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Birding Safaris

Wildlife and Birding Safari 25 Days

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe airport.

Day 2: Birding Mabamba / UWEC / Entebbe Botanical gardens

Day 3:Birding enroute to Murchison Falls National Park

Day 4: – A boat trips to the delta area in search for the Shoebill – Game drive

Day 5: Birding to Kaniyo Pabid in search of the Puvel’s Illadopsis

Day 6: Safari to Royal Mile and Busingiro

Day 7: Murchison Falls - Kibale National Park area;

Day 8: Chimpanze Habituation and birding watching

Day 9: Birding safari to Bihingamy wetland then transfer to Semliki

Day 10; Birding Safari to Sempaya Hot Springs Semliki

Day 11: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park;

Day 12: Whole day Birding in the Qeen elizabeth national park:

Day 13; Birding in Maramagambo Forest – Evening Kyambura Gorge Chimp tracking

Day 14: Birding Via Ishasha in search for tree climbing lions – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 15: Birdinng in Buhoma Northern section of Bwindi Impentrable forest

Day 16:Birding from Buhoma to Ruhija (Southern section of Bwindi)

Day 17: Birding Safari to Mubwindi Swamp

Day 18: Two options today either Birding or Gorilla Tracking in the forest

Day 19: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 20: Morning Boat cruise to visit historical islands;

Day 21: Transfer to Lake Mburo – Evening birding on Boat;

Day 22: Lake Mburo morning walking Safari in the park - Rubango Forest

Day 23: Transfer to Mabira Forest in Jinja

Day 24: Birding in Mabira the whole day

Day 25: Departure Day:

End of Safari

  Included in the package;

  1. Private transport in an open roof 4×4 WD vehicle with gas/fuel
  2. Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  3. Entrance to all the named parks & reserves
  4. 1 chimpanzee permit per person (Budongo)
  5. 1 chimpanzee permit per person (KNP)
  6. 1 Gorilla tracking permits per person (Bwindi)
  7. 24 nights accommodation and meals (F/B) BDL
  8. Launch/Boat trip to the base of the falls (MFNP)
  9. Launch boat on Kazinga Channel (QENP)
  10. Nature walks as in itinerary
  11. Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary
  12. A boat trip on Lake Bunyonyi
  13. Game drives as in the itinerary
  14. Half day White water rafting on the Nile -Jinja
  15. Mineral water while in vehicle

Excluded in the package;

  1. Air fares and visa fees
  2. Drinks & bar bills (soft and alcoholic)
  3. Laundry
  4. Portarage services when gorilla trekking
  5. Tips and gratuities (driver & guides)
  6. Optional activities as indicated in itinerary
  7. Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
  8. Any expenses of personal nature i.e. phone bills, antiquity purchases, etc
  9. Personal insurance

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe airport.

You will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari,. transfer to Check in at Lake Victoria hotel for Dinner and overnight

Day 2: Birding Mabamba / UWEC / Entebbe Botanical gardens

Early morning start with breakfast, after proceed birding enroute to Mabamba in search for the Shoebill other birds expected to encounter include swallows, Great Blue Turaco, Eastern Gray Plantain-eater, Green Crombec, African Pied Hornbill, Splendid Glossy Starling, Orange weaver, Slender-billed Weavers, Golden Backed weaver. After lunch we can have optional birding in Entebbe Botanical Gardens, where we’ll see both forest and lakeshore birds

Day 3:Birding enroute to Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast in the morning transfer to Masindi where we shall have our lunch. ater proceed to Murchison fall via the top of the fall watching out for the black billed barbet, westren necktor, yollew mantled widowbird, Red sholdered Cuckoo shrike, White Headed Barbet, and other savanah special birds inculde; the White-crested Turaco, Lesser and Greater Honeyguide, Yellow Mantled and Black Winged Bishops, Bronze-tailed Starling, lesser Blue and Great Blue Eared Starlings, Black, Cardinal and Nubian Woodpecker Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 4: – A boat trips to the delta area in search for the Shoebill – Game drive

After breakfast take a boat trips to the delta area in search for the Shoebill as well other water birds, while at the delta. Superb views can be had of this wonderful bird., other birds include; the Red-throated and Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Saddle-billed, Yellow Billed Stork, Hauglins Falcon, Senegal Thick-knee, Rock Pratincole, Giant, Woodland, Grey Headed Kingfishers, Pygmy Kingfishers, also expected mammals include the Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Rothschild’s Giraffe, and many others. After lunch on the after noon game drive look out for Heuglin’s Francolins Northern Red Faced Barbet, Black Billed Barbet, Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters and Blue-breasted Bee-eaters, Northern Carmine Bee-eaters, the giant Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Black Winged Bishops, Northern Red Bishops, Abyssinian Rollers,. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 5: Birding to Kaniyo Pabid in search of the Puvel’s Illadopsis

Today we start early with our picnic lunch and drive through Budongo Kaniyo Pabid area do birding in the forest, in search for the Puvel’s Illadopsis, after transfer to Masindi for our dinner and over night stay at Masindi Hotel .

Day 6: Safari to Royal Mile and Busingiro

After break fast go birding along the Royal Mile, a truly spectacular road with forest canopy towering far overhead. There is a good system of trails in the forest, birds to look out for include; the Nahan’s Francolin, Forest Flycatcher, Dusy Long Tailed Cuckoo, graceful Cassin’s and Sabine’s Spinetail, Blue-throated Roller, White-thighed Hornbill, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Lemon Bellied Crombec, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Tit Hylia, Woodland Warbler, Forest Robin, Yellow Billed, Grey Throated, Hairy Breasted and Yellow Spotted Barbet, Black Billed Turaco, Spotted, Plain, Slender Billed, Red Tailed Bristlebill and Black-capped Apalis among others. also Lookout for primates like the Blue, Red Tailed and the black and white Colobus monkey, luckly the chimps dinner and over night stay at Masindi Hotel

Day 7: Murchison Falls - Kibale National Park area;

Leave Murchison Falls heading for Kibale forest National Park, we travel through Fort Portal take lunch along the way. Arrive late evening for a nocturnal walk in the Kibale forest lookout for Galagos, Pottos and Bush babies. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge/ Primate lodge/ Rwenzori View Guesthouse/ Kanyanchu community Banda’s.

Day 8: Chimpanze Habituation and birding watching

After breakfast, drive to Kibale forest starting point to embark on a morning forest walk in search of chimpanzee. As we trail, we may also encounter others of the 13 primates species in this forest which include among others, Gray Cheeked Mangabeys, Redtailed Monkey, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus, Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge/ Primate lodge/ Rwenzori View Guesthouse/ Kanyanchu community Banda’s.

Day 9: Birding safari to Bihingamy wetland then transfer to Semliki

Early morning start with breakfast then drive to Bihingamy wetland near Sebitoli section of Kibale National Park. The biome here consists of a swamp surrounded by scrubby secondary forest and cultivated land scape and as well tea plantations. Expect bird spp to seehere include; the Equatorial Akalat, Green-backed Twinspot, Cabanis’s and Joyful Greenbul, Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, Hairy Breasted barbet Olive-green Camaroptera, Blue throated Rollar, White Collard Olive Back, Red Headed Blue Bill, Dusky Tit, Lesser Honeyguide, Dusky and, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Luhdher’s Bush Shrike,. African Emerlad Cuckoo, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Red-capped Robin Chat and Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Scaly Illadopsis, White-spotted Flufftail, and many more bird species then we proceed to Fort Portal where we have our lunch after this transfer to Semliki birding enroute.Dinner and over night stay at Semuliki wildlife Lodge

Day 10; Birding Safari to Sempaya Hot Springs Semliki

Early morning start with breakfast then drive into Semliki National Park. Semliki Forest is part of Uganda that meets with the West African Jungles, an extension of the Ituri Forest hence a major IBA habitat for Guinea Congo endemics. Proceed toSempaya Hot springs, here we will start with Kirumya birding Trail . As we do birding here, expect to see the Orange cheeked waxbill, Oriole Black-throated Coucal, African dwarf kingfisher, Black Dwarf, Nkulengu Rail, Olive pigeon, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, African Piculet, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Breasted and White Breasted Negrofinch, Swamp Palm Bulbul,Eastern Bearded Greenbul, Green hylie, Crested Malimbe, Blue-billed Malimbe, Black-winged, Chestnut Capuchin Babbler, Piping and Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike, Yellow-throated Nicator, Yellow Throated Cuckoo, Maxwell’s Weaver,  Long-tailed Hawk, Black-collared Lovebird, White-bellied Kingfisher, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, White Crested, Black-casqued Wattled, and White-thighed Hornbill, African and Rufous-sided Broadbill, Zenker’s Honeyguide, Fiery Breasted Bush Shrike Red-billed Helmet Shrike, Lemon-bellied Crombec, and many more later drive to Fort portal for our dinner and overnight stay at Mountain of the Moon hotel

Day 11: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park;

After breakfast you will drive to the second biggest protected area in Uganda – Queen Elizabeth National Park.Uganda’s most-visited Park, is now home to 96 species of mammal and over 612 species of birdsoccupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometres. Birding here exposes us to a variety of savannah birds including the Brown Snake Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Martial Eagle, Amur Falcon, Pipits, Broad Tailed and Grey Capped Warbler, Golden Breasted Bunting, Harlequin Quail, Blue Quail, Small (Common) Buttonquail, Black Coucal, African Crake, African Moustached, Terek Sandpiper, Sulpher Breasted Bushshrike, Temminck’s Courser, Morning Dove, Senegal Lapwing, Red capped Lark, Flappet lark, Lesser masked Weever and many more bird species. We stay at Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba, Mweya Hostel or Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 12: Whole day Birding in the Qeen elizabeth national park:

After breakfast go for a game drive and birding in this vast grassland biome the whole morning. In the afternoon you you go for a lunch trip on the Kazinga Channel this wide, 32-kilometre long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George, and a dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The channel attracts a varied range of animals and birds, with one of the worlds largest concentration of hippos and numerous Nile crocodiles. On the boat some of the birds to identify include; the Three-banded Plover, Grey Plover, African Skimmer, Terek Sandpiper, African Spoonbill, Lesser Black Backed and Gray-headed Gull, Striated Heron, Marsh, Green, and Wood Sandpiper, Lesser Swamp-Warbler, most of which are winter visitors.

Day 13; Birding in Maramagambo Forest – Evening Kyambura Gorge Chimp tracking

Today we take a life time adventure to maramagambo Forest Birds en-route to the forest include among others the Red-capped Robin Chat, Olive-green Camaroptera, Red-necked Spurfowl, Black-rumped Buttonquails, Brown Snake Eagle, Scaly Illadopsis, Short Toed African Crake, Hollub’s Golden and Lesser Masked Weavers, Black Coucal, Black Lored and Arrow Marked Babbler,  Copper, Broad Tailed and African Moustached Warbler. After lunch we shall go for Chimpanzee walk in Kyambura Gorge later drive back to the lodge for Dinner and Overnight; Mweya Safari Lodge/ The Bush Lodge

Day 14: Birding Via Ishasha in search for tree climbing lions – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early breakfast, transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest birding enroute though the Ishasha sector which provides chances of viewing the tree climbing lions and other game, lookout for grassland birds including the White Winged Tit, Black Lored and Arrow Marked Babbler,  Black Cuckoo, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl Copper, Ovambo Sparrow Hawk, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Martial Eagle, pipits, Larks, African Cuckoo Hawk, e.t.c. Continue to Buhoma Dinner Overnight Mahogany Springs Lodge Buhoma community Camp

Day 15: Birdinng in Buhoma Northern section of Bwindi Impentrable forest

After breakfast go out birding looking out for the Equatorial Akalat, African Green-Broadbill, Black-billed and Rwenzori Turaco, Western Green Tinkerbird, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Olive Woodpecker, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Elliot’s Woodpecker, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush,, Green-backed Twinspot, Mountain, Yellow whiskered and Yellow-streaked Greenbul, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Stripe-breasted Tit, Luhdher’s Bush Shrike, Rwenzori Batis, Montane Sooty Boubou, Lesser Honeyguide, Blue-shouldered Robin Chat Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird. White-spotted Flufftail Back to the lodge for Dinner and Overnight Mahogany Springs Lodge Buhoma community Camp

Day 16:Birding from Buhoma to Ruhija (Southern section of Bwindi)

After breakfast then transfer to Ruhija while birding enroute. Some of the bird spp we expect to encounter include the Black Faced Rufous Warbler, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, White Starred Robin, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Grey-Green Bush-Shrike, Mountain Buzzard, Mountain Wagtail, African Emerlad Cuckoo, Stripe Breasted Tit, Western Bronze Naped Pigoen, Spotted Woodpecker, Dusky Long Tailed Cuckoo, Red Headed Blue Bill, White Headed Wood Hopoe, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle, Banded Prinia, Ludhur’sBush-Shrike, Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Chestnut Throated Apalis, White Eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Augar Buzzard Streaky Seed-Eater and many more. Dinner and over night stay.at Gorilla Mist Camp / Trekker’s tuban

Day 17Birding Safari to Mubwindi Swamp

After brakfast we go for a whole day birding in Mubwindi swamp. Mubwindi swamp is ranked as Africa’s No.1 birding spot by the African Bird Club. This is the birding spot where we find the Grauer’s Rush Warbler, African Green Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Blue Headed Sunbird, Purple Breasted Sunbird Blue Throated Brown Sunbird, Red Throated Alethe, Mountain Illadopsis, Collard and Mountain Masked Apalis, Blue Throated Sunbird, Yellow Eyed Black Flycatcher etc. and other high altitude bird we may see include; the White Tailed Crested Flycatcher, Stripe Breasted Tit, Abyssinian Hill Babbler, Bar Tailed and Narina Tragon, and other. late evening return back to our lodge for dinner and over night stay.

Day 18: Two options today either Birding or Gorilla Tracking in the forest

After brakfast to day we have two options, either we go for Gorilla trekking Or we do anther whole day birding in the fortest or the swamp.Expected birds to see include the African Green Broadbill and most Albertine Rift Endemics which inlude the Blue Throated Brown Sunbird, Purple Breasted Sunbird, Blue Headed Sunbird, Blue Throated Brown Sunbird, Handsome Francolin, white headed hoope, Yellow billed barbet, white browed crombec, Bar Tailed and Narina Tragon, Red faced woodland warbler, Olive pigeon, arch’s robin, white tailed Antthrash, Dusky long-tailed cuckoo and other. late evening return back to our lodge for dinner and over night stay.

Day 19: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

This morning you may take a village / cultural walk at Buhoma to interact and see how the local community go about their day’s life style then drive out to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the deepest Lakes in Africa offering a more relaxing atmosphere. It is nestled amidst beautifully terraced hills and has glassy still waters that have made it a home to crayfish, a delicacy to many”. Dinner and Overnight at Birdnest Lodge.

Day 20: Morning Boat cruise to visit historical islands;

Today you will have a relaxed morning with beautiful views of the Lake surroundings followed by free day for and may go for optional activities such as;- • Canoeing & boat rides on the Lake, • visit the Legendary Islands like Bushara Island for Bird watching; • visit the Pygmies • Go for Nature Walk • Tour the area and interact with the Locals You may choose to have lunch at either same Lodge or somewhere else only returning for Dinner and Overnight at Birdnest Lodge. Day 21: Transfer to Lake Mburo – Evening birding on Boat;

Today after breakfast check out and tranfer to lake Mburo national park birding enroute, using the Kabala route, we shall stop at different interesting spots.as well a lunch stop over at Igongo Cultural center, after proceed to Lake Mburo. While in Lake Mburo national park look out for mammals like the Eland, Topi, Zebra, Impala etc, In the evening go for a boat ride along lake Mburo where we hardly miss the African Finfoot, Giant Kingfisher. White Backed and Black Crowned Night Heron, At night we shall go for night drive is such for the Black Shouldered Nightjar, northern Tanzania Fiery Necked Nightjar, nocturnal mammals and Bush Babies. Dinner and over night stay.at Mihingo Lodge or Arcadia Cottages.

Day 22: Lake Mburo morning walking Safari in the park - Rubango Forest

Early start of the day after breakfast go for a safari nature walk guided by a ranger in search for special savannah birds spp like the Green Capped Eremomel, Green wood hopoe, Yellow Bellied Apalis, red headed weever, Blue cheeked bee-eater, Tabora Cisticola, Lesser masked weever, Green Backed Woodpecker, sulpher breested bush-shrike, Red Faced Barbet, Buff Bellied Warbler, Red Headed Weaver, afternoon tranfer to Rubango Forest biome in search for the forest birds spp. After this experience return to the lodge for dinner and over night stay.

Day 23: Transfer to Mabira Forest in Jinja

After an early breakfast drive to Mabira Forest birding enroute. with a stop at the equator for photos or souvenir shopping. Arrive in Mabira late eveining if time allows go for bird watching, birds you may encounter include; the Forest Wood-Hoopoe, Black-Billed Turaco, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Ruffaous Flycatcher Thrush, Tit Hylia, Green-tailed and Red Tailed Bristlebill, Blue-breasted kingfisher, Dinner and overnight Stay in the Rainforest Lodge,

Day 24: Birding in Mabira the whole day

After breakfast go for the early morning bird watching in search for birds like the African Pied Hornbill, Yellow Whiskered, Slender Billed, Little Grey and Toro Olive Greenbul, Fire-crested Alethe , Forest Robin, Blue-shouldered and Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, Grey Throated, Yellow Spotted and Yellow billed Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Afternoon return the lodge for lunch then in the evening go to the swamp , birds expected here include the Shining-blue Kingfishers, Dwarf kingfisher, Green Crombec, Jameson’s Wattle-eye, White-spotted Flufftail, Olive Bellied Sunbird, Black-throated Apalis, African and Black-and-white Shrike-Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Blue Throated Roller, Velvet-mantled Drongo, and more bird species. Dinner and overnight Stay in the Rainforest Lodge,

Day 25: Departure Day:

Transfer to Entebbe International Airport for Flight connections.

End of Safari

  Included in the package;

  1. Private transport in an open roof 4×4 WD vehicle with gas/fuel
  2. Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  3. Entrance to all the named parks & reserves
  4. 1 chimpanzee permit per person (Budongo)
  5. 1 chimpanzee permit per person (KNP)
  6. 1 Gorilla tracking permits per person (Bwindi)
  7. 24 nights accommodation and meals (F/B) BDL
  8. Launch/Boat trip to the base of the falls (MFNP)
  9. Launch boat on Kazinga Channel (QENP)
  10. Nature walks as in itinerary
  11. Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary
  12. A boat trip on Lake Bunyonyi
  13. Game drives as in the itinerary
  14. Half day White water rafting on the Nile -Jinja
  15. Mineral water while in vehicle

Excluded in the package;

  1. Air fares and visa fees
  2. Drinks & bar bills (soft and alcoholic)
  3. Laundry
  4. Portarage services when gorilla trekking
  5. Tips and gratuities (driver & guides)
  6. Optional activities as indicated in itinerary
  7. Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
  8. Any expenses of personal nature i.e. phone bills, antiquity purchases, etc
  9. Personal insurance

Option;

Time allowing take a boat cruise to Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary island on Lake Victoria.Or We Sum-up with a visit to the Uganda Wildlife Education centre (UWEC)