Birdwatching

Birdwatching safaris, holidays & tours

Tanzania is a birder's paradise, with some of the world's most diverse environments.

Birdwatching

With a resident population of more than 1,388 different bird species and many more that migrate in from Europe and Southern Africa, Tanzania is perhaps one of the best destinations on earth for birders. From the enormous Marshall eagle to the dainty sunbird, the secretive Shoebill to the ever-present Marabou, there is something for every avid twitcher!

Birdwatching safaris, holidays & tours

Tanzania’s wide range of topographies and microclimates contribute to the country’s abundance and diversity of species. Below are a handful of them that we’ve classified under the top tourist attractions. And for those that are very brave, it is also possible to travel further away in pursuit of a few rarities (the shoebill in the central western wetland complex of the Moyowosi-Kigozi, for example)

The Tanzania-Malawi Endemic Bird Area and the Eastern Arc Mountains

The oldest in East Africa and home to some of the richest endemic biodiversity on earth are Tanzania’s ancient mountain ranges, which stretch from north to south and include the Pare and Usumbara mountain ranges in the north and the Udzungwa and Mahenge mountain ranges in the south.

Due to their isolation, the Estern Arc Mountains became a haven for all kinds of flora and fauna around 10 million years ago. Today, it is one of the few remaining locations on the planet where it is possible to see truly endemic species and, for the truly adventurous birder, some completely new species.

The most significant reserve inside the EBA is likely the Udzungwa Range National Park, which is situated to the north of the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania. This park is home to many of the indigenous species of the nation. On the other side, a more accessible shelter for people seeking to visit these uncommon species is the neighboring Amani Nature Reserve.

In the north of Tanzania, you can go birding.

Due to the collision of two tectonic plates that created the national parks to the north of Tanzania, they are equally fertile and arid. Large raptors and scavengers can be seen in plenty in the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Parks, but if you want to escape the “flock,” there are a few other places you can go.

In Tanzania’s south, there’s a lot of birding to be done.

Similar to Tanzania’s northern parks, the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Parks are outstanding birding sites in and of themselves.

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