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Initial Last Name Area Available Language


H Mahanyu Arusha, Arusha Anytime in the week, I am available. English and Swahili
I am very keen on finding birds, I know exact places in which they found, also I am familiar with sounds of the birds Area:
Mazumbai forest reserve

Area Birds:
Horn bills, Weavers, sun birds
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, fishing, swimming, beach, surfing, sky diving
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, biking, long walk, backpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, tech, casino
Attend: concert, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition, />Participate: night life, party, dance, club, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, revival, ceremony, flash mob, round table
Play: cards, sports, boardgames, billiards, chess, checkers, lawn games, water sports, computer games,

F Kivuyo Arusha Anytime English



F Reid USA River, Aru Meru Anytime though I travel as much as I can. English
Nightingale , Finfoot, black duck. Can see 100 species in a day.

Living close to the foot of Mount Meru we have the best of both worlds. In half an hour you can travel from hot and dry plains with bustard, snake eagles and seedeaters to highland forest with trogons, Crowned Eagles and greenbuls. Karibu to Usa River.
Area:
Arusha national park

Nairobi has over 600 species of birds. More than any capital (and many countries!)in the world. Within a couple of hours from the city there's an amazing variety of habitats, from salt pan to highland forest; from freshwater lakes to grassy plains.


Area Birds:
African Finfoot , Grey-olive greenbul, Peter's Twinspot, Nightingale , Finfoot, black duck
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, snakes, mammals. swimming, beach, surfing, travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, portage, canoe, pilot, museum, restaurant, vineyard, arboretum, concert, theatre, live music, bar, rock, classical, wine, yoga, drawing. Gardening

V Disederi Moshi, Kilimanjaro Anytime English, Swahili
V Saitoti Moshi, Kilimanjaro Weekend English, Swahili
J John Dar es Salaam, Kinondoni Weekend Swahili, English
I like birding. I am also an ornithologist professional. My interest has been on the forest birds of the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania but I am currently working on the waterbirds of the Malagarasi-Moyovozi Flood Plain in western Tanzania. I worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania before moving for a teaching post a the University of Dar es Salaam. I am also a Species Guardian for the Critically Endangered Uluguru Bush-shrike under the BirdLife International Prevention of Extinction Programme. Although I may not be able to physically guide visitors/friends but I have a good network of birders in Tanzania, and I know many places, therefeore I could provide helpful information and connections.


M Joseph Dares Salaam, Ubungo Anytime English, Swahili
Area:
Pugu Hills, Kigamboni, University Campus, Bagamoyo and Countrywide

Area Birds:
Brown Breasted Barbet, House Crow, Hammerkop, Water Thicknee, Hadada Ibises, House Sparrow, Waterbirds etc
Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, swimming, beach, surfing, diving Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, biking, long walk, packpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobileVisit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion,concert, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition, night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, social games, computer games, casino


M Safock Dares Salaam, Kinondoni Anytime English AND Swahli
WABLERS, WADERS, FOREST BIRDS, MIGRATORY BIRDS, RESIDENCE BIRDS Area:
PUGU HILLS, UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, KIGAMBONI, KUNDUCHI SALT POND, GYMKHAN GROUND ETC

Area Birds:
KIGAMBONI, PUGU HILLS AND UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
Interests:
birdwatching, photography, butterflies, fishing, swimming, beach, Travel, walking, hiking, climbing, train, biking, long walk, backpack, cruise, tourist site, sports event, political rally, Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, Play: cards, sports,



Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

First Name Last Name Area Available Language


Sedrick Silayo Moshi-Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro Anytime English and Swahili
Sedrick Silayo is web developer and Digital Marketing in Eco-Africa. Climbing,like to travel and share what the beautiful nature of his country Tanzania have to offer.

ALL WILDLIFE SAFARI AND DAY TRIPS:

MOUNTAIN KILIMANJAR VIEW AND SERENGETI,CULTURAL TOUR,COFFEE TOUR, WILDLIFE SAFARI
Area:
Mountain Kilimanjaro, Mountain Meru

Area Birds:
Interests:



Furaha Mbilinyi Arusha, Arusha, Tanzania Anytime English
Furaha Mbilinyi - Consultant Ornithologist

As part of the Bird Atlas Team Furaha has contributed enormous amounts of expertise to the collection of field data, as well as being one of the main authors of the Tanzanian Bird Guide, Africa's first ornithological field guide in a native african language. Furaha's field experience is far-ranging as he has worked in some of the most remote corners of Tanzania and in all of its major ecological zones.

More recently Furaha has been involved in Carbon Tanzania's work establishing AGB (Above Ground Biomass) in their project areas and continues to work processing data from surveys and on-going research initiatives.
There are many places for birding in Tanzania, which have unique species which can not be found elsewhere in the world.

Area:
Manyara NP, Amani Nature Reserve, Uluguru Mountains, Udzungwa Forest, Usambara, rivers, lakes, forests, woodland and grasslands

Area Birds:
Long Billed Tailorbird, Usambara Weaver, Uluguru Bush Shrike, Amani Sunbird

Day 1: Depart Arusha, with packed Lunch, drive to Nyumba ya Mungu dam, where serious birding start, birds to be seen: Avocets, White headed Mousebird, Hunters Sunbirds, Beautiful sunbird, and many other residents and endemics birds of Tanzania.and overnight at Elephant Motel.

Day2: Depart Elephant Motel, with packed lunch, drive to mkomazi river/forest where we will combine the dry country birds and forest endemics of eastern Tanzania, dinner and overnight at Mullers Lodge.

Day3: Breakfast, drive to Magamba forest for the usambaras most unique endemics Tailor birds, weavers, owls, sunbirds,robin chats just to mention a few. Dinner and overnight at Mullers Lodge.

Day 4: Breakfast, en-route to the west Usambara intensive afternoon birding in the worlds most reserved forest (Amani Nature Reserve) dinner and overnight at Emau hills Camp.

Day 5:Full day birding in the Amani Nature reserve, due to the nature of the reserve it requires to go back to the camp for a hot lunch, optional evening birding and night birding tour for the search of the nightjars, Owls, and other forest animals of Amani Nature Reserve

Day 6:Breakfast, with packed lunch en-route birding, dinner and overnight at mambo view lodge.

Day 7:Breakfast, full day birding, this will include both hiking/driving in the beautiful reserved forest of Mambo villages, Dinner& overnight at Mambo view lodge.

Day 8: Driver back, with few stops on the main road to Arusha, dinner and overnight at Elephant Motel.

Day 9: Breakfast, with packed lunch driver back to Kilimanjaro Airport, to connect with your international flight back home.


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  Andrew Majembe Birding Darserengeti Arusha Region, Tanzania Anytime English, Swahili
  I’m wildlife officer by training with a special interest in birding. I have over 10 years experience in birding and I have seen 1005 bird species in Tanzania. Born 1981 in Dar es Salaam, i became a dedicated birder at a very young age. My passion for birding led me to study Wildlife Management at the College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka, Kilimanjaro.

My experience includes working as an Assistant Birds Conservation Officer at the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST), and working as a Tour Guide at Saadani Safari Lodge and a Cultural Tourism Coordinator at Saadani village. While working for WCST, I participated in a bird census organized by Wetlands International and updating of the World Bird Database funded by Birdlife International, mist netting in the biodiversity survey uluguru Mountain for Uluguru bush shrike-Project, CEPF-Project spotted ground Thrush at Londo plateau and some Projects for REDD.

I’m also the founder of Dar es Salaam Birdwatching Programme (DBP) through which I organizes weekend birdwatching tour of Dar es Salaam and surrounding areas where my expertise in birding adds an extra dimension to the birding experience. When not organizing birdwatching tours, I splits my time between conducting birdwatching training programmes and travelling to the remotest parts of Tanzania in search of birds.
Area:
Arusha Region is the one among growing fast City in Tanzania. After Zanzibar Island, then Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. Arusha region is among highly receiver of foreigners in the northern Tanzania. The region offers varied landscape, mammal viewing, and birding. The most prominent feature is Mt Meru, rising to 4566 m (14,980 ft) above the Serengeti Ndogo savanna. The varied landscape includes forested mountain slopes, two ancient craters filled with swamps and lush savanna, and open savanna. The Region especially northern part noted for the large concentration of Beesley’s Larks/Spike heeled Larks, which are usually common to this circumscribed barren sub-desert plain which is called Angyata Osugat. The area has recently become known within the international birdwatching community as ‘Lark Plain’

Dondwe Forest Reserve I recommend birding Dondwe forest reserve which is in Dar es Salaam. Its eight to ten hours birding and I prefer start my activity at 06:00am and goes up to 02:00pm or 04:00pm.

The hotspot sites that birders/ ornithologists would wish to watch birds;
I. Themi living garden
II. Mahakamani road (next to mafao house)
III. Mlima suye-moshono (Maasai camp)
IV. Head quarter (TANAPA)
V. Burkha estate-behind TANAPA (Kisongo area)
VI. Makumila University between (USA/TENGERU)
VII. Kalam coffee estate (close to Makumila University)
VIII. Monduli juu 1hour drive from Arusha town
IX. Waterfalls just to the turn of Mount Meru Hotel.
X. Danish training center USA river
XI. KIA Lodge, The Airport environs
XII. Mount Meru (The upper forest including Iliboru safari lodge and Sakina District)
XIII. Oldoinyo Sambu and its surroundings including livestock market
XIV. Angyata Osugat 6km from oldoinyo sambu (Popular as Lark Plains)
XV. Lake Duluti (Tengeru)
XVI. Behind St. constantini primary school (Airport road)
XVII. TAWIRI Forest (Njiro areas)

Area Birds:
Common Bulbul
Hartlaub’s Turaco
Variable Sunbird
Olive Woodpecker
Green-backed Camaroptera
Abbott’s Starling
Pied Crow
Malachite Kingfisher
Baglafetch Weaver
Hunter’s cisticola
Black- Crowned Tchagra
Brown-woodland Warbler
Slate-coloured Boubou
Cinnamon bracken Warbler
Speckled Mousebird
Evergreen forest Warbler
Grey-headed Sparrow
Black-headed Mountain Greenbul
Black and white Mannikin
Striped-faced Greenbul
Spectacled Weaver
Abyssinian Greenbul
Greater painted-Snipe
Crimsomwing greenbul
Varreaux’s Eagle Owl
African Hobby
African Firefinch
Yellow Bishop
Beesley’s Lark (critically endangered species)
Jackson’s Golden-backed Weaver
Red-winged Starling
Taveta Golden Weaver
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-billed Stork
Little Swift
African Fish Eagle
House Sparrow
Augur Buzzard
Hadada Ibis
White-eared Barbet
African Goshawk
Brown-breasted Barbet
Red-eyed Dove
Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
African Pied Wagtail
African pygmy Kingfisher
Pallid Harrier
Red-capped Robin Chat
Montagus’s Harrier
Bar-tailed Trogon
Black-shouldered Kite
Black Bishop
Gabar Goshawk
Lammergeir/ bearded Vulture
Superb Starling
Steppe Eagle
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Tawny Eagle
Blue-naped Mousebird
Short-toed Lark
Grey Hornbill
Short-tailed Lark
Red-cheeked Coldon-bleu
White-eyed Kestrel
Horus Swift
Lanner Falcon
White-rumped Swift
Black-chested Snake-eagle
Long-tailed Cormorant
Brown Snake-eagle
Grey Heron
Kori Bustard
Little Egret
Crowned Lapwing
Cattle Egret
Temminck’s Courser
Knob-billed Duck
Two-banded Courser
Red-capped Robin-chat
Capped Wheater
Collared Sunbird
Grassland Pipit
Peter’s Twinspot (species of interest)
Crowned Eagle
Grey olive Greenbul
Ayre’s Hawk Eagle
Black-throated Wattle-eye
Beesley’s Lark
Olive Wood Pecker
Ayre’s Hawk Eagle
Taveta Golden Weaver
Greater Painted Snipe
Black Bishop
Peter’s Twinspot
Jackson’s Golden-backed Weaver.
Whited-eared Barbet

Interests:
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, hiking, butterflies, fishing, sport fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving
Travel: train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, canoe, portage, dog sled, snow mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, shop, antique, swap
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino

Testimonial
In early June 2009, I spent a pleasant three hours birding with Andrew Majembe in Dar es Salaam, on the extensive grounds of the University of Dar es Salaam. We went through habitats of open water, grassland, shrubby thicket, and dry stream bed. My goal was to train my ear for the familiar East African sounds and to help distinguish between (among) confusing species. I am not a lister, so that I didn't keep track, but we did see and hear, I'm certain, some 40-50 species, including many new to me notwithstanding several former trips to Africa. He also helped by suggesting species to look for during upcoming trips to Kigamboni and Morogoro.

Andrew was an informative and enthusiastic guide, with a very quick eye and ear that made up for my sixty-five year-old's aging senses. He was helpful in explaining some of the mysteries of sunbirds; the calls of bulbuls, doves, and cuckoos; and demonstrating the predatory behavior of the House (Indian, Zanzibar) Crows that are savaging the city bird life. I recommend him highly for all the skills of a bird enthusiast and guide--knowledge of habitat, patience with my own inexperience, an encyclopedic knowledge of local species. I'll definitely look him up during my next trip.
Joel Plotkin, Orrtanna, Pennsylvania, USA.

I just got back from Tanzania with my wife Pia, who is also a birder. After an unforgettable safari week we spent one day birding near Dar es Salaam with Birdingpal Andrew Majembe. He was great.


J Mackubi Mafia Island, Utende Anytime English, Swahili
The few remaining forest patches ought to be declared reserves and encroachment stopped before they become too small to support some of the forest wildlife.

Distribution of the resident bird populations can be associated with these habitat-vegetation types:
1 Ocean
2 Inter-tidal mud flats and beaches
3 Coastal thickets
4 Cultivated and built-up areas
5 Swamps and ponds
6 Grassland
7 Mangroves
8 Coastal forest

It seems reasonable to begin a survey of Mafia's birds around Chole Bay, where most visitors begin their holiday. They are driven from the informal airport in Kilindoni along one of the two main dust roads of Mafia, to the lodges overlooking one of the most unspoilt and biologically interesting bays in Tanzania.

Chole Bay, protected from the ocean to the east by a group of small islands and islets, is extremely shallow for the most part and bordered by mangrove swamps and sandy beaches. At low tide vast areas of the southern end of the bay are exposed to reveal soft silts and sand with coral rock platforms and pools rich in marine invertebrates.

Shore birds, (as the Americans call them), or waders (the term used in Europe and Africa) are small- to medium-sized long-legged birds. Many spend their breeding season by rivers and on marshes in the far north of Eurasia whilst other species prefer the lake edges of more central and southern regions. They are long-distance fliers, and after breeding, many travel thousands of kilometres across sea and land, to more favourable regions of the world. Many waders pass through Eastern Europe, to arrive on the east coast of Africa. Some continue to the Cape in South Africa where, after a few months, they return once more.

Chole Bay provides a temporary resting and feeding station for many waders continuing further south, whilst others may spend all their winter here. Between September and April birds can be seen busily feeding amongst the pools at low tide where they select worms, shellfish, crustaceans and even small fish. Each species is adapted in bill length, length of leg and in size to allow maximum efficiency for collecting food but with little competition between species.

As the tide advances, mixed parties become more concentrated along the upper shore. As each approaching high tide covers their food, flocks can be seen flying over the incoming water, towards the mangrove swamps and rocky islets to the north and east of the bay where they safely rest and preen until the water begins to recede once more.
Area:
Chole Bay, marshes in the far north of Eurasia, reserves, wetlands, conservations and islands

Area Birds:
Whimbrel, Crab Plovers, Ringed Plover, Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stint, Greenshank, Greater Sand Plovers, Terek Sandpipers, Crab Plovers

Whimbrel, with their long curved bills, Grey Plover, lacking their summer black bellies, are perhaps the commonest waders; Ringed Plover, Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stint and Greenshank make up the numbers from the far north. There are other waders less familiar to the ornithologist from Western Europe; Greater Sand Plovers which breed from Jordan to central Asia, and Terek Sandpipers, their up curved bills appearing out of proportion to their dumpy bodies.


One of the most interesting waders is the striking black and white Crab Plovers. These heavy billed birds breed on sandy shores along the Persian Gulf and Somalia spending their off-season on the sand and mud shores of East Africa as far south as Mozambique. The successful breeding pairs are accompanied by their single smoky grey and white offspring. Chole Bay is an important feeding area for these birds. One of the most beautiful sights of Mafia is the high tide flights of Crab Plovers making their way low across the water to the sanctuary of the mangroves there to await the turning of the tide. Although most of these waders return north, a few, perhaps injured or immature birds remain through the year.
Interests:
Professional Birdwatching Guide

Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tanzania
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African Bird Club Tanzania
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