also known as Mwenge wa Uhuru (Torch of Freedom in Swahili), the monument is one of the National symbols of the country. It was first lit by Alexandra Nyirenda in 1961 and symbolizes light and freedom. The monument is a sign of hope in times of despair, love where there is hatred, and respect where there is enmity. Accommodation and Meals at African Tulip
Day 11: Arusha National Park – Departure
Depending on the time of your flight, you may head out to Arusha National Park for some wildlife and sightseeing. The most noticeable feature in the park is Mount Meru. Look out for the elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffalo, bushbucks, and leopards among other creatures. Later head back to the city center for lunch and thereafter onward for departure flight back home at the end of the 11 days Birding and Wildlife Tour in Tanzania.
- Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD with gasoline/fuel,
- Mineral water in the vehicle,
- Services of an English speaking Driver/guide,
- Accommodation as shown at the lodges mentioned in the itinerary,
- Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner),
- All Park Entrance Fees
- International Airfares; Excess baggage charges;
- Ugandan Entry Visa Fees
- International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations;
- Items of personal nature such as Room service,
- Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.;
- Postage fees, Porterage fees, Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff,
- Shopping charges for Curios and Crafts,
- International Airport Departure Taxes,
- Optional activities unless specified as included,
- Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.
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