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The safari brings you to appreciate the bird wealth that Uganda boosts of. Over 1000 species of birds from migratory to indigenous birds have been recorded. This together with the vegetation and climate Uganda has, it only adds on to the experience of a bird watcher and gives us a great opportunity and location to carry out this adventure.

Safari Highlights:
- Game viewing in Murchison Falls NP, Queen Elizabeth Np, Lake Mburo, Bwindi Np,
- Enormous Bird watching at all opportunity
- Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee trekking (optional activities)

Day 1-Arrival

Upon arrival, our company guide will be at the airport exit lounge waiting for you. Look up for the sign card bearing your name then transfer to your hotel in Entebbe. This is an optional day for birding depending on the time of arrival. Some may choose to rest while others go birding in and around Entebbe.

Meals:
Bed and Breakfast
Accommodation: Lake Victoria Hotel (Laico)


Uganda Bird Watching safariDay 2: Birding tour to Mabamba Wetland and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park - Uganda

After an early breakfast, we commence our trip by driving to Mabamba Swamp, 50km west of Kampala. Stop en route at Mpigi Swamp for papyrus rarities. Open your eyes for a White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-backed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, and other swamp specialities.

At the swamp, most of the birding is on a canoe, paddled by our local site guides. Look for the Shoebill both in the sky and down on the marsh. Like nothing else on earth, this most famous and bizarre avian wonder is the only representative in its family. It is truly a life-changing moment looking at this bizarre bird as it preens, showing off its huge grinning, and wooden-looking, clog-like bill. You may also have unique views of it as it soars on broad wings.
Also watch for the Swamp Flycatcher, African Purple Swamp-hen, African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, White-faced Whistling-duck, Squacco, Rufous-bellied and Purple Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Goliath Heron, Black Crake, African Marsh Harrier, Hamerkop, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, Common Waxbill, Yellow-billed Duck, Blue-headed Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Intermediate Egret, Osprey, Long-toed Lapwing, African Pied Wagtail, and Red-billed Fire-finch. Later, we transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. The park contains an extensive area of wetland. It harbours several species of mammals including Zebras, Impalas, Elands, Topi and Buffaloes. The bird population is rich, including Green backed woodpecker, African Finfoot, Brown-chested Plover, Southern Ground Hornbill, Spot-flanked, Red-faced and Black-collared Barbets; White–winged Warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, CarruthersCisticola, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-billed Oxpecker and Northern Brown-throated Weaver.
Meals: Bed and Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Mantana Tented Camp / Arcadia Cottages or Mihingo Lodge for 2 nights. (B, L, D)



Uganda Wildlife SafarisDay 3: Bird watching & Game viewing today – Uganda
Wildlife and Birding experience Uganda, after an early breakfast, we go on a birding and game drive through the numerous trails in Lake Mburo National Park. Look out for mammals such as Zebra, Topi, Elephant, Eland, Impala, Buffalo, Water Buck, among others. Birds you have chances of viewing include Black-headed Oriole, White-backed Scrub Robin, Bateleur, Ruppel’s Long-tailed Starling, Common Bulbul, Brown Parrot, Ruppel’s Griffon Vulture, Grey Hornbill, White-browed Coucal, Lesser Masked Weaver, Water Thick-knee, Wood Hoopoe, Verreux’s Eagle Owl, Woodland Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Little Bee-eater, Chinspot, Tawny Eagle, Senegal Lapwing, Plain-backed Pipit, Greater Honeyguide, Sooty Chat, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Red-faced Crombec, Brown-tailed, Bronze-tailed Starlings, Northern Brubru, Grey Kestrel, Coqui Francolin, Broad-billed Roller, Grassland Pipit, and Golden-breasted Bunting.

 

 

Day 4: Birding tour to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Uganda
Today, we shall spend most of our day driving to Bwindi. Bwindi Park is a World Heritage Site and is home to approximately more than half of the world’s endangered population of Mountain Gorillas. This vast reserve offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports about 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighbouring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and therefore of big conservational importance. Buhoma lies in the valley of the Munyaga River at 5100ft and is bordered by steep, forested hills. Excellent forest birding, not least the prospect of numerous rare and localized Albertine Rift endemics, makes this a true birding paradise.

Meals: Bed and Breakfast

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs lodge or Buhoma lodge for 3 Nights.


 Day 5: Whole day birding in the forest – Uganda
Forest birding at Bwindi ranks as the best bird watching in Uganda and Africa as well as having been voted as Uganda Birding holidaysnumber one hot spot in Africa. It is home to over 23 highly-localized Albertine Rift endemics. Special birds include Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Grauer's Warbler, Banded Prinia, Black-faced Apalis, Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Chapin's Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, RwenzoriBatis, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Mountain Illadopsis, African Hill-Babbler, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Grey-headed Sunbird, Mackinnon's Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Pink-footed Puffback, Doherty's Bush-shrike, White-naped Raven, Montane Oriole, African Golden Oriole, Stuhlmann's Starling, Narrow-tailed Starling, Waller's Starling, Strange Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Magpie Mannikin, Yellow-crowned Canary, Thick- billed Seedeater, Streaky Seedeater, African Green Broadbill, Shelly's Crimsonwing, Oriole Finch, Mountain Buzzard, Ayre's Hawk-eagle, Handsome Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Wood-Owl, Rwenzori Nightjar, Scarce Swift, Bar-tailed Trogon, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Black Bee-eater, (Western) Bronze-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Owlet, Tullberg's Woodpecker, Elliot's Woodpecker, African Broadbill, Western Green Tinkerbird, African Green Broadbill, Lagdens Bush Shrike, Petit's Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Archer's Ground Robin, Toro Olive-Greenbul, Ansorge'sGreenbul, Equatorial Akalat, White-bellied Robin-chat, Olive Thrush, White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Grauer's Rush-warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Neumann's Warbler and Red faced Woodland-Warbler.


Day 6: Gorilla trekking tour - Uganda
On this day, we set of early, with packed lunch, to the park headquarters for a briefing prior to Gorilla Trekking. This is the most exciting lifetime experience. The gorillas are gentle animals and it is an unforgettable experience to photograph them as they interact. It is a wonderful experience to stare in to the eyes of these gentle giants; watch them in awe as they play and go about their daily activities. It is indeed a “once in a lifetime” experience that you shouldn’t miss! Each encounter is different and has its own rewards; you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display for an hour.


Uganda Bird watching tourDay 7: Birding tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park - Uganda
Game viewing and Birding Today, early start after breakfast and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Either drive through Ishasha sector popularly known for its tree climbing lions or drive through the beautiful sceneries of Rukungiri district. The Park is the second largest national park in Uganda. In terms of diversity Queen Elizabeth ranks one of the best in birding in Uganda with over 700 species recorded, and a one day record of over 150 species. Look out for special birds like Harlequin, Blue, Small (Common) Button Quails, African Crake, White-winged Warbler, Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, Papyrus Gonolek, Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrow-hawk, Lowland Akalat, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, rare Shoebill, Black Bee-eater, Caruthers's Cisticola, Terek Sandpiper, Secretary Bird, and Temminck's Courser. Mammals here include African Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Leopard, Lion, Ugandan Kobs, Side-striped Jackal, Baboons, Chimpanzees, Bush and Water Bucks, Warthogs, Giant Forest Hogs to mention but a few.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Katara Lodge or Jacana Lodge or Mweya safari Lodge for 2 nights

Day 8: Birding and Game drive in the park, Boat trip on Kazinga Channel – Uganda.
After breakfast we set out for a whole day game and bird watching drive in the park. Later in the afternoon you have an exciting boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. This is a narrow neck of water that connects Lakes George and Edward, with excellent photographic opportunities for waterside birds and abundant Hippopotamus. Look out for the African Skimmer, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, Great white Pelican, Pink backed Pelicans, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh, Green, Wood and Common Sandpiper, Gray-headed Gull, Plain Martin Lesser Swamp-Warbler, Malachite king fishers, and Yellow-billed Oxpecker.


Uganda Bird watching toursDay 9: Birding the Maramagambo Forest & transfer to Kibale forest - Uganda
This morning after breakfast, we’ll drie to maramagambo forest for the Yellow-bellied and Jameson's Wattle-eyes, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed and Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Brown and Grey-chested Illadopsis, Shinning Blue Kingfisher, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Narina Trogon, Least Honeyguide, Grey Greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, and the African Finfoot. The trail through the forest leads past a bat cave, which is rather impressive, and if we are lucky we may come across a Python that lives in the cave and feasts on the bats.

Later in the afternoon, we drive to Kibale forest National Park. Kibale forest is a good site for a number of forest birds that are hard to find elsewhere including Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis'sGreenbul and Joyful Greenbul as well as White-spotted Flufftail, Dusky and Olive Longtailed Cuckoo, Lesser Honeyguide, Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, White-chinned Prinia, Grey Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera and White-collared Oliveback.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge or Primates Lodge for 3 nights  


Day 10: Chimp trekking and birding tour - Uganda
Uganda Birding safarisAfter an early breakfast report to Kibale National Park visitor center for briefing prior to chimp trekking. The activity may last for a few or long hours. The forest is home to 13 primates of Uganda.
Birding in the afternoon along the main road may be productive. Depending on the weather predictions, birding Bigodi wetland is also productive with riverine forest birds. Special birds here include Black Hooded, Grosbeak, Black-necked, Vieillot’s, Hautlaub’s Golden and Black Weavers, Speckled Mouse-bird, Masked Swallow, Blue Flycatcher, Black and White Mannikin, Red-eyed Dove, White-chinned Prinia, Little Grey and Joyful Greenbuls, Grey-winged Robin-chat, Lead-colored Flycatcher, Open-billed Stork, Olive-bellied Sunbird, White-throated Apalis, White-winged Warbler, Black-billed Turacco, White-spotted Flufftail, Alpine Swift, Collared Sunbird, Papyrus Sunbird, White-breasted Negro-finch, Superb Sunbird, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Hadada Ibis, Senegal Plover, Purple-headed Starling, Toro Olive Greenbul, Black-crowned Waxbill, Brown-backed, White-crowned Scrub-robins, Ayre’sHawk Eagle, Abdim’s Stork, Red-headed Bluebill, Black-headed Heron, Senegal Coucal, Spectacled Weaver, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Red-faced Cisicola, Bocages (Grey Green) Bush Shrike, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Yellow White-eye, Tambourine Dove, Dark-capped Yellow, Grey-capped Warblers, Shining Blue Kingfisher, Black and White Shrike Flycatcher.


Day 11: Whole day forest birding -
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After breakfast, we have another chance for birding in the forest. The results of the previous day will help us to choose either birding Sebitoli Section or birding Kanyanchu area. Special birds you have chances of seeing include Black-billed Turacco, HoneyguideGreenbul, Purple-headed Starling, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Green-throated Sunbird, Little Green Sunbird, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Mountain Wagtail, Narrow-tailed Starling, Superb Sunbird, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, African Grey Parrot, Black Weaver, Speckled Tinkerbird, Long-crested Eagle, and many others.


Day 12: Birding to Budongo forest - Uganda
Take a long drive to Budongo arriving in Budongo area late in the afternoon. If time allows there may be chances for birding along the way at Busingiro Section of Budongo forest.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Masindi Hotel / Court View Hotel for 3 nights


Day 13: Birding tour to the Royal Mile - Uganda

Uganda Birding toursA short bird watching drive from the Hotel at dawn will take us to one of the best of Uganda's bird watching spots, the Royal Mile. This is Uganda's historically known leisure spot for the traditional King, hence the name Royal Mile. Here the forest has been cut back a few metres along the sides of the main trail, which makes it a particularly good viewing area in this excellent forest. Special Birds to look out for in Budongo include White-thighed and Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills, Yellow-spotted and Yellow billed Barbets, Western Black-headed Oriole, along with Red-tailed and Blue Monkeys. Overhead, Sabine's and sometimes Cassin's Spinetails soar over the clearings. As we walk quietly along the trail, Red-tailed Ant-Thrushes skulk in the shadows, as do Red-tailed Bristlebill, Scaly-breasted, Pale-breasted and Brown Illadopsis. Greenbuls are ever a challenge and include Cameroon Sombre, Slender-billed, Honeyguide and Spotted, whilst other regular species are Speckled Tinkerbird, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Green Crombec, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Buff-throated Apalis, and both White-breasted and Grey-headed Negrofinches. Lower down we should see Chocolate-backed and African Dwarf Kingfishers, White-spotted Flufftails and the elusive Nahan's Francolin. Other possibilities here are Great Sparrow-hawk, Cassin's Hawk-eagle, Crested Guinea-fowl, Tambourine Dove, Grey Parrot, African Emerald and Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoos, Yellowbill, White-throated Bee-eater, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Dusky Tit, Western Nicator, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Forest Robin, Black-throated and Black-capped Apalis, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Sabine's and Cassin's Spinetails, Wilcock'sHoneyguide, Yellow and Grey Longbills, Jameson's Wattle-eye, Blue-throated Brown and Little Green Sunbirds, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush, Yellow-mantled Weaver, Red-headed Malimbe and Uganda Woodland Warbler, IturiBatis.


Day 14: Birding the Busingiro Area – Uganda

Birding safaris in Uganda-On this day, we bird in the Busingiro Area of Budongo forest. Specialties here include Red-headed Malimbe, Sooty Flycatcher, IturiBatis, Tit Hylia, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Buff-throated Apalis, Black-throated Apalis, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Green Sunbird, Superb Sunbird, Tambourine Dove, Golden-breasted Bunting, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush, African Jacana, African Fish Eagle, Sabine’s Spinetail, White-rumpedSpinetail, Pied Kingfisher, Angola Swallow, Purple-headed Starling, Hamerkop, White-headed Saw-wing, Cassin’s Spinetail, Osprey, Black-shouldered Kite, Senegal Coucal.


Day15: Birding to Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda

After breakfast, we drive northwards to Murchison Falls National Park birding through the Escarpment. Special birds to look out for include Cliff Chat, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Grey headed Bush Shrike, Singing Cisticola, African Finfoot, Namaqua Dove, Green-winged Pytilia, Red-backed Shrike, Crested Francolin, Black-headed Bush Shrike, Northern and Black-winged Red Bishops, Black Bellied Firefinch and Black-faced Waxbill.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge or Budongo Eco-Lodge for 3 nights


Days 16 &17: Birding tour to the Northern bank, Launch trip to the bottom of the falls, top of the falls and Nile Delta - Uganda

We start birding after an early breakfast. Depending on the information available from our site guides, we may choose to take a boat along the Victoria Nile or game drive to the delta.
Special birds to look for include Shoebill, Secretary Bird, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Pied Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eaters, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal Thick-knee, Water Thick-knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Osprey, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver. Other specials include Buff-bellied Warbler, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Spotted Morning-Thrush, Marabou Stork, Red-throated Bee-eater, Silver Bird, Beautiful Sunbird, Black-headed Gonolek, Speckle-fronted and Golden-backed Weavers, White-rumped Seedeater, Pel’s Fishing Owl, White Crested Turacco, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Carmine Bee-eater, Night jars(Pennant-winged &Standard-winged), White rumped canary etc.


Day 18: Birding tour to Budongo Kanio Pabidi - Uganda

Uganda Birdwatching holidaysAfter an early breakfast, we bird through the woodland southwards to Budongo Forest at KanioPabide section. Birding in the forest and along the Masindi Road is satisfactory. Special birds at Budongo here include Rufous-sided Broadbill, the very rare Puvell’sIlladopsis, Red-tailed Ant-thrush, Yellow and Grey Long bills, Whistling Cisticola, Black Bishop, Red-headed and Red-billed Quelleas, Magpie Mannikin, Blue-throated Roller, Yellow-billed Shrike, Pigmy Sunbird, African Harrier Hawk, Blue Sunbird, Olive-bellied Sunbird, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush, Forest Robin, Red-headed Bristlebill, Paradise Flycatcher, Emerald Cuckoo, Double-collared Sunbird, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Little Greenbul, Slender-billed Greenbul, Buff-throated Apalis, IcterineGreenbul, Xavier’s Greenbul, Cameroon Sombre, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo. The forest is also home to chimpanzees.

Stay in Masindi Hotel or Court View Hotel.


Day 19: Birding to Entebbe – Uganda
After an early breakfast, we begin the long drive back to Kampala birding along the way.

Meals:
Bed and Breakfast
Accommodation: Lake Victoria Hotel (Laico)


Day 20:
Departure;  transfer to the airport Please note that check-in time for international flights should be done 2hrs prior to departure of flight. In the departure hall (after check in) is a restaurant, a sitting area and several duty-free shops for your convenience.

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