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8 Days Stupendous Bird-Watching

Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
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& Serengeti National Park Arusha Lake Eyasi Lake Manyara Ngorongoro Crater Tarangire
8 Days Stupendous Bird-Watching. , Tanzania
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Day 1: Arusha- Arusha National Park
After an early morning breakfast, head to Arusha national park. Drive through the montane forests and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature birds. Dry montane forests of Ngurdoto and Meru in Arusha national park hosts many species of birds, some of which are more often heard than seen. The noisy Silvery-cheeked hornbill and its raucous braying call echoes throughout the forest. The spectacular purple Hartlaub’s turaco with its bright red underwings makes a somewhat softer but equally raucous call. Tropical boubou are black and white, and tent to skulk in the vegetation. The brilliant green and red Bartailed trogon, crowned eagles, Forest and Auger buzzards are among the rare birds in this habitat. Momella
Lakes are fed by underground streams and are very shallow and alkaline. Their alkalinity attracts many water birds including pelicans, flamingos, cormorants, geese, grebes, ibises and storks. Hike a little to gain good views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. In the afternoon drive to the Momella lakes bird watching and Ngurdoto crater for game views as it is inhabited by herds of giraffes, buffalos, elephants, wildebeest, zebra and warthogs. Dinner and overnight in Arusha

Day 2: Arusha- Tarangire NP
After a buffet breakfast you will head for full day bird drive spent in Tarangire national park, as the park possesses within its acacia habitats one of the highest known diversities of breeding birds in a single vegetation type. Bateleur eagles that wheel lazily overhead on the thermals. Often perched in tree are tawny eagles while a wide range of goshawks, sparrow hawks and falcons hunt through Tarangire. Guinea fowl, the ubiquitous chickens of Africa, gather in large flocks, quelea birds whirr noisily overhead seeking new seed-bearing plants on which to feed, while yellow-necked spur fowl mingle with their cousins, francolins, beside the road. At the Engelhard Bridge that crosses the Tarangire River; lesser-striped swallows roost on the parapet, while egrets peer fixedly at the water seeking their next meal. You will also drive to the Silale swamps as it protects one of the finest bird life spectaculars and picturesque landscape in Tanzania. In the evening head to lake Manyara escapement base for dinner and overnight at your camp/lodge

Day 3: Lake Manyara NP- Lake Eyasi
After a hearty breakfast early in the morning, you will head for game drive at Lake Manyara National Park. What really sets Lake Manyara apart is its birdlife, particularly the concentration of water birds. The formation of alkaline soda crystals due dry season evaporation attract many species of flamingos, pelicans, geese, duck, teal, stilt, stint, avocet, heron, egret, stork, spoonbill, ibis, thicknee, plover, fish eagle, hamerkop and hornbill are among the more than 380 identified birds. In the evening, you head to Lake Eyasi for dinner and overnight

Day 4: Lake Eyasi
Early morning, you will walk with Bushmen into spectacular scenery and bird watching opportunities. You will also get the chance to learn of the intriguing ancient ways of the Hadzabe Bushmen, who are the aboriginal humanoids, a distant tribe that still existing mainly as traditional hunters and gathers. Hadzabe’s homes are even to the present, the ancient and with their shelters underground, bows strung with animal tendon and arrow coated in lethal poison. Then, head back to your camp/lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, you will head to Lake Eyasi, a second stop for migrating flamingos and attracts vast number of birds such as African spoonbill, gray headed gulls, great white pelican’s pied avocet and yellow billed storks. Dinner and overnight at the camp/lodge

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater
Strenuous walking through the exquisite lush forest to the open Ngorongoro crater Highlands, the highlands offers best birds watching opportunities there many birds that eat fruit and prefer the forest habitats. In the mid-day, you will stop for your picnic lunch and relax on the crater rim. In the evening head back to your camp/lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater Basin
After having a hearty breakfast, you descend down to the Crater floor. As you drive down the descend road, the black dots below becomes discernable shapes, with the crater becoming ever more beautiful and irresistible. The Crater is a home to ample birdlife as greater and lesser flamingos feed the Ngorongoro’s Lake Magadi while crowned crane, Saddle-billed stork and seedeater usually found in the grassland and many other species. Enjoy your picnic Lunch at the Site with a spectacular wildlife and scenery views and at the late afternoon return to the camp/lodge

Day 7: Ngorongoro- Serengeti NP
Depart Ngorongoro to the Serengeti for pass through the acacia woods and open lands as the protective and breeding site for one of the finest diversities bird life. Arrive at your camp/lodge in the mid-day, have lunch and relax before heading for the afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the Camp/lodge

Day 8: Serengeti NP
Half day bird drive in the Serengeti and perfect opportunity to follow the wildebeest migration as vultures that tend to follow the migration wheeling overhead on thermals hunting down the weakened animals in the Serengeti vast plains. Ostrich, which is the largest bird; colourful Lilac-breasted rollers, the Kori bustard which is the largest flying birds in the park, Coloured Fisher’s lovebirds, Secretary birds and the Superb starling that is ever-present at the Naabi Hill entrance gate. In the afternoon, head back to Arusha. After arrival to Arusha, you will be taken to KIA and fly home

OR prolong your safari trip and opt for luxury and relaxation in Zanzibar Island

& Serengeti National Park Arusha Lake Eyasi Lake Manyara Ngorongoro Crater Tarangire

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