Bird Watching Safari
In Southern Tanzania

Bird Watching in Southern Tanzania takes you to a destination with quiet a number of bird species, and many more that migrates from Europe and Southern Africa. Tanzania is probably one of the greatest places on the planet for birders. From the gigantic Marshall eagle to the delicate sunbird, the elusive Shoebill to the omnipresent Marabou, there is certainly something to please any keen twitcher!

- Highlights

  • Tour of Ngorongoro Crater
  • Big five Spotting
  • Visit Tarangire
  • Explore Serengeti
  • Arusha Town
  • Maasai Traditional Life

- Itinerary

This Safari titled Bird Watching in Southern Tanzania will take you to the Southern Parks of the mainland. As with the northern parks of Tanzania, the main parks of the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Parks are superb birding destinations in their own right. Please see a little information on the Selous and a couple of other destinations that are less well known;

Bird Watching in Southern Tanzania

1: The Selous Game Reserve

With over 440 species recorded, Selous is an excellent birding destination. The most conspicuous birdlife is attracted to the sandbanks, lagoons, islands and channels along the Rufiji River. A good way to enjoy the birdlife is on a boat safari. With most of the main camps in the park being located along the winding Rufiji River, the Selous is a superb park for seeing all number of bird species ranging from the fish eagle to the malachite kingfisher and the secretary bird. The best way to observe the bird species living here is by going for a boat safari. Starting in the month of November to April, there are is a large number of Migratory birds. The most outstanding bird species worth seeing include the Spur-winged lapwing , African wattled lapwing, The White-fronted bee-eater, The Pel’s fishing owl Rare, The African spoonbill, The Common White-headed vulture

7-Days Bird Watching Safari-

2: Birding specials

Birding specials in the Selous include the Pearl-spotted owlet, White-headed lapwing , African skimmer , Bohm’s bee-eater, Yellow-billed stork, Pel’s fishing owl , Broad-billed roller, White-fronted plover , Brown-headed parrot , White-backed vulture, Brown-necked parrot , Black-winged stilt , Palm-nut vulture , Dickinson’s kestrel , Racket-tailed roller, Thick-billed cuckoo , White-backed night heron , Carmine bee-eater as well as the Rock pratincole
Best time for bird watching
The Selous is a great bird watching location all year round.

Safari package INCLUDES

  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport and Arusha
  • Two  nights Hotel accommodation in Arusha town on the day of arrival.
  • Extended 4 x 4 luxury safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Professional safari English Speaking guide
  • Professional safari cook
  • Entrance fees to all national parks.
  • Accommodation at basic camping during the safari full board
  • Camping fees at all national park.
  • Ngorongoro Crater fees
  • 18% VAT to our entrance fees.
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals.

Safari Package EXCLUDES

  • Tanzania Visa
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (balloon rides USD. 550 per person), should be booked in advance
  • Tips and gratuities to your safari guide and cook

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Safari Packing List

General Packing List

  • We highly recommend you to pack as light as possible. Always remember to leave space for souvenirs and gifts.
  • You should ensure that you have all the travel documents including passports, visas and money in your person.
  • A small pouch or a bag that hangs around the neck is recommended.
  • Strong and comfortable shoes, preferably waterproof are highly recommended.
  • Cotton and breathable socks.
  • Sandals or flip-flops

Travel Documents

  • Valid Passport and Visa
  • Flight tickets
  • Your Safari Program
  • Medical and Travel insurance
  • Address book
  • US$ cash / Credit Card

First Aid Kit

  • Pain killers e.g. aspirin or Panadol (prescribed by your physician)
  • Insect repellent and mosquito repellents.
  • Crème for itches and rashes (i.e. Benadryl itch relief stick)
  • Cold and allergy medicine
  • Bandage, gauze and tapes
  • Malaria pills
  • Stomachache medicines
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Prescription antibiotics effective against a wide range of bacteria
  • Antihistamines
  • Ibuprofen
  • Prescription Medications
  • Multi vitamins

Electronics:

  • Camera, extra batteries and charger, memory cards, mini-tripod
  • Flashlight and headlight
  • UK plug adapter and transformer / voltage converter, if applicable
  • Personal music device

For the domestic flight here are the luggage restriction

  • Fastjet: hold baggage of up to 20kg and Handbag of 6kg per passenger.
  • Precision Air, hold baggage of up to 20kg and Handbag of 6kg per passenger.
  • Small Chartered and scheduled flights (Coastal Aviation, Flight Link, Air Excel, Regional Air, Safari Link, <
  • Tropical Air and Zan Air), hold baggage of up to 15 -20kg per passenger.

Luggage

  • Waterproof Soft-sided bag of up to 20kg
  • Waterproof Backpack or small bag that you can hang around the neck

Dressing

  • Casual and loose fitting clothing like short/long sleeved shirts (camouflage clothes are recommended)
  • Lightweight breathable pants
  • Long-sleeved fleece or sweater for evenings and/or early mornings.
  • Night dresses/pajamas
  • Sun hats and scarf for the dust
  • When visiting the village, women should avoid short pants or sleeveless blouses/shirts or short skirts that do not cover the knees out of respect for the local customs and traditions

Toiletries

  • Small towel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap (bar or gel soap), conditioner and shampoo with less fragrance
  • Body Lotion
  • Facial tissue and normal wet tissues
  • Comb and small mirror
  • Anti – bacteria gel, hand- wipes and Kleenex

Other

  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Binoculars
  • Money
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm
  • Candies and snacks
  • Playing cards, games and reading material
  • Travel pillow

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P.O. Box 10395,
Arusha - Tanzaania