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TANZANIA'S REMOTE UDZUNGWA

Tanzania Birding Tours: our Remote Udzungwa, Tanzania bird watching holiday explores a place hardly any birders ever penetrate, the fastness of the Udzungwa Mountains in the southern part of the so-called ‘Eastern Arc’ of endemic-rich mountains. Our Remote Udzungwa, Tanzania birding tour focuses on a series of very special birds, including the endemic Udzungwa Forest Partridge, Iringa Akalat and Rufous-winged Sunbird.

Tuesday 16th October — Wednesday 24th October 2018
(9 days)


Leaders: Dani López-Velasco and a local bird guide

Group Size Limit: 9

Tour Category: Easy to fairly demanding walking. Good safari lodges and some quite comfortable outfitted camping

Scheffler's Owlet at Mikumi. This individual has a barred rather than plain back – a variable feature in this species! (Nik Borrow)

Scheffler's Owlet at Mikumi. This individual has a barred rather than plain back – a variable feature in this species! (Nik Borrow)

Here is a remarkable opportunity to take part in a real birding adventure that explores a truly remote area, home to some very special endemic and near-endemic birds (two of which are only recently described to science!), yet in comparative comfort!

First we travel from Mikumi southwestwards to Iringa, with Tanzanian Red-billed Hornbill and Ashy Starling along the way.

From the Iringa area we will trek into the scenic Udzungwa Mountains where, much to the scientific world’s surprise, a new species of partridge, Udzungwa Forest Partridge, was discovered as recently as 1991. These mountains are also home to Swynnerton’s Robin, the superb White-winged Apalis, the endemic Iringa Akalat, Forest Double-collared Sunbird, Yellow-browed Seedeater (split from Streaky) and yet another recent discovery, the gorgeous endemic Rufous-winged Sunbird, not to mention the secretive Dapple-throat, now placed in its own bird family alongside just two close relatives.

There is also a superb supporting cast that includes many Eastern Arc specialities.

Birdquest has operated tours to Tanzania since 1983.

Accommodation & Road Transport: The hotels/lodges are of good standard. We shall be camping in remote areas in the Udzungwa Mountains for 5 nights. The camps, which are arranged by our expert local safari outfitters, will be simple but comfortable. Road Transport is by Landrover or Toyota 4x4s with opening roof hatches. Road conditions are variable.

Walking: The walking effort is easy to fairly demanding.

Climate: Most days will be warm or hot, dry and sunny, but overcast conditions are fairly frequent and there is likely to be some rain. At higher altitudes temperatures are cool to warm.

Bird/Mammal Photography: Opportunities are quite good.

Can be taken together with: TANZANIA'S EASTERN ARC

Tour Price: £3090, €3520, $4050. Single Room Supplement: £120, €137, $157. Deposit: £400, €480, $520.

Includes surface transportation, accommodations, meals, water, entrance fees and tips/gratuities.

Also includes this flight: Dar-es-Salaam-Mikumi.

Base prices for this tour are in US Dollars. The exchange rates applied at the time of costing were: £1 = $1.310 and €1 = $1.150.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency will be pleased to arrange your air travel on request, or you may arrange this yourself if you prefer.

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Birdquest Ltd is Registered in England, Company No. 01568270. The address of our registered office is Two Jays, Kemple End, Stonyhurst, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9QY

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