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14 Day Birding

Unique Safaris’ philosophy and standards- NEW SET ITINERARIES

We have established our reputation by providing outstanding guiding and highly personalized customer service. Unique Safaris has been a licensed Tanzanian Tour Operator since 1990. We are considered an elite tour operator that provides private custom-designed itineraries but we are now expanding our services to also offer set itineraries that have been designed with a great budget and locations that offer optimal wildlife viewing for 6-14 days of safari. Our itinerary options are listed either as adventure pricing; mid-budget pricing and higher-end pricing.

Our set itineraries can be booked exactly as written or with any changes to accommodations if you care to upgrade your lodging. Our commitment is to provide our same outstanding guiding and customer service but now at various budget levels. The locations for each itinerary have been selected based on the yearly wildlife movement in the various parks and an adequate game drive distance to maximize wildlife with a degree of privacy. We believe the primary reason for guests to visit Tanzania is to enjoy the wildlife so accommodations have been selected for their locations and the adventure you can experience with wildlife. Our set itineraries are also based on a belief that all wildlife is exquisite to witness, understand and photograph. Only wildebeest and zebra migrate with weather; all other wildlife keeps their territories or remain in certain habitats so there is great adventure anywhere you go!

The itineraries offered are still private safaris and they are not group departures dependent upon a certain number of participants in order to happen. And as always, we continue to create custom-designed itineraries at your request.

All pricing includes:

  • All accommodations as shown in the set itinerary (upgrades can be arranged at additional cost)
  • All meals from dinner upon arrival to dinner upon departure
  • All local travel including transfers, any bush flights and normal meet and greet services by Unique Safaris with all arrivals, departure and transfers
  • All national park permits and reserve entry fees
  • Private use of a specially outfitted 4WD Stretch Land Cruiser
  • Private services of your professional and highly experienced safari guide
  • Bottled water in the vehicle on all game drives
  • Temporary membership in AMREF Flying Doctors Society in case of a medical emergency needing evacuation to Nairobi
  • Comprehensive support from our main office in Tanzania for the duration of your safari

All pricing EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare, Tanzania visa and travel insurance. A visa to Tanzania is required and must now be obtained prior to your arrival. For the mandatory e-visa apply using www.immigration.go.tz and click onto e-visa and fill out the required application
  • Tips/gratuities to your safari guide if and when you are satisfied with the entire safari
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages at accommodations unless otherwise specified
  • Medical bills
  • Any changes made to your itinerary once in Tanzania or any costs associated with flight delays or cancellations
  • Any new tariffs imposed by the Tanzanian government prior to your arrival

Itinerary Information

Price: From $544 daily average per person - this is an all year round set itinerary for all categories.
Range: December to July

Day 1

Location
Arrive Kilimanjaro
Accommodation
Marangu Hotel - HB
Activities/Travel

Arrive in the evening on KLM at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Meet and greet by Unique Safaris and transfer to Moshi town for dinner and overnight at Marangu Hotel.

Day 2

Location
Mkomazi
Accommodation
Babu’s Camp - FB
Activities/Travel

Enjoy a morning birding hike around the grounds of the Marangu Hotel. After breakfast, drive to Mkomazi Game Reserve, bordering the Pare and Usambara Mountains. This eco-system is the southern part of Tsavo National Park in Kenya and provides wonderful birding opportunities. There are over 250 species of birds in the immediate area and we will look for a tremendous variety of cisticolas, red-faced crombec, sunbirds, finches, weavers and bulbul.
All of your nights will be spend at this camp.

Day 3

Location
Mkomazi
Accommodation
Babu’s Camp - FB
Activities/Travel

Full day birding at Mkomazi.

Day 4

Location
Arusha National Park
Accommodation
Ngurdoto Lodge - FB
Activities/Travel

Drive back to Arusha. Arusha is a small jewel among the Tanzanian national parks. The park provides a unique variety of mountain, forest swamps, finger lakes and long grass habitats. Look for turacos, mountain buzzard, peregrine, lanner falcons and possibly the lammergeyer vulture. The differing PH in the finger lakes attracts a wide assortment of water fowl, flamingos and fish eagles. This is also the best location to see the black and white colobus monkey. Overnight at Ngurdoto Lodge.

Day 5

Location
Arusha National Park
Accommodation
Ngurdoto Lodge - FB
Activities/Travel

Full day birding at Arusha National Park.

Day 6

Location
Tarangire
Accommodation
Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge - FB
Activities/Travel

Tarangire is Tanzania’s 3rd largest national park and considered its most scenic with huge baobab trees and acacia dotted hills. The park has one of the densest populations of birds in all of Africa and has more than 650 recorded species. We will look especially for ground hornbills, verraux eagle owl, african eagle owl, battaleur and martial eagles, buff-crested bustard, starlings of all kinds, francolins, cuckoos, hoopoes and mousebirds. Many species can be spotted from the lodge, with a wonderful view of the Tarangire River below.

Day 7

Location
Tarangire
Accommodation
Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge - FB
Activities/Travel

Birding and enjoy some mammals today. This park is famous for its resident and migratory elephants, with 3000 individuals living in the park and another 3000 individuals migrating into the park from June-November. There are large prides of lion, leopard and rock python that live in the swamp and serve as a good food source for the many raptors in the park.

Day 8

Location
Tarangire
Accommodation
Tarangire Tented Safari Lodge – FB
Activities/Travel

Drive to Lake Manyara, a short distance from Tarangire and located on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley. The park is fed by underground springs and consists of a small temperate rain forest at the entrance to the park. Baboons are abundant in the park as well as the famous tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara. Here we look for a variety of waterfowl, silver-checked, red-billed and Von Der Decken’s hornbills, kingfishers, warblers, paradise flycatcher, whydah birds and sunbirds of all kinds. Picnic lunch and continue to the lodge in late afternoon for dinner and overnight.

Day 10

Location
Serengeti
Accommodation
Seronera Wildlife Lodge - FB
Activities/Travel

Drive to Serengeti National Park through the crater highlands, stopping along the way to visit Oldupai Gorge, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous archeological discoveries. The Gorge also offers good sightings of red and yellow barbet, red-cheeked cordon-bleu and purple grenadier. Continue into the Serengeti enjoying a game drive and birding along the way with a picnic lunch. Overnights at Seronera Wildlife Lodge.

Day 11

Location
Serengeti
Accommodation
Seronera Wildlife Lodge - FB
Activities/Travel

The Serengeti is home to the famous migration of the massive herds of wildebeest and zebra, which enters Tanzania in November-December. From January-March, the herds travel to the southern area of the park and the wildebeest females drop their calves, swelling their numbers by more than 750,000. There are various events all year around in Serengeti, from Wildebeest calving in January through March, May and June, the male and female herds re-join in preparation for the rut. The herd continues to travel to the western and northern areas until the majority of the herd leaves for Kenya by the end of July-August. You will spend your days exploring this vast park, birding and enjoying mammals as well if you are inclined. There are over 600 recorded species in the Serengeti and we will look for kestrels, falcons, bee-eaters, owls, swallows, chats, cuckoos in addition to all of the raptors and other birds in this vast park.

Day 12

Location
Crater
Accommodation
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - FB
Activities/Travel

Drive back to Ngorongoro through the crater highlands. Arrive for afternoon game drives in the crater floor and birding. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Day 13

Location
Crater
Accommodation
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - FB
Activities/Travel

Full day down in the Crater with a picnic lunch. The Crater is famous not only for birds, but also for black rhino, the very large bull elephants and the densest population of hyena in the world. The Crater is excellent for storks of all kinds (Abdim, European, spoonbill, marabou, yellow-billed, saddlebill) , sacred ibis, hadada ibis, herons of all kinds, crowned crane, stilts, lilac brested rollers, European rollers, game bird and tremendous raptors. Locating a kill site will allow you to view 6-7 species of vultures representing the entire hierarchy. It is not uncommon to find white-backed, white-headed, ruppells, hooded, nubian and egyptian vultures all at one site. Secretary birds are common. Birding at the lodge is also excellent and the lodge is selected for these opportunities not found at the other lodges since Sopa is on the eastern side of the Crater and all other lodges are on the western side of the Crater.

Day 14

Location
Arusha
Accommodation
Ngurdoto Lodge - dayroom
Activities/Travel

Leisure breakfast and drive to back to Arusha. Arrive in a plenty of time for shopping and hot lunch at Cultural Heritage centre. Drive to Ngudoto Lodge, afternoon is free to relax, shower, pack or explore. Farewell dinner and early evening transfer to Kilimanjaro for KLM return flight.

Personal Information

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