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9 Days Birding Uganda




Safari Overview

Don’t miss out this unique opportunity to spot the most Handsome and beautiful birds including the Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dawrf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Red-throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Collared Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis among other spread all over Uganda.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – Entebbe

On arrival at Entebbe airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our representative. Depending on the time of your arrival, birding experience at Entebbe botanical gardens and Uganda Wildlife education centre (UWEC). Return for dinner and overnight at:- Meal plan: (D).
Available Safari Lodges: –

High end/ Luxury facilities: -Protea Hotel Entebbe|Imperial Botanical Hotel Entebbe
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: The Boma Hotel |Entebbe Airport View Hotel
Budget/Low facilities: Entebbe Airport Guest House | Karibu Guest House Entebbe

Day 2: Entebbe – Mabamba

Drive to Mabamba wetland in Mpigi swamp for birding .Common birds to be seen in adjoining wetlands include: Rare Shoebill, Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, Papyrus Gonolek, White Winged Warbler, secretary bird etc. Drive to Kampala for lunch. You may encounter different birds as you drive to the city. Overnight and dinner 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 3: Mabamba – Mabira Forest

Brief early morning bird watching round Mabira and source of river Nile, later embark of white water rafting with Raft Uganda Adventure outfitter for the whole day. Dinner and overnight.

Available Safari Lodges: – Meal plan: (B, L, and D).
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 4: Jinja – Mbale

After early breakfast and a briefing from our safari guide, you will set off to Eastern Uganda via Tirinyi Road to Pallisa. Drive to Gogonyo near Lake Kyoga Wetland for birding. This is the nearest site for the Shoebill, African kingfisher, Pelicans, weaver bird, egrets, swifts, sunbird, falcons, etc Spend the whole day birding in this wetland and the surrounding areas have a picnic lunch. Drive to Mbale for evening excursion of Sipi Falls. Dinner and overnight at:-

Available Safari Lodges: – Meal plan: (B, L, and D).
High end/ Luxury facilities: – Mbale Resort Hotel
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Sipi River Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Lacam Lodge Mbale

Day 5: Budadiri Mbale

After breakfast with packed lunch and snacks, this day is dedicated to one day hike combined with bird watching where the park guide(s)/Porter(s) are ready to take you up to the mountain using any of the selected three main trekking trails. Budadiri Forest exploration centre – Kapkwai and Kapwata are all places you start to choose to ascend the spectacular mountain. Dinner and overnight at:-

Available Safari Lodges: – Meal plan: (B, L, and D).
High end/ Luxury facilities: – Mbale Resort Hotel
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Sipi River Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Lacam Lodge Mbale

Day 6: Kumi/ Soroti

This morning after an early breakfast with parked lunch, you will depart to Kumi and a boat ride to Lake Bisina and associated swamps for birding. This is the only place you may see birds endemic to Uganda. African hornbill, Fox weaver bird, shoebill, pelicans, egrets, eagles, secretary bird, owls’ etc. dinner and overnight at:-

Available Safari Lodges: – Meal plan: (B, L, and D).
High end/ Luxury facilities: – Soroti Hotel
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Eneku Village
Budget/Low facilities: Eneku Village

Day 7: Lira – Murchison

The day begins with greeting the early morning rising sun and breakfast. Drive to Lira-Kamudini road and to Murchison falls for lunch. Afternoon drive for birding around the associated swamps of Lake Albert and River Nile to look for Rare shoebill, heron, cormorants, ducks, bee eaters, kingfisher, fish eagle. Dinner and overnight at:-

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 8: Murchison Falls

Begin the day with a cup of African Coffee. After your cup of coffee, cross the Nile by ferry to the northern bank of the park. Your guide will help you spot Elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. Return to the hotel for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17km stretch you may see elephants, waterbucks, Uganda Kobs and crocodiles.
This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. There you leave the boat and start your – quite heavy – hike to the Top of the Falls (approx. 1 hour). See where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Your driver/guide will be waiting for you to bring you back to the lodge. 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 9: Murchison – Kampala

Wake up at 6:00am prepared to take a photograph of the African rising sun in the morning and enjoy African breakfast, back to Masindi with a visit to the Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino Trekking using the same route for lunch. Return to Kampala at leisure where you are dropped to a place of your choice or Entebbe for your flight back home Meal plan B & L End of service.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions
Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
Private safari 4wd fuelled 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
Excursion to Sipi falls Mbale
Nature walks.
Hike Elgon
Applicable taxes

Exclusions:- International flight ticket expenses, expenses of personal nature like: drinks, laundry, tips, telephone, any activities not highlighted in the itinerary cigars, etc.