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19 Days Uganda Birding Exclusive




Safari Overview

For Bird Lovers, Uganda has for so long been kept secret in terms of its plethora of bird species with over 1000 on record. This ranks Uganda as one of the global destination of bird watchers combined with Uganda’s natural and manmade unique attributes makes it a definite” Must Visit” status destination

No other area in Africa that can match Uganda’s diversity of habitats and this richness is reflected in the recorded bird list of over 1000 species. Our 19 days Total birding experience will prove to you that Uganda is an African Birding paradise!!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Mabamba Swamp

The wetland is newly discovered home for the most sought after bird the rare Shoebill. Birding is done on the on the canoes in marsh channels. Special birds is including White winged Wabler, Papyrus Goneleck, Yellow backed Weaver, Blue headed coucal, Northern Brown throated Winding Cistocia, Goliath Heron and Black Cracke. Dinner and overnight stay at:-

Available Safari Lodges: – Meal plan: (B, L, D).
High end/ Luxury facilities: – Kampala Serena Hotel|Sheraton Hotel Kampala
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Cassia Lodge |Fairway Hotel Kampala
Budget/Low facilities: Forest Cottages Kampala | Red Chili Kampala

Day 2: Kampala- Murchison Falls

Today drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle and, travel to Masindi via Ziwa Rhino Project. A visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking tour. After lunch, drive in to Murchison Falls. Meals and over night at: – Meal plan: (L, D)

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Paraa Safari Lodge| Chobe Safari Lodge | Bakers Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Murchison River Lodge |Bwana Tembo Camp| Sambiya River Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Heritage Safari Lodge| Fort Murchison| Red Chili Rest Camp

Day 3: Murchison Fall National Park

Take a boat along the Victoria Nile to delta at Lake Albert. This is a home to Hippos and many other enormous crocdiles as well as special birds which include Shoebill, Secretary bird, Abysinian roller and griund horn bill, Red necked Falcon, Blue breasted Bee, vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver. This afternoon cross for birding on the top of the falls. Look for White fronted black chat, Rock pranticoles, White crested Turaco, Grey woodpecker, Darter and Giant Kingfisher, Red Throated Bee eater, Red shouldered Cuckoo shrike, western Violent backed Sunbird, Black headed Gonoleck, Chestnut crowned Sparow weaver, Brown twinspot, Bar breasted firefinch, Red winged Pytillia and Red winged Grey wabler, Bruces pigeon and Ospery. Meals and overnight at: – Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Paraa Safari Lodge| Chobe Safari Lodge | Bakers Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Murchison River Lodge |Bwana Tembo Camp| Sambiya River Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Heritage Safari Lodge| Fort Murchison| Red Chili Rest Camp

Day 4: Murchison Fall National Park

Take an early morning game drive on the northern banks of the Victoria Nile. Birds recorded here include the Egyptian plover, Shoebill, Red winged Grey wabler, Rock pranticole, Secretary bird, Bat hawk, Denhams blustered, Pelfishing Owl, White chrested Turaco, Vinaceous dove, Senegal thicknee, Chestnutsparrow weaver, Carmie bee eater, Night jars, peanut winged and the White winged Canary. Afternoon drive to Budongo forest. Dinner and overnight at:- Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Budongo Eco Lodge Forest cabins
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Budongo Eco Lodge Forest cabins
Budget/Low facilities: Budongo Eco Dormitory

Day 5: Budongo Forest

Start early birding inside the Budongo forest through the Escarpment looking for Foxs Cisticola, Whitw headed barbet, Northern crombec, Singing cisticola, Grey headed bush shrike, Black billed barbet, Grey headed Olive back, Black billed fire finch, Madagascar heron, Lesser masked weaver and Shikra. Afternoon birding at Budongo may be very productive. The forest is one of the largest and the most beautiful forest in Uganda. It is a home for African dwarf Kingfisher, African crowned eagle, Olive camarpotera, Yellow and grey long bill, Chocolate backed kingfisher, Red tailed Ant thrush, Velvet mantled drongo, Rufous crowned Eremomera, Iturbi batis and Nathans francolin. Dinner and overnight stay. Dinner and overnight at:- Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Budongo Eco Lodge Forest cabins
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Budongo Eco Lodge Forest cabins
Budget/Low facilities: Budongo Eco Dormitory

Day 6: Budongo Forest: Royal mile and Busingiro

Whole day birding at the Royal mile Busingiro, Key species include: African dwarf, and Chorcolate backed kingfisher, Green sunbird both Negrofinches, Wester black headed oriole, African emerald Cuckoo, Red tailed ant trush, Yellow long bill, Gray long bill, forest robin, Scaly breasted illadopsis, Rufous crowned eremomela, the elusive lemon bellied crombec, Yellow mated weaver, Yellow browned camropetera, Green crombec, Creasted malimbe and Red headed blue bill. Dinner and Overnight stay at: – Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Budongo Eco Lodge Forest cabins
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Budongo Eco Lodge Forest cabins
Budget/Low facilities: Budongo Eco Dormitory

Day 7: Kibale Forest National Park

Leave very early for Kibale National Park. Kibale Forest birds include Grey winged robin, Blue shouldered robin chat, Yellow spotted barbet, Black billed Turaco, White napped pigeon, green breasted pitta, Red chested fluff taill, African pitta, Joyful green bul cabanis green bull, Grey throated fly catcher, White bellied crested flycatcher, masked a pail, Nathans francolin, Tinny sunbird, white collard Olive back among others also this forest is a home to the 13 primate species. . Dinner and overnight at:- Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Primate Lodge Kibale |Mountains of the Moon| Fort Motel
Budget/Low facilities: Chimpanzee Guest House| Chimp’s Nest| Kibale Forest Camp

Day 8: Kibale Forest-Semuliki National Park

Half day birding in Kibale, this is incorporated with a chimp walk. Among other bird species to spot includes: White tailed anti thrushes, purple headed, Glossy starling, Brown illadopsis, Masked Apalis, Green breasted pitta, white Napped pigeon, Toro Olive Green bull, Black billed Turaco, Buff spotted woodpecker and Green cromber. Afternoon drive to Semiliki National park. Dinner and overnight at:- Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Semliki Safari Lodge e
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Ntoroko Game Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Semliki UWA Bandas

Day 9: Semuliki National Park

Whole day birding in the forest. Semiliki in known for it is most sought after rarities and these include:Congo serpent eagle, Black throated coucal, Grey throated rail, Nkulengu rail, Long tailed hawk, Spot breasted ibis, Capuchin babber, Yellow throated nicater, Nothern beareded scrub robin, Red chested owlet, Western bronz napped pigeon, Black collared lovebird, White beilled kingfisher, red rumped thinker bird, Lyre tailed honey guide, Zenker honey guide, White throated blue swallow, Bates nighters, Yellow throated cuckoo, Orange tufted sunbird, Black winged oriole, Red billed crombic, Rufous sided broadbill, Icterine green bul, Swamp palm bulbul, Cresasted malimbe, ferry breasted bush shrinke, pale fronted negrofinch and piping, Red billed, Black dwarf, White created, Black casqued wattled and White thighed hornbill. Dinner and overnight at:- Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Semliki Safari Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Ntoroko Game Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Semliki UWA Bandas

Day 10: Semliki National Park

Whole day birding in the forest. Kirumira trails have become the most popular trail for its richness in diversity of bird species. Dinner and overnight at:-

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Semliki Safari Lodge e
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Ntoroko Game Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Semliki UWA Bandas

Day 11: Semuliki- Queen Elizabeth National Park

Morning drive south wards to Queen Elizabeth National park. This is the second largest park in Uganda. Serious birders may be interested to know that the one day record of QENP is 296 species out of 610 recorded in the parks. An excellent variety of birds can be seen and these include pelicans, Skimmers, Kingfishers, Thick Knees, Storks, Martins, Swallow, Weavers, canaries, Kites, and many grassland specialties. Evening birding is very productive. Dinner and overnight at: – Meal plan: (B, L, D)

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Mweya Safari | Katara Lodge |Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Enganzi Safari Lodge |Kasenyi Safari Lodge |Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Wild Track Safari Lodge| Bush Lodge |Simba Safari Lodge

Day 12: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Whole day birding in the park. An early game drive in an open savannah is an ideal for spotting savannah birds. The afternoon launch cruise is much rewarding along the Kazinga channel, connecting Lake George and Edward, is among the best know in the region for its high diversity of bird species include: African Skimmer, green wood and common sandpiper, grey headed gull, plain martin lesser swamp warbler and yellow billed Oxpecker. Dinner and overnight at : – Meal plan: (B, L, D)

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Mweya Safari | Katara Lodge |Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Enganzi Safari Lodge |Kasenyi Safari Lodge |Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Wild Track Safari Lodge| Bush Lodge |Simba Safari Lodge

Day 13: Queen -Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The great home for the endangered Montane Gorillas. Species of birds include: Black rufous warbler, Grauers wabler, Band prina, Black faced apalis, Black throated apalis, Mountain masked apalis, Red throated alethe, Yellow eyed black flycatcher, Ashy flycatcher, Dusky blue flycatcher, Neumanns Warbler and Red faced woodland warber. Dinner and overnight at : –

Available Safari Lodges: – Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Gorilla Forest Camp |Buhoma Lodge| Mahogany Springs |Trackers Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Engagi Gorilla Lodge |Silverback Lodge |Chameleon Hill Lodge| Gorilla Mist Camp
Budget/Low facilities: Buhoma Haven Lodge| Buhoma Community Bandas| Gorilla Valley Lodge

Day 14: Bwindi Gorilla Trekking

With an early morning breakfast ready for trekking which begins at 8:00 a.m with a briefing from the UWA staff guide on the rule and regulations regarding trekking the endangered mountain Gorillas? Ensure to carry along with you rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, jungle boots etc The guides will lead you inside the beautiful ecosystem to see the shy Primates for a group you have been booked for. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but its well worth the effort. Dinner and overnight at: –

Available Safari Lodges: – Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Gorilla Forest Camp |Buhoma Lodge| Mahogany Springs |Trackers Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Engagi Gorilla Lodge |Silverback Lodge |Chameleon Hill Lodge| Gorilla Mist Camp
Budget/Low facilities: Buhoma Haven Lodge| Buhoma Community Bandas| Gorilla Valley Lodge

Day 15: Ruhija Mumbwindi Swamp

The 4km trail to Mumwindi Swamp drops from 2350m to 2050m and is the best place for some of the most difficult to find of all Rift endemics including Graucer, African green , Broadbill Regal Sunbird and Arcers Robin Chart. Mumwindi Swamp at an elvation of 2050/6725ft holds dwarf honey guide, stripe breasted tit, Strange weaver, Black headed waxbill, Bartailed trogon, white headed Woodhoope, wallers and Stuhlmanns starling and the Handsome froncolin, Montana nightjar. Dinner and overnight at: –

Available Safari Lodges: – Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

High end/ Luxury facilities: -Gorilla Forest Camp |Buhoma Lodge| Mahogany Springs |Trackers Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Engagi Gorilla Lodge |Silverback Lodge |Chameleon Hill Lodge| Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget/Low facilities: Buhoma Haven Lodge| Buhoma Community Bandas| Gorilla Valley Lodge)

Day 16: Bwindi- Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is a very special place every part of it is alive with a variety of interest and colour. The park contains an extensive area of wetland. The park harbors severals species of mammals including zebras, Impala, elands, topi and Buffaloes. The bird population include, Gree backed woodpecker, Yellow billed oxpecker and Northern brown throated weaver. Dinner and overnight at:- Meal plan: (B, L, D)

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Mihingo Safari Lodge | Mantana Tented Camp
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Rwakobo Safari Lodge |Lake Mburo Safari Lodge |Acadia Cottages
Budget/Low facilities: Eagles Nest Lake Mburo

Day 17: Mburo Kampala

Begin your day with an early morning cup of African tea followed by morning Bush walk, return to Kampala/Entebbe via Crocodile Farm with a picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at:- Meal plan: (B, L, D)

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Kampala Serena Hotel|Sheraton Hotel Kampala
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Cassia Lodge |Fairway Hotel Kampala
Budget/Low facilities: Forest Cottages Kampala | Red Chili Kampala

Day 18: Kampala- Mabira forest

Whole day birding Mabira, Lying astride highway to Eastern Uganda less than an hours’ drive from Kampala Mabira forest supports over 300 bird species, many of which are difficult to see elsewhere in Uganda. An excellent trail network allows access. Flowering trees are inviting to the sunbirds like the superb sunbirds, Blue Throated Brown, Green Throated and Olive bellied. Other forest species include Forest Robin, Grey crowned Nerofinch, African Blue Flycatcher and Speckle breasted Woodpecker. Return to Kampala for dinner and overnight stay at:-

High end/ Luxury facilities: – Jinja Wild Waters Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Jinja Nile Resort |Rain Forest Lodge Mabira
Budget/Low facilities: Surjoirs Guest House | Bilkon Hotel Jinja

Day 19: Kampala Birding – Departure

Half day birding around Kampala, Uganda’s large and modern capital lies on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, Its well wooded outskirts offers greater opportunities supporting a wide variety of birds. In fact, the city of Kampala may provide your best chance of seeing certain species such as Bat Hawk and African Hobby. Both breed regularly in tall trees in the urban area and are commonly observed overhead at dusk in the city centre for example around Makerere University and the Sheraton Hotel. Another good spot for these spectacular birds is near Backpackers Hostel, African Hobby has rested in the campsite and Bat Hawk is regularly seen nearby. Take the second left after the turn off to the Backpackers Hostel on the Road to Natete and walk down the road to the last big house at the end. A Bat Hawk often perches in the massive tree here at dust. After your afternoon lunch prepare to drive to the airport for your evening flight back home. Meal plan B-L End of service.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions
Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
Private safari 4wd fueled safari vehicle
Services of English speaking driver/guide
Park and designated birding sites entrance fees
Boat trips for birding
Ferry crossing fees
Game drives
Chimp permits
Gorilla permit fees
Guided nature walks.
Birding Kampala
Bush walk

Exclusions:- Airfares, Visas ,Tips to local guides, Porterage or Laundry , Personal insurance cover, Soft or alcoholic drinks ,Items of a personal nature, any meals not indicated above, any tours not mentioned from the itinerary above.