13 Days Uganda Birding and Wildlife Safari

13 Days Uganda Birding and Wildlife Safari

This 13 Days Uganda Birding and wildlife Safari is a magical journey into the isolated jungles of East Africa, promising you an experience of different bird species encounters like no other. This 13 Days Uganda Birding & wildlife safari is a budget safari that is designed to allow every traveller interested in birding have a chance at spotting the different unique bird species Uganda has to offer.

 

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Detailed 13 Days Uganda Birding and Wildlife Safari

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe airport

Upon arrival, you will be met by Legit 13 Days Uganda Birding and Wildlife Safari guide who will transfer you to your Hotel for an overnight. Depending on your arrival time, you may choose to take a boat excursion to Ngamba Island (optional and not included), visit the nearby Botanical gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education center for a short excursion tour and birding. Alternatively, you may wish to settle for relaxation at the Hotel as you prepare for your next activity the following day.

  • Main Destination: Entebbe (City)
  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House (Mid-Range), Protea Hotel Entebbe (Luxury)
  • What to See? Entebbe Airport, Lake Victoria
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 2: Drive to Mabamba Swamp for Birding

After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Mabamba swamp, which is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, traditionally one of the few and best places to spot the rare and elusive shoebill stock in central Uganda.

The bird species that we expect to encounter here include the Goliath Herons, White faced whistling Duck, White-winged Warbler, Lesser Jacana, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Yellow-backed, Golden-backed, Vieillot’s Black, Weyns’s and Orange weaver and Red-headed Lovebird among others. The birding at mabamba swamp, we normally use a canoe to maneuver through the thin pass in the swamp until we find the mabamba shoebill stock as well identify other bird species, which makes the whole activity exciting. After we will latter drive back to the Hotel while birding on the way, arriving the hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight.

  • Main Destination: Entebbe (City)
  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House (Mid-Range), Protea Hotel Entebbe (Luxury)
  • What to See? Shoebill, Mabamba Swamp
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 3: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park, Birding along en-route


After breakfast, you will check out of the Hotel and we will drive to Lake Mburo national park while birding en-route, with stopovers at the Equator for photographs and equator experience and en-route lunch. We will proceed and make another stopover at Kaku swamp where we sometimes encounter species like the Black kite, the White-faced and Fulvous, whistling ducks, Common and Purple Swamphen, Lesser Moorhen, Hottentot Teals, Spur-winged and Egyptian Geese, Grey-crowned Cranes and Saddle-billed Storks, Grey wood Pecker, Dusky Blue, African Dusky, African Paradise, Red-bellied Paradise, Brown-throated Wattle-Eye, Arrow-marked, Black-lored and Brown Babblers, Lesser and Scaly-throated Honeyguide among others. You will then proceed on to Lake Mburo national park for overnight.

  • Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park
  • Accommodation: Mpogo Lodge (Mid-Range), Rwakobo Rock (Luxury)
  • What to See? Lake Mburo, Giraffe, Zebra, Equator Crossing Kayambwe
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 4: Birding in Lake Mburo National Park – Boat cruise

After your breakfast, with our parked lunch, we shall start our game drive/birding in Lake Mburo national park. This is one of the IBAs in Uganda protecting more than 350 bird species, with specialties that includes the Spot-franked, Double-toothed, Red-faced and Crested Barbets, Western-banded and Brown Snake-eagles, Trilling, Red-faced and Tabora Cisticolas, Crested and Coqui Francolins, Chin-spot Baits, Broad- billed and Lilac-breasted Roller, Brown Parrot, Bateleur, and Emerald-spotted wood dove among others. We later drive towards Rwonyo, and the lake side for our picnic lunch and later go for the boat cruise on lake Mburo. Here we expect species like; the White-faced and Fulvous whistling ducks, White-backed and Black-crowned Night Herons, Greater and Lesser Swamp Warbler, Common and Purple Swamphen, Lesser Moorhen, Spur-winged, Egyptian Geese, Grey-crowned Cranes, African Water Rail and Allen’s Gallinule among others. We later drive back to our lodge while birding on the way.

  • Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park
  • Accommodation: Mpogo Lodge (Mid-Range), Rwakobo Rock (Luxury)
  • What to See? Lake Mburo, Giraffe, Zebra, Equator Crossing Kayambwe
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 5: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Northern part of the park, birding along en-route


After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park, you will have opportunities to stop along the way the way to spot some bird species as well as sightseeing, this journey takes you through the beautiful green rolling hills of southern Uganda with banana and tea plantations and good scenic views. Lunch will be served en route and you will arrive in Bwindi in the evening.

  • Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
  • Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp (Mid-Range), Kiho Gorilla Lodge (Luxury)
  • What to See? Batwa People, Rolling Hills of Kisoro, Misty Bwindi Forest
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 6: Birding in Mubwindi Swamp

After breakfast at the Lodge, we will go for birding at Mubwindi swamp, we will spend the entire day birding at this area. The 4km trail to Mubwindi Swamp is the best place for some of the most difficult to find of all rift endemics including Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill, the beautiful Regal Sunbird, and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Mubwindi Swamp is also home to Dwarf Honey, Stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori Appalls, African Hill Babbler (sometimes treated as a separate species from Ruwenzori Hill Babbler), the rare and localized Grauer’s Scrub-Warbler. Some of the many species we have a chance of seeing here include Black Goshawk, Augur Buzzard, Crowned Hawk-Eagle, Handsome Francolin, Olive (Rameron) Pigeon, Bronze-winged Pigeon, Black-billed, Ruwenzori, and Ross’s Turacco, African, Barred Long-tailed, and African Emerald Cuckoos, Red-chested Owlet, Narina and Bar-tailed Trogons, Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, Blue-throated Roller, White-headed Wood hoopoe, Gray-throated.

  • Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
  • Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp (Mid-Range), Kiho Gorilla Lodge (Luxury)
  • What to See? Misty Bwindi Forest, Mountain Gorillas, Mubwindi Swamp
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 7: Birding to Buhoma through “The Neck”


Today we will go for birding to Buhoma section through “The Neck”. The Neck (where the forest narrows) offers excellent forest birding. Key species that we will look for include many of the Albertine Rift Endemics that we may not have seen earlier. These include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing. A few other species we may encounter as well include Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Fine-banded and Cardinal Woodpeckers, Willcocks’s Honeyguide, KakamegaGreenbul, Red-tailed Greenbul, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Mountain Wagtail, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Equatorial Akalat, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Dusky Tit, Chestnut Wattle-eye and much more.

  • Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
  • Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp (Mid-Range), Kiho Gorilla Lodge (Luxury)
  • What to See? Misty Bwindi Forest, Mountain Gorillas, Mubwindi Swamp
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 8: Birding the Main Trail

Species we will search for today include, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Bar-tailed Trogon, Dusky, Tit, Kivu Ground-Thrush, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Equatorial Akalat, White-tailed Ant-Thrush Gray green Bushshrike. High exposed perches in the open forest are favored by African Goshawk; the dazzling Black Bee-eater, Blue-throated Roller. One of Bwindi’s star avian attractions is the diminutive, pitta-like Neumann’s Warbler, a vocal yet very secretive bird. The strange Grauer’s Warbler and White-browed Crombec. The rare Jameson’s Ant Pecker may also be seen probing under moss on dead branches or gleaning warbler-like in the canopy. Overhead, Scarce Swifts forage over the forest. Birding at Buhoma is a truly magical experience. Other wildlife that we may be fortunate enough to find here include the huge Yellow-backed Duiker, Guereza Colobus; L’Hoest’s, Blue and Red-tailed monkeys and several species of Squirrels including Fire-footed Rope, Carruthers’ Mountain and Red-legged Sun Squirrel.

  • Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
  • Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp (Mid-Range), Kiho Gorilla Lodge (Luxury)
  • What to See? Misty Bwindi Forest, Mountain Gorillas, Mubwindi Swamp
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 9: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, en-route birding


This morning you will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park, be prepared for some incredible scenery along the way as well as spotting some birds. You will arrive in time for Lunch at the lodge and game drive in the plains of Kasenyi in search for savannah wildlife including spotting bird different birds like the Red Chested, Diederik, and Klaas’s Cuckoo, Short-toed, Black-chested and Brown Snake-eagles, African white-backed, among others and savannah animals that may include herds of buffaloes, antelopes, elephants and if lucky, some wild cats such as lions and leopard.

  • Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Accommodation: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • What to See? Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions, Tree Climbing Lions
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 10: Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park – Boat cruise

The day begins early with an early morning breakfast, with our parked lunch, we start our birding/game drive through the kasenyi plains. The park has more than 612 bird species, and this is said to be the highest concentration of bird life as compared to any nature reserve in the World. Here we expect sightings of bird species like; the Red Chested, Diederik, and Klaas’s Cuckoo, Short-toed, Black-chested and Brown Snake-eagles, African white-backed, Lappet-faced and Hooded Vultures, African Marsh, Eurasian Marsh, Tawny, Long-crested and Martial Eagles, African Crake, Harlequin and Blue Quail, Common Button-quail, Rufous-naped, White-tailed and Flappet Lark, Winding, Temminck’s Courser, Black-crowned Tchagra and Collared Pratincole among others. We drive towards Mweya peninsular, have our picnic lunch and then go for a boat cruise on Kazinga channel for yet another but deferent view of wildlife and birds. We then drive back to our lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.

  • Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Accommodation: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • What to See? Lions, Elephants, Buffalos, Antelopes, A Count of Over 612 Birds, Kazinga Channel
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 11: Drive to Kibale forest National Park, en-route birding at Maramagambo Forest


After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we check out of the lodge and drive to Maramagambo Forest for birding/nature walk in the forest. During the walk, we expect to encounter different bird species that includes; the Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Chestnut Wattle Eye, African Dusky, African Paradise, Red-bellied Paradise and Bedford’s Flycatchers, African Golden oriole, Red headed blue bill, Bat hawks, Sulphur-breasted bush shrike, Brown-eared woodpecker, Fawn breasted Waxbill, Yellow-rumped, Yellow-fronted and Speckled Tinkerbirds, African Moustached, Garden, Willow and Dark-caped Yellow Warbler among others. We also expect to encounter different primate species like the Black and white Colobus monkey. Later in the afternoon we drive to Kibale Forest National Park, arriving in the evening and check in to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Chimps)
  • Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Lodge (Mid-Range), Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury)
  • What to See? Kibale Forest, Bigodi Wetland, Primates
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 12: Birding in Kibale Forest National Park /Bigodi swamp

After an early breakfast, we start our day birding in Kibale forest. The forest protects more than 300 bird species, so we will expect to encounter specialties that includes; Green-breasted Pitta, Red-chested Owlet, Scally-breasted, Pale-breasted and Brown Illadopsis, Red-caped and Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Fire-crested and Brown-chested Alethe, Forest Robin, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared and Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Red-winged Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, White-naped and Afep Pigeon, Red-tailed Ant-thrush, Rufous Flycatcher.

  • Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Chimps)
  • Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Lodge (Mid-Range), Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury)
  • What to See? Kibale Forest, Bigodi Wetland, Primates
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 13: Transfer back to Entebbe International airport

Drive back to Entebbe international Airport to catch your flight back home.

  • Main Destination: Entebbe (City)
  • Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
  • Meals & Drinks: Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included), Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of 13 Days Uganda Birding and Wildlife Safari

13 Days Uganda Birding and Wildlife Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional 13 Days Uganda Birding and Wildlife Safari driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)

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

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