10 Days 09 Nights Tanzania Birdwatching Safaris, Tanzania Birding Tours Ornithological Expeditions
Tanzania boasts a bird list of 1,038 species, the 3rd biggest in Africa. Eight of the 10 families endemic to mainland Africa are present. Raptors, plovers, parrots, turacos, bee-eaters, barbets, starlings, weavers, pipits and sunbirds are well represented. Led by excellent guides specialized in Bird life, this safari will visit some of the most interesting areas in Northern Tanzania focusing into different habitats and ecosystems. This is a true safari for keen naturalists, for people interested in something else than just viewing wildlife from the comfort of their vehicle. The best birding spots are the Acacia woodlands, plains of Sinya, the Mountain Forests of Arusha National Park and Ngorongoro, the Baobab country in Tarangire, the Rift Valley escarpment and the forests at Lake Manyara and the Serengeti Plains in search of the most interesting bird species.
Day 1: Arrival Arusha, Tanzania
Met upon arrival by AfricaVoyager safaris Representative at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be driven in a 4WD Minibus/Land Cruiser /Land Rover ,depending on group size, in either case the Safari Vehicles are specially designed for Safari with pop-up roofs for game viewing and a guaranteed window seat for each passenger. Transfer to Arusha Town with Dinner and Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge.You will be briefed by your Tour Leader on arrival at the Lodge.
Day 2: Arusha, Ilboru Safari Lodge
The day begins with pre Breakfast birding around the lodge grounds,sighting small flocks of African fire finches,variable Sunbirds,Common Bulbuls and Olive Thrush. Breakfast and head north of Arusha to experience a walking safari ,visiting Arusha's only reliable site of White Fronted bee eaters then go searching for the rare Spike heeled Lark in the open grass lands of Oldonyo Sambu village; Spectacled Rechinow`s weavers,Yellow bellied eremomella,Vonderdakens and Red billed Hornbills and many dry country specialities shall be identified, we then have our Bush lunch under a tree shade as the sun will be at its hottest period of the day. We return to our lodge in the afternoon and continue with local birding around the Lodge. Dinner and Overnight. Ilboru Safari Lodge
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
Early break fast with our Lunches packed, we drive the long journey to the Serengeti arriving in the evening. A variety of Sand grouses ,Guinea fowls and Red necked Fracolins should be parading our way as we drive to the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Ikoma Bush Tented Camp.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
Pre breakfast. searching for Tanzanian endemics in the Serengeti to include; the Fischer’s Lovebird and Grey breasted Spurfowl. Return to the Lodge for breakfast. After breakfast we then go out for the rest of the day birding and game viewing; the Usambiro Barbets and the Grey capped social weaver ,as well the Secretary Bird and the Kori Bustard should be displaying as we drive along. Returning in the evening to your Tented Camp for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
Second full day Birding and game viewing on the Serengeti plains.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
After our breakfast, we drive out of the Serengeti into the Ngorongoro crater where our highlight will be the endemic Rufous tailed weaver. If chance avails the golden winged Sunbird should be spotted as well as a large flocks of both lesser and greater Flamingoes on the Magadi soda lake on the crater floor,a variety of Raptors should be seen above the skies to include the Tawny and Warlberg`s Eagle. Many large mammals shall also be added on our list. Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 7: Tarangire National Park
The Day begins with an early breakfast, then drive to Tarangire with our packed Lunches, the highlights of the day is searching for the Tanzanian endemics ,again that will include the Rufous Tailed weaver, Yellow collard Lovebird and Ashy Stirling,the later occurring in only Tarangire. Dinner and overnight at the Tarangire Porini Luxury Tented Lodge.
Day 8: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, do the Tarangire for a full day for birding along the River Bank. The Red fronted Parrot, Red fronted Tinker bird and Magpie Shrike could be the new ones for the day. Over night at Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Day 9: Tarangire National Park
Walking the neighbouring Maasai villages for birding ,return in the afternoon and bird locally around your Lodge. Evening go through your final tally of the check list. Dinner and Overnight at your Lodge.
Day 10: Back To Arusha + Depart
Tarangire - Arusha , catch PM flight home
The above safari will cost Minimum; USD 2850.00 Per Person sharing
The Above Safari Cost Will Include:
* Airport Meet and Greet Services with assistance
* All airport transfers with assistance
* Free Arusha City Orientation Tour on arrival
* Free excess baggage storage in Arusha
* Bed and breakfast accommodation in Arusha at the selected city hotel
* Transport in a custom-built 4x4 safari vehicle with window seat guarantee
* All park entry fees and a Comprehensive Bird Checklist
* Full board accommodation whilst on Safari
* A pair of standard Binoculars in each car (Guests urged to take their own)
* Complimentary bottled mineral water on safari and birding drives
* Unlimited birding drives and options per day whilst on safari
* Services of an English - speaking and professional Safari Driver
* Services of an Multi-Lingual and professional Tour Leader*
* All Government taxes and levies where applicable
The Above Cost Will Exclude:
* International airfares (unless otherwise stated)
* Travel Insurance and Personal Accident Cover (Highly Recommended)
* Tourist Entry VISA fees to the specific country of visit
* Bird watching gear, such as binoculars, cameras and allied equipment
* All expenditure of personal nature such as phone, internet and laundry
* Optional excursions not mentioned in the inclusions such as village visits etc
* Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides, porters, or hotel / lodge staff.
We accept the following modes of payments
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