African Birding Safari ItineraryMarch 9th - March 20th, 2016
Come and enjoy an unforgettable twelve-day, eleven-night Birding adventure of a lifetime!
Here is the itinerary for Tom Whetten’s spectacular African Birding Safari.
Day 1—Arrive at Arusha and transfer to the Rivertrees Country Inn. *D
Day 2 – 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 birdlife. The national park is inhabited by over 400 different migrant and resident bird species. In the park we’ll hope to find the elusive Narina Trogon with other colorful birds. Continue to accommodation for overnight. Rivertrees Country Inn *BLD
Day 3 – 4 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. Two nights will be spent at the Maramboi Tented Lodge. *BLD
The Tarangire ecosystem is the third largest in Tanzania, sprawling over 7,700 sq. mi. The Acacia woodland and Baobab studded grasslands also provide a home for a large number of avians, with the park total well over 500 species!
Day 5 – Tarangire to Lake Manyara National Park—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. Acacia Farm Lodge *BLD
Day 6—Ngorongoro Conservation Area—the floor of the crater is only 110 sq. mi boasting a bird population of 295 species 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. Acacia Farm Lodge *BLD
Day 7—Ngorongoro Crater to Serengeti National Park— Transfer through to central Serengeti, via the southern plains of Ndutu, exploring for bird species. The Serengeti covers an area of 5700 sq. ml. 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. Naona Moru Camp *BLD
Day 8 – Serengeti Full day game drive
Day 9 Serengeti – Saadani – Game drive to airstrip for departure at 10:30am. We will fly to Dar es Salaam allowing us to view the areas we have just visited from the air. Arrive 17:30pm. Transfer to Saadani River Lodge. *BDL
Day 10 & 11-Saadani National Park- Morning and afternoon game drive–vehicle, river cruise and bird watching. *BLD
Day 12-Saadani – Dar es Salaam-Morning activity – vehicle, river cruise of bird watching. Return to camp for early lunch, transfer to airstrip for. Depart for Dar es Salaam 15:15pm, Arrive Dar es Salaam 16:20pm. *BL
Assistance for transfer to Terminal 2 for our departure for home.
* B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner