12 Days Private Guided Bird Watching
Tanzania is a top bird-watching destination. It offers ample opportunity to view a wide variety of birds from migratory to resident birds.
In Tanzania, there are birds literally everywhere, from the icy barrens around Kilimanjaro snowy summit to the sunbaked soda shores of its many lakes. From the coral reefs and inlets in the blue Indian Ocean to the hippo pools at Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Tanzania’s birdlife is vast, abundant and thriving. Birds are probably the most conspicuous, lively and widely distributed of all animals. Your guide will help you to identify the various bird species and provide interesting information on their habits.
Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
Transfer from the airport to Arusha for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, you will drive to Tarangire National Park. We’ll do a short drive before going to your camp for lunch and some afternoon reduction. In the late afternoon, we’ll head out for an evening bird drive. This is also an excellent opportunity to see the nocturnal animals. O/N maramboi tented camp. B/L/D
Day 3: Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park. Today will be spent in Tarangire, where many varieties of birds can be found. O/N the same tented camp B/L/D
Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park
After an early morning drive in Tarangire, we’ll head to Lake Manyara National Park. We’ll drive to the rift escarpment base where your lodge is located. In the afternoon, we’ll head to the park and through the underground water forest. There are literally hundreds of species of birds here, with a high number of water birds. Don’t forget your camera today. O/N Lake Manyara Serena hotel. B/L/D
Day 5: Lake Eyasi
We’ll do an early morning drive in Lake Manyara and after lunch will head to Lake Eyasi. We’ll enjoy sunset overlooking Lake Eyasi. O/N kisima ngeda tented lodge B/L/D
Day 6: Bushmen Walking
This morning you’ll do an early morning walk with Bushmen. The walk will take you through some gorgeous scenery and offer some bird watching opportunities. During mid-day, we’ll relaxing by the pool and compile the list of birds seen and those remaining. We’ll then head out in the late afternoon / early evening and drive through the palm tree forests for more bird watching. Later overnight at the same tented camp.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today we drive to the Ngorongoro highlands, where you’ll see lots of alpine species. The mountain buzzard is endemic to this region. You’ll arrive at your lodge in time for lunch, where you can enjoy views over the Crater rim. In the afternoon, we’ll do some small walks along the rim, and try to spot some eagles. Sunset is the time for sundowners while gazing over the Crater rim. Overnight and relax at Ngorongoro sopa lodge, B/L/D
Day 8: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today is a very early start so we can head down into the Crater floor. In addition to ample birdlife, the Crater is home to all of the big five and is an excellent game viewing opportunity. Overnight at Ngorongoro sopa lodge, B/L/D
Day 9: Serengeti National Park
We’ll drive to the majestic Serengeti today and follow the wildebeest migration. In December through March, when the migration is in the south, we can head through the acacia woods and into the open plains, where we can spot bird of prey-vultures, eagles and other large birds. Overnight at Angata luxury tented camp. B/L/D
Day 10: Serengeti National Park
We’ll spend the day in the Serengeti, following the migrating herbivores while incorporating some bird watching and later overnight at the same tented camp.
Day 11: Depart
We’ll do a very early morning game drive before heading to the airstrip for your domestic flight back to Arusha. You’ll be met at the Arusha airport and taken to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return flight.