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NORTHERN TANZANIA

Sunday 1st April - Saturday 14th April 2018

Mark Van Beirs

Black-faced Sandgrouse (Mark Van Beirs)

Black-faced Sandgrouse (Mark Van Beirs)

Birdquest’s Northern Tanzania tour is a glorious celebration of life on earth, as it offers participants the unique opportunity to admire at close range the most fantastic wildlife spectacle of Africa and probably of our planet. The incredible experience of standing in the middle of the astounding migration of tens of thousands of Common Wildebeests over the endless Serengeti plains is indescribable. We were so incredibly lucky to be able to observe the amazingly efficient hunt of a Lioness as she stalked, pounced, brought down and devoured a hapless Common Wildebeest in front of our vehicle in mid-afternoon. Cats were definitely a feature of our visit as we encountered multiple Lions, a terrific female Leopard with her boisterous cub walking about, several adorable, eye-ball to eye-ball Cheetahs and a splendid Caracal. The bird specialities of the area were all seen well, as next to the easily encountered endemics like Tanzania Red-billed Hornbill, Ashy Starling and Rufous-tailed Weaver we also had superb views of the rare Beesley’s Lark, the dainty Karamoja Apalis and the attractive Grey-crested Helmetshrike. The wonderful gatherings of different species of vultures at predator kills made a lasting impression and the other avian favourites of the tour included Secretarybird, Bateleur, Grey Crowned Crane, Temminck’s Courser, Lilac-breasted Roller, the lovely Purple Roller, Pygmy Falcon and Rosy-patched Bushshrike. Bird migration was in full swing. We noted a good variety of waders, exciting numbers of Lesser Kestrels, several Amur Falcons a million wingbeats away from their eastern Palearctic breeding grounds and an obvious fall of Red-backed and Lesser Grey Shrikes. A main feature of this tour is the splendid diversity of mammals. We had very close encounters with daunting, stately African Elephants, magnificent Giraffes, colossal African Buffalos, prehistoric-looking Black Rhinos, blundering Hippos and numerous species of elegant Gazelle and Antilopes.

Karamoja Apalis (Mark Van Beirs)

Karamoja Apalis (Mark Van Beirs)