Arrival in Arusha
If you enter Tanzania by airplane, your flight arrives
at Kilimanjaro International Airport in the evening. Your
guide will wait for you at the arrival gate and transfers
you to your hotel/lodge. If you arrive by vehicle, your
guide meets you the next morning at your hotel/lodge.
Day 01: Arusha National Park
One of the most beautiful parks in Tanzania and located
32 KM from Arusha. Aside from the abundance of wildlife,
fauna and flora there are three spectacular features;
Momella lakes, Meru Crater, and the Ngurdoto Crater. Both
Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru can be seen from the
park when the weather is fine.
Early morning is usually the best time to observe and
watch birds and butterflies species in Arusha National
Park. Therefore, after an early breakfast at your hotel/lodge,
we start with a safari briefing and leave for the park.
The common birds species found here are Bee-eater, Fish
eagle, Tawny eagle, Verreaux's eagle, little Grebe, Egyptian
goose, greater and lesser flamingo, Scaly francolin, silvery
- checked hornbill, lammergeyer and parrot. We will lunch
in the park and leave to your hotel/lodge in the evening,
were you will have your dinner.
Day 02-03: Lake Manyara National
After breakfast at your hotel/lodge, we proceed to Lake
Manyara National Park, nestling at the base of the Great
Rift Valley escarpment. This park is noted for its incredible
beauty. After passing the gate, you enter the lush forest
that opens up into woodlands, grassland, swamps and the
soda lake itself. It covers 330sq km and is a sanctuary
to over 400 bird species, including flamingo, pelican,
storks, sacred ibis, cormorants and Egyptian geese. Other
wildlife are: gazelles; impala; buffalo; wildebeest; the
famous tree climbing lion; hyenas; baboon; giraffe; hippopotamus;
and a great number of smaller mammals. You stay overnight
at a campsite/lodge.
Day 04: Ngorongoro Conservation
After breakfast, we depart for the Ngorongoro Crater.
This crater is one of Africa's best known wildlife-viewing
areas and one of Tanzania most visited. At about 20 km
wide it is one of the largest calderas in the world and
a year - round haven for wildlife and birds. It is always
spectacular, watching countless flamingos form a pink
blanket over the soda lake. More than 100 species of birds
can be watched in this magnificent park. We leave in the
afternoon and drive to Arusha for dinner and you stay
overnight at a hotel.
Day 05: Usambara Mountain Area
Today we drive to Lushoto in the hart of the Usambara
Mountains. The excellent roads take us through Moshi and
the Pare Mountains to Mombo, the gateway to the Western
Usambaras. From Mombo it is about 33 Kilometres (21 miles)
to Lushoto, of which some roads require 4-wheel drive.
On our way you will have spectacular sights including
the lovely Soni falls, were the Bangala river falls hundreds
of meters. This area is known for its butterflies. Dinner
and you stay overnight at a campsite/lodge.
Day 06-07: Mount Usambara
Early morning and late evening are usually the best time
to watch birds and butterflies species. We walk from the
base camp to the peak and back. We walk slowly, partly
to pace yourself, but most to watch birds and butterflies
species and to enjoy the forest and its inhabitants. Everywhere
you look there are things of interest. Your guide will
point out beautiful birds, such as the African paradise
flycatcher, Amani sunbird, Usambara hyalite, Hyalite,
Fischers Turaco, black and yellow dark-backed weaver
and the velvet black square - toiled Drongo. The searching
for mixed foraging flocks in the forest is essential to
locate many of the birds. The next day we continue with
birds and butterflies watching and identification. If
lucky, we might see the little yellow Flycatchers and
plain backed Sum birds which can only be spotted along
the East African Coast. The number of species recorded
thus far is just over 1,000 and the East Usambara Mountains
house close to 350 species, a number that continues to
Dinner and overnight at a lodge.
Day 08: To Morogoro at the foot
of the Uluguru Mountains
After an early breakfast, we proceed to Mount Uluguru
and take the Arusha - Tanga highway to drive to Chalinze
(238km). The gradient of the road is very gentle because
it is originally designed for the oxen, pulling heavy
We reach Morogoro town for dinner and overnight at a hotel/lodge.
Day 09-10: Uluguru Mountains
After an early breakfast, we proceed to Mgeta Province
via the Mlali area. Here we start game viewing of birds
and butterflies species in the Lukwangule forest reserve
at Mountain Uluguru. Dinner and overnight at a campsite
in the bush land of Mount Uluguru. The next morning we
travel all over the Mountain Uluguru to learn about endemic
and indigenous birds such as Uluguru bushrike grey breasted
spurflowl, yellow throated green bull, banded green sunbird,
uluguru violet-backed sunbird, loverbird, sunbird, ashy
starling, long billed apalis and many more bird species.
There are just over 500 bird species found in this area.
Late afternoon we proceed to Morogoro town for dinner
Day 11: From Morogoro to Dar-es-Salaam
After breakfast, we proceed to Dar-es-salaam, only a 3-hour
drive. After lunch and resting time, we start an evening
game watch in the Dar es salaam coast area.
We will encounter birds as the African marsh harrier,
African darter, egret, Egyptian goose, cormorant, shoebill,
grebes, cape oriole, nightjar, African skimmer, gulls,
house crow, tits, eurosian oriole, peacock, white eyes
birds (bats}, African kingfisher, and many migrant birds
species from the northern part of the world such as Siberia
who migrate to this area from September to April every
year. Dinner and overnight at a lodge / hotel in the center
of the city.
Day 12: Dar-es-Salaam South Coast
After breakfast we will have a walking safari to the south
of Dar es Salaam to see butterflies species such as Monarch
and Milkweeds from which more than 107 species have been
recorded in this area. They are very elegant and their
colorful swallowtails are a delight to watch. Dinner and
overnight at a lodge / campsite / hotel in the center
of the city.
13: From Dar-es-Salaam to the airport
After breakfast, we transfer you from your hotel to either
Dar es salaam airport or Ubungo bus terminal for other
destinations. This marks end of tour.
changes may be made due to local conditions beyond our