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Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Holidays All Inclusive Serengeti Tours

Birding in Tanzania: Tarangire+ Serengeti + Ngorongoro


TPD12A
12 NIGHTS
FROM £5,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Birding Holiday Tanzania Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Serengeti Bird Watching

Enjoy this exciting birding holiday in Tanzania, including bird watching with your own birding guide on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tarangire National Park, the forests of Lake Manyara, open plains of the Serengeti & incredible Ngorongoro Crater. This bird watching holiday can be tailor made to your exact requirements. Birding guide, all transfers & park fees included.

Birding Holiday Tanzania Kilimanjaro Ngorongoro Serengeti Bird Watching
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Birding Holiday Tanzania
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Kilimanjaro
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Mkomazi Game Reserve
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Arusha National Park
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Tarangire National Park
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Lake Manyara
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Serengeti Plains
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Big Five Game Viewing
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Bird Watching Holiday
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Birding Holiday Tanzania
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Kilimanjaro
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Mkomazi Game Reserve
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Arusha National Park
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Tarangire National Park
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Lake Manyara
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Serengeti Plains
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Big Five Game Viewing
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Bird Watching Holiday
Day 1
You will be met at Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred 1.5-hours to Moshi - the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro, travelling in a safari jeep (with pop-up roof for birding & game viewing).
 
Towering over the plains of East Africa, Mount Kilmanjaro is a triple volcano and the tallest mountain in Africa. The oldest volcano is Shira, a collapsed caldera, whilst Mawenzi is middle aged & the young Kibo is still dormant. The highest point, Uhuru peak, is on Kibo at 19,340 feet (5,895 m). Mount Kilimanjaro National Park includes moors and highlands, the Shira Plateau, and the two peaks of Kibo (the summit) and Mawenzi. The area below the national park includes rain forests and a game reserve.
 
Check into your hotel in the small town of Moshi.
Day 2
We rise early this morning for a birding hike around the grounds of our hotel, on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.
 
After breakfast we leave Moshi and drive 3-hours to Mkomazi Game Reserve, bordering the Pare and the Usambara Mountains. This is the same eco-system as the southern part of Tsavo National Park in neighbouring Kenya and provides wonderful birding opportunities.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy more birding in the afternoon.
Day 3
Today enjoy a full day of birding in Mkomazi National Park.
 
Established to protect two endangered species - black rhino and African wild dog - Mkomazi National Park has vast tracts of acacia scrub and semi-arid savanna. Over 450 different bird species have been recorded here, including many Palearctic migrants. Of particular interest are dry country specials not often seen elsewhere in Tanzania such as the White-headed mousebird, Rosy-patched bushshrike, Vulturine guineafowl, Ashy cisticola, Tiny cisticola, Black-bellied sunbird and Fire-fronted bishop that appears in large numbers after the rains.
 
Mkomazi also supports a large population of elephants and other game - including giraffe, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Cape buffalo, lesser kudu and oryx. You can also see the rare gerenuk here, a small antelope with a very long neck that stands on its hind legs when foraging high in the bushes.
Day 4
We leave Mkomazi National Park early this morning and drive 3-hours to the coffee-producing town of Arusha in the northern highlands of Tanzania.
 
Situated in the foothills of the twin peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha was formerly an important administrative centre in German East Africa.
 
On arrival enjoy birding on the fringes of Arusha National Park, which offers a variety of mountain, forest swamp, finger lakes and long grass habitats. Here we look for rare mountain species and possibly the Lammergeyer vulture. The differing acidity & alcalinity in the finger lakes attracts a wide assortment of water fowl, flamingos and fish eagles. This is also the best location to see the black and white colobus monkey.
Day 5
Today enjoy a full day of bird watching in Arusha National Park, with boxed picnic lunch.
 
This lush green park is situated on the slopes of cloud-covered Mount Meru, the second largest mountain in Tanzania. Although a relatively small park, it offers a variety of beautiful landscapes as well as the opportunity to see Greater and Lesser flamingos and other wading birds feeding on algae in the alkaline Momella Lakes at certain times of the year.
 
Birdlife is prolific with many forest species such as the Narina trogon, Bar-tailed trogon and a variety of starlings. You can also see Sacred ibis, egrets, guinea fowl, herons and much more.
 
General wildlife you can hope to see include giraffe, Cape buffalo, zebra, warthog, baboons, black-and-white colobus monkey, blue monkey, elephant, bushbuck, jackal, waterbuck, suni, dik dik, red duiker, hippo and porcupine. Lion and leopard are present but are rarely seen.
Day 6
This morning we travel 3-hours from Arusha to Tarangire National Park, with a picnic lunch.
 
One of the least visited of Tanzania's northern game parks, this wonderful wildlife reserve is renowned for its huge herds of elephants and giant baobab trees. After enjoying a day of birding, check into your lodge and enjoy the amazing spectacle of an East African sunset.
Day 7
Enjoy an early breakfast, before we head out with picnic lunch for a full day of birding in Tarangiri National Park.
 
The park has one of the densest populations of birds in all of Africa and has more than 650 recorded species. We will look especially for Ground hornbills, Verraux eagle owl, African eagle owl, Battaleur and Martial eagles, Buff-crested bustard, starlings of all kinds, francolins, cuckoos, hoopoes and mouse birds.
 
You will also have the opportunity to visit the Silale Swamp which is located in the southern part of Tarangire and which serves as a good food source for the many raptors in the park.
Day 8
Today we leave Tarangire and travel 2-hours across the Great Rift Valley to beautiful Lake Manyara.
 
On arrival enjoy a picnic lunch and birding drive in Lake Manyara National Park, a heavily forested park surrounding a shallow alkaline lake. Here we look for Silvery-cheeked hornbill, Red-billed hornbill, Von Der Decken’s hornbill and a variety of waterfowl, kingfishers, warblers, paradise flycatchers, whydah birds and sunbirds of all kind.
 
Greater (white) and Lesser (pink) flamingos and pods of hippo congregate where rivers run into the lake and there are large populations of olive baboons, vervet and blue monkeys. The vegetation is very dense, making spotting general wildlife difficult - but giraffe, elephant, impala, dik dik and the rare tree-climbing lion can also be found here.
 
At the end of the day we check into our lodge perched on the edge of the Rift Valley, with views over distant Lake Manyara.
Day 9
Today we travel 5-hours from Lake Manyara to your safari lodge in the great Serengeti (meaning 'Endless Plains'), birding along the way.
 
We stop at Olduvai Gorge where Louis and Mary Leakey famously discovered the remains of early man, where we have a picnic lunch. The gorge also offers good sightings of the Red-and-yellow barbet, Red-cheeked cordon-bleu and Purple grenadier, before we continue to the Serengeti.
 
Serengeti National Park and adjacent Ndutu Plains is a World Heritage site that hosts the largest overland wildlife migration in the world. Each October over two million wildebeest, accompanied by huge herds of zebra and gazelle, travel over 500 miles as they journey southwards from the open plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya and across the hills of the eastern Serengeti to graze on the rich grasses of the southern Ndutu plains. Here calving occurs between January and March, when over a period of a few short weeks they all give birth simultaneously to over 500,000 young - a truly spectacular sight. Depending upon the rains, around April the great migration starts once again, as these animals move northwards crossing the treacherous Grumeti River in the western corridor and the Mara River in search of sweet new grasses once again.
Day 10
Today is devoted to birding in the famous Serengeti National Park and adjacent concessions - one of the greatest wildlife conservation areas in the world.
 
At over 12,000 square mile (30,000 sq km), this vast game park is the size of Belgium and 20 times larger than the neighbouring Masa Mara reserve in Kenya, which it adjoins to form an enormous wilderness area through which animals can freely migrate, unrestriced by any fences. Lying between Lake Victoria to the west, Lake Eyasi to the south, the Great Rift Valley to the east and the Masai Mara to the north, the landscape of the Serengeti varies enormously - from the endless open grassy plains of the south, to savanna with scattered acacia trees in the centre, hilly wooded grasslands to the north and dense woodlands and clay pans to the west. All of this is interspersed with many small rivers, lakes and wetlands.
 
Bird watching is outstanding, with over 600 different recorded species. You can hope to see the Kori bustard which is the largest flying bird in Africa, the majestic Secretary bird, Maribou stork, Southern ground hornbill, White-headed vulture, African hoopoe, Fischer's lovebird, Grey-breasted spurfowl, Rufous-tailed weaver, as well as many different bee-eaters, owls, swallows, chats, cuckoos, eagles, kestrels, falcons and other raptors.
 
With more than 70 large mammals and over 500 other animal species, including great herds of wildebeest and zebra and the largest number of lions in Africa, outstanding game viewing is also guaranteed on a scale only seen in East Africa. All the Big Five can be found here - elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as cheetah, hyena, giraffe, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, waterbuck, porcupine, jackal, serval, ostrich, eland, impala, did-dik, Bohor reedbuck, hartebeest, hyrax, wild dog, hippo, crocodiles, dwarf mongoose and so much more. As predators are most active in the early morning and late afternoon, this is when game viewing is usually the most rewarding.
Day 11
After some final early morning birding, we drive to the famous Ngorongoro Crater, with more amazing birding and game viewing along the way (and picnic lunch included).
 
Stretching across 8,300 sq km, the high altitude Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts a dramatic variety of volcanic landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology. Its grasslands, waterfalls and mountain forests are home to an abundance of birds and animals, and also to the Maasai people. It has been declared a World Heritage site.
 
On arrival enjoy a tour into the basin of the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest intact caldera forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres with sides up to 2,000 feet (600m) deep. The grassland birds you will find here include the Kori bustard, Grey-crowned crane, Hamerkop,  Marabou stork, Ostrich, Splendid starling, Eqyptian goose, various lapwings and many more. You may see hippos and flamingos on Lake Masek.
  
Although some animals do move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring lakes on the crater floor attract grazers and predators all year round, with up to 30,000 animals living in the crater - the highest density of big game found anywhere in Africa. Prides of lions, endangered black rhino, hyena, buffalo, golden jackal, bat-eared jackal, black-backed jackal, wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle. Grant's gazelle, zebra and many other animals can be found on the open savanna whilst elephants, monkeys, leopards and olive baboons live in the forests around the edge of the crater. Cheetah also live on these open plains, but are difficult to spot due to their excellent camouflage. There are no giraffe in the crater, because there are no trees for grazing (only grasslands).
Day 12
Enjoy a full day of birding in the Ngorongoro Crater today, with included picnic lunch.
 
The crater is excellent for sighting storks of all kinds (Abdim, European, Spoonbill, Marabou, Yellow-billed, Saddlebill), the Sacred ibis, Hadada ibis, Crowned crane, Lilac breasted roller, European roller, herons of all kinds, stilts and a tremendous variety of raptors. Locating a kill site will allow you to view six or seven different species of vultures, representing the entire hierarchy. It is not uncommon to find White-backed, White-headed, Ruppell's, Hooded, Nubian and Egyptian vultures all at one site. Secretary birds are also common.
 
The Ngorongoro Crater is famous not only for its birds, but also for black rhino, large bull elephants and the densest population of hyena in the world.
Day 13
After some final early morning birding around your lodge, transfer 5-hours to Kilimanjaro Airport.
 
Here you will have the use of a day room at an airport hotel. Later take the free hotel shuttle to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.
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