Thank you for these amazing days at MamboViewPoint! We were immediately stunned by the beauty of MamboViewPoint. The view, the weather, the food, the hospitality, the hiking, all spectacular!! What an amazing delight to find you at the top of the mountain. We were very happy to stay in one of the most beautiful places of Tanzania.      
         
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TourMenuMamboViewPoint offers many opportunities for birdwatchers, with several areas ideal for  some of the special birds of the West Usambara. The walks are enjoyable for non-birdwatchers and beginners alike. Three different walks are offers.

Birding walks at MamboViewPoint

More info:  Birding for specialist
            List with birds around Mambo
            Photo Album Birds of Mambo
            Download the flyer with the BirdWalks
            Have also a look at the walk to Ndungu lake with many birds to be seen
            Download the birding flyer for beginners
 
The number of spotted species around Mambo go over 500. Among them are rare and endemic species.
 

presentation

For those who want to enjoy images of colourful West Usambara birds and improve their knowledge, a one-hour presentation of photos taken locally and commented by a bird specialist is offered. Several subjects are available: identification method, migration, bird history and conservation. Your questions will be welcome. It is organised just before dinner, but can be arranged according to your wishes.

 

1° Introduction to mountain and cliff birds – half day.

This walk starts along the ridge of the mountain, then follows a path down to the caves. On the first part, waxbills, robin-chats, swifts, shrikes and batises are often seen. Around the caves is denser vegetation, very good for crombecs, barbets, bulbuls, boubous and starlings. At the rock face lookout for raptors with Lanner Falcon staking out its territory. Verreaux’s Eagle is often soaring on thermals from the plains down below. On the way back, canaries, sunbirds and warblers are frequently seen in the larger bushes.

2° Life of bird basics – half day.

An interesting walk from MamboViewPoint towards the forest allows visitors to see many species such weavers, chats, swallows, ravens, buzzards, waxbills and wagtails in the village. Warblers, greenbuls, sunbirds and robin-chats are at the forest edge (compare their behavior in foraging and reaction to human presence). Inside the forest, birding is challenging as the birds are often hiding in tangles and dense undergrowth or feeding high in the canopy. The behavior of forest birds is tied to the feeding habits and we will be on the lookout  for “bird parties” where many species congregate and feed together as they move slowly through the forest. On the way back we will look for birds that have adapted to exotic trees that have been introduced to the area.

3° Colourful highland jewels – full day

A long walk in the mountains in natural meadows, fields, rocky slopes and woodland is ideal to see many different species of birds, including the beautiful Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, several sunbirds, raptors (with luck, even the rare Taita Falcon), Mocking Cliffchat, tchagras, canaries, warblers, woodpeckers, barbets, waxbills, weavers, Dusky Turtle-Dove and many more. We start early morning from the lodge in high mountain habitat then walk slowly half a day to mid-mountain where some lowland species occur, hence the huge diversity. After the picnic lunch, the walk back passes through different habitat; the afternoon allows plenty of time for a gentle walk with several birding stops.

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CordonBlue
Malachite
BeaEater
African Pied Wagtail
Hildebrandt's Francolin
Augur Buzzard
African Stonechat
YellowWhiteeye
VariableSunbird
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