Tanzania Birds and Beasts Safari
Day 1: Arrival Arusha and transfer to Maasai Safari Lodge. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: The day begins with pre Breakfast birding around the Lodge grounds, sighting fire finches, variable sunbirds, Bulbuls and the other commoner species. We will drive to Arusha National park where we spent the entire day birding and big game viewing. While in the park, we 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… we should be encountering our first Mammals here which should include Elephants, Bush Bucks, Hippos and Buffaloes. Return to our Lodge in Arusha for Dinner and overnight at the Maasai Safari Lodge.
Day 3: After a morning breakfast, we will drive to the plains North of Arusha town, where we have the opportunity to walk the plains while birding for a number of dry country species, afterwards we will drive to Lake Manyara, arriving at our 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.
Day 4: After Breakfast, we will 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 our Tented Camp.
Day 5: We will have a further opportunity exploring the jungles of Lake Manyara National Park. We will use this opportunity to catch up with the many “dodgy” stuff that we will have missed out the previous day. The entire day is spent in Lake Manyara National park. Return for dinner and overnight at Migunga forest Tented Camp.
Day 6: After a leisurely Breakfast, we will have an option of drive down the lake shore for any possibility of waders that we might have missed all through the couple of days in the park, after which we will head to Ngorongoro. Listed by Unesco as a world heritage site, the incomparable Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest “caldera”. A caldera is the broad, crater-like basin of a volcano formed by the collapse of the central cone. Dominated by cliffs standing some 600 meters high and presenting a sheer drop down to a wide open space of some 264 square km, the crater is one of the most amazing sights seen anywhere.
The Crater is home to 25,000 larger mammals, almost half of them zebra and wildebeest. There are also gazelles, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and wart hog. Such vast numbers attract predators a plenty, mainly lion and hyena but also cheetah and leopard. More than 100 species of birds not found in the Serengeti have been spotted here. Countless flamingos form a pink blanket over the soda lakes. Gazing on the sight below you will be amazed at the wildlife when you actually make your way to the crater floor today – it is like no where else in the world!
After excitement on the crater Floor, we will ascend to our Beautifully located Sopa Lodge, each room of the Ngorongoro Sopa offers a fine view – unless the infamous fog shrouds the view in the early morning – with full en-suite, two double beds and one can enjoy the view from the pool, restaurant and bar as well, Spread out along the upper most rim of the Ngorongoro Crater the Sopa offers breathtaking views of the crater floor far below. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 7: After Breakfast, we will checkout of the Sopa lodge and drive to Tarangire park. This park is an excellent site for both Birds and Mammals, the highlights of the day is searching for the Tanzanian endemics here that will include the Rufous Tailed weaver and Ashy Sterling as well as Tarangire specialties which include the Yellow colored Love Bird.
The Mammal list here include huge herds of Elephants and Buffalos as well as a number of plain game and where luck counts we should encounter Leopard, Cheetah and a Lion pride. Tarangire National Park boasts magnificent herds of wildlife. The park gets its name from the river that threads its way through the length of the reserve. It is famous for its dense wildlife population. After the excitement in the park, we will drive to our selected accommodation for Dinner and overnight.
Day 8: We will spend another day exploring the different natural habitats of Tarangire expecting to have a completely individual day, as usual each day in the bush is different so we will always expect something in action. We may opt to break the day into halves, having the warm or hot hours back to our tented or just spend the entire day in the park.
After an evening exploration of the Park, we will return for dinner and overnight at the Tarangire Tented Lodge.
Day 9: After breakfast, we will drive again in the park, combing-out a number of game and bird sites in the park and after Lunch we will drive back to Arusha and straight to Kilimanjaro Airport for our outbound flight home.
Note: This Tour can be modified to add an extra Two nights or more on the Serengeti plains.