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Tanzania Birding – East and Southern Tanzania Birding!
Birding, Wildlife, and Photography.

18 Days Set departure.

Photo by Sadik Kassam


March 14
July 14
December 02

– 31 March
– 31 July
– 19 December

Tour Location and Duration:East to Southern Tanzania – 18 Days Ground
Arrival/Departure Port:Kilimanjaro International and Dar Es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport
Featured Destinations:Arusha, Mkomazi NP, South Pare Mountains, West and East Usambaras, Amani Nature Reserve, Mikumi NP, East Udzungwas, Ruaha National Parks, Kilombero Flood Plains and Miombo woodlands Birding and Ruaha NP
Highlights:Arusha Lark Plains, North Eastern Tanzania Endemics, Southern Tanzania Endemics, Miombo Woodlands Specials, Big Game and Cats, Photographic Opportunities
Best time to visit:Scheduled – Departs each year during Months of March, July and December
Traveling pace:Scheduled departure
Local Bird Guide:Included
Accommodation style: Standard Tourist class to Mid Range
Connecting or Extension Tours: Pemba Island Endemics and Beach Birding. Pre or post tour arrangements on Request
Tour Details, Bird and Mammal List, Price and availability:Email

East to Southern Tanzania Birding Itinerary at a glance

DayItineraryHotel NameWiFi
1Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Meet your Birding Crew and Transfer to ArushaKorona Villa Yes
2Morning Birding the Lark Plains and the Maasai Steppes. Bird Walks in the Maasai Land collecting through all the Endemic Larks and Acacia Birds.

Activity: Bird Walks
Korona Villa Yes
3Visiting the Little Birding Gem of Arusha NP. Most of the day trying to catch up with forest species not likely to bee seen the rest of the tour. Afternoon will see us at the Ngaresero Lodge grounds scouting around for the Mt Meru Specials that may be easier by foot on the lodge grounds.

Activity: Birding Park and Hotel Grounds
Ngaresero Mountain LodgeYes
4Pre 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 Eastwards 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: Mostly Birding and Bird Photography
Elephant Motel Yes
5Pre 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: Mostly Birding and Bird Photography, a few Mammals may be seen.
Elephant Motel Yes
6Morning 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: Mostly Birding the endemics and Bird Photography
Mullers Mountain LodgeYes
7Day Birding the West Usambara for the Usambara Endemics and Specials.

Activity: Mostly Birding the endemics and Bird Photography
Mullers Mountain LodgeYes
8This 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: Mostly Birding the endemics and Bird Photography
Amani Rest HouseYes
9Big Day Hunting for the Amani Nature Forest – East Usambara Specials and coastal endemics.

Activity: Mostly Birding the endemics and Bird Photography
Amani Rest HouseYes
10Long Day Drive, connecting the North East to the South, a few Bird stops but mostly driving on a busy Highway. Evening at Mikumi.Tan Swiss CottagesYes
11Pre Breakfast Dawn and Mid Morning Bird walk in the Miombo woodlands, Birding for Miombo Specials. Afternoon Check out and drive inside Mikumi NP

Activity: Miombo Woodlands Birding
Vuma Hill Tented CampYes
12Morning and afternoon Birding & Big game viewing in Mikumi National Park.

Activity: Big game viewing, Photography and slow pace birding
Vuma Hill Tented CampYes
13Check 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
14Birding on Foot / Hiking the East Udzungwa forest for forest Birds and endemic Primates.

Activity: Forest Birding and walks
Twiga Hotel near Udzungwa NPYes
15Long 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 CottagesYes
16 & 17Big Days of Birding and Game viewing in Ruaha NPs

Activity: Big game viewing, Photography, and birding
Ruaha CottagesYes
18Morning Local Flight to Dar. Evening International Fly Home. Post Tour connecting Tours possible.End

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