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Red-and-yellow Barbet by Steve Bird.TANZANIA
Birding Safari in the Serengeti

March 31 - April 11, 2026

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Join us for an African safari in one of the most epic places on earth - TANZANIA.

Wildebeest and Zebra in Tanzania by Gina Nichol.Tanzania is one of our most memorable tours and we've long been wanting to get back there. On this tour, we will look for a vast array of special birds and witness the spring passerine movement against the backdrop of one of the world's greatest mammal migrations!

By April, Wildebeest, Zebra, Gazelles, Eland, Impala, even Elephants are on the move. With so many herbivores, we have excellent chances of seeing leopard, lion and cheetah while we bird one the of most striking landscapes of East Africa’s Rift Valley.

We’ll bisect the plains afoot Mt. Kilimanjaro, explore the lush forests of Mount Meru, descend into the vast crater of the Ngorongoro, take in the scenic palm savanna of Lake Manyara, bird the Baobab dotted woodlands of Tarangire, visit our ancestor’s lands of Oldupai Gorge, traverse the plains of Serengeti - home to some of Tanzania’s endemics, and explore the woodlands of Ndutu, where predators lurk beneath flat-topped Acacias.

We travel by Land cruisers with the option for open-rooftops and each participant will have their own window. We’ll stay in safari-style upmarket lodges and tented camps while on tour and in a charming guest house while in Arusha.

Birding Safari in the Serengeti

March 31 - April 11, 2026

Contact [email protected] to reserve your space!

Photos: Red-and-yellow Barbet, Wildebeest and Zebra, Golden-winged Sunbird. Below, Grey-crowned Crane.

Grey-crowned CraneITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Plan on arriving at Kilimanjaro airport (airport code JRO) in northern Tanzania where you will be met and transferred to our lovely lodge. The tour begins with dinner tonight.


Day 2: Arusha National Park
Our first two days are devoted to exploring Arusha National Park afoot two of East Africa’s great peaks, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Here, dry acacia scrub gives way to luxuriant mist belt forests as one drives further up the slopes. Small troops of Colobus monkeys, with their long, drooping black and white hair, forage in the branches draped in “Old Man’s Beard” lichen. The birds are completely different to those we will see later in the trip. Here we’ll hope to soak up the likes of Narina Trogon and Hartlaub’s Turaco. The alarm calls of the monkeys betray hunting African Crowned Eagle flying overhead. We’ll look out for hulky Silvery-cheeked Hornbills flying above and delicate Blue Monkeys hiding in the dark foliage. We’ll see our first game here, with African Buffalo and Giraffe in the more open areas, and if we’re lucky, the dainty Harvey’s Red Duiker in the forest under story.

Colobus Monkey Narina Trogon Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
Photos: Colobus Monkey, Narina Trogon, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill


Beesley's Lark by Steve Bird.Day 3: Lark Plains
In sharp contrast to the luxuriant forests, Today we’ll explore the arid plains in the rain shadow of Mt Meru, where we’ll search for one of Africa’s rarest birds, the Beesley’s Lark. This endemic of north central Tanzanian is highly social and is restricted to a tiny area of open scrub habitat "lark plains". The lark plains also excellent for wheatears, harriers, sandgrouse – and if we’re lucky – even a White-headed Mousebird. African plains game, such as Thompson’s Gazelle and Plains Zebra, intermingle freely with the local Maasai herds of cattle and goats, in a seemingly harmonious tolerance.

Yellow-collared Lovebird.



Day 4: Tarangire National Park & Lake Manyara
Tody we will explore a conservation area that links Tarangire and Manyara National Parks. The endemic striking Yellow-collared Lovebirds are common here, while Ashy Starling and Rufous-tailed Weavers abound too. The diversity of hornbills, woodpeckers, rollers and weavers is typical to African savannah birding. Nestled along the dramatic cliffs of the famous East African rift valley, Lake Manyara is perhaps most famous for its large concentrations of flamingos. Our lodge is set on the shoreline, in a sea of palm savanna where Secretarybirds and Black-bellied Bustards patrol the grasslands.



Secretarybird Black-bellied Bustard
Photos: Secretarybird and Black-bellied Bustard by Kevin Karlson.


Ngorongoro CraterDay 5 - 11: Ngorongoro-Serengeti ecosystem
Today, we’ll head to the vast Serengeti-Ngorongoro ecosystem, home to one of the greatest amphitheaters on earth. It is hard to do justice to the feeling of awe and privilege in these vast, timeless landscapes so rich with wildlife. Here we will stay in the Ngorongoro-Serengeti ecosystem for a full week. We’ll drive up steep slopes of the Ngorongoro caldera, an ancient collapsed volcano, that looms above the plains. Looking westwards, the plains of the Serengeti stretch to the horizon and can literally teem with animals as far as the eye can see. The areas we will cover include:

As we drive into the open plains, we’ll pass areas where wildebeest migrate through, stretching from horizon to horizon. It is almost impossible to describe the sense of energy that one gets surrounded by these hordes of grunting animals and the predators that follow. The herds are dominated by Blue Wildebeest, also known as Brindled Gnu, but also contain vast numbers of Plains Zebra and Thompson’s Gazelle. The vulture watching is excellent here, with highlights being the huge Lappet-faced Vulture, and the scarcer Rüppell’s Griffon.


We’ll stay two nights in the area of Ndutu, known for its wildlife concentrations. Ndutu is an excellent base to explore the southern ‘short-grass plains’ and their associated herds of animals. Kori and Hartlaub’s Bustards, Pallid Harrier and Caspian Plover, are just some of the birds we’ll encounter on the plains. Endemic Serengeti birds are common all around our accommodation, with Fischer’s Lovebird breeding in tree-cavities along the walkways, and Grey-breasted Spurfowl displaying early mornings in front of our rooms. The nearby Lake Masek is excellent for water birds. If we’re lucky, we might even see cheetah chasing Thompson’s and Grant’s Gazelles across the open plains. We’re certainly likely to see a pride of engorged lion, lazily scattered around the previous night’s killings, while vultures, hyenas and jackals all wait for their opportunity to get some scraps.



SLion in treeERENGETI
We’ll head northwards to Seronera in the central Serengeti. There are more trees here, offering a larger diversity of birds and our best chance of spotting a Leopard. Usambiro Barbet, Superb and Hildebrant’s Starlings, Silverbird, Ruaha Red-billed Hornbill and Grey-headed Silverbill are just some of the birds that we’ll encounter here. We’ll explore the area’s riverine loops, game drives and rocky kopjes. If we’re lucky we’ll even encounter the little-known Karamoja Apalis, and possibly the family groups of the Grey-crested Helmetshrike. Their floppy crests are definitely outdone by Long-crested Eagle, just one of the eagles we hope to encounter.


The rim of the Ngorongoro Crater is a completely different Schalow’s Turacohabitat to the grasslands below and is cloaked in forest and heathlands where we’ll search for Schalow’s Turaco and Golden-winged Sunbird. However, it is the crater floor that provides a natural sanctuary for the wildlife within and has become so famous. It is also the only reliable place in East African to see Black Rhinoceros, but the whole place is like a microcosm of Africa, with a good population of game animals – and lion and cheetah. The small lakes inside the crater hold a selection of Greater and Lesser Flamingos, storks and plovers. An excellent selection of raptors, such as Augur Buzzard, may be seen. We’ll stay a night on the crater rim, before descending the next morning to explore.


Some of our earliest ancestors have been unearthed by the Leakey family in the heart of the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Here lies the reconstructed footprint of our earliest ancestors and the world-famous archaeological site of Oldupai Gorge. It adds a sense of time and respect to think that the spectacle that stretches out in front of us has been going on for countless generations.


Verreaux's Eagle-owl. White-fronted Bee-eater Amur Falcon
Photos: Verreaux's Eagle-owl, White-fronted Bee-eater, Amur Falcon

Day 12: Return to Arusha

Finally, when our time has come to retrace our steps, our journey will conclude eastwards to descend the Ngorongoro Crater rim through the lush forests, looking for our last views of turacos and Blue Monkeys in the tall canopies overhead. We’ll zigzag down to the Lake Manyara escarpment and back at Arusha, we’ll enjoy a relaxed lunch before we check in for our flight past Mount Kilimanjaro and back home.

Leaders: Steve Bird, Gina Nichol & local guides


Superb StarlingTANZANIA
Birding Safari in the Serengeti

March 31 - April 11, 2026

Contact [email protected] to reserve your space!
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TOUR PRICE:  $8495.00 provisional pricing per person, based on double occupancy and a minimum of 7 persons from Kilimanjaro airport (airport code JRO).

Single supplement: $995 provisional per person based on availability

Deposit: $1000.00 per person per tour. Note: Tour deposits can be paid by credit card via PayPal.  Use this link to make your credit card payment.  Please advise [email protected] when you have made payment. 

Included in cost:  All accommodations, meals during the tour, and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, and park entrance fees.

Not included: International flights, tipping for drivers and guides, travel insurance, excess baggage charges, private excursions, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature. Also, any and all costs arising from pandemic or Covid-19 related issues are not included in the tour cost and are the sole responsibility of the traveler. These include, among others, the costs of Covid treatment, hospitalization, medical fees, transport, meals and accommodation in case of illness or quarantine, and the costs of any Covid tests needed before, during and after the tour.

RESERVATIONS: To reserve your place on this tour:

1) Contact Gina Nichol at [email protected] to confirm availability and hold your place.

2) Review the Terms and Conditions of Booking (pdf download)>

3) Complete the Registration & Release Form (pdf)> and mail it with your deposit of US$1000.00 per person to Sunrise Birding, LLC within two weeks to secure your place. 

>Download & print the Registration Form (pdf download).
Instructions are on the form.

Reservations are held with a paid deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once the tour is confirmed to go ahead, we will send you information about booking your flights.
Please do not book flights until you receive this information from us and are notified that the trip has sufficient numbers to run. Final payment is due November 30, 2025. Check or bank transfer are preferred but credit card payments are possible (surcharges of up to 5% are added depending on amount to cover credit card company fees). 


**Please note: Tour prices are based on quoted costs from ground operators (in their local currency), estimated fuel costs, and the rate of exchange the time of itinerary publication. The erratic nature to global financial markets makes it difficult to predict changes in costs and foreign currency exchange rates over the long term. Since tours are priced well in advance of the actual operation of the tour, tour costs, fuel costs and exchange rates can change, sometimes drastically. Depending on the extent of such changes, it may be necessary to implement a surcharge on this tour. If a surcharge is necessary, every effort will be made to minimize the amount.

Cancellations and Refunds:
Please review our Terms and Conditions of Booking (pdf download)> prior to registering for this tour. All cancellations must be made in writing. Please ensure that you take out adequate insurance to cover this and any other eventuality as early as possible. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur.

There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.


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  • Insurance policy requirements vary and the timing of your purchase can affect coverage. Some insurance providers require that for coverage of pre-existing conditions, a policy must be purchased within 7-14 days of booking. Others, like CSA, offer policies that cover pre-existing conditions as long as the policy is purchased prior to making your final payment for the tour.

  • Trip insurance policy premiums may be non-refundable, but they may be able to be amended or transferred. Check with your insurer. It is important to be sure that the tour is sufficiently subscribed to operate before you purchase trip insurance.

  • Pay attention to coverages provided by your policy. Be aware of the requirements of country or destination can change, so check often. Some policies are now offering Covid related coverages so check with your insurer.

  • US medical insurance plans (including Medicare) often do not provide coverage outside the US. The US State Department strongly advises Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and if it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. Consult with your insurer prior to your trip to ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider directly or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses that you incur. Be sure to get and keep all documentation of any expenses incurred.
Questions? Contact Gina Nichol at 
Phone: 203.453.6724