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Tanzania Birding Tours

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

Tertius grew up in the bushveld in South Africa has birded widely across Africa. He now leads tours for Birding Africa in Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Namibia and the Okavango, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Zambia. Besides birds, Tertius has a broad interest in all wildlife, especially mammals.

Tertius Gous, Birding Africa guide

He is trained as a vet and volunteers his special skills for penguin conservation, and has travelled all the way to Tristan du Cunha to help save oiled penguins there.

He is also an accomplished and well-known bird photographer who has that rare balance between showing people good birds and sharing his photographic insights.

Tertius is our only guide to have shown clients both Green-breasted and African Pittas in one year!

Golden-winged Sunbird

2024 Tours

Tour name Dates in Country Days Leaflet Tour report
Tanzania: Serengeti Birds & Wildebeest (BA2443)
8 - 19 April 12 Leaflet click here

2025 Tours

Tour name Dates in Country Days Leaflet Tour report
Tanzania: Serengeti Birds & Wildebeest (BA2443)
8 - 19 April 12 Leaflet click here

What participants say...

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

Usambiro Barbet at Tarangire on a Birding Africa tour © Callan Cohen,

Cheetah on in the southern Serengeti plains on a Birding Africa tour © Callan Cohen.

Cheetah on in the southern Serengeti plains on a Birding Africa tour © Deirdre Vrancken.

Baobab and African elephant dot the landscape in Tarangire National Park © Deirdre Vrancken, Birding Africa.

Grey-headed Silverbill © Callan Cohen, Birding Africa

Green-winged Pytilia on a Birding Africa tour © Deirdre Vrancken.

Chestnut Sparrow on a Birding Africa tour © Callan Cohen.

Kori Bustard at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on a Birding Africa tour © Callan Cohen.

Lion in Ngorongoro crater on a Birding Africa tour © Callan Cohen.

Shalow's Turaco at our accommodation on the Ngorongoro Crater rim © Callan Cohen,

Rosy-breasted Longclaw at the Ngorongoro Crater © Callan Cohen,

Lion at the Southern Serengeti plains © Deirdre Vrancken, Birding Africa.

Practical tour information

Focus 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.
Photography 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.
Fitness 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.
Timing May, or as desired
Climate Hot in the lowlands, cool at night in the highlands.
Comfort A good standard of accommodation in lodges and luxury tented camps.
Transport We travel by minibus or four wheel drive vehicle.
Group Size This will vary depending on the tour. Please check tour leaflets for group sizes.
Top birds Usamibro Barbet, Fischer's Lovebird, Beesley's Lark, Karamoja Apalis, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Grey-headed Silverbill, Narina Trogon, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Silvery-cheeked Hornbills, Kori and Hartlaub’s Bustards, Crowned Eagle, Rueppell’s Griffon
Top mammals Black Rhinoceros, African Elephant, Blue Wildebeest, Serval Cat, Leopard, Cheetah, Lion, Guereza Colobus, Samango Monkey, Harvey's Red Duiker
Booking 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.

About Birding Africa

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.

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