Our Popular Destinations in Tanzania

  The following are our popular safari destinations for Tanzania.

Ngurodoto Crater- a miniature crater about 2 kilometres wide and a few feet deep with forested walls, Momella Lakes, Mt. Meru (4500M), Black & white colobus Monkey, all kinds of Big African game except Lion and Rhino. Hundreds of different species of sedentary birds to include the Silvery cheeked Hornbill, Hertlaub`s Turaco, Giant Kingfisher, a variety of wadders and Divers including Lilly troters, Yellow billed Stork and the Maccoa Duck respectively. Accommodations shall be arranged in Arusha Town.

          *Access: A 45 Minutes drive from Arusha Town.

Impressive views of Mount.Meru(4566 Metres), Elephants and Buffaloes, Maasai Giraffes, a variety of beautiful Birds most of them endemic to East Africa.

                        BEST TIME TO VISIT: All year around except April and mid May.

Quote: "It could be a dream, out of the morning mist, men in red with spears suddenly appear as an Antelope crashes out of the forest while a herd of Buffaloes move towards a herd of indigenous Cattle led by a lonely Maasai herdsman and at a stone throw in the plains are Zebras, Wildebeest and Gazelles keeping an eye on a pride of Lions wallowing in the grass with a Hyena pretending to be watching a flock of thousands of pink coloured Flamingos on the crater lake.... We must be in the Garden of Eden." A safari member said in amusement. Come and see for your self the only Natural house in Africa where wild life concentration lives permanently.
This is popularly known as the "Eighth wonder of the world", Noah's ark, the Eden of Africa... etc. This is the land of the Maasai pastoralists seen grazing cattle and Buffaloes, calves and Antelopes along side, it is land of the Maasai with their cattle, of their flora, and of their fauna. The protected area is home to over 30,000 Mammals, over 600 Bird species, the gigantic earth fracture, crater floor, volcanoes, plains, lakes, forests, archaeological site of Olduvai gorge, the great Rift valley wall- all combine to form the Ngorongoro conservation Area. Caution! Double check your filming materials before descending to the crater floor, photo taking never seems to end at the Ngorongoro crater floor. floor. The Golden winged Sun bird ,the Tacazze Sun bird and the Living Livingstone's Turaco, the Endemic Rufous tailed weaver and the Jackson's Widow bird will be some of the special Bird species of the day to look out for while in the Ngorongoro.

                      BEST TIMES TO VISIT: All year except the rainy April. Come and see

                      * Access: 4 Hours drive from Arusha in a 4 WD Vehicle

This is where Florists and Botanists as well as Birders meet their world. A variety of vegetation species occur, ranging from monotone forest vegetation to plain savannah grassland. Here the Natural world is for you; spot tree climbing lions, zebras, Maasai giraffe and the breathe taking view of the spectacular lake Manyara. Bird life is prolific as you approach the lake shore, a variety of Gulls may be spotted and may be the Vulturerine Guinea fowl,Blue napped mouse Bird and the mountain Wagtail.

Lake Manyara has the highest density of Elephants in East Africa ( at least 7 Elephants per sq kilometre). A profusion of colourful Birds awaits your discovery in the ground water forest as you spot pelicans and cormorants swimming among walloping Hippos and Flamingos in their pink on the lake. You will be able to update your Bird check list while in Lake Manyara, do not miss to visit the Hippo pool.

                      BEST TIME: Non stop visit to lake Manyara, all year round.

                      * Access:3 hours Drive in a 4WD vehicle from Arusha

It Neighbours with lake Manyara Park, ecosystem almost similar.Covers an area of 2600sqKm.With large herds of Elephants, Thomson and Grant's Gazelles, Gerenuk and Oryx may be spotted.

Best for the famous Baobab tree, Maasai giraffe & a birders paradise. The endemic Bird species include Ashy starling, Yellow collared Love bird and the Rufous tailed weaver can be found here.Other specialities include Yellow breasted Apalis, Slender Tailed Night jar, Lilac breasted Roller,Black faced Sand grouse ,Coqui Francoline ,Magpie shrike and the Red and yellow Barbet.

                         BEST TIME TO VISIT: June through December and January to mid April
                         * Access : 2 Hours Drive from Arusha in a 4WD Vehicle.

This continues great Eco system into the Maasai Mara of Kenya is the oldest and largest wildlife park in East Africa with a total land area of over 250000sq kilometres. Siringet (Now Serengeti) is a Maasai word for "flat endless plains". Indeed your eyes, Scopes and Bins will be the limit to the freely roaming wildlife in the Serengeti country.

The wildebeest migration from Serengeti to Maasai Mara in Kenya and Vice versa. All the big cats and, the Big five except the Rhino may be spotted on a two to three days game drive depending on luck in the wilderness.

Wildebeest migration between June - October and December to May. Each year at about this time of the year, over a million large Mammals including Grazers and Carnivores come together to breed, a sight that even a fanatic Birder will find irresistible to ignore. This is the only place in East Africa with the highest concentration of wild life "The Serengeti shall never die". Two Tanzania endemic bird species occur in the Serengeti - the Fischer's Love bird and the Grey breasted Spurfowl. Other specialities in the Serengeti include the Usambiro Barbet, Yellow throated Sand grouse and the Silver bird...the list is endless.

                            BEST TIME TO VISIT: June through October, December and May.

                            * Access : 6 Hours from Arusha in a 4WD Vehicle.

This small Wildlife Jewel is dominated by Hills and Plains as well as part of the famous Miombo Woodlands, these varied habitat is an excellent spot of several special and rare Wildlife not seen any where in Tanzania.

Rare Species such as the Wild Dog, Sable Antelope, Greater Kudu and Roan Antelope have been recorded in Mikumi National Park. Bird Watchers may be in position to spot Miombo woodland specialities such as Racket Tailed Roller,Pale billed Hornbill, Shelley`s Sunbird, Wood Hoopoes and Hoopoes. The Boem`s Bee-eater and the Miombo Rock Thrush are the few other Species to add on.

                            BEST TIME TO VISIT: Except March, April and May.

                            *Access:4 hours Drive in a 4WD from the Coast of Dar es salaam.

NOTE: It is possible to base from Mikumi to access the Southern Highlands such as the UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS National Park for the Southern Tanzania Endemic species as well as access the Ifakara area and the Kilombero Flood plains with her specialities and rarities. Accommodation in Ifakara and Udzungwa is basic.

The greatest altitudinal range of forests in East Africa: The eastern escarpment is the only place in East Africa with unbroken forest cover from lowland forest communities at below 250km above sea level, through intermediate types, to mountain communities at over 2,000m.

Exceptionally species-rich forest: The Udzungwa contain plant species found nowhere else in the world, ranging from a tiny new African violet to 30m high trees.

Rich primate fauna: The park hosts six species of primate, two of them endemic forms - the Iringa (Uhehe) red colobus monkey and the Sanje Crested Mangabey. The latter was only discovered in 1979.

Diverse large mammal community: The plateau contains resident populations of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, wild dog, sable antelope, eland and water buck. there is also a rich small bovid community, with good numbers of red, blue and abbots duikers and bushbuck.

Richest forest bird habitat in Tanzania with several endemics. Recent studies have added several new species the park's bird list (including a new species of francolin.) This gives the Udzungwa forests a ranking in the top three areas important for bird conservation in mainland Africa.,

Spectacular mountain scenery with rainforest, wooded grasslands, rock faces, rivers and waterfalls: The falls on the Sanje River drop some 170m through the forest to the valley below. The mountain plateau allows views of over 100km.

This little-known mountain range is one of the gems of Tanzania. Lying north coast, the Usambara’s are a relict patch of the great tropical forests that once spanned Africa from the Atlantic to the Indian Oceans, and have more in common with the forests of West Africa than those of East Africa . The Usambaras are a treasure house of botanical and zoological and Ornithological diversity, with a huge number of endemic tree and plant species and the Birds of course... Although large tracts of the original forests have been levelled for tea planting, enough of the original wilderness remains to make this a hiking, birding and primate-spotting paradise.

Birders will want to keep eyes open for most of the species that are endemic to the Usambara forests and Tanzania in particular – the Usambara eagle owl, Usambara alethe and the Usambara weaver are among others. This is one of the best places in East Africa to see notable birds like the green-headed oriole, Amani sunbird, bar-tailed and Narina trogons and Fischer’s turaco. Amani was once a resort for holidaying German officials, and there is a basic guesthouse and a campsite set amidst the spectacular forest. The Amani Nature Reserve is an extraordinary place for botanical study. Within its boundaries there are many endemic tree species as well as an interesting relationship between the high level of floral endemism and invading species.

Often forgotten on many birding or beach holidays is Pemba Island ,Pemba is a sister island to the famous Zanzibar. Pemba is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs of every form and description, beautiful smaller islands, deep channels and exotic white sandy beaches. In short, it is the "Forgotten Paradise" of Tanzania’s East Coast. The island itself is covered by dense rainforest in the north and rich fertile soil where huge bananas and mangoes grow like weeds, together with coconuts, lychees and of course cloves. With its extremely rich species biodiversity it is an island of considerable scientific importance. Pemba is a perfect place to start or end any bird tour, and even for non birders.The remote location of the island gives visitors a chance to explore old Africa through excursions such as village walks,cycling and of course the beach sports. For birders , it is only on Pemba that you will catch up with 4 of the Tanzanian Endemics to include: The Pemba scops Owl, Pemba sun bird, Pemba White eye and Pemba Green Pigeon, yet the number of coastal specialities are un-beatable.v You could Fly to Pemba out of Dar es Salaam or Tanga before or after doing the Usambara mountains.

Shared between the three of the East African Countries – ( Tanzania,Kenya and Uganda ), Lake Victoria is the Largest Fresh water lake in Africa commonly regarded as Africa`s Inland sea. Famous Explorers like John Hanning Speke on their exploration of Africa discovered Lake Victoria in 1858.Though rarely visited by many Visitors to east Africa,we at Birding & Beyond Safaris, do include Lake Victoria on many our of trips so as to be able to catch up with the Lake zone specialities not found off the lake zone.The red Chested Sunbird,Northern brown throated & Slender billed weavers, Night jars, Senegal and Blue Headed Coucal, Black headed Gonolek and a number of waders and shore birds to add onto your list ……. are restricted to lake Victoria. It is a shame for any keen birder to visit the Serengeti and not get as far west as Lake Victoria to catch up with these specialities.

We do include the Kilombero Flood plains and wetland on many of our Southern Tanzania bird tours. This is where the new un described species occur. The Kilombero weaver and Kilombero Cisticolas and several other specialities are found here. A visit to the Udzungwa Mountains or Mikumi National Parks can be combined with an excursion to the Flood Plains alittle further South.

Ruaha National Park is Tanzania's least accessible parks and poorly visted and as result it is totally untouched and remains one of the most exciting game reserves (almost as large as the Serengeti) in Tanzania. We do include Ruaha National park on many of our off track safaris. Ruaha is exciting and regarded as a birdwatcher's paradise as there are 350 species of bird that are not found in northern Tanzania and as the river runs through spectacular gorges and majestic trees it is specially appealing to photographers. The new Ruaha Redbilled( Tanzania Redbilled ) Hornbill, another one of the Tanzanian endemics is localized in Ruaha. Most of the big game: elephant; buffalo; hippos; crocodiles; lion; cheetah; leopard; wild dog and lots of antelope; Greater and Lesser Kudu; roan and sable antelope; and Grants gazelles are found in the Ruaha. Ruaha's unusually high diversity of antelope is a function of its location, which is transitional to the acacia savannah of East Africa and the miombo woodland belt of Southern Africa. Grant's gazelle and lesser kudu occur here at the very south of their range, alongside the miombo-associated sable and roan antelope, and one of East Africa`s largest populations of greater kudu, the park emblem, distinguished by the male's magnificent corkscrew horns.

                   BEST TIME TO VISIT:
                   For predators and large mammals, dry season (mid-May-December) and for bird-                   watching, lush scenery and wildflowers visit in January through June.

13. SAADANI NATIONAL PARK - "where the beach meets the bush"
This is East Africa’s only National Park by the beach.At Saadani National Park, Palm trees sway in a cooling oceanic breeze. White sand and blue water sparkle alluringly beneath the tropical sun. Traditional dhows sail slowly past, propelled by billowing white sails, while Swahili fishermen cast their nets below a brilliant red sunrise.
Saadani is where the beach meets the bush. The only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast an Indian Ocean beachfront, it possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands so popular with European sun-worshippers. Yet it is also the one place where those idle hours of sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past, or a lion coming to drink at the nearby waterhole.
Protected as a game reserve since the 1960s, in 2002 it was expanded to cover twice its former area and up garded to National Park status. Today, a surprisingly wide range of grazers and primates is seen on game drives and walks, among them giraffe, buffalo, warthog, common waterbuck, reedbuck, hartebeest, wildebeest, red duiker, greater kudu, eland, sable antelope, yellow baboon and vervet monkey. Herds of up to 30 elephants are encountered with increasing frequency, and several lion prides are resident, together with leopard, spotted hyena and black-backed jackal. Boat trips on the mangrove-lined Wami River come with a high chance of sighting hippos, crocodiles and a selection of marine and riverine birds, including the mangrove kingfisher and lesser flamingo, while the beaches form one of the last major green turtle breeding sites on mainland Tanzania.

Generally accessible all-year round, but the access roads are sometimes impassable during April and May. The best game-viewing is in January and February and from June to August

One luxury tented camp.
Campsites planned.

Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as Bustani ya Mungu – The Garden of God – while botanists have dubbed it the Serengeti of Flowers, host to "one of the great floral spectacles of the world". And Kitulo is indeed a rare botanical marvel, home to a full 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid, which erupt into a riotous wildflower display of breathtaking scale and diversity during the main rainy season of late November to April.

Perched at around 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) between the rugged peaks of the Kipengere, Poroto and Livingstone Mountains, the well-watered volcanic soils of Kitulo support the largest and most important montane grassland community in Tanzania.

One of the most important watersheds for the Great Ruaha River, Kitulo is well known for its floral significance – not only a multitude of orchids, but also the stunning yellow-orange red-hot poker and a variety of aloes, proteas, geraniums, giant lobelias, lilies and aster daisies, of which more than 30 species are endemic to southern Tanzania.
Big game is sparsely represented, though a few hardy mountain reedbuck and eland still roam the open grassland.

Wildflower displays peak between December and April. The sunnier months of September to November are more comfortable for hiking but less rewarding to botanists. Conditions are cold and foggy from June to August.


























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