10-Day Bird Watching Safari Itinerary
Embark on a 10-day bird watching safari in Tanzania, where the abundance and diversity of bird species will captivate you. Explore national parks and conservation areas, including Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti. Discover vibrant waterfowls, flamingos, raptors, and various migratory and endemic species. Immerse yourself in the diverse habitats, from woodlands to open grasslands, that attract an array of strikingly attractive birds. Experience the thrill of birding in Tanzania, accompanied by experienced guides and immersed in the breathtaking landscapes of this remarkable country.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania
Welcome to Tanzania! You will be warmly received at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha. Take some time to rest and prepare for the exciting birding adventure ahead.
Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park –
Begin your bird watching safari with a visit to Tarangire National Park. Explore the park’s diverse habitats, including woodlands and open grasslands, which attract a wide variety of bird species. Look out for colorful kingfishers, raptors, and water birds along the Tarangire River.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara National Park –
Head to Lake Manyara National Park, known for its bird-rich environment. Embark on a game drive, keeping an eye out for the famous flamingos, pelicans, storks, and other waterfowl that inhabit the lake. Explore the park’s lush forests, home to a variety of forest-dwelling bird species.
Day 4: Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro Conservation Area –
Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a haven for birdlife. Enjoy birding in the crater’s diverse habitats, from grasslands to wetlands. Look for ostriches, secretary birds, crowned cranes, and many more.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Serengeti National Park
Transfer to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. While renowned for its wildebeest migration, the Serengeti also offers exceptional birding opportunities. Keep an eye out for vultures, eagles, bustards, and various species of raptors.
Day 6-7: Serengeti National Park
Spend two full days exploring the Serengeti’s vast plains and acacia woodlands. Engage in birding activities, seeking out both resident and migratory species. Don’t miss the chance to spot ostriches, hornbills, bee-eaters, and the elusive secretary bird.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Lake Natron
Journey to Lake Natron, a soda lake that attracts a multitude of flamingos. Explore the lake’s shoreline, where you can spot pelicans, herons, and other water birds. Enjoy the stunning scenery of this remote and beautiful location.
Day 9: Lake Natron – Arusha
Return to Arusha with a stop at a coffee plantation en route. Take a guided tour to learn about the coffee-making process and enjoy a delicious cup of locally grown coffee. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, reflecting on the incredible birding experiences.
Day 10: Departure
It’s time to say goodbye to Tanzania as you transfer to the airport for your departure. Depart with cherished memories of the diverse birdlife and captivating landscapes you encountered during your safari.
- Accommodation according to the itinerary
- Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Professional, English-speaking safari cook
- Overnight stays in safari tents
- Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Mineral water
- All mentioned activities
- All national park fees
- Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
- International Flights
- Alcoholic and soft drinks not included
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance