Tanzania is an amazing bird watching
destination in the world. Tanzania boasts at least 1,038
recorded bird species, the 3rd biggest in Africa. Eight
of the 10 families endemic to mainland Africa are present.
Raptors, plovers, parrots, turacos, bee-eaters, barbets,
starlings, weavers, pipits and sunbirds are well represented.
Led by excellent guides specialised in Bird life, our
birding safari will visit some of the most interesting
areas in Northern Tanzania focusing into different habitats
Our birding safaris are only for keen and enthusiastic
birders and naturalists, for people interested in something
else than viewing wildlife from the comfort of their vehicle.
Apart from the usual game drives in the traditional sit-in-car
style, we will walk with our binoculars in the Acacia
woodlands and plains of Sinya, the Mountain Forests of
Arusha National Park and Ngorongoro, the Baobab country
in Tarangire, the Rift Valley escarpment and ground water
forest at Lake Manyara and the Serengeti Plains in search
of the most interesting bird species.
Southern Tanzania is equally rich in interesting bird
species. Our south Tanzania bird watching safaris takes
you through the magnificent Ruaha and Mikumi National
Parks and Selous Game Reserve. Most Southern Tanzania
Safaris ends with time to relax on the deserted white
beaches on the coast south of Dar es Salaam providing
more relaxed bird watching. Bird life in Ruaha, Mikumi
and Selous Game Reserves is prolific with around 450 species
recorded in each park. Eurasian migrants flock to Ruaha
twice a year March to April and October to November
- joining the resident kingfishers, hornbills, sunbirds,
egrets, plovers and fish eagles, and in general the best
months for birding in south Tanzania are from October-April.
In contrast to popular safaris
which are oriented towards large mammal viewing, our bird
watching safaris present a truer picture of the rich biodiversity
of Tanzania & East Africa with attention given both
to birding and to regular wildlife observation. In a nutshell,
Tanzania is country blessed with a particularly rich and
varied birdlife - it is a true birding treat!
Most Popular Bird Watching Sites
Parks are home to many bird species including
many Tanzanian specialties (grey-breasted spur fowl,
Fischer's lovebird, Rufous-tailed weaver, ashy starling
and yellow-collared lovebird) more than 40 raptors
including vultures, eagles, harriers, hawks, falcons
and kites. turacos, starlings, barbets, woodpeckers,
sunbirds, honey guides, larks and many more.
Parks like Mikumi, Ruaha and Selous are where
we look for miombo woodland specialties such as pale-billed
and trumpeter hornbills, Reichenow's woodpecker, Dickinson's
kestrel, violet-crested turaco, brown-necked parrot, pale
batis, miombo rock-thrush, orange-winged pytilia, and
broad-tailed paradise-whydah. These are also good general
birding sites with an abundant avifauna of storks, herons,
raptors, bee eaters, weavers and more. When in the south
we sometimes bird the vast kibasira swamp, where 3 new
bird species were discovered in the last 10 years. We
stand a very good chance of seeing both the two distinctive
cisticolas which are as yet undescribed and the Kilombero
Eastern Arc Mountains,
long isolated from other highland blocks, the flora and
fauna of these mountains have evolved into a significant
number of endemic and near-endemic species. Birding in
the Uluguru, Usambara and Udzungwa Mountains we look for
fuelleborn's boubou, white-chested alethe, Usambara akalat,
African tailorbird, Chapin's apalis, Mrs. Moreau's warbler,
spot-throat, loveridge's, banded, and Uluguru violet-backed
sunbirds, and Usambara weaver. Other species, which are
harder to see but also occur are : dapple-throat, long-billed
tailorbird and Udzungwa Forest partridge.
Tanzania Birding Destinations include Rubondo
Island, Mahale Mountains and Gombe Stream National Parks.
These are remote destinations and are hard and expensive
to get to but the rewards for those who make it are great.
These are beautiful forest parks, they are world renown
for their populations of chimpanzees but also for other
forest & lake inhabitants like Sitatunga, spotted
necked otters, red tailed monkeys and red and black &
The Bird species common in Western Tanzania include giant
kingfisher, blue breasted kingfisher, crowned eagle, African
broadbill, Ross's turacos, Livingstone's turacos, trumpeter
hornbill, palm nut vulture, green pigeon, emerald cuckoo,
cinnamon-chested bee-eater, yellow-whiskered Greenbul,
crested guinea fowl, redwing starlings, violet-backed
starlings, golden rumped tinker-bird, double-toothed barbet,
red-chested cuckoo, red-capped robin-chat, Peter's twin
spot only to name a few. Rubondo Island is also famous
for having the world's largest population of African fish
The Usambara Mountains
are very special mountains, often that tired cliché
is used comparing them to Switzerland. These mountains
are defiantly African mountains, not European but African.
Baron Von Saint discovered the African violet the
worlds favourite flower here in the Usambaras
in 1892, you will find them here in every shade of red,
blue and pink. In Usambara Mountains, you will find the
Amani Game Reserve. This Game Reserve is made up of lush
cool forest and teaming with rare birds. Thirteen species
of birds are registered on the list of threatened species.
The rare Tailorbird (Orthotomus moreaui), Amani Sunbird
(Anthreptes pallidigaster), Hyliota usambarensis, Dricrurus
adsimilis and Terpsipone viridis are just a few of the
long list of birds that are spotted regularly in this
Tanzania has its many endemic birds,
but due to conducive environment, has a very reliable
source of food and breeding sites, that is why it also
attracts birds from other continents. These birds stay
for a certain period and go back to their original area,
phenomenon occurs yearly. These kinds of birds are famously
called Migratory Birds.
Tanzania Birds - Top Attractions
is a beautiful bird, commonly feeds on the ground.
usually seen in small noisy flocks. Common in the
northern Tanzania National parks and game reserve:
Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire & Manyara. Other
birds: Fischer's lovebird, grey-rumped spur fowl and
babbler-like rufous-tailed weaver. This bird tops
birders list for any visit to Tanzania
are forest dwelling birds. Although they have been documented
in the mountain forest of Kilimanjaro and Meru, they are
all over eastern arc mountains, especially Usambara and
Udzungwa Mountains. Western forests, such as Mahale Mountain
Forest National Park as well as Serengeti Fish eagles
are usually seen on the trees near the water bodies. Skilled
at fish catching. Excellent place to see them: Rubondo
Island National Park Rufiji River and Ruaha National Parks.
The river banks offer spectacular view of birds.
a graceful, long legged bird, it looks like a stork and
heron.. Cranes are grassland dwelling birds. They are
widely distributed in swamps, lake shores and grassland,
commonly seen in pairs, small parties and flocks. Ngorongoro
Crater harbour so many Carnes Ostrich: The largest bird
in the world. It is the most well-known bird, Ostrich
is flightless. Mostly found in the northern plain, that
is Tarangire National Park and Serengeti, and Ruaha National
Park in the south .however, they do no reside in Mikumi
National park or Selous Game Reserve.
This specie is very colorful and nice to watch, usually
perched on fences and trees. They feed on bees and wasps.
There are about 4 types of bee-eaters commonly seen in
Tanzania, they differentiate themselves by colors and
size. commonly found in Lake Manyara, Highland forests,
Usambara, Coastal areas and Southern Tanzania.
Secretary Birds: Unusual
looking bird of prey found on the Serengeti, Ngorongoro,
& Tarangire and Ruaha National park. It has a quill-like
feather on its head, and it is so pompous when it stride.
Secretary birds rarely fly and do so when absolutely necessary.
Stork, a scavenger normally seen with other
vultures sharing a carcass. It has huge beak and the deep
pink pouch swinging on the neck. Commonly see in almost
all national parks and game reserves around the country
Other Birds: Vorreaux's
eagle owl, crested cranes, hornbill, whydahs, flycatchers,
guinea fowl, woodpeckers, weavers, cattle egret and many
types of vultures and scavengers are all seen in Tanzania
Please note that on your birding trip, you need birding
binoculars, an othinology book for better indentification
of Tanzania birds. Click
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Document) for Birds of Tanzania available free of charge.
In addition, our Tanzania birding tours can be booked
as a private departure on your most convenient dates or
you may join our scheduled departure where you will meet
other birders whose approach to birding is similar to
yours i.e. observing birds in their natural habitats instead
of being in a hectic rush so as to fill a checklist. Our
groups are limited to 6-12 birders at a time (and / or
2-3 birders per guide) and this gives us the ability to
offer a highly personalised service to our clients.
Information and Travel Planning
|At AfriChoice!, we
have a wide range of carefully designed Tanzania birding
safaris and trips to explore the diverse bird species in
Tanzania that will give you a rewarding Tanzania holiday
and Bird Watching Adventure. AfriChoice! offers the best
opportunity to realize an unforgettable bird watching safari
in Tanzania. Your safari consultant will always be at your
assistance should you need a birding safari to Tanzania.
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