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Uganda Birding Safari

UGANDA BIRDING SAFARI

Trip duration

11 days/ 10 nights

The Uganda Birding Safari can be combined with our Tanzania Birding Safari to form our famous Best of Uganda and Tanzania Birding Safari.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND POSSIBLE WALK AT ENTEBBE BOTANICAL GARDENS

We shall arrive for our Uganda Birding Safari via Entebbe, where our team will be ready to receive us. We shall then transfer to our hotel, located nearby.

If time allows, and depending on how tired we are from the flights, we may choose to enjoy a short bird walk at the Entebbe Botanical Gardens. This will help us kick-start our Uganda Birding Safari adventures.

Night in Entebbe.

DAY 2: MABAMBA SWAMP TO LAKE MBURO

On this day, our Uganda Birding Safari takes a trip to the famous Mabamba Swamp, a nice place to search for the Shoebill. Here we shall enjoy a boat trip, in a traditional canoe. The swamp is very productive and holds a huge variety of birds’ species. We may also be lucky to find the rare Sitatunga Antelope.

In the afternoon, we shall drive to Lake Mburo; as we enjoy more birding on the way. On this day, we shall also get to cross the Uganda section of the Equator on our way. On arrival, we shall start picking our first birds of this vast area until sunset.

Night at Lake Mburo.

DAY 3: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

We shall enjoy game drives the entire morning as we score more birds that we may have missed the previous day. Nice mammals will also be abundant including Burchellʼs Zebra, Oribi, Cape Buffalo, Uganda Topi, Nile Hippo, Cape Eland, Vervet (Tantalus) Monkey, Olive Baboon and Impala.

This will add a great number of mammal species to our Uganda Birding Safari. We shall later enjoy a boat ride here to score more birds across the water. We may also find some Nile Crocodiles here, as they reside around the lake shore.

Night at Lake Mburo.

DAY 4: BWINDI NATIONAL PARK- RUHIJA

We shall cruise through the vast farmlands and bushes that pattern our drive south to Bwindi. We may be lucky to come across the famous Ankole cattle, with their very evident and long horns.

We shall then carry on to the upper region of the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This mighty forest provides a home for many birds, including a great number of Albertine Rift Endemic species. This area is often a highlight on our Uganda Birding Safari. We shall start picking these species this afternoon, on a walk along the main trail.

Nights in Ruhija.

DAY 5: BWINDI NATIONAL PARK- RUHIJA TO BUHOMA

On this day we shall enjoy birding at Ruhija seeking to find any species we may still need on the upper slopes. We shall then bird as we drive to the nearby Buhoma area, via “the neck”.

We shall continue our Uganda Birding Safari at Buhoma this afternoon, on our way to and around the lodge.

Night in Buhoma.

DAY 6: BWINDI NATIONAL PARK- BUHOMA (OPTIONAL GORILLA TREKKING)

We shall continue our birding on the lower Bwindi Forest at Buhoma; where we shall have a chance to score more species and add to our already growing list. We may also add some more mammals such as L’Hoest’s Monkey, Carruther’s Mountain Squirrel and Boehm’s Squirrel.

Here there will be an optional morning walk to track the amazing Mountain Gorillas. This is usually a big highlight for our Uganda Birding Safari. The trek may take between two to eight hours, depending on how far the apes have travelled during the previous night.

Those not on the gorilla trek will continue birding the trails at Buhoma this morning. In the afternoon, we shall rejoin and continue birding as one group.

Night in Buhoma.

DAY 7: TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

We shall start the day early and head towards the Ishasha region in southern Queen Elizabeth National Park; for our next leg of the Uganda Birding Safari. This area is famous for the local tree-climbing Lions. We may be lucky to find these beautiful cats among an array of other big game and birds.

Later, we shall arrive at the main Queen Elizabeth National Park area, where more birds and mammals await us. Mammals to expect here include Uganda Kob, Nile Hippo, Lake Chad Buffalo, African Elephant, Leopard and Spotted Hyena.

Night at Queen Elizabeth National Park.

DAY 8: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

We shall spend the day enjoying more game drives in this park. We hope to add more species that we missed the previous day. In the afternoon, we shall enjoy a boat cruise along the famous Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake Edward and Lake George.

This cruise is always a highlight on our Uganda Birding Safari. Here many birds will be present and we shall take time to enjoy them.

Night at Queen Elizabeth National Park.

DAY 9: TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK – CRUISING ALONG THE FOOTHILLS OF MT. RWENZORI

Leaving early, we shall head to Kibale Forest; where our Uganda Birding Safari continues. We may still find some additional species as we exit the mighty Queen Elizabeth National Park. We shall stop on the way to enjoy any special birds we come across.

The views of Mt. Rwenzori or Mt. Ruwenzori peaks; often called “Mountains of the Moon” are a great scenery on this route. This legendary name started as early explorers were seeking to find the source of River Nile; and today Mt. Rwenzori is the most famous site with that name. An old film (Mountains of the Moon) documents some of these adventures.

In the afternoon, we shall enjoy birding around Kibale.

Night at Kibale.

DAY 10: KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK (OPTIONAL CHIMPANZEE TREKKING)

We shall enjoy birding in Kibale Forest the whole day, with a lunch break in between the two birding sessions. We may be lucky to find mammals as we walk in the forest, such as the Central African Red Colobus, Guereza Colobus, Red-tailed Monkey, L’Hoest’s Monkey and Grey-cheeked Mangabey. We shall also visit several wetlands around the forest including Sebitore Swamp and Bigodi Swamp.

There will be an optional walk to track the amazing Chimpanzees this afternoon. This is another major highlight on our Uganda Birding Safari.

Night at Kibale.

DAY 11: KIBALE FOREST TO ENTEBBE

Continuing towards Entebbe, we shall keep an eye for more birds that we may not have seen on our Uganda Birding Safari. In the afternoon, we shall arrive in Entebbe.

We shall then take our airport transfer for the evening flights home- marking the end to our lovely Uganda Birding Safari.

 

 

Highlight birds

Shoebill, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Abyssinian (Kivu) Ground Thrush, Equatorial Akalat, Grey-chested Babbler, Sooty Boubou/ Willard’s Bush-Shrike, Dusky Tit, African Broadbill, African Finfoot, Green-breasted Pitta, African Emerald Cuckoo, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Red-chested Owlet, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, African Shrike-flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Least Honeyguide, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Gray-throated Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, White-naped Pigeon, Afep Pigeon, Chestnut-winged Starling, Narrow-tailed Starling, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Black-billed Turaco,

Ross’s Turaco, Bar-tailed Trogon, Narina Trogon, Blue-throated Roller, Little Grey Greenbul, Honeyguide Greenbul, Joyful Greenbul, Cameroon Sombre/ Plain Greenbul, Elliott’s Woodpecker, Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Black Bee-eater, African Grey Parrot, White-spotted Flufftail, Shining-blue Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Lühder’s Bush-shrike, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Many-coloured Bush-shrike, Fire-crested Alethe, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Brown Illadopsis,

Grey-winged Robin-Chat, Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat, White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Black-throated Apalis, Rwenzori Apalis, Mountain (Rwenzori) Masked Apalis, Short-tailed/ Neumann’s Warbler, Masked Apalis, Winding Cisticola, Trilling Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola, Stout Cisticola, White-chinned Prinia, Black-crowned Waxbill, White-collared Oliveback, Red-headed Bluebill, White-Breasted Negro-finch, Dark-backed Weaver, Tiny Sunbird, Green-throated Sunbird, Superb Sunbird, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Green Sunbird, Sabine’s Spinetail

Highlight mammals and others

Uganda Kob, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Leopard, African Lion, Savannah Elephant, Nile Crocodile, Nile Hippo, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, Oribi, Cape Buffalo

Habitats covered

Savannah, Wetlands, Highland Forest, Equatorial Forest

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Trekking, Equatorial Forest walk, Africa’s Big 5, Albertine Rift Endemic Birds, Boat Ride