Birding safari in Tanzania

The wild expanses of Tanzania offers the ultimate paradise for birding enthusiasts. While there’s plenty of birdwatching opportunities in Tanzania, you will get a wonderful experience being guided by professionals. The huge list of bird species to be found here make bird watching safaris in Tanzania the most sought after activity among bird lovers.

Grey-headed silverbill  I  Credit: Bird Forum

Tanzania is a well-known safari destination for its highest concentrations of game parks and nature reserves. The most visited national reserves that worth visiting for bird watching is the Serengeti National Reserve, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and more.

Having said that, few compare to Tarangire National Park, especially during dry season because of the low density of tourists and higher visibility of spotting rare and common bird species.

Tje Green-winged pytilia  I  Credit: The Jacana

Tanzania is host to over 900 resident and 200 migrant bird species throughout national park and game reserves, whilst Tarangire National Park boasts 500 species.

The Kori bustard  I  Credit: HBW Alive

Some sightings to look out include (but are not limited to):

  • Grey-headed silverbill
  • Usambiro barbet
  • Green-winged pytilia
  • Kori bustard
  • Chestnut sparrow
  • Schalow’s turaco
  • Rosy-breasted longclaw
  • African crowned eagle
  • Red and yellow barbet
  • Martial eagle

Chestnut sparrow  I  Credit: HBW Alive

Schalow's turaco  I  Credit: African Bird Club

Rosy breasted longclaw  I  Credit: Sergei Golyshev


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Tanzania safari adventure

day 1

Welcome to Tanzania

day 2

Enjoy Maasai guided ethnobotanical walks

day 3 to 4

Explore the Serengeti National Park

day 5 to 6

Spot the Big Five

day 7

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