A COMBINATION OF BIRDING, PHOTOGRAPHY & BIG GAME ADVENTURE IN NORTHERN, EASTERN, SOUTHERN CIRCUIT & PEMBA ISLAND 

31 Days Birdwatching in Tanzania overview

BIRDING AREAS TO BE VISTED
ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK – LAKE VICTORIA – SERENGETI – NGORONGORO CRATER – TARANGIRE – LARK PLAINS – MKOMAZI NATIONAL PARK – WEST & EAST USAMBARA – MIKUMI – UDZUNGWA – KILOMBERO FLOOD PLAINS – MIOMBO WOODLANDS – RUAHA NATIONAL PARK – PEMBA ISLAND ENDEMICS. 

DAY 01: KILIMANJARO INTL’ AIRPORT TO ARUSHA
Upon arrival met and transfer to Arusha for dinner at  Korona Villa (BB)

DAY 02: ARUSHA TO ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast you will set for drive to Arusha National Park with picnic lunch where you will spend the day birding and big game viewing. Late afternoon return to Arusha at your hotel for Dinner and Overnight at Korona Villa (FB)

Birds to be seen in Arusha National Park:
Momella Lake in Arusha National Park offers a spectacular bird watching opportunity where there are approximately over 575 migrant and resident bird species the famous being water fowls such as little grebes, eagles, pochards, geese, hammer kop, red shark, spur winged goose, woodpecker, herons, secretary bird, gray parrot etc.

Best time:
All year –round, November to April is the time for migratory birds from Europe and North Africa which is the best time as resident birds are also having their breeding plumage

DAY 03: ARUSHA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
At 0700hrs drive to Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch; on this day you will have a limited time for birding stopover because of the main focus is to reach Serengeti National Park and start a fresh day birding the following day. Dinner and overnight at Burudika Serengeti Tented Camp (FB)

DAY 04: FULL DAY SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast set off for a game drive in the park and bird watching (walking around the camp optional). All meals and overnight at Burudika Serengeti Tented Camp (FB)

Birding in Serengeti National Park
It worth it to do birding in Serengeti National Park where there are 500 bird species recorded with the most endemic birds which cannot be seen anywhere confined in the park; the top 05 species being Grey-breasted Spurfowl in central Serengeti, Rufous- tailed Weaver found in Naabi Hill Gate, Fischer’s Lovebird bright colored yellow and green in central and western corridor, Kori Bustard the largest flying bird a native of Africa and Secretary Bird

Best time
Birding Serengeti can be done all year round but the best time is between November and April-the nesting time and migratory birds from North Africa and Europe are also present

DAY 05: SERENGETI TO SPEKE BAY
After breakfast drive to Lake Victoria crossing the Serengeti`s Western Corridor with picnic lunch. Game drive, photographing and slow pace birding en route arriving in time for dinner and overnight at Speke Bay Lodge (FB)

DAY 06: WALKING AND BIRDING AT SPEKE BAY
After breakfast set off for a day scheduled bird walks on the Speke Bay Lodge grounds and surroundings. All meals and overnight at Speke Bay Lodge (FB)

Birding at Speke Bay
Many of the indigenous birds will not be seen in Serengeti and can only be found at the lodge’s 100 hectares of savannah such as Swamp Flycatcher, Red- chested Sunbird, Northern Brown- throated Weaver, Yellow- backed Weaver, Black-headed Gonolek and Blue-headed Coucal

DAY 07:  SPEKE BAY TO NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
After early Breakfast, take a picnic Lunch and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, Once on the Crater floor, birding & big game viewing the rest of the day. Here is our chance to view the endangered black rhino. After the excitement on the Crater floor ascend the Crater walls and drive to Karatu Village on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Dinner and overnight at Tloma Lodge (FB)

DAY 08: KARATU TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After a relaxing breakfast, we will embark on an Optional Bird walk (short hike) to the Ngorongoro Highlands, birding for high altitude birds and Nature close-ups on the slopes.

For those with the option of an exotic birding style, will relax on the Gibbs farm grounds, inspecting feeders with birds coming in and out. After Lunch, drive to Tarangire National Park arriving in time for dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge (FB) 

Birding in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
With recorded 500 bird species in Ngorongoro Highland Forest and Crater; it is of rich birdlife, the most common are White- Eyed Slaty Flycatcher and Livingstone Turaco in the highlands and resident specialized grassland species which can be found within the crater are Ostrich, Kori Bustard, Crowned Cranes, Secretary Bird just to mention a few

Best time
It is good all year round but the best time is from November to April as most migratory birds from North Africa and Europe are present and many resident birds are in breeding plumage 

DAY 09: FULL DAY TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast drive to Tarangire National Park with picnic lunch for big game viewing and birding. Late evening drive back to Tarangire Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight (FB)

Birding in Tarangire
With more than 500 species recorded it is the great bird-watching site, Mostly common are Ashy starling, Red and yellow barbet, Red bellied parrot, Speckle-fronted weaver and Tawny eagle

Best time
The birds are plenty all year round with best time from November and April with great opportunity to see migratory birds from North Africa and Europe

DAY 10: TARANGIRE TO LARK PLAINS
After breakfast drive to Lark plains in the north of Arusha, birding for the endemic and special larks and related dry country birds in the area. In the evening drive to Korona Villa for dinner and overnight (FB)

Lark plains
An area about 30km north of Arusha with about nine different types birds from Lark family concentrated in a small area

Best time
All year round

DAY 11: ARUSHA TO SAME
After early breakfast some bird walk around the Lodge grounds, on a clear day you will have the scenic view of Mount Meru. Afterwards you will start the Second leg of the tour driving East into the Dry Masai Steppes which is full of special dry country birds, after several birding stops en route check in for dinner and overnight at Elephant Motel near Same Village

DAY 12: SOUTH PARE MOUNTAINS & MKOMAZI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast birding around the South Pare Mountains dry country bushes and thereafter spend the rest of day in Mkomazi National Park with local lunch. Dinner and overnight at Elephant Motel (BB)

31 Days Birdwatching in Tanzania, Birding in South Pare and Mkomazi National Park
With more than 450 bird species recorded, Mostly common are Shelley’s starling and migratory species such as European roller

Best time
It is good thought out the year with the best period between November and April with great opportunity to see migratory birds from Northern Africa and Europe like European roller

DAY 13: WEST USAMBARA MOUNTAINS
Morning driving to high elevation of the South Pare Mountains for the South Pare White eye endemic with picnic lunch. Mid afternoon drive to the West Usambara Mountains. Dinner and overnight at Mullers Mountain Lodge (FB)

DAY 14: WEST USAMBARA MOUNTAINS
After breakfast spend the day birding in the West Usambara for the Usambara Endemics and Specials. Dinner and overnight at Mullers Mountain Lodge (FB)

DAY 15: WEST USAMBARA MOUNTAINS
After breakfast another day of birding in the West Usambara for the Usambara Endemics and Specials. Dinner and overnight at Mullers Mountain Lodge (FB)

31 Days Birdwatching in Tanzania ,Birding in West Usambara
Most notable are Mountain Buzzard, Crowned Eagle, Eastern Bronze- naped Pigeon, Lemon Dove, Dusky Turtle Dove, Usambara Eagle Owl, Usambara Nightjar just to mention a few

Best time
It is good thought out the year with the best period between November and April with great opportunity to see migratory birds from Northern Africa and Europe like European roller

DAY 16: WEST USAMBARA TO EAST USAMBARA
After breakfast drive to East Usambara with birding stops enroute with afternoon birding around the East Usambara Lower forest before getting high into the Amani Nature reserve. Dinner and overnight at Amani Forest Camp Emau Hill (FB)

DAY 17: EAST USAMBARA
After breakfast set off to Amani nature forest looking for East Usambara specials and coastal endemics. All meals and overnight at Amani Forest Camp Emau Hill (FB)

31 Days Birdwatching in Tanzania ,Birding in East Usambara
Dusky Turtle Dove, Blue- spotted Wood Dove, Fischer’s Turaco, African Swift, Bateleur, Mountain Buzzard, endangered Sokoke Scops-Owl and Usambara Hyliota

Best time
It is good thought out the year with the best period between November and April with great opportunity to see migratory birds from Northern Africa and Europe

DAY 18: EAST USAMBARA TO MIKUMI
After breakfast set off for a long day drive to Mikumi with hot lunch on the way arriving in time for Dinner and overnight at Tanswiss Lodge (FB)

DAY 19: MIOMBO WOODLANDS
Pre breakfast dawn and mid morning bird walks in the Miombo woodlands, birding for Miombo Specials. In the afternoon enter Mikumi National Park for big game drive. Dinner and overnight at Tanswiss Lodge (FB) 

31 Days Birdwatching in Tanzania ,Birding in Miombo woodlands
Mikumi has a estimated 400 species of birds from black bellied bustards, guinea fowls, marabou storks, bateleur eagles, ox peckers, lilac breasted rollers just to mention a few

DAY 20: BIRDING AND BIG GAME IN MIKUMI
After breakfast morning and afternoon birding and big game viewing in Mikumi National Park. Dinner and overnight at Tanswiss Lodge (FB)

DAY 21: MIKUMI TO UDZUNGWA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast drive to south to Udzungwa and Kilombero flood plains. You will spend the day birding at Kilombero flood plains endemics. Dinner and overnight at Udzungwa Forest Camp (FB)

Endemic bird species Kilombero flood plains
Some endemic bird species such as the Kilombero weaver, Kilombero cisticola, Melodius cisticola, Iringa akalat and the dappled throated mountain robin

DAY 22: UDZUNGWA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast set off for birding on foot and hiking in East Udzungwa forest for forest Birds and endemic Primates. Dinner and overnight at Udzungwa Forest Camp (FB)

DAY 23: UDZUNGWA TO RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast long drive to Ruaha National Park with via Mikumi and Iringa with hot lunch and bird stops on the way arriving for dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge (FB)

DAY 24: RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast set off for a day of bird watching and big game viewing. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge (FB)

DAY 25: RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
Another day of bird watching and big game safari and photography. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge (FB)

DAY 26: RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
Another day of bird watching and big game safari and photography. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge (FB) 

DAY 27: RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
Another day of bird watching and big game safari and photography. Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge (FB)

Birding in Ruaha
The birding activity in Ruaha National Park is extremely interesting and rewarding as there are approximately 574 species recorded within the Park up to date

Serious and exciting birding can be done during the wet season at inaccessible remote areas with difficulty which makes it more fun those seldom visited areas as one will never expect what to see

31 Days Birdwatching in Tanzania, Birds to see in Ruaha National Park
The crested barbet, yellow-collared lovebird plus ashy starling. As well as migratory birds from November up to April

Other notable birds are the common Tanzanian red- billed hornbill, The common Bateleur, Giant kingfisher, Collared palm-thrush, White-browed coucal, Spur-winged goose, Birding specials, African fish eagle, Ashy starling (endemic to Tanzania), Black-bellied bustard, Collared palm-thrush, Crested barbet, Eleonora’s falcon, Emerald-spotted wood dove, Goliath heron, Long-crested eagle, Namaqua dove, Southern ground hornbill, Tanzanian red-billed hornbill, White-bellied go-away bird, Yellow-collared lovebird (near endemic to Tanzania)

DAY 28: FLY OUT OF RUAHA TO PEMBA ISLAND VIA DAR ES SALAAM
After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for your domestic flight to Pemba Island via Dar Es Salaam. Upon arrival met and transfer to Pemba Paradise for dinner and overnight (FB)

DAY 29: BIRDING ON PEMBA ISLAND ENDEMICS
After breakfast spend the day birding on Pemba Island. All meals and overnight at Pemba Paradise (FB)

DAY 30: AT LEISURE AT THE LODGE
After breakfast at leisure; you can decide to do owls night birding (optional). All meals and overnight at Pemba Paradise (FB)

Birding in Pemba Island
The presence of 04 endemic bird species Pemba Scops Owl, Pemba Sunbird, Pemba White- Eye and Pemba Green Pigeon  

DAY 31: FLY OUT OF PEMBA ISLAND
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the scheduled domestic to Dar Es Salaam in time for your international outbound flight

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