Southern Tanzania Birding

Tanzania has  nearly 40 endemics birds and high species diversity, Tanzania is among Africa’s top birding destination.

The rich endemic montane forests of the Eastern Arc Mountains including the Usambara, Udzungwa, Uluguru that holds some of most exciting birds in the continent

 Southern Tanzania Birding Tour will Cover: Dar-es Salaam, Saadani National Park, Mikumi National Park, Udzungwa National Park, Kilombero Swamp, Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park,

Day 1: Arrive Dar-es Salaam night by the Beach

Day 2: Dar- es salaam 

do a boat ride for the pelagic species

Day 3: Morning depart for Saadani National Park, with stopover at Pande Game Reserve, on the road to Bagamoyo town, there are several swamps along the route which are also good birding area

Day 4: Saadani National Park

Day 5: Drive to Mikumi National Park (long drive)

Day 6:  Mikumi National Park

Day 7: Leave for Ruaha National Park

 (long drive)

Day 8: Ruaha National Park

Day 9: Ruaha National Park

Day 10: After the excitement of Ruaha National Park, depart to Udzungwa Mountain arriving late evening (long drive)

Day 11: Morning breakfast then do a hike 6km to Sanje Waterfalls looking for the area endemics, such as the Rofous winged Sunbird, 

Dappled mountain Robin, Iringa red Colobus, Kipunji Monkey

Day 12: Drive to Kilombero Flood plains further South East in Ifakara. Species expected Kilombero Weaver, Kilombero Cisticola, White-tailed Cisticola all which are endemic to Tanzania, Others are the Coppery tailed Coucal and the stunning Zebra waxbill, This will be done in dug-out canoe in Kilombero River

Day 13: Early morning breakfast, thereafter drive on to Selous Game Reserve via Morogoro to Kisaki this will be a long drive due to the fact that the road conditions are deplorable,  

Day 14: Driving through the Selous to eastern side of the reserve

Day 15: Selous Game Reserve

Day 16: Boat ride in Rufiji River which is productive late afternoon from 0430 hrs

Day 17:  Drive to Dar- es salaam for your flight back home


 Tour Concerns

Long drives will be encountered in so

me areas so rising early in the morning and retiring quite late in the night

Roads in some place are not bitumen standard, rough ride

Hot and humid will be experienced in most areas advised you bring sunscreen, hat and sunglasses

Tse tse flies are common in most of the parks/reserves so carry insect repellents

Accommodation will be in excellent to budget lodges/camps throughout the trip

The best time to visit is from July to November

Uncommon  bird species : White-backed Heron, Malagasy Pond- Heron, Rofous bellied Heron, Dimorphic Egret, African pygmy Goose, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Bat Hawk, Dickinson’s Kestrel, E

leonora’s Falcon, Udzungwa forest Patridge, Red winged Francolin, Blue Quail, Spotted Crake, Lesser Gallinule, Lesser Jacana, Wattled Crane, Violet tipped Courser, Madagascar Pratincole, White-crowned Lapwing, Senegal Lapwing, White- fronted Plover, Pacific golden Plover, Red-necked Phalarope, Terek Sandpiper, Broad –billed Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Heuglin’s Gull, Sooty Gull, Saunders’s Tern, Sooty Tern, African Skimmer, Brown –headed Parrot, Brown –necked Parrot, Purple crested Turaco, Livingstone Turaco, Grey Go – away-bird, Thick billed Cuckoo, Madagascar lesser Cuckoo, Barred long tailed Cuckoo, Yellowbill, Black Coucal, Pel’s fishing Owl, Mottled Spinetail, Bohm’s Spinetail, Mangrove Kingfisher, Half collared Kingfisher, Bohm’s Bee-eater, Swallow tailed Bee-eater, Racket-tailed Roller, Ruaha Hornbill, Pale- billed Hornbill, Crested Barbet, Speckle- throated Woodpecker, Olive Woodpecker, African Pitta, Bush Pipit, White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, White chested Alethe, Olive flanked Robin-Chat, Kurrichane Thrush, Orange Ground Thrush, Spot-throat, Dappled mountain- Robin, Miombo Rock Thrush, White-headed Black Chat, Familiar Chat, Green- capped Eremomela, African Tailorbird, White-tailed Cisticola, Kilombero Cisticola, Red winged Warbler, Miombo Wren-Warbler, Brown-headed Apalis, Chapin’s 

Apalis, White winged Apalis, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, White winged Tit, Rofous bellied Tit, Miombo Double-collared Sunbird, Rufous  winged Sunbird, Fulleborn’s black Boubou, Green-headed Oriole, Southern Blue-eared Starling, White-winged Starling, Yellow throated Petronia, Southern Brown-throated Weaver, Kilombero Weaver, Zanzibar Red Bishop, Orange winged Pytilia, Red faced Crimsonwing, Lesser Seedcracker, Southern Cordon Bleu, Black tailed Grey Waxbill, Cabanis’s Bunting …plus many more