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Africa birding safaris

To be away with the birds is the best way to be on safari

Africa birding safaris
Get your feathers aflutter by acquiring an interest in our avian friends
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When people imagine an African safari, it’s usually the big cats and wild mammals that spring to mind.

But, after decades of bush adventures, we’ve come to appreciate birds as much as we do the bigger beasts — and for a family safari holiday, igniting an interest in our avian friends promises rich rewards that are reaped for a lifetime.

Africa birding safaris
Get your feathers aflutter by acquiring an interest in our avian friends
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Birds are everywhere

Observing bird behaviour, be it through binoculars from your vehicle or up close on a walking safari, lends layers of fascination to a landscape.

Once you begin to truly see them, there’s never a dull moment — the landscape is aflutter with life, and any safari can be a birding safari.

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A bird for each nation...

The beauty of African birding safaris lies in their dazzling diversity. Each  country has a national bird, and while some species are found Africa-wide, each region has its endemics.

And within each region, each example of topography has its own avian inhabitants.

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...and location

Bateleur eagles, lilac-breasted rollers and grey crowned cranes grace acacia plains while woodlands are filled with hornbills, bee-eaters and hammerkops.

Near deltas and floodplains, you’ll find African fish eagles, malachite kingfishers and jacanas; lakes feature flamingos, pink-backed pelicans and saddle-billed storks.

Turacos and trogons favour montane forest, and if you’re out after dark you might just glimpse some owls too.

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Birds for all seasons

Seasonality throws in added diversity: migratory birds come and go, and enormous flocks of our feathered friends arrive after rain.

For this reason, Nyerere National Park from November to March is spectacular for African birding safaris and the Okavango Delta in flood adds phenomenal birdlife to a family safari holiday.

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Birds add extra interest to any family safari

We love the fact that birds are everywhere, and their diversity and particularity make for unending fascination and discovery.

Once you get your eye in, birding truly is a joy that stays with you for life. Take our word for it.

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Suggested itineraries
Our favourite itineraries for a bird safari
  • Tanzania safari and beach holiday

    Experience the ideal combination of safari and beach that Tanzania has to offer.

    Guide Price From £3,095 | $4,210 per person (based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12)
    Duration 9 Nights
    Best Months July - October
    Region Nyerere National Park, Zanzibar Islands,
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  • Kenya safari and beach holiday

    UP TO 25% OFF TRAVEL IN 2021 - Combine the world-famous Masai Mara with some time on Kenya's gorgeous coastline with our signature Kenya family safari and beach holiday.

    Guide Price From £3,680 | $5,000 per person (based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12)
    Duration 10 nights
    Best Months July - October
    Region Nairobi, Masai Mara, Kenya Coast,
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  • Kenya wildlife and conservation safari holiday

    UP TO 25% OFF TRAVEL IN 2021 - Combine the world-famous Masai Mara with beautiful scenery and incredible conservation successes in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

    Guide Price From £4,350 | $5,900 per person (based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12)
    Duration 8 nights
    Best Months July - March
    Region Nairobi, Lewa and Laikipia, Masai Mara,
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  • Tanzania family safari holiday

    This classic Northern Tanzania safari circuit takes in some of the most breathtaking wildlife spectacles and landscapes imaginable.

    Guide Price From £3,785 | $5,150 per person (based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12)
    Duration 8 Nights
    Best Months July - October
    Region Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Highlands, Serengeti National Park,
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  • Kenya driving safari holiday

    UP TO 25% OFF TRAVEL IN 2021 - Experience incredible wildlife, vast wilderness and tranquil lakeside abodes on our Kenya driving safari holiday.

    Guide Price From £3,865 | $5,250 per person (based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12)
    Duration 8 nights
    Best Months July - March
    Region Nairobi, Rift Valley Lakes, Lewa and Laikipia, Samburu,
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  • Southern Tanzania safari holiday

    Experience a unique and memorable family safari adventure in Tanzania's southern parks.

    Guide Price From £4,255 | $5,785 per person (based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12)
    Duration 7 Nights
    Best Months July - October
    Region Ruaha National Park, Nyerere National Park,
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  • Bucket list family safari Tanzania

    Our ultimate Tanzania bucket list family safari takes in all this incredible country has to offer.

    Guide Price From £6,165 | $8,385 per person (based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12)
    Duration 14 Nights
    Best Months July - October
    Region Arusha, Ngorongoro Highlands, Serengeti National Park, Ruaha National Park, Zanzibar Islands,
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  • Tanzania chimpanzee safari

    Our remote Western Tanzania chimpanzee safari will have you trekking with our closest genetic relatives and experiencing a big game safari in true wilderness.

    Guide Price From £5,950 | $8,090 per person (based on a family of four)
    Duration 8 Nights
    Best Months July - October
    Region Arusha, Western Tanzania,
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Why travel with Coral Tree?

We are the specialists in luxury Africa family safari holidays

We are Africa experts and also parents. We understand what makes a memorable family adventure.

Our knowledge and connections are unsurpassed

We have been living and working in African tourism for over two decades.

Every journey is tailored with your specific wishes in mind

No off-the-shelf packages or cookie-cutter itineraries. Unique family safaris.

Each trip funds grassroots conservation and girls education projects

You pay no more for the privilege, we support causes close to our hearts.

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Over the last twenty years, we have lived and worked in the luxury African tourism sector developing partnerships across the continent.

We know what makes a memorable family experience, and as parents, we understand what’s important to you.

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