13 Days BIRD WATCHING TOURS - Tanzania
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Tanzania Bird Watching and Identification:
Tanzania is spectacular country for birding and paradise of birds, offering a wide variety of habitats, including montane forest, miombo, woodland, savanna, arid plains and coastline, making an important migratory passage away as well and varying habitats which make one of the typical of the African scene!
With over 1,200 bird species recorded including more than twenty country and dozens of regional endemic species in Tanzania.Dispite all of these attractions, on visits to the many national parks and reserves, birds often take a back seat to the big game of display such as lion, elephant and giraffes.
In Tanzania have several places which are International Birds Areas and Endemic Birds Areas for birds which can indeed be a trip of a lifetime for birders as such; Uluguru Mountain, Mount Usambara, Lake Manyara, Kilombero valley, Ngorongoro conservation, Lake Victoria, Minziro forest in Kagera, Udzungwa Mountain that posses the same type of biological diversity that you can learn and appreciate!
Birds have developed in different part of the world; they have shown the greater role for their existence in the ecosystem apart from that of coloring the earth, generally they help the pollinations of plants hence regenerate them, more over they have been the source of rich protein for human being. This concepts of their value to the world is not of so much important here in East Africa, their value in tourism which is due to their astonishing stories if not astound which based on their life in the wild and the way they maneuver life in the wild which means survival in fittest and to eat and not to be eaten; these animals with wings and their body covered with feathers have been mound in several adaptations as their body morphology signifies; Join the “Savannah man”…….Proteneuos on exploring the destinations of birds of East Africa. Our explanation will equip you with knowledge and experience about birds & flowers of East Africa.
Lago Safaris- Tanzania organizes tours which are specially developed for bird and butterfly watching throughout Tanzania, not only in the large National Parks but also in the more exclusive smaller areas.
Tanzania has a wide variety of birds and butterflies that best can be watched in the period from September to April, when migrants come from other parts of Africa and World such as Curlew sandpiper species from Siberia- Northern pole of World migrate to Southern pole of Port Elizabeth for breeding season, passed in Africa.
The Wildlife conservation Society of Tanzania has defined 77 International Bird Area’s (IBA) and 9 Endemic Bird Area’s (EBA). IBA’s and EBA have included in the tours of African Unique Travels & Safaris are:
- Uluguru Mountain biodiversity project
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Lake Victoria
- Arusha National Park
- Ngorongoro Conservation Are
- Kilombelo Valley
- Minziro Forest
- Tour Arusha – Dar es Salaam.
ARRIVAL IN ARUSHA.
If you enter Tanzania by airplane, your flight arrives at Kilimanjaro International Airport in the evening. Your guide will wait for you at the arrival gate and transfers you to your hotel/lodge.
If you arrive by vehicle, your guide meets you the next morning at your hotel/lodge.
DAY 1: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
One of the most beautiful parks in Tanzania and located 32 KM from Arusha.
Aside from the abundance of wildlife, fauna and flora there are three spectacular features; momella lakes, Meru Crater, and the Ngurdoto Crater. Both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru can be seen from the park when the weather is fine. Early morning is usually the best time to observe and watch birds and butterfly’s species in Arusha National Park. Therefore, after an early breakfast at your hotel/lodge, we start with a safari briefing and leave for the park.
The common bird’s species found here are Bee-eater, Fish eagle, Tawny eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, little Grebe, Egyptian goose, greater and lesser flamingo, Scaly francolin, silvery – checked hornbill, lammergeyer and parrot.
We will lunch in the park and leave to your hotel/lodge in the evening, were you will have your dinner.
DAY 2 – 3: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast at your hotel/lodge, we proceed to Lake Manyara National Park, nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. This park is noted for its incredible beauty. After passing the gate, you enter the lush forest that opens up into woodlands, grassland, swamps and the soda lake itself. It covers 330sq km and is a sanctuary to over 400 bird species, including flamingo, pelican, storks, sacred ibis, cormorants and Egyptian geese. Other wildlife are: gazelles; impala; buffalo; wildebeest; the famous tree climbing lion; hyena; baboon; giraffe; hippopotamus; and a great number of smaller mammals. You stay overnight at a campsite/lodge.
DAY 4: NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
After breakfast, we depart for the Ngorongoro Crater. This crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife-viewing areas and one of Tanzania most visited. At about 20 km wide it is one of the largest calderas in the world and a year – round haven for wildlife and birds.
It is always spectacular, watching countless flamingos form a pink blanket over the soda lake. More than 100 species of birds can be watched in this magnificent park.
We leave in the afternoon and drive to Arusha for dinner and you stay overnight at a hotel.
DAY 5: USAMBARA MOUNTAIN AREA
Today we drive to Lushoto in the heart of the Usambara Mountains.
The excellent roads take us through Moshi and the Pare Mountains to Mombo, the gateway to the Western Usambaras. From Mombo it is about 33 Kilometres (21 miles) to Lushoto, of which some roads require 4-wheel drive. On our way you will have spectacular sights including the lovely Soni falls, were the Bangala river falls hundreds of meters. This area is known for its butterflies. Dinner and you stay overnight at a campsite/lodge.
DAY 6 – 7: MOUNT USAMBARA
Early morning and late evening are usually the best time to watch birds and butterfly’s species. We walk from the base camp to the peak and back. We walk slowly, partly to pace yourself, but most to watch birds and butterfly’s species and to enjoy the forest and its inhabitants. Everywhere you look there are things of interest. Your guide will point out beautiful birds, such as the African paradise flycatcher, Amani sunbird, Usambara hyliota, Hyliota, fischer’s Turaco, black and yellow dark-backed weaver and the velvet black square – toiled Drongo. The searching for mixed foraging flocks in the forest is essential to locate many of the birds. The next day we continue with birds and butterflies watching and identification.
If lucky, we might see the little yellow Flycatchers and plain backed Sum birds which can only be spotted along the East African Coast. The number of species recorded thus far is just over 1,000 and the East Usambara Mountains house close to 350 species, a number that continues to grow. Dinner and overnight at a lodge.
DAY 8: TO MOROGORO AT THE FOOT OF THE ULUGURU MOUNTAINS
After an early breakfast, we proceed to Mount Uluguru and take the Arusha – Tanga highway to drive to Chalinze (238km). The gradient of the road is very gentle because it is originally designed for the oxen, pulling heavy loads.
We reach Morogoro town for dinner and overnight at a hotel/lodge.
DAY 9-10: ULUGURU MOUNTAINS
After an early breakfast, we proceed to Mgeta Province via the Mlali area. Here we start game viewing of birds and butterfly’s species in the Lukwangule forest reserve at Mountain Uluguru. Dinner and overnight at a campsite in the bush land of Mount Uluguru.
The next morning, we travel all over the Mountain Uluguru to learn about endemic and indigenous birds such as Uluguru bushrike grey breasted spurflowl, yellow throated green bull, banded green sunbird, Uluguru violet-backed sunbird, loverbird, sunbird, ashy starling, long billed apalis and many more bird species. There are just over 500 bird species found in this area. Late afternoon we proceed to Morogoro town for dinner and overnight.
DAY 11: FROM MOROGORO TO DAR-ES-SALAAM
After breakfast, we proceed to Dar-es-salaam, only a 3-hour drive. After lunch and resting time, we start an evening game watch in the D’slaaam coast area.
We will encounter birds as the African marsh harrier, African darter, egret, Egyptian goose, cormorant, shoebill, grebes, cape oriole, nightjar, African skimmer, gulls, house crow, tits, Eurasian oriole, peacock, white eyes birds (batis}, African kingfisher, and many migrant birds’ species from the northern part of the world such as Siberia who migrate to this area from September to April every year. Dinner and overnight at a lodge/campsite/hotel in the center of the city.
DAY 12: DAR-ES-SALAAM SOUTH COAST
After breakfast we will have a walking safari to the south of Dar Es Salaam to see butterfly’s species such as Monarch and Milkweeds from which more than 107 species have been recorded in this area. They are very elegant and their colourful swallowtails are a delight to watch.
Dinner and overnight at a lodge/campsite/hotel in the center of the city.
DAY 13: FROM DAR-ES-SALAAM TO THE AIRPORT
After breakfast, we transfer you from your hotel to either D’slaaam airport or Ubungo bus terminal for other destinations.
- An outstanding English-speaking professional safari guide with vast knowledge of Tanzania, its wildlife and cultures
- Exclusive use of a fully equipped, well-maintained Toyota Land Cruiser with pop-up roof For wildlife viewing and shade from the sun
- An English-speaking professional safari chef to prepare all meals and prepare at the lodge
- Full board -service for lodge accommodations
- Bottled water, coffee and tea in safari vehicle
- All meals except where noted as on your own
- All entrance and other fees (including applicable government taxes and levies) for parks
- Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Full access to Africa Unique Safaris staff via email to assist with pre-trip preparations
- Tips for safari driver guide, safari and other service providers (Driver or guide gratuities)
- Beverages other than bottled water, coffee and tea in the safari vehicle
- Airport tax (International and pay direct)
- Entrance or other fees for activities noted as optional
- Tourist visas, vaccinations, malaria tablets, travel insurance
- Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, Internet access, souvenirs, spa services)
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