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Birdwatching in the Uluguru Mountains is a perfect complement to Tanzania safaris

When you think of a Tanzania safari, the first images that come to mind are likely ones of lions, zebras and elephants. Yet a trip to the east African country also presents you with the opportunity to see some of the world's rarest birds, many of which reside in rainforests surrounding Tanzania's Uluguru Mountains.

The experience of birdwatching in Tanzania is nothing like looking through the binoculars stateside(. The mountains are surrounded by dense vegetation and are home to birds that you can't find anywhere else in the world, including the trogon, which is famous for its vibrant plumage.

While hornbills and trogons are good catches, anybody who makes a trip to Uluguru part of their Tanzania safari is undoubtedly looking to spot a bushshrike, one of the most endangered species in the world.

The bushshrike, which are easily-recognizable thanks to their red and black coloration, are very rare. In fact, before one was spotted in 2007 they had not been seen for more than 25 years.

After a day of birdwatching in the Uluguru rainforests, you should make a point to head into the nearby city of Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. While it does not have the biodiversity offered by some of the other parts of the country, it is the perfect way to wrap a day spent immersed in the local wildlife.

Among the most appealing aspects of Dar es Salaam is its rapidly evolving restaurant scene. The city is home to a large international community and as a result, there are restaurants for everyone, with Indian and Arabic cuisines being especially well-represented.

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