This itinerary suggestion is for the avid bird watchers out there – the ones who know their endemic from migratory and who are interested in more than seeing just the big five. You know who you are…
Day 1: Transfer from the airport to Arusha for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2: After breakfast you will drive to Tarangire National Park. We’ll do a short drive before going to your camp for lunch and some afternoon relaxation. In the late afternoon, we’ll head out for an evening bird drive. This is also an excellent opportunity to see the nocturnal animals.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park. Today will be spent in Tarangire, where many varieties of birds can be found.
Day 4: After an early morning drive in Tarangire, we’ll head to Lake Manyara National Park. We’ll drive to the rift escarpment base where your lodge is located. In the afternoon we’ll head into the park and through the underground water forest. There are literally hundreds of species of birds here, with a high number of water birds. Don’t forget your camera today!
Day 5: We’ll do an early morning drive in Lake Manyara and after lunch will head to Lake Eyasi. We’ll enjoy sunset overlooking Lake Eyasi.
Day 6: This morning you’ll do an early morning walk with Bushmen. The walk will take you through some gorgeous scenery and offer some bird watching opportunities. During mid day we’ll relaxing by the pool and compile the list of birds seen and those remaining. We’ll then head out in the late afternoon / early evening and drive through the palm tree forests for more bird watching.
Day 7: Today we drive to the Ngorongoro highlands, where you’ll see lots of alpine species. The mountain buzzard is endemic to this region. You’ll arrive at your lodge in time for lunch, where you can enjoy views over the Crater rim. In the afternoon we’ll do some small walks along the rim, and try to spot some eagles. Sunset is the time for sundowners while gazing over the Crater rim.
Day 8: Today is a very early start so we can head down into the Crater floor. In addition to ample birdlife, the Crater is home to all of the big five and is an excellent game viewing opportunity.
Day 9: We’ll drive to the majestic Serengeti today and follow the wildebeest migration. In December through March, when the migration is in the south, we can head through the acacia woods and into the open plains, where we can spot vultures, eagles and other large birds.
Day 10: We’ll spend the day in the Serengeti, following the migrating herbivores while incorporating some bird watching.
Day 11: We’ll do a very early morning game drive before heading to the airstrip for your domestic flight back to Arusha. You’ll be met at the Arusha airport and taken to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return flight.