Our Tanzania Mega Birding Tour is one of the ultimate African birding adventures, and is a Tanzania birding tour specifically designed to take in the entire range of Tanzania’s endemic birds!
This Tanzania birding tour kicks off with an exploration of the nearby Pemba Island, home to four species of endemics: 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 the 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.
The mind-blowing reserves of the north are famous for their scores of big game; however, they also hold a number of key endemics that include the beautiful Fischer’s and Yellow-collared Lovebird, Ashy Starling, Grey-breasted Spurfowl and Rufous-tailed Weaver. With Mt. Kilimanjaro as a backdrop, we will search for the highly localised Beesley’s Lark, one of the world’s rarest lark species with numbers of no more than 250 birds. Other fabulous endemics and regional specialties on this Tanzania birding tour 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 Cisticola and Kilombero Weaver.
Grey-breasted Spurfowl, Pemba Green Pigeon, both Lovebirds, 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, Beesley’s Lark, 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
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
medium to fast with some long walks
ngorongoro crater, the fabulous Serengeti, spectacular sunsets and landscapes