Ox-peckers clinging to swaying giraffe, buffalo weaver flitting between thorny acacia, lappet-faced vulture circling and searching for a lion’s abandoned kill, great white pelican wading aside a grunting hippo, flamingo gathering in their thousands, and a multitude of starling, bee-eater, sunbird, hornbill, plover, weaver and hundreds of other varieties – this is what awaits the discerning safari-goer / bird enthusiast who chooses this extra-special tour.

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Day 1: Arrival

Half Board

Pick up from International Airport of Kilimanjaro and transfer to Rivertrees Country Inn. Safari briefing and discussion of program with our representative. Afternoon and/or evening of rest and relaxation – enjoy the grounds of River-trees – tall trees, green lawns and rushing streams – where over 100 bird species have been spotted by past guests

 

Dinner and overnight

Day 2: Arusha National Park

Private Full Day Game Drive
Private Walking Safari
Full Board

Full day of exporation and bird-spotting in Arusha National Park. Enjoy the lush landscape and views of Momella Lake, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Take a guided walk within the national park, at the slopes of Mount Meru through dense forest, or at the rim of the Ngurduto crater. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 3: Tarangire

Private Full Day Game Drive
Kikoti Tented Camp
Full Board

After breakfast make the short drive to Tarangire National Park. Full day of exploration in your safari vehicle. A picnic lunch will be taken at a scenic spot, overlooking vast open plains or the winding Tarangire River. Birds to spot here include yellow-throated francolin, various weavers, ostrich, vultures, many birds of prey, red-billed hornbill and many, many more. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 4: Tarangire

Private Full Day Game Drive
Kikoti Tented Camp
Full Board

Another full day to really explore this amazing national park – the third biggest in Tanzania. As well as birds, here you can spot lion, giraffe (look out for ox-peckers on their legs!), leopard, various plains game, different antelope species and of course the huge elephant herds for which this park is so famous. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 5: Lake Manyara

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board

Depart for Lake Manyara after breakfast. Spot buffalo, elephant, giraffe, hippo, warthogs and much more. At the hippo pool you will see pelican, egret, flamingo and many other water birds congregating in vast numbers.  The forested areas are brimming with forest species. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 6: Serengeti

Private Afternoon Game Drive
Full Board

Today you will head west towards the Serengeti. Along the way make a stop at the Olduvai Museum – an interesting place to learn about the many significant anthropological discoveries made by the famous husband-and-wife team of Mary and Louis Leakey. Head into the Serengeti National Park for game driving. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 7: Serengeti

Private Full Day Game Drive
Private Early Morning Game Drive
Full Board

Early morning game drive in the Serengeti. After breakfast in the bush, you will continue your day of exploration, looking out for lion, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, cheetah and baboon, as well as bird species such as sacred ibis, goliath heron, marabou stork, secretary bird, hamerkop, lappet-faced vulture, Egyptian goose and many more, totalling some 450 species! Dinner and overnight

 

Day 8: Ngorongoro

Private Full Day Game Drive
Full Board

Head into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and then descend the walls of the astounding Ngorongoro Crater – a wildlife world unto itself. Explore the amazingly diverse topography of the crater floor – open plains, hippo pools, shallow lakes, riverine forest and sheer rock walls.  Needless to say, birdlife is abundant in such varied landscapes. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 9: Arusha

Full Board

Return to Arusha after a delicious lodge breakfast, arriving back in Arusha early afternoon.  Lunch will be taken along the way. Afternoon and evening of leisure at Rivertrees. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 10: Mkomazi Game Reserve

Private Walking Safari
Full Board

Depart Rivertrees in the morning and drive via Mount Kilimanjaro to Mkomazi Game Reserve. Take in the Pare and Usambara mountains bordering in the south, the sparse savannahs and the open grasslands. Take an afternoon guided walk around your tented camp for Dinner and overnight

 

Day 11: Mkomazi Game Reserve

Private Full Day Game Drive
Private Evening Game Drive
Full Board

Full day of exploration and game driving in Mkomazi. Home to over 450 species of bird, Mkomazi is a veritable haven for ornothologists! Mkomazi is also home to a breeding project of African wild dogs – a fascinating but sadly endangered species. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 12: Amani Nature Reserve

Full Board

After early morning game / bird vewing (if desired) and breakfast, proceed to Amani Nature Reserve. Afternoon birdwatching at your camp or in the nearby forests – keep an eye out for endemic species like the Usambara eagle owl or Usambara weaver. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 13: Amani Nature Reserve

Full Board

Full day of exploration of Amani Nature Reserve, on a forest walk or around the camp. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 14: Departure

Breakfast and Lunch

After breakfast (and more early morning walking / bird watching if desired) depart Amani and return to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward journey


 
   –   2-3 people    –  5195 USD per/person                                   –   4 + people      –   3995 USD per/person