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UGANDA: Uganda Birding

  • Day 1

    Entebbe

    Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and welcomed by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe.

  • Day 2

    Mabamba Wetlands

    After breakfast we go birding in the Mabamba bay with more of the same after lunch.

  • Day 3

    Kibale Forest National Park

    An early morning drive to Fort Portal where you arrive in time for lunch then go birding in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary in the afternoon.

  • Day 4

    Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park

    After breakfast we set off chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park then head for Queen Elizabeth National Park after lunch.

  • Day 5

    Queen Elizabeth National Park

    You start with an early morning game drive then go on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon.

  • Day 6

    Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    After breakfast you go on a game drive of the Ishasha Sector of the park then depart for Bwindi National Park after lunch.

  • Day 7

    Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    You get to go an an optional gorilla tracking in Bwindi or alternatively you could go birding with your guide.

  • Day 8

    Ruhija Sector – Lake Bunyonyi

    After breakfast, you'll go birding the whole day in the Ruhija sector then head for Lake Bunyonyi where you have dinner and spend the night.

  • Day 9

    Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo

    Today you'll start by taking a morning boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi for your birding pleasure then after lunch, proceed to Lake Mburo.

  • Day 10

    Lake Mburo National Park

    Enjoy a morning drive that also happens to include birding in the park then after lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight.

Day 1

Entebbe

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and welcomed by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe.

Depending on your time of arrival, you can be go birding later on at the Botanical Gardens. The most common bird species are ruff, wood, common, marsh sandpipers, common green shank, long-tailed and great cormorants, the Madagascar bee-eater, green crombec, orange weaver, Entebbe weaver (an endemic to Uganda that was recorded at the site only once), white spotted fluftail.

An overnight stay is arranged at one of the lodging options available.

Lodging

Bed & Breakfast options available.

Activities

Day 2

Mabamba Wetlands

After breakfast we drive to the Mabamba bay, the only place and site (so far rated as the best in Africa and/or the world) where the elusive shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) can be spotted at any one time of the day. Other bird species to watch out for include; grey-headed gull, white winged terns, Madagascar bee-eater, yellow billed egret, and the long toed plover.

After lunch, you could take a walk along the tracks on the main road in search of more birds. Expect to see the black crake, the African fish eagle, the African jacana, malachite and pied kingfishers, the cape wagtail, swamp flightier, winding cisticola, the blue-breasted bee-eater, the red-chested sunbird, and many more.

Dinner and overnight at the select lodging.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Mabamba bay

Activities

Day 3

Kibale Forest National Park

You'll start on an early morning drive to Fort Portal where you'll arrive in time for lunch.

In the afternoon go birding in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary that is 5 Km after Kibale Forest National Park on the road to Kamwenge. Birding is a major activity around the swamp, with paths cut into it and areas board walked to give access to areas that would be otherwise inaccessible. Specialties of Bigodi include the great blue
turaco, the black billed turaco and the white spotted crake.

Dinner and overnight at the select lodging options.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Activities

Day 4

Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast we set off chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park. Along the way, you get to see a number of bird species which include: the black-capped apalis, the blue-headed sunbird, the collared apalis, the dusky crimsonwing, the purple-breasted sunbird, and the red-faced woodland warbler. Other Kibale specials include, the African pitta, the green breasted pitta, the black bee-eater, the yellow spotted nicator, the yellow rumped tinker bird, the little greenbul, the black-eared ground thrush, the brownchested alethe, the blue-breasted kingfisher, the Abyssinian groundthrush, and the crowned eagle.

After lunch in the afternoon, we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is home to up to 604 different bird species. Some of the bird species of note include, the African skimmer, the black rumped button quail, Verreaux's eagle owl, the red-footed falcon, lesser flamingoes, the grey-capped warbler, White's and Abdim's storks (when in season), the amur falcon, ovampo sparrowhawk, the wooly-necked and saddle-billed storks, and numerous classes of raptors, vultures and plovers.

Birding will be arranged for the evening and thereafter, an overnight stay and dinner at your selected lodging.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Kibale Forest National Park

Day 5

Queen Elizabeth National Park

You'll get to spend the entire day birding in the park while on a morning game drive. Other wildlife to see include lions, hippos, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, elephants and the elusive giant forest hog – all regularly sighted around the Mweya Peninsula.

In the afternoon, you'll go on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Here, the concentration of water birds and sights afford brilliant opportunities for photography. A variety of birds grace the grasses on the channel's edge that include the great white and pink-backed pelicans, great and long-tailed cormorants, the open-billed stork, the African jacana, malachite and pied kingfishers. There is also a bird observatory here, which was set up with the aim of studying both migratory and resident birds. Since its inception in 1997, many new bird species have been sighted, including Uganda's first recorded bar-tailed godwit.

Overnight and dinner at Ishasha Jungle Lodge.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Mweya Peninsula
  • Kazinga Channel

Activities

Day 6

Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast you get to go on a game drive as well as birding in the southern region of the park – the Ishasha Sector. Here, you get to see tree climbing lions that enjoy perching atop fig trees during hot hours of the day.

After lunch, we will proceed to Bwindi National Park. While gorillas are its most famous inhabitants, Bwindi is also noted for its biodiversity and the richness of its flora and fauna. The diversity of birds is extremely high, representing one of the forest's avifauna in Africa with a bird list of up to 334 species (67 non-forest-dependent species, and 182 forest-dependent species). Thirteen of these species occur nowhere else in Uganda, seven are not known to occur anywhere else in East Africa, and 17 are known to inhabit only Bwindi and one or two other East African forests. Rare species include the spectacular globally threatened endemics like the African green broadbill and Shelley's crimson wing.

Overnight and dinner at your preferred lodging.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Ishasha Sector

Activities

Day 7

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

You get to go an an optional gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest; a most exciting wildlife experience. The activity starts with a briefing from the ranger guides, after which you proceed with the trekking. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 420 gorillas, which is half the world population according to 2012 gorilla population surveys. The time you'll take before encountering the gorillas varies but normally, it would take between 2 to 6 hours. You then have an hour to observe the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs. Do not forget to carry your lunch boxes and drinking water.

If you aren't interested in gorilla tracking, you can go birding in the forest with your guide in the early morning.

We then proceed to Ruhija where you'll have dinner and the overnight stay.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Ruhija

Day 8

Ruhija Sector – Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, you'll go birding the whole day in the Ruhija sector of Bwindi National Park. Ruhija is likely to be one of the highlights of any trip to Uganda offering excellent birding in spectacular surroundings. Birds are both plentiful and easy to spot; many species associating in mixed feeding flocks that are active throughout the day. An early start offers the best chance of finding the striking handsome francolin, the cinnamon-chested bee-eater, the western green tinkerbird, the mountain and yellow-streaked greenbuls, the mountain marked and chestnut-throated apalises, the red-faced woodland warbler, the Rwenzori batis, the white-tailed crested flycatcher and many more.

Overnight and dinner in Lake Bunyonyi.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Ruhija
  • Lake Bunyonyi

Activities

Day 9

Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo

Today you'll start by taking a morning boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi for your birding pleasure.

The lake is one of the most popular destinations for birding and the guide will help you spot birds by stopping over on different islands. Bird species include, the pied kingfisher, malachite kingfisher, cinnamon chested bee-eater, bronzy sun bird, the knobed coot, the pied wagtail, the black clake, the common stone chat, the grey shrike, the grey crowned crested crane, Hadada ibis, the swamp fly catcher, the black heron, the great commrant, the fan-tailed widow bird, the streaky seed-eater, the speckled mouse bird, the pin tailed whyder, the bronze manikin, and the black-headed weaver.

You have lunch in Kabale and from there, proceed to Lake Mburo where you will take a game drive as you enter the park.

Overnight and dinner at you preferred lodging of those on offer.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Kabale
  • Lake Mburo

Activities

Day 10

Lake Mburo National Park

Enjoy a morning drive that also happens to include birding in the park with about 313 different bird species to see. Some of the birds include the rare shoebill stork, the white-winged warblers, the black-billed barbet, the crested francolin, the brown parrot, the red-necked spur, the emerald-spotted wood dove, Temminck's courser, common quails, the greenwood hoopoe, the blue-napped mouse bird, the barefaced go-away bird, the African grey hornbill, the nubian woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, the lilac-breasted roller, Coqui Francolin, the red-necked spur fowl, the black-bellied bustard, the African-wattled plover, rufous napped and flappet larks, rufous-chested swallow, southern red bishop, and the yellow-throated long claw among others.

Lunch will be at Lake Mburo and thereafter, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight out.

Lodging

Half Board options available.

Places

  • Kasenyi Village
  • Mweya Peninsula
  • Kazinga Channel