Tanzania ........ 17th to 31st March 2018
Tanzania’s legendary landscapes of Tarangire, the Serengeti, Lake Ndutu, Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara, and the Ngorongoro Crater offer the ultimate and most fantastic ‘African wildlife’ experience imaginable. A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater is an awesome experience and also a spectacular backdrop for viewing Black Rhino, Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, Grant’s & Thomson’s Gazelle and Burchell’s Zebra; in the grassy plains of the Serengeti, magnificent Cheetahs chase antelopes and prides of Lions stalk the thousands of migrating Wildebeest; and the vast savannahs of the Tarangire National Park are home to large herds of Elephant. With so many exciting mammals, it must not be forgotten that Tanzania is also an excellent destination for birdwatching: hornbills, kingfishers, bee-eaters, sunbirds and rollers provide splashes of brilliant colour, and many raptor species can be expected; the lakes are brimming with flamingos, storks, ibises and waders. Our revised itinerary includes a visit to the plains north of Arusha where we will be looking in particular for several species of larks, including Beesley's Lark. Tanzania offers the complete safarii in 4x4 Land Cruisers - as we will spend most of our time in the national parks where most birding must occur from the vehicle the tour will involve very little walking.
Days 1-2: After flying to Kilimanjaro, we’ll travel to Lake Duluti for a two night stay. On Day 2 Arusha National Park will be our venue, which will provide us with a great introduction to Tanzania’s prolific wildlife. Arusha’s avifauna includes such species as African Crowned Eagle, Collared & Variable Sunbirds, Tropical Boubou, Spot-flanked Barbet, Montane White-eye, Black-capped Yellow Warbler, White-starred Robin, Yellow Bishop,
Speke’s and Baglafecht Weavers.
Overnight – Lake Duluti
Day 3: A second day exploring Arusha National Park.
Overnight - Arusha
Days 4 & 5: We spend most of Day 4 visiting the plains north of Arusha looking for Beesley's Lark and various other lark species. On Day 5 we will be in the Tarangire National Park, a vast area of savanna, thornbush and swamp that is home to large herds of Elephant and an array of other animals, including Leopard, Lion, Wildebeest, Zebra, Buffalo, Impala, Thomson's Gazelle, Hartebeest and Eland. Amongst many bird species are Crested Francolin, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Woodland Kingfisher, Orange-bellied Parrot, Lilac-breasted Roller and Magpie Shrike.
Overnights – Tarangire
Day 6: A morning game drive drive as we leave Tarangire and travel the short distance to Lake Manyara. The National Park has a wonderful mosaic of habitats, including woodland, swamp and grassland, plus a soda lake brimming with Greater & Lesser Flamingos, Great White & Pink-backed Pelicans and Yellow-billed Storks. Manyara is also famous for its tree-climbing lions.
Overnight – The Retreat at Ngorongoro
Days 7-8: We will drive along the Ngorongoro Crater rim to the superb and world famous Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti covers some 12,000 sq. km and is a superb wildlife sanctuary. There are reputed to be two million Brindled Gnus (Wildebeest) here, not to mention many Lions and a wonderful selection of other mammals, including: Cheetah, Leopard, Serval Cat, Bat-eared Fox, Spotted Hyena, Grant’s Gazelle and Kirk’s Dik-dik. A superb array of bird species includes Long-crested Eagle, Montagu’s Harrier, Secretarybird, Pygmy Falcon, Two-banded Courser, Black-bellied Bustard, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Kittlitz’s Plover, Cardinal Woodpecker, Marico Sunbird, Silverbird, Pin-tailed Whydah and Speckle-fronted Weaver.
Overnights – Central Serengeti
Days 9-10: We leave the Central Serengeti and travel to the Lake Ndutu region on the border of the Serengeti NP. The area’s two lakes Ndutu and Masek support a wealth of diverse birdlife, within habitats of wetland, grassland and woodland. Ndutu can at times can be the best area in the Serengeti, with tens of thousands Brindled Gnus, Zebras and gazelles, with predators in attendance.
Overnights – Ndutu
Days 11-13: On Day 11 we travel to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, with its phenomenal array of birds and game. This is simply a scenically wonderful and fascinating location and a visit here is a truly awesome experience. Our game drives into the crater should reveal a wealth of mammals, including: Black Rhino, Brindled Gnu, Grant's Gazelle, Buffalo and Lion. Amongst the diverse birdlife Abdim's Stork, Cape Teal, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, flamingos, Olive Pigeon, Schalow's Turaco, African Cuckoo, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Common Scimitarbill, Bare-throated Apalis and Jackson's Widowbird are present.
Overnights – Ngorongoro Crater Rim
Days 14-15: On Day 14 we catch our return flight from Kilimanjaro to the UK, via Amsterdam.
Tour ref: AA1821
Tour Cost: £5,300
Single Room Supplement: £590
Leaders: Peter Dedicoat & Local Guides
Max. Group: 10 plus 2 Leaders (2 safari vehicles)
Economy class scheduled return flights (UK-Kilimanjaro-UK), accommodation (based on twin occupancy), meals, transportation in Tanzania, reserve entrance fees and services of leaders.
Travel insurance, drinks and items of a personal nature.
Africa & the Middle East