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TANZANIA IN MAY - NEW DATES!

04/02/19

Due to airline schedule changes, we have NEW DATES for this year's Tanzania tour, which is now running Friday 3rd-Tuesday 14th May 2019. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED - 2 PLACES LEFT

Northern Tanzania offers perhaps the ultimate wildlife experience. Its forests, lakes and savannah teem with birds, including a suite of Serengeti endemics. There are also extraordinary numbers of large mammals, from unimaginable herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle sweeping majestically across the plains, through to top predators such as Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. Yet, even without this superabundance of wildlife, the backcloth to our tour is magnificent. Join our East Africa specialist Dalton Gibbs on a journey through some of the most awe-inspiring and incredibly beautiful landscapes on Earth!       

Our visit is timed to coincide with the great annual migration of Wildebeest through the Serengeti - a truly astonishing spectacle and a major highlight of all our previous tours! But our travels begin at Arusha, in the shadow of two of East Africa’s great peaks: Mt. Meru and snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Where the dry acacia scrub gives way to mist-belt forest, troops of agile Guereza Colobus forage among branches draped with “Old Man’s Beard”. Their sudden alarm calls may betray a Crowned Eagle hunting above the canopy, while a brilliant flash of red transforms itself into the lovely Hartlaub’s Turaco or a stunning Bar-tailed Trogon.       

To the south, lies Tarangire National Park with its thornbush scrub and gigantic baobab trees. A place synonymous with the African Elephant, this is also the haunt of three notable endemics: the striking Yellow-collared Lovebird, Ashy Starling and Rufous-tailed Weaver. Bordering Lake Manyara - famous for its concentrations of rose-pink flamingos - this ecosystem also offers stunning palm savannah and the dramatic cliffs of the Great Rift Valley.      

The alternating grass and bush plains of the fabulous Serengeti stretch beyond the horizon and can literally teem with animals as far as the eye can see - including the famous wildebeest migration and associated predators. Here we’ll find Africa's big Kori Bustard and Secretarybird, along with Serengeti endemics such as Fischer’s Lovebird and Grey-breasted Francolin. In the more wooded central Serengeti, Usambiro Barbet and Silverbird occur amongst an even richer diversity of birds - and we have our best chances of spotting Leopard!

The immense caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the scenic wonders of the world, its vast crater floor and highland rainforest a microcosm of equatorial Africa. Some 30,000 large mammals - including the rare Black Rhino - live within the confines of this spectacular natural amphitheatre.

As we return full circle to Arusha, we’ll look back at the wonders of the Rift Valley from our lunch spot overlooking Lake Manyara - our last stop on this superb wildlife tour - as raptors soar over the escarpment.

Guide Dalton Gibbs is our East Africa specialist and has led our last four tours to Northern Tanzania. Our May 2019 tour will be his fifth trip to Tanzania for us and Limosa's ninth visit there since 2009.

Red fronted Tinkerbird side view Tanzania Keith Bedford May 2009IMG 10851A
The repeated tonk, tonk, tonk... calls of the Red-fronted Tinkerbird are a characteristic sound of the African bush © tour participant Keith Bedford

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