This Tour is a combination of the main Birding and Big game areas of Southern Tanzania including: Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Udzungwa National Park and the Kilombero Flood plains for the Kilombero new and un named bird species to science . This Tour after finding the Southern Endemics, Miombo specials, we then combine with the North Eastern Arc – covering the Usambara Mountains – Amani nature reserve and the South Pare Mounatins. The Tour arrive into Dar Es salaam Intl Airport and Departs out of Kilimanjaro Intl Airport.
Day 1:Arrive Dar es Salam night by the Beach.( services are Bed and Break fast only )
Day 2: Drive to Mikumi National Park,birding & Big game viewing on the way. ( Bed & Breakfast )
Day 3: Morning Birding Miombo woodlands and on to Mikumi Park ( Bed & Breakfast )
Day 4: Drive to Ruaha, through Iringa Town. Over night Ruaha Sunset Lodge – all meals Included.
Day 5: We are scheduled to spend a full day game viewing,photography and birding in the Ruaha National park. We should be able to encounter all the Big game in the park as well as birds and Repitiles.Over night at the Sunset Lodge. All meals included
Day 6: Another day in Ruaha. All meals included
Day 7: After the excitement in Ruaha,we will have an optional pre breakfast bird walk around the camp before checking out of Ruaha to the Udzungwas. Enroute, we will have more opportunities birding as we drive again East words into the mountains.Depending on time of arrival in the Udzungwa mountains, we will join in one of the trails up the mountain,birding for Coastal forest species including Trumpeter Hornbills. The evening will see us at the Udzungwa View Mountain Lodge Bed and Breakfast .
Day 8: To day we are scheduled to drive to one of the highlight sites of this Tour. The Kilombero Flood plains further South East.This is where new bird species have been recorded in the recent years.The Kilombero Weaver, Kilombero Cisticola, white tailed Cisticola and one other un named-un described Cisticola species are found in this flood plains. Others are the Coppery tailed Coucal and the stunning Zebra waxbill. After the excitement here, we will drive back to Udzungwas. Bed & Breakfast
Day 9: Morning in the Udzungwas,drive on to Mikumi,spent some time in the park and afternoon drive to Morogoro. Over night Bed & Breakfast
Day 10: This morning we are set to drive to what should be the most highlight of the trip – the Usambara mountains. We will begin with a visit to the East Usambara Mountains at Amani Nature reserve. All meals included.
Day 11: Birding Amani Nature reserve. All Meals included
Day 12: Transfer to West Usambaras,birding on the way.All Meals included
Day 13: Day Birding West Usambara mountains. All meals included
Day 14:Transfer to South Pare Mountains, birding for dry country specialties.
Day 15: Depending on flight details,could catch Bus back to Dar es salaam for evening Flight Out ,or drive to Kilimanjaro Airport and catch Flight Out or onward connections for the Tour Extensions.