Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha, Tanzania, you will be warmly welcomed by our representative who will transfer you to your accommodation. Take some time to rest and acclimate to the surroundings.
Day 2-3: Arusha National Park
Start your birding adventure with a visit to Arusha National Park, located near the city of Arusha. Explore the park’s diverse habitats, including montane forests, grasslands, and Momella Lakes, which attract a variety of bird species. Look out for species such as the Hartlaub’s Turaco, African Fish Eagle, and the rare Schalow’s Turaco. Enjoy guided walks and game drives in search of the park’s avian residents.
Day 4-6: Tarangire National Park
Travel to Tarangire National Park, known for its large elephant herds and diverse birdlife. Spend three days exploring the park’s varied habitats, including the Tarangire River and the vast grasslands. Look out for species like the Yellow-collared Lovebird, Kori Bustard, and the Lilac-breasted Roller. Tarangire is also a great place to spot raptors, including the Bateleur Eagle and the Martial Eagle.
Day 7-8: Lake Manyara National Park
Head to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its diverse birdlife and tree-climbing lions. Spend two days exploring the park’s habitats, including the lake, woodlands, and grasslands. Look out for bird species like the Pink-backed Pelican, African Spoonbill, and the Yellow-billed Stork. Lake Manyara is also known for its flamingo populations and offers a great opportunity for birdwatching.
Day 9-11: Lake Natron
Travel to Lake Natron, a unique soda lake located in the Great Rift Valley. Spend three days exploring the area, which is known for its flamingo populations and other waterbirds. Look out for species like the Lesser Flamingo, African Fish Eagle, and the Grey Crowned Crane. Lake Natron is also home to other interesting bird species, such as the Eastern Chanting Goshawk and the Fischer’s Sparrowlark.
Day 12-15: Serengeti National Park
Travel to Serengeti National Park, one of Africa’s most renowned wildlife destinations. While the park is famous for its mammals and the Great Migration, it also boasts a remarkable birdlife. Spend four days exploring the vast savannahs, acacia woodlands, and riverine areas, looking out for bird species such as the Secretary Bird, Kori Bustard, and the Lilac-breasted Roller. Serengeti is home to a diverse array of bird species, providing ample opportunities for birdwatching.
Day 16-18: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Spend three days exploring the diverse habitats of the area, including the crater floor, highland forests, and grasslands. Look out for bird species like the Grey Crowned Crane, African Jacana, and the Greater Flamingo. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and the abundance of wildlife that the Ngorongoro Conservation Area has to offer.
Day 19-21: Lake Victoria
Travel to the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa. Spend three days exploring the lake and its surrounding wetlands, which support a rich birdlife. Look out for species like the African Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Gull, and the Pied Kingfisher. Lake Victoria is also home to several endemic bird species, such as the Papyrus Gonolek and the Swamp Flycatcher.
Day 22-26: Selous Game Reserve
Conclude your birding safari with a visit to the Selous Game Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Africa. Spend five days exploring the reserve’s diverse habitats, including riverine forests, open grasslands, and wetlands. Look out for bird species such as the African Skimmer, Pel’s Fishing Owl, and the African Finfoot. Enjoy boat safaris and guided walks, which offer unique birdwatching opportunities in this pristine wilderness.
Day 27: Departure
After breakfast, bid farewell to Tanzania as you transfer back to the airport for your departure.