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African Birding Safari – January 2015

With Tom Whetten Photography

African Birding SafariJanuary 26th - February 6th, 2015

Come and enjoy an unforgettable twelve-day (12) Birding adventure in East Africa visiting renowned game reserves and national parks.  Join international safari guide Tom Whetten for this spectacular Birding Safari to Kenya and Tanzania.  East Africa boasts a bird population of over 1,100 species that want to be seen by you.  During past safaris, hundreds of species of birds were viewed including a spectacular Lilac Breasted Roller.

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  • 3 to 9 participants pp dbl $5,895
  • 10+ participants pp dbl $5,495
  • Single Supp: $890

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Included

  • All transport, 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Hotel and lodge accommodation as detailed
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Flight Seronera to Kilimanjaro
  • Services of various local guides
  • All National Park entrance and camp site fees
  • All food – breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals
  • Donations and payments to local community projects

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Visa, passport, vaccinations & medicines
  • Travel and personal insurance (recommended)
  • Personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, bottled beverages, and telephone calls, etc.)
  • Gratuities for guides and hotel staff (at your own discretion)
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary
  • Any additional services requested

 

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12 Day Birding Safari, January 26 – February 6th, 2015
$1,000 Deposit $4,895 Remainder $5,895 Pay in Full

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12 Day AgendaJanuary 26th - February 6th, 2015

Day 1—Arrival & KIA Lodge

We will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha and obtain our Tanzania Visas then transfer to the KIA Lodge, a five-minute drive. Time permitting we will enjoy a pre-dinner birding walk on the grounds of the Lodge.

Day 2 & 3—Usambara Mountains

The Usambara Mountains are a treasure house of botanical, zoological and Ornithological diversity, with a large numbers of birds, endemic tree and plant species.  The East Usambara Mountains are one of the most important sites on the African mainland for the conservation of globally threatened birds. Muller Mountain Lodge.

Day 4 –Arusha National Park

After breakfast, transfer west and back towards Arusha, the green belt of Northern Tanzania.  We game drive in Arusha National Park, known for some endemic species of bird-life. The national park is inhabited by over 400 different migrant and resident bird species. The most famous bird species in the Arusha National Park are water fowls such as little grebes, eagles, pochards, geese, hamerkop, red shark, spur-winged goose, woodpecker, herons, secretary bird, and grey parrot. Continue to accommodation for overnight. Rivertrees Country Inn

Day 5 – Transfer to Tarangire National Park.

En route there are bound to be birding stops, especially in the drier Acacia woodland and scrubby areas. This roadside birding can often be very productive and may include sightings of Blue-naped Mousebird, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Rosy-patched Bushshrike, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird and Golden-backed Weaver. Our first two nights will be spent at the picturesque Tarangire Sopa Lodge, set within the heart of the national park.

Day 6 –

The Tarangire ecosystem is the third largest in Tanzania, sprawling over a vast 20,000km2 (over 7,700mi2). Seasonally, the park supports the second largest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania surpassed only by the Serengeti during peak migration!

The Acacia woodland and Baobab studded grasslands also provide a home for a large number of avian, with the park total well over 500 species! During our time here we have the opportunity to find African Hawk-Eagle, the diminutive Pygmy Falcon, Double-banded Courser, Red-necked and Yellow-necked Spur-fowl, Black-faced Sand-grouse, White-bellied Bustard, Meyer’s and Red-bellied Parrots, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Red-and-yellow and D’Arnaud’s Barbets, Mottled Spine-tail, Spotted Palm Thrush, Banded Warbler and flocks of Northern Pied Babbler. Two major targets for the area are the Tanzanian endemic Ashy Starling and East African endemic Yellow- collared Lovebird. We will also visit the vast Silale Swamp which is excellent for waterfowl. Species to look out for here will be African Open-bill, Goliath Heron, Southern Pochard, Fulvous Whistling Duck, African Jacana and Long-toed Lapwing. If we are fortunate we may spot a Black Coucal or flush out a secretive African Crake! Night birding around our lodge can also be fruitful and we will look for Slender-tailed and Freckled Night-jars and the diminutive African Scops Owl.

Day 7 – Lake Manyara NP

Lake Manyara is situated at the base of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, with fresh water filtering down through the ancient underground waterways of Ngorongoro. This National Park has a rich and diverse bird population including thousands of flamingos on the soda lake. Manyara Wildlife Safari Lodge

Day 8—Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The floor of the crater is only 110 sq mi boasting a bird and wildlife population of over 50,000.  Included in this total are Kori Bustard, Secretary birds, vultures and thousands of flamingos at the soda lake in the center of the crater, with hundreds of additional species residing in the swamps. Continue to Ndutu for overnight. Nasikia Mobile Camp

Day 9 –

Take a morning bird walk with armed ranger around the site may yield a variety of more arid-country species such as the vocal Slate- coloured Boubou, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Rufous Chatterer, Kenya Sparrow, Fischer’s Lovebirds, Vitelline Masked Weaver, beautiful Purple Grenadier and both White-bellied and Southern Grosbeak-Canaries. Thereafter, we game drive these vast, flat and seemingly endless southern Serengeti Plains.  The lake areas of Ndutu and Masek also show off Lesser Flamingoes and Greater Flamingoes, and at time various storks and other water birds on the nearby marshes. Nasikia Mobile Camp

Day 10 & 11—Serengeti NP

The Serengeti covers an area of 14,763 sq km and lies between the shores of Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south, the Great Rift Valley in the east and the Maasai Mara to the north. The pinnacle of the Serengeti immortality is the wildebeest migration. However, often overlooked is the abundance of bird-life in the Serengeti?  Serengeti National Park is an internationally recognized important bird area and is home to over 500 species. Ostrich and secretary birds are seen wandering through the grass, while the Black-crested Snake eagle and African Fish eagle hunt from the air. Flocks of the bizarre looking large Marabou storks can be seen sitting in trees.  Ruppell’s Griffon and Egyptian vultures follow the Great Migration, gorging themselves on carcasses left behind on the Serengeti Plains. Nasikia Central Camp 

Day 12—Fly to Arusha & Depart

We will fly to Arusha, allowing us to view the areas we have just visited from the air.

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