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Birding is about looking for special species, endemic or rare. On this safari you will have exactly that opportunity. Many areas you will visit are famous for a high number of endemic and rare species.

Tanzania is a country with a very wide variety of biotopes. From semi- arid regions, coast, snow-capped mountain to mountain forests and the Eastern Arc mountains where due to the fact that they have been isolated for millions of years a lot of endemism evolved.

The same tour can also be enjoyed by non birders. Instead of looking out for birds you will pay more attention to other animals or to local people who warmly welcome visitors. All visited regions are also great for butterfly watching.

Dates: 1. - 12. October 2016 and 30. January - 10. February 2017

Visit our bird pages to get an impression of the bird variety

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day

Place / activity

Accommodation

 

 

 

1

Tanzania - arrival
Individual arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be welcomed. The lodge is just 5 mintues drive from the airport and on the way to tomorrows destination.

Double room/breakfast KIA Lodge

 

 

 

 

2

Arusha - Usambara Mountains
After having breakfast you drive through Moshi with hopefully clear views to Kilimanjaro and later to the Pare mountains. The distance to the lodge is around 300 km, 6 hours drive. Mambo View Point is situated in the western range of the West Usambara Mountains. The view is splendid! After enjoying your first lunch in the bush you will go for a walk with a local guide who can show you the special birds and plants of the region.

Double/full board Mambo View Point, Studio Cottage or Grass roof cottage

 

 

 

 

3

Usambara West Mountains
Today you will mainly do excursions on foot. You will go deep into the nearby Shagayu rainforest, which is famous for its birds and richness in species. Good shoes and a bit of good condition will help you to enjoy the walks under amazing trees, in fresh air and with the songs of birds in your ears. But it is also home of many flowering plants, like the Violet and therefore breeding place for a large number of butterfly species. A local guide will additionally show us the path and best places to find birds.

The Usambara Mountains stretch from East to West for about 90 km and from North to South 30 - 50 km. Together with the Taita Hills in Kenya and further South in Tanzania the Udzungwa mountains, just to mention the most known once, are part of the Eastern Arc mountains. The age of the stones reaches back to the Precambrian time, about 4.5 billion of years.  The range was formed about 600 Mio years ago by faulting and uplifting of the earth crust. East and West Usambara are still partly covered by a 30 Mio year old rain forest. In the West Usambara the highest peak, Sungwi goes up to 2.290 m while Nilo in the Eastern part 1.506 m. The faulting of the ranges started about 600 Mio years ago. Up to today part of the Usambara range is covered by a 30 Mio year old rain forest. About 900 square kilometers of the Eastern part were in the year 2000 declared as UNESCO biosphere reserve and are listed with the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Usambara East is closer to the ocean and receives more rainfall than the Western part.

The Eastern Arc Mountains throne over the savanna. Due to the long isolation an amazing biodiversity has evolved with many endemic plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. The well known Usambara violets origin from the Usambara Mountains.

Double/full board Mambo View Point, Studio Cottage or Grass roof cottage

 

 

 

 

Mambo View Point
Shagayu Forest

 

4

Usambara West to Sadaani National park
It will be a long but scenic drive from up the mountains to the Indian Ocean South of Pangani. We will again carry a snack since we will reach late. Time permitting we will have a walk near the lodge and of course a swim in the Ocean if you like.
Sadaani National park is the only national park in Tansania bordering the ocean. The 1.100 km2 were declared a national park in 2005. Beside 30 larger mammals a variety of reptiles many bird species are found here. The climate is often humid and hot.

Double rooms/full board
Tembo Kijani Eco Lodge
Enjoy a fresh catch from the ocean

 

 

 

 

Tembo Kijani Eco Lodge
Tembo Kijani Eco Lodge Shrimps

 

 

5

Saadani National park
Since the lodge is not far from the park we will spend the morning and afternoon there. The time of the day is more comfortabely spent in the lodge. The park covers an area of 1.100 sqkm. The temperatures are high and it is very often humid.  Many acacias grow here and attract a good number of giraffes but also acacia loving birds as well as shore dwellers and migrants.
Mangroves, acacias and Doum palms create diverse biotopes and so is the bird life. Check on the palms a fish eagle or a palm nut vulture might sit on top.

Double rooms/full board
Tembo Kijani Eco Lodge

 

 

 

 

6

Sadaani - Usambara East / Amani Forest
It is quite a long stretch again to the next destination, but around lunch time you will have reached. The afternoon is spent on a walk with a local guide.

Double/full board Amani Forest Camp, bordering Amani Nature Reserve
Ensuite Cottage or Tented Bandas

 

 

 

 

7 + 8

Usambara East / Amani Forest
Local guides will help to detect birds in the forest. Some are in the canopy, others in the thicket and hard to spot. Usambara has a good number of endemic birds and you will concentrate on those but still enjoy those who are more common.

Double/full board Amani Forest Camp, bordering Amani Nature Reserve
Ensuite Cottage or Tented Bandas

 

 

 

 

 

Usambara Berge

 

 

 

 

 

9

Usambara East - Mkomazi National park
The quite long drive takes you along the Usambara Mountains. Around lunch time you will check in at the lodge The park covers 3.245 sqkm and borders Kenya’s Tsavo West National park in the North, Usambara Mountains in the Southeast, North Pare Mountains in the West, South Pare Mountains in the Southwest. The vegetation is dominated by acacias and commiphora trees as well as others adjusted to semi-dry areas.

Mkomazi has one of the highest species variety in birds and arthropods.

Double/full board Babu’s Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 +11

Mkomazi National park
Is also famous for its breeding program of Black rhinos and African Wild dogs. Tony Fitzjohn, a friend of George Adamson had set up the programs. If you like you can visit them.

To reach further places in the park you will mainly undertake full day game drives with picnic lunch and have a hot day rest in a shady place. The temperatures can go up to 30 degrees Celsius. The area is hostile to birds but still it has over 450 recorded species, residents and migrants. This is one of the highest number found in one area in East Africa.

Double/full board Babu’s Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mkomazi_Landschaft2
Babu'sCamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Mkomazi - Kilimanjaro Airport
You say good-buy to Tanzania’s wilderness for this time and drive via Moshi to the lodge near the airport where you will take lunch and have a day room. A lodge vehicle will take you the short distance to the check in for your international flight or a flight to Zanzibar.

Lunch and day room
KIA Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

Price per person from/to Kilimjaro Airport

6 participants US$ 3.165.-
4 participants US$ 3.600.-

 

Single room supplement

US$ 540.-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Safari in Landrover or Landcruiser with experienced, English speaking driver/guide
  • Unlimited mileage on game drives and guaranteed window seat
  • All overnights and meals according to program
  • Day room
  • All park and conservation entry fees
  • Local guides
  • Local taxes

 

Not included:

  • Visa, personal insurances
  • Not listed services
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Zanzibar is nearby and spoils you with great beaches and top hotels. We will organise flights, transfers and hotels for you.