When people think Africa safaris, the idea of big cats, huge animals and reptiles come to their mind. They tend to forget about the birds that are a supernatural species and a joy to watch. Only a few people know the joy that comes with watching the different species of birds that exist. Birding in Tanzania is one of the best experience that you should think of exploring in your next African safari
Tanzania has so much to offer. It is one of the most gifted countries in Africa that have plenty of bird species. If you love watching birds, Tanzania is the best destination. Here you are going to enjoy seeing the different species of birds since this country has the most extensive species in Africa. There are over a thousand species of birds that are in the country. Eight hundred of them are residents, and about two hundred of the species are regular migrants.
Birding in Tanzania is always good at all times. However, it is preferable that you plan your bird watching between November and April. During this time, there are migratory birds from different continents like Europe and the northern part of Africa. Besides, during this period most of the different species of resident birds are nesting and in breeding plumage.
The country has various national parks that offer different birding experiences. You may want to visit to have a good birding experience. Regardless of the park that you visit in Tanzania, you are going to be welcomed with plenty of species of birds. Due to the beauty that thy display, you are going to fall in love with these birds. The beauty of the birds comes with the beautiful colors they possess. Catching a glance of these birds is adventurous as well as breathtaking.
Arusha national park should be at the top of places to visit when going for birding in Tanzania. The park is one of the most amazing places to visit. It has a diversity of habitats that are home to over four hundred species of birds within a small area. The region also has the Dulutilake and the forest-lined shore which is an ideal location for the various types of birds.
The famous Tarangire National Park is one of the places you should consider touring. The area is recognized worldwide as one of the most exciting spots for bird watchers in Tanzania. With over five hundred and fifty species of birds, it is an ideal place to visit for a birding experience. Here you are going to see the white-black vultures that soar the sky. You will also have a glimpse of so many of them settling down on the dead looking trees of that place. The swamps together with the plains are a good habitat for the numerous species of birds in the area. Apart from seeing the black-white vultures in Tarangire National Park, you are also going to watch the red-billed hornbill, the Maasai ostrich, tawny eagle together with the yellow-necked francolin. Other famous birds species include the slender ailed nightjar, the D’Arnaud’s barbet and the eastern chanting goshawk.
Lake Manyara National Park is also full of various species of waterbirds that you are going to enjoy watching. This place has the white pelican birds and so many marabou storks that fly very high in the airspace in a circular motion. As they keep on flying in the circular motion, the marabou stork keeps on going higher in the air. It is an extremely fantastic thing to watch. In lake Manyara National Park, you are also going to the little bee-eater birds, the grey-headed kingfisher birds, cormorant as well as the silver-cheeked hornbill.
The Ngorongoro Crater conservation area is also a perfect destination for birding in Tanzania. Some of the birds here include Kori bustard which are massive birds that wonder on the land on their feet. They have a strange way of walking which will make you recognize them in groups from a distance. This place is also home to about six hundred species of birds. Ngorongoro Crater conservation area also hosts the oxpecker birds, the black kite, lesser and greater flamingos, the crowned crane and the crested guinea fowl. With the help of your binoculars, you will see them from a distance feeding while others take a rest. You might also need to take the best shots using your camera to create good memories.
In Serengeti National Park are the Fischer’s lovebirds which graze on fruits of candelabra trees. They look so beautiful with their bright colored feathers. You can take a close look by walking towards them, and they will not feel threatened by you or even fly away. The open grassland of the Serengeti National Park will make it easier for you to watch the birds. The other close to five hundred species of birds that you will see in the Serengeti National Park include the lilac breasted roller birds, the ground hornbill, the Egyptian geese, the Ruppell’s long-tailed starling, and the secretary bird.
As you plan to go for birding in Tanzania, take with your equipment that ensures that you take the best photos of the various species of birds. A tour guide will also show you the different places to visit so that you can have a clear view of the same. You might as well need to write down some information on the different species of birds and their names. Therefore, you will need to equip yourself with writing materials.