15 Days Uganda Birding and wildlife Safari

During this 15 Days Uganda Birding and wildlife Safari, we shall be able to cover some of important Uganda’s birding habitats and have an opportunity for wildlife experience with a gorilla or chimpanzee tracking. As per the birding safari, we shall move with one of our specialized birding guides to discover the amazing birds Uganda has to offer. While on this trip, we shall visit the Mabamba Bay, Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semiliki National park, Murchison Falls National Park.

Travel plan details

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to your hotel

On your arrival at Entebbe Airport, meeting with our tour guide and transfer to the hotel for an overnight (If your flight schedule is daytime, we could go birding in Entebbe botanical garden for the Orange Weaver, golden backed weaver and other master builders of the Ploceidae family, superb sunbird, green Hylia, bat hawk, and several garden birds exploiting this transitional habitat. Distance: 10km (15 minutes drive) Medium range accommodation: The Boma Hotel Entebbe /Karibu Guesthouse (BB) High accommodation: Lake Heights Hotel (BB)

Day 2: Mabamba Bay – Lake Mburo National Park

After our early breakfast depart to Lake Mburo via Mabamba swamp wetland. The highlight at Mabamba Swamp is a search for the prehistoric-looking Great shoebill stork. Within the above swamp, we also find some aquatic birds and Marsh Harriers, if time allows a search for the beautiful painted Pygmy goose. Afterward then proceed to have a stopover and at the Equator for Photo and experiment. Later, continue the drive to Lake Mburo of the park with the vast savannah dotted with acacia and shrubs, with aim of wildlife game viewing like Zebras, Topis, Warthogs, cape buffaloes and impalas among others. In the evening have a boat-cruise on the lake where can have a chance of seeing the African finfoot and some of the native birds along the banks, and also some of the aquatic animals like Crocodiles, Hippos yawning and more birds. Distance: 290 km (about 6hours) Medium range accommodation: Rwackobo Rock / Mburo safari lodge /Arcadia cottage (FB) High accommodation: Mihingo lodge / Mantana Tented camp / (FB)

Day 3: Mburo National Park- Lake Bunyonyi

Today, we have an option for early morning game walk or game drive, get up early focusing on the Rwizi track it’s a dense population of some rare birds here, Tabora Cisticola, Crested Barbet, Red-headed weavers, cuckoo shrikes among other and also with chance , if lucky, to see Leopards, zebras, waterbucks, birds, buffaloes in there day break jungle life! Afterward with en route game viewing to exit the park with lunch stop within Mbarara – target destination the Switzerland of Africa and then climb to a lake at 1800meters above sea level; Lake Bunyonyi. It has an area with superb rich views with small resident and exotic bird species singing in this coolest area in Uganda below 10C some nights! It’s also a rare Bilharzias free lake (You can swim). Distance: 200 km (about 4hours) Medium range accommodation: Bird nest oversea / Bushara island rest camp (FB) High accommodation: Bird nest / (FB)

Day 4: A free day by Lake Bunyonyi

Today we can have optional activities: canoeing and visiting village islands, hiking on Bushara trail along. for close up with the resident birds that give the still lake its name, Tropical boubou, the loud calling Chubbs cisticola, and a visit to Nyombe swamp for the swamp hens, papyrus yellow warbler, Resident and exotic bird species singing. Distance: 110 km (about 4hours) Medium range accommodation: Bird nest oversea / Bushara island rest camp (FB) High accommodation: Bird nest / (FB)

Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After your breakfast, we drive through the magical cultivated hills with the wonderful view of the Bwindi impenetrable forest, with the elevation of above 2100 meters with the Mist where the Gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. As we check out some soaring buzzards, flocks of stuhlmanns starlings. We could assemble to head for the Mubwindi swamp for the highest concentration of the Albertin endemics aiming to grip on the African green broadbill, Fraser’s eagle owl, black-billed turaco and Rwenzori batis In the evening we could track the calls of the Rwenzori Nightjar. This Impenetrable Forest is full of birds, butterfly and plant species plus forest hog; forest Elephants, Statungas and Dikers. Medium range accommodation: Haven lodge/ Gorilla Mist (FB) High accommodation: / Mahogany spring / Buhoma Lodge (FB)

Day 6: Gorilla tracking or birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today’s activity shall be optional: Gorilla tracking or birding in Bwindi impenetrable forest (inform us of your choice when booking). We could do the Gorillas or drive descending through the impenetrable forest for the dusky crimson wings, African swees, the rare mountain wagtail and black-billed weaver as we head to Buhoma for an evening walk to the waterfalls and enjoy a relaxed yet profitable birding in Bwindi on our favorite trail. Medium range accommodation: Haven lodge/ Gorilla Mist (FB) High accommodation: / Mahogany spring / Buhoma Lodge (FB)

Day 7: Bwindi National park – Queen Elizabeth (birding within Ishasha sector)

Drive to Queen Elizabeth – Ishasha sector for the savannah birds, the top vulture of the region Lappet-faced vulture, Africa`s most spirited eagle the Marshal eagle, larks, a try to check on the rare Dusky blue flycatcher on River ishasha and bonus to get the Lions high in the Fig tree branches. In the evening, have a drive in search for the resident Greyish eagle owl and Verreaux eagle owls. Afterward, drive to the northern sector of the Park Distance: 150 km (about 4hours) Medium range accommodation: Bush lodge/ Kaseyi game lodge (FB) High accommodation: Mweya safari lodge / Kyambura game lodge (FB)

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning game drives experience in the national park, with aim of seeing an animal like elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, and if lucky lion and leopard. In the afternoon, take the most exciting 2 hours boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, one of the most popular sites in Uganda for its concentration of wildlife and bird. Medium range accommodation: Bush lodge/ Kaseyi game lodge (FB) High accommodation: Mweya safari lodge / Kyambura game lodge (FB)

Day 9: Full days activity within the park

Queen Elizabeth National a park with over 606 bird species offers us great birding opportunities. We can take to the villages and explore the birds of the savannah along the rift valley in this area (Garden birds and species that like the cultivated area), plus the fishing villages for water birds after yesterday in the park. Along the kazinga channel, we can to try and find the Papyrus Gonolek and more others. Medium range accommodation: Bush lodge/ Kaseyi game lodge (FB) High accommodation: Mweya safari lodge / Kyambura game lodge (FB)

Day 10: To Semuliki National Park

Depart to Semuliki national park via local markets and drive further north-west wards with the Rwenzori ranges (Longest in Africa) in view. Transfer through fort portal and arrive at the open area scanning for the Fiery breasted bush shrike and western banded snake eagles, as we sleep in the forest area of bumaga camp. Colored aviation creatures-butterflies various Bird species like the native Nkulengu rail, Yellow-throated & western nicator at the camp showering us with the liquidating super call can be ticked off before going to bed, all in the environs of the forest can be viewed on a lucky day a lot of birds here too. Distance: 150 km (about 4hours) Medium range accommodation: Bumaga Camp Bandas (FB) High accommodation: Semiliki game lodge (FB)

Day 11: A day of birding in Semuliki National Park

Enjoy a full day of birding in Semuliki, with Kirumya trail, Semuliki ox-bow lakes, it’s a full day experience starting early for the region endemic as possibly Uganda’s` number 1 spot an IBA with most congo-forest species stretching to this furthest eastern end! The newly spotted resident on Uganda`s list Akun eagles owl, Blue-billed malimbe, western bronze napped pigeon, Maxwell`s black weaver, Congo serpent eagle, red-billed dwarf hornbill, African Dwarf Kingfisher, the rare Capuchin babbler, red -thighed and long-tailed hawk are some mega ticks we are hoping to grip

too with the smallest relative of the woodpeckers the African piculet a great attraction for our stay. Medium range accommodation: Rwenzori View Guesthouse (FB) High accommodation: Mountain of the Moon Hotel (FB)

Day 12: Fort Portal – Hoima

Today we have a long drive, 5 hours, to cut off the distance tomorrow. Enjoy a couple of fruits during the drive and the pressure and fatigue is lessened with punctuation of stopovers at sceneries like tea plantations along the driveways – typical African village set up in the far countryside offer us chances of stretching along the Forest reserves for Cuckoos, bee-eaters and garden birds to boost our big list as we check in late afternoon. Medium range accommodation: Hoima cultural hotel / Konticki Hotel (FB)

Day 13: Hoima – Murchison National Park

After breakfast, depart to Murchison National Park heading north along the Lake Albert and Rift Valley escarpment, with breathtaking panoramic sceneries. Afternoon, have 3hours Boat ride to the base of Falls where you get to see the Hippos (You have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere else than here- Believe me you)! Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. Top birds here is the Red-throated bee-eater with its beautiful displays on the river bank high cliffs, the Rock pranticole on the rocky tops after the crocodile bar, black-headed batis, black-headed gonolek, spotted morning thrush, beautiful sunbird among the active birds around before dark and the just before dinner we could try to check out for the Spotted eagle owl cliffs. Distance: 150 km (about 4hours) Medium range accommodation

: Murchison River Lodge/ Kabalenga Wilderness (FB) High accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge / Baker’s lodge (FB)

Day 14: Murchison Falls National Park

Start early to game drive on the broad savannah for the most likely big cats hunting, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76. We continue browsing the drive circuits to the delta point for a cocktail of birds and mammals. In the afternoon we could take a hike along the top of the falls for Pels fishing owl chance, the bat hawk, as we buy time to see if we can see the long-tailed nightjars, standard winged nightjars and African scops owl which is active after dark. The falls is a magnificent classic highlight on our second day in this Great Animal home! Distance: 55 km (about 1 hour) Medium range accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge

Day 15: Budongo – Kaniyo Pabidi Forest – Kampala/Entebbe

Breakfast in the kaniyo Pabidi forest (Budongo forest) and a forest walk focusing on some forest woodpeckers like the yellow-crested woodpecker, blue-throated roller, Sabine’s Spinetail, yellow-billed barbet, puvels illadopsis, forest flycatcher, honeyguides, after pigeons, rufous-sided broadbill etc and transfer to Kampala/Entebbe. Plan for a late evening flight or add an extra night to fly the next day as we have finished our safari of Uganda’s birding paradise. Distance: 350 km (about 5hours) Note: Accommodations shall be based on client selection (high, Medium or low budget. All lodges have self-contained rooms and are selected as per the interest of the client.

other suggested tours:

3 Days Queen Elizabeth wildlife safari

3 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari

5 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari

12 Days Uganda Primate safari

15 Days Uganda and Rwanda safari

safari Inclusions

  • Local government taxes
  • Entrance fees to the national park and other sites on the itinerary
  • English speaking Driver with a specialized birding guide
  • Ground transportation in a modified safari car
  • Full board accommodation with meals mentioned
  • Airport transfers

safari Exclusions

  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight Tickets Fare
  • Visa Fees
  • Tips

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