Day 1 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Arrive in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport & check in at the lodge & evening birding experience in the Botanical Gardens

Image result for birding experience in the Botanical GardensArrive in Uganda following the flight from your respective country of origin. You land at Entebbe International Airport which is the main gateway to Uganda where you will find the company representative dedicated to offer you a courteous welcome. The amazing weather and brightening atmosphere on the shores of Lake Victoria give you a remarkable first impression of Uganda. You will connect to the respective hotel for check in before proceeding to Botanical Gardens where you have chances of exploring birds like the Verreaux’s Eagle, Vieillot’s Black weaver, Red chested sunbirds, golden-backed weaver, Black headed Gonolek just to mention but a few.  Retire for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Midrange: Boma Hotel Entebbe

Day 2 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Transfer to Budongo Forest Reserve. Track Rhinos and birding in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route. Drive time: 4 to 5Hours

ziwa-rhinos uganda safari

In the early morning after breakfast, drive North West to Masindi town close to Budongo Forest Reserve. This route offers you impressive views of the flat landscapes of central Uganda before making a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to view white Rhinos and birds. The savannah thicket also features counts of birds over 250 species of birds and the expert guides will enable you spot a range of birds including; Blue spotted dove, Booted eagle, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill,        Broad billed Roller, African Black Crake, Brown-backed Srub Robin, African Blue Flycatcher  among other birds. Have lunch on the Sanctuary and transfer to Masindi in the evening for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Midrange: Kabalega Resort

Day 3 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Whole day birding in Budongo Forest Reserve – Busingiro Area

Birding Watching Safari in Uganda

Very early in the morning after breakfast you will embark on a full day birding in the forest starting with the Royal mile area of the forest. This Royal mile is referred to as the country’s premier forest birding locality home to a number of species such as; western black –headed Oriole and purple-headed starling Banded Snake eagle, crowned and African pied horn bill, and Bat hawk seen at dusk, white-thighed horn bills, yellow-billed barbets, the chocolate backed blue breasted and African dwarf kingfisher, and the Green buls. You will have picnic lunch in the forest as you bird and retreat in the evening to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Midrange:   Kabalega Resort

Related imageDay 4 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Half day birding in Budongo Forest Reserve – Kaniyo Pabidi Site, transfer to Murchison Falls National Park & visit the top of the falls

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Early in the morning after breakfast you will transfer to the Kaniyo Pabidi sector of the forest for more birding. This area also offers an opportunity to explore chimpanzees on your way to Murchison Falls National Park (optional arrangement).  In this forest coverage watch out for birds like the rare green breasted Pitta, African wood and African scops owls en route and the Puvel’s Illadopsis-a bird that has been recently discovered. You will drive towards the top of the falls where the Nile perfects its beauty. Here the Nile is transformed into explosive foam of thunderous wide water -funnels shaped through a narrow cleft in the Rift valley escarpment offering the most inspiring sight of its kind in east Africa. Here you have chances of viewing birds like the Pel’s fishing Owl, chest-nut crowned and the Red-winged grey warbler. Connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge – Deluxe room, Midrange: Murchison River Lodge – thatched Safari tent

Day 5 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Bird along the Nile River

Connect to Paraa jetty for an early morning private boat ride to the Delta Area one of the magical spots in Murchison Falls National Park. The cruise offers you a magical touch of the world’s longest Nile River as it slows down while entering Lake Albert. The Delta Area is famously known as the birder’s paradise as it offers good possibilities of viewing a range of bird species including the elusive Shoebill stork currently listed on the IUCN red list as Vulnerable and the most famous sought after bird species in Uganda. The River banks offer chances of viewing wild game. Retreat from the activity and return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you gather at Paraa jetty for afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. The 3 hour boat encounter opens you to the thrilling Nile waters in their relaxed flow as they join the Albert delta. The boat takes off at 2pm and you are advised to sit on its left hand side to have a good view of the birds and the other animals because most of them bank on the left side. You have possibilities of encountering hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes as they are surrounded by fish eating birds like Egyptian geese, Goliath heron, pied King fisher, African Darter weavers, African skimmer, Fulvous Duck and many more.  Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Midrange: Murchison River Lodge – thatched Safari tent, Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge – Deluxe room

Day 6 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Bird in the savannah landscapes of Murchison Falls National Park

Uganda Forest Birding Safari

After breakfast early in the morning you will be transferred to the northern game-viewing circuit traversing the whistling thorn acacia where you have possibilities of encountering birds like speckle-fronted weaver. Proceed across the airstrip and go through the Victoria Nile track that leads down the edge of the Victoria Nile delta. On reaching the Nile, check out the papyrus edges for the resident shoebills, blue breasted bee-eater and swamp flycatchers plus other swamp dwelling species. After, you will head towards the Albert Nile track to see the white billed barbet and black scimitar bill.

Accommodation: Midrange: Murchison River Lodge – thatched Safari tent, Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge – Deluxe room

Image result for Bird along the Nile RiverDay 7 of the 14 Days Uganda Primate & Birding Safari: Transfer to Semliki National Park, do birding & return to Fort Portal

Rabongo Forest spreads over 4km2 of the park landscape and offers impressive bird views most especially the forest birds and the walk also offers you impressive views of the Primates including the Black and white colobus, Baboons among others. The River Wairingo also presents impressive encounters. Retire from the activity and embark on the transfer to Hoima driving along the scenic Albertine rift escarpment with magical views.

Accommodation: Midrange: Hoima Cultural Lodge

Day 8 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Transfer from Hoima to Fort Portal. Birding en route including Sebitoli  Drive time: 7 Hours

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Fort Portal driving through the countryside landscapes of south western Uganda. Enjoy birding en route including the Sebitoli Area which is an extension of Kibale National Park. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Midrange: Mountains of the Moon Hotel

Day 9 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Do Birding in Semiliki Valley National Park

uganda birding safari

After an early morning breakfast, but with packed lunch embark on a full day birding on the Kirumia trail or forest. This early morning birding offers you species like African scops Owl, and Pearl spotted Owlet just to mention but a few. Being a home to some of the Congo bird species, this birding safari will also reward you with birds like, red breasted sparrow hawk, African piculet, African pied horn bills, Zenkel, Red billed, piping, dwarf and Pygmy kingfishers, Nkurengu rail, honey guide red rumped tinkerbird, Rufous sided broad bill, Black chested cuckoo, Green tailed bristle bill, White bellied, white thighed, black and white casqued, forest scrub robin, fire crested alethe, red bellied and blue billed malimbe, black wattled, swamp palm bulbul, black bill and white crested horn bill and Leaf love among others.

Accommodation: Midrange: Mountains of the Moon Hotel

Day 10 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and bird in the Mweya Peninsular. Drive time: 3 Hours

After a relaxed breakfast, head to Queen Elizabeth National park enjoying the sights of the Rwenzori Mountains en route.  In the afternoon, you undertake birding in Mweya Peninsular. The area supports counts of bird species which include; Diederik Cuckoo, African Mourning Dove, Raptors, Red-chested Sunbird, Swamp Flycatcher, Grey-Headed Kingfisher, Pygmy Kingfisher, Nubian Woodpecker, Blue-naped Mousebird, Little Bee-eater, Red-capped Lark, Martins, Swallows, Swifts, Grey-capped Warbler, Lesser Masked Weaver, Black-headed Gonolek, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Slender-billed Weaver and Yellow-backed Weaver and Pin-tailed Whydah. Connect to the lodge for check in and relaxation.

Accommodation: Midrange: Bush Lodge – En suite Bandas

Day 11 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda Birding Safari

After your breakfast in the morning drive towards Lake Kikorongo and the Kasenyi track for more birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park. You have chances of spotting birds like Glossy and sacred Ibises and Common Squacco Heron, in the Kikorongo Area. The Kasenyi track passing through grass plains which support large numbers of stork in seasons as well as raptors has much to offer for birders. These birds include; the martial eagle and the brown snaked eagle. You will brake to enjoy your packed lunch and go for the launch cruise in the afternoon on the Kazinga channel to have chances of encountering both resident and nonresident bird species such as the Great Cormorants, African Skimmers, and Kingfishers among others. These birds surround animal species such as hippopotami, Nile crocodiles basking in the sun, buffaloes and other wild game drinking on the channel shores which is a fascinating combination that is worth encountering.

Accommodation: Midrange: Bush Lodge – En suite Bandas  

Day 12 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Drive time: 7 Hours including the Ishasha game drive

Game Drives Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early in the morning after breakfast drive through the Ishasha sector towards Buhoma-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Ishasha sector though known for the unique tree climbing lions which might also be spotted, the sector is a rich birders haven. The sector features species like African White-backed Vulture, Palm-nut Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Hooded Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle Martial Eagle, African Grey Kestrel, Helmeted Guineafowl, Crowned Eagle, African Crake, Black-bellied Bustard, Senegal Plover, African Green Pigeon, African Wattled Plover, Ross’s Turaco, Striped Kingfisher, Double-toothed Barbet, Broad-billed Roller, White-headed Barbet, Greater Honeyguide, Yellow-billed Oxpecker Grey Woodpecker, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, White-browed Robin-Chat, Green Crombec, Cisticolas and Grey-backed Fiscal among others. You proceed to arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Midrange: Haven Lodge Buhoma

Related imageDay 13 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Buhoma Sector

In the morning after an early breakfast, transfer to the forest following the waterfall trail for birding. Search for birds such as slender billed starling, Kivu ground thrush, plus the white bellied Robin-chat, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater,  Mountain Buzzard, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Hill-Babbler, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Black-and-white Shriker-flycatcher, slender billed starling, Dusky Tit, Ashy Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Rwenzori Batis,  Dusky-blue Flycatcher and  Doherty’s Bush-shrike among others.

Accommodation: Midrange: Haven Lodge Buhoma

Day 14 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Undertake Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi – Buhoma

Gorilla Safari in Uganda

Undertake Mountain Gorilla trekking in the Buhoma sector where you have an opportunity to trek any of the three gorilla families of Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura. The trekking encounter commences at 8am at the Buhoma Park Headquarters and in the company of the ranger guide you follow the trail in search of the respective allocated gorilla family. The hike takes you through the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi with mature trees and thick undergrowth that makes it memorable and beyond the gorillas alone. The gorilla trek also offers you birding opportunities in this number one birding destination in Africa as noted by the Africa’s bird club. The eventual encounter with the gorillas takes one full hour and allows you to re-unite with these ancient cousins. Take photos and gain in depth viewing whole maintaining the flash off and the 7m distance. Retreat from the activity back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Midrange: Haven Lodge Buhoma

Day 15 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Birding to Ruhija through Neck

Early morning after breakfast go birding in the Ruhija area and look out for birds like the Grey-throated Barbet, Red-tailed and Shelley’s Greenbul, Common Buzzard, Red-throated Alethe, African Shrike-flycatcher Ayres’s Hawk-eagle,  Black Bee-eater and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater to mention but a few. Retire for Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 16 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Birding in Umubwindi Swamp

Related imageThis is dedicated for your whole day exploration in Ruhija and Umubwindi Swamp. After breakfast, you head to birding encounters in Umubwindi swamp where you might have chances of encountering; the beautiful leafy looking broadbill, Olive, Elliot’s and Fine-banded Woodpecker, Black-billed Turaco, African Hill Babbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Illadopsis, Mountain Greenbul, Red-faced Woodland, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Chestnut-throated Collard and Black Throated Apalis, Mountain Yellow Warbler,  Stripe-breasted Tit, Mountain, Shelley’s and Yellow-streaked Greenbul, African Green-Broadbill, Regal Sunbird and Rwenzori Batis among other bird species. Return through the hilly forested landscapes of Ruhija with sights of birds like; Macknon’s Fiscal, Augar Buzzard, Tropical Boubou, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Mountain Buzzard and Wagtail, Western Bronze Naped Pigoen, Barred and Dusky Long Tailed Cuckoo, Black Faced Rufous Warbler, White Headed Wood Hopoe, Ducky Tit, Ludhur’s and Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike,  Grey-Green Bush-Shrike, White Eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Chestnut Throated Apalis, Streaky Seed-Eater, White Starred Robin, Stripe Breasted Tit among others. Retreat in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 17 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and do birding with a boat ride on Lake Mburo. Drive time: 5Hours & 30mins

After your early morning breakfast, drive towards Lake Mburo National Park driving through the magical Kigezi Highlands. You make a lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km past Mbarara town after which you proceed for 33km to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in the afternoon. You will bird along the entrance road to Rwonyo in the late afternoon to watch out for acacia associated bird species like Rupell’s long-tailed starling, mosque swallow and black bellied bustard. The boat ride on Lake Mburo offers chances of viewing the African fish eagle and if lucky the African fin foot.

Accommodation: Midrange: Rwakobo Rock

Day 18 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Do half day birding and wildlife walking safari and transfer to Entebbe.  Drive time: 4 to 5 Hours

Uganda Birding Safaris

After an early morning breakfast, embark on the extensive wildlife and birding experience in the rolling savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park. Explore the park on foot following the respective trails in the company of an armed ranger to save you from attacks of wild animals. Choose to explore any of these areas; Miriti and Warukiri swamps, Rubanga forest and the salt lick. The encounter offers you chances of spotting Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Black-bellied Bustard, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Brown Parrot, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Red-faced Barbet, White-headed Barbet, Long-tailed Cisticola, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Finfoot, White-winged Tit and Yellow-breasted Apalis among other birds.  The walking & driving experience also offers an opportunity to explore counts of wild game including the Rothschild giraffes, the Topis, elands, waterbucks, Buffaloes, Burchell’s Zebra, Impala, Warthogs among other species. Retreat from the activity and embark on the drive to Kampala 240km about 3 – 4 hours with a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots and water experiments that justify the geographical divide between the north and southern hemispheres. You drive 40km to Entebbe for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Midrange: Boma Hotel Entebbe

Day 19 of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Early morning birding in Mabamba swamp Entebbe and transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight

Transfer after an early breakfast to Mabamba swamp which is about 50kms west of Kampala. On your way to the destination and at the destination, you will have opportunities of encountering White Shouldered Tit, Papyrus Gonolek, Red Cap, White Winged Warbler, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Weyns Weaver and White Spotted Fluftail. Mabamba swamp offers ideal encounters with the rare and highly sought after shoebill stork along with other species like Allen’s and Purple Gallinule, Jacanas, Grey herons, Ruffaus  Squaco, Purple and Goliath Heron, Bellied Heron, the Pallid Harrier which is globally threatened and migrant species of blue swallow, egrets, ducks among others. The bird encounter is done on a canoe where you also have opportunity of encountering the elusive Sitatunga Antelope. You will retire from the activity and connect back to Entebbe for lunch. In the afternoon, you connect to the Airport to check in for your flight back home.

End of the 19 Days Uganda Birding Safari

 

 

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