Tanzania is among the very fascinating bird watching locations in the whole world. The country prides in more than 1,040 recorded species of birds, and it is the third largest population in Africa. Of the ten endemic bird families on Africa, Eight are present in Tanzania. The most commonly represented species include sunbirds, Raptors, barbets, pipits, plovers, weavers, parrots, starlings, turacos, and bee-eaters. Birding safaris are always led by very knowledgeable guides that have particularly specialized in Bird-life; the birding safari we offer will journey you to some of the most fascinating parts in the Northern part of Tanzania centering on the various eco-systems and habitats.
These birding safaris are mostly enjoyed by enthusiastic and passionate birders as well as naturalists. They are very ideal for people interested in viewing wildlife outside their safari vehicles. Other than the common game drives done in safari vehicles, birding safaris are commonly conducted on foot equipped with binoculars. Among the most frequently habitats visited are the plains as well as the Acacia wood-lands of Sinya, Lake Manyara’s ground-water forest, the Baobab region in Tarangire, the Forested Mountain in Arusha National Park, the Rift Valley escarpment, and Ngorongoro and the vast plains of the Serengeti as you look for the different species of birds.
On the other hand, the Southern part of Tanzania is uniformly very blessed with fascinating species of birds. The birding safaris in southern Tanzania journey you through the beautiful Ruaha national park as well as the impressive Mikumi National Park, and not to forget the very large Selous Game Reserve. Majority of the birding safari in Southern Tanzania ends with spending some time relaxing on the beautiful isolated white beaches along the coastal south of the city of Dar es Salaam offering additional relaxed opportunities to enjoy bird watching. There is a very prolific Bird life in the Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park as well as Mikumi National Park with at least 450 bird species recorded every one of these parks. Eurasian migrants congregate into Ruaha National Park twice every year between March and April in addition to October and November, and these meet the resident species such as the egrets, kingfishers, fish eagles, hornbills, plovers and sunbirds. From a general point of view, the best time to enjoy bird watching safari in Tanzania is between the months of October to April.
Unlike other well-liked safaris that are focused towards seeing the large mammals, bird viewing safaris offer a more genuine prospect of the wealthy biodiversity of this country and East Africa as a whole with interest given not only to birding but to the ordinary wildlife viewing as well. In a summary, Tanzania is an African country fortunately blessed with a chiefly rich and diverse birdlife, and is one destination on the African continent worth visiting.
The most Popular bird species in Tanzania
Hoopoe is Common seen in the northern National parks of Tanzania including Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Tarangire.
Parrots majorly live in forests recorded within the forested regions of mountain Kilimanjaro and mount Meru, Usambara mountain and Udzungwa Mountain.
Crowned-Cranes are graceful birds commonly seen in grassland areas, swamps and lake shores, and frequently sighted in pairs.
Ostriches: These are the largest birds in the whole world, and are flightless. Mostly seen in Ruaha National Park, Tarangire National Park and Serengeti.
Bee-Eaters: these are very colorful specie commonly seen on fences as well as in trees. They feed on wasps plus bees and are commonly seen in Lake Manyara, Usambara mountains, Coastal areas, Highland forests as well as Southern parts of the country.
Secretary Birds: majorly seen in the Serengeti National park, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire and Ruaha National park.
Marabou Stork, frequently seen in most of the National parks in Tanzania.