16 Days Uganda Wildlife & Birding Safari

16 Days Uganda Wildlife & Birding Safari Tour

Go bird watching on the 16 Days Uganda Wildlife & Birding Safari and experience different primates and wildlife on your adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for the vibrant feathers of the green-breasted pitta, the crooked smiles of shoebills and the majestic crests of the gray-crowned cranes, Uganda’s national bird. What’s more, Lake Mburo is the only place in Africa where you can easily see the aquatic African finfoot. Uganda is the perfect wildlife-watching destination for ornithologists and birding enthusiasts. Start designing your dream birding itinerary for Uganda today, with the help of our Africa travel specialists.

16 Days Uganda Wildlife & Birding Safari Highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe
  • Day 2: Mabamba Swamp
  • Day 3: Birding at Mabamba Swamp
  • Day 4: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park
  • Day 5: Birding the golden mile
  • Day 6: Morning cruise and game drive
  • Day 7: Drive to Semliki National Park
  • Day 8: Birding in Semliki
  • Day 9: Transfer to Kibale NP
  • Day 10: Chimp trekking and birdwatching
  • Day 11: Transfer Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 12: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 13: Gorilla Trekking
  • Day 14: Birding in Bwindi
  • Day 15: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 16: Return to Entebbe

 

Detailed 16 Days Uganda Wildlife & Birding Safari

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe


You’ll be greeted at Entebbe International Airport by a private chauffeur, then it’s just a five-minute transfer to your accommodation at The Boma Guesthouse. This rustic 1940s-style guesthouse is a fusion of colonial and African design, with gorgeous views of tropical gardens and Lake Victoria. Depending on your arrival time, you might like to take one of the guesthouse’s bikes to ride into town, explore the Botanical Gardens or join your 16 Days Uganda Wildlife & Birding Safari guide for your first birdwatching session in Uganda.

  • Main Destination: Entebbe (City)
  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House (Mid-Range), Protea Hotel Entebbe (Up Market)
  • Meals & Drinks: Meals at own expense, Drinks not included

 

Day 2: Mabamba Swamp

Today you drive through to Mabamba Swamp, a short 1.5hrs from Entebbe. After settling in to your accommodation you can explore the on-sight trails and spot the numerous birds and monkeys that call this small area home. This lovely lodge is the ideal haven for birdwatchers and the best location to explore the swamps and enjoy a fantastic sunset.

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

 

Day 3: Birding at Mabamba Swamp


Today is all about the elusive Shoebill storks. You will head out both early morning and again in the late afternoon into the Mabamba Swamp to give yourself the best chance of spotting some of the breeding pairs found in this area. On top of this there is a huge amount of birdlife you can expect to see as you silently glide through the channels, chance to see species such as the malachite kingfisher, the blue-breasted bee-eater and rare shoebills, among others.

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

 

Day 4: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

Drive north to Murchison Falls National Park. This diverse park offers a lot for bird watchers from forest to plains and swamps to rivers you have a lot of ground to cover. This afternoon you will enjoy a game drive into the park to see what you can see. You stay on the banks of the Nile.

  • 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 5: Birding the golden mile

Today you drive into the Budongo Forest for some bird watching on the famous Royal Mile. Royal Mile offers a lovely gentle forest walk combined with wonderful birding and great for anyone who has an interest in nature or just to enjoy the forest.

The Budongo forest reserve is among the most significant birding destinations in Uganda and is located on the escarpment northeast of the stunning Lake Albert. There are two endemic species here, the arethe pitta reichenowi and parmoptila woodhouse.

  • 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 6: Morning cruise and game drive


Your final day allows you to explore at a slower pace on the water. You will first have a morning boat ride down to the delta before enjoying an evening game drive to explore more of the park.

Expect to see elephants, hippo, giraffe, Uganda Kob and hopefully some of the more elusive wildlife such as lions or leopards.

  • 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 7: Drive to Semliki National Park

This is a true birders haven nestled between the mountains and border of Uganda and DRC. The Park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests; one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago.

  • Main Destination: Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve
  • Accommodation: Nyati Game Lodge (Mid-Range), Semuliki Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • What to See? Sempaya Hot Springs
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included – Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 8: Birding in Semliki


Today, you’ll focus on birdwatching in these rich forests. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.

This afternoon visits Sempaya Male hot springs. While Semuliki’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.

  • Main Destination: Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve
  • Accommodation: Nyati Game Lodge (Mid-Range), Semuliki Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • What to See? Sempaya Hot Springs
  • Best Time to Visit: may to September
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 9: Transfer to Kibale NP

This morning enjoys your last game drive in Semliki NP before later driving to Kibale Forest National Park to your accommodation.

You’ll stay right in the centre of the rainforest, in a lovely Turaco Treetops. Tuck into a delicious four-course dinner, then sit out on your private balcony, listening to the calls of wood owls.

  • 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 10: Chimp trekking and birdwatching


Delve into the rainforest with a trip to Kanyanchu, where you’ll look and listen for joyful greenbuls and whinchats, as well as birds of prey such as the western banded snake eagle and the lizard buzzard. Then, you’ll take a trek to track troops of chimpanzees in the upper branches of Kibale, keeping your eyes peeled for other primates, such as colobus and red-tailed monkeys.

  • 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 11: Transfer Queen Elizabeth National Park

Move onto Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you’ll participate in game drives to see more of Uganda’s wildlife, from birds to big mammals, such as elephants, leopards and lions. You’ll stay in the heart of the park, at Mweya Safari Lodge, which offers beautiful views of the Kazinga Channel, as well as a stunning infinity pool.

This afternoon explores the Kazinga Channel, which is home to yellow-billed storks, African spoonbills and pelicans, among other species. Take a boat safari across the channel to see buffalo, crocodiles and hippos, or a hot air balloon ride for a “bird’s eyes view” of the park.

  • 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 12: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


The next stop is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is the only park in Africa where you can see both gorilla and chimpanzees. You’ll stay elevated above Buhoma village at Buhoma Haven Lodge, which provide incredible views of the park and were built using local materials.

  • 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 13: Gorilla Trekking

Today it’s the big day! You will head out gorilla trekking in the famous Bwindi Forest. There is a maximum of 8 pax per group and your trek can take anywhere from 1 to 6 hours depending on where the gorilla’s slept the night before.

On your trek you will also see many birds and potentially other monkeys.

  • 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 14: Birding in Bwindi


Today, you’ll focus on Bwindi’s bird-watching opportunities. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to around 360 bird species, including cuckoo shrikes, the fork-tailed drongo, the martial eagle, pink-footed puffbacks, white-headed wood-hoopoes and tinkerbirds.

  • 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 15: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park


Moving on to Lake Mburo National Park, you’ll be able to take part in more game drives, bush walks and even mountain bike safaris. You’ll be staying at the eco-friendly and family-run Rwakobo Rock Lodge, which is perched on a scenic outcrop just outside of the park. For here, you can see zebra, warthog and impala gathering at the nearby watering hole.

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

 

Day 16: Return to Entebbe

Drive back to Entebbe to connect with your international flights home, time allowing you will make a stop at the equator to take some pictures.

  • Main Destination: No major destination visited
  • Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
  • Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included), Drinks not included

 

End of 16 Days Uganda Wildlife & Birding Safari

16 Days Uganda Wildlife & Birding Safari Inclusions & Exclusions

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional 16 Days Uganda Wildlife & Birding Safari 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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