The 6 Days Uganda classic urban Birding, we shall be able to cover some of important Uganda’s birding habitats and have an opportunity for wildlife within the wild and captivities. 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 Ngamba Island, Uganda Wildlife Education center, Mabamba Bay, Mpanga Forest, Entebbe Botanical Gardens and Lutembe Bay, Zika Forest and Mabira Forest
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. Distance: 10km Medium range accommodation: The Boma Hotel Entebbe /Karibu Guesthouse (BB) High accommodation: Lake Heights Hotel (BB)
Day 2: bay Bird watching tour at Mabamba bay and Mpanga forest
After breakfast, we then visit Mabamba Village. The swamp is about 52km from Kampala. The road to Mabamba winds its way through areas of secondary forest and agricultural land attracting Red-headed Lovebird, African Crowned Hornbills, and a range of Sunbirds including the Green-headed, Green, Marico and Scarlet-chested. We shall stop over at Mpigi Swamp to look out for the Papyrus Gonolek and the White-winged Warbler. The road ultimately ends at a papyrus reed bed adjoining Lake Victoria. In the hand paddled canoes, we explore a maze of channels and mudflats searching for the majestic Shoebill, African Pygmy Goose, the rare Lesser Jacana, and Carruthers’ Cisticola. After lunch, transfer to Mpanga Forest, a scientific research site. The reserve protects an extensive patch of medium-altitude rainforest, characteristic of the vegetation that once extended over much of the northern Lake Victoria Hinterland. You will experience the silence of a noisy forest, witness floating paths of butterflies and enjoy the peace of solitude of a beautiful forest setting Medium range accommodation: The Boma Hotel Entebbe /Karibu Guesthouse (FB) High accommodation: Lake Heights Hotel (FB)
Day 3: Entebbe Botanical Gardens and Lutembe Bay.
After breakfast, proceed to Entebbe Botanical Gardens which has a collection of flora and birds plus fauna. Search out for Orange, Vieillot’s Black, Slender-billed, Golden-backed, Holub’s Golden and Yellow-backed Weavers, Superb Sunbird, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Ross’s and Great blue Turaco, Splendid Glossy Starling, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Yellow, Creamy White-eyes, Scarlet-chested, Double-toothed, Barbet, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Grey-headed Sparrow, Grey Woodpecker, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Alpine, Palm, White-rumped Swifts, Palm-nut Vulture, African Green Pigeon, Hamerkop, Egyptian Goose, Marabou Stork, Yellow-billed Duck, Pink-backed Pelican, White-chinned Prinia, Yellow-throated Greenbul, Snow-headed Robin-chat, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher. The most common primates here are Black and White Colobus Monkey, Vervet Monkey, and many butterflies. Also, there are Cattle Egret, Red-faced Cisticola, and Giant Kingfisher. After lunch visit Lutembe Bay. The bay is less than 8 sq km but boasts over 200 species including over 100 water birds. Two Red Data species have been recorded: occasional Shoebill and a Madagascar Squacco Heron. Regular waterfowl counts since 1993 show a total of 108 waterbird species at the site, of which 26 are Palaearctic migrants. The bay regularly supports 20,000 – 50,000 roosting water birds, and sometimes many more between October and February when there are Palearctic migrants making it a reserve for migrant birds. Medium range accommodation: The Boma Hotel Entebbe /Karibu Guesthouse (FB) High accommodation: Lake Heights Hotel (FB)
Day 4: Zika Forest – Mabira Forest
Today we visit Zika forest only 23km from Kampala off Kampala –Entebbe Road, a small forest of 100 acres. This forest is owned by the Uganda Virus Research Institute contains a four-story metal tower used to ascertain what sort of bugs inhabit which strata of forest vegetation. Afore arm-burning ascent of a narrow metal ladder is rewarded when you emerge into open skies to enjoy a scenic, black-and-white casqued, African pied and crowned Hornbills, little greenbul to view of birds and monkeys easily. Red-tailed monkeys can be seen and birds like the Purple starling mention a few. You can also get to explore the forest at ground level. Medium range accommodation: Mabira Eco Lodge/ Rainforest Lodge (FB)
Day 5: Mabira Forest.
After breakfast, we start our birding adventure in Mabira forest that boasts many species of the Guinea-Congo Forests biome which are not well-represented in other protected areas in Uganda, for example, Nathan’s Francolin, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Capuchin Babbler, Grey Longbill and Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher. Other specialties here include Nathan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Hawk, White Spotted Flufftail, Afep Pigeon, Gray Parrot, Dusky Long Tailed Cuckoo, Sabine’s and Cassin’s Spine Tails, Blue-throated Roller, African Dwarf and White-bellied Kingfishers, Forest Wood-hoopoe, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Speckled and Yellow-throated Tinkerbirds, Yellow-spotted, Hairy-breasted and Yellow-billed Barbet, Cassin’s Honeyguide, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared and Golden-crowned Woodpeckers, Green-breasted Pitta, Blue-headed Crested, Black-headed Paradise, Dusky-crested and African Shrike Flycatchers, Chestnut and Jameson’s Wattle-eyes, Gray-green Bush-shrike, Papyrus Gonolek, Sooty Boubou, Western Black-headed Oriole, Dusky Tit, Buff-throated Apalis, Yellow-browed and Olive-green Camaroptera, Gray, Plain, Honeyguide, Toro Olive, and White-throated Greenbul, Leaf Love, Common Bristlebill and Red-tailed Bulbul. Medium range accommodation: Mabira Eco Lodge/ Rainforest Lodge (FB)
Day 6: Mabira Forest – Entebbe
After breakfast, we can visit the source of the Nile then transfer to 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. 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.