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