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Exclusive birding safaris in Uganda

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport. You will meet our Safari guide who will transfer you to your accommodation in Entebbe.

 

Day 2: Birding Mabamba Swamp and afternoon transfer to Masindi

After breakfast, we drive to Mabamba Swamp west of Entebbe. The Mabamba Swamps  is one of the best and most convenient places to see the elusive Shoebill. While on a canoe at Mabamba, watch out for the Shoebill both in the sky and down in the marsh. Also watch out for other bird species which include; Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Goliath Heron, Swamp Flycatcher, , African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African Pigmy Goose, White-faced Whistling Duck, Squacco Heron, Winding Cisticola, among others.

 After embark on your journey to Murchison falls for diner and overnight stay.

Dinner and overnight stay in Budongo Eco Lodge

 

 

Day 3: Birding in Budongo Forest.

Budongo Forest Reserve boasts of a rich bird life in Uganda. Budongo Forest protects the largest natural forest area in East Africa with over 350 bird Species offering excellent birding opportunities. Birding in Budongo forest takes place along the famous Royal Mile.

The different bird species to be looked for while in Budongo include Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Spinetail, and Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Spotted, Xavier’s, White-throated, Red-tailed and Honeyguide Greenbuls. Canopy flocks support Yellow-mantled Weaver, Rufous Thrush and Uganda Woodland Warbler, Scaly-breasted, Brown and Pale-breasted Illadopses, Fire-crested Alethe, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Yellow Long-bill, and Grey-throated Tit-Flycatcher.

Dinner and overnight stay in Budongo Eco Lodge

 

 

 

Day 4:  Game Drives and Afternoon Launch Trip

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest National Park (3893sq.km) and it protects a huge chunk of untamed savannah bisected by the mighty River Nile. It was initially gazetted as a game reserve in 1926 to protect a savannah that Winston Churchill described in 1907 as ‘Kew Gardens and the Zoo combined on an unlimited scale. The park home to 76 mammal species including; the lion, elephant, leopard, hippopotamus, Rothschild giraffe, Cape buffalo, hartebeest, oribi, warthog, and the Uganda Kob. The park also hosts 360 bird species including the rare Shoebill Stork.
Stay at Paraa Safari Lodge

After breakfast, we have a game drive to the rolling plains where you will have chances of viewing; Hartebeest, Lions, Buffalo, Primates, Mongoose, Giraffe and Elephants. After lunch, we will have an afternoon launch cruise where you have chances to view huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos, and other wildlife. You will also be able to see a wide variety of water birds like; the Shoebill, Secretary Bird, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Pied Kingfishers and many more.

Dinner and overnight stay in the park.

 

 

Day 5: Transfer to Kibale National Park.

After breakfast, Transfer to Kibale forest arriving in Fort Portal in the late afternoon. Kibale forest national park is the best destination for chimpanzee tracking in East Africa. It is home to 13 species of primates including the Chimpanzee. It has 1450 chimpanzees and these represent Uganda’s largest population of these endangered primates. Kibale forest boosts of being home to the rare L’hoest’s Monkey and East Africa’s largest population of the threatened Red Colobus Monkey.

The park also hosts 325 bird species which include the Black capped Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Dusky Crimsonwing, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, the African Pitta, Green-breasted Pitta, Black Bee-eater, Yellow-spotted Nicator, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Little Greenbul, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, Brown-chested Alethe, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, and the Crowned Eagle. If you are lucky enough, all the above bird species can be spotted.

 

Overnight at Ndali Lodge.

 

 

 

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking in the forest – Uganda

After an early breakfast we drive to the visitor center for briefing and chimp tracking. One of the most memorable encounters on an African safari has to be an excursion in search of Chimpanzees.  The activity may take 2 to three hours. Although Chimpanzees are the main primate that many visitors want to see, the forests of Kibale National Park contain the highest density of primates in the world and visitors could see Black and White Colobus, Red Tailed Monkeys and the Grey Cheeked Mangabey.
Birding in the afternoon after lunch in the Bigodi wetlands is also an amazing activity a visitor should not miss out. Depending on the weather predictions, birding Bigodi wetland is also productive with riverine forest birds. Kibale National Park and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary are two prime African birding destinations located in the western part of the country. The bird pieces likely to be seen include, Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis’s Greenbul and Joyful Greenbul as well as White-spotted Flufftail, Dusky and Olive Long-tailed Cuckoos, Lesser Honey guide, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, White-chinned Prinia, Grey Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera and White-collared Oliveback.
Stay at Ndali Lodge.

 

 

 

Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After breakfast, we drive to Queen Elizabeth national park. The Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. Queen Elizabeth national park boasts the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. This is due to the presence of open savannah, rainforest, dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes, and the vast Lake Edward. It is the most visited Park and is a home to almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 612 bird species hence making it a superb safari territory, with  a big number of elephants,  hipposGiant Forest hog and a variety of antelopes which include the Uganda Kob, bush bucks, water bucks all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula.
Stay at Mweya Safari Lodge

 

 

 

DAY 8: Game drive and afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.

After an early morning breakfast, you will go for a morning game drive  to search for; Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, Waterbucks, Warthorgs and many more. After lunch, you have an exotic and exciting launch trip on the Kazinga Channel. The launch trip is one of the most exciting water activities in Uganda. The Kazinga channel is a narrow neck of water that connects Lakes George and Edward, with excellent photographic opportunities for waterside birds and abundant Hippopotamus, huge families of buffalos, and elephants. And you are likely to encounter some bird species as well.

Stay at Mweya Safari lodge.

 

 

 

Day 9: Transfer to Kampala

After an early breakfast, we drive out of the park having our lunch on the way. We stop en route to visit the Mpambire Royal Drum makers. We also stop over at the Equator for photographs and continue to Kampala.
Stay at Metropole Hotel.

 

       End of your safari

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