Highlights

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

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UGANDA BIRDING WATCHING SAFARI – 14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

Conveniently placed at the equator, Uganda boasts a tropical climate with not much variations in temperature all through the year. If you’re touring Uganda as a bird lover, the prime aspect that decide your timing will be the pattern of precipitation. In the southern devision of Uganda the rainy season stretches from April-May and October-November. The North region experience heavy rain fall from April-October, but the rest of the year remains pretty dry with lower humidity.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Entebbe [L, D]

Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport you’ll be greeted by our staff and driven to your hotel. Relying on your arrival time you may be taken to the Entebbe Botanical Gardens that accommodates an assortment of woodland species and provide a great unveiling to Ugandan birds.

Targeted birds: Red-chested Sunbirds, Vereaux’s Eagle, Slender-billed, Yellow-backed, Common Squacco, African Open-billed Stork, Common Squacco & Black-headed Herons, Grey-headed Gull, Black-headed Gonoleck, Woodland Kingfisher, black & white Casqued Hornbill, Black-billed Roller, Splendid Starling, Common Wattle-eye, etc.

Overnight at the Laico Lake Victoria Hotel or the Boma Hotel.

Meal Plan – Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Entebbe – Murchison Falls National Park [B, L, D]                     

Early morning transfer to Murchison Falls National Park through Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. While tracking rhinos, pay a trip to the information centre & craft store, look for leopard. Bush buck, Uganda kob, crocodiles, oribi and other wild creature exist on the farm. The bird life here is in plenty, with even the endangered shoebill stork exist in within the Lugogo Swamps.

In the Afternoon you will be taken to the summit of the Murchison Falls to give you an opportunity to the beauty of Nile. Superlatives like “stupendous” “awesome” “wow” and “mesmerizing have been employed to explain this incredible spectacle.

Overnight at Murchison Falls River Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

A game drive will be followed by an early morning breakfast. Cape buffalo, elephant, Uganda kob and hartebeest are seen commonly. You may also come to see bushbuck, bush duiker, Oribi and warthog, large carnivores encompass leopard, spotted hyena and lion.

Following lunch you will be taken for a boat trip upstream the Victoria Nile. On the route, glance at the crocodiles, toothsome hippos and throughout this seventeen kilometer stretch you may find waterbuck, uganda kob and elephant. In this area you can find several bird species such as Egyptian goose, Goliath heron, kingfisher, rare shoebill stork and hornbill.

Overnight stay at Murchison Falls River Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park [B, L, D]     

On day 4 you will be driven to Kaniyo Pabidi division of Budongo Forest Resrve. Spend the morning while tracking chimpanzee and birding in Kaniyo Pabidi forest. 

In afternoon you will be taken for a guided birding walk. Budongo Forest Reserve is popular for its diverseness in birds, encompassing the endangered Puvel’s illadopses

Target birds: Cassin’s Spinetail, Nathan’s Franconlin, Ituri Batis, banded snake eagle and chestnut capped flycatcher.

Overnight stay at Budongo Eco Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Murchison Falls – Kibale Forest National Park [B, L, D]

On day 5 you will be departing Murchison Falls and heading towards Fort Portal. During this long trip you will be prized with magnificent sights as you go through small villages & local markets. Fort Portal is popular for its many tree plantation. 

Targeted birds: Marsh Tchagra, Scary Francolin, Grey-headed Olive-back and a variety of Seed eaters encompassing Black-bellied Seed Cracker, Black-crowned Waxbills, Black and White Manikin and Conspicuous Greenbul. 

Overnight stay at Primate Lodge Kibale

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Kibale Forest & Bigodi Swamp [B, L, D]

Early morning look out for chimpanzee as well as ten other primates. The guide will briefly explained you not just about the primates but also about the forest fauna & flora make sure that your    forest walk is both enjoyable and informative.

Afternoon trip to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary to look out for tinnier mammals &primates. Check out for the endangered red colobus monkeys & the sitatunga.

Targeted birds: Red-chested Flufftail, Red-winged Francolin, Green-breasted Pitta, Grey-winged Robin, Grey-throated Flycatcher, Masked & black-capped Apalises, Chestnut-winged Starling, etc.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 7: Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park [B, L, D]

Following breakfast, opt to Queen Elizabeth National Park and relish a game drive en route with spectacular sights of leopard, elephant, lion, hyena and other wild animals.

During the afternoon you will be taken for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel and enjoy the highest concentration of hippos & mammals drinking water at the lake. With more than 550 bird species this cruise provide a true podium for bird watching & game viewing.

Targeted birds: grey-headed Kingfisher, African Morning Dove, black-headed gonolek,     Steppe Eaggle, etc.

Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge or Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park [B, L, D]

Get ready to enjoy 2 game drives on day 8. Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National park  with the huge Rwenzoris as a background offers great possibilities to see leopard, lion, Cape buffalo, giant forest hog, Uganda Kob, and bush buck.

Target birds: Adbim, Shoebill, raptors, Martial Eagle and Grey Kestrel, Egyptian, etc.

Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Queen Elizabeth Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi National Park [B, L, D]

Day 9 will start with a drive to Buhoma. The park features no lesser than 23 Albertine Rift endemics encompassing the exceptional, and globally endangered African Broadbill & Shelly’s Crimsonwing. When it comes to trees, birds and butterflies Bwindi is the richest in the earth. During the afternoon you’ll be taken for a bird camping in the park. 

Overnight stay at Silver Back Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Gorilla tracking [B, L, D]

Relish an early morning entrance into the Gorilla sanctuary on day 10. This spectacular rainforest provides a significant densely forested landscape, but intertwined by various animal tracks enabling access to travelers. This park is popular for the rare mountain gorillas. The excitement of tracking gorilla and spending some time interacting with them is a life-time adventure that you don’t want to mis.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge or Silver Back Lodge:

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi [B, L, D]

You will be driven to Lake Bunyonyi close to Kabale which is known as the unofficial capital of the   Kigezi province. Placed on the northwest of Kabale, Lake Bunyonyi features several islets and is enclosed by  densely cultivated hillsides.

Targeted birds: Red-tailed Bristlebill, short-tailed warbler etc.

Overnight at Bird’s Nest

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Lake Bunyonyi [B, L, D]

Following breakfast you can rent a small boat to explore the water surface. Roam calmly to the many tiny islets and relish the wealthy birdlife. Come back for lunch and then opt for a Bird Walk in Mukoni Village to witness 40-50 diverse species of birds encompassing the African Hobby, Swamp Flycatcher, Black Kite, Bronze, scarlet-chested and red-chested sunbirds, etc.

Overnight stay at Bird’s Nest

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala [B, L]

Following a serene breakfast you’ll be departed the magnificent lake and heading to the capital city. On the way you’ll pass the Equator where we’ll make a stop for souvenir shopping. Arrive in Kampala in late afternoon.

Overnight stay at Cassia Lodge:

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Day 14: Mamba Swamp & Departure [B, L]

Early morning transfer to Mamba Swamp which is possibly the finest place to see the endangered Shoebill Stork. There are also quite a few other species can be discovered here including Grey Herons, Goliath, African Water Rail, and a range of egrets & ducks. The best means to relish the opulence bird-life is through a canoe.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Transfer to Entebbe Airport to catch your departure flight.

To enjoy this 14 days Uganda Bird Watching Safari please call Exclusive African Safaris at +256 (0) 772 887 484!