Combine two of Uganda’s great highlights with this birding and gorilla trekking safari. Explore some of the great birding locations of Uganda together with a specialized birding guide and enjoy the avian beauty offered. You also head into Bwindi for an unforgettable meeting with the mountain gorillas.
– Queen Elizabeth National Park
– Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
– Lake Bunyonyi
– Lake Mburo National Park
– Learn more about Uganda’s national parks.
You are picked up in Entebbe by your safari guide for the start of our Birding and gorillas safari in Uganda (arrive to Entebbe in early morning or add an extra night for arrival the day before). The day’s journey will take us to Queen Elizabeth national park, bird watching enroute. This Uganda’s second largest safari park contains Africa’s best game populations as well as some of Uganda’s biggest birding list, an incredible bird list of 611 species.
Overnight Pumba Safari Cottages
This morning we start early for a bird safari and game drive towards the Kasenyi trail after trying ugandas top bird in Queen elizabeth, The Papyrus endemic Papyrus Gonolek. The drive leads us to the mating ground with grassy plains dotted with the cactus, to the fishing village with a variety of stork species including the Spectacular Saddle-billed, African Open Billed and Woolly necked Storks. Other species include the Bateleur, Grey Kestrel, Lappet-faced, White-backed, Palm-nut Vultures and the award winning ruppels vulture in soaring the highest among birds! African Crake, Black Coucal, Common button, Harlequin and Black-rumped Quails, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks. Common mammals include African Buffalo, Uganda Kobs, eopard and many others. In the afternoon it is time for the boat-cruise on the Kazinga channel, a 36km channel connecting Lake George and Lake Edward. Along the banks you can see hippos, buffaloes and crocodiles as well as resident and migratory waders.
Overnight Pumba Safari Cottages
This morning, we shall bird towards Ishasha through the transitional habitat between Lake Edward and Maramagambo Forest. We will see a lot of colorful butterflies along the way. Special birds of this area include Yellow-bill, Pygmy Kingfisher, African mustached warbler, Batleur eagle, Black Bee-eater, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Greater honey guide and White-breasted Negrofinch. After this we continue birding to the Ishasha part of the park where we spend the night.
Overnight Ishasha bandas
After breakfast we leave the flat savanna behind and journey up to the home of the mountain gorillas through cultivated hills and villages to forest covered mountains. We take time to look for birds along the way and target to be at the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon we explore the birding possibilities. We could assemble to head for the Mubwindi swamp for the highest concentration of the Albertin endemics aiming to grip on the African green broadbill, Grey cuckoo-shrike, Stripe breasted tit, Chestnut throated apalis, montane oriole, Frasers eagle owl, black billed turaco and Rwenzori batis. In the evening we could track the calls of the Rwenzori night jar. This Impenetrable Forest is full of birds, butterflies and plant species plus forest hog; forest Elephants, Statungas and Dikers.
Overnight Gorilla Mist Camp / Bwindi view bandas
After breakfast we drive over to the gorilla trekking starting point. Here you are briefed about the gorilla trekking rules while your guide takes care of the practicalities. You set off into the forest with a specialized guide who leads you to the point where the gorillas are. For one unforgettable hour you are in the area of the mountain Gorillas seeing them in their daily life, with a chance to spot some forest interior birds, tullberg woodpecker, the olive pigeons, stulmanns starlings, dusky crimsonwing. After trekking back to the starting point your guides picks you and takes you to Lake Bunyonyi enroute spotting the black headed, black crowned, yellow bellied waxbills, streaky sead eaters, white tailed blue flycatchers, This is a beautiful area famous for its small birds with the rare altitude spacialists like the white napped ravens and olive thrush easy to see. The lake is free from Bilharzia so if you feel like it an evening swim is possible.
Overnight Bushara Island camp
Be woken up by a choir of birds before breakfast. We leave Lake Bunyonyi after breakfast driving to Lake Mburo national park where we have lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon we head out for a game-drive with views of zebras and impalas as well as birding with chances of seeing yellow throated apalis, red faced barbet, coqui francolin, black cuckoo shrike, tabora cistcola, pale flycatcher, emerald spotted wood dove, african penduline tit and pearl spotted owlet.
Overnight Rwakobo Rock.
This morning we visit Mabamba village and its adjacent swamp with chances of seeing the prehistorical looking Great shoebill stork. The road to Mabamba winds its way through areas of secondary forest and agricultural land attracting Red-headed Lovebird, African Crowned-Hornbills, and a range of sunbirds including the Green-headed, Green, Red-chested, Collared, Marico and Scarlet-chested and the African pied Wagtail is common along the road. After these last birding highlights we cross towards Entebbe international airport in time for an evening flight as we have reached the end of our Birding and gorillas safari in Uganda.
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Price: The price depends on number of people and accommodation level. Contact us with your inquiry to get the best price for your safari.
Included: Accommdoation, meals, safari car, fuel, guide, park entries, gorilla permits (if applicable) and activites mentioned in the itinerary. Plus water in the car and a couple of fruits along the way.
Excluded: International flights, visas, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Accommodation: In general accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is good places on budget to mid-range level (with the exception of luxury safaris). The accommodation can be adapted to your price range of budget, mid-range or luxury. Of course a mix is also possible. Take a look here for links to the website’s of the lodges we regularly work with.
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