Tanzania boasts a resident population of over 800 different species of birds as well as more than 200 migratory birds from Europe and Southern Africa. The Tarangire National Park and The Ngorongoro Conservation Area have over 550 bird species.

A good pair of binoculars are absolutely essential and will ensure you get the very best out of every opportunity to enjoy all the rare and beautiful species. The big 5 are the obvious draw card for a TANZANIAN safari YET most people leave surprised and delighted at the joy and intrigue of the incredible birdlife in Tanzania.

BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR BIRDS

While the birdlife in Tanzania is fantastic all year-round, November to April are considered the best months for bird watchers with the migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa present. During these months many resident bird species are nesting and in breeding plumage. The wettest months are March and April.

Lake Natron’s is one of the famous rift valley lakes and the main breeding ground for East Africa’s several million flamingo and the summer months of August and September are the best time to see the flamingos.

The Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks are all fantastic for large raptors and scavengers.

The "Grey Crowned crane" (Balearica regulorum) is found in eastern and southern Africa, and is the "National bird of Tanzania".