Uganda Birding Safari

UGANDA BIRDING SAFARI

Trip duration

16 days/ 15 nights

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND POSSIBLE WALK AT ENTEBBE BOTANICAL GARDENS

We shall arrive 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 AND 5: BWINDI NATIONAL PARK- RUHIJA

On the first day, 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 enjoy several stops on the way to pick some more birds. There will be several wetlands and other bird-rich habitats that we shall enjoy on the way. 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.

On the second day we shall enjoy birding the upper forest, and search for species we may have missed the previous day. We shall also walk along the Mubwindi Swamp and other nearby trails.

Nights in Ruhija.

DAY 6: BWINDI NATIONAL PARK- RUHIJA TO BUHOMA


On this day we shall enjoy some more birding at Ruhija seeking to find any species we may still need on the upper slopes. We shall then continue birding as we drive to the nearby Buhoma area. The journey often takes a lot of time since the birding can be phenomenal along this route. We shall then continue our birding at Buhoma, on our way to and around the lodge.
Night in Buhoma.

DAY 7: BWINDI NATIONAL PARK- BUHOMA

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 we shall also enjoy tracking the amazing Mountain Gorillas in the morning. 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.

Night in Buhoma.

DAY 8: 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 9: 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. Here many birds will be present and we shall take time to enjoy them.

Night at Queen Elizabeth National Park.

DAY 10: TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Leaving early, we shall head to Kibale Forest. 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. In the afternoon, we shall enjoy birding around Kibale.

Night at Kibale.

DAY 11: KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

We shall enjoy tracking the amazing Chimpanzees in the morning. This is another major highlight on our Uganda Birding Safari. We may also be lucky to find other 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. Later, we shall continue birding the forest trails as we add species we may have missed the previous day. We shall also visit several wetlands around the forest including Sebitore Swamp and Bigodi Swamp.

Night at Kibale.

DAY 12: TO MASINDI

After some morning birding, we shall start our journey to Masindi for our next phase of the Uganda Birding Safari. We shall enjoy the drive as we cross the farmlands of Western Uganda. We shall make several stops on the way to enjoy more birds. In the afternoon, we shall arrive in Masindi where we shall enjoy some more birding.

Night at Masindi.

DAY 13: BUDONGO FOREST AND THE ROYAL MILE

This is a beautiful Guinea-Congolian Forest, often regarded as one of the best birding locations in Uganda. We shall enjoy the full day birding in this amazing forest as we track species across the famous Royal Mile; and also the Busingiro area. We shall keep an eye for the local Blue Monkeys.

Night at Masindi.

DAY 14: TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

On this day we shall move towards Murchison Falls National Park. We shall start by exploring a local forest patch where we shall try for the rare Puvel’s Illadopsis. We shall then carry on to Murchison Falls, where we shall continue birding.

Night at Murchison Falls.

DAY 15: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

We shall enjoy a full day of game drives in this beautiful park. We hope to enjoy great birding, as we also trace any species we may still be missing from this part of Uganda. We shall keep an eye for mammals such as Patas Monkey, Bunyoro Rabbit, African Lion, Lelwel’s Hartebeest, Nile Hippo, Uganda Kob, Rothschild’s Giraffe and African Elephant. In the afternoon, we shall enjoy a boat ride across the Victoria Nile, where several waterbirds will be present.

Night at Murchison Falls.

DAY 16: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK 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, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Gray-throated Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, White-naped Pigeon, Afep Pigeon, Narina Trogon, Blue-throated Roller, Plain-backed Pipit, Flappet Lark, Rufous-naped Lark, White-tailed Lark, Shining-blue Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Papyrus Gonolek, Lühder’s Bush-shrike, Many-coloured Bush-shrike, Grey-backed Fiscal, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Temminck’s Courser, Brimstone Canary, Orange Weaver, Vieillot’s Black Weaver, Slender-billed Weaver, Weyns’s Weaver, Superb Sunbird, Olive-bellied Sunbird, Northern Black Flycatcher, Black-billed Turaco, Great Blue Turaco, Double-toothed Barbet, Diederik Cuckoo, African Hobby, Angola Swallow, Splendid Starling, African Pied Hornbill, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, African Marsh Harrier, Secretarybird, African Fish Eagle, Bat Hawk, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Red-necked Falcon, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Swamp Flycatcher, Hamerkop, Common Wattle-eye, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, Collared Pratincole, Rock Pratincole, Grauerʼs (African Green) Broadbill, Rwenzori Apalis, Mountain (Rwenzori) Masked Apalis, Short-tailed/ Neumann’s Warbler, Grauerʼs Rush Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, White-winged Warbler, Greater Swamp-Warbler, Carruther’s Cisticola, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Yellow Longbill, Green Hylia, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Blue-headed Coucal, African Pygmy Goose, Willcocks’s Honeyguide, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat, Sooty Chat and Eastern Plantain-eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Long-toed Lapwing, Black-headed Lapwing, Spotted Thick-knee, Senegal Thick-knee, African Darter, White-backed Night-Heron, Purple Heron, Goliath Heron, Spur-winged Goose, Grey Crowned Crane, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, African Finfoot, Common Scimitarbill, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Stripe-breasted Tit, Handsome Francolin, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Dusky Crimsonwing, Dusky Twinspot, White-collared Oliveback, Black-crowned Waxbill, Fawn-breasted Waxbill, African Firefinch, Black-bellied Firefinch, Ruwenzori Nightjar, Fraser’s Eagle-Owl, Brown-necked Parrot, African Grey Parrot, Ruwenzori Batis, Ituri Batis, Red-throated Alethe, Fire-crested Alethe, Abyssinian (Kivu) Ground Thrush, Equatorial Akalat, Grey-chested Babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Puvelʼs Illadopsis, Crested Guineafowl, Woodhouse’s Antpecker, Ansorge’s Greenbul, Kakamega Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, White-spotted Flufftail, Oriole Finch, Denham’s Bustard and Green-breasted Pitta

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

Uganda Birding Safari
Uganda Birding Safari
Uganda Birding Safari
Uganda Birding Safari
Uganda Birding Safari
Uganda Birding Safari

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