Project Description


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Trip Length

9 days

Trip Type

Trekking, Safari, Culture, Birding

Trip Start/End

Equator – Kampala

Nearest Airport

Entebbe International Airport

This 9 Days Uganda birding tour or birding adventure will take you far and wide, starting from Kampala you move on to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Later on in the safari, you’ll head to Lake Bunyonyi, one of those idyllic birding/bird watching destinations in our country. You will also take part in other activities as seen below in the detailed itinerary.

This tour gives you a chance to glimpse over half of all bird species in Africa. making it the richest African birding destination. This is due to the rich, diverse habitats from the scenic shores of Lake Victoria to the lush forests of the Albertine Rift and the banks of the mighty Nile River. Uganda has only one endemic bird (Fox’s Weaver) but 23 Albertine Endemics occur here, some of which are difficult or even impossible to find elsewhere.

  • Murchison Falls National Park | Lake Bunyonyi

  • Equator stop | Murchison Falls morning and evening game drive | Murchison Falls birding | canoe island tour | Mukoni village bird watching | Kampala city tour

  • Equator | Murchison Falls wildlife | Lake Bunyonyi | Mt Muhavura | Mukoni village | Kampala

9 Days Uganda Birding Tour

Day 1 – Arrival

Arrive in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport. Meet our Safari guide who will transfer you to your accommodation.

9 Days Uganda Birding TourDay 2 – Birding Mabamba Swamp and afternoon transfer to Masindi

We drive to Mabamba Swamp, one of the best places to see the elusive Shoebill. While on canoe watch out for birds like; Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Goliath Heron, Swamp Flycatcher, African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana and more.

Accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge

Day 3 – Birding in Budongo Forest

Budongo Forest Reserve boasts a rich bird life. Budongo Forest protects the largest natural forest area in East Africa with over 350 bird Species 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, and many, many more.

Accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge

Day 4 –  Game Drives and Afternoon Launch Trip

We have a game drive where you will have chances of viewing; Hartebeest, Lions, Buffalo, Primates, Mongoose, Giraffe and Elephants. We then have an afternoon launch cruise to view Nile crocodiles, hippos, and a wide variety of water birds like; the Shoebill, Secretary Bird, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Pied Kingfishers and many more.

Day 5 – Transfer to Kibale National Park.

Transfer to Fort Portal, Kibale forest late afternoon. Kibale forest is the best location for chimpanzee tracking in East Africa with 1450 chimpanzees present, Uganda’s largest population of endangered primates. Kibale forest is also home to the rare L’hoest’s monkey and 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, and the Crowned Eagle. 

Accommodation: Ndali Lodge

Day 6 – Chimpanzee tracking in the forest – Uganda

Drive to the visitor center for briefing and chimp tracking.  The activity may take 2 to 3 hours. Kibale National Park contains the highest density of primates in the world including; Black and White Colobus, Red Tailed Monkeys and the Grey Cheeked Mangabey.

Birding in the afternoon in the Bigodi wetlands is an amazing activity. The bird species 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 Honeyguide, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, White-chinned Prinia and others.

Accommodation: Ndali Lodge

Day 7 – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

We drive to Queen Elizabeth national park, Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. It is home to almost 100 mammal species and 612 bird species, with a big number of elephants, hippos, giant forest hogs and a variety of antelopes all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 8 – Game drive and afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.

You go for a morning game drive for; lions, elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, warthorgs and more. After lunch, you have an exotic launch trip on the Kazinga Channel, a narrow neck of water that connecting lakes George and Edward, with photo opportunities for birds and abundant hippos, families of buffalos, and elephants.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 9 – Transfer to Kampala

We drive out of the park having our lunch on the way and stopping en route to visit the Mpambire Royal Drum makers. We also stop over at the Equator before we continue to Kampala. Stay at Metropole Hotel.

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What’s included:

Transportation in a super custom
Game drive
Boat cruise
Entrance fees

Visa requirements for Uganda

With effect from July 1, 2015, visa fees for entry into Uganda were revised as follows:

Single Entry Visa                US$50
Multiple Entry Visa            US$100
East Africa Tourist Visa     US$100
Government Officials         No fee
Diplomatic Visa                   No fee

Please note:

All visa applications must be submitted online. Paper applications will not be processed and may result in delays.

Visa applications for holders of passports:

  1. Submit an online application here.
  2. Your passport must have been valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel and for 6 months after your expected departure from Uganda.
  3. You will need to submit a money order for the correct visa from the list above.
  4. You will need to submit a letter of invitation/introduction if you are travelling for business.
  5. You are required to present an international inoculation certificate against yellow fever at the point of entry in Uganda.
  6. Please enclose a prepaid, self-addressed UPS, FEDEX, DHL,USPS Priority or Express return envelope with your application. Regular envelopes are not accepted.

Visa applications for holders of travel documents

Holders of travel documents (not passports) issued by the U.S. Immigration Department to refugees are required to submit the following in addition to the above requirements.

  1. An invitation from the host legally residing in Uganda.
  2. A letter obtained by the host from the local authorities (e.g. Local Council Chairman) confirming he/she resides in that locality.
  3. A copy of the host’s photo ID such as a drivers licence, national ID card or passport.