Birding with us for 12 days Uganda birding safari in a nice tempo in top IBA’s habitats with a specialised birding guide. This keen birding safari lets you bag top species in the south-west of Uganda. Like ticking off key species like the Great Shoebill Stork, Green Breasted Pita, Papyrus Gonolek and White Crested Hornbill.
Day by day itinerary for our 12 days Uganda birding safari:
DAY 1:ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT FOR 12 DAYS UGANDA BIRDING SAFARI
You are met at the airport and transferred to the guesthouse in Entebbe to rest after the flight and be ready for the birding adventures starting the next day of our 12 days Uganda birding safari.
Overnight Lake Victoria View Guesthouse
DAY 2: MABAMBA SWAMP FOR THE SHOEBILL STORK & TRANSFER TO FORT PORTAL
After breakfast transfer by ferry to the IBA wetland swamp of Mabamba for the Shoebill Stork search and some other sight localities. Lesser moorhen, lesser Jacana, white backed duck,some aquatic birds and marsh Harriers can be seen here. If time allow we search for the beautiful painted pygmy goose and try the Orange weaver. Then start driving through the villages to connect to the Fortportal high way through Mpigi. Lunch in Mityana town and stop over at the forest edge near Sebitoli as we try the white naped pigeons before continuing to Fort Portal.
Overnight in Fort Motel
DAY 3: EARLY TRANSFER TO CONGO VALLEY SEMULIKI
This day of the 12 days Uganda birding safari is spent exploring Semuliki national park, a great highlight as this is probably Uganda’s number 1 spot on IBA with Congo-forest species having this as their furthest reach eastwards. Along the way from Fort Portal we scan for various woodland birds like Horus swift, yellow bellied hyliota, black billed barbet and red throated bee-eater. Arrive at Semuliki national park for the black-casqued wattled hornbill, leaf-love, black bellied fire-finch and orange cheeked waxbill on the forest edge. We enter the forest for birding in Semuliki, Kirumya trail for at least half a day and visit the hot springs. It’s a experience starting early for the region endemic. The newly spotted resident on Uganda’s list Akun eagle owl, blue billed malimbe, western bronze napped pigeon, maxwell’s black weaver, Congo serpent eagle, red-billed dwarf hornbill, African dwarf kingfisher, the rare capuchin babbler, red-thighed and long-tailed hawk are some mega ticks we are hoping to grip to with the smallest relative of the woodpeckers the African piculet a great attraction for our stay.
Overnight in Kibale Homestay
DAY 4: BIRDING IN KIBALE N.P
Kibale forest is a rainy forest and a home to over 1500 Chimpanzees, plus 9 different species of Monkeys- red colobus, red tailed monkey and bush babies. Our target here is the Green breasted Pitta, green throated sunbird, Afep pigeon, Sooty flycatcher and our little friend the Red chested owlet, cuckoo shrikes. We can try the African black duck as we bird out towards the edge of the forest. Great sight of birds over the canopy.
Optional add on is chimps trekking in Kibale Forest in the afternoon, inform us when booking if you wish for this addition.
Overnight Lake Nkuruba Nature reserve
DAY 5: MORNING BIRDING BY THE CRATER LAKE & BIRDING TOWARDS QUEEN ELIZABETH NP
Early arm chair tick birding with the stunning views by the crater lake. The crater area is rich with a lot of new birds to bag- try the Mottled and Sabine’s Spinetail, Giant kingfisher, Honey-guide greenbul, Joyful greenbul and if we are lucky 4 different species of monkeys. We continue through the grasslands as we delay arrival in Queen Elizabeth to try the Black cuckoo, Broad tailed warbler, Beaudouin’s snake-eagle and try the Swamp endemic Papayrus Gonolek. Evening try for the zebra waxbill, crimson rumped waxbill and displaying nightjars as square-tailed and black shoulder.
Overnight in Pumba Safari Cottages
DAY 6: MORNING BIRDING WITH GAME-DRIVE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK & AFTERNOON BOAT-CRUISE ON KAZINGA CHANNEL
Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park in the cool morning with over 606 bird species we can take to explore the birds of the savannah along the rift valley in this area plus the fishing villages for water birds! Keen birding and Game viewing exposes us to diverse animals, Big 5 members elephants, buffaloes, possibly big cats- lions & leopard, warthogs- hunchback carnivals like hyenas are spotted along the circuits as we drive along. There is a rich bird life especially our version of storks in the wetland spots as we reach the flamingos in the salt lakes. In the afternoon we get ready for the classic highlights on the 2hrs Boat cruise on the famous Kazinga channel, a 36kms natural channel linking Lake George and Lake Edward. Here you can see hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles and birds along the banks. With your Binoculars along the peninsula you have a magnificent view of Birds, probably the greatest density of Birds and big mammal on the shore. The African Skimmers could be a key specie on this boat-cruise during our 12 days Uganda birding safari .
Overnight in Pumba Safari Cottages
DAY 7: TRANSFER TO BWINDI VIA ISHASHA BIRDING & GAME-DRIVE
Transfer to Ishasha in the morning along the road that goes through the park and can offer interesting sights. When reaching Ishasha the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park we will drive off in this adventurous vast savannah area with Topis and the southern version of elephants to hopefully get the lions high in the fig tree branches, which this sector is known for. In Ishasha we search for the savannah birds, the top vulture of the region Lappet faced vulture, Africa`s most spirited eagle the Marshal eagle, larks, Greyish eagle owl and Verreaux eagle owls. After the game-drive and lunch we continue the journey to Bwindi mountains. It’s a fantastic scenery to drive from the plains of Ishasha, through villages and on to the forest covered mountains. If we arrive early in Buhoma, we try the lower altitude birds here in the evening with chance for the Short-tailed warbler, a member of the Uganda top ten, willards sooty boubou, oriole finch, chapins flycatcher and bar tailed trogon.
Overnight in Buhoma Community Rest Camp
DAY 8: GORILLA TREKKING IN BWINDI
We have now reached a great highlight of this 12 days Uganda birding safari that is not birding related, the mountain gorilla trekking. Have early breakfast before being taken over to the starting point of the Gorilla trekking. You go in a group with a specialised guide to the point where the gorillas are and spend one hour with them. After the trek your guide picks you for “the neck” birding in Bwindi forest. As we start to ascend up to our possible 2600 M above sea level through the impenetrable forest for the, Black bee eater, the rare Motacila Clara, Brown illadopsis and Black billed weaver. We stop over at the neck for trying out the rare Cassin grey flycatcher, Dusky blue flycatcher, the Shinning blue kingfisher and the Tiny Sunbird.
Overnight Broadbill Forest Camp
DAY 9: MUBWINDI SWAMP EXPEDITION/ BIRDING ALONG THE SCHOOL TRAIL, FOREST EDGES WITH MIXED FLOCKS
With our packed lunch head out after the Ruhija research station to pick our guards since the Forest is alive with Elephants, we need some escorts, birding along will lead us to grip on to some of the Albertin rift endemics. The hike could get you the best views and great nature over 2500 meters above sea level with the Mist where the Gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. As we check out some soaring buzzards, flocks of stuhlmanns starlings with their aerial displays. We could assemble to head for the Mubwindi swamp for some of the Albertin endemics aiming to grip on the African green broadbill, Grauer’s rush warbler Frasers eagle owl, Black billed Turaco, Rwenzoribatis, White browed crombec, Tullbergs woodpecker, Dusky crimsonwing and blue headed sunbird.
DAY 10: AFTER BREAKFAST TRANSFER TO LAKE MBURO, THE ‘ZEBRA MAGNET’
In the morning we continue our 12 days Uganda birding safari to Lake Mburo National Park, with the target to have lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon we head out on the savannah dotted with acacia and shrubs, as we game drive in for view of zebras, topis, warthogs, cape buffaloes, impalas and giraffes. Rare birds here include Red headed weavers, Cuckoo shrikes, Crested Barbet, Red faced Barbet and Tabora Cisticola, these are some of our newest members on the Ugandan list. If lucky my favourite Francolin the Coqui and Pearl Spotted owlet could be seen. Boat cruise this evening for Crocodiles and more birds, 1-2 hours hoping to grip on the elusive African Finfoot. Chance to see Leopard on the way to the lodge plus nightjars displaying.
Overnight in Rwakobo rock
DAY 11: EARLY MORNING WALK / GAME SAFARI IN LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
We try the savannah again for our last chance to tick off some more birds like the Stripped Pipit, seasonal Brown Chested Lapwing- zebras, waterbucks, birds buffaloes in there day break jungle life! Get back to the lodge for breakfast and drive back to Entebbe 4, 1/2hrs. We swing to the kako Swamp when if wet for some aquatic birds, Snipes, black crakes, flocks of cranes, weavers, teals, Rufous Bellied Heron could be a tick and geese with many more in this swamp and gardens around.
Overnight Lake Victoria view guest house
DAY 12: FLIGHT DAY
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight as we have reached the end of our 12 days Uganda birding safari. If it’s a late flight we could go birding in Entebbe botanical garden for the orange weaver, golden backed weaver and other master builders of the Ploceidae family, superb Sunbird, green hylia and bat hawk.
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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.
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Combine two of Uganda’s great highlights, birding & mountain gorillas, during this 7 days Uganda birding safari. Explore some of the great birding locations of Uganda together with a specialised birding guide.
Cover most of Uganda’s different birding habitats with top IBA’s as well as have time for classic safari and optional gorilla trekking. Go with our specialised birding guide to discover the amazing birds Uganda has to offer during this hardcore birding safari.
Here we mainly focus on woodland and forest species but also include some great wetland and savanna locations. You have the chance to tick off top species like the Green Breasted Pitta, Nkulengu rail, Papyrus Gonolek and Great Shoebill Stork.
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