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Grand Tanzania Birding
The Anniversary Route
Birding, Photography & Big Game

31 Days Private Tour – Departs Anytime

Photo by Sadik Kassam

Tour departs anytime – your style – your group size

Tour Location and Duration:Grand Tanzania Birding Safari - 31 Days Ground only
Arrival/Departure Port:Arusha Kilimanjaro & Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere Intl Airport
Featured Destinations:Lake Victoria, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Arusha,Lark Plains, Mkomazi NP, West and East Usambaras and Pemba Island Endemics and Beach, Mikumi NP, Udzungwas,Kilombero Flood Plains, Miombo Woodlands, Ruaha National Park.
Highlights:Lake Victoria Specials, Northern/Eastern Tanzania Endemics, the Big Five, Forest,Miombo Woodlands and Acacia Birding, Kilombero Flood Plains, Pemba Endemics, Dar es Salaam Urban Coastal Birding and plenty of Photographic opportunities
Best time to visit:Anytime
Traveling pace:Your style - your group size - your pace
Local Bird Guide:On request and subject to availability
Accommodation style: Standard Tourist class to Eco Medium Tented camps and best available in remote mountains
Tour Details, Bird and Mammal List, Price and availability:Email tours@tanzaniabirding.com

Grand Tanzania Birding – The Anniversary Route
Itinerary at a glance

DayItineraryHotel NameWiFi
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1Arrive Arusha Kilimanjaro Intl Tanzania, Meet and Transfer to Korona VillaKorona Villa Yes
2Meet Field Crew this morning at 8:00am, drive to Arusha NP, Birding and Big game viewing rest of the day. Late afternoon return to Arusha at your hotel for Dinner and over night.

Activity: Birding, Photography and Big game viewing.
Korona Villa Yes
3Depart your Hotel at 7:00am,start the official day of the safari,drive West wards towards Lake Victoria, and the Serengeti .We will take a picnic Lunch out of Arusha, being along day of driving , we will have limited birding stops on the way as our target will be to get to the Serengeti on time. Once on the Serengeti we will commence our Birding and Big game viewing on the way to our accommodation

Activity: Optional Bird Walk around the Hotel grounds before or after. Mostly driving the rest of the day.
Tented Camp on the SerengetiYes
4All the Birding and Big game viewing on the Serengeti, trying to catch up with the Serengeti Big Cats and the Serengei Endemics.

Activity: Big game viewing, Photography and slow pace birding
Tented Camp on the SerengetiYes
5This morning we will drive West words of the Serengeti to Lake Victoria crossing the Serengeti `s Western Corridor to Lake Victoria.

Activity: Big Game viewing, Photography and slow pace birding
Spekebay LodgeNo
6Day scheduled bird walks on the Spekebay Lodge grounds and surroundings .7

Activity: Big Game viewing, Photography and slow pace birding
Spekebay LodgeNo
7Early Breakfast, Take a picnic Lunch and drive to the Ngorongoro Crater,Once of the Crater Floor Birding & Big game viewing the rest of the day. Here is our Chance for the endangered Black Rhino. After the excitement on the Crater Floor ascend the Crater walls and drive to Tloma Hotel near the Karatu Village on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands.

Activity: Big Game viewing, Photography and slow pace birding
Tloma LodgeYes
8After a relaxing Breakfast, we will embark on an Optional Bird walk ( short hike ) to the Ngrongoro Highlands, birding for high altitude birds and Nature close-ups on the slopes. For those with the option of an exotic birding style, will relax on the Gibbs farm Grounds, inspecting Feeders with birds coming in and out. After Lunch, drive to Tarangire National Park.

Activity: Optional Bird Walks and Hikes
Tarangire Safari LodgeYes
9Visiting the Baobab Led Country of Tarangire National Park,at this time of the year Elephants use the Baobab tree for both shed and “snack”. Day will be birding & Big game viewing. Breakfast,Lunches and Dinners at the Lodge.

Activity:Big Game viewing, Photography and birding
Tarangire Safari LodgeYes
10This morning we will depart Tarangire NP for the Lark Plains North of Arusha , Birding for the endemic and special Larks and related dry country birds in the area

Activity: Birding Lark Plains and Acacia Woods
Korona Villa HouseYes
11Pre breakfast Bird walk on the Lodge grounds, to catch up with the Mt Meru specials and anything that may be at its last western edge towards the East Coast. We start the Second Leg of the tour driving East Words into the Dry Masaai Steppes that is full of a bunch of special dry country birds, after several birding stops, we will check in at the Elephant Motel near Same Village.

Activity: Just Birding and Bird Photography
Elephant Motel Yes
12Pre breakfast Birding around the South Pare Mountains dry country bushes and then have the rest of the day in Mkomazi National Park. Lunches locally.

Activity: Just Birding and Bird Photography, a few Mammals may be seen
Elephant Motel Yes
13Morning driving to high elevation of the South Pare Mountains for the South Pare White eye endemic and midafternoon drive to the West Usambara Mountains.

Activity: Just Birding the endemics and Bird Photography
Mullers Mountain LodgeYes
14&15Day Birding the West Usambara for the Usambara Endemics and Specials.

Activity: Just Birding the endemics and Bird Photography
Mullers Mountain LodgeYes
16This morning we will check out of the West Usambaras to the East Usambaras as we get closer to the East Coast. Birding stops on the way and arriving in time for local birding around the East Usambara Lower forest before getting high into the Amani Nature reserve.

Activity: Just Birding the endemics and Bird Photography
Amani Rest House.Yes
17&18Big Day Hunting for the Amani Nature Forest – East Usambara Specials and coastal endemics.

Activity: Just Birding the endemics and Bird Photography
Amani Rest House.Yes
19Long day drive connecting the North East to the Southern part of Tanzania

Activity: Mostly driving with a couple of scheduled stops on the busy Tan-zam High way
Tan Swiss CottagesYes
20Pre Breakfast Dawn and Mid Morning Bird walks in the Miombo woodlands, Birding for Miombo Specials. Afternoon Check out and drive insite Mikumi NP

Activity: Miombo Woodlands Birding
Tan Swiss CottagesYes
21Morning and afternoon Birding & Big game viewing in Mikumi National Park.

Activity: Big game viewing, Photography and slow pace birding
Tan Swiss CottagesYes
22Check out of Mikumi and Drive South words into Udzungwas and Kilombero Flood Plains. Afternoon Birding for the Kilombero Flood plains endemics

Activity: Birding the Kilombero Valley Endemics
Twiga Hotel near Udzungwa NPYes
23Birding on Foot / Hiking the East Udzungwa forest for forest Birds and endemic Primates.

Activity: Forest Birding and walks
Twiga Hotel near Udzungwa NPYes
24Long Day drive, Connecting the Udzungwas to the Great Ruaha National Park. Driving Past Mikumi and Iringa Towns into Ruaha. Late Afternoon Check in.

Activity: Long Transit Day, possible bird stops and Game as we transverse through the Park.
Ruaha River Cottages Yes
25,26,27Big Days of Birding and Game viewing in Ruaha NPs

Activity: Big game viewing, Photography and birding
Ruaha River Cottages Yes
28Morning Local Flight to Dar es Salaam. Evening Catch Flight to Pemba Island.Pemba ParadiseYes
29Day Birding on Pemba Island, Birding the endemicsPemba ParadiseYes
30Just Relaxing day by the beach. Or Optional Night birding for the Pemba Scopes Owl if went missing!!!!Pemba ParadiseYes
31Catch Local Flight to Dar es Salaam via Zanzibar. Depending on International Flight will be in time for onward Intl Departures out of Dar Es Salaam Julius Nyerere Intl AirportEnd

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