Tanzania Photographic Safari & Bird Watching
Our Northern Tanzania Birding safari blends the very best of East Africa. The forests, lakes and savannas of East Africa teem with birds, including a suite of Serengeti endemics. We have timed this tour to coincide with the birding activities through the Tarangire National Park, Central and Southern Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Conservation area. You’ll stand a good chance of finding many of the regions to migratory birds. You will also have a chance to meet the Maasai and learn about their culture and traditions,
Day 1 Arusha :
Welcome to Kilimanjaro Tanzania! Clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the Arrival Hall who will be holding a sign on which says your name or a group name; transferred by a car / van to Hotel in Arusha Town for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Arusha – Tarangire :
Early morning breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Tarangire National Park for Birding. Enjoy a full day in Tarangire National Park, the park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats. Baobab strewn cliffs, Acacia woodland, swamp and the Tarangire River itself, the park is probably one of the best places in East Africa to watch elephants. It is also the habitat for Masai giraffes, Tree climbing python, various gazelles and antelopes, buffalos, lions, leopards, baboons and a hundred different types of birds. More than 450 bird species including Eurasian migrant birds, acacia associated birds, raptors, and 3 endangered Tanzanian species: Rufous-tailed weaver, Ashy starlings and Black-collared Lovebird. Some of the birds easy to spot in Tarangire are Crowned Plover, Grey Crowned Crane, Fischer’s Sparrow Lark, Two-banded courser and the Black-faced Sand grouse. In the evening we will have dinner and overnight at specified lodge in Tarangire
Day 3 Serengeti National Park:
After breakfast 07:00am at the Lodge, we will depart toward the Serengeti National Park, with an option to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After a Picnic lunch we will drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent for game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. These volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and if you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting bird life, we will have dinner and overnight at chosen Tented Camp in Serengeti
Day 4 Serengeti:
A full day tracking the bird spices from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich, we will have an early morning game drive to witness the sunrise over the savannah and see the plains come to life. The Serengeti has more than 500 bird species recorded; it is one of Africa’s Endemic Bird which hosting five notable bird species found nowhere else in the world. These Serengeti specials are easy to locate and identify within their restricted range. The grey-breasted spurfowl is a common roadside bird at the Seronera area, in the center of the park. In woodland areas, parties of Fischer’s lovebird draw attention to themselves and the rufous-tailed weaver is a fascinating bird placed in its own genus. The other two endemics in Serengeti are the Usambiro barbet and the grey-crested helmet-shrike. Migratory birds are also present from November to April; this is also the time many birds can be seen in their breeding plumage. After a long day in the park, sundowners will be served before we have our communal dinner and we finish this incredible day with drinks around the fire.Tonight we spend another nights sleeping in the African bush at a choosen tree Tented Camp
Day 5 Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservation Area:
After breakfast at the Tented camp, we will have a half day game drive in Serengeti and thereafter we will drive to Ngorongoro Crater which is the largest intact caldera in the world. Along the way, a Maasai community welcomes us into their village on a special visit. Enjoy a rare opportunity to view traditional singing and dancing, visit a school, witness an initiation ritual, and learn about this fascinating culture from the village chief and his wives.We will spend a night on the crater rim in a specified lodge.
Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, we descend 2,000 feet to the base of the Ngorongoro Crater, where volcanic slopes shelter almost 30,000 animals. Observe the interactions of predator and prey; spot colorful bird life from Marabou Storks to Crowned Cranes. Both the Ngorongoro highlands and the crater offer excellent birding, with over 490 species recorded. Birdlife in the highland forest is rich and interesting. Among the birds to be seen are white-eyed slaty flycatchers and Livingstone turaco, the notable Black kite, Black-winged lapwing, Hildebrandt’s spurfowl, Rufous sparrow and Rufous chatterer. A number of specialized warden birds and grassland birds are resident in the crater. Most noticeable are ostrich, sand grouse, kori bustard, great and lesser flamingos, crowned crane and the secretary bird. Migratory birds from Europe are also present from November through March. We will spend a full day game drive here and in the afternoon we will descend and drive straight back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Karatu to Arusha.
After breakfast at Bougainvillea Safari lodge, we will drive straight back to Arusha or transfer to the airport for your flight back home depending on your flight schedule and that will be the end of our Wildlife Safari.
6 Nights / 7 Days Safari Wildlife Explore Safari in Tanzania Northern circuit cost $ 13,474.10 for 6pax, $ 2,246 for 1 Pax. Accommodations based on double/twin occupancy.
- Days game safari to Tanzania Northern Circuit
- Full board accommodation in a hotel / lodge / Luxury tented camps for 6 days
- Luxury 4 wheel drive with open roof
- Professional and experienced tour guide
- All national park fees
- All meals on safari
- All game viewing activities
- Mineral water
- All Transfers