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12 Top Birding Locations in Tanzania1. Serengeti National Park 2. Noronogoro Crater 3. Arusha National Park 4. Ruaha National Park 5. Rubondo Island National Park 6. Lake Victoria 7. Lake Natron 8. Lake Eyasi 9. Lake Manyara 10. Lake Tanganyika 11. Usambara Mountains 12. Mt. Kilimanjaro
Lake VictoriaSatellite View
Home to over 400 species that can be seen in just a couple of days. White and pink-backed pelican, cormorant and long tailed cormorant, little bittern, goliath, purple and squacco heron, little, yellow-billed and great-white egrets, hammerkop, yellow-billed stork, sacred ibis, African spoonbill, fish eagle, black crake, Allen's and purple gallinules, jacana and pied and malachite kingfishers are all resident. For the Lake Victoria experience you do not need a formal safari as you can arrange to visit Mwanza and stay right on the lake.
Mount KilimanjaroSatellite View
Highland species include several extremely uncommon birds such as Green Ibis, Rufous Sparrowhawk, Mountain Buzzard, Crowned Eagle, Jackson's Francolin, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Red-fronted Parrot, Hartlaub's Turaco, Scarce Swift, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, Montane Oriole, Alpine Chat, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Sharpe's Longclaw, Slender-billed Chestnut-winged Starling and 13 species of sunbirds; including the Northern Double-collared, Golden-winged, Tacazze, Green-headed and Scarlet-tufted Malachite.
Number of bird species: 1113
Number of endemics: 23
Grey-breasted Spurfowl Pternistis rufopictus Udzungwa Forest Partridge Xenoperdix udzungwensis Pemba Scops Owl Otus pembaensis Nduk Eagle-Owl Bubo vosseleri Pemba Green-Pigeon Treron pembaensis Uhehe Fiscal Lanius marwitzi Uluguru Bushshrike Malaconotus alius Reichenow's Batis Batis reichenowi Usambara Akalat Sheppardia montana Iringa Akalat Sheppardia lowei Uluguru Mountain Greenbul Andropadus neumanni Green-throated Greenbul Andropadus chlorigula Northern Mountain Greenbul Andropadus fusciceps Pemba White-eye Zosterops vaughani Mrs Moreau's Warbler Bathmocercus winifredae Banded Sunbird Anthreptes rubritorques Loveridge's Sunbird Nectarinia loveridgei Moreau's Sunbird Nectarinia moreaui Rufous-winged Sunbird Nectarinia rufipennis Rufous-tailed Weaver Histurgops ruficauda Kilombero Weaver Ploceus burnieri Usambara Weaver Ploceus nicolli Kipengere Seedeater Serinus melanochrous
A Wildlife Survey of the East Usambara and Ukaguru Mountains, TanzaniaThe Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles, Butterflies, Fishes and Mammals Edited by TD Evans and GQA Anderson Series: BIRDLIFE STUDY REPORTS 53 106 pages, line illus, tabs, figs, maps. BirdLife International Distributed by NHBS 1992
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Birds of Kenya and Northern TanzaniaDale Zimmerman, Don Turner, David Pearson, Ian Willis and Douglas Pratt Series: CHRISTOPHER HELM IDENTIFICATION GUIDE SERIES 740 pages, 124 colour plates, line drawings, 1,000 maps. Christopher Helm 1996
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Field Guide to the Birds of East AfricaKenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe Series: HELM FIELD GUIDES 604 pages, 287 col plates, distrib maps. Christopher Helm
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Field Guide to the Birds of Kenya and Northern TanzaniaDale A Zimmerman, Donald A Turner and David J Pearson 576 pages, 124 col plates, line illus, 800 distrib maps. Christopher Helm 2005 re-print
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Important Bird Areas in TanzaniaElizabeth Baker and Neil Baker 303 pages, line illus, tabs, maps. RSPB Distributed by NHBS 2002
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Newman's Birds of Southern AfricaKenneth Newman Paperback - 510 pages ( 1 January, 1999) Southern Book Publishers
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Photographic Guide to Birds of Prey of Southern, Central and East AfricaDavid Allan, Peter Hayman (Illustrator) Paperback - 144 pages ( 1 November, 1996) New Holland Publishers (UK) Out of Print
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African Bird ClubWebsite
Tanzania has Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, some of the best areas for watching game in the world, friendly people and a good tourist infrastructure. It also has a bird list of over 1,000 species which includes a host of endemic and near endemics so there is something of interest for all birdwatchers in Tanzania...
Wildlife Conservation Society of TanzaniaWebsite
P0 Box 70919, Dar es Salaam. +255 51 112496 email@example.com
Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania Arusha BranchWebsite
The Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania's mission is to work towards the conservation of the flora, fauna, and environment of Tanzania for the benefit of mankind. The Society was founded in 1988 and is Tanzania's only national conservation organization. WCST's Arusha Branch was revived in 2002 after about eight years of dormancy. The Branch was revived in order to revitalize WCST's efforts to achieve its mission in the northern part of the country and to respond to pressing conservation issues in the region as perceived by a growing number of past and present WCST members.
The Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests hotspot stretches along most of the eastern coast of Tanzania and into extreme southeastern Kenya. The hotspot extends more than 400 kilometers inland across Tanzania toward Lake Nyasa...
Tanzania is a very important country ornithologically. It has one of the largest species lists of any African country, over 1,000 of which over 800 species are resident and nearly 200 are regular migrants. 56 species are of global conservation concern of which 21 are endemic to Tanzania and a further 43 species occur in only one or two other countries...
Rubondo Island National ParkWebsite
Description of the park and its attractions including fauna...
Selous Game ReserveWebsite
The rich birdlife includes knob-billed duck Sarkidiornis melanotos, southern ground hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri and bateleur eagle Terathopius ecaudatus...
Serengeti National ParkWebsite
Over 350 recorded bird species include 34 species of raptors, six vultures, kori bustard Choriotis kori, ostrich Struthio camelus and lesser flamingo Phoenicopterus minor (LR); and several with a comparatively restricted distribution such as rufous-tailed weaver Histurgops ruficauda...
Tarangire National ParkWebsite
The water holes are the feeding ground of the saddle-bill stork. This is a distinguished looking bird with black head, neck, wing coverts and tail, white body and bright red bill banded in black with a yellow saddle. Saddle-bills are to be seen either alone or in pairs, feeding on fish, frogs and small mammals. They move with a slow deliberate gait, but strike quickly if they see suitable prey...
2004 [December] - David B CollingeReport
2004 [September] - Tropical BirdingReport
As usual, northern Tanzania was an extravaganza of birding set against the wildest and some of the most unique of Africa’s backdrops, Arusha NP, Mkomazi, the Usambara Mountains, Pemba Island, the expansive Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. As a wilderness experience, the mammals of northern Tanzania are hard to beat. Amongst the mammal highlights were 3 Cheetah on a kill, two leopard, as well as omnipresent lion prides and many species of ungulates amongst the 52 mammal species encountered! The birding yielded 480 species...
2006 [June] - Tom JordanReport
A series of diaries...
2006 [June] -David ShackelfordReport
From exploring the high rainforest mountains of Mount Kenya to crossing the windswept plains of the Serengeti we were able to enjoy one of the finest African wildlife safaris of our lives. Beginning at a lodge near the banks of the Usa River we were greeted by the calls of Sykes’s Monkeys piercing the air, found nesting Taveta Golden Weavers in the lodge grounds and located the localized Brown-breasted Barbet preening in the warm sunshine...
2007 [December] - Nik BorrowReport
This reformatted tour embraced spiky East African thorn-bush, dry plains, floodplains, miombo woodland and of course those havens of biodiversity and endemism; the Eastern Arc Mountains and remote Pemba Island. The aim of this trip was to try and see some of the most difficult Tanzanian endemic birds whilst suffering as little discomfort and hardship as possible...
2007 [January] - Jan VermeulenReport
...The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home of Ngorongoro Crater, regarded as the 8th wonder of the world. Mention the name "Ngorongoro Crater" to any nature lover who has been there, he will have no fine words to describe this "Africa's Garden of Eden". In short, it is breath-taking in its beauty. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of earth’s most amazing natural wonders. The Ngorongoro Crater, which is 16 km wide and 600 m deep, is the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world. Lush forests clad the crater rim where the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is situated, overlooking the grasslands and lakes of the Crater below...
2007 [July] - Glen ValentineReport
Our adventure through the magnificent Northern sector of Tanzania took us through forested hills where gaudy Turacos and handsome Blue Monkey’s bound through the forest canopy to dry wastelands where Coursers and Gazelles roam the endless plains that is the Serengeti....
2008 [August] - Markus LiljeReport
The diverse and fascinating country of Tanzania played host to this spectacular 26 day tour. We were treated to a vast array of habitats that included endless open plains, classic African savannah, Borassus Palm woodland, huge ancient Baobabs, extensive montane forests, wooded koppies, tropical islands and the impressive Rufiji River where the associated birds and animals provided hours of enthralling entertainment....
2008 [May] - Cuan Rush - Northern TanzaniaReport
Tanzania, the heart of East Africa, with its game-filled plains, endless vistas and wealth of birds is a fabulous destination. This combination lined-up perfectly and we had a very successful and most enjoyable tour...
2009 [June] - David HoddinottReport
Our trip total of 578 species in 26 days reflects the immense birding potential of Tanzania. Whilst the focus of the tour was certainly the rich assemblage of Eastern Arc Mountain endemics and East African specialties, we did not neglect the interesting diversity of mammals...
2009 [May] - Cuan Rush - Perillo & Tippy TanzaniaReport
This Birds and Big Game safari to Kenya and Tanzania offered us many of the most memorable experiences that are possible in the African bush. Our group, first time visitors to this magnificent continent, were treated to over 440 species of birds, 50+ species of mammal and the most spectacular scenery that East Africa has to offer in just 3 weeks!
2010 [April] - Chuck BellReport
We arrived in Arusha, Tanzania late in the evening to begin a "Megafari" designed and led by Tropical Birding's Keith Barnes...
2010 [April] - Keith BarnesReport
This was the first leg of the Megafari – a true trip of a lifetime for most of the participants. Our Tanzania leg ended up being the most successful Northern Tanzania trip we had ever run, netting an incredible 426 bird species in only 11 days...
2010 [December] - Markus LiljeReport
The diverse and fascinating country of Tanzania played host to this lovely 18 day private tour. We were treated to a vast array of habitats that included endless open plains, classic African savanna, huge ancient baobabs, wooded koppies and very diverse forests where the associated birds and animals provided hours of enthralling entertainment. This, combined with the friendly Tanzanian hospitality, ensured a very memorable trip!
2011 [May] - Gavin Lautenbach - Kenya & TanzaniaReport
Our East African adventure started off early in the morning just outside of Arusha. Even after long travels for some, the thought of a new continent and new birds and animals had everyone up early and rearing to go….
2011 [May] - Rainer Summers - Kenya & TanzaniaReport
No other area on earth can compete with East Africa with regards the viewing of both birds and big game, simple as that! The sheer numbers of species and individual species alike render this region an absolute must for any global wildlife enthusiast worth their salt!
2011 [November] - David HoddinottReport
Our trip total of 614 species in 26 days reflects the immense birding potential of Tanzania. Whilst the focus of the tour was certainly the rich assemblage of Eastern Arc Mountain endemics and East African specialties, we did not neglect the interesting diversity of mammals. Participants were treated to an amazing 89 families of birds, including a staggering array of rare, elusive, localized and stunning species….
2012 [April] – Markus LiljeReport
Our incredible journey began in Arusha, Tanzania, and wound its way through the most famous big game area on earth, to finish up in Nairobi, Kenya, recording a very respectable 512 species in the process…
2013 [April] - Wayne Jones - Kenya & TanzaniaReport
East Africa rates as one of the top bird and wildlife-viewing destinations in the world – and our tour certainly did not disappoint! From the vast plains of the Serengeti to Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak overlooking Amboseli National Park, Ngorongoro’s massive crater to Mount Kenya’s ragged peaks and lush montane forest, and Shaba National Reserve’s parched wilderness...we had a marvellous time in this amazing part of the continent and saw an astonishing variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians!
2013 [June] - David & Amanda Mason - Northern RegionReport
We had been looking at East Africa for a number of years before we decided to take the plunge and head for Tanzania and the iconic locations of the Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro crater, where both the wildlife and the birds promised great variety and splendour....
2013 [June] - Wayne Jones - Rockjumper Birding ToursReport
Tanzania is surely one of the top safari destinations on the world, providing the quintessential African experience. Our tour took in the vast wilderness of the famed Serengeti, the magic of the Ngorongoro Crater and the diversity of Tarangire – and everything in between We recorded 388 bird species and 49 mammal species or subspecies, a very successful haul indeed!...
2013 [May] - Wayne Jones - Kenya & TanzaniaReport
We kicked off our tour with a short morning walk around our lodge near Arusha, where we found Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Taveta and Thick-billed Weavers and Trilling Cisticola, as well as Tanganyika Mountain Squirrel and Tanganyika Syke’s Monkey. Setting off in some light rain, we wound then our way through the busy mid-morning traffic in Arusha as we headed in the direction of Tarangire National Park, our home for the next two nights...
2013 [October] - Pat & Judy Hayes - Northern RegionReport
Our chosen destination for this trip was Tanzania: the country has a very large bird list, good infrastructure, a well established tourist industry, plus it gave us another chance to see the big game Tanzania is famous for...
African Servalcat Safaris & ToursTour Operator
Our Wealth of experience stands behind our firm commitment to duly offer the best and finest breathtaking Wildlife Safaris & Tours Kenya, Lodge Safaris Kenya, Camping Safaris Kenya, Wildlife Safaris & Tours Tanzania, Lodge Safaris Tanzania,Camping Safaris Tanzania, Beach Safaris and Holidays in East Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Chumbe Islands...
Aim 4 AfricaTour Operator
Experience the thrill of an African Safari by visiting the world renown national parks such as Serengeti, Selous, Manyara, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater...
Birding & Beyond SafarisTour Operator
We invite you to read through our web-pages in order to be able to come up with the actual desired Holiday of your lifetime. We always have one more lifer for you...
Birding EcotoursTour Operator
We have designed this mega-tour (31 days) to try and get to the magic 900! Taking in Kenya, coupled with areas just over the border in Northern Tanzania, Eastern Uganda and Rwanda, our trip will certainly be the birding trip of a lifetime.
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
East African Safari & Touring CoTour Operator
East African Safari & Touring Co Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater, Selous, Tarangire, Lake Manyara - evocative names that, for most people, define the safari experience as surely as the wildlife that inhabits them. If your previous travel experience was with the Discovery Channel or if you have tried safaris elsewhere, but believe there is still more to experience, Tanzania offers unparalleled game-viewing across as diverse a range of habitats and eco-systems as exist on the continent of Mother Africa. The wealth of options available within the major Tanzanian parks defies comparison with anywhere else on the continent or, indeed, the planet.
EuroAfricaBirding is the brainchild of Greg Holland. A birder, wildlife guide, naturalist, photographer and wildlife artist...
Fish Eagle SafarisTour Operator
Small groups, small camps and finely honed, leisurely itineraries result in an Africa safari which adds up to more than just looking at game...
Tanzania has it all to find out more in the first instance contact our resident birder Chris. For indepth locations and bird data see Bird Atlas of Tanzania...
Guide - Hamisi (Zola) Jafari
His specialist areas are Northern Tanzania and Usambara Mountains: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +25 56 941 9181
Hoopoe SafarisTour Operator
Most probably it will be images of Tanzania and surrounding East Africa. Perhaps the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, or vast plains teeming with wild animals co-existing with the colourful Maasi herdsmen in the Serengeti and the lush valleys of the Maasi Mara.
Kipepeo ToursTour Operator
Birding tours from this generalist Tanzanian tour company...
Natural High TanzaniaTour Operator
We specialise in tailor-made African safaris to Tanzania, East Africa. This site contains in-depth information on all game parks in Tanzania, the best Safari Camps and Lodges and the different types of safari available...
Nature's Wonderland SafarisTour Operator
We proudly present a selection of exciting Birding safaris, Wildlife safaris, Adventure tours and Camping safaris through the Eastern part of Africa ranging from 4 - 37 days, many of which can be combined with a relaxing interlude on the coast...
Usually combined with Kenya...
Speedway SafarisTour Operator
Speedway Safaris is a tour and travel company based in Uganda specialising in organising trips to National Parks, gorilla tracking, hotel bookings, chimpanzee trekking, mountaineering excursions, birding trips, adventure travels, sightseeing expeditions, car hire, community tours, guided nature walks plus vacation and customized tours in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Speedway Safaris offers tour itineraries from 2 up to 20 days exploring Uganda's beautiful landscape and vegetation...
Tanzania AdventureTour Operator
Tanzania Adventure - we offer tailor made private Safaris in East Africa for the discerned traveller, Kilimanjaro climbs and Zanzibar holidays...
Tropical BirdingTour Operator
We are an innovative and rapidly-growing company offering superb birding tours to many tropical destinations throughout the world. One of the things that sets us apart is our commitment to protecting the same birds that we love to show our clients. We are running several tours in conjuction with BirdLife International where we will donate half, or in a few cases ALL of the profits to bird conservation!
Ziara SafarisTour Operator
Ox-peckers clinging to swaying giraffe, buffalo weaver flitting between thorny acacia, lappet-faced vulture circling and searching for a lion’s abandoned kill, great white pelican wading aside a grunting hippo, flamingo gathering in their thousands, and a multitude of starling, bee-eater, sunbird, hornbill, plover, weaver and hundreds of other varieties – this is what awaits the discerning safari-goer / bird enthusiast who chooses this extra-special tour...
Lake Manyara Serena Safari LodgeAccommodation
It is difficult to imagine a more spectacular setting for Lake Manyara Serena Lodge - on the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment, overlooking the Great Rift Valley and the stunning Manyara soda lake. Tree-climbing lions are but one lure.
Wag Hill LodgeAccommodation
Wag Hill, an ecofriendly Lodge, offers the ultimate in privacy and seclusion, providing an opportunity to relax, unwind, fish and explore one of the last indigenous environments on the shores of Lake Victoria, Tanzania. Wag Hill Lodge is situated on 17.3 hectares of protected indigenous forest and is dedicated to fostering the natural environment of Lake Victoria. Wag Hill Lodge is a paradise for bird lovers as the protected indigenous flora attracts many species of birds. There is an abundance of egrets, pied kingfishers, grey-headed kingfishers, malachite kingfishers, ibises, cormorants, storks, bulbuls, sunbirds, wagtails, shrikes, monarchs, flycatchers and the majestic fish eagle, to name but a few.
Reports, reflections and resources of an independent birder living in Tanzania...
Birdman BLOG - James WolstencroftTwitter
James Wolstencroft has become known as the birdman of Arusha. His first east african safari was in 1976 although he didn't settle in Tanzania until 2005; bringing Elsie, his wife, and their two sons. James is a lifelong naturalist and very keen birder, whose enthusiasm for all forms of wildlife, has encouraged an interest in many others, some of whom have become avid birders...
Birds of TanzaniaWebsite
Sitings, Lists, Birding areas and more...
Birds of Tanzania: a working checklistWebsite
During 1993 the ornithological sub-committee of the East African Natural History Society embarked on a revision of the Birds of East Africa (Britton 1980). As an initial step a revised checklist was required for the East African avifauna. BirdLife International had adopted the latest world list of birds (Sibley and Monroe 1990) for it`s Important Bird Areas programme.
Gombe National Park Bird ChecklistWebsite
An annotated list of the birds of Gombe National Park, Tanzania.
Tanzanian Birds Images with links to Distribution Maps & Calls - This site may be searched from an alphabetical list of common names, by taxonomic order or by typing the common or scientific name in the search box. On many of the species pages there is a link to the Tanzania Bird Atlas distribution map for that species, courtesy of Neil and Liz Baker. There are also links to bird calls at the Macaulay Library at the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology...
The Uluguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania are one of the most important mountains in Africa for the conservation of biological diversity. They are also the source of the water supply for the largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, which has between 3 and 4 million people. In addition to these global and national values they are also home to over 100,000 people in the Luguru tribe who prefer to live on the mountains because of the favourable climate which allows them to grow crops through much of the year, including fruits and temperate vegetables which they can export to the townspeople of the lowlands.
Photographer - Martin GoodeyGallery
Some excellent photographs of birds in Tanzania...
Photographer - Ron EggertGallery
A website for bird and animal lovers with photos and photo stories from Kenya and Tanzania. See also: http://www.birdingafrica.net
Photographer - Ross WarnerGallery
Watch a slide-show of excellent photographs...
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