The 14-day Tanzanian Birding Tour is designed with a great budget and 30 years’ worth of working experience. The locations recorded are based on the yearly wildlife movement, scenery and an adequate game drive distance. One travels to Tanzania to enjoy the wildlife, thus the properties are not the main focus, but rather the adventure provided within the safari, which often holds dear to all travellers. The accommodations selected, however, can be changed based on the preferred standards.We, at Unique Safaris, provide a quality of work that is both different and exhilarating for the steady workers and the strapping adventurers.
Arrive in the evening on KLM at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Meet and greet by Unique Safaris and transfer to Moshi town for dinner and overnight at Marangu Hotel. Accommodation: Marangu Hotel - HB
Enjoy a morning birding hike around the grounds of the Marangu Hotel. After breakfast, drive to Mkomazi Game Reserve, bordering the Pare and Usambara Mountains. This eco-system is the southern part of Tsavo National Park in Kenya and provides wonderful birding opportunities. There are over 250 species of birds in the immediate area and we will look for a tremendous variety of cisticolas, red-faced crombec, sunbirds, finches, weavers and bulbul. All of your nights will be spend at this camp. Accommodation: Babu’s Camp - FB
Full day birding at Mkomazi. Accommodation: Babu’s Camp - FB
Drive back to Arusha. Arusha is a small jewel among the Tanzanian national parks. The park provides a unique variety of mountain, forest swamps, finger lakes and long grass habitats. Look for turacos, mountain buzzard, peregrine, lanner falcons and possibly the lammergeyer vulture. The differing PH 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. Overnight at Ngurdoto Lodge. Accommodation: Ngurdoto Lodge - FB
Full day birding at Arusha National Park. Accommodation: Ngurdoto Lodge - FB
Tarangire is Tanzania’s 3rd largest national park and considered its most scenic with huge baobab trees and acacia dotted hills. 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 mousebirds. Many species can be spotted from the lodge, with a wonderful view of the Tarangire River below. Accommodation: Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge - FB
Birding and enjoy some mammals today. This park is famous for its resident and migratory elephants, with 3000 individuals living in the park and another 3000 individuals migrating into the park from June-November. There are large prides of lion, leopard and rock python that live in the swamp and serve as a good food source for the many raptors in the park. Accommodation: Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge - FB
Drive to Lake Manyara, a short distance from Tarangire and located on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley. The park is fed by underground springs and consists of a small temperate rain forest at the entrance to the park. Baboons are abundant in the park as well as the famous tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara. Here we look for a variety of waterfowl, silver-checked, red-billed and Von Der Decken’s hornbills, kingfishers, warblers, paradise flycatcher, whydah birds and sunbirds of all kinds. Picnic lunch and continue to the lodge in late afternoon for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge - FB
Drive to Serengeti National Park through the crater highlands, stopping along the way to visit Oldupai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous archeological discoveries. The Gorge also offers good sightings of red and yellow barbet, red-cheeked cordon-bleu and purple grenadier. Continue into the Serengeti enjoying a game drive and birding along the way with a picnic lunch. Overnights at Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Accommodation: Seronera Wildlife Lodge - FB
The Serengeti is home to the famous migration of the massive herds of wildebeest and zebra, which enters Tanzania in November-December. From January-March, the herds travel to the southern area of the park and the wildebeest females drop their calves, swelling their numbers by more than 750,000. There are various events all year around in Serengeti, from Wildebeest calving in January through March, May and June, the male and female herds re-join in preparation for the rut. The herd continues to travel to the western and northern areas until the majority of the herd leaves for Kenya by the end of July-August. You will spend your days exploring this vast park, birding and enjoying mammals as well if you are inclined. There are over 600 recorded species in the Serengeti and we will look for kestrels, falcons, bee-eaters, owls, swallows, chats, cuckoos in addition to all of the raptors and other birds in this vast park. Accommodation: Seronera Wildlife Lodge - FB
Drive back to Ngorongoro through the crater highlands. Arrive for afternoon game drives in the crater floor and birding. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - FB
Full day down in the Crater with a picnic lunch. The Crater is famous not only for birds, but also for black rhino, the very large bull elephants and the densest population of hyena in the world. The Crater is excellent for storks of all kinds (Abdim, European, spoonbill, marabou, yellow-billed, saddlebill) , sacred ibis, hadada ibis, herons of all kinds, crowned crane, stilts, lilac brested rollers, European rollers, game bird and tremendous raptors. Locating a kill site will allow you to view 6-7 species of vultures representing the entire hierarchy. It is not uncommon to find white-backed, white-headed, ruppells, hooded, nubian and egyptian vultures all at one site. Secretary birds are common. Birding at the lodge is also excellent and the lodge is selected for these opportunities not found at the other lodges since Sopa is on the eastern side of the Crater and all other lodges are on the western side of the Crater. Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - FB
Leisure breakfast and drive to back to Arusha. Arrive in a plenty of time for shopping and hot lunch at Cultural Heritage centre. Drive to Ngudoto Lodge, afternoon is free to relax, shower, pack or explore. Farewell dinner and early evening transfer to Kilimanjaro for return flight. Accommodation: Ngurdoto Lodge - dayroom
We have been a licensed tour operator since 1990. Specializing in private custom-designed programs but also offer set itineraries on our website. Our guides have outstanding knowledge of all remote areas of the national parks. All of our safari guides are contracted employees, all with outstanding dedication to education, a passion for the bush, and outstanding customer service! Unique Safaris owns and maintains a full fleet of vehicles, all stretch Land Rovers and Land Cruisers, specially adapted for photography and unrestricted game viewing. Truth in pricing. Not all safari companies are equal.