Day One, Birding Tour
Arrive at Entebbe Airport, and meet our guide waiting to warmly welcome you and later transfer you to Speke Resort Munyonyo (B/B) or Hotel International Muyenga for the over night. B/B.
Day 2, Forest Birding Uganda safari
Have an early breakfast and a briefing from the Tour Operations Manager, after the meeting set off on the Eastbound road to Mabira Forest. This magnificent forest is the nearest site to enjoy the Purple Throated Cuckoo Shrike, Nahan’s Francolin, Forest Wood Hoopoe, Green tailed Bristle bill, Joyful Greenbul, Tit Hylia, Grey Long bill and the Sooty Boubou.
Spend the entire morning birding in this forest and the surrounding areas which include the beautiful Ssezibwa Falls in Mukono and later in the afternoon transfer to the source of the Nile. Have a picnic lunch there and later visit the spectacular Bujagali Falls returning to Kampala in the evening for the overnight at Speke Resort Munyonyo or Hotel International Muyenga. B/B.
Day Three, birding tour in Budongo
Depart Kampala early morning for Budongo Forest Reserve which lies at the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley to the south of Murchison Falls National Park and protects the largest natural forest area in East Africa. The forest boasts of an impressive bird specie list of over 350 species and is the best site in Uganda for a number of sought-after birds such as Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Spinetail, Ituri Batis and Chestnut-capped Flycatcher. This birding safari hotspot is also home to Uganda’s largest population of Chimpanzees. A crisscross network of trails and a wide track known as " The Royal Mile" provides access to the forest.
Some people consider the Royal Mile to be the country’s premier forest birding locality. The Chocolate-backed, Blue-breasted and wild African Dwarf Kingfishers are remarkably common and this is definitely the best place in Uganda to see these three species. After lunch in Masindi town proceed with birding in the afternoon and over night at Masindi Hotel.
After a good night sleep have an early morning breakfast, drive to the Royal Mile and spend the whole day birding here. In the evening, transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Kaniyo Pabidi, have a game drive while heading for the Park headquarters and over night at Paraa safari Lodge or The Paraa Rest Camp. Murchison Falls has a variety of unique habitats and lots of bird species, which makes a visit to this park a must for every birder.Habitat: Dense woodland and open grassland Savannah, Papyrus swamps, moist woodland andgrassy under storey, Borrasus Palm Forest, lakeshores and riverbanks.
Key species: Egyptian Plover, Secretary Bird, Silver Bird, Denham’s Bustard, Rock Platincoles, Wire-tailed Swallow, Swallow-Tailed Bee-Eater, and many more.
After breakfast, go for a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-metre gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert. This is an experience can t afford to miss! The banks of the Nile are home to many wildlife species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos and other wildlife that usually come down to drink from the river, after the cruise return to the Lodge for lunch.
Relax away the hot afternoon sun and head for an early evening drive on to the rolling plains where you can view Lions, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the bird watchers, these areas support the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow tailed Bee-Eaters, to pick just a few. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge or Paraa Rest Camp.
Early game drive to the top of Murchison Falls where you can have a close look in to the gorge where the Nile squeezes in to a 7-metre gorge dropping 40 metres. The falls are spectacular and thunderous with a beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days. In the afternoon, drive to Kibale National Park bird watching enroute arriving in the evening and over night at Rwenzori View Guesthouse or Ndali Lodge.
Kibale Forest has a total of 335 bird species and it’s a tall evergreen forest with grassland, swamps and exotic conifers.The key species here include; White Collard Oliveback, Leaflove, African Broadbill, Willcock’s Honeyguide, Green Breasted Pitta, African Pitta, Grey Winged Robin, Red Winged Francolin, Joyful Greenbul, White Bellied Crested Flycatcher, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Red Chested Fluftail, Grey Winged Robin, White Napped pigeon, Chestnut Winged Starling etc.
Early morning wake up and get a chance to see other species like the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis’, Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds and a good infrastructure & a variety of interesting activities which makes this a worthwhile destination. There is a network of forest trails which radiate out from the visitor centre, allowing you to search for a number of species that shun the vicinity of the main road. Birding in the forest interior will need a lot of patience, this is because most forest species are very shy & difficult to see in the under growth. Visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a superb community development fringing the park. Here we will be able to see the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets then return to Rwenzori View Guesthouse or Ndali Lodge in the evening for overnight
Leave the hotel after an early breakfast heading North to Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve arriving at the lodge at tea time. Over 350 species have been recorded at Semliki and this is also a good area to see the extraordinary Shoebill and other wetland varieties. The key species here include the African Pygmy Goose, Red-necked Falcon, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue-breasted Bee-Eater, Black-billed Barbet, Piapiac, Leaflove and Black-chinned Quail-Finch. Take tea by the pool and watch as the Hamerkop dips into the water and the Weaver birds flock nearby. The most exciting aspect is that new species are still being discovered in the reserve. You might be lucky enough to discover one. Have an afternoon boat trip on Lake Albert in search for the Shoebill and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge.
Early morning Chimp tracking in the gallery forest of the Mugiri River. Leaflove are in proliferation here, despite being scarce in the rest of Uganda. In the Forest you may see special birds such as : White-spotted Flufftail, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush and Blue-breasted Kingfisher.
In the late afternoon, a game drive will reveal herds of Uganda Kob, Waterbuck, Reed Buck, several monkey species as well as lots of bird opportunities: White-crested Turaco, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Mouse birds, Kingfishers and Bee-Eaters, to mention a few. If its fine with you a night drive to see Pennant and Standard Wing Nightjars within 2 metres would be memorable.
Spend the day birding in Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge.
Have an early morning game drive after breakfast preferably our specia Ugandan coffee that can be served in tour tents, drive will be headed for Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Park is home to a total of 604 different bird species. Chances of seeing Elephants and Hippos here are a hundred percent guaranteed.
Vegetation in Queen Elizabeth National Park comprises of low land forest, moist thickets open woodland and grassland Savannah, permanent and seasonal swamps, lakes and rivers.
Key species: African Skimmer, Black Rumped Button Quail, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Red Footed Falcon, Lesser Flamingos, Grey Capped Warbler, White’s and Abdim’s Storks (in season), Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrow hawk, Woolly-necked and Saddle-billed Storks, and numerous classes of Raptors, Vultures and Plovers etc. Birding in the evening and over night at Mweya Safari Lodge or the Institute of Ecology.
Spend the whole day in Queen Elizabeth National Park bird watching while on a game drives both in the morning and in the afternoon returning to the lodge for lunch and over night at Mweya Safari Lodge or the Institute of Ecology.
Queen Elizabeth boasts of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, – from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
There are almost 100 mammal species and these include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog in this park.
The primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black faced Red Columbus, and Red tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.
Reptiles include the amazing huge rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mamba , Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and a combination of the above this Park a superb safari territory. Over night at Mweya Safari Lodge or the Institute of Ecology.
A boat trip along the channel on this day will ensure that you see wildlife at a close range: Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalo linger in the shallows, and a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the river’s edge. These may include the Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Open-billed Stork, 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 more new species have been identified, including Uganda’s first record of the Bar-tailed Godwit. Have a game drive and over night at Mweya Safari Lodge or the Institute of Ecology. Request for Orthinology and bird species.
After breakfast, enjoy another game drive while leaving the park and continue through the lush hills birding enroute to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park best known for Gorillas, arriving in the evening.
This is a Montane Forest with patches of bamboo, Montane marshes and medium altitude forests. There are about 23 Albertine Rift Endemics that can be seen here with the most exciting being the African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Short Tailed Warbler, Rwenzori Turacco, Purple Breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Kivu Ground Thrush, Montane Masked Apalis, Red Faced Woodland Warbler, Olive Green Camaroptera, Handsome Francolin, Blue Headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Waller’s Starling, Oriole Finch, Streaky Seed Eater, Chubb’s Cisticola, Barred Long Tailed Cuckoo and the Brown Capped Weaver. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or the Uganda Wildlife Authority Community Bandas.
Ejoy both bird watching and gorilla treking on this day! This morning have a very early breakfast, reporting at the park office will be at 7:30 am for a briefing about tracking. Take with you lunch boxes and all the necessary gears to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours depending on where the gorillas spent the night. A Park Guide will beinterpreting the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the Camp or take a forest nature walk that will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and and here you stand a chance of seeing primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue monkeys and others species. Spend the night at Gorilla Forest Camp or the Uganda Wildlife Authority Community Bandas. Field reports and trips.
Spend the morning bird watching and later transfer to Ruhiija Sector birding enroute, pass by Mubwindi Swamp for more water birds and over night at Ruhiija Guesthouse.
After breakfast, depart Bwindi for Lake Mburo National Park through the beautiful hills of Kabale, while in Mbarara enjoy a game drive while entering the Park. Lake Mburo National Park has markedly different fauna to other Parks and Reserves, and its the best place in the country to see the gigantic Eland Antelope, as well as Zebra, Topi, Impala, and several Acacia associated birds. The five lakes with in the Park attract Hippos, Crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the Sitatunga Antelope and Red, Black and Yellow Papyrus Gonalek.
Have an evening game drive and over night at either Mantana Luxurious Tented Camp or Agip Motel.
Early morning wake up for bird watching destinations while on a game drive & get a chance to see species like the Brown Chested Plover, Red Faced Barbet, Southern Ground Hornbill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Yellow Billed Oxpecker, African Finfoot, Black Collard Barbet etc.
Have an afternoon boat trip and later an early evening game drive and over night at either Mantana Luxurious tented camp or Agip Motel.
After breakfast have a game drive while leaving the Park, have a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, stand on the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once. Still on your back to Kampala go through Mpanga forest for more interesting echo tourism activities, arrive in Kampala in the evening and over night at Speke Resort Munyonyo or Hotel International Muyenga.
After breakfast you will set off again on the southbound road to Mabamba Wetland. This is the nearest site for the Shoebill Stork, Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Afep Pigeon, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, Papyrus Gonolek and the White Winged Warbler. Spend the whole day birding in this wetland and the surrounding areas, have a picnic lunch there returning to Entebbe in the evening to later catch your flight home depending on departure times.
Key species and sites: Elephant, Hippo, Gorilla, Chimps, Primates Monkeys (Red tailed, Colobus, Blue, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys) Lion, Leopards, Buffalo, Giant Forest Hog, Wart Hog, Uganda Kob, Deffesa Water buck. Reed buck, Oribi, Topi, Jackson’s Hertebeest, Impala, Eland, Crocodiles, Python. We will see many other things including an astounding array of birds, an incredible diversity of flora, and scenery. Rwenzori Mountains, Western Rift Valley, Crater lakes, Rift Valley lakes, Waterfalls, short grass Savanna, high grass Savanna, Acacia Forests, Borassus Palm Forests, Papyrus Marshes, Lowland Rain Forest, woodland Savannah, Montane Rain Forest and Gallery Rain Forest. Needless to say there are always many surprises on route.
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