BS 1 - BIRD WATCHINING SAFARI (8D/7N) – BEST SEPTEMBER TO APRIL

As part of our scope of itineraries, KARIBU KARATU TANZANIA - KKT, is able to offer specific bird watching safaris, orientated primarily for the ”ornithologist” and bird lovers in general. On first glance, the itinerary may appear not very much different to that of a” standard safari” itinerary, however in this case we focus our time primarily on birds, with the mammals remaining complimentary. The following itineraries are available all year, however, September to April offers the bonus of migratory birds, together with the breeding season for the resident birds, when their plumage is at maximum display. We have prepared different itineraries which we feel gives the guest opportunities to optimize their experiences. At the same time however, we also ask you, the guest, to convey to our experts your preferences and time frame to allow us to customize your requirement. Contact

BS 1 – STANDARD BIRDWATCHING ITINERARY (8D/7N)

Day 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport. Collect and transport to overnight accommodation in Arusha. Free time for orientation and briefing by guide.

Day 2 – Early morning drive with a packed breakfast to Arusha National Park, a small park of 137sq.km, situated under the skirts of Mt. Meru, only 50km from Arusha. The forested slopes of the Ngurdoto Crater provides contrasting elevations and habitats for over 400 species of aquatic and forest birds in a small area. An afternoon drive will give you the opportunity to see the common birds, greater flamingos, pelicans, little grebe, heron, ducks and waders in the lakes area while raptors and birds such as hartlaubs turaco and the narina trogan are easily seen in the forested areas. You will return to the lodge for a hot lunch and in the evening spend time walking in its close proximity enjoying the setting sun with the evening bird life. overnight Arusha park.

Day 3 – We leave our lodge very early in the morning and take with us a packed breakfast and lunch to maximize our “birding” time. We spend a full day drive in the different habitats only returning to the lodge in the evening in time for dinner. With prior consultation, part of the day can be converted to a canoe safari on the lakes or a walking safari in the forest. Wildlife such as colabus and grey monkeys are also seen in the forest while zebra, giraffe, buffalo and various antelope frequent the lower slopes. Lions and rhinos are however not in the park. overnight Arusha park.

Day 4 – After an early breakfast, we take our packed lunchbox and proceed back through Arusha in the direction of Tarangire National Park. A strategic detour and stop over from the route offers us the possibility of interacting with some of the “plains birds” such as larks and cisticolas among many others on the Masaai Steppe, before finally arriving at Tarangire National Park. Cut into two parts by the Tarangire River, it has water all year around, and subsequently supports a large population of birds and animals. We enjoy our lunch box under an acacia tree and proceed ahead with an afternoon drive among the thousand years old baobab trees and numerous elephants, at the same time experiencing the ambient bird population. Ashy starlings, the rare yellow love bird are prolific in Tarangire along with ground birds such as hornbills, kingfishers and many aquatic birds in the region of the swamps While “birding” there always remains the possibility of interaction with big game animals or predators as well. overnight in Tarangire Tented camp

Day 5 – After breakfast, we leave camp early, and carrying our picnic lunch, head for Lake Manyara , a pristine soda lake within the confines of the Rift Valley. The lake, together with the surrounding environs form Lake Manyara National Park, one of the smallest of the Tanzanian Parks, but at the same time one of the most ecologically diverse. The park is privileged to have multiple habitats including the soda lake, ground water forest, alluvial plains, marshland and swamps, all together providing a diversity for over 400 bird species and animals, all in relative close proximity. The lake shore is tinged pink with flamingos and other aquatic birds, while in the “hippo pool” pelicans and cormorants can be found swimming amongst wallowing hippos. A profusion of colourful birds such as sunbirds, starlings bee-eaters and rollers inhabit the ground water forest. Ornithologists have recorded sightings of over 100 different bird species in one day. overnight in ManyaraTented camp

Day 6 – We rise early, and again carrying our breakfast and lunchboxes, make an early morning drive within the park, identifying the various birds and animals within their respective habitats. We breakfast with the “birds” and continue our drive under the escarpment of the Rift Valley, recording our sightings as we progress until lunchtime. We enjoy our lunchbox, before departing from the park and heading in the direction of our final destination the Ngorogoro Highlands. En route, we will make a detour and stop for” birding” walks in the adjacent rice farms and banana plantations, where we expect to see various birds endemic to the local area. After entering the Ngorogoro conservation area we finally arrive at our overnight tented camp for dinner.

Day 7 – We rise early, take our lunchboxes and proceed around the crater rim with expectations of finding highland forest birds such as schalow’s turaco, crowned hornbills, together with the smaller birds such as bee-eaters and african stonechats. In most cases the forest birds are normally heard before they are seen. We finally leave the highland area and descend down to the world famous Ngorogoro Crater. We enjoy lunch inside the crater, one of the most picturesque locations in Africa. In the afternoon, we experience a drive amongst one of the highest densities of wildlife in Africa, animals and birds. Plains birds such as secretary birds, kori bustards and african cranes are easily spotted due to the open grass while in the soda lake of Lake Magadi, flamingo, pelicans and other water birds are in evidence. All this is with a back ground of wilderbeast, zebra and other plains animals with the famous predators such as lions and hyenas always in close attendance. We exit the Crater and Conservation Area and overnight in Karatu.

Day 8 – After an early morning wander through the local coffee plantation and the resident forest birds, we proceed back in the direction of Arusha, stopping for shopping on the way. On arrival, you can either overnight or proceed directly to your connecting flight. ( Accommodation for this final night is optional depending on your ongoing travel arrangements and is not included in the price)

PICK AND MIX OPTION

Lake Natron – For the Ornithologists and Adventurers.

Flamingos, flamingos and flamingos – During the months of June to December more than 3.000.000 flamingos gather in this alkaline lake for breeding purposes providing unlimited opportunities for a” photo safari”. Situated 25km from Ol Doinyo Lengai, the only active volcano in the crater highlands, it is also the starting point for treks and ascents of the mountain. Overnight in Lake Natron.

BS 1- STANDARD TOUR (8D/7N)

RATE PER PERSON 2019/2020

UNITED STATES DOLLARS 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5-7 PAX SSR*
STANDARD LODGES/TENTED CAMPS 3235 2630 2322 2140 390
REST /ADVENTURE CAMPING 2740 2119 1805 1616 120

SSR * - Single supplement rate for non sharing person.

Children Rates – Discounted rates apply for children 14 years and younger upon application.

Rates for Semi/Luxury Lodges - Available on application

Rates for Clubs/Groups > 10 persons – Available on application.

Rates for individuals to make up groups – Available on application.

Individual rate for personal safari – Available on application

Separate rates for individuals to make up groups


Trip Cost Includes :-

  • Professional “ Karibu Karatu Guide/Leader and local guides if applicable.
  • Accommodation, based on double occupancy.
  • Guaranteed window seat in 4WD safari vehicle.
  • All meals included within safari itinerary. ( Lunch boxes are provided in the field)
  • Cooking and camping equipment.
  • Safari camp staff.
  • Land transportation and airport transfers as noted.
  • All National Park and Conservation Area Entrance Fees.
  • Game drives and activities as specified.
  • Membership in Flying Doctor Society for emergency medical assistance.

Trip Costs not Included :-

  • International/National Airfares ( Unless booked as an extension )
  • Passports, visa expenses or airport taxes.
  • Immunizations and travel insurance.
  • Beverages and mineral water in lodges and during safari unless specified.
  • Wi-fi in vehicle unless pre-arranged. ( Wi-fi is available in all lodges and tented camps)
  • All items of personal nature including laundry.
  • Optional gratuities to safari leaders and staff.
  • Wi-fi in vehicle. ( Wi-fi is available in all lodges and tented camps)
  • Gratuites to safari leaders and staff.

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