Birding Safari in Arusha National Park (daytour)

Our day tour through Arusha National Park will show you the beauty of this park, lying on the slopes of Mount Meru. Arusha National Park is in the Ngurodoto Crater. This crater is about 2 kilometers wide and about 100 metres deep with forested walls and Momella Lakes (well known for their wading birds).

We enter the park at the Momella Gate. In Arusha National Park is it allowed to do a walking safari which is included in this trip. We walk with an armed ranger and expect to come close to the wildlife. After the lunch at a picnic place, we will continue the tour with a safari vehicle with driver/guide until late evening. You will see a lot of wildlife and stunning panorama’s.

Highlights

Highlights

  • A real must-do: walking safari to see the wildlife up close
  • Game drive (safari) through Arusha National Park
  • See hundreds of different species of resident birds including the Silvery Cheeked Hornbill, Hertlaub`s Turaco and the Giant Kingfisher
  • Look for a variety of wadders and divers including Lilly Troters, Yellow Billed Stork and the Maccoa Duck
  • Expect many Pink and Lesser Flamingos
  • See a lot of wildlife and stunning panorama’s.
  • Try to see the Black-and-White Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkey, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Buffalo and maybe, if you are lucky, African Elephant and Leopard.
  • On a clear day you can see Mount Meru and maybe even Mount Kilimanjaro

 

Photos

Photos

Route

Route

Day 1
Arusha National Park
Program

Program

Arusha National Park

At 8:00 in the morning meet and greet with your driver guide.

Transfer from your hotel in Arusha to the gate of Arusha National Park, the Momella Gate.

Arusha National Park is in the Ngurodoto Crater. This crater is about 2 kilometers wide and about 100 metres deep with forested walls and Momella Lakes (well known for their wading birds).

You can see the hundreds of different species of resident birds including the Silvery Cheeked Hornbill, Hertlaub`s Turaco, Giant Kingfisher, a variety of wadders and divers including Lilly Troters, Yellow Billed Stork and the Maccoa Duck respectively. The lakes are also home to many Pink and Lesser Flamingos and many more.

You will also see a lot of other wildlife, like Black-and-White Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkey, giraffe, hippo, zebra, buffalo and maybe, if you are lucky, African Elephant and leopard.

Accommodations

Day 1
Arusha National Park
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Prices

Prices 2015 - 2016

  Year Round
Based on private group of 6 persons 170
Based on private group of 4-5 persons 180
Based on private group of 2-3 persons 255

 

Includes

  • Transfers to and from your hotel in Arusha
  • Lunchbox
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Private 4x4 custom built safari vehicle with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • All entrance fees to the National Park
  • All mentioned activities

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Visa for Tanzania
  • Insurances
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned
  • Tips and personal expenses
Travel info
Health Tanzania

A certificate proving that you have received a yellow fever vaccination is obligatory. Furthermore all required inoculations must be recorded by your health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate. You must carry this document with you throughout the tour. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. We also advise that you bring a mosquito repellent with you. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for up to date requirements, inoculations and personal recommendations!

Normally you need the following vaccinations (but please always consult a doctor):

  • Yellow Fever (you must have this can even be checked on arrival, especially when flying within East Africa)
  • DTP
  • Hepatitis

For Malaria you need to take tablets,  Malarone or Lariam. Malarone is mostly used (please always consult a doctor).

Hygiene is not at the same standard as in your home country, so we advise you to bring a disinfectant cream with you. Always drink bottled water instead of tap water.

On arrival

On arrival on the airport our guide will be there waiting for you. During safari we use custom made safari vehicles, custom made for an optimal view of the wildlife. Safari vehicles (and small aircrafts) provide limited space for luggage. It is therefore recommended to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload and might be difficult to be taken on board.

Visa Tanzania

Visa - for those who require one - can be purchased in advance through the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your home country. Visa can also be obtained upon arrival at Kilimanjaro / Dar es Salaam International Airport or at any overland border. The price for a single entry visa is USD 50 per person.

It is your own responsibility to arrange your visa(s) correctly and in time, but if anything is unclear of course we will be glad to assist you.

Note: This information is subject to change! Always consult the Tanzanian embassy in your country if you are not sure.

Money

In most of the cities it is possible to withdraw money from an ATM. Travelers Cheques are not widely accepted and it is very difficult or impossible to pay by credit card outside the cities. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference. We advise to bring some Dollars for daily expenses and tips.

Dollar bills should not be older than 10 years.

Currency Tanzania

The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. Please check the latest exchange rates before you go to your destination. This will be a guideline. Please note you will get a better exchange rate in the bigger cities.

AMREF Flying Doctors


We advise you to apply for a Flying Doctors membership. The membership provides a quick and reliable air evacuation and medical care if needed.

AMREF Flying Doctors offers 2 covers (Annual and Tourist). You can choose between the Maisha Silver (Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar), Maisha Gold (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) or Maisha Platinum (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia).

Please check out the AMREF Flying Doctors website for more information and to become a member.

Language in Tanzania

The national language of Tanzania is Kiswahili but English is widely spoken and is the main language in the tourist areas.

Climate Tanzania

Tanzania is a tropical country, with high temperatures along the coast and at lower altitudes (especially in the Southern Part). The Northern part is at higher altitudes (except for Lake Natron and Tarangire).

Areas around the Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru and Arusha are generally cooler.

What to wear Tanzania

Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at higher altitudes, so carry a couple of light sweaters too.

Those who intend to do mountain hiking will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly.

Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and a waterproof jacket. During safaris we advise to avoid black and dark blue clothes (because they can attract tsetse flies). For hiking and walking safaris Solid walking shoes and sturdy clothing are ideal for forest walks.

If you are planning on doing a community walk or visit the local people, we advise you to wear appropriate clothing. For example women putting on long skirts and a top that covers the shoulders.

What to bring

A valid passport is mandatory (passport must be valid for at least 3 months after re-entry) and visa requirements for all countries you are planning to visit should be checked before you travel.

To make the most of your visit to the game reserves and national parks, we advise you to carry binoculars and field guides.

Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or more). Please make sure to carry enough memory cards with you. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.

A torch (flashlight) can proof to be very useful

Electricity Tanzania

We advise you to take an international adapter with you for your electric equipment. The system used in Tanzania is the British system. In most lodges it is possible to charge your batteries.

Driving Tanzania

Driving in Tanzania is on the left-hand side.

Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to travel with a 4x4 vehicle driven by a knowledgeable driver/guide, rather than self-drive.

Stopover Points

Please mind that washrooms along the road are sometimes not to European standards, for example squatting toilets, no flushing toilets or no toilet paper available. Like the locals say: T.I.A. This Is Africa.

Facilities and accommodations

Bathroom facilities and accommodations can be more basic when traveling on a medium to low budget. In the eco lodges mind that the water reserves are limited and in most cases there are no sockets in the room, but you can always charge your devices at the reception.

Tipping

Tipping will always be appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% in hotels and restaurants. Guides, drivers and carriers should always be tipped. Indication: for carriers USD 1-3 and for your driver/guide USD 5-15 per day, depending on the group size, number of days and your satisfaction.

Further information Tanzania

The Lonely Planet and Bradt Travel Guide are the most detailed guidebooks for Tanzania. For wildlife, the best guidebook is ‘Watching Wildlife East Africa’ from the Lonely Planet and The Bradt ‘East African Wildlife’. For birding, the best guidebook is ‘birds of East Africa’. It is advisable to get the most updated copy.