Upcoming Tours

Tanzania 18th to 27th October 2017 (10 days)

Arusha - Tarangire NP - Lake Manyara - Ngorogoro - Serengeti NP - Arusha

Kenya - 1st to 13th November 2017 (13 days)

Nairobi - Lake Nakuru - Lake Baringo - Kakamega Forest - Kisumu - Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara - Nairobi

Kenya - 15th to 22nd November 2017 (8 days)

Nairobi - Tsavo West NP - Lake Jipe - Taita Hills -Tsavo East NP - Ngangao Forest - Sokoke Forest - Sabaki River-- Mombasa

Tanzania - 4th to 16th February 2018 (13 days)

Arusha - Tarangire NP - Lake Manyara NP - Ngorogoro CA - Serengeti NP - Ndutu Plains - Arusha

Rwanda - 8th to 21st March 2018 (14 days)

Kigali - Akagaera NP - Nyungwe NP - Kamiranzovu Swamp - Volcanoes NP - Lake Kivu - Buhanga Forest - Lake Burera - Lake Ruhondo - Kigali

Kenya - 6th to 16 June 2018 (10 days)

Nairobi - Mount Kenya NP - Samburu NP - Lake Nakuru NP - Lake Naivasha NP - Maasai Mara - Nairobi

Tanzania - 21st to 30th June 2018 (10 days) + Zanzibar (3nts) optional add-on

Dar-es- Salaam - Selous Reserve - Mikumi NP- Udzungwa Mountains - Dar - es - Salaam + Zanzibar (3nts optional)

 

 

 

Tanzania - 18th to 27th October 2017 (10 days)

"An introduction to the birds of northern Tanzania"

Arusha - Tarangire NP - Lake Manyara NP - Ngorogoro CA - Serengeti - Arusha

 

Day 1: Arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be met by your team leader and local safari guide then transferred to your hotel in Arusha. Overnight: Shangazi House (bed & breakfast only).

Day 2 & 3: After breakfast, there’s a 2 hour drive to TARANGIRE National Park renowned for good elephant numbers. You will have a game drive en route to the camp where you will have lunch followed by an afternoon game drive and full day's game drive on day three. We will watch out for bird and mammals along the Tarangire River valley flanked by Tarangire’s endemic Baobab trees and visit the impressive Silale Swamp home to large numbers of waterbirds as well as buffalo, elephant and resident hippo families. Overnights: Maramboi TentedCamp (full board).

Of the 450 bird species found in the park, we may spot birds including the Tanzanian endemics Ashy Starling and Yellow-collared Loverbird as well as African Fish Eagle, Western Marsh Harrier, Martial Eagle which are just some of the 49 out of 60 raptors found in the park as well as African Grey Hornbill, White-headed Buffalo Weaver, Red-faced Crombec, Pied Cuckoo, Woodland Kingfisher, Northern Pied-Babbler, Red-fronted Tinker bird. Silale Swamp will provide sightings of Black Stork, Little Egrets, Knob-billed Ducks and Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. Mammals species to be seen include Impala, Greater kudu, herds of Burchell’s Zebra, Wildebeest and Lion.

Mammals species to be seen include Impala, Greater kudu, herds of Burchell’s Zebra, Wildebeest  and Lion.

Day 4:  You will have a full day game drive in LAKE MANYARA National Park with picnic lunch. The park is located on the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. During your drive you will see the different eco-systems the park has including the forests and grasslands fringing Lake Manyara itself. Overnight: Manyara Wildlife Camp (full board).

Bird species include Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Yellow-billed Stork, Spur-winged Goose, Sacred Ibis, Palm-nut Vulture, Green Sandpiper,  Black-chested Snake Eagle, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle, Black-winged Pratincole,  Black Kite,  Namaqua Dove, and perhaps the Blue-napped Mousebird and Vulturine Guinefowl. Mammals to be seen include the famous tree climbing Lions as well as Hippos at the hippo pool, forest Elephants , Wildebeest and Bushbuck.

Mammals to be seen include the famous tree climbing Lions as well as Hippos at the hippo pool, forest Elephants , Wildebeest and Bushbuck.


Day 5 & 6: After breakfast you will head to Mto wa Mbu, the local village in the Lake Manyara Region where you can stop and try the local delicacy, the red bananas! There will be plenty of opportunities for birding on the way to the Ngorogoro area. As you ascend to the lip of the Ngorogoro crater you enter the montane forest. There’s a photographic stop at the look-out and chance to marvel at its shere size (approximately 8000km2). We will descend into the caldera and have a full day’s game viewing and birding. We will visit the crater floor and visit the amazing birdlife at Lake Magadi and Gorigor Swamp. There is excellent birdwatching around the lodge in the montane forest.
Overnight: Tloma Lodge (full board).

Bird species you may see include large numbers of Greater and Lesser Flamingoes, Glossy and Sacred Ibises, Purple Heron, and Cape Teal in and around Lake Magadi as well  as Common Fiscal, Black Kite, Rock Martin, Lesser Honeyguide and you may even see the Golden-winged Sunbird. In the montane forest rim can be found Common Scimitarbill, Olive Pigeon, Bar-throated Apalis and Montane Nightjar.

Besides the huge black-maned Lions, keep your eyes peeled for Black Rhino as well as Common Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Burchell’s Zebra, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Spotted Hyena, Cape Hare, Warthog and Thomson’s Gazelle.

Days 7 to 9: We leave the beautiful Ngorogoro area and drive to the 15000km2 SERENGETI National Park where you spend 3 days exploring the park.. Serengeti means “Endless Plain” in Maasai. Up to 2 million herbivores migrate through the national park moving between Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Maasai Mara in search of fresh pasture and calving grounds. It will always have an unsuspected surprise in store for you….be it when you are out to check on the migration of the wildebeest or zebra, or in search of the big cats, or even the unnoticed dung beetles whose contribution to this sensitive ecosystem goes unnoticed but is vital. The vast grass plains interspersed with rocky outcrops and acacia woodland are spectacularly beautiful and abundant with wildlife. Overnight: Asanja Africa (full board).


Bird species that can be seen include Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Karamoja Apalis, Fischer’s Lovebird, Steele-blue Whydah, Red-throated Tit, large flocks of Ostriches, Hartlaub’s Bustard, Striated Heron, Superb Starling, Abdim’s Stork, Pygmy Falcon, White-headed Vultures, Verreaux Eagle, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, White-browed Coucal and Yellow-billed Oxpecker.

Mammals you may also see include Coke’s Hartebeest, Eland, Cape Hare, Grant’s Gazelle, Maasai Giraffe, large troops of Olive Baboon and Vervet Monkeys, Greater Galago,  Dwarf Mongoose, many Elephant and Hippo families, Nile Crocodiles and members of the cat family including Serval cat, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard 

Day 10: After an early morning breakfast you will check out and fly to Arusha to arrive around midday for lunch at River House. Transfer to Kilimanjaro for your international departure flight.  End of Services.

 

Price: £3,595 (based on 6 people)   Single Supplement: £695  Deposit: 25%
Group Size: up to 12 (six per 4x4 vehicle) Tour Leader: Tour Leader and Tanzanian driver/guide

 


Price Includes
Accommodation on bed and breakfast on day 1 in Arusha
Accommodation on full board basis during the safari
Park entrance fees
4x4 vehicle with English speaking driver guide
1 litre of water per person per day
Flight from Serengeti to Arusha
Lunch in Arusha

 

Price Excludes
International Flights
Visa Entrance Fee
Drinks
Laundry
Optional Extras such as a visit to a Maasai village or balloon safari
Tips

 

 

Kenya - 1st to 13th November 2017 (13 days)

"The birds of Western Kenya & Masai Mara"

Nairobi - Lake Nakuru - Lake Baringo - Kakamega Forest - Kisumu - Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara - Nairobi

Day 1: Arrive into Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi  where you will be met by your team leader/local safari guide and transferred to central Nairobi. Overnight : Sankara Hotel (bed & breakfast only).

Day 2: Morning excursion to Gatamaiyu Forest on the Kikuyu Escarpment (for the vulnerable Abbot's Starling), then a 2.5 hr transfer to LAKE NAKURU. Overnight: Sarova Lion Hill (full board).

Day 3 & 4:  After breakfast we will explore LAKE NAKURU National Park, famous for the large numbers of Lesser Flamingoes.  We will marvel at that impressive number of waterbird species to be found there including Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans as well as several species of heron, egrets, ducks and cormorants. The lake has a relatively low concentration of salts and in fact supports a health fish population which is why so many birds come here to feed. Then later in the afternoon we will transfer to LAKE BARINGO. This saline lake is fed by two rivers the (El Molo and Ol Arabel) where you can occassionally see Skimmers and Heuglin's Coursers. On the western edge of the lake high imposing basalt cliffs rise up over which Verreaux's Eagles and Hemprich's Hornbill can be seen. Two nights at Lake Baringo Club (fullboard) will give you the chance to see the resident pair of Gabor Goshawks..

Other bird species to watch out for around Nakuru include African Fish Eagles patrolling the lake for unsuspecting birds, Pied Kingfishers out for small fry, Red-throated Wrynecks, Little Rock thrush, Hildebrandt’s Francolins, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, White-fronted Bee-eater, Arrow-marked Babbler, Mosque Swallows, Rueppell’s Starling, Mocking Cliff Chats and African Spoonbills.

Nakuru is also renowned for being a sanctuary for both White & Black Rhinos as well as being home to Rothchild’s Giraffe, Bohor’s Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Steinbok, Eland, Lion, Leopard and African Buffalo. Baringo offers the chance to see Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Skimmers, Hamerkops and Shikra

Day 5, 6 & 7: Drive through the Kerio Valley with a birding lunch stop en route to the amazingly beautiful KAKAMEGA FOREST. This rainforest reserve is located in the Lake Victoria basin and is the only remnant in Kenya of the unique Guinea-Congolian forest ecosystem. During the two night stay you can go on several guided walks to explore the rainforest with a local forest guide and observe its many birding and natural delights. You stay in the tranquille setting of Rondo Retreat located in the heart of the rainforest. It is a peaceful oasis in which to relax and enjoy the natural sounds of the forest. Overnight: Redondo Retreat (full board).

Of the 300 species of birds found in the forest we will look for the Turner's Eremomela and Chapin’s Flycatcher which are globally threatened, the African Grey Parrot (Kakamega is Kenya’s last refuge for this species), Ansorge's Greenbul, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Red-chested Owlet, Shelley's Greenbul, Grey-chested Illadopsis, Brown Illadopsis and the Green-throated Sunbird, the flamboyant Great Blue Turaco, striking Emerald Cuckoo, Black and White Casqued Hornbill.

Other wildlife to be seen include Tree Pangolin, 400 species of butterfly, 7 species of primate including Sykes and red-tailed Colobus and perhaps a sighting of the rare De Brazza’s monkey and the Potto (the world’s slowest moving mammal).

Day 8: Depart Kakamega and head west to KISUMU on the shores of Lake Victoria, where we will stop to visit Madende Creek near Mungatsi to see what waterbirds we may encounter. Overnight at Sunset Hotel.

Day 9 to 11: We travel south today through the Kisumu area towards to probably the most famous national reserve in Kenya, The MAASAI MARA. It is home to 450 bird species as well as the “Big 5” mammals and vast herds of zebra and wildebeest on their migratory cycle from Tanzania’s Serengeti. On the plains of the Mara there are several predators including Lion prides, Cheetah, Leopard, Serval, Hyena and Jackal. All this activity attracts the scavengers and Maasai Mara is where you can see 6 out of the 7 species of vulture in Kenya (Nubian, White-headed, Griffon, Egyptian, White-backed, Hooded) shadowed by Marabou Stork. Overnight: Kichwa Tembo Camp (2nts) & Siana Springs Camp (1nt).

With 320 square kilometres of unfenced savannah grassland, there are many grassland birds found on the Mara, those you may see include Grassland Pipit, White-tailed Lark, Southern Ground Hornbill, Sooty Chats, Red-capped Lark, Plain-backed Pipit, Red-necked Spurfowl, Fawn-coloured Lark, Yellow-rumped Seedeaters, Wattled Lapwing, Yellow-throated Longclaws, Common Ostrich, Cardinal Quelea, Secretary Bird, Lesser Striped Swallow, Crowned Lapwing, several woodpecker species including Fine-banded, Golden-tailed and Litte spotted) and the amazing Jackson’s Widowbird which, during the breeding season, jumps high in the air to attract a mate.
The southern sector of the reserve is where the plains meet the Mara River close to Tanzania’s Serengeti. In the area of the river you may catch a sighting of the rare African Finfoot as well as Black-bellied Bustard, Stout and Desert Cisticola, White bellied and Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Rufous Sparrow, several weaver species Grey-capped Social, Holub’s Golden and Speckle-fronted Weavers, Red-fronted Tinkerbird and Eastern Plantaineater.

During the two days on the Mara, you will see several varieties of raptors including Tawny, Steppe and Brown Snake eables, Common (rock) and Grey Kestrel, Augur Buzzard and Peregrine Falcon.
In the evenings, after a full days birding and game viewing we head to Ashnil Camp, located on the Mara River for dinner. It is surrounded by forest ideal which will offer further birding opportunities as we go into the evening with the possibility of sighting African Scops Owl, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl and Fiery-necked Nightjar. The sounds of Greater Galagos and Hippos in the river will serenade you to sleep.

Day 12: After breaksfast, an early morning excursion in the Mara before driving on for lunch at LAKE NAIVASHA. Overnight: Lake Naivasha Country Club (full board).

Day 13: Morning game drive and lunch in Lake Naivasha then we drive back to Nairob. Transfer to JK International Airport if required. End of services.

Price: £2,980 (based on 6 people)   Single Supplement: £785  
Group Size: up to 12 (six people per 4x4 vehicle) Tour Leader: Tour Leader and Kenyan driver/guide

 

Price Includes:
Transfer by minivan from Nairobi
Assistance of Love Live Africa’s representative in Nairobi
Transport by minivan with English Speaking driver guide
Meals and accommodation as indicated above
Park Fees

Price Excludes:
International and local flights
Visa
Tips
Dinner (first night of trip)
Medical and Travel Insurance
Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry,phone,etc

 

 

Kenya - 15th to 22nd November 2017 (8 days)

"The birds of Kenya's southern coast, forests national parks"

Nairobi - Tsavo West NP - Tsavo East NP - Watamu - Sokoke Forest - Sabaki River - Mombasa

Day 1: Transfer to Nairobi. Overnight: Sankara Hotel (bed & breakfast).

Day 2: Transfer with box lunch to TSAVO WEST National Park. Game drive to see the amazing Elephant families Tsavo is famous for and watch the flocks of migrating birds fly over your acommodation. Overnight: Ngulia Lodge (full board).

Day 3: Excursion with box lunch in TSAVO WEST National Park, then transfer via LAKE JIPE to TAITA HILLS for a chance to see the endemic Taita species including Taita Thrush & Taita Apalis. Overnight: Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge (fullboard).

Day 4: Morning excursion with box lunch to NGANGAO FOREST. Afternoon excursion to TSAVO EAST National Park. Overnight: Ndololo Camp, Tsavo East (fullboard).

Day 5: Transfer with box lunch to WATAMU. Overnight: Ocean Sports Hotel (fullboard).

Day 6: In Watamu area. Birding excursions to SOKOKE FOREST and MIDA CREEK. Overnight : Ocean Sports Hotel (fullboard).

Day 7: In Watamu area. Excursions with box lunch to SABAKI RIVER MOUTH, GONGONI SALTWORKS and KARAWA (c35 kms north of Gongoni). Overnight: Oceans Sports Hotel (fullboard)

Day 8: Morning visit to SOKOKE FOREST. Lunch at Ocean Sports Hotel, then transfer to Mombasa Airport for domestic/international flight. End of services.

Price: £2,800 (based on 6 people)   Single Supplement: £485
Group Size: up to 12 (six people per 4x4 vehicle) Tour Leader: Tour Leader and Kenyan driver/guide

 

Price Includes:
Transfer by minivan from Nairobi
Assistance of Love Live Africa’s representative in Nairobi
Transport by private 4x4 with English Speaking driver guide
Meals and accommodation as indicated above
Park Fees

Price Excludes:
International and local flights
Visa
Tips
Dinner (first night of trip)
Medical and Travel Insurance
Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry,phone,etc

Tanzania - 4th to 16th February 2018 (13 days)

"The birds & baby mammals of northern Tanzania" 

Arusha - Tarangire NP - Lake Manyara NP - Ngorogoro CA - Serengeti - Ndutu - Arusha

Day 1: Arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be met by your team leader/local safari guide and transferred to Arusha. Overnight: Shangazi House (bed & breakfast only)

Day 2 & 3: After breakfast, there’s a 2 hour drive to TARANGIRE National Park renowned for good elephant numbers. You will have a game drive en route to the camp where you will have lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. We will watch out for bird and mammals along the Tarangire River valley flanked by Tarangire’s endemic Baobab trees and visit the impressive Silale Swamp home to large numbers of waterbirds as well as buffalo, elephant and resident hippo families. Overnights: Maramboi Tented Camp (full board).

Of the 450 bird species found in the park, those we may spot bird include the Tanzanian endemic the Ashy Starling and Yellow-collared Lovebird as well as African Fish Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle just some of the 49 out of 60 raptors found in the park as well as Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Grey-headed Kingfisher, African Pied Wagtail, Lesser-masked Weaver, Usambiro Barbet and Van der Decken’s Hornbill. Silale Swamp will provide sightings of Yellow-billed Stork , Temmincks Stint, Spotted thick-Knee and Egyptian Goose.

Mammals species to be seen include Dik-Dik, Impala, Greater kudu, herds of Burchell’s Zebra, Wildebeest and Lion.Mammals species to be seen include Impala, Greater kudu, herds of Burchell’s Zebra, Wildebeest  and Lion.

Day 4: Before breakfast you will have a final game drive in Tarangire and after checking out you will sadly leave this wonderful area. In the afternoon you will have a game drive in LAKE MANYARA National Park with picnic lunch. The park is located on the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. During your drive you will see the different ecosystems the park has including the forests and grasslands fringing Lake Manyara itself. Overnight: Manyara Safari Camp (full board).

Bird species include Silvery cheeked Hornbill, Yellow-billed Stork, Spot-flanked Barbet, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Hadada Ibis, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle, Lanner Falcon, African Jacana, Black-winged Pratincole, Water Thick-knee, Black-tailed Godwit, Nyanza Swift and perhaps the Blue-napped Mousebird and Vulturine Guinefowl. Mammals to be seen he famous tree climbing Lions as well as Hippos at the hippo pool, forest Elephants , Wildebeest and Bushbuck.

Mammals to be seen including the famous tree climbing Lions as well as Hippos at the hippo pool, forest Elephants , Wildebeest and Bushbuck

Days 5 & 6: Today you will do a nature walk and local lunch at Mto Wa Mbu village. There will be a stop en route to NGOROGORO Conservation Area for a picnic lunch. There will be plenty of opportunities for birding on the way to the Ngorogoro area. As you ascend to the lip of the Ngorogoro crater you enter the montane forest. Photographic stop at the look-out and a chance to marvel at its shere size (approximately 8000km2). We will descend into the caldera and have a full day’s game viewing and birding. We will visit the crater floor and visit the amazing birdlife at LAKE MAGADI and GORIGOR SWAMP. There is good birdwatching around the lodge in the montane forest. Overnight: Tloma Ledge (full board).

Bird species you may see include large numbers of Greater and Lesser Flamingoes, Crowned Cranes, Glossy, Sacred and Hadada Ibises, Purple Heron and Hottetot Teal in and around Lake Magadi, the Northern Anteater Chat as well as Jackson’s Widowbird, Common Ostrich, Black and White Manakin, Brubru, Little Bee-eater,  African Quail-finch, Black-crowned Tchagra, Fan-tailed Widow Bird and you may even see the Golden-winged Sunbird. In the montane forest rim can be found Common Scimitarbill, Schalow’s Turaco, Olive Pigeon, Bar-throated Apalis, Tacazze Sunbird and Montane Nightjar.

Besides the huge black-maned Lions, keep your eyes peeled for Black Rhino as well as Common Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Burchell’s Zebra, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Spotted Hyena, Cape Hare, Warthog and Thomson’s Gazelle.

Days: 7 to 9:  We drive to another part of the 15000km2 SERENGETI National Park . Serengeti means “Endless Plain” in Maasai. Up to 2 million herbivores migrate through the national park moving between Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Maasai Mara in search of fresh pasture and calving grounds  There will be plenty more opportunities to see young herbivores bounding around. It will always have an unsuspected surprise in store for you….be it when you are out to check on the migration of the wildebeest or zebra, or in search of the big cats, or even the unnoticed dung beetles whose contribution to this sensitive ecosystem goes unnoticed but is vital. The vast grass plains interspersed with rocky outcrops and acacia woodland are spectacularly beautiful and abundant with wildlife.
Overnight: Asanja Africa (full board).

Bird species that can be seen include endemic Rufous tailed Weaver as well as Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Karamoja Apalis, Fischer’s Lovebird, Steele-blue Whydah and Red-throated Tit. Others include large flocks of Ostriches, Pink-backed Pelican, Hartlaub’s Bustard, Nubian Woodpecker, Two Banded Courser, White-winged Tern, Abdim’s Stork, Pin-tailed Whydah, Pygmy Falcon, Montagu’s Harrier, Verreaux Eagle, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Red and Yellow-billed Oxpecker and Buff-bellied Warbler.

Mammals you may also see include Coke’s Hartebeest, Eland, Cape Hare, Grant’s Gazelle, Maasai Giraffe, large troops of Olive Baboon and Vervet Monkeys, Greater Galago,  Dwarf Mongoose, many Elephant and Hippo families, Nile Crocodiles and members of the cat family including Serval cat, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard.

Day 10 to 12: After breakfast you will depart for the extensive grass plains of NDUTU situated on the south-eastern edge of the SERENGETI National Park. En route you will stop at Olduvai Gorge “The cradle of man” (where traces of the earliest humans were found).  Guests will have a picnic lunch in the Naabi Hill Area so that they can enjoy a long game drive en route in the seemingly endless plains.  We head to Lake Ndutu, a soda lake area which is a tranquil place, often not on the tourist circuit, for a day of game viewing and birding. At this time of year, the plains of Ndutu will be busy with new life as the large herds of the plains herbivores such as Wildebeest, Zebra, Topi, Grant's and Thomson Gazelle give birth to the next generation. The presence of so many babies attracts many predators seeking an easy meal and home to many life and death dramas. It is a truely amazing spectacle. The area of Ndutu around your accommodation is situated on the edge of Lake Ndutu and surrounded by indigenous trees rich in birdlife. Overnight: Chaka Camp (full board).


Birds species include the endemic Rufous-tailed Weaver, Secretary Bird, Tawny Eagle, Striated Heron, Greater Flamingo, Cut-throat, Chestnut Sparrow, Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu, Coqui Francolin, Laughing Dove,  Fischer’s Lovebird, Long-tailed Glossy Starling, White-crowned Shrike, Pallid Harrier, Pygmy Falocn, Temminck’s Courser, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Zitting Cisticola, Straw-tailed Whydah and Shikra.

Mammals to be seen include large numbers of herbivores and young as well as Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Bat-eared Fox and rare Striped Hyena.

Day 13:  After an early morning breakfast you will check out and return to Arusha for transfer to Kilimanjaro for your international departure flight.  End of Services.

 Price: £4,735 (based on six people)   Single Supplement: £695    
 Group Size: up to 12 (six people per 4x4 vehicle)     Tour Leader: Tour Leader and Tanzanian driver/guide


Price Includes
Accommodation on bed and breakfast on day 1 in Arusha
Accommodation on full board basis during the safari
Park entrance fees
Private use of a 4x4 vehicle with English speaking driver guide
½ litre of water per person per day
Visit to Olduvai Gorge &Lunch in Arusha

Price Excludes
International Flights
Visa Entrance Fee, Drinks, Laundry, Tips
Optional Extras such as a visit to a Maasai village or balloon safari

 

Rwanda - 8th to 21st March 2018 (14 days)

"Birding & Gorilla trekking in Rwanda" 

Kigali - Akagera NP - Kamiranzovu Swamp - Volcanoes NP - Lake Kivu - Buhanga Forest - Lake Burera - Lake Ruhondo - Kigali

 

Day 1: Arrival in KIGALI and met by your tour guide at the airport then proceed to accommodation in Kigali with magnificent views of Kigali. Get full briefing of the tour by the tour guide. Overnight in central Kigali (bed & breakfast)

Day 2: Birding around KIGALI and a visit to the Genocide Museum. Early breakfast at 5am then drive to Kigali golf club area for the early birds around the lake. Proceed to Bugesera on Nyabarongo wetland and Gashora lake. Lunch in Gashora and relax until late evening birding in Bugesera before returning to Kigali. Overnight in central Kigali (bed & breakfast).

Day 3, 4 & 5: Transfer to AKAGERA National Park in the morning. Afternoon for a thrilling boat ride on Lake Ihema to go see schools of hippos, the giant Nile crocodiles and lots of water birds.
Early breakfast at 5:45am; in preparation for an early bird watching day at 6am. Enjoy three days of quality birding and wildlifewatching.  A good day to see other wildlife such as Elephant, Giraffe and 12 species of antelopes including the biggest antelopes such as the eland cape and roan antelopes, in addition to the 525 bird species including 4 Albertine rift endemics recorded in this park. Looking out for the rare and threatened Shoebill Storks as well as Papyrus Gonoleks, and Red-faced Barbet amonst others . Overnight: Akagera Game Lodge (fullboard).


Day 6,7,8 & 9: Travel to NYUNGWE National Park, en route we will have stops along Nyabarongo river basin for more bird watching. Nyungwe is an expanse of montane forest home to 278 bird species. Chimpanzee trekking is also an option. The fantastic tea plantations around Nyungwe National Park add more value to scenery as you wait to add more lifers. In the afternoon, visit the waterfalls in the park. You will spend a day in Kamiranzovu swamp searching for the rare Ruwenzori turaccos, and the Grauer’s Swamp Warbler. You will be able to do a canopy walk in the forest. You will have the chance one day to follow the Bigugu trail birding as you go on Bigugu Mountai for more rare bird species. You will continue to visit different locations in the park to try and see as much as you can and if possible all the 27 endemic birds of Albertine rift found in Nyungwe forest. Overnight: Gisakura Guest House (fullboard).


Day 10: Transfer to KINIGI via Kigali through the remote but beautiful Congo-Nile trail; taking you through towns of Kibuye and Gisenyi as you get fantastic views of LAKE KIVU for more amazing birding possibilities. Overnight: St. Anne hotel or La Pailotte lodge (fullboard)

Day 11: Today you will have the opportunity to go Gorilla Trekking in the beautiful VOLCANOES National Park: After breakfast we transfer to the park. After completing our park formalities we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. You will be able to choose whether you want to do a short trek (approx 1 hour), medium or long trek to the Gorilla families.Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth!!! Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience.  A combination of birdwatching will be extra ordinary! Overnight: St. Anne hotel or La Pailotte lodge (fullboard).


Day 12: You will have the opportunity to trek for golden monkeys for a memorable experience. In the afternoon, transfer to Buhanga forest in search for the rare Africa Pitta and other species in this small Volcanic forest catchment. Overnight: St .Anne hotel or La Pailotte lodge (fullboard)


Day 13: Transfer to LAKE BURERA and LAKE RUHONDO – the twin lakes for more birdwatching. In the afternoon, transfer to LAKE KIVU to enjoy the last day relaxing at a nice beach. Overnight: Parades Marahide hotel (fullboard).

Day 14: At your convenience, transfer to Kigali which is 3 hours drive then proceed to the airport for your international departure. End of services.

 

 Price: £3,995 (based on six people)   Single Supplement: £470   
 Group Size: up to 12 (six people per 4x4 vehicle)     Tour Leader: Tour Leader and Rwandan driver/guide


Price Includes
Accommodation on bed and breakfast & fullboard basis
Park entrance fees & Gorilla Permits
4x4 vehicle with English speaking driver guide
Litre of water per person per day
Visit to Genocide Museum

Price Excludes
International Flights
Visa Entrance Fee, Drinks, Laundry, Tips
Optional Extras such as a entrance fees to other cultural centres

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenya - 6th-16th June 2018 (10 days)

"An introduction to the birds of Kenya's mountains, lakes & plains"

Nairobi - Mount Kenya NP - Samburu NP - Lake Nakuru NP- Lake Naivasha NP - Maasai Mara - Nairobi

Day 1: Arrive into Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi where you will be met by your team leader/local safari guide and transferred to a hotel in Nairobi. Overnight: Sankara Hotel (bed & breakfast only).

Day 2:  After an early breakfast you will be given an in-depth safari briefing before you head into the bush.  You will depart the hotel at around 09.00 and drive north to MOUNT KENYA National Park. En route you will stop at the beautiful CHANIA FALLS in the Thika area for lunch and some birding. There will also be a short stop via a site to perhaps see the rare and endemic Hinde's Babbler. Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain. The national park has a mix of open woodland, moorland, rich forest and forest edge habitat.

The high altitude peak of Mount Kenya is where Kenya’s few remaining Lammergaiers may also be seen. The lodge is on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya overlooking a water hole and natural salt-lick. This attracts herds of Elephant and Buffalo as well as offering fantastic balcony birdwatching including Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeons and possibly Montane Oriole. The strange cries of the Montane Nightjar will send you to sleep. Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge (full board).

Bird species you may spot include the rare endemics the Hinde’s Babbler and endangered Abbot’s Starlings as well as the Bar-tailed Trogons, Tacazze Sunbird, Chestnut-throated Apalis, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Oriole Finch, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, African Goshawk, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Mountain Oriole, African Hill Babbler, Crowned Eagle, Moustached Tinkerbird, Slender-billed Starling, Red-backed Manakin, the striking Narina,  Mountain Buzzard, Black-headed Waxbill and the impressive Hartlaub’s Turaco. You may also see a variety of primates including Blue Monkey and Guereza Colobus as well as Bushbuck, Red Duiker, Forest Hog and perhaps the rare Bongo.

Day 3,4 & 5: Birding whilst eating breakfast is normal as we watch Red-fronted Parrots leaving their nightly roosts to forage. After breakfast we head north into Samburu District to visit the SAMBURU, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves for the first of two nights in the area. On the way we pass through grasslands on the lookout for Jackson’s and Long-tailed Widowbirds. The Ewaso Nyiro river forms a natural boundary between the Samburu and Buffalo Springs. The reserves differ, Samburu is rugged with rocky outcrops whilst Buffalo Springs has large areas of grassland. We will do a full day drive taking advantage of the lodge’s picnic box lunches. We will return early evening for dinner and share our sightings surrounded by the sounds of the African night. Overnight: Shaba Lodge (full board).


DSC_0272 CC.jpgThe reserves offer great birding Bristle-crowned and Golden-breasted. Parrots are prolific including Orange-bellied and Meyer’s. Raptors are rampant including Verreaux Eagles, Pygmy Falcons and Palm-nut Vultures. In the scrub and riverine habitat we will also search for Somali Ostrich, Red-headed Weaver, Somali Courser, Red-fronted Apalis, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow Weaver, Cut-throat Finch, Ashy Cisticola, Greater Honeyguide, Whte-throated Bee-eaters, Acacia Tit, Yellow-vented Eremomela, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Rosy-patched Bushshrike, Grant’s Wood Hoopoe, Golden Palm Weaver, Somali Bunting, Rufous Chatterer, Northern Puffback, Night Heron, Golden Pipit, White-headed Mousebird, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Northern Crombec and Hunter’s Sunbird. We may also see the rare and endemic William’s Lark!  Samburu is known for having the unique species of Common and Grevy’s zebra as well as Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx and the interesting Gerenuk (with its ability to stand on two legs to reach the highest scrub branches to browse).

Day 6: After breakfast we leave for LAKE NAKURU National Park, famous for the large numbers of Lesser Flamingoes.  On arrival at Lake Nakuru around lunchtime, we will marvel at that impressive number of waterbird species to be found there including Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans as well as several species of heron, egrets, ducks and cormorants. The lake has a relatively low concentration of salts and in fact supports a healthy fish population which is why so many birds come here to feed. After a full day’s drive, we will head to Lion Hill Lodge on Lion Hill. The lodge offers spectacular panoramic views of the flamingo pink Lake Nakuru. Overnight: Sarova Lion Hill (full board).

Other bird species to watch out for include African Fish Eagles patrolling the lake for unsuspecting birds, Pied Kingfishers out for small fry, Green Wood Hoopoe,  Red-throated Wrynecks, Arrow-marked Babbler, Little Rock Thrush, African Spoonbills, Mocking Cliff Chats, Hildebrandt’s Francolins, Rueppell’s Starling, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Mosque Swallows and White-fronted Bee-eater.

Park is also renowned for being a sanctuary for both White & Black Rhinos as well as being home to Rothchild’s Giraffe, Bohor’s Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Steinbok, Eland, Lion, Leopard and African Buffalo.

Day 7: After breakfast, we travel south to LAKE NAIVASHA passing through the spectacular scenery of the Rift Valley. The highest freshwater lake in the Rift Valley and Kenya’s second largest. A day of birding around the lake and in the early evening we will head to the Lake Naivasha Sopa for dinner. Overnight: Lake Naivasha Country Club (full board).

Over 350 bird species can be found here including waterbirds such as Long-tailed Cormorant,  Little Egrets, flocks of Black Crake, various Heron species – Squacco, Goliath and Black (which form a canopy with their wings over their heads to catch fish), Long-toed Lapwings, Great White Pelican, Ibis species – Sacred, Glossy and Hadada and Malachite Kingfisher. The areas around the lake supports Brimstone Canary, Yellow Bishop, Black-lored Babbler, Grey-capped Warbler, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, White-headed Barbet, Spur-winged Lapwing, Spectabled Weaver, Variable Sunbird, Freckled Mousebird, Nyanza Swifts, Tropical Boubous, White-browed Robin Chat, Red-billed Firefinch, Arrow-marked Babbler and Purple Grenadiers. As well as birds, there are Impala, Warthog, Rothchild’s Giraffes, Waterbuck and the resident Hippo family to spot.

Days 8 & 9: We travel further south today to probably themost famous national reserve in Kenya, The MAASAI MARA. It is home to 450 bird species as well as the “Big 5” mammals and vast herds of Zebra and Wildebeest on their migratory cycle from Tanzania’s Serengeti. On the plains of the Mara there are several predators including Lion prides, Cheetah, Leopard, Serval, Hyena and Jackal. All this activity attracts the scavengers and Maasai Mara is where you can see 6 out of the 7 species of vulture in Kenya (Nubian, White-headed, Griffon, Egyptian, White-backed, Hooded) shadowed by Marabou Stork. Overnight: Kichwa Tembo Camp 2 nts (full board).

With 320 square kilometres of unfenced savannah grassland, there are many grassland birds found on the Mara, those you may see include White-tailed Lark, Sooty Chats, Grassland Pipit,  Red-capped Lark, Plain-backed Pipit, Fawn-coloured Lark, Cardinal Quelea, Yellow-rumped Seedeaters, Common Ostrich, Wattled Lapwing, Yellow-throated Longclaws, Crowned Lapwing, Secretary Bird, Lesser Striped Swallow, Red-necked Spurfowl, several woodpecker species including Litte spotted, Golden-tailed and Fine-banded and the amazing Jackson’s Widowbird which, during the breeding season, jumps high in the air to attract a mate.


The southern sector of the reserve is where the plains meet the Mara River close to Tanzania’s Serengeti. In the area of the river you may catch a sighting of the rare African Finfoot as well as Stout and Desert Cisticola, Rufous Sparrow, Black-bellied Bustard, White bellied and Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Silverbird  several weaver species Grey-capped Social, Red-fronted Tinkerbird and Eastern Plantaineater,  Holub’s Golden and Speckle-fronted Weavers.


During the two days on the Mara, you will see several varieties of raptors including Augur Buzzard Tawny, Brown Snake and Steppe eagles, Pygmy Falcon, Grey Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon.
In the evenings, after a full days birding and game viewing we head to Ashnil Camp, located on the Mara River for dinner. It is surrounded by forest ideal for further birding opportunities. In the evening you may sight African Scops Owl, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl and Fiery-necked Nightjar. The sounds of Greater Galagos and Hippos in the river will serenade you to sleep.

Day 10: After breakfast, we leave the Mara and head back to Nairobi for lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Lodge to share stories about the trip before a transfer back to Jomo Kenyatta for your international flight. End of services

 

Price: £2,865  (based on six people)    Single Supplement: £785  
Group Size: up to 12 (six per 4x4 vehicle)  Tour Leader: Tour Leader and Kenyan driver/guide

 

Price Includes:
Transfer by minivan from Nairobi
Assistance of Love Live Africa’s representative in Nairobi
Transport by private 4x4 with English Speaking driver guide
Meals and accommodation as indicated above
Park Fees

Price Excludes:
International and local flights
Visa
Tips
Dinner (first night of trip)
Medical and Travel Insurance
Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry,phone,etc

Tanzania - 21st to 30th June 2018 (10 days) + Zanzibar (3nts) optional add-on

"The birds of Tanzania's southern reserves and mountains"

Dar-es-Salaam - Selous - Mikumi NP- Udzungwa Mountains - Selous - Dar-es- Salaam

Zanzibar (3nts optional add on)

Day 1– On arrival at Dar Airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel in Dar-es-Salaam. Overnight: Dar Serena Hotel (bed & breakfast)

Day 2, 3 & 4– Depart with picnic lunches to SELOUS National Park. Dinner and overnight at You will have 3 full days game drives at Selous National Park. Overnight: Rufiji River Camp (fullboard).

Day 5 - After breakfast at Rufiji Camp, we travel to MIKUMI National Park where we will have a game drive and picnic lunch. Overnight: Vuma Hill Camp (fullboard).

Day 6 - Depart with picnic lunches to UDZUNGWA MOUNTAINS National Park.
Today you will have full day birding safari on foot in Udzungwa National Park. Overnight: Vuma Hill Camp (fullboard).


Day 7, 8 & 9 – Depart for RUAHA NATIONAL PARK for 3 days of game drives. Overnight: Ruaha River Lodge(fullboard).


Day 10 – Flight from Ruaha to Dar-es-Salaam for your intenational flight or add on to Zanzibar (see optional trip below). End of services.

 

Price: £3,475  (based on six people)    Single Supplement: £795 
Group Size: up to 12 (six per 4x4 vehicle)  Tour Leader: Tanzanian Tour Leader driver/guide


Inclusions
. Accommodation on safari in full board basis
. Private use of 4x4 vehicles with unlimited game drives during the safari
. Private services of your professional and knowledgeable Tanzanian English speaking driver guide
. All National Park Entrance Fees
. Comprehensive support from our operational office in Tanzania for the duration of the safari
. One shared boating excursion per person
. One Walking Safari per person
. Laundry services in Vuma Hills & Rufiji River Camp


Optional - ZANZIBAR ISLAND (3 nights)
June 2018


Day 1; Fly Dar to Zanzibar, On arrival at Znz Airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel. Overnight: Ngalawa Zanzibar Hotel (fullboard)


Day 2 & 3, Two full days spent on Zanzibar Island . Overnight: Ngalawa Zanzibar Hotel (fullboard)


Day 4; Transfer to Zanzibar Airport, fly to Dar. End of services.


Cost per person double sharing £865


Inclusions:
-Flight Selous/Znz/Dar
-Transfers to /from Airport
-Accommodation at Brezzes (Deluxe) on Half board basis.
Exclusions
. International Airfare to and from Tanzania
. Visa Entrance Fees to Tanzania
. Gratuities to the driver guide
. Travel and Medical Insurance
. Drinks
. Laundry
. Purchases of personal nature

 

 

Prices are based on 6 people (1 x vehicle) and vary depending on the number of people travelling in a group.

If you want to do you own thing, then EuroAfrica Birding can also organise tailor-made tours as well as group trips to other national parks in East Africa including :

KENYA - Amboseli, Chyuli Hills,Hell's Gate, Kora, Lewa Conservancy, Meru, Nairobi, Ol Pajeta Reserve and more...

TANZANIA - Gombe, Katavi, Kilimanjaro, Kitulo, Mahale, Mkomozi, Rudondo Island, Ruaha, Rubondo & Pemba Islands, Saadani, Selous, Usambara and more...

Tours organised by EuroAfrica Birding.

For more information about any of the trips or destinations or to request a detailed itinerary, please contact us by email on info@euroafricabirding.com and we will be happy to answer your enquiry!

giraffe on savannah Maasai under tree in sunset elephant on savannah