Working for birds in Africa

Birding in the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania

p 111-115

Containing ten species of birds currently classified as threatened, one critically so, and a further three as near-threatened, the Usambara mountains of Tanzania are one of the most important African mainland sites for the conservation of birds. In spite of this they remain firmly off the beaten birding track, possibly due to the belief, true in many cases, that Tanzanian montane areas are difficult to access and devoid of amenities, I visited the Usambaras in January 1996 and using public transport throughout my trip, found that many of the best sites are easily accessible and in most cases less than eight hours drive from the capital, Dar-es-Salaam. The Usambaras are also easy to reach from Kenya and a visit could easily be incorporated into a Kenya trip. The fact that the area can easily be visited using public transport, both from within Tanzania as well as from Kenya, is an added bonus to those on a tight budget, or those without their own transport

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