BS 2 –BIRD WATCHING SPECIAL – SOUTH /NORTH CIRCUIT ITINERARY - BEST SEPTEMBER TO APRIL

KARIBU KARATU TANZANIA – KKT is able to offer an all “encompassing “ grand birding tour’ from south to north, incorporating the coastal regions with the mountain, woodland and savannah areas, in effect offering the possibility of viewing a cross section of all the bird species, resident and migratory, in Tanzania. To maximize your experience we will be visiting many locations slightly off the “tourist trail “ subsequently we have based the safari on “rest house/camping” accommodation, keeping you the guest as close as possible to the environment at the same time making the experience the most affordable as possible.

BS 2 – GRAND TOUR ITINERARY ( 25D/24N)

Day 1 – Arrive at Ruaha Airstrip. Collect and transport to overnight accommodation at camp/rest house. We enjoy a hot lunch on arrival, and after an afternoon rest and orientation, we proceed in the early evening for our first birdwatching experience along the Ruaha River before dark. We enjoy dinner and overnight at the camp/resthouse.

Day 2 – We arise early with the birds, and head before sunrise to catch them feeding and preparing for the day. We return for a late breakfast before resting and reviewing our photos, and again head out in the late afternoon before the sun sets. You can expect to see a variety of resident and migratory birds such as ashy starlings, yellow chested love birds ( both endemic species) along with the crested barbet, spur winged geese, kestrals, hornbills, turacos along with the local predatory birds of prey. We enjoy dinner on return and overnight at the camp/resthouse.

Day 3 – After a leisurely breakfast, we leave Ruaha and drive east heading in the direction of the Udungwa Mountains, a small location that supports one of the highest diversity of primates and birds in all of Tanzania. En route we enjoy our lunch box, before reaching our destination in the late afternoon. Apart from the bird life, this mountainous park is also famous for its primates and waterfalls. We enjoy dinner and overnight at Udzungwa camp/rest house.

Day 4 – After an early morning breakfast, we set out with the park ranger for a trek to the upper levels of the park. En route, as we increase in elevation, we can expect to find the different species of endemic resident forest birds such as forest partridge, african marabou, crowned eagles along with the various winged sunbirds. Complementing the birds, endemic primates such as red colobus monkeys, sante mangadees and blue skyes make for an unforgettable experience.. Arriving at our destination above the falls, we enjoy our lunchbox and rest before our trek back down to the camp. We dine and overnight in Udzungwa camp/rest house.

Day 5 – Day 5 - After breakfast, we break camp and head north east towards Saadan National Park, located on the coast 100km north of Dar es Salaam. We stop on the way to enjoy our lunch box before finally arriving in the late afternoon at our destination. After dinner, we overnight in the park camp/resthouse, savouring the influence of the adjacent Indian Ocean at the end of a long day.

Day 6 – Day 6 - After breakfast, we set off for a full day drive in Saadan National Park, the only park in Tanzania that combines the eco-system of the aquatic marine environment of the Indian Ocean with the adjacent terrestrial systems. The combination of these two systems provides a unique opportunity to see mammals and birds together within the same drive. While the “big five” are not easily seen due to the vegetation, an array of other mammals including predators can be observed without too much trouble. At the same time, Madette Beach is a breeding site for the green turtles while spectacular birds such as the cuckoo hawk, African skimmer, greater flamingo, lanner falcon and pels fishing owl are easily spotted. At the end of the day, relax and dine beside the Indian Ocean before overnighting in the park camp/resthouse.

Day 7 – After a leisurely breakfast, we stay in the coastal area and drive north to the Amani Nature Reserve, part of the East Usambara Mountains in the Tanga region. We enjoy our lunch box overlooking the Indian Ocean, before arriving at our destination in time for dinner. After reviewing our “birding books” in preparation for the next day we overnight at the “ Amani Malaria Rest House”

Day 8 – After planning for a late breakfast, we set out for an early bird watching drive which encompasses the natural forest areas, higher and lower, where we expect to observe the different species of birds related to the nearby tea plantations and coffee farms as well as endemic birds found in the forest itself. We can be expected to see endemic birds such as the nduk fish owl, amani sunbird, banded green sunbird as well as the green headed oriole. We return to camp late in the morning for brunch, before resting and reviewing out photos and heading out in the early evening again for a further drive before dark. We enjoy dinner and overnight at the ‘”Amani Malaria Rest House”

Day 9 – After a leisurely breakfast and carrying our packed lunch, we leave the forest area of the Amani Reserve and set off for the drier grasslands of the Mkomazi National Park, close to the Kenyan border. We enjoy our lunch box on the way and arrive at our destination in the middle of the afternoon. After enjoying dinner, we overnight at the park camp/guest house and rest for the next day.

Day 10 – Before breakfast, we head out for an early morning “birding” drive arriving back at the camp for breakfast. Mkomazi is the habitat of the “Northern Dry Specials” such as the shelley’s starling, three streaked tchagra and the vulturine guinea fowl. Other grassland birds such as hornbills, secretary birds, kori bustards and ostrich are easily seen. We enjoy a hot lunch and rest in the camp, heading out before dark for another drive before returning for dinner. We overnight at the park camp/rest house.

Day 11 - We break camp after breakfast, and head west with our packed lunch in the direction of Arusha National Park. We continue past Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, until we arrive at Arusha National Park in the late afternoon. Apart from its rich and diverse wildlife population, the park is also the starting point for the climb of Mt. Meru, one of the most popular ascents after Kilimanjaro. We arrive in time for a little bit of rest and recuperation before we enjoy our hot evening meal. We overnight at the park camp/resthouse.

Day 12 - After an early breakfast, we join the park ranger for a nature walk which encompasses the park animals and its very rich and diverse bird life, which varies between the lower grassland and upper forest areas. We can expect to find such birds as hartlaubs turaco and narina trogan, together with the “raptors” in the forested areas while in the vicinity of the lakes and grassland, common birds such as greater flamingos, pelicans, little grebe, heron and ducks among others are found. We return to camp for a hot lunch and early afternoon rest, before setting out in the late afternoon for a flamingo watch at the Momella Lakes. We return as the light is fading to enjoy dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 13 - After an early breakfast, we take our packed lunchbox and proceed 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 at Matete picnic site and proceed ahead with a late afternoon drive among the thousand years old baobab trees and numerous elephants and other wildlife and birds. 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 Whenever “birding”, there always remains the possibility of interaction with big game animals or predators as well. Overnight at park camp/rest house.

Day 14 - We skip breakfast at the camp and take with us our “breakfast box” to enable us to enjoy the early activities of the birds. We return back to the camp for an early lunch and after a relaxing afternoon, set out for an evening drive, returning to the camp as darkness closes in to enjoy our evening meal. Overnight at park camp/rest house.

Day 15 - After breakfast, we leave camp early, carrying our picnic lunch, and 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. The area is privileged to have multiple habitats including the soda lake, ground water forest, alluvial plains, marshland and swamps, all together providing a diverse habitat for over 400 bird species and animals, all in relative close proximity. We lunch at the ‘hot water’ picnic site and then proceed with our “birding drive” along a lake shore tinged pink with flamingos and other aquatic birds. In the “hippo pool” pelicans and cormorants can be found swimming amongst wallowing hippos while 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. We enjoy dinner at the park camp/rest house and overnight.

Day 16 - After breakfast, and carrying our lunchboxes, we retrace our steps back in the direction of the entrance of the park enjoying the various birds and animals within their respective habitats. After exiting the park, we head in the direction of the Ngorogoro Highlands. After entering the “ Ngorogoro Conservation Area, we stop and enjoy our lunch box at the picnic site on the crater rim, before proceeding further into the southern Serengetti, before finally arriving at our destination of Ndutu. We enjoy our dinner and overnight in a special tented camp.

Day 17 - After an early breakfast, we set out with our picnic lunch to enjoy a full day “birding” in and around the Ndutu area. Apart from the “plains” birds following the migrating wilderbeast and zebra, waders and aquatic birds are forever present around the lakes, which together with the animals provide an un-forgetful panorama. We stop under the “acacia tree” for lunch, before continuing with our drive, finally arriving back at our camp as the sun disappears. We overnight in our special tented camp.

Day 18 – Leaving the Ndutu area after a leisurely breakfast, we now enter the Serengetti proper at Nabi Gate. As we proceed across the endless plains of the Serengetti, we can observe the changing habitats from grassland to woodland, as well as the changing animals and birds. We stop on route to enjoy our lunch box before finally arriving in the mid afternoon at our destination of the “Western Serengetti.” We enjoy dinner and overnight at the park camp/resthouse.

Day 19 - After breakfast, we drive via the western corridor of the Serengeti heading in the direction of Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world. You will enjoy a packed lunch under the acacia trees on route, before exiting the park, finally arriving at Mwanza on the shore of Lake Victoria in the late afternoon. We overnight on the shore of Lake Victoria at Waghill Lodge and watch the sun set on Africa’s largest lake.

Day 20 - Leaving our overnight lodging, we proceed along the shore of Lake Victoria, stopping for lunch on the way, arriving in Kasenda, before transiting by boat to Rubondo Island. We can now notice the different aquatic bird species with lake shore birds and bottom feeders much in evidence. A short drive across the island through Rubondo National Park will take us to our final destination. Dinner and overnight at Rubondo camp/resthouse.

Day 21 - After breakfast, a morning game drive across “ Rubondo National Park”, is rewarded by the close up presence of animals such as elephant, giraffe, antelopes and the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys. Chimpanzees are also often seen. The majority of the day is however spent at the lake shore where a large percentage of the prolific bird population such as African fish eagles and other raptors hunting tilapia can be easily spotted amongst the resident aquatic birds. We return to the camp for lunch, and after a small rest we continue our drive in the late afternoon before returning for dinner. We overnight at Rubondo camp/resthouse.

Day 22 - After breakfast, we leave accompanied by a park ranger to visit the “Chimp Habituation Program” where we can observe our closest surviving relatives, living in their natural environment. Terrestrial birds are in evidence in the forest environment. We return to the rest house for a hot lunch and the afternoon is free for you to choose and enjoy the lake shore activities or just simply relax and reflect on the tranquility and uniqueness of your surroundings. We overnight in Rubondo camp/resthouse”

Day 23 - Another day to enjoy this special location. We set out early morning for a fishing safari on the lake. You will have the opportunity to catch the famous “Nile Perch”, one of the biggest game fish in Africa while at the same time watching the interaction of the fish eagles and other birds within the lake. After a morning on the water, we return to our camp for lunch and then the afternoon is free for relaxation. We all meet up again for dinner, where our fish is cooked and enjoy a cocktail party with our colleagues and friends made during our adventure. We overnight in Rubondo camp/resthouse.

Day 24 - All good things must come to an end. After breakfast, we meet together for a final comparison of notes and review of what we have achieved before we say good bye to Rubondo and head back to the mainland. We stop on route to enjoy our final lunch box before arriving back in Mwanza town. After a drive around the town which gives us the opportunity of shopping for souvenirs, we continue on to our lodge for the evening in time for dinner. We overnight at Waghill Lodge on the shores of the lake.

Day 25 – After a leisurely breakfast and a quiet morning we depart at mid-day for the drive to Mwanza Airport to catch our domestic flight back to Kilimanjaro airport for connection to our international flight home.

BS 2 – GRAND TOUR (25D/24N)

RATE PER PERSON SHARING 2019/2020

UNITED STATES DOLLARS 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5-7 PAX SSR*
STANDARD LODGES/TENTED CAMPS N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
REST /ADVENTURE CAMPING 9247 7292 6335 5685 APPLY

SSR * - Single supplement rate for non sharing person.

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


Trip Cost Includes :-

  • Professional “ KKT” 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.
  • Sports fishing fee and boat
  • Chimps habituation
  • Membership in Flying Doctor Society for emergency medical assistance.
  • All taxes including VAT
  • Domestic flight to/ from Kilimanjaro Airport to Mwanza.

Trip Costs not Included :-

  • International/National Airfares ( Unless specifically mentioned )
  • 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. ( Wi-fi is available in all lodges and tented camps)
  • All items of personal nature including laundry.
  • Option 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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