12 days Birding Safari in Southern Tanzania

Overview
This 12 days birding safari will provide you with the lifetime opportunity to encounter and relish most of
the avian species of Southern Tanzania. The trip will see you embark on an adventure in arguably some
of the best and most extraordinary birding destinations in East Africa. These will include the districts of
Morogoro, the famous Uluguru and Ukaguru mountains, the enchanting Uluti forest among others. In
addition, your birding safari will take you through most of Tanzania’s diverse vegetation covers from the
golden Savannah, to unique Miombo woodland, montane rainforest to mention but a few. Be ready to
embark on one of the best birding safaris you will have in Africa.

 

Detailed itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN TANZANIA
Your 12 days Southern Tanzania birding safari will begin from Tanzania’s celebrated economic capital
city of Dar es Salaam. The time of your arrival in Tanzania will greatly influence what you can do on your
day of arrival for your birding safari. If you are lucky and arrive early you will get an exciting opportunity
to explore a couple of the local attractions in and around Dar-es-Salaam, for example, the Village
Museum, The National Museum & House of Culture, or the Oyster Bay. Contrarily, you can opt to just
check-in at your lodge early, rewind, and relax while appreciating the charming Tanzania bird species

around your lodge or accommodation. Later have a very mouthwatering dinner before having a well-
needed overnight sleep after your long strenuous journey.

DAY 2: DAR ES SALAAM TO MOROGORO
Your incredible birding safari will officially begin on your second day in Tanzania. After waking up early
to a delightful and energizing breakfast you will take off in the western direction to Morogoro town. You
will have already started enjoying birding en-route and enhancing your bird list with several outstanding
species on this transfer. On arrival in Morogoro town, you will keep on with birding around the town.
Morogoro is an interesting birding region and while here and your transfer from Dar-es-Salam
remarkable species you might add on your list include Comb Duck, African Pygmy Goose, Crested
Guineafowl, Harlequin Quail, Red-necked Spurfowl, Coqui Francolin, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo,
Little Grebe, Ring-necked Dove, African Green Pigeon, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove. You will have a
delicious lunch and later a greatly awaited dinner then rest and call it a productive day.
DAY 3: UKAGURU MOUNTAINS
On the 3rd day of your wonderful birding safari, you will wake rise to an awaiting savory early breakfast
and head out for the Ukaguru mountains. Although the mountains are one of the remote destinations of
southern Tanzania, they turn out to be an underrated incredible birding site in the country. The
mountains are explored by only a handful of people which gives visitors who undertake birding in this
place an extra advantage to explore a destination that only a few adventurous and spirited birders have
dared to explore. Because of its remoteness, birders are often gifted by encountering rare species most

birders don’t meet on the other birding safaris in Tanzania. You will have a packed lunch in the southern
wilderness while adding to your expanding bird list. You will later retire to Morogoro rest or continue
birding aw you wait for dinner. Bird species around this area include Bar-tailed Trogon, scarce swift,
Moustached Green tinker bird, slender-billed starling, orange ground thrush, white-starred robin,
Chaplin’s Apalis, Mountain yellow warbler, Winfred’s warbler, black lored cisticola among others.
DAY 4 AND 5: ULUGURU MOUNTAINS
On your fourth and fifth day, we shall dedicate our memorable time to the nearby Uluguru Mountains.
Our efforts will be focused on discovering extraordinary local endemics for example the Uluguru
Greenbul, Loveridge’s Sunbird, Uluguru Bush-shrike, Winifred’s Warbler, Winifred’s Warbler. Other

species entail brown woodland Barber, orange ground thrush, banded sunbird, Usambara weaver, red-
face Crimsonwing, Oriole Finch, Yellow-billed waxbill, Fraser’s eagle owl, scarce swift, southern band

snake-eagle, Mountain buzzard, dusky turtle dove amongst others. You will have packed lunch on these
two days in the southern wilderness of Tanzania. You will spend the other first night in the Uluguru
mountains and then retire to Morogoro on the following evening. The two days in the Ulugurus are
without doubt one of the highlights you will have as you discover more unique birds a vital feature of
your 12 days Southern Tanzania birding safari.


DAY 6: Transfer to IRINGA via MIKUMI
This exciting birding safari will still take on the West direction to the Iringa region. The transfer will take
us through the unique Mikumi National Park the home of the famous Miombo woodlands. This offers a
remarkable chance to bird in the Miombo Woodland and explore this celebrated birder’s haven. On your
transfer to Iringa, you will have several stopovers to have a chance to hunt for the numerous bird
species along with this promising trial. As the afternoon wears on we shall proceed with our birding
expedition around Iringa. Bird species to watch out for include the likes of Miombo Double-collared
Sunbird, Souza’s Shrike, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Red-capped Crombec, Woodland Pipit, Green-backed
Woodpecker, Böhm’s Flycatcher, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Spotted Creeper. Brown-backed Honeybird,
Western Violet-backed Sunbird, and Miombo Tit.


DAY 7: UDZUNGWA SCARP AND ULUTI FOREST,
On your seventh day, you will have an early delicious breakfast to enable us with a head start to explore
another almost forgotten birding. The trips to the West Udzungwa Scarp and Uluti Forest. Our

expedition to these two sites will give us a memorable opportunity to encounter the endemic Rufous-
winged Sunbird. Several other interesting species dwell in this forest and the neighboring farmlands

comprising of Tambourine Dove, African Green-Pigeon, Dideric Cuckoo, White-rumped Swift, African
Palm-Swift, Hadada ibis, African Wood-Owl, Lilac-breasted Roller, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Meyer’s
Parrot, Black-backed Puffback, White-fronted Bee-eater, White-necked Raven, Wire-tailed Swallow,
Lesser Striped Swallow, Sombre Greenbul and Winding Cisticola. The Utili forest is a prominent highlight
of Southern Tanzania Birding Your and we shall dedicate the entire day to birding here. We will return to
the lodge in the evening.

DAY 8 AND 9: Transfer and birding in Ruaha National Park.
Our quest for more bird species will take us deeper into southern Tanzania to the enormous Ruaha
National Park. Ruaha encompasses an area of 20,226 sq km making it the biggest national park in
Tanzania and among of the hugest national parks on the African continent. While here we will take
some time off and enjoy an amazing game drive. While on the game drive we will encounter various
Sable Antelope, African Lion, Cheetah, Maasai Giraffe, Leopard, Zebra, Eland, Impala, and big herds of
buffalo. If fortunate we may spot the rare but impressive African Wild Dogs. However, as our main aim
is for the birds our attention will be on the lookout for species that abide in this awesome avian haven.

Some of these species include African fish eagle, Ashy starting, Black-bellied bustard, Collared palm-
thrush, Eleonora’s falcon, Namaqua dove, Goliath heron, Long-crested eagle, Southern ground hornbill,

Tanzanian red-billed hornbill, White-bellied go-away bird, Yellow-collared lovebird

DAY 10 AND 11: UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
On the 3rd last day of your thrilling birding in southern Tanzania, you will enjoy an early charming
breakfast as usual before we set off to Sanje in the East Udzungwa Mountains. You will be in for a great
birding opportunity as we try to explore more of the region’s unique forest species. In certain areas,
while exploring this vast region you will undertake brief drives to specific sections of the vast Udzungwa
mountains. This will provide us with higher probabilities of encountering a few rare species like African
Marabou, Rufous-winged Sunbird, Crowned Eagle, pell’s Vulture, and African Hobby. The mountains
have over 400 more species including white chested palette, Egyptian Goose, African Black Duck,

Udzungwa Partridge, Endangered Harlequin Quail, Scaly Francolin, Red-necked Francolin, Emerald-
spotted Wood-Dove among other species. These last two days are an absolute highlight and will leave

unforgettable memories of your 12-day birding experience in southern Tanzania.


Day 12: DEPARTURE
You will have a leisured breakfast in the morning before checking out of your lodge and setting off for
Dar-es-Salaam. You will enjoy a couple of stopovers and hopefully reach in the afternoon. You will be
dropped at the airport which will make the end of your 12-day birding in southern Tanzania