Overview

Our Kenya & Tanzania Birds & Big Game safaris are designed to maximize both the big game experience and birding by selecting the very best and most accessible destinations in these two vast lands. In Tanzania, we visit the legendary Ngorongoro Crater and endless plains of the Serengeti. Our excursion to these, the most famous game reserves in the world, is timed for the annual wildebeest migration. We can expect to find tens of thousands of these and other animals in the parks. The Crater itself teems with big game and supports the highest density of large predators on the planet. We will also visit Tarangire, home to a huge diversity and volume of animals attracted to its perennial rivers. In Kenya, we explore key reserves offering a variety of habitats from the game-filled Amboseli lying in the shadows of Kilimanjaro, the montane forests of Mt Kenya, fantastic Shaba in the dry Samburu region and Lake Nakuru that glows pink with millions of flamingos.

With a maximum size of six expertly-guided participants, our small groups score up to 500 bird species, enjoy unparalleled African mammal and cultural experiences and spend time at some truly incredible lodges. It’s no wonder that this is one of our most popular tours, and for private groups of family or friends, we cannot give it a higher recommendation.

Some of the special birds we expect to see include the beautiful Golden-winged Sunbird, the gaudy Vulturine Guineafowl, fabulous Golden-breasted Starling, Bar-tailed Trogon and Fischer’s Lovebird. If this is your first visit to Africa, you will be delighted by a plethora of typical African birds; Ostrich, Hamerkop, Secretarybird, Bateleur, hornbills, woodhoopoes, weavers and waxbills.

Tour Facts Top Birds
chances for millions of flamingos, Secretarybird, Vulturine Guineafowl, Grey-breasted Spurfowl, Fischer's & Yellow-collared Lovebird, Golden-breasted & Ashy Starling, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Kori Bustard, Bar-tailed Trogon, Golden-winged Sunbird
Top Mammals
the “Big Five” and typical African megafauna, Cheetah, Striped Hyena, Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Lesser Kudu, Serval
Habitats Covered
lowland & montane forests, Acacia savanna, rivers and wetlands, rocky gorges, grassland, semi-desert
Expected Climate
warm to hot, dry conditions, but cool at higher elevations and rain can be expected
Max Group Size
6 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
undemanding to moderate pace, moderate walking and some long drives
Accommodation
comfortable to very comfortable lodges
Ease of Birding
mostly easy birding
Number of Species Expected
450+
Other Attractions
Oldupai Prehistoric site, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Kilimanjaro & Mt Kenya, Maasai and other tribes, African curios
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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We had an absolutely fabulous safari in Tanzania! The sights we saw were unbelievable – the giraffe standing at the edge of the road, the lion walking up to our vehicle and laying in our shadow, the dik-dik walking down the centre of the road toward us, the many leopards and cheetahs so close and of course, the wildebeest migration. So much more! Just unbelievable! Markus was a marvelous leader. He was so good with our granddaughters and could relate to them so well. He was a big help to me and made sure I saw some birds. It was a good combination of birds and animals. Everyone else enjoyed the birds, also. I could go on and on. Rockjumper has top-notch people. Thanks for all the help.

We both had a very enjoyable tour with Gareth Robbins. There were a couple of occasions where we needed medical attention and our needs were taken care of in a very timely manner. We were very impressed with the professional way in which Gareth lead the tour and with his care and consideration of the tour participants. His wildlife, cultural knowledge and experiences contributed to a really great tour.

This was an excellent trip! The combination of multitudes of fabulous birds and mammals, along with the scenery and natural/cultural history aspects of the trip made it the best I have taken, to date. Wayne did a great job. I would definitely travel with him again.

This was my 8th tour with Rockjumper, so I obviously am a happy and loyal customer, and this tour was up to the standard I have come to expect. Heinz, our guide, was charming and funny, outstanding with the birds and excellent in dealing with logistics. I would be very happy to travel with him again. The Itinerary was well planned. Both our drivers were also great - friendly, extremely competent, and full of useful local information. The vehicles were comfortable and accommodations were much more luxurious than I am used to on birding tours. I could easily have stayed another three weeks.

This was easily the best Rockjumper tour we have been on. In particular, the experiences in Rwanda were very special. Wayne Jones was a terrific guide.

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2022 DEPARTURES
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