Tanzania Safari

Animal Sightings on my Tanzania Safari to the Serengeti

My Tanzania Safari to the Serengeti

As promised in an earlier post, here is a list of animal sightings from my August/September 2019 Tanzania safari to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire with African Dream Safaris. Feel free to write to me with questions about my trip, or post in the comment section below. I’m happy to chat.

Animal Pictures

Pictures are coming, but my daughter Dr. Daisy is still editing the 5,000 photos. It may take another couple weeks, so stay tuned! She’s got some amazing pictures.

Animal Sightings (not including birds)

  • Elephants (over 100, including many babies)
  • Leopard (2)
  • Lions (84, including 2 little cubs that walked in front of the vehicle)
  • Reedbuck
  • Ground squirrel
  • Blue monkey
  • Golden (common) jackal
  • Black-backed jackal
  • African rock python (just swallowed a reedbuck!)
  • Cape buffalo (> 2,000)
  • Bat-eared fox
  • Nile crocodile (>10)
  • Steenbok
  • Nile monitor
  • Leopard Tortoise
  • Common zebra (> ½ a million)
  • Hippo (>100)
  • Rock agama lizard (saw many “Spiderman lizards”)
  • Warthog (including 3 babies)
  • Masai giraffe (>50)
  • Dwarf mongoose
  • Banded mongoose
  • Slender mongoose
  • African yellow-winged bat
  • Impala
  • Wildebeest (> 1 ½ million)
  • Eland
  • Topi
  • Thomson’s gazelle (baby tommies too)
  • Grant Gazelle
  • Olive baboon (also in Nairobi)
  • Klipspringer
  • Rock hyrax
  • Bush hyrax
  • Cape Hare
  • Cheetah (approx. 12, including cubs)
  • Fasa Waterbuck
  • Common Waterbuck
  • Black-faced vervet monkey
  • Spotted hyena (and little ones)
  • Hartebeest
  • Dik dik
  • Oribi
  • Black rhino (3)
  • Bushbuck
  • Serval cat (stalking, pouncing, getting a big chubby mole)
  • Army ants
  • A 5-inch-long tan-colored scorpion (cause yeah, in our tent)
  • Tsetse flies (Daisy got several bites; I only got one)

Bird Sightings (north Serengeti, central Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)

All verified and id’d by Tanzanian guide/bird expert Russell because Carol is a terrible birder!

  1. Ostrich (one male did the mating dance!)
  2. Little grebe
  3. White-breasted (great) cormorant
  4. Great white pelican
  5. Pink-backed pelican
  6. Black-crowned night heron
  7. Squacco heron
  8. Cattle egret (sitting on zebras, giraffes, cape buffalo)
  9. Little egret
  10. Great white egret
  11. Yellow-billed egret
  12. Grey heron
  13. Black-headed heron
  14. Goliath heron
  15. Hamerkop
  16. Yellow-billed stork
  17. Open-billed stork
  18. Saddle-billed stork
  19. Marabou stork
  20. Sacred ibis
  21. Glossy ibis
  22. Hadada ibis
  23. African spoonbill
  24. Greater flamingo
  25. Lesser flamingo
  26. Egyptian goose
  27. Spur-winged goose
  28. Knob-billed duck
  29. Red-billed teal
  30. Black-shouldered kite
  31. Yellow-billed kite (black)
  32. Fish eagle
  33. Hooded vulture
  34. White-backed vulture
  35. Ruppell’s vulture
  36. Lappet-faced vulture
  37. White-headed vulture
  38. Black-chested snake eagle
  39. Brown snake eagle
  40. Bateleur
  41. Gymnogene or African harrier hawk
  42. Dark chanting goshawk
  43. Pale chanting goshawk
  44. Augur buzzard white morph
  45. Augur buzzard dark morph
  46. Tawny eagle
  47. Long-crested eagle
  48. Martial eagle
  49. Secretary bird
  50. Pygmy falcon
  51. Common kestrel
  52. Grey kestrel
  53. Lanner falcon
  54. Coqui francolin
  55. Crested fancolin
  56. Hildebrandt’s francolin
  57. Scaly francolin
  58. Red-necked spurfowl
  59. Grey-breasted spurfowl
  60. Yellow-necked spurfowl
  61. Helmeted guineafowl
  62. Black crake
  63. Purple gallinule
  64. Common moorhen
  65. Red-knobbed coot
  66. East African grey-crowned crane (my #1 bird; saw 32, then a flock of 60!)
  67. Kori bustard
  68. White-bellied bustard
  69. Black-bellied bustard
  70. Hartlaub’s bustard
  71. African jacana
  72. Lesser jacana
  73. Painted snipe
  74. Pied avocet
  75. Black-winged stilt
  76. Spotted thickknee
  77. Two-banded courser
  78. Temminck’s courser
  79. Collared pranticole
  80. Kittlitz’s plover
  81. Three-banded plover
  82. Wattled lapwing
  83. Blacksmith lapwing
  84. Spur-winged lapwing
  85. Black-winged lapwing
  86. Crowned lapwing
  87. Long-toed lapwing
  88. Marsh sandpiper
  89. Wood sandpiper
  90. Common sandpiper
  91. Little stint
  92. Ruff
  93. Chestnut bellied sandpiper
  94. Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse
  95. Black-faced sandgrouse
  96. Speckled pigeon
  97. Laughing dove
  98. Mourning dove
  99. Ring-necked dove
  100. Emerald-spotted wood dove
  101. Namaqua dove
  102. Orange-bellied parrot
  103. Brown parrot (our guide Russell was relentless in finding this one for me!)
  104. Fischer’s lovebird
  105. Yellow-collared lovebird
  106. Bare-faced go-away bird
  107. White-bellied go-away bird
  108. Great spotted cuckoo
  109. White-browed coucal
  110. Speckled mousebird
  111. Pied kingfisher
  112. Grey-headed kingfisher
  113. Little bee-eater
  114. Lilac-breasted roller (there were so many of these spectacular birds that we developed a little joke: “ho-hum, just another roller”)
  115. Green wood hoopee
  116. African hoopoe
  117. Red-billed hornbill (this is Zazu from “The Lion King” for you non-birders)
  118. Von der Decken’s hornbill
  119. Grey hornbill
  120. Silvery-cheeked hornbill
  121. Southern ground hornbill
  122. White-headed barbet
  123. Red and yellow barbet
  124. D’ Arnaud’s barbet
  125. Usambiro barbet
  126. Nubian woodpecker
  127. Grey woodpecker
  128. Bearded woodpecker
  129. Rufous-naped lark
  130. Red-capped lark
  131. Fischer’s sparrowlark
  132. Banded martin
  133. Grey-rumped swallow
  134. Mosque swallow
  135. Lesser striped swallow
  136. Blue swallow
  137. White-rumped swift
  138. African pied wagtail
  139. Long-billed pipit
  140. Grassland pipit
  141. Yellow-vented bulbul
  142. Olive thrush
  143. White-browed robin chat
  144. White-browed scrub robin
  145. Schalow’s wheatear
  146. Capped wheatear
  147. Northern anteater chat
  148. Sooty chat
  149. Red-faced crombec
  150. Banded parisoma
  151. Common stone chat
  152. Grey-backed camaroptera
  153. Grey flycatcher
  154. Pale flycatcher
  155. Silverbird
  156. Paradise flycatcher
  157. Black-lored babbler
  158. Brubru
  159. Scarlet-chested sunbird
  160. Beautiful sunbird
  161. Black-headed oriole
  162. Grey-backed fiscal
  163. Long-tailed fiscal
  164. Common fiscal
  165. Magpie shrike
  166. Northern white-crowned shrike
  167. Brown-crowned Tchagra
  168. Black-crowned Tchagra
  169. Slate-coloured boubou
  170. Fork-tailed common drongo
  171. Pied crow
  172. Ruppell’s starling
  173. Superb starling (who knew I’d go nuts over a starling?)
  174. Hildebrandt’s starling
  175. Ashy starling
  176. Wattled starling
  177. Red-billed oxpecker
  178. Yellow-billed oxpecker
  179. Rufous sparrow
  180. Grey-headed sparrow
  181. Chestnut sparrow
  182. Red-billed buffalo weaver
  183. White-headed buffalo weaver
  184. Speckle-fronted weaver
  185. White-browed sparrow weaver
  186. Rufous-tailed weaver
  187. Grey-headed social weaver (capped)
  188. Golden weaver
  189. Red-billed quelea (giant flocks!)
  190. Black-headed weaver
  191. Fan-tailed widowbird
  192. Green-winged pytilia
  193. Red-billed firefinch
  194. African firefinch
  195. Crimson-rumped waxbill
  196. Red-cheeked Cordonbleu
  197. Blue-capped Cordonbleu
  198. Purple grenadier
  199. Yellow-rumped seedeater
  200. Yellow-fronted canary
  201. Golden-breasted bunting

The Tanzanian People are Wonderful!

I knew I’d fall in love with the Serengeti. I love wild places and work in the U.S. to protect public lands, but I didn’t know how much I’d love the people of Tanzania. Everywhere we went, the locals greeted us with “Jambo! Jambo! Welcome to our country. Please tell people about us.” I’ve lived and traveled around the world and without exception, the Tanzanian people are the friendliest I’ve ever met. They shake your hand. They want to chat. They’re warm and beautiful and kind, even at the airport. Their conservation work is truly impressive.

So now I’m sort of an ambassador for the country. I love Tanzania!

 

 

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