Tanzania bird watching boasts a large number of unusual and endemic bird species, and a list which nearly exceeds that of neighboring Kenya and almost equals Uganda. The country is truly a bird watcher’s paradise: Bird Watching in Tanzania is diverse and spectacular, over 1000 bird species has been recorded from water birds, forest birds, savannah birds to sea-birds. Below are a few of the major bird species found in country. If you are an ornithologist, you will also enjoy watching plentiful water birds including the African skimmer, kingfishers, goliath heron, and the rarely seen Pell’s fishing owl.
Bee-eater: This specie is very colorful and nice to watch, usually perched on fences and trees. They feed on bees and wasps. There are about 4 types of bee-eaters commonly seen in Tanzania, they differentiate themselves by colors and size. commonly found in Lake Manyara, Highland forests, Usambara, Coastal areas and Southern Tanzania.
Crowned-Crane: A graceful, long legged bird, it looks like a stork and heron. Cranes are grassland dwelling birds. They are widely distributed in swamps, lake shores and grassland, commonly seen in pairs, small parties and flocks. Ngorongoro Crater harbour so many Carnes.
Fish Eagles are usually seen on the trees near the water bodies. Skilled at fish catching. Excellent place to see them: Rubondo Island National Park, Ruaha National Park near river banks has spectacular view of these birds.
Northern Tanzania National parks reserve: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara. Other birds: Fischer’s lovebird, grey-rumped spur fowl and babbler-like rufous-tailed weaver.
Marabou stork, a scavenger normally seen with other vultures sharing a carcass. It has huge beak and the deep pink pouch swinging on the neck. Commonly see in almost all national parks and game reserves around the country.
There is no doubt that, when you talk to most people, the subject of safari occurs most often when thinking about a honeymoon. Due to the increased costs involved, as well as the time that it takes to fly around Tanzania, it makes sense that almost 60% of visitors that come are on a Tanzania Special interest. With this in mind, and given our experience with Tanzania honeymoons, wildbeest Migration Safari, Balloon Safari, bird-watching even walking Safari, we have put together a bit of a check list as well as a few thoughts as to where it is best to take into consideration.
Within the space of several hours, it’s possible to go from lazing on idyllic beaches to exploring moss-covered ruins of ancient Swahili city-states; from climbing mist-covered slopes in the Southern Highlands to trekking through the barren landscapes around Ol Doinyo Lengai, guided by a spear-carrying Maasai warrior. Coupled with a memorable safari, what can be more romantic than a stay on an Indian Ocean island with warm tropical waters and white palm-lined beaches?
African Spoonbill Tours & Safaris has teamed up with many luxury safari and beach lodges in Tanzania and designed some of the best special interest safari ideas for your tailor-made safari and beach holiday.
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