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Tanzania Birding Safari and Big Game Viewing

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 16 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Tanzania   Kenya  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3008 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3232 US Dollar (USD)

Each day will begin with either an optional bird walk in the hotel grounds at 0630, followed by an 0700 or 0730 breakfast, or, where an early breakfast is indicated, this is at 0630, and we hope to get moving by 0700 – 0730. In most forest areas, we will opt for the early breakfast, and hope to start birding by 0730, as prior to this, the birds don’t move much, as it is dark in the understorey. Daylight hours are 0630 – 1900, and for safety reasons, we try to avoid driving after dark wherever possible.

Accommodations are generally very good, with attached bathrooms, but there are shared facilities in some of the forest areas and the south, where accommodation is clean and comfortable, and generally the best available in the location.

Exact times of arrival and departure usually depend upon how good birding is before departure from an area. We will endeavour to take lunch between 1300 and 1400, which will often be a packed lunchbox, although again, this will vary with location, as it is always better to take lunch with birding around.

In the evening, the meal will usually be at about 1930-2000, and the tour leader will run through a log of the day’s birds either before or after this for those who are interested.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: The tour will begin in the evening, when the group will meet up at the lodge after various different flights. O/N Maasai Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 2: Today will begin with an early morning optional bird walk in the grounds of the hotel, where some of the commoner birds will be seen. After breakfast, we will pack up and leave for a day in the Arusha area, encompassing the NP, and some plains areas on the Nairobi road which hold some otherwise scarce birds. The afternoon will then be spent in the park, before retiring to Momella Wild Life Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: After an optional early morning walk in the lodge grounds, we will leave after breakfast for Tarangire NP, where we will spend the rest of the day. O/N Tarangire Porini Tented Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: After an optional early morning bird walk, and breakfast, we will leave for Lake Manyara NP, where we will spend the rest of the day and afternoon, before retiring to Migunga Forest Tented Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: After an optional early morning birdwalk and breakfast, we will leave for the fairly long drive to the Serengeti. We will have time for an afternoon exploring some of the park. O/N Ikoma Bush Tented Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: After an optional early morning birdwalk and breakfast, we will leave for the fairly long drive to the Serengeti. We will have time for an afternoon exploring some of the park. O/N Ikoma Bush Tented Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: After an optional early morning birdwalk and breakfast, we will leave for the fairly long drive to the Serengeti. We will have time for an afternoon exploring some of the park. O/N Ikoma Bush Tented Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: After an early breakfast, we will depart for Ngorongoro Crater, justly famous for its large concentrations of game, and we will have plenty of time to explore the area. O/N Ngorongoro Wild Life Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: After an optional early morning birdwalk and breakfast, we will leave Ngorongoro, for a long drive to Marangu, on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. We will stop en-route. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: After an early breakfast, we will set off for the West Usambaras, stopping at Hedaru along the way, where a few restricted species ca sometimes be found. In the afternoon, we will explore some of the forest areas for the many rare and endemic species present. O/N Muller's Mountain Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 11: We will have an early breakfast, and explore further the forests in the local area. Then we will depart after lunch for the East Usambaras, where we will experience the switchbacks up to this old colonial settlement before arriving at Amani Rest House. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 12: All day will be spent in the forests and plantations around Amani, seeking out the endemics and rarities which occur here. O/N Amani Rest House. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 13: After an early breakfast, we will leave Amani for the drive to Morogoro, in the shadow of the Uluguru mountains, where we hope to arrive in time to explore some of the lower slopes. O/N Kollu Hills Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 14: After an early breakfast, we will leave for the Udzungwa Mountains, where we will arrive in time to explore some of the forest in the Sanje area. O/N Udzungwa Mountain View Hotel.

Day 15: After an early breakfast, we will explore some further areas of forest, before leaving for Ifakara, a site of endemism where two new undescribed Cisticolas, and a weaver were recently discovered. After some explorations of the area and lunch, we will head back north, and spend the evening in the vicinity of Mikumi NP. O/N Mikumi Genesis Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 16: 28 After an early breakfast and some final explorations in the Mikumi area, we will head for Dar-es-Salaam. If time permits, we will spend some time at Pugu Forest near the coast, and then have an evening meal overlooking the Indian Ocean before we have to get to the airport for our flights home. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

May Change without notice please enquire before recomfirming the tour.

Supplier Information
Location: Tanzania
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2001
Client Request Served: 21

M08874 is a specialized Bird watching operator in East African Safaris. Our target market circles around all categories of Bird watchers around the world, we take amateurs and Veteran Birders alike, however, we take Wildlife Safaris along side. We organise individual, private and large group wildlife tours for...

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