Itineraries - Birding
Discover some of Tanzania’s magnificent birdlife in this itinerary that will take you through a variety of habitats and terrain where something new can be discovered around every corner…
East Africa’s birdlife is quite simply stunning and very plentiful. This itinerary will take you through vibrant swamps and mighty rivers to discover the water birds before moving to the higher altitude of the Upper Rift Valley and then to the rolling grasslands of the Serengeti. Explore the lakeshore of Rubondo Island, an ornithologist’s dream, before ending in Ruaha to view both northern and southern species in the same area.
- View the pelicans and pink-hued flamingo of Lake Manyara
- From November to March spot the rare Eleonora’s falcon in Ruaha
- Tick off both water and forest dwelling species at Rubondo Island
- Adventure seekers
- Wildlife enthusiasts
- Romantic travel
Price per person from:
US$ 11 042
DAYS 1 & 2
Rivertrees Country Inn, Arusha
Once an old coffee estate, Rivertrees is now a charming country inn nestled in abundant foliage with the Usa River flowing by. Set in the foothills of Mt Meru, conveniently close to Kilimanjaro International Airport and a short drive to Arusha, its location proffers a wealth of natural wonders to explore.
Cultural & community vists
DAYS 3 & 4
Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire National Park
Discover Tarangire, a park with over 500 recorded species of birdlife. With varied habitats ranging from vibrant swamps to rolling grasslands and acacia woodlands there is a bird diversity to match, and ashy starlings and yellow-collared lovebirds, endemic to Tanzania, can both be found here.
Serena Manyara, Lake Manyara National Park
Stop off at Lake Manyara, a water-birdlover’s paradise that’s home to herons, egrets, storks and spoonbills. And of course the elegant pink flamingo that congregate around the shores of the shallow, alkaline lake of the same name, alongside huge populations of pelicans.
Cultural & community visits
Plantation Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
With easy access to the world-famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Plantation Lodge is a wonderful base from which to discover the birds of the Upper Rift Valley. The tropical gardens around the lodge also attract colourful birds and butterflies for some viewing closer to home.
Cultural & community visits
DAYS 7 – 8
Dunia Camp, Central Serengeti
Explore the heart of the Serengeti from Dunia, a tranquil tented camp with expansive views of the pristine wilderness. With a varied habitat of grasslands dotted with acacia groves and the vast granite protrusions, the Moru Kopjes, the resident birdlife is superb and sightings spectacular.
The Great Migration (May/June and November/December)
DAYS 9 – 11
Rubondo Island Camp, Rubondo Island, Lake Victoria
Explore Africa’s largest island National Park, Rubondo, and the phenomenal birdlife hiding in the equatorial forest and lakeshore papyrus. Over 400 endemic and migratory species have been recorded on its shores, and darters, cormorants, egrets and pied kingfisher are common.
Forest walks & hikes
Canoeing & boating
Onsea House, Arusha
Just outside Arusha on the drive from Kilimanjaro Airport is Onsea House. Owner-managed and run, the house has an intimate and friendly feel. Add to this the superb staff and a reputation for culinary excellence and Onsea House is a wonderful place to spend your first night in Tanzania.
DAYS 13 – 14
Kwihala Camp, Ruaha National Park
The last stop is the iconic Ruaha, a park with 580 species of recorded birds and an interesting mix of northern and southern species. Of note are the substantial populations of black-collared lovebirds and ashy starlings as well as a number of water birds on the banks of the great Ruaha River.
Your last day at Kwihala Camp, Ruaha National Park
Depending on arrangements, enjoy a final game drive or walk deep in the wilderness of Ruaha before transferring to the airstrip for the next stage of your journey.