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  • Bird Watching
  • Murchison falls
  • Queen Elizabeth N.P
  • Kibale N.p

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Exclusive African Safaris – Uganda Birding Tours and Adventure Safaris

Uganda is a country lying in the Equatorial Africa and showing amazing contrasts starting from the source of the Victoria Nile near Jinja to the snow-covered Rwenzori mountains, the high reaching forests of the Rwandan Virunga Volcanoes to the desert area of Karamoja plateau.

No other African country can have variable habitats like Uganda and this richness shows well in its ever growing bird list of more than 1060 species. This list includes many exclusive bird species, like shoebill and the extraordinary endemics of the Albertine Rift valley and a good number of forest birds, water birds, mountain birds along with the amazing savannah bird species that you are unlikely to find elsewhere. The bird list is large and so impressive even though the country is small in size (spread over 235,000km2); it is equal in size to that of Great Britain, ultimately becoming the best destination for Uganda birding tours.

Uganda Birding Tour Itinerary

Day 1:Entebbe Airport Arrival [L, D]

Once you arrive at EBB airport, our tour representatives will welcome and transfer you to the booked hotel.

Based on the time of your EBB arrival, you can either go to hotel or decide to watch birds in the famous Botanical Gardens in Entebbe. This botanical garden is established in the year 1898 and ready to introduce you to a wide variety of birds in Uganda including many open woodland and forest species.

Targeted birds: Red-chested Sunbirds, Vereaux’s Eagle, Owls, Orange Weaver(Brown-throated, Slender-billed, Yellow-backed, Black-headed, Jackson’s Golden-backed and Vieillot’s Black Weavers). In and around the shore Common Squacco, long tailed or Reed Cormorant, Black-headed Herons, African Open-billed Stork, hammerhead stork , Grey-headed Gull, Yellowbilled Duck, various Pied Kingfisher and terns, Swamp Flycatcher, Black-headed Gonolek, Rock Pratincoles, Great Blue Turacos, Red-chested Sunbird, Dierderik Cuckoos and Klaas’s Cuckoos, Black-billed Roller, Woodland Kingfisher, Black-and-White Casqued Hornbill, Splendid Glossy-Starling, African Fish Eagle and Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Winding & Dorst’s Cisticolas, Angola Swallow, Grey-capped Warbler, Scarlet-chested and Green throated Sunbirds, Common Wattle-eye etc.

Overnight Stay at The Laico Lake Victoria Entebbe Hotel or Boma Hotel

Day 2: Mabamba Swamp Birding Tour [B, L, D]

Situated around 50kilometers west of Kampala city, this wetland is the most preferred home for the globally sought after bird species – the Shoebill. Birding in its beautiful swamps are usually done on the canoes while moving through low-lying water channels. The chief attraction of this 2nd day Uganda Birding tour to Mabamba Swamp includes Papyrus Gonolek, White –winged warbler, Northern brown-throated weaver, Yellow barked Weaver, Blue-headed coucal, and other marshland varieties. The birding tour continues, allowing you to view birds from the canoe, especially the strong and long legged Shoebills in sky as well as down the swamp. Also take the opportunity to watch a few other swamp varieties including the African Water Rail, African Purple Swamphen, Swamp Flycatcher, African Pygmy Goose, Lesser Jacana, Common Moorhen, Squacco, White-faced whistling-Duck, Blue-Breasted Bee-Eater etc. Then you will come back to your hotel for overnight stay and dinner.

Overnight stay at Le Petit Village or Cassia Lodge

Day 3: Birding in Murchison Falls Park [B, L, D]

In morning, you will be transferred to Murchison Falls National Park with a stopover in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Here, you will get to spot the rhinos, have a visit to the craft shop and information centre of the park, while sightseeing leopard, bush buck, oribi, Uganda kob, hippo, crocodiles, and many other wildlife animals living in this ranch. There is the pleasure of birding in abundance for you, even with the extinctive shoebill stork seen in the Lugogo wetlands. The exceptionally beautiful surrounds of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary will give you tremendous peace and satisfaction.

We will take you top of the Murchinson Falls in afternoon so that you can have the magnificent view of the Nile. The Victoria Nile bisects this national park and makes it narrowly pass through the fantastic Murchison Falls, which appears as a 7 meter long narrow gap in the cleft of rock causing a high-force explosion of white water of the Nile river. It is believed to be representing the most effective and natural water flow at anywhere on planet. To experience this amazing view, you will have to become part of our 23 days Uganda Birding tours.

Overnight stay at Paraa Safari Lodge or Murchison Falls River Lodge

Day 4: Boating and Birding in Murchison Falls National Park [B, L, D]

You will ride a boat, sail along the Victoria Nile and through the swampy Delta to reach at Lake Albert. It will give you a glimpse of hippos, crocodiles of Nile and many exclusive birds, including Secretary Bird, Shoebill, Abyssinian Roller Pied Kingfishers, Ground Hornbill, Red-Throated Bee-Eaters seating on the banks, Saddle-billed Stork, Goliath Heron, Sacred Ibis, Water and Senegal Thick-knees, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Long-toed and Black-headed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Red-necked Falcon, Osprey, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Grosbeak Weaver and Vinaceous Dove.

We will schedule a trip in this afternoon that would take you to the top of the Murchison Falls for an exclusive experience of birding with Rock Prantincoles, White-Crested Turaco, White-fronted black chat, Grey Woodpecker, Giant Kingfisher and Darter, Red-Throated Bee-eater, Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Red-shouldered cuckoo-shrike, Black-headed Gonolek, Brown Twinspot, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Osprey, Red-Winged Grey Warbler and Bruce’s Pigeon.

Overnight stay at Paraa Safari Lodge or Murchison Falls River Lodge

Day 5: Game Drive in Murchison Falls Park [B, L, D]

You will enjoy a full day Game drive in Murchison Falls Park which is situated on Northern shore of the river Nile. Besides, you will spot birds including shoebill, Egyptian plover, Rock pranticole, Red winged Grey warbler, Secretary bird, Denham’s bustard, bat hawk, Pels fishing owl, Vinaceuos dove, White crested turaco, Senegal thicknee, Carmine bee eater, chestnut crowned sparrow weaver, standard winged and pennant winged Nightjars and Grey canary.

Overnight stay at Family-operated Murchison River Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 6: Birding Tour to Budongo forest [B, L, D]

You will have to begin early in the morning for birding tour to Budongo forest which is located in the Northwest region of the Kampala city. While passing through the steep slope of the forest, you can expect to see Northern Crombec, singing cisticola, White –headed Barbet, Grey-headed Bush Shrike, Grey-headed Olive back, Black-Billed Barbet, Black- bellied Fire finch Madagascar Heron, shikra and Lesser masked Weaver.

Your afternoon Uganda Birding tour at Budongo forest may be highly productive as it still continues to the biggest and the most attractive forests available in Uganda.

It has a suitable habitat for African Crowned Eagle, African Dwarf Kingfisher, Olive Camaroptera, Grey and Yellow Longbills, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Rufous-crowned Eremomera, Red tailed Ant-Thrush, Nahan’sFrankolin and Ituri Batis.

Overnight stay at Budongo Eco Lodge in the center of Budongo Forest

Day 7 –Trip Outside Budongo Forest : Birding in Royal Mile and Busingiro [B, L, D]

Enjoy full day Uganda Birding tour to the Royal Mile and Busingiro which lie outside Budongo forest.

The main bird species included in this trip are Chocolate-backed and African dwarf Kingfisher, White-spotted Flufftail, Chestnut-crowned Eremomera, grey and yellow Longbills, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Olive-bellied Crombec, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Dusky long-tailed Cuckoo, Crowned Eagle, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Forest Flycatcher, Western Black-headed Oriole, Cabanis Bunting, Narina Trogon, Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Golden-crowned Woodpecker, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Black-headed Paradise-Flycatcher, Little Green Sunbird, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, Green Sunbird, Negrofinches, Africa Emerald Cuckoo, Dusty Long-tailed Cuckoo, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Grey and Yellow Longbill, Gabon Forest Robin, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, the elusive Lemon-bellied Crombec, Green Crombec, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Yellow-mantled Weaver, Red-headed Bluebill and Crested Malimbe.

Overnight stay and dinner at comfortable Budongo Eco – Lodge

Day 8 – Walking and Birding in Kibale Forest National Park [B, L, D]

We will make you leave early in the morning for the damp evergreen rain forest and the most rewarding safari destination – Kibale Forest National Park in the southewest region of Uganda . It is a rather long drive but includes some exciting bird watching. Kibale forest features birds like blue shouldered robin chat, Grey-winged Robin, black billed turaco, Cabanis greenbul, yellow spotted barbet, White-naped Pigeon, Green-brested Pitta, Red-chested Flufftail, African Pitta, Grey-throated Flycatcher, Joyful Greenbul, nahan’s francolin, Masked Apalis, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, White collard olive back, Tiny Sunbird etc. There are 13 different primates available in Kibale forest such as olive baboon, grey-cheeked Mangabey, bush baby, rare LHoest monkey, black-and-white Colobus, blue and red-tailed monkeys and potto for the best pleasure of sightseeing.

Overnight stay and dinner at private cottages or luxury safari tents of Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 9 – Full day birding Tour inside the forest [B, L, D]

There are some special varieties of birds available in the forest for exploration of tourists throughout the day such as White-tailed Ant-Thrushes, Brown Illadopsis, Green-breasted Pitta, Purple-headed Glossy-Starling, White-naped pigeon, Toro Olive-greenbul, Masked Apalis, Black-billed Turaco, Green Crombec dinner and Buff-spotted Woodpecker.

Overnight stay at Primate Lodge Kibale’ luxury safari tents or private cottages

Day 10 – Full Day Birding in Semliki National Park [B, L, D]

Take a drive to Semliki National Park which is among the greatest safari attractions in Uganda and a remarkable part of Ituri forest to get indulged in a full day birding in this dense forest. It has many rare bird species to watch out for such as Black-throated Rail, Congo Serpent Eagle, Nkulengu Rail, Spot-breasted Ibis, Long-tailed Hawk, Capuchin Babbler, Northern Bearded Scrub Robin, Yellow-throated Nicator, Red-chested Owlet, Black-collared Lovebird, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, White-bellied Kingfisher, Lyretailed Honeyguide, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, White-throated Blue Swallow, Zenker’s Honeyguide, Bate’s Nightjar, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Black-winged Oriole, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Icterine Greenbul, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Red-billed Helmet Shrike, Crested and Blue-billed Malimbe, Pale-fronted Negrofinch, Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike, Red-billed and black Dwarf, White Crested hornbill, Piping hornbill, White-thighed Hornbill and Black-Casqued Wattled Hornbill.

Overnight stay at Semliki Safari Lodge in the Great Rift Valley

Day 11 – Full Day Birding on the Kirumira Forest [B, L, D]

Take a full day birding tour to the Kirumira trail in Semliki forest. Kirumira forest is known for its bird richness and biodiversity and bringing you the best view of species such as Nightjars, Pearl spotted Owlet and African scopes Owl.

Overnight stay at luxury Semliki Safari Lodge

Day 12 – Birding in QENP (Queen Elizabeth National Park) [B, L, D]

Take a drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is located towards western Uganda and inhabited by olive baboon, lion, leopard, chestnut colored topi, buffalo, elephant and the Uganda kob. This is the one of the most popular national parks in Uganda. If you are a serious birder, there is chance to view as much as 296 bird species out of the total 610 found in this park in a day. For spending time on watching birds like skimmers, pelicans, thick-knees, kingfishers, storks, swallows, martins, weavers, kites, canaries, and many grassland varieties check out our late evening birding trip in QENP which would be extremely productive.

Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge or Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge within the park

Day 13 – Full Day Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park [B, L, D]

Spend full day birding in the Queen Elizabeth National park. You will have an early morning game drive in this savannah reserve to view some of the best savannah bird species. In the afternoon, you will take a cruise on the Kazinga channel which connects Lake Edward to Lake George, and is available around as the most popular Uganda Safari destination for its great diversity of birds. And the special ones include Green backed Heron, African Spoonbill, African Skimmer, African Crake, Three-banded Plover, Water Thick-Knee, Marsh sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common and Wood Sandpiper, Plain Martin, Gray-headed Gull, Yellow-billed Oxpecker and Lesser Swamp-Warbler for an excellent experience in Uganda birding tour.

Overnight stay and dinner at Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge in the National Park

Day 14 – Bird Visit in Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest [B, L, D]

Enjoy a birding bike ride in Buhoma area of Bwindi impenetrable forest with a chance to view exclusive bird species including Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Black-faced Apalis, Banded Prinia, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Red-throated Alethhe, Ashy Flycatcher, chin-spot batis, Rwenzori Batis, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Black and White Shrike-flycatcher, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Mountain Illadopsis, Dusky Tit, African Hill-babbler, Blue throated Brown, Blue-headed Sunbird, Grey-headed Sun bird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Oriele Finch Olive Thrush, sooty Boubou, African Broadbill, African Wood-Owl, Western Green Tinkerbird, Mountain Buzzard, Toro Olive-Greenbul, Red-chested Owlet, Red faced woodland Warbler and Neumann’s Warbler. In this way, you will derive maximum pleasure in Uganda birding tours.

Overnight stay and dinner at Buhoma Lodge or Silver Back Lodge in Bwindi Forest

Day 15 – Full Day Gorilla Trekking tour in Bwindi Forest [B, L, D]

Go on a full day Gorilla tracking tour and see the mountain gorillas living in conserved atmosphere of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It starts and ends in the capital city of Kampala and ensures the best of natural wonders.

Overnight stay and dinner in unequalled luxury of Buhoma Lodge or Silver Back Lodge

Day 16 – Birding in Bwindi – Buhoma [B, L, D]

Enjoy Birding throughout the day in the mountaineous area of Buhoma which hosts a record number of bird species (around 350 species) inclusive of rare 23 endemics.

Overnight stay and dinner at Silverback Lodge or Buhoma Lodge in Bwindi

Day17- Birding in Bwindi-Ruhiija [B, L, D]

Ruhija is the highest mountain peak of the Bwindi forest offering the best view of bird species like grey cuckoo shrike, white starred robin, strange weaver, brown chested Alethe, banded Prinia, slender billed Greenbul, white browned Crombec, yellow streaked Greenbul, mountain Illadopsis, grey bush shrike, Ludher’s bush shrike and grey green bush shrike; all of which will add to your experience of Uganda birding tours.

Overnight stay at luxury Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge or Gorilla Nest Camp.

Day 18 – Birdwatching tour in Mubwindi Swamp at Ruhiija [B, L, D]

The 4km long trail to Mubwindi Swamp drops to 2050 from 2350m creating an excellent place for finding some of the rare to find Albertine Rift endemics including Regal Sunbird, African Green Broadbill and Archer’s Robin-chat.

Situated at an altitude of 6725 ft or 2050m, Mubwindi Swamp assures to give you a view of Stipe breasted Tit, Dwarf Honeyguide, Ruwenzori Apalis and African Hill Babbler, the Rare to find bird species like Ruwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Fraser’s Eagle-Owl, caruthers’ Cisticolla and Grauers Scrub-warbler. With our guides you will also come across Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Green Broadbill, Blue headed Waxbill, Purple-breasted Waxbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, Waller’sand Stuhlmann’s Starling, Francolin, White-headed Woodhoopee, Montane Nighjar and and Luehder’s Bushshrike.

Overnight stay and dinner at beautiful Gorilla Nest Camp or luxury Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 19 – Ruhiija Birding Tour [B, L, D]

Ruhiija is home to the globally famous Albertine Rift endemics that have made the Bwindi forest to rank highest among the Ugandan birding spots. We will make you climb up to Ruhiija, the highest mountain peak of Bwindi and move through the neck to encounter species like Augur Buzzard, Black Bee-eater, Red-throated Wryneck, Collared Apalis, Scarce Swift, Bronze Sunbird, Black Saw-wing, Cassin’s Grey and Brown-crowned Tchagra etc.

Overnight stay at perfectly luxurious and comfortable Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge or Gorilla Nest Camp

Day 20 – Lake Mburo National Park [B, L, D]

Take a drive along the swampy area of Lake Mburo National Park to find more than 310 bird species that are living here for birders’ pure joy.

Day 21 – Birding in Kampala and Lake Mburo [B, L, D]

You will leave the capital city of Kampala to reach its nearest game park – Lake Mburo National Park which is an amazing wetland reflecting variety and interest in every kind of its habitat. It is not just inhabited by various mammals such as Elands, Impalas, Zebras, Buffaloes and Topi but also excellent bird species like African Finfoot, Green Backed Woodpecker, Southern Ground Hornbill, Brown-chested Plover, Spot-flanked Barbets, Black-collared Barbets, Red-faced Barbets and Papyrus Yellow Warbler, White-winged Warble, Cisticola, Caruthers, Papyrus Gonoleka, Northern Brown-throated Weaver and Yellow-billed Oxpecker that would leave you with an amazing experience.

Day 22 – Full day Birding tour in Mabira Forest Reserve[B, L, D]

With our professional guide, you will be able to see as much as 300 bird varieties in this rewarding semi-deciduous forest birding area

Overnight stay and dinner at small but luxury Mabira Ecolodge

Day 23 – Departure from EBB airport

We will finally transfer you to Entebbe international airport to board your flight.

End of 23 days Uganda Birding tours!