Kenya & Tanzania: Birds & Big Game
Date: February 5 - 22, 2022
Leader: Jan Hansen
Price: $9,800 from Arusha
Otus asio Tours is pleased to offer our first tour to East Africa, one of the planet's most magnificent wildlife spectacles. Besides the astounding diversity and abundance of mammals large and small, the birding is some of the world's best. More than a thousand species of birds have been recorded in the geographic region covered by this tour that includes southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. The tour will be fast- paced and cover a lot of ground, but we will visit the best big game and birding sites the area has to offer and experience an amazing diversity of habitats while enjoying splendid scenery throughout.
In Tanzania, we will cross the Great Rift Valley and climb to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken volcanic crater in the world and one of Africa's iconic big game destinations. From the crater we will move to the Serengeti and bird amidst its enormous herds of wildebeest, antelopes, zebras, and big cats. Retracing our steps, we will also visit Tarangire National Park, another of Tanzania's best birding and game watching venues. Moving north, we will cross the border into Kenya where our circuit includes Nairobi National Park, the alkaline shores of Lake Nakuru, the birding hotspot that is Kakamega Forest, Lake Baringo, and the slopes of Mount Kenya. The opportunity to visit all of these world renowned wildlife parks and reserves is one of life's most memorable and awe inspiring experiences. Being amidst the herds of large mammals and their accompanying predators is something that cannot be adequately described in words and those who have the chance to enter that world will never see or feel the world in the same way. Although the primary focus of the tour will be birds, the chance to see such a variety of large mammals at close range will enhance the tour, and we will devote ample time to see and photograph as many species as possible.
East Africa is a delightful place to travel. The people are warm and welcoming, the climate in February is perfect and the tourism infrastructure is excellent. To enhance everyone's comfort, we will travel in a 4X4 Toyota Landcruiser with a pop-top roof and window seats for everyone. You can expect to see over 400 species of birds on this tour and 40 to 50 species of mammals, all amidst some of the mosr spectacular scenery anywhere in the world. We hope you will consider joining us for this once-in-a-lifetime East African birding safari.