Explore Tanzania Bird Watching Adventure Safari

Tour Summary:
We are Tanzania’s top birding and big game safari tour destination, arranging big game and birding tours to Tanzania’s most scenic places. You will be accompanied by professional tour guides specializing in birding and big game guiding.

Open Africa Safaris birding guides are professional ornithologists who focus on providing all clients with the finest planned itineraries, designed around the specific interests and needs of you and your group. We arrange bird watching trips for individuals, groups, private companies, researchers, and filming and professional photographers in Tanzania. Our birding guides and crew are highly skilled at ornithology for this Tanzanian destination.

They have long term experience in handling and serving individuals and groups for bird-watching and big game safaris.

Our walking safari for bird watching and identification is conducted in Longido Game Controlled Area, Lobo, Serengeti, Seronera, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire national parks. This safari will take a total of 7 days at the bird watching trek, with another 7 days for wildlife game safari.

Longido Game Controlled Area is one of the best protected areas in Tanzania-perfect for bird lovers. This beautiful Acacia Savanna area is home to more than 300 different species of birds. The selection of our wilderness light mobile camps and the lodges will give you more opportunity to watch and spot birds while you’re at the tent or in lodge veranda. Another fun thing during this safari will be a competition of spotting and identifying various bird(s) types and number of birds, every day. Enjoy filming and picturing these wonderful birds with your camera in the scenic Tanzania.

  1. Longido Game controlled area – Walking safari bird identification
  2. Oldonyo Lengai Mountain – Walking safari bird identification
  3. Lake Natron –  Walking safari bird  identification
  4. Serengeti National Park – Game drive
  5. Ngorongoro Crater – Game drive
  6. Lake Manyara National Park – Game drive
  7. Tarangire National Park – Game drive.

Day 1:  From Arusha town to Longido game controlled area
We drive for about 2 hrs towards Namanga Kenya and Tanzania border, heading to Longido mountain 2,629 meters above sea level. The car will drop us off somewhere in the bushes and we immediately start our bird watching safari on foot.

We walk all day long, and stop in the shade of Umbrella Acacia tree for short breaks. Our support vehicle will be camped a bit ahead of us in the bushes. Our camping crew will prepare the tents, meals and everything else to make the trip easy for us. In evening, we arrive at the camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2:
We start early in the morning. After breakfast, we continue to walk in the Acacia Savanna. We expect to see more birds on the second day. Our camping crew will take down the tents and move ahead of us (10-20kms). They will pitch the camp somewhere in the bushes and wait for us to arrive in the late afternoon. We stop for a lunch break in the bushes and eat our packed lunch boxes. Then, we continue our walk and identify birds throughout the afternoon. Later, we arrive at our mobile camp for dinner and accommodation.

Day 3:

We start our day following breakfast. We take our packed lunch boxes with us and head west. Then, we continue to watch and identify more species of birds. As usual, our camping crews move ahead of us to pitch tents and prepare everything else for the group. We arrive at the camp before six and spend the night in Kitumbeine area.

Day 4:  Oldonyo Lengai and Ketumbeine Mountain
We start our day early in the morning, right after breakfast. We continue to walk and watch birds while advancing towards the beautiful views of Oldonyo Lengai. Ketumbeine Mountain will also be visible about 100m ahead of us.

We spend the night at our wilderness mobile camp- Nagarirat swamp camp.

Day 5:  Ngusero and Olbalbal Nderemu swamps
We start our day early in the morning, walking to the swamps around the camp. The two swamps- Ngusero and Olbalbal Nderemu swamps- attract many species of birds in the area. Bush picnic lunch en route! After lunch, we continue with bird watching safari. Meals and accommodation will be at Gelai wilderness camp.

Day 6:  Gelai to Sunken Crater or windy camp.
We spend our day as dictated by bird movement in the dry area.

Lake Natron – This huge salt lake hosts millions of flamingos and can be seen as we continue to walk in Gilai Lumbwa area.

We spend the night in Lumbwa area at mobile camp near Lake Magadi before Sunken Crater.

Day 7:  Sunken Windy camp to Lake Natron camp:
This is the last day of our bird watching safari on foot. This is also the last day for our camping crew. While we make our final trek with bird watching, they will be taking down the camp and meet us on their way back to our base in Arusha.

If you did not tip them last night, this will be the time to tip them with a staff-clients’ group photo.
Then, we walk for a short distance before our safari vehicle comes to pick us up near the sunken crater- Shimo la Mungu. There’s a good chance we will be able to see it before we head to Lake Natron for dinner and accommodation.

The views of Ol Doinyo Lengai on the way to Lake Natron will be the main attractions with their sulfur smell and hot weather. The lake can be viewed from far as you approach the camp. The view will be very attractive with flamingos flying up and down around the lake. In evening, you will get an opportunity to visit the shores of Lake Natron to watch flamingos. Lake Natron is the best breeding site for flamingos in Africa. There are also beautiful waterfalls not far from Natron camp- if time permits, we would surely go for a swim.
We spend the night at Natron River Camp.

Day 8: From Lake Natron to Serengeti National Park (5-7hrs drive)
This will be a long day on bumpy and rough but adventurous roads. We spend the night at the luxury lodge called Lobo Wildlife Lodge.

Day 9: Serengeti
After early breakfast we will spend the whole day watching birds in Serengeti National Park as dictated by bird movements. Serengeti is a paradise with more than 600 species of birds recorded.
Later in the afternoon, we drive back to the Lodge and spend night at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.

Day 10: Serengeti
We spend another day watching birds in Serengeti National park as dictated by bird movements.

Meals will be either served as a bush picnic lunch or hot lunch at the lodge. In late afternoon, we drive back to the lodge and spend our night there.

Day 11: Serengeti to Ngorongoro
After breakfast, we start our day. We continue to watch birds in Serengeti for the first half of the day and then head to the Ngorongoro / Serengeti gate called Naabi Gate. This is the border between Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We pay the entrance fee and then head inside for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge.

Day 12: Ngorongoro crater
We leave the lodge early in the morning with our packed lunch boxes for a crater tour for 4-6 hours.
“It is the largest unbroken caldera in the world, surrounded by steep walls rising 610 meters from the crater floor. This natural amphitheater is about 16 to 19 kms across in diameter and has an area of 259sq kms.”

While driving around your eyes and cameras will be able to see a good number of wildlife around. We expect to see many grassland and aquatic birds.

Picnic lunch will be at the crater floor. This is the place where you can witness several species of birds coming closer, trying to grab your lunch box.

After lunch, we drive to Karatu for dinner and overnight at Endoro Lodge.

Day 13: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, we drive down the Rift Valley Escarpment to the famous Lake Manyara National Park which has lots bird species.

The park offers a blend of woodland, open bush and lake. The mahogany and sausage trees are alive with blue monkeys and vervets climbing around. Elephants feed off fallen fruit, while bushbucks, waterbucks, baboons, aardvark, civet, shy pangolins and leopards, all make their home in the forest.

Lake Manyara is a magnet for bird life and a kaleidoscope of species can be found around its shores, including huge flocks of flamingos. The large variety of mammals, reptiles, birds and the different types of vegetation, all within a small area, makes this lake a diverse and particularly memorable place to visit. We expect to watch will be aquatic (water birds), forest and savanna birds here.

Picnic lunch en route!

In late afternoon, we drive to Tarangire National Park and spend the night at the Tarangire Osupuko Lodge.

Day 14: Full day in Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, we spend the whole day in this park watching birds as dictated by their movements.

The Tarangire National Park boasts a vast number of baobab trees which will capture your eyes as soon as you enter the park. The gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them.

Tarangire National Park covers approximately 2,600 square kilometers, and in the dry season, is second only to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area in concentrations of wildlife. The park is spectacular in this season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of Tarangire River. Huge herds of elephants gather to stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rains, after which they again migrate to new grazing areas. This is also home to several species of birds in Africa.

Dinner and overnight will be at Tarangire Osupuko Lodge.

Day 15: Tarangire – Arusha
Early breakfast at the lodge.

Morning birds watching game drive in Tarangire region with hot lunch served at the lodge.

Late afternoon drive back to Arusha.

Dinner and overnight stay at Snow Crest Hotel.

Day 16: Arusha- Kilimanjaro Airport for your international flight back home OR Zanzibar extension

Leisurely breakfast at the hotel.

Morning last-minute gift shopping with African Swahili lunch.

PM transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home, or to Arusha Airport for your extension to Zanzibar Beach Island for spice and beach holiday.

Group Option Available
Trip Length: 16 Days
Optimal Season: August to October (Dry Season)
Type: Overland Safari
Number in Group: 6 x 10 Adults – Private Safari
Room Configuration: 1 – 3 x Double/Twin/Triple Room
Vehicle: 1 x 4WD Land Cruiser

  • All accommodations
  • All camping equipment while on bird watching camping safari
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All airport transfers, hotel transfers, and meet and greet services (all safaris are 100% escorted)
  • Entrance fees for all national parks and reserves, including special game drive permits with exclusive access
  • Private use of a specially outfitted 4WD Stretch Land Cruiser with unlimited game drive
  • Private services of a professional and knowledgeable Tanzanian drive-guide
  • Unlimited bottled drinking water, soft drinks (Coke, Diet coke, Sprite) and snacks in vehicle
  • Detailed welcome package and services from your safari specialist, including pre-departure planning
  • Comprehensive support from our operational office in Tanzania for the duration of your safari
  • International Airfare to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Gratuities to your drive-guide suggested at $30 to $60 per group per day
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry, soft drink, beer, wine and spirits not specified above
  • Tips for walking safaris payable to your bird identification guide, if applicable
  • Maasai Boma visit fee payable to the Village Chief – $20 per group, if applicable
  • Gratuities to your private camp staff suggested at $30 to $60 per group per day camping, if applicable