Number of Days

14 + 7 Days


Tanzania Birding

Best Time

May, September, November – March

30 Days Birding Tanzanian endemics

Birdwatching in the Lake Victoria region and northern Tanzania is a fantastic opportunity to explore diverse ecosystems and encounter a wide variety of bird species, including numerous endemics and migratory birds. This overview outlines a 14-day birding itinerary in the Lake Victoria and northern Tanzania region, followed by a 7-day extension to the Usambara Mountains


  • Birding
  • Gorilla Experience
  • Wild Life Encounters
  • Cultural Encounters

Northern Tanzania and Usambara Mountains Specialities Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe, Uganda

  • Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda, and transfer to your accommodation.
  • Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity for some initial birdwatching in the local area.

Day 2-4: Lake Victoria Islands

  • Explore the Lake Victoria islands, such as Ssese Islands or Ngamba Island.
  • Look out for various waterbirds, including herons, egrets, cormorants, and the rare shoebill stork.

Day 5-7: Serengeti National Park

  • Cross the border into Tanzania and head to Serengeti National Park.
  • Enjoy game drives while birdwatching, spotting species like secretary birds, ostriches, and various raptors.

Day 8-9: Ngorongoro Crater

  • Visit the Ngorongoro Crater, a unique habitat with abundant birdlife and a chance to see flamingos in the crater’s lake.

Day 10-12: Tarangire National Park

  • Explore Tarangire National Park, known for its large elephant population and diverse bird species.

Day 13-14: Lake Manyara National Park

  • Birdwatching in Lake Manyara National Park, which is home to a wide array of birdlife, including tree-climbing lions.

7-Day Extension: Usambara Mountains Day 15: Travel to Lushoto, Usambara Mountains

  • Travel to Lushoto in the Usambara Mountains, a biodiversity hotspot.
  • Begin birdwatching in the lush forests of the region.

Day 16-18: Birding in Usambara Mountains

  • Explore the forests and trails of the Usambara Mountains, home to several endemic species.

Day 19: Transfer to Amani Nature Reserve

  • Transfer to Amani Nature Reserve, another birding hotspot in the Usambara Mountains.

Day 20-21: Birdwatching in Amani Nature Reserve

  • Spend two full days birdwatching in Amani Nature Reserve, searching for endemic and rare species.

Day 22: Return to Lushoto and Departure

  • Return to Lushoto, relax, and prepare for departure.

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