Events & Adventures
With Susan Elbin and Bjørn Figenschou
February 1-February 12, 2014
(Two pre-trip workshops: Thursday, December 12, 2013 and Wednesday, December 18, 2013)
Join us for our first African adventure in many years! Dr. Susan Elbin, NYC Audubon's director of conservation and science, will co-lead this exciting tour with her good friends at Tanzania Guides, Limited, Patricia Moehlman and Bjørn Figenschou. We will begin in Arusha National Park, and make our way through at least three more of northern Tanzania's National Parks (Ngorongoro, Serengeti, and Tarangire – time permitting we may also visit Lake Manyara), before returning to our point of origin.
This circuit encompasses habitat and geological features as varied as shadowy montane forest, wooded and grassland savannah, grassy floodplains and alkaline lakes, granite kopjes (pronounced “koppies”), craters, and more. As we traverse these diverse ecosystems we will witness great natural beauty, including the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and Ngorongoro Crater, which is actually the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world.
It is in these breath-takingly beautiful settings that we will encounter the true highlights of our Tanzanian tour—the wildlife! Large herbivorous mammals like wildebeest, which will be calving in early February, bachelor herds of elephants, and the endangered black rhino will be easily spotted. We will also see the smaller ungulates: impala, bushbuck, klipspringer, dik dik, the diminutive suni, and perhaps even rare greater kudu! There will be great views of the famous Sub-Saharan predators: lions, cheetahs, leopards, jackals, and hyenas. Lesser known hunters, including bat-eared foxes, caracals and serval cats, are also likely sightings.
Tanzania is not only rich in mammal diversity – this country can boast of more than 1,000 bird species! On this 12-day safari we will see many birds, both common and rare, endemic and widespread species. Target species include lesser and greater flamingos, little grebe, Verraux’s eagle, kori bustard, Masai ostrich, secretary bird, superb starling, paradise whydah, bataleur eagle, goliath heron, Fischer’s and yellow-collared lovebirds, and so much more! Bee-eaters, rollers, hornbills and trogons abound in northern Tanzania, home to some of the world’s most important natural reserves.
Tour accommodations include: the Impala Hotel of Arusha, which offers comfortable rooms and multiple choices of international cuisine; the beautiful Sopa Safari Lodge at Ngorongoro, which commands breath-taking views of the crater from every lounge, dining room and bedroom; Private Tented Camps provided by Tanzania Guides, Limited (click here for complete description, under “Equipment, Accommodations, and Service”), which allow us to spend restful nights right on National Park grounds, so that we do not miss a minute of our bird-filled days!
Tour price includes two pre-trip workshops covering the ecosystems and avifauna of northern Tanzania. Limited to 12 people. $6,985 (double occupancy, $1,000 single room supplement. For all national and international trips, membership in NYC Audubon at the Student/Senior level and up is required.