Beesley´s Lark
Foxy Lark
Red-throated Tit
Ashy Starling
Yellow-collared Lovebird

Day 1 

Pick up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) and transported to our beautiful house on Kilimanjaro Golf Club, www.kiligolf.com. All guests will have their own ensuite room. If times allow, we will do a little birding in the area around our house (350 species recorded on the estate). 

Day 2

Go to the Lark Plains (60 km from our house) and look for the very endemic Beesley´s Lark. Other good larks to be found include Short-tailed, Foxy and Athi Short-toed Lark. After we finish at the plains, we will bird a nearby woodland for species like Southern Grosbeak Canary, Red-throated Tit, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Slate coloured Boubou, Rosy-patched Bushshrike, Kenya Rufous Sparrow, White-bellied Canary, Beautiful Sunbird, Banded Parisoma, Grey-capped Social Weaver, Red-fronted Warbler, White-headed Mousebird, Banded Prinia and many more. After we finish at the Lark Plains, we will stop at Oldonyo Sambu for Schalow´s Wheatear and Lake Duluti for Taveta Weaver. We return to our house for the night.

Day 3
We have a very early start and head for Tarangire (2 hours in car). We do a safari in the park and look for some of the following birds: Yellow-collared Lovebird, Blue-capped Cordonbleu, Ashy Starling, Hildebrandt´s Starling, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Purple Grenadier, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, African Grey Woodpecker, White-bellied Bustard, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Red-bellied Parrot and many more. We have lunch in the park and return to our house for the night.

Southern Grosbeak Canary
Bare-eyed Thrush
Kenya Rufous Sparrow
Red-bellied Parrot
White-bellied Bustard
Usambara Eagle-Owl

Day 4

We will leave early in the morning heading for Same. About 40 km north of Same we make a little detour to some very nice habitat just short of Nyumba ya Mungu Dam. Species to be expected here includes Rufous and Scaly Chatterer, Pringle´s Puffback, Southern Grosbeak Canary, Yellow-necked Weaver, Pygmy Batis, Somali Bunting, Pink-breasted Lark, Abyssinian White-eye, Red-fronted Warbler + many more. After that we will head for a small woodland just outside Mkomazi National Park, where we will hunt for species like Tsavo, Black-bellied and Hunter´s Sunbird, Red-and-yellow, Black-throated and D`Arnaud´s Barbets, Grey Wren-Warbler, Fischer´s Starling, Straw-tailed Whydah + many more. We go to Elephant Lodge in Same for the night.

Fisher´s Turaco
South Pare White-eye

Day 5

We will travel up to the South Pare Mountains in the morning and look for the endemic South Pare White-eye and also Usambara Double-collared Sunbird.  We will see plenty of other birds as well. We will then drive towards Magamba Forest in West Usambara. We will camp at the old sawmill where a nice campsite has been set up. Each person gets their own tent (Couples will share)

Straw-tailed Whydah
Füllerborn´s Boubou

Day 6

We wake up to the spectacular morning choir in Magamba Forest and start to hunt for the endless numbers of good birds in this forest. Usambara Thrush, Weaver, Double-collared Sunbird, Akalat and Greenbul + Füllerborn´s Boubou, Spot-throat, Cinnamon Bracken and Evergreen Forest Warbler, Red-capped Forest Warbler (African Tailorbird), Bar-tailed Trogon are only a few of the many mega birds to be had here.

Red-capped Forest Warbler
Cinnamon Bracken Warbler

Day 7

Full day in Magamba Forest West Usambara. For those who are very very patient, you might be able to lure out some bird we hear all the time, but are very hard to see such as Fülleborn´s Boubou, Evergreen Forest Warbler and Spot-throat

African Hill Babler
Usambara Thrush

Day 8

We will pack up camp early in the morning and drive down to the bottom of the forest and bird our way up. This forest have many surprises yet to yield, so stay tuned. After morning birding we will start heading towards the legendary Amani Forest in East Usambara on my last trip there (July 2019), I recorded 99 species. We will lodge at the forest headquarter and bird the area around the headquarter this afternoon. If we are lucky, we will hear/see the elusive Usambara Eagle-Owl at night.

Black-headed Mountain Greenbul
Kretschmer´s Longbill

Day 9

Full day birding in Amani Forest. We have 3 target birds for the day: Kretschmer´s Longbill, Sharpe´s Akalat and Long-billed Forest Warbler (Tailorbird). We will be leaving camp early in the morning, drive for about half an hour to the site for these three endemic species. Afternoon birding around camp.

Long-billed Forest Warbler
Red-tailed Ant-Thrush

Day 10

Full day birding in Amani Forest. Some of our target species will be: Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Fischer´s Turaco, Little and Shelley´s Greenbul, Banded Green and Amani Sunbird, Moustached Tinkerbird, Short-tailed Batis, Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird, Waller´s and Kenrick´s Starling and many more.

Short-tailed Batis
Little Yellow Flycatcher

Day 11

We pack the car and do the morning birding downhill from camp. We are looking for species like Mombasa Woodpecker, Usambara Hyolitha, Little Yellow Flycatcher, Yellow-streaked, Fischer´s and Placid Greenbul plus many more.  After morning birding we start our drive towards Same. We will do afternoon birding next to Mkomazi NP if times allows

Stripe-faced Greenbul
Pygmy Batis

Day 12

We will either bird the area close to Mkumazi NP or the area near Nyumba ya Mungu Dam this morning and then head back to our house at Kiligolf.

Pringle´s Puffback
Hartlaub´s Turaco

Day 13

This day we will dedicate to Arusha National Park. There are a number of interesting species to be found here including Bar-tailed Trogon, Taveta Weaver, Hartlaub´s Turaco, Scaly and Hildebrandt´s Spurfowl, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Spot-flanked Barbet, Montane White-eye, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Rüppel´s Robin-Chat to name a few. We return to our house for the night.

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
Eastern Chanting Goshawk

Day 14

Time for departure. Morning birding if time will allow and then off to Kilimanjaro airport for departure. 

Mountain Buzzard
Pemba White-eye

Extension Pemba Island

This trip can be extended with a 3 day trip to Pemba Island for the 4 Pemba endemics. Please contact us for pricing and details

Pemba Scops Owl
Bar-tailed Trogon

Included in the price: All transport, lodging, food, water, park fees and guide fees.

Not included: Flights and alcoholic beverages.

Yellow-necked Spurfowl
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