Our Northern Tanzania migration safari blends the very best that is East Africa.
The forests, lakes and savannas of East Africa teem with birds,
including a suite of Serengeti endemics. But we'll also focus on
mammals: as we’ve timed this tour to coincide with the great
Wildebeest migration through the central Serengeti, we'll stand
a good chance of finding many of the region's predatory cats too.
The Serengeti is a timeless landscape,
where countless millions of animals have migrated to pastures green
over the years under the watchful eye of tribesmen and the looming
mountain Kilimanjaro. Here too lies Oldupai Gorge, where evidence
of humankind’s most ancient ancestors have been found. The
Ngorongoro crater captures a microcosm among its high walls and
offers a unique sanctuary for scarce animals such as the Black Rhino.
Our Tanzanian mountain endemics tour targets mountain endemics that have only been seen by a handful of dedicated birders. Join us in
finding difficult-to-find endemic and scarce species in the relatively
unexplored south of the country. We will visit the Eastern Arc Mountains
(including the Udzungwas and Ulugurus) and Pemba.
Tanzania still offers a wild authenticity
that has perhaps been dulled in its much more popular neighbour
Kenya, though it is fast becoming known as the safari destination
in East Africa.
We also offer tailormade birding
and bird and mammal tours that include Selous, Ruaha, the Usumbaras
and the South Pare mountains. Please ask about our trip reports.
Featured Leader: Tertius Gous
This tour is well suited to world listers, because we see a
very high proportion of endemic birds, as well as wildlife enthusiasts
because we make a special effort to see large mammals.
Tertius has birded widely across Africa and his sharp eye and gentle nature is key in making our Tanzanian tours such a success (see client comments on webpage). Tertius grew up in the bushveld in South Africa and now leads tours for Birding Africa in South
Africa, Namibia and the Okavango, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia and Madagascar.
He is our only guide to have seen both African and Green-breasted Pittas while leading Birding Africa tours in one year! Tertius has a broad interest in all wildlife and is trained as a vet and volunteers his special skills for penguin conservation. He is also an accomplished bird photographer.
Fantastic, brilliant, marvellous
and more besides. Lion count 23 odd, Cheetah 5, Leopard
2, Serval cat 1, loads of elephants and all the rest, plus a couple
of Elephant Shrew on Zanzibar. Thank you so much, we had a great
time! - Gwyneth, Jeff & Amy
Thank you for organising, what was for us, an outstandingly
enjoyable and well organised trip. You understood all our wishes
perfectly with a great itinerary, excellent accommodation, an ideal
vehicle and a great guide. We had wonderful wildlife spectacles
and some great birds. It was really nice to catch up with you during
the trip and hope we may see you in August at the bird fair. I should
also add all the return travel arrangements worked perfectly and
Mark and Liam really enjoyed their visit to Zanzibar. All in all
a great trip! - Ian, Kate, Mark & Liam
For keen birders and mammal enthusiasts. Designed
to see as many as possible endemic birds and mammals, but while
on the walks we spend a lot of time looking for other aspects
of wildlife such as the myriad of chameleons, geckos, butterflies
and interesting plants. We can customise any itinerary to suit
to the keen birder, the wildlife enthusiast or both. Adding
a Zanzibar extension is possible too.
Many participants on our trips are amateur wildlife photographers.
And when we get excellent views of a bird or mammal, some time
is usually spent watching and photographing it. However, this
is not a photographic tour and once the majority of the people
have felt that they have absorbed the animal or bird to their
satisfaction, then we move on in search of the next encounter.
Thus, while the photographic opportunities
are very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody
who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
No fitness is required. We will spend much time in the National
parks where most birding must occur from the vehicle or from
a hide. Elsewhere, walks are generally short and in relatively
flat areas with occasional small inclines.
May, or as desired
Hot in the lowlands, cool at night in the highlands.
A good standard of accommodation in lodges and luxury tented
We travel by minibus or four wheel drive vehicle.
Each vehicle will have maximum 6 participants, each with a window seat.
Black Rhinoceros, African Elephant,
Blue Wildebeest, Serval Cat, Leopard, Cheetah, Lion, Guereza
Colobus, Samango Monkey, Harvey's
Your booking can be secured with a booking form and deposit. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour. The balance is due 150 days before the tour. Contact us to enquire about availability.
Birding Africa is a specialist birding
tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed
holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies,
dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide
you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations.
Our guides' knowledge of African
birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we
have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the
birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent.
We've even written two acclaimed guide
books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best
birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and
we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled
with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997,
we've run bird watching tours
in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders,
small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've
run Conservation Tours
in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult
for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC
Natural History Unit.