Number of Days
30 Days Birding Tanzanian endemics
Exploring Northern Tanzania for birdwatching over the course of 21 days is an exciting and rewarding adventure. The region is renowned for its diverse avian species and stunning landscapes. The Usambara Mountains, in particular, offer unique and endemic bird species that make it a must-visit destination for birders. Here’s an overview of what you might experience during a 21-day birding expedition in Northern Tanzania, with a focus on the Usambara Mountains’ specialities
- Gorilla Experience
- Wild Life Encounters
- Cultural Encounters
Northern Tanzania and Usambara Mountains Specialities Detailed Itinerary
Days 1-4: Arusha and Lake Manyara
- Start your journey in Arusha, the gateway to Northern Tanzania’s national parks.
- Spend a few days birding in Lake Manyara National Park, known for its tree-climbing lions and abundant birdlife.
- Observe species like Lilac-breasted Roller, Grey Crowned Crane, and various sunbirds and hornbills.
Days 5-8: Serengeti National Park
- Head to the iconic Serengeti National Park, famous for its wildebeest migration and incredible wildlife.
- While birding, look for Secretary Birds, Kori Bustards, and raptors like Martial Eagles.
Days 9-12: Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area
- Explore the Ngorongoro Crater and its diverse ecosystems.
- Watch for Crowned Cranes, flocks of flamingos, and raptors in this unique volcanic caldera.
Days 13-15: Tarangire National Park
- Visit Tarangire National Park, known for its large elephant herds and baobab-studded landscape.
- Observe species like Yellow-collared Lovebirds, Southern Ground Hornbills, and various vultures.
Days 16-18: Usambara Mountains
- Proceed to the Usambara Mountains, a biodiversity hotspot with numerous endemic bird species.
- Birding in the Usambara Mountains offers a chance to see Usambara Weaver, African Green Ibis, and more.
Days 19-21: Kilimanjaro and Departure
- Optionally, venture to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro for additional birdwatching.
- End your trip with a visit to the Kilimanjaro region, looking for species like Tacazze Sunbird and Alpine Chat.
- Depart from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
During your 21-day journey, you’ll likely encounter hundreds of bird species, both resident and migratory, while also enjoying the breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife that Northern Tanzania has to offer. Keep in mind that weather, availability of specific species, and local conditions can impact your birding experience, so it’s a good idea to plan your trip with the help of local birding guides or tour operators who are familiar with the area and its avian inhabitants.