Bird Watching Northern Tanzania Overview
Bird watching Northern Tanzania, bird watchers get good times to see many bird species in the Savannas, Plains, Mountain, and Marines. There is a possibility of a one-day birding excursion in the northern zone of Tanzania. However, one or two weeks duration is better.
Tanzania is one of the best bird-watching destinations in Africa. With more than 1100 species, it is truly a paradise for bird lovers. Of them, 30 are endemic, 45 are accidental (birds that show up outside of their normal range).
In a 2-week trip with Zorilla Safaris & Treks in Tanzania, a birder might probably see more than 300 species, including the rare Secretary Bird, White-headed Vulture, Martial Eagle, African Hoopoe, Spotted Eagle Owl, Long Crested Eagle, and the other. Also can see Endemic Birds like Grey-breasted Spur-fowls, Spike-heeled (Beesley’s) Larks, Usambiro Barbets, and Rufous-tailed Weaver, to mention a few!
Bird Watching Northern Tanzania; Bird List
Following here is a list of the birds found in the Northern Zone of Tanzania, to mention a few.
Spike-heeled (Beesley’s) Lark, Red-capped Lark, Capped Wheatear, Taita Fiscal, Common Fiscal, Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark, Rufous-naped Lark, Long-billed Pipit, Short-tailed Lark, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Foxy Lark, Somali Short-toed Lark, Taveta Golden Weavers, Kori Bustard, African Ostrich (the Masai race), etc
Also, you can see (to mention a few).
Lanna Falcon, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Lilac-chested Roller, White-bellied Canary, Rosy-patched Bush-shrike, Black-crowned Tchagra, Fischer’s Starling, Superb Starling, Hilderbrandt’s Starling, Sunbirds (a variety), Cisticola (a variety), Red-and-yellow Barbet, d’Arnaud’s Barbet, Northern Pied Babbler, Rufous Chatterer, etc.
As well as Namaqua Dove, African Mourning Dove, Ring-naked Dove, Laughing Dove, Eastern Chanting-Goshawk, Helmeted Guineafowl, Blue-naped Mousebird, Speckled Mousebird, White-headed Mousebird, Fork-tailed Drongo, African Hoopoe, Red-billed Hornbill, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, African Grey Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-billed Firefinch, African Grey Flycatcher, etc
Along with bird watching, you’ll see animals like:
The “Big Five – Elephant, Black-Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, and Leopard; Giraffes (the Masai race), Wildebeest, Zebras, Cheetahs, Grant’s Gazelles, Thomson’s Gazelles, Elands, Gerenuk, and Lesser Kudu. Other animals are: Warthog, Topi, Hippo, Impalas, Bate-eared Foxes, Banded Mongooses, etc.
Bird Watching Northern Tanzania; Birding Destinations and Trip Itinerary
Birding Destinations are including National Parks, Nature Forest reserves, and controlled areas.
The National Parks are Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Arusha National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi, and Ngorongoro Crater And Conservation Area. While controlled ares are like Lake Natron, Engikaret Lark Plains, TPC Sugar Cane Plantation, and Nyumba ya Mungu marsh areas.
Day 1. Arusha/Tarangire National Park
Day 2. Tarangire National Park/Lake Manyara National
Day 3. Lake Manyara/Serengeti National Park
Day 4. Serengeti National ParkFull Day
Day 5. Serengeti National Park Half-Day/Ngorongoro Crater
Day 6. Ngorongoro Crater tour/Arusha City
Day 7. Arusha City/Engikaret Lar Plains
Day 8. Engikaret Lark Plains/Arusha National Park
Day 9. Arusha National Park/Mkomazi National Park
Day 10. Mkomazi National Park Full-day Tour
Day 11. Mkomazi National/Moshi or Kilimanjaro International Airport
NOTE. This is just a suggested or sample itinerary; it can change to suit your time, budget, and interest/s.
Bird Watching Trip Inclusions and Exclusions
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Accommodations as stipulated on the itinerary
- Transport and bird watching in a 4WD Safari vehicle with a pop-up roof that allows wildlife viewing and photography. It is also equipped with 1 – 2 pairs of powerful binoculars for bird watching, bird and animal field books.
- All National Park fees as per itinerary
- Concession Fees as per the itinerary
- A professional and English-speaking driver-guide/bird-guide
- 3 liters of bottled drinking water daily
- All Government Taxes & service charges in Hotel accommodations
- Travelers Medical Insurance
- International flights, telecommunication costs, drinks, and laundry services
- A tip for the driver-guide/bird guide