This tour will give you opportunity to observe wild birds in their natural habitat with plenty of opportunities for comfort stops, meals, and photography at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, the Amani botanical gardens in East Usambara Mountains
Bird watching means learning to identify the birds and understanding what they are doing.
Observing birds & wildlife in their natural surroundings is the main focus of our tours, and the itineraries are designed to provide the best opportunities to encounter Birds and mammals. We also strive to understand a bit of the bigger picture, such as how birds & wildlife go about their daily lives, and integrate into the environment. The quality of your experience is our number one priority and above all, our field experience is what makes us unique.
We are always based in comfortable lodging or generally the best available in the most remote part of the country. The days are sometimes long, but usually at a relaxed and easy pace, with plenty of opportunities for comfort stops, meals, and photography.
Before starting your tour get prepared with a pair of binoculars, a field guide, and a hat. Maybe a little notebook to carry in your pocket.
Day 1: Arrival day:
On your arrival, Meet and greet at the Point of entry (Kilimanjaro International Airport) and then transferred to the lodge for Dinner and Overnight at KIA Lodge. You will be briefed by your Tour Leader on arrival at the Lodge
Day 2: Usambara Mountains
Your Day begins with a brief Bird walk around the Lodge gardens, then drive via Moshi the base of Mt Kilimajanro through the dry country side of Hedaru where we stop for a local Bird walk with aims of finding dry country specialities such as the Taveta golden weaver and the Black bellied Bustard, we then transverse the old rock system of the Pare mountains into the famous Usambara ranges for Lunch at the Lawns Hotel Lushoto. After Lunch we straight go into hiking the Magamba Rain forest trails searching for the most rare and other Tanzanian endemics to include the Usambara weaver, Usambara Akalat, Dapple throat and many green bulls-We then aim at returning to our Lodge at dark with chances of finding the nocturnal and endemic Usambara Eagle Owl. Dinner and overnight at the Mullers Mountain Lodge.
Day 3: Usambara Mountains
After breakfast we again do the forest trails aiming at finding species not identified the last evening, return to the Lodge for an early lunch, leaving as with time to drive to the Amani botanical gardens in East Usambara Mountains. We arrive at Amani in the evening in time for dinner at the Amani Rest House.
Day 4: Usambara Mountains
Full day East Usambara with exploration of the Tea Estates at Karamjje. East Usambara is home to many other un usual species which we will be discovering on one of our various forest walks; the Uluguru violet backed sun bird and the endemic Little green sun bird as well as the small Amani sun bird could be Identified. Others will include forest species such as a variety of Turacos, sunbirds, Brown bulls, Trogons and Green Bulls. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Amani Rest house.
Day 5: Usambara Mountains - Marangu
After the excitement in the mountain forest, wedrive to Moshi for lunch at the Marangu hotel at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. If the weather is good, you may have chance to see the snow iced peak of Mt Kilimanjaro. Dinner and over night at Marangu hotel.
Day 6: Marangu – Arusha National Park
After break fast, you will drive from Marangu to Arusha National park for birding and game viewing. While in the park, you will make a visit to the various crater lakes in the park, catching up with the Maccoa ducks, Egyptian Geese, Hottentots teals, Comb ducks and many unusual waders. The forest surrounding Ngurudoto crater may reward us with Trogons, orange bellied Parrots, Silvery cheeked hornbills and the hurtlurb`s Turaco… you should be encountering your first Mammals here which should include Elephants, Bush Bucks, Hippos and Buffaloes. Return to your Lodge for Dinner and overnight at Meru mbega Lodge. FB
Day 7: Arusha - Lake Manyara
After a morning breakfast, with your lunch box drive to the plains North of Arusha town, where you will have the opportunity to walk in the plains while birding for a number of dry country species, and then drive to Lake Manyara, at Migunga forest Tented Camp in the late afternoon. We will then spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Migunga forest Tented Camp. FB
Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park
After Breakfast, drive into Lake Manyara National Park with picnic Lunch. Lake Manyara National Park, has a rich eco- system composed of an under ground water forest, Open savannah and of course the lake it self, all being an excellent habitat for both Big game and birds. We will spend the entire day exploring the park. While in the park we may chance out on the large herds of Elephants, Buffaloes and other plain game. Birds are profuse; including the blue napped mouse birds and many European migrants will be soaring up in the sky. Return to our overnight stop for Dinner and Overnight at Migunga Tented Camp. FB
Day 9: Lake Manyara - Tarangire National Park
After Breakfast, drive from Lake Manyara to Tarangire National Park.This day will be spent in the Park adding up the list on the Tanzanian Endemics with the Endemic Ashy Starling and the Yellow collard Lovebird. Lunch and dinner at the Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Day 10: Tarangire National Park
Full day exploring Tarangire Park for Birding. Dinner and Over Night at your Lodge.
Day 11: Tarangire National Park to Arusha
After break fast drive to Arusha town for shopping and then transferred to the Airport for your flight back home.
We can arrange accommodation for first and last night if required
- Accommodation as stipulated in the Itinerary including service charges and taxes
- Airport transfers
- Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
- Transport on safari in a 4WD vehicle with an open roof
- All parks entrance fees
- Water 1.5 Lts per day per person
- Service of English Speaking driver guide
- International flights
- Tips to the driver guide
- Thing of personal nature
- Sleeping bag if camping
- And all not mentioned in the tour itinerary
All our itineraries can be customised to suit you - please enquire