12 Days Birding Safari in Northern Uganda

12 Days Birding Safari in Northern Uganda with Kidepo NP

Northern Uganda has got some of the best Savannah National Parks in Uganda namely Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks. These Parks make the North a true Ugandan gem. These 12 Days Uganda Birding Safari journey is rather slow; you will spend more time exploring the diversity of the north. It will take you through Kampala, Sipi Falls, Kidepo Valley National Park, to the Ik people of Karamoja, Murchison Falls and finally crown it with Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

12 Days Uganda Birding Safari Highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe
  • Day 2: Entebbe – Kampala
  • Day 3: Kampala – Sipi Falls
  • Day 4: Sipi Falls
  • Day 5: Sipi Falls – Kidepo NP
  • Day 6: Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Day 7: Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Day 8: Kidepo NP – Murchison Falls NP
  • Day 9: Murchison Falls NP
  • Day 10: Murchison Falls NP
  • Day 11: Murchison Falls NP – Entebbe
  • Day 12: Departure

 

Detailed 12 Days Uganda Birding Safari

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda, meet up with your local Shoebill Safaris guide, after finalizing the formalities transfer to your hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, after checking in the hotel, birding orientation at Botanical gardens or just take a walk along the sandy beaches of Entebbe. Enjoy the cool breeze form Lake Victoria. Dinner and overnight at ViaVia Hotel Entebbe.

  • Main Destination: Entebbe (City)
  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House (Mid-Range), Protea Hotel Entebbe (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included), Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 2: Entebbe – Kampala

Breakfast and after set off to Mabamba swamp to start your 12 Days Uganda Birding Safari. Mabamba swamp is the closest place to Entebbe where you can see the shoebills in their natural habitat. It’s a home to several other wetland bird species apart from the shoebill Stork. Some common sightings include, African Water rail, Allen’s and Purple Gallinule, Squacco, Goliath, Purple, Grey Herons, a variety of Egrets, ducks and several others.

Afternoon Kampala city tour. An evening visit to Ndeere Cultural center is quite rewarding. Dinner and overnight at Forest Cottages.

  • Main Destination: Kampala (City)
  • Accommodation: Haylo Hotel (Mid-Range), Serena Hotel Kampala (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included – Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 3: Kampala – Sipi Falls


Breakfast and begin the journey to Kapchorwa town and Sipi Falls area located at the base of Mount Elgon. This area is particularly famous for Bugisu Arabica Coffee produced and grown by the local farmers.

Bugisu Arabica only grows at an altitude of between 1,600 and 1,900 meters, it is the main cash crop in the area and genuinely one of the finest coffees in the world. Dinner and overnight at Lacam Lodge.

  • Main Destination: Sipi Falls (Highlight)
  • Accommodation: Rafiki Lodge (Mid-Range), Mt Elgon Hotel (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included – Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 4: Sipi Falls

After a rather early breakfast we will go for a nature walk to the beautiful Sipi falls. The sights and sounds of these falls are breath taking. You will be blown away and fall in love with them.

There are three series of waterfalls all located at the foothills of Mount Elgon. Afternoon coffee tour have a chance to learn how coffee in planted, harvested and finally brewed.

Internationally this coffee is known to be the best and finest. Dinner and overnight at Lacam Lodge.

  • Main Destination: Sipi Falls (Highlight)
  • Accommodation: Rafiki Lodge (Mid-Range), Mt Elgon Hotel (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 5: Sipi Falls – Kidepo NP


Wake up to the calls of early morning bird sounds of Elgon, have breakfast and drive to Kidepo Valley National Park. Kidepo lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala.

The park was gazetted as a national park in 1962, with a profusion of big game and hosts over 79 mammal species and 475 bird species. Kidepo Valley National Park has been Uganda’s less visited Park until recently when most people have realized it is a gem due to its uniqueness, diversity and distance. Those who have graced the 12 Days Uganda Birding Safari long journey to Kidepo agree that it is the most magnificent, and ranks among Africa’s finest. Dinner and overnight at Savannah Lodge.

  • Main Destination: Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Apoka Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included – Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 6: Kidepo Valley National Park


Early morning breakfast and we start exploring this rather undisrupted Park. Our game drive will take you through the Narus Valley punctuated by possible nature walks in this vast park. After lunch we will go for an afternoon game drive on the 12 Days Uganda Birding Safari.

Kidepo Valley National Park is a savannah landscape that stretches to all directions, it is home to big game like elephants, zebras, giraffes, herds of buffalos, warthogs, duikers, Jackson’s Hartebeests, lions, leopards, cheetahs and hundreds of bird species some of which are endemic to this area like Ostriches, Kori bustards, vultures and many more.

Other animals that may be seen roaming around include: Jackals, Roan Antelope, waterbuck, Eland, Oribi and Klipspringer. Dinner and overnight at Savannah Lodge.

  • Main Destination: Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Apoka Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 7: Kidepo Valley National Park

After breakfast, we will go for a 12 Days Uganda Birding Safari & cultural tour in the Karamojong community. Spend much of the morning time with these people and have an insight of their way of life and beliefs.

At the end of the visit, you will be able to understand why their pride makes them slow to adapt to ‘civilization’.

Over the years they have tried to preserve their culture and are proud to remain that way. Right from their dressing code, traditional dances, to practices like cattle rustling they have stood out as a unique people.

Afternoon we will have a final nature walk featuring several birds. Dinner and overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge.

  • Main Destination: Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Apoka Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 8: Kidepo NP – Murchison Falls NP


Breakfast and proceed to the next 12 Days Uganda Birding Safari highlight of your memorable northern tour in Uganda.

Murchison Falls National Park covers 3,840-sq km and has recorded 76 mammal species and over 450 bird species. This park derives its name from the beautiful falls located right in the park.

It lies 619m at the delta and 1,292 at Rabongo Hill. Murchison falls is one of the best National Parks in Uganda due to its beauty and diversity. This explains why it is the most visited Park. Dinner and overnight at Fort Murchison.

  • Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
  • Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Nile Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 9: Murchison Falls NP

After an early morning cup of tea/coffee you will go for boat ride to the Nile delta, look out for a variety of bird species especially the Shoebill form which our company derives its name. On this 12 Days Uganda Birding Safari trip you have two chances of seeing the Shoebill, one at Mabamba and second one here at Murchison Falls.

Afternoon game drive to the open African savanna in search of Lions, Leopard, Hyena, Buffalo, Elephant, Jackson Hartebeest. Oribi, Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, and enjoy spotting various Bird species such as the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny, Marshal Eagles, Carmine bee- eaters, Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters and many more.

  • Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
  • Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Nile Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 10: Murchison Falls NP


Breakfast and go for a morning game drive. This beautiful drive will take us across savannah, Borassus Palm Forest and grassland down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads to the north.

Afternoon go for a boat cruise bottom of the falls. Enjoy these spectacular falls from below where the Nile squeezes through a 7-meter gap. Notable are the Huge Nile Crocodiles basking away. Possible hike to the top of the falls.

  • Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
  • Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Nile Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 11: Murchison Falls NP – Entebbe

Breakfast and proceed to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Stop over enroute for some birding.

Nature walks safari to the Southern White rhinos. These had become extinct in Uganda and have been re-introduced recently. We will do some bits of birding as well. Lunch and drive back to Entebbe. Dinner and overnight at 2Friends beach hotel.

  • Main Destination: Entebbe (City)
  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House (Mid-Range), Protea Hotel Entebbe (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 12: Departure


Breakfast and drop off at the airport for your flight back home. This will mark the end of your brief 12 Days Uganda Birding Safari with Shoebill.

  • Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport (Entebbe)
  • Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
  • Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included), Drinks not included

 

End of 12 Days Uganda Birding Safari

12 Days Uganda Birding Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

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