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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
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.
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
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.


  Andrew Majembe Go Away Birding Dar es Salaam and 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. I'm English speaking bird guide.

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.

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.

Arusha in the northern circuit
&mdot;Pugu Hills Forest Reserve
&mdot;Pande Game Reserve
&mdot;Dondwe Forest Reserve
&mdot;Outskirt of University of Dar es Salaam and its oxidation ponds
&mdot;Dar South Beaches; Mjimwema Salt pans, Kibugumo cultivated lands, Gezaulole, Mwembe mdogo, Kimbiji, Amani beach and Buyuni.
&mdot;Dar north beaches: Jangwani salt pans, Kunduchi Mangrove forest
&mdot;Ruvu south Forest Reserve.

Birding itinerary for Dar es Salaam IBA.

Full day South beach birding route: The south beach Kibugumo cultivated land birding route is one of the Dar es Salaam's greatest avitourism adventure! The route takes you from the ocean road beaches and lush woodland of Kibugumo's cultivated land tropical coastline and up to the spectacular hills of Dondwe forest reserve. The variety of habitat and bird list in excess of 250 species including many rare and globally endangered migrants from Asia (Basra Reed Warbler) and Madagascar (Madagascar squacco Heron), and the others rare species from Europe (Lesser Grey Shrike & Nightingale) The resident species to the forest including Gorgeous Bush-shrike,Narina Trogon,African broadbill,Square-tailed Drongo,Yellow-streaked Greenbull,Red-tailed Ant Thrush and Little yellow Flycather. Advantage of Full day birding route give a guest complimentary of exploring almost the all City of Dar es Salaam within a day hours of touring. Tickers get great chances. Social-cultural experience-big birders meet locals.

Half day Pugu Hills birding route: Pugu Hills Kisarawe district Coastal Forest with its tropical diversity and more than 81 bird species is one of the frontiers of birding in the coast forest of Dar es Salaam. Many species from North Tanzania reach their southern limit here:this region offers a whole suite of exciting and ranges-restricted birds. The route offers a diversity of sites from the lifeless Kaolin mining factory along the southern banks of the Msimbazi river,the Tanzania and Zambia Railway line crossing the forest,ambandon tunnel of Central line and famous Bats burrows camp. The bird species including:Spotted Ground Thrush,Africa Pitta,Pale-breasted Illadopsis,Red-capped Robin Chat,Green Barbet,Pallid Honeyguide,Great Sparrowhawk,Vanga Flycatcher,Eastern Nicator, Livingstone and Purple-crested Turaco. And Mouse coloured Sunbird to mentioned a few. One of the advantages of Half day birding route It give a guest limited of time to have going strait to forest and sharp scanning habitat within constrain of time and may be back to the hotel check out and flight. Excursionist visitors will be having great opportunity to go with this kind of activity.

Area Birds:

&mdot;Little yellow Flycatcher
&mdot;Spotted Ground Thrush
&mdot;Thick-billed Cuckoo
&mdot;Pale-breasted Illadopsis
&mdot;Sokoke Pipit
&mdot;East Coast Akalat
&mdot;Southern banded Snake Eagle
&mdot;Plain-backed Sunbird

Whimbrel,Ringed Plover,Common Greenshank, Green-backed Heron, Gull-billed Tern, Grey Heron, Pied Kingfisher, Terek Sandpiper, Crab Plover, Grey Plover, Black Heron, Dimorphic Egret, Common Sandpiper, Heuglin's Gull, Greater Frigatebird, Lesser Frigatebird, Lilac-breasted Roller, Zanzibar Sombre Greenbul, Red-eyed Dove, Mouse-coloured Sunbird, African Goshawk, Fork-tailed Drongo, Squire-tailed Drongo, Collared Sunbird, Green-backed Camaroptera, Black-backed Puffback, Olive Sunbird, Golden-rumped Tinkerbird, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Forest Weaver, Little Greenbul, Yellow-billed Greenbul, Terrestrial Brownbull, Common Bulbul, Black and White Mannikin, Pale Batis, Malachite Kingfisher, Madagascar Pond Heron, Giant Eagle Owl, Barn Owl, Greater painted Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Mangrove Kingfisher, Stripped Kingfisher, Brown-Hooded Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Grey headed Kingfisher, Emerald-Spotted Wood Dove, Tambourine Dove, Indian House Crow, Pied Crow, Palm Nut Vulture, African Palm Swift, Little Swift, Lesser Stripped Swallow, Wire-tailed Swallow, Barn Swallow, Yellow-billed Kite, Scarlet-Chested Sunbird, Green Wood Hoopoe, Broad-billed Roller, House Sparrow, Grey-headed Sparrow
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
- K.

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

Area Birds:
Brown Breasted Barbet, House Crow, Hammerkop, Water Thicknee, Hadada Ibises, House Sparrow, Waterbirds etc
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

Area Birds:
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.


Mountain Kilimanjaro, Mountain Meru

Area Birds:

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.

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.


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.

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.
Professional Birdwatching Guide

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