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< South Tanzania Birdwatching Safari - 14 day
Thursday, 2010-04-01 12:10 Age: 9 Years
Category: Mikumi, Usambara

Mikumi, Usambara Mountains and Pangani - 10 day

And now for something completely different... game viewing in Mikumi National Park, hiking and cultural experiences at Amani Nature Reserve and relaxation on the Pangani coast. An off the beaten track and relaxed itinerary

An off the beaten track safari to Mikumi National Park, the Usambara Mountains and the north Tanzanian mainland coast.

Mikumi National Park offers fantastic game viewing and a good park infrastructure. The closest park to Dar es Salaam with the chance to see all the big 5 except rhino.

Emau Hill Forest Campsite, close to Amani and adjoining the Amani Nature Reservein the East Usambara Mountains, operates in an environmentally responsible way. It offers comfortable accommodation in simple tented bandas with fine views all around of mature forest. Set in over 70 hectares,

Emau offers walks to suit all tastes through a variety of habitats with particularly fine examples of African violets growing alongside the river. The location is a delight for serious and more relaxed birdwatchers alike with the majority of the ‘must see’ species either on the site or very close by.
Guided day and night walks are available both in the immediate area and further afield in these beautiful and little-known mountains. You can of course justsit, relax and enjoy before a candlelit dinner and after-dinner drinks around the fire.

The untouched Pangani Coast offers the chance to snorkel or scuba dive off Maziwe Island, explore the Pangani River by boat and glimpse crocodiles and the spectacular birdlife that thrives here. You can also take a leisurely kayak trip, a walking tour of historic Pangani town.

Day 1. Mikumi National Park
Drive Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park (approx 5 hours).
After lunch game drive. Overnight Authentic Mikumi Camp. FB

Day 2. Mikumi National Park
Full day game drive in Mikumi National Park Overnight Authentic Mikumi Camp. FB

Day 3. Emau Hill, Usambara Mountains
Early morning game drive. After breakfast drive to Emau Hill, Amani Nature Reserve (approx 6 hours).
Emau Hill Campsite
3 overnights FB

Day 4
After breakfast a short walk in the immediate area to experience a tropical rain forest and by the river to see the African Violets growing in profusion.

A drive around the area including a visit to a tea estate
Escorted night walk in the Amani Nature Reserve
Day 5
Day at leisure birdwatching or hiking.
Picnic lunch can be arranged.

Full day escorted bird watching with picnic lunch

Day 6- 10
After breakfast transfer to The Tides or Mkoma Bay Tented Lodge
4 nights FB

Relax by the pool, walk on the beach or the following optional activities:

  • Pangani River cruise
  • Snorkeling off Maziwe Island
  • Walking tour of historic Pangani
  • Dhow trip to Zanzibar
  • Scuba Diving
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Lunch and shopping in Tanga

Day 10
Transfer to Pangani (Mashado) Airstrip or Tanga regional airport for onward/return flight.

Emau Hill Forest Campsite will be closed during the rainy season aprox mid April until June 21st