Overview

This Tanzania Mega Birding Tour is one of the ultimate African birding adventures, and has been specifically designed to take in the entire range of sought-after forest endemics that Tanzania has to offer! Our tour kicks off with an exploration of the nearby Pemba Island, home to four species of endemics that include Pemba Scops Owl, Pemba White-eye, Pemba Sunbird and Pemba Green Pigeon. The lush forests of the impressive Eastern Arc Mountains are home to an amazing array of highly localised specials. Gems such as Winifred’s (Mrs Moreau’s) Warbler, Loveridge’s Sunbird, Usambara Akalat, Usambara Weaver, Spot-throat and Fischer’s Turaco are just a few of the wonderful species that we will be searching for. We will also take time to track down the elusive and recently discovered Udzungwa Forest Partridge – a species that shares close affinities with partridges from Asia – and another rare bird, the splendid Rufous-winged Sunbird. Other fabulous endemics and regional specialities include Amani Sunbird, Kretschmer’s Longbill, Uluguru Bushshrike, Iringa Akalat, and Olive-flanked Ground Robin, together with a bunch of recently described species that include Kilombero and White-tailed Cisticolas and Kilombero Weaver.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Pemba Green Pigeon, Brown-necked Parrot, 10 species of Turaco, Pemba Scops Owl, Böhm’s Spinetail, White-headed Mousebird, both Trogons, Pale-billed & Tanzanian Red-billed Hornbill, Green Tinkerbird & Brown-breasted Barbet, Pallid Honeyguide, Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike, Uluguru Bushshrike, Marsh Tchagra, Uhehe Fiscal, Green-headed Oriole, Red-throated & Cinnamon-breasted Tit, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Kilombero, Lynes’s & White-tailed Cisticola, White-winged & Chapin’s Apalis, Long-billed & Red-capped Forest Warbler, Spot-throat, Dapple-throat, Usambara Hyliota, Golden-breasted Starling, White-chested Alethe, Usambara & Iringa Akalat, Uluguru Violet-backed, Banded Green, Golden-winged, Moreau’s & Loveridge’s Sunbird, Bertram’s, Taveta, Kilombero & Usambara Weaver, Red-throated Twinspot, Steel-blue & Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah, Yellow-browed & Kipengere Seedeater
Top Mammals
Angola Pied & Iringa Red Colobus, Gambian Giant Pouched Rat, Honey Badger, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros, Kirk’s Dik-dik, African Buffalo, Eland
Habitats Covered
montane forests, savanna, grasslands, broad-leaved woodland, lakes, dams and rivers
Expected Climate
cool in the highlands, warm in the lowlands
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.
Accommodation
mostly comfortable lodges and hotels, though a few nights are spent camping in comfy domb-style tents
Ease of Birding
easy in the north, challenging in the south
Number of Species Expected
550-600
Other Attractions
ngorongoro crater, the fabulous Serengeti, spectacular sunsets and landscapes
Photographic Opportunities
excellent in the north, challenging in the south
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Suffice it to say we will remember this trip for the rest of our lives. It could not have been better from start to finish. Thank you to everyone there at Rockjumper, including yourself - you are quite a wonderful team!

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.

Our Rockjumper birding journey through Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda was an amazing experience, made even more fantastic by our young South African guide. Rainer Summer’s sensors are so fine tuned he can seek out and identify every single bird in the forest, desert and wetlands, by sight or sound. It seemed that he had permanent binos on his eyes and ears like satellite dishes! He shares his expertise and knowledge in a professional manner making sure that everyone saw each bird, providing information for all birders serious or beginners.... Our sincere thanks go to Rainer.

Wayne Jones was a true professional. In addition, he was warm and kind. Also, he is an excellent manager of time. We got the target birds and were given enough time to get ready for checklist & dinner. Wayne also set up excellent photo experiences.

Our Rockjumper guide was Rich Lindie. The word “excellent” does not begin to cover the outstanding quality of his technical and interpersonal skills. Rich is the personification of enthusiasm for what he does. Extensively knowledgeable about both flora and fauna (in particular of course birds), he was at all times professional and friendly. In addition, Rich has a great sense of humor and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him and hearing about some of his amazing experiences in international travel, living, teaching and guiding. What an interesting and talented young man. We were very fortunate to have him as our guide.

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