For Bird watching, Tanzania is unsurpassed in sub-Saharan Africa, with one of the highest bird diversities (1113 species) including 29 endemics Even the casual visitor can’t fail to notice and appreciate the sheer abundance of bird-life. In the past 20 years the national check list has risen by 10% (Tanzania Bird Atlas Project).
Every location in Tanzania is good for birding, but there are some areas which stand above the rest. The Eastern Arc forests are rated as Tanzania’s most important habitat for birds. These forest ‘islands’ are all that remain of the once great forest that used to cover all of Africa. They were separated by changing climate and land use. Owing to the long period of isolation they show divergent evolution and a high degree of endemism (17 species). Within the Eastern Arc range we provide safaris to the East and West Usambaras (including Amani Nature Reserve and Mbangula Forest Reserve), Ungurus, Ulugurus, Rubehos, and the Udzungwa Mountains.
On the Northern Circuit the soda lakes offer one of the greatest birding spectacles in East Africa. Lake Natron is the most important breeding location of the Lesser Flamingo (listed by the IUCN as ‘Near Threatened’). Luckily recent attempts to industrialise the area with a soda ash plant have been stalled. Greater Flamingos and Pelicans are just two of the impressive 400+ list of birds that can be seen at Lake Manyara.
Down South the Selous Game Reserve has excellent birding. On a walking safari or boat safari on the Rufiji River you will be astounded by the sheer variety, from Fish Eagles to African Skimmers, swarms of weavers to the small and beautiful sunbirds. Click here to see a Bird List from a safari in Tanzania.
Tanzania Safaris Kenya also offers unique safaris to the Kilombero Valley which is also an endemic bird area. Here you will go on outstanding canoe safaris along the river where you can see the endemic Kilombero Weaver and Shoebills. This allows you to get very close to the birds as there is no engine to disturb them – a huge plus for photography.
For sea birds, Tanzania’s coastline offers a magnificent choice of stunning locations. Amongst others we recommend Sadaani National Park. Here the African bush meets the stunning white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. Boat safaris on the Wami River are excellent for birding, while a walking safari that takes you out onto the beaches will bring you close to the sea birds.
We provide safaris for experienced enthusiast and amateurs alike to some of the most remote areas in Tanzania. Our guides are expert birders and we provide field guidebooks and check lists on request. There are also some well known professional ornithologists in Tanzania, who can be requested to join you as a guide on your safari.
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