28 DAYS UGANDA BIRDING SAFARI 28 DAYS UGANDA BIRDING TOUR

28 Days Uganda Birding Safari SAFARI OVERVIEW

10 Days Uganda Birding Safari

 Our 28 days Uganda birding safari is a 27 nights/28 days Uganda birding tour that has been carefully crafted to offer you an opportunity to discover Uganda, one of the world’s top birding destinations. On this wonderful 28 days birding safari, we’ll see several of Uganda’s 1,073 bird species − about 11% of the world’s total bird species. We’ll also go on two boat cruises (and one canoe ride!), see many other wonderful fauna, stunning scenery and enjoy the warm and friendly attitude of Uganda people. We begin in Entebbe at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre for a gentle introduction to this special country’s avifauna with species such as Grey-crowned cranes, African grey parrot and Palm-nut Vulture.

 

We fly southwest to Kisoro airstrip from where we’ll transfer Mgahinga Gorilla National Park a very scenic park with a host of exciting Albertine Rift Endemics such as Rwenzori turaco, handsome francolin and regal sunbird. In the same area, we bird Echuya Forest Reserve in search of more endemics like Kivu ground thrush, strange weaver and Red-throated alethe, before moving to the wonderful Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which contains the most exciting selection of forest birds in Africa. Bwindi is home to 350 bird species with 23 special Albertine Rift Endemics including the near-mythical African green broadbill. It is also where almost half of the world’s Moutain Gorillas live along with other 120 mammal species.

In Semuliki National Park, we’ll look for the unique 46 Guinea-Congo biome species unknown elsewhere in East Africa such as Congo serpent eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Black-wattled Hornbill and Nkulengu Rail. In the same area, we bird Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve with 440 bird species including Red-necked falcon, Black-billed Barbet and the turkey like Abyssinian ground-hornbill. We continue to Bugoma Forest, Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve and Budongo Forest, a large tract of intact tropical rain forest with 360 bird species including the endemic Puvel’s illadopsis. At Murchison Falls Park which host 451 bird species, we enjoy superb savanna birding and a thrilling boat cruise along the historic Nile River to see the Shoebill, one of the world’s most bizarre birds. We fly back to Entebbe from where we’ll go birding in the bird-rich Mabira Forest. This amazing 28 days Uganda birding safari will end with a canoe ride in Mabamba swamp, on Lake Victoria shore in search of the Shoebill, giving us another excellent chance to see this extraordinary bird.

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28 Days Uganda Birding Safari – PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  Explore Uganda’s most Important Bird Areas, which offer up to 1073 specie

  Canoe ride in Mabamba swamp in search of the Shoebill.

  Boat ride on Lake Albertine

  Bird along the historic Nile River on a boat cruise

  Discover Bwindi’s fantastic forest birds, the special 23 Albertine Rift endemics

  Game viewing in the classic savannah plains of Murchison Falls Park

28 Days Uganda Birding Safari – FEATURED SAFARI DESTINATIONS

  Day 1: Entebbe − Uganda Wildlife Educational Center

  Day 2, 3 & 4: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park & Echuya Forest

  Day 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  Day 10, 11, 12 & 13:  Semuliki National Park & Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve

  Day 14 & 15: Bugoma Forest Reserve & Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve

  Day 16, 17, 18 & 19: Masindi − Budongo Forest Reserve

  Day 20, 21 & 22: Murchison Falls National Park

  Day 23: Entebbe

  Day 24 & 25: Mabira Forest Reserve

  Day 26 & 27:  Entebbe −Mabamba Swamp

  Day 28: Departure flight from Entebbe

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28 Days Uganda Birding Safari – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe & Visit Uganda Wildlife Educational Center in the afternoon.

Day 2: Flight from Entebbe to Kisoro & transfer to Mgahinga National Park.

Day 3: Birding in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Day 4: Birding excursion from Mgahinga & Echuya Forest Reserve.

Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park − Ruhija sector.

Day 6: Birding in Ruhija Sector towards the Mubwindi Swamp.

Day 7: Birding from Ruhija to Buhoma sector of Bwindi through the Neck.

Day 8:  Whole day birding encounter in Buhoma Sector.

Day 9: Another birding encounter around Buhoma park offices & along Munyaga Trail.

Day 10:  Travel from Bwindi to Semuliki National Park.

Day 11: Whole day birding along the Kirumia trail of Semliki National Park.

Day 12: Birding in Semuliki National Park & boat trip on Lake Albert.

Day 13: Birding excursion from Semuliki N.P to Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve

Day 14: Transfer from Semuliki to Bugoma Forest Reserve & visit Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve.

Day 15: Bird Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve.

Day 16: Transfer from Bugoma Forest Reserve (Hoima) to Masindi.

Day 17:  Whole day birding in Budongo Forest Reserve – Busingiro Area & the Royal Mile.

Day 18:  Another full-day birding encounter in Budongo Forest – Busingiro Area & Royal Mile.

Day 19: Final birding day in Budongo Forest Reserve.

Day 20: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park, bird Budongo’s Kaniyo Pabidi sector en route.

Day 21:  Morning private boat cruise to the Nile Delta & bird the Savannah.

Day 22: Morning birding in the savannah & afternoon game drive. Optional boat cruise on the Nile to the bottom of the falls.

Day 23: Fly from Murchison to Entebbe & transfer to the Hotel for relaxation and overnight.

Day 24: Transfer from Entebbe to Mabira Forest & engage in an afternoon birding experience.

Day 25: Whole day birding in Mabira Forest Reserve.

Day 26:  Morning birding in Mabira Forest & afternoon transfer to Mabamba Swamp.

Day 27: Birding canoe ride in Mabamba Swamp and Afternoon Transfer to the Hotel.

Day 28: Departure flight from Entebbe.

28 Days Uganda Birding Safari – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Arrival in Entebbe in the Morning & Visit Uganda Wildlife Educational Center in the Afternoon.

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport (in the morning), you’ll be met by our company representative who will warmly welcome to Uganda and transfer you to your Hotel in Entebbe for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll go birding to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, formerly known as the Zoo.

UWEC is situated on the shore of Lake Victoria the world’s largest tropical freshwater lake. It was opened in 1952 by the Colonial Government as a reception center for wild animals that were found sick, injured, orphaned and those confiscated from illegal trade. In the early 1960s, its role was changed to a zoo. In May 1994 a proposal was made by the New York Zoological Society now the World Conservation Society, to turn it into a conservation education center for conservation awareness purposes; thus the name, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

Bird species to look here for including the Peacock, Common ostrich, Grey-crowned cranes (Uganda’s national bird), African fish eagle, Palm-nut Vulture, African grey parrot, Pink-backed Pelicans, White-chinned Prinia, Olive-bellied Sunbird, Northern Crombec, Little grey Greenbul, Grey Woodpecker, Northern Puffback, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Double-toothed Barbet, Speckled Tinkerbird, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Eastern grey plantain-Eater, Orange weaver, Black-headed Weaver, Grosbeak Weaver, Black-headed Gonolek, Long-tailed Cormorant, White-throated Greenbul, Woodland Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Stripped Kingfisher, Hammerkop, Egyptian goose, African Firefinch, Pied Crow and many more.

We will retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Birding in Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Serena Lake Victoria Resort/Protea Hotel Entebbe

Midrange: – 2 Friends Beach Hotel Entebbe/Lake Heights Hotel Entebbe/Boma Hotel Entebbe

Budget: – Acacia Boutique Hotel/Airport Guesthouse Entebbe

 

Meal Plan: – Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & time: – Approx. 5 km or 20-30 minutes

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Birding at Uganda Wildlife Centre

 

 Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Chimpanzee close up experience at UWEC
  • Entebbe city tour
  • Birding in Entebbe Botanical Gardens
  • Visiting Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Sundowner boat cruise on Lake Victoria

 

Day 2 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Fly From Entebbe to Kisoro. Transfer to Mgahinga National Park.

Today you will take an early breakfast at around 6.30 am. You will then be transferred back to Entebbe Airport from where you will board a domestic flight to Kisoro airstrip in the southwest of Uganda. The morning flight to Kisoro leaves at 7.00 am and takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours depending on routing. You will have spectacular views of Uganda’s beautiful landscape of mountains, hills with cultivated terraces, rainforests, and lakes. On arrival, you’ll find your guide waiting for you at the airstrip. You’ll then undertake a 15km (46 minutes) scenic drive to your lodge at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for relaxation and lunch. In the late afternoon, you can choose to undertake a boat on the nearby legendary Lake Mutanda or pay a visit to any of the Batwa pygmy communities in Kisoro. Retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Mgahinga Park covers an area of 33.7km2 and comprises dense highland forest on the slopes of 3 extinct volcanoes. The varied habitats of this Uganda’s smallest National Park make it home to over 184 bird species including 14 Albertine Rift endemics such as Kivu ground thrush, Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori Batis, Handsome francolin, Dusky Crimsonwing, Red-throated alethe, Stripe-breasted tit, Rwenzori double-collared sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, regal sunbird, Rwenzori nightjar, Shelly’s Crimsonwing and Archer’s robin-chat.

Other special bird species to look for here include Yellow mountain warbler, montane sooty boubou, the Near Threatened Lagden’s bush shrike, Chubb’s cisticola, and Pin-tailed Whydah, Firefinch, White-naped Raven, Paradise Flycatcher, Blue-headed coucal, Black-headed waxbill, Mountain buzzard, Mountain greenbul, and Olive Woodpecker. Mgahinga Park is also home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas and Golden monkeys. As well as being important for wildlife, the park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies, a tribe of hunter-gatherer people.

Highlight of the day: – Aerial scenic views of the countryside landscape.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Mount Gahinga Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Lake Chahafi Resort/Traveler’s Rest Kisoro

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Flight time: – Approx. 1 ½ – 2 hours

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Flight from Entebbe Airport to Kisoro airstrip
  • Drive Kisoro airstrip to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Cultural tour to the Batwa community
  • Boat ride on Lake Mutanda

Day 3 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Birding in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

After breakfast at around 7.30 am, we’ll drive to Ntebeko gate of Mgahinga (trek start point) for a birding encounter exploring the scenic Sabinyo gorge trail between Mounts Gahinga and Sabinyo. This half-day nature trail ascends through an area of regenerating forest where we’ll have spectacular sightings of the Mountain buzzard, Mountain greenbul, Chubb’s cisticola, various waxbills, and finches.

We continue into the striking stand of atmospheric bamboo forest inhabited by shy Golden monkeys as well as special bird species including the handsome francolin and Kivu ground thrush. We follow a small stream through the lushly forested Sabinyo Gorge to a maximum altitude of around 2,900 meters, crossing several rickety ladders and bridges en-route.

The evergreen forest in the gorge is very reliable for the sensational Rwenzori turaco, and it also harbors localized bird species such as Regal Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Rwenzori double-collard sunbird, Rwenzori batis, Stripe-breasted tit, Lagden’s bush-shrike, Dusky Crimsonwing, Strange Weaver, Olive woodpecker, Western green tinkerbird, African hill babbler, Archer’s robin-chat, Yellow mountain warbler, White starred robin-chat, Montane Sooty Boubou, and Shelly’s Crimsonwing.

We will return to the lodging facility for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Encountering several Albertine Rift endemic birds in Mgahinga.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Mount Gahinga Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Lake Chahafi Resort/Traveler’s Rest Kisoro

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Birding in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

 Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Moutain Gorilla trekking
  • Golden monkey tracking
  • Volcano climbing
  • Cultural encounter – Batwa Trail Experience

 

Day 4 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Birding excursion from Mgahinga & Echuya Forest Reserve.

We will have our breakfast at around 8.00 am and embark on a birding excursion from Mgahinga to the nearby Echuya Forest Reserve. Extending 34km2 of the hilly terrain between the magical Lake Bunyonyi and Kisoro, Echuya ranks among the top 6 sites in Uganda in terms of forest biodiversity. Echuya forest offers a bird checklist of over 150 species includes 18 Albertine Rift Endemics.

Interesting species we will look for include the beautiful regal sunbird, strange weaver, White-starred robin; Mountain masked Apalis, Long-tailed barred cuckoo, Shelly’s greenbul, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Rwenzoris batis, and red-throated alethe. The forest slope also encloses the 7km-long Muchuya swamp, which harbors the largest-known population of the globally endangered Grauer’s swamp warbler.

Highlight of the day: – The birding excursion in Echuya Forest Reserve in search of more endemic birds.

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Mount Gahinga Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Lake Chahafi Resort/Traveler’s Rest Kisoro

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Drive from Mgahinga to Echuya Forest
  • Birding in Echuya Forest

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 42km or 1 ½ hour

 

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Moutain Gorilla trekking
  • Golden monkey tracking
  • Volcano climbing
  • Cultural encounter – Batwa Trail Experience

 

Day 5 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Transfer from Mgahinga to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Ruhija Sector.

We’ll have a relaxed breakfast at around 8.30 am and embark on a very scenic drive from Mgahinga to the Ruhija sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. During this drive, we will look out for birds like the Handsome Francolin, Olive Pigeon, Western Green Tinkerbird, and many more. Upon arrival, we’ll check-in the lodge, relax and have lunch.

In the late afternoon, we will undertake a 2 hours walk along the public road through Ruhija for a chance to see the striking Dusky Crimsonwing and other forest specialties including a variety of apalis species, Lagden’s bush-shrike, and handsome francolin.  You will also have a chance to see black-and-white colobus and the rare L’Hoest monkeys. We’ll then retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage where half of the world’s Mountain Gorillas and 120 mammal species live. With its misty peaks and fern-loaded forests, this 321km2 park is indeed an amazing biodiversity hotspot, hosting the most exciting selections of forest birds in Africa. The park contains over 350 bird species of which 23 are endemic to the Albertine rift including- African green broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori nightjar, Dwarf honeyguide, Kivu ground thrush, Red-throated alethe, Archer’s robin-chat, Rwenzori Apalis, Mountain masked Apalis, Grauer’s swamp warbler, Grauer’s warbler, Neumann’s Warbler, Yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Chapin’s flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, Stripe-breasted tit, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Rwenzori double-collared sunbird, Purple breasted sunbird, Dusky Crimsonwing, and Shelly’s Crimsonwing.

Highlight of the day: – The very scenic drive from Mgahinga to the Ruhija sector of Bwindi.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Ruhija Gorilla Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Gorilla Mist Camp/Bakiga Lodge

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 90km or 3 hours

 

Activities & services of the day:-

Drive from Mgahinga to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Community walk

 

Day 6 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Birding In Ruhija towards the Mubwindi Swamp.

After breakfast at 7.00 am, we embark on a full day birding exploration through the beautiful hilly forested landscapes of Ruhija to the famous Mubwindi Swamp. We’ll either have a packed lunch somewhere in the forest or return to the lodge for lunch before birding in the afternoon again.  We will slowly descend several hundred meters from the trailhead to the swampy area that harbors 20 bird species that are endemic to the Albertine Rift.

Our main avian target will be the rare, endangered, and localized Grauer’s Broadbill or African Green Broadbill. This gorgeous bird is only known from two sites in the world, the other being a remote forest in eastern Democratic Republic Congo. We’ll also look for Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Rwenzori Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, Rwenzori double-collared Sunbird, Rwenzori turaco, Black-billed Turaco,  Regal Sunbird, Dusky Crimsonwing, Carruther’s Cisticola, Olive, Elliot’s and Fine-banded Woodpeckers, African Hill Babbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Illadopsis, Mountain Greenbul, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grey Cuckooshrike, Chestnut-throated, Collared, and Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Stripe-breasted Tit, Mountain and Shelley’s and Yellow-streaked Greenbuls among many other bird species.

Many primates roam the canopy including Black-and-white colobus and L’Hoest’s Monkeys. Ruhija is also known to harbor elephants in the vicinity of the Mubwindi swamp.  Because of the steep trail, walking sticks are recommended. The option of borrowing walking sticks and hiring porters to carry everything other than binoculars and cameras will be available. We’ll retreat in the evening for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Encounter the rare and amazingly cryptic African green Broadbill.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Ruhija Gorilla Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Gorilla Mist Camp/Bakiga Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Whole day birding in Ruhija and Mubwindi Swamp

Optional activity you can choose to do on this day:-

  • Gorilla trekking

 

Day 7 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Birding to Buhoma sector through the Neck.

We’ll have our breakfast at around 8.30 am, pack our lunch, and embark on 5 to 6 hours of birding exploration to the lower-lying Buhoma sector of Bwindi. Along the way, we’ll pass through “The Neck”, a narrow strip of forest that connects the southern and northern portions of the national park. This area hosts various restricted-range species of the Albertine Rift.

Here we have our first chance to find some specialties of lower elevation rainforest, which include Cassin’s Flycatcher, Black Bee-eater, Ross’s Turaco, Western Bronze-naped Pigeon, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Black sparrowhawk, Mackinnon’s Shrike, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Cassin’s honeybird, White-chinned Prinia, Dapper brown-capped weaver, Pink-footed puff back, the rare Tiny Sunbird, the noisy Chubb’s Cisticola, the stunning Doherty’s Bushshrike and a bounty of difficult-to-identify greenbuls.

By the afternoon, we will arrive at Buhoma for a two-night stay. On arrival in Buhoma, we will relax at the lodge, enjoy our dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – The rewarding birding expedition from Ruhija to Buhoma via The Neck.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Mahogany Springs/Gorilla Forest Camp/Buhoma Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Haven Lodge Buhoma/Silverback Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Birding to Buhoma sector via the Neck

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Mountain gorilla trekking in Ruhija
  • Visit the Batwa Pygmy people and observe their ways of living

 

Day 8 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari:   Whole Day Birding Encounter in Buhoma of Bwindi.

After breakfast at 7.00 am, we’ll on a search for the avian wonders of Buhoma, following the waterfall trail. Special bird species we hope to see include Bar-tailed Trogon, Kivu ground thrush, Dusky tit, Handsome francolin, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Red-throated Alethe, the rarely seen Oberlander’s Ground-Thrush, White-bellied Crested-Flycatcher, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Bocage’s Bushshrike, Black-billed Weaver, and Magpie Mannikin.

High exposed perches attract dazzling Black Bee-eater, Blue-throated Roller, Sooty Flycatcher, and forest starlings including Waller’s, Stuhlmann’s, and Narrow-tailed. The tiny, vocal, and highly secretive Neumann’s Warbler is often seen in the undergrowth. Other understory birds could include African Broadbill, Banded Prinia, and the surprisingly bright Black-faced Rufous-Warbler. We’ll keep our eyes at the mid-story and canopy support for Elliot’s and Tullberg’s Woodpeckers, Cabanis’s, Shelley’s and Ansorge’s greenbul, the strange Grauer’s Warbler, and White-browed Crombec.

 

The little Jameson’s Antpecker can be found at any level, probing under moss on dead branches or gleaning warbler-like in the canopy. Other wildlife that we may be fortunate enough to find includes Black-and-white colobus, L’Hoest’s, blue and red-tailed monkeys. We will either have a packed lunch somewhere in the forest today or return to the lodge for lunch and a siesta before birding in the afternoon again. We’ll retire from the activity for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Encountering several fantastic Albertine rift endemic birds in Buhoma.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Mahogany Springs/Gorilla Forest Camp/ Buhoma Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Haven Lodge Buhoma/ Silverback Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Full day birding in Buhoma

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Mountain gorilla trekking
  • Visit the Batwa Pygmy people and observe their ways of living

 

Day 9 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Another Birding Encounter around Buhoma Park Offices & Along Munyaga Trail.

After a relaxed breakfast at around 8.30 am, we will undertake 3- 4 hours birding encounter around Buhoma Park offices.  We will return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, we will explore the Munyaga Trail which will take us to the Munyaga waterfall along the River Ivi-Nkuringo trail and culminates in the sensational sight of the falls plummeting 33 meters.

Some of our targets during our full day of birding the park’s trail system include Bar-tailed Trogon, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Willcock’s Honeyguide, Black-billed Weaver, Sooty Flycatcher, and many species of starlings, sunbirds, and greenbuls. Retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Birding along the Munyaga trail.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Mahogany Springs/Gorilla Forest Camp/ Buhoma Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Haven Lodge Buhoma/ Silverback Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Full day birding in Buhoma

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Mountain gorilla trekking
  • Visit the Batwa Pygmy people and observe their ways of living

 

Day 10 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Transfer from Bwindi to Semuliki National Park.

We will have breakfast at around 7.00 am and then check out of the lodge to transfer to Semuliki National Park which is situated next to Uganda’s border with Democratic Republic of Congo next to the scenic Lake Albert. This is the longest driving day of the trip and we’ll be birding along the way at multiple locations. We will drive through several scenic areas and rural Uganda, where you get a real sense of what life is like here. We’ll pass through Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions and over 600 bird species. We will have our lunch stop at Fort portal town and then continue to Semuliki arriving in the evening for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Semuliki National Park is the only tract of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa. It a true birder’s haven hosting over 441 bird species including 66% of all forest bird species in Uganda. There are numerous rarities including 46 Guinea-Congo biome species are found nowhere else in East Africa and 5 species that are endemic to the Albertine Rift ecosystem. Special species to look for include Congo serpent eagle, Nkulengu rail, Long-tailed hawk, Maxwell’s black weaver, Blue-billed malimbe, Lyre-tailed honeyguide, Black dwarf honeyguide, Zenker’s Honeyguide;

Orange weaver, Spot-breasted Ibis, African Piculet, White-crested Hornbill, Black-wattled Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Piping Hornbill, Yellow long bill, Sassi’s olive greenbul, Simple greenbul, Red-eyed Puffback, Lowland akalat, Western bronze-naped pigeon, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Yellow-throated Nicator, White-throated Blue Swallow, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Rufous-sided broadbill, Xavier’s greenbul, Capuchin babbler, Blue-headed flycatcher, Red-billed helmet-shrike, Crested malimbe, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch, Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Capuchin babbler, and Swamp palm bulbul.

Highlight of the day: –

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Semuliki Safari Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Nyati Game Lodge

Budget/Basic: – UWA Bandas Ntoroko/UWA Bandas Bumaga

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 231km or 6-8 hours

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Transfer from Bwindi to Semuliki National Park

 

Day 11 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Whole Day Birding Along the Kirumia Trail of Semliki National Park.

We have our breakfast at around 7.30 am, pack our lunch and embark on a full day birding adventure in Semuliki along the Kirumia trail. This 13-kilometer trail passes through north from Kirumia on the main Bundibugyo road to the banks of Semuliki River, crossing Kirumia River twice, as well as passing a succession of forest-fringed ox-bow lakes. The first 4 kilometers, as far as the first crossing of the Kirumia River passes through the secondary and riparian forest where African Piculet, Long-Tailed Hawk, Red-Sided Broad Bill, Black-Faced Rufous Warbler, Lemon Billed Crombec, and several other special bird species are always spotted.

About 30 bird species associated with ox-bow lakes and their environs, but unlikely to be seen elsewhere in Uganda can also be seen here including Nkulengu Rail, Spot-Breasted Ibis, Black-Throated Coucal, Yellow-Throated Cuckoo, Lyre Tailed Honeyguide, Grey Ground Thrush, Blue-Billed Malimbe, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Grant’s Bluebill, Hartlaub’s Duck and White-Throated Blue Swallow. Hartlaub’s Duck and White-Throated Blue Swallow are residents on Semuliki River. This trail is an 8 hours round trip from the park headquarters at Nandi and starts at 8:00 am. Retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Exploring the magical Kirumia trail in search of the special birds of Semuliki.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Semuliki Safari Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Nyati Game Lodge

Budget/Basic: – UWA Bandas Ntoroko/UWA Bandas Bumaga

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Full day birding in Semuliki − Kirumia trail

Optional activities you can choose to on this day include:-

  • Cultural visit the Batwa pygmy community at Nandi

 

Day 12 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Birding in Semuliki & Boat Trip on Lake Albert.

After breakfast (at around 8.00 am), we’ll embark on another whole day birding encounter in Semuliki following the Sempaya trail. About 8km long, this trail takes a 2-4 hours hike and starts from Sempaya Information Centre. This trail will take us to a cluster of bubbling hot springs at Sempaya. Ringed by forests and palm trees and veiled in a cloud of steam, these springs are a primeval, evocative site. The hour-long trail to the outer, “male” spring leads through a patch of forest where Red-tailed monkeys, Grey-cheeked mangabeys, and Black-and-white colobus monkeys are common. A treehouse en route provides an aerial view.

A 30-minute hike through palm forest from the main road leads to the inner, “female” spring, dominated by a boiling geyser. Take care, the emerging water has a temperature of more than 100°C and the surrounding pool is hot! Eggs and matooke (green plantain) can be cooked in these boiling waters and enjoyed by hungry hikers! Among the more interesting birds regularly seen on this trail are the Piping Hornbill, Red-billed dwarf hornbill, Black dwarf hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Black-casqued wattled hornbill, Blue-breasted kingfisher, Red-rumped tinkerbird, Yellow-throated tinkerbird, Frasier’s ant-thrush, and Honeyguide greenbul. We’ll retire from the activity for relaxation and lunch.

In the afternoon, we will undertake a 2 hours boat ride on Lake Albert. We will have a chance to spot the rare, elusive, and majestic Shoebill, as well as crocodiles, hippos, waterfowls, and several other birds. Retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – The birding boat trip on the scenic Lake Albert

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Semuliki Safari Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Nyati Game Lodge

Budget/Basic: – UWA Bandas Ntoroko/UWA Bandas Bumaga

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Birding in Semuliki − Sempaya trail
  • Boat ride on Lake Albert

Optional activities you can choose to on this day include:-

  • Visit Batwa pygmy community at Nandi

 

Day 13 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Birding excursion in Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve.

We’ll have our breakfast (at around 8.30 am) and embark on a whole day birding excursion Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve for a birding excursion. Originally gazetted in 1932, the 543km2 Toro-Semuliki is Uganda’s oldest wildlife reserve. Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve is highly alluring for birdwatchers, hosting over 425 bird species.

Our avian targets here will include the Shoebill, Abyssinian ground hornbill, African crake, African pygmy goose, Black-billed Barbet, Blue-breasted bee-eater, Black-chinned quail finch, Black coucal, Broad-billed roller, Double-toothed Barbet, Green wood-hoopoe, Leaf-love, Marsh Tchagra, Moustached grass-warbler, Pennant-winged nightjar, Piapiac, Red-necked falcon, Red-throated bee-eater, Standard-winged nightjar, African openbill, Great-white pelican, and Malachite Kingfisher. We will also see several mammals include Ugandan kobs, Buffalos, elephants, Waterbuck, Black-and-white colobus monkeys, Olive baboons, Red-tailed monkeys, and Vervet monkeys. Retire from the activity and transfer to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – The fully birding encounter in Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Semuliki Safari Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Nyati Game Lodge

Budget/Basic: – UWA Bandas Ntoroko/UWA Bandas Bumaga

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Birding in Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve

Optional activities you can choose to on this day include:-

  • Visit Batwa pygmy community at Nandi
  • Morning boat ride on Lake Albert

 

Day 14 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Transfer from Semuliki to Bugoma Forest Reserve & Visit Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve.

After breakfast at around 7.00 am, we’ll embark on a scenic drive from Semuliki to Bugoma Forest Reserve in Hoima. Bugoma Forest hosts over 225 bird species include several Guinea-Congo Biome bird species.

Our target will include the globally threatened Black-eared ground thrush and Nahan’s francolin, African Crowned Eagle, Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, White-Thighed Hornbill, Great blue turaco, Black-billed Turaco, Tambourine Dove, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Buff-throated Apalis, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, White-spotted Flufftail, Little Greenbul, Western Black-headed Oriole, Green Hylia, Olive Sunbird, Rufous-sided Broad Bill, Green-tailed Bristle Bill,  Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Speckled Tinkerbird, and Forest Robin.

After a short birding encounter in Bugoma, we’ll embark on a 19km drive to Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve for birding. This 87km2 Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve has an isolated but superbly scenic location on the narrow plain sandwiched between the eastern shore of Lake Albert and the Rift Valley Escarpment. We’ll search for a Bare-faced go-away bird, Northern carmine bee-eater, Yellow-billed oxpecker, Grey heron, Black-headed Weaver, Pied kingfisher, African pitta, Black bee-eater, Western nictor, Hawk-eagle, Crowned eagle, Little green sunbird, Grey-headed Sunbird, and Red-chested owlet.

Highlight of the day: – The birding expedition in Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Bugoma Jungle Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Lake Albert Lodge/Hoima Cultural Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Transfer from Semuliki to Bugoma Forest
  • Visit Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve

 

Day 15 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Birding in Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve.

We’ll have a relaxed breakfast at around 8.30 am. We’ll then undertake a whole day birding expedition in Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve. Over 400 bird species have been sighted and recorded in the reserve. We will also see a variety of mammals such as Buffalos, Uganda kobs, Oribi, Anubis baboons, Warthogs, Jackson’s hartebeest, Defassa waterbuck, Bushbuck, and common duikers are also present. Retire from the activity for relation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – The birding expedition in Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Bugoma Jungle Lodge

Midrange/Moderate: – Lake Albert Lodge/Hoima Cultural Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Full day birding in Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Night game drive
  • Fossil hunting
  • Waterfall hikes
  • Horseback safaris
  • Mountain biking
  • Quad biking

 

Day 16 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Transfer from Bugoma to Masindi.

We have a relaxed breakfast at around 9.00 am and then embark on a 114km (2 hours) drive to Masindi town (gate away to Budongo Forest). We’ll be birding along the way at multiple locations, and many clients enjoy this drive as it is not along main roads, and passes through rural Uganda, where you get a real sense of what life is like here. If we arrive in time, we may have time to work the woodlands south of town for White-crested Turaco and Gray-headed Olive back.

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Masindi hotel

Midrange/Moderate: – Kabalega Resort Hotel

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Transfer from Bugoma to Masindi

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

 

Day 17 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari:  Whole Day Birding In Budongo Forest Reserve – Busingiro Area and Royal Mile.

After an early breakfast at around 7.00 am, we’ll undertake a full-day birding expedition in the Busingiro Area and around the Royal Mile, one of the top bird-watching tracks in the country. We either have lunch back at the lodge or we could enjoy a picnic lunch somewhere in the forest reserve to maximize our chances of seeing our avian targets. Budongo Forest Reserve covers an area of 825km2. It hosts an avian wealth of over 360 bird species, 800 chimpanzees, and several monkeys.

Uganda special bird species to search for include Blue-breasted, Chocolate-backed and African dwarf kingfishers, Cassin’s Spinetails, Nahan’s Francolins, Chestnut-capped Flycatchers, White-thighed Hornbills, Blue Malkoha, Green Hylia, Yellow Longbills, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, African Forest-Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, Grey-headed Sunbirds, Yellow-mantled Weavers, Hairy-breasted barbets, and Yellow-billed barbets.

We will also look for the numerous confusing forest Greenbuls here: White-throated, Spotted, Xavier’s, Red-tailed, and Honeyguide Greenbuls. We will search the undergrowth along the track for several skulkers including 3 Illadopsis species, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, and Grey-throated Flycatcher. We’ll keep an eye on any openings in the forest canopy, as Cassin’s and Crowned Hawk-eagles, Mottled, and Sabine’s Spinetails are all possible. Several monkeys including Red-tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, Mantle guereza, and Olive baboons will also be seen. We’ll get together back at the lodge to freshen up and then have dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Birding along Royal Mile in Budongo Forest Reserve.

 

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: Masindi Hotel

Midrange/Standard: Budongo Eco lodge/New Court View Hotel

 

Budget/Basic: Kabalega Resort Hotel Masindi

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Whole-day birding in Busingiro Area and Royal Mile in Budongo Forest.

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest

 

Day 18 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Another Whole Day Birding Excursion in Budongo Forest – Busingiro Area and Royal Mile

We start with breakfast at around 8.00 am. We then undertake another full-day birding expedition in the Busingiro area and along the Royal Mile. We either have lunch back at the lodge or we could enjoy a picnic lunch somewhere in the forest reserve to maximize our chances of seeing our avian targets. We’ll search particularly for species we missed yesterday. We’ll get together back at the lodge to freshen up and then have dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Birding along Royal Mile in Budongo Forest Reserve.

 

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: Masindi Hotel

Midrange/Standard: Budongo Eco lodge/New Court View Hotel

Budget/Basic: Kabalega Resort Hotel Masindi

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Whole-day birding in Busingiro Area and Royal Mile in Budongo Forest.

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest

 

Day 19 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Final Birding Day in Budongo Forest Reserve.

After breakfast at around 7.30 am, we’ll undertake a final birding exploration in the bird reach Budongo Forest Reserve. We will visit a different part of the forest where we’ll search particularly for species we missed yesterday, and given the huge variety of species in Budongo, we’ll certainly have missed a number.

Highlight of the day: – Whole day birding in Budongo Forest Reserve

 

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: Masindi Hotel

Midrange/Standard: Budongo Eco lodge/New Court View Hotel

 

Budget/Basic: Kabalega Resort Hotel Masindi

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Whole day birding in Budongo Forest.

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest

 

Day 20 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park, Birding in the Kaniyo Pabidi Sector En Route.

This day starts with an early breakfast at around 7.00 am after which we’ll on a transfer to Murchison Falls National Park with birding Kaniyo Pabidi Sector of Budongo Forest en route. Among the special bird species look for in Kaniyo Pabidi in the Puvel’s Illadopsis which is quite common here, but known in no other place in East Africa. We’ll also target other fantastic birds such as Narina trogon, Chestnut wattle eye, little greenbul, Dwarf and Pygmy kingfishers, Grey Apalis, forest sunbirds, and hornbills. The extremely localized and magnificently gorgeous Green-breasted pitta has also been recorded here.

After our exciting bird walk in Kaniyo Pabidi, we have a packed picnic lunch in our beautiful surroundings and then drive to Murchison Falls National Park. On the way to Murchison, we will pass through lots of wild country with an open palm savanna, and along the way, we may find birds like Piapiac, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, and Senegal Lapwing. We connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

The 3,840km2 Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest National Park, which boasts 76 mammal species (including the Big Five) and 451 bird species and spectacular scenery. The park is named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, which in turn were christened by explorer and naturalist Sir Samuel Baker. Baker named the falls Murchison Falls after the geologist Roderick Murchison, the president of the Royal Geographical Society in the 1860s. Notable visitors to the park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and several British royals. The 1951 film The African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart was filmed on Lake Albert and the Nile River in Murchison Falls National Park.

Highlight of the day: – Birding in Kaniyo Pabidi sector of Budongo

 

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: – Paraa Safari lodge/Bakers Lodge

Midrange/Standard: – Pakuba Safari Lodge/Murchison River Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Hornbill Bush Lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Birding in Kaniyo Pabidi sector of Budongo
  • Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kaniyo Pabid

 

Day 21 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari:  Early Morning Private Boat to the Nile Delta & Birding in the Savannah – Northern Murchison.

At around 6.30 am, we’ll have our breakfast and then connect to Paraa jetty for an early morning 3 hours private boat ride to the Delta Area, one of the magical spots in Murchison Falls Park. The cruise offers you a magical touch of the world’s longest Nile River as it slows down while entering Lake Albert. This voyage offers the best opportunity anywhere in Africa to see the Shoebill, one of the world’s most bizarre birds. This gray statuesque leviathan haunts papyrus swamps searching for lethargic lungfish and bay crocodiles.

Other amazing birds to find on this trip include the well-named Goliath heron, the weird Piapiac, the regal Grey crowned-crane, Saddle-billed stork, African fish-eagle, Senegal Thick-knee, Spur-winged Lapwings, African Jacana, African Skimmers and Giant, Pied and Malachite kingfishers. With luck, we may see the rare Pel’s Fishing-Owl and Red-necked Falcon that frequents the palm trees lining the riverbanks. In addition to the profusion of birds, we’ll see large numbers of the impressive Crocodiles, Hippos, Elephants, Waterbucks, and Buffalo at close range.

The boat cruise will be followed by an extensive drive in the savannah both in the mid-morning and in the evening as we search for special birds such as Abyssinian ground hornbill, Secretary Bird, Black-bellied Bustard, Denham’s Bustard, Heuglin’s Francolin, Black-breasted Snake-Eagle, Dark Chanting-Goshawk, Black-headed Lapwing and Black-backed Cisticola. Whistling thorn thickets are home to Shelley’s Sparrow, Speckle-fronted Weaver, and Rattling Cisticola, and other birds in wooded areas may include Black-billed Wood Dove, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Nubian Woodpecker, and Black Scimitarbill. Mammals are well represented and we’ll have possibilities of encountering Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, and more.

Highlight of the day: – Encountering the Shoebill on the morning boat cruises along the Nile River.

 

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: – Paraa Safari lodge/Bakers Lodge

Midrange/Standard: – Pakuba Safari Lodge/Murchison River Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Hornbill Bush Lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Early morning birding boat cruise to the Nile-Lake Albert Delta
  • Birding in the savannah landscape

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Bush breakfast
  • Hot air balloon safari
  • Spot fishing
  • Cultural tour

 

Day 22 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Morning Birding In the Savannah & Afternoon Game Drive. Optional Boat Cruise to the Bottom of the Falls.

We have a relaxed breakfast at around 7.00 am. We then undertake a 3-4 hours birding adventure in the northern classic savannah plains of Murchison. We will return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll embark on a 3 hours game drive following the designated tracks including the Buligi, Albert, Queen, Pakuba among others stretching to the delta area gaining impressive views of wildlife and the landscapes. The possible sights include Lions, Rothschild’s giraffes, Elephants, Buffalos, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Oribi, Uganda Kobs among others. You retreat from the activity for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

If you opt for the boat cruise along the Nile to the bottom of the fall, we will connect to Paraa Jetty. This three hours thrilling boat cruise takes starts at 2 pm. It is not only recreational but also offers a chance to cruise just meters from numerous Nile Crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, Elephants, Buffalos along with impressive waterbirds such as Goliath herons, Saddle bellied stork, African jacana, Squacco heron, African fish eagles, and the iconic shoebill storks.

Upon reaching the bottom, we’ll marvel at the 50 meters wide Nile River as it explodes violently through a tiny gap in the Rift Valley escarpment and spectacularly plunges 45 meters down, with enormous Nile crocodiles basking at the bottom. Here we’ll have chances of spotting birds like the Pel’s Fishing Owl, Chest-nut crowned, and the Red-winged grey warbler.  Retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Encountering the Shoebill on the morning boat cruises along the Nile River.

 

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: – Paraa Safari lodge/Bakers Lodge

Midrange/Standard: – Pakuba Safari Lodge/Murchison River Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Hornbill Bush Lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Morning birding in the savannah
  • Afternoon game drive

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Boat cruise to the bottom of the falls
  • Bush breakfast
  • Hot air balloon safari
  • Spot fishing
  • Cultural tour

 

Day 23 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Fly from Murchison to Entebbe & transfer to Hotel for relaxation and overnight.

We will have a relaxed breakfast at around 8.30 am. We will then drive through the park on the way to Pakuba airstrip while viewing wildlife in big numbers; enjoy the sighting of birds, Elephant herds, Cape buffalos, Rothschild’s giraffes, Lions, and antelopes.

Your drive will then drop you off at Pakuba airstrip to meet your charter flight back to Entebbe airport. Upon arrival to Entebbe at around 11.30 am, you will meet your driver guide who will be waiting to transfer to the hotel for lunch. After lunch, you can opt to undertake the city tour of Entebbe, visit Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, or bird in Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

Accommodation:-

Upmarket: – Protea Hotel Entebbe/Serena Lake Victoria Resort

Midrange: – Boma Hotel Entebbe/2 Friends Beach Hotel Entebbe/Lake Heights Hotel Entebbe

Budget: – Airport Guesthouse Entebbe/Acacia Boutique Hotel

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Flight from Murchison Falls National Park to Entebbe
  • Transfer to hotel for relaxation and overnight

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Entebbe city tour
  • Visit Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Sundowner boat cruise on Lake Victoria
  • Birding in Entebbe Botanical Gardens

 

Day 24 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Transfer from Entebbe to Mabira Forest & undertake Afternoon Birding Experience.

After breakfast at around 7.00 is at the hotel, we will head east to the Mabira Forest Reserve along Jinja road.

 

The huge and beautiful Mabira Forest covers 306km2 is the most significant forest reserve closest to Kampala city. Mabira boats 315 bird species with 74 of the 144 species of the Guinea-Congo Forests biome that occur in Uganda. We will search for several rarities such as the pretty Tit Hylia which is known to exist in only two places in East Africa, the localized Forest wood-hoopoe, African pitta, Purple-throated cuckoo-shrike, Red-tailed leaflove, Wyn’s weaver, and Nahan’s francolin which is an IUCN Red list’ endangered species are regularly seen.

 

We’ll also look for Great blue Turaco, Africa Grey Parrot, Yellow and Grey Longbills, Purple-throated cuckoo shrikes, Illadopsises, Jameson’s wattle eyes, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Sabine’s Spinetail, Yellow-spotted Barbet, African Shrike-flycatcher, Forest Robin, Fire-crested Alethe and Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill,

We settle for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – The exciting whole day birding nature walks in Mabira Forest.

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: – Mabira Rain Forest Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Griffin Falls Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Whole day birding in Mabira Forest

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Mangabey tracking
  • Ziplining
  • Mountain biking
  • Visiting the source of the Nile in Jinja

 

Day 25 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Whole Day Birding in Mabira Forest.

In the morning after breakfast (at around 7.00 am), we will go for a full day birding nature walk through Mabira Forest in search of more other birds not spotted the previous day, only to break for a picnic lunch in the forest and then proceed with birding.

 

This birding activity also provides you with an opportunity to see primates including Red-tailed monkeys, Black-and-white colobus, and Uganda mangabeys.  Retire in the evening for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – The exciting whole day birding nature walks in Mabira Forest.

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: – Mabira Rain Forest Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Griffin Falls Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Whole day birding in Mabira Forest

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Mangabey tracking
  • Ziplining
  • Mountain biking
  • Visiting the source of the Nile in Jinja

 

Day 26 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Morning Birding in Mabira Forest and the Afternoon Transfer to Mabamba Swamp Nkima Forest Lodge

After breakfast at around 7.30 am, we will undertake a 4-3 hours birding expedition in Mabira. We will then embark on a transfer transfer to Nkima Forest Lodge overlooking Mabamba wetland.

Depending on your time of arrival you may do some birding in the forest where the lodge is located and the neighboring bushland and gardens

Highlight of the day: – Morning birding in Mabira Forest

Accommodation:-

  • Nkima Forest Lodge

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Morning birding in Mabira Forest Reserve
  • Afternoon transfer to Mabamba Swamp

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Mangabey tracking
  • Ziplining
  • Mountain biking
  • Visiting the source of the Nile in Jinja

 

Day 27 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Birding canoe ride in Mabamba Swamp and the Afternoon Transfer to the Hotel.

This day of our 7 days short Uganda birding safari will commence with an early breakfast at around 6.00 am. We’ll then embark on the birding journey to Mabamba swamp, a Ramsar site, and an Important Bird Area on the shore of Lake Victoria. The drive from Entebbe to Mabamba takes about one hour depending on the number of stops birding.

On reaching the swamp, we’ll undertake a canoe ride in search of the Shoebill one of the weirdest on Earth. This huge grey bird has one of the biggest bills of all birds on planet earth. This huge, bulbous bill, which is straw-colored with erratic greyish markings, is 5 inches wide, about 10 inches long, and looks like a shoe (thus, the name). The beak is complete with a terrifyingly sharp hook, meant to capture lungfish, snakes, Nile monitor lizards, and baby crocodiles.

We’ll also see a variety of other special birds including Africa Pygmy goose, Lesser jacana, Gull-bellied tern, Blue-breasted bee-eater, Carruther’s cisticola, Papyrus gonolek, White-winged Warbler, Blue swallow, Pallid harrier, Swamp flycatcher, Palm-nut vulture, Carruther’s cisticola, and Viellot’s, Grosbeak, Black-headed, Northern brown-throated, and Clarke’s weavers. We may have the opportunity to encounter the elusive swamp-dwelling Sitatunga Antelope.

Have a picnic lunch and continue birding the evening. Return to hotel for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

The highlight of the day: – Canoe ride in Mabamba Swamp in search of the incredible Shoebill.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Serena Lake Victoria Resort/Protea Hotel Entebbe

Midrange: – 2 Friends Beach Hotel Entebbe/Lake Heights Hotel Entebbe/Boma Hotel Entebbe

Budget: – Acacia Boutique Hotel/Airport Guesthouse Entebbe

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & time: – Approx. 40km or 1 hour

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Transfer to Mabamba Swamp
  • Birding in Mabamba Swamp
  • Transfer back to the hotel

 

Day 28 of the 28 Days Uganda Birding SafariDeparture Flight from Entebbe.

Take a cup of coffee at leisure and prepare to go for last shopping before transferring to the airport for your departure flight.

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast

Drive Distance & time: – Approx. 4-5km or 10-20 minutes

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Transfer to the Entebbe International Airport for departure flight

End of the 28 Uganda Birding Safari

28 Days Uganda Birding Safari −SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  Full Board Accommodation on Safari

  Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC

  Fuel

  Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.

  Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned

  Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned

  Bottled water while on safari

28 Days Uganda Birding Safari −SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges

  Laundry Services

  Other Beverages/drinks of personal nature like Alcohol

  International Flights (Arranged on request)

  Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)

  Visas

  Optional Activity fees

  Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary

  Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)

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Accommodation in Mabira Forest Reserve

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  • Midrange accommodation in Mabira Forest Reserve
  • Budget accommodation in Mabira Forest Reserve

28 Days Uganda Birding Safari GORILLA TREKKING TIPS

  • Drink plenty of water and carry some quick calories (the trek typically take 2-8 hours)
  • Put on your sturdiest walking shoes for the trek
  • Wear thick trouser, long sleeved shirt/t-shirt, and gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants.
  • It is often cold at the outset, so bring a sweater or jersey
  • Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain poncho
  • Having poncho or raincoat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are a good idea at any time of the day.

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