Murchison Falls Birding safari – 4 Days

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Get a great taste of the birding paradise of Uganda during this Murchison Falls birding safari. Explore habitats of forest, river and savanna in just a few days getting the most out of your time. Be guided by a specialized birding guide and hopefully ticking of some of the top birds in the area.

This Murchison Falls birding safari includes:

  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Murchison Falls National Park

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Day by day itinerary for our Murchison Falls birding safari: 

Day 1: Birding by Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary & search for the African Scops owl

We have a very early start as your guide picks you in Kampala for the Murchison Falls birding safari. Just out of Kampala your guide will point out to the road side raptors, and scanning the vast open bushland for some cuckoos, and marshes for some storks. We go birding in Ziwa Rhino sanctuary or Rhino trekking. Pygmy kingfisher, African green pigeons, Purple starlings, brown babblers, greater blue and lesser blue eared starlings plus a host of sunbirds with the Marico sunbird are residents here. In the evening transfer to Masindi for a night as we try to Grip on the African Scops owl a mega tick!
Overnight in Masindi hotel 

Day 2: Birding in the Royal mile & boat-cruise on the Nile, Murchison Falls NP

After breakfast early transfer to a great birding area, the Royal mile, for the remarkable forest birds Dwarf kingfisher, Chocolate backed kingfisher, chestnut- capped flycatcher and Jameson’s wattle eye are among the top birds in this habitat extension of the Guinea- Congo forest with the knowledgeable patch guides we have in this top birding forest in Uganda. After this we shall continu our Murchison Falls birding safari and leave the forest with a great knowledge and a convincing checklist in terms of forest birds. We advance into the Park through ( Kanio Pabidi tropical forest) in the afternoon a super highlight in the 2-5pm 3hours Boat ride to the base of Murchison Falls where you get to see the Hippos (You have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere else than here- Believe me you)! Nile crocodiles, elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks the chance to tick off the Rock pranticole is our main aim as we approach the base of the falls. With our keen birding this might be our magnet to catch some water birds with the spectacular Red throated bee eater. Displaying their colorful plumage along the Nile bank cliffs.
Overnight in Hornbill Bush Lodge

Day 3: Game-drive, birding by the Nile banks & top of the falls.

In the morning we continue our Murchison Falls birding safari. On to the Game drive Nile river Bank to the broad savanna for the most likelihood seeing Big cats hunting, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76 we continue browsing the Drive circuits to the Delta point for a cocktail of birds. The Great Shoe bill stork, and if between Feb and March the Elusive Egyptian plover its Spur winged geese, Denham’s bustard, among the over 450 species recorded in this area and – Visit the top of the falls. This is a magnificent classic highlight as an explosive dash of water at close range gushes through a narrow crevice. Make a light trek on the side of the rapid falls as they are embarking on the 3month journey to the Mediterranean sea, drive out to Budongo forest.
Overnight Budongo Eco Lodge

Day 4: Forest birding (possibility for Chimpanzee walk)

Head into the forest with an informative guide, for a smooth birding walk in the forest for the top residents which are most sought after birds in Uganda. The African broad bill, blue throated roller, Puvels illadopsis, Nahans francolin, Yellow billed barbet plus a lot of birds hosted by the Oldest trees in this great habitat concentrated with Figs and mahogany trees providing insects for Crombecs, Long bills, spine tails, and forest guinea fowls with this morning tour we will get to tick off as many forest species as possible to make a great combination with our two days with savanna and urban birds. Transfer to Kampala after this after a great Murchison Falls birding safari.

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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: Accommodation, meals, safari car, fuel, guide, park entries, gorilla permits (if applicable) and activities 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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