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.
Udzungwa Forest Partridge; Pemba Green Pigeon; Pemba Scops Owl; Tanzanian Red-billed Hornbill; Uluguru Bushshrike; Usambara Hyliota; Long-billed Forest Warbler; Winifred's Warbler; Uluguru & Montane Tiny Greenbuls; South Pare & Pemba White-eyes; Tanzanian Illadopsis; Ashy Starling; Usambara Thrush; Usambara & Iringa Akalats; Banded Green, Loveridge's, Hofmann's, Pemba, Rufous-winged & Moreau's Sunbirds; Kilombero Weaver; Usambara Weaver; Kipengere Seedeater; Spot-throat; Dapple-throat; Fischer’s Turaco; Green Tinkerbird; Uhehe Fiscal; Green-headed Oriole; Kilombero, Lynes’s & White-tailed Cisticolas.
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
montane forests, savanna, grasslands, broad-leaved woodland, lakes, dams and rivers
cool in the highlands, warm in the lowlands
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
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.
mostly comfortable lodges and hotels, though a few nights are spent camping in comfy domb-style tents
demanding, many rare or difficult target species.
spectacular sunsets and landscapes, rarely visited forest
challenging in most areas, limited by time
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.
We very much enjoyed our East Africa experience, finding it to be the adventure we dreamed it would be. With Greg de Klerk as our excellent and informative guide and the incredible wildlife, the tour exceeded our expectations. Greg took care of us all throughout the tour and was extremely patient and considerate to make certain that all were able to find the birds we were seeking. We had a group with different levels of birding experience and Greg worked so well with all. Thanks to all who made this wonderful experience happen for us.
David Hoddinott and indeed the drivers and Alison were all amazing - making this a life-changing experience. Everything went far better than expected throughout the tour in my opinion. I do not see how it could have been improved. Well done to all!
Andre was a GREAT bird guide. VERY good at searching out the birds and getting everyone on them. Highly recommended!
I really can’t think of a way this tour could have been improved.... The itinerary was wonderful, the accommodations lovely, and the birds fantastic. Greg de Klerk is one of my all-time favorite guides. He genuinely cares about his guests, and does his best to make sure they have a great experience. This was truly a trip I have dreamed of since I was a kid, and it certainly fulfilled my expectations.
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