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8 Days Uganda Birding Safari – Uganda Birding Tour

Overview of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari – Uganda Birding Tour

8 Days Uganda Birding Safari starts from Entebbe / Kampala and features Birding in Mabamba Swamp in search of Shoebill & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park with a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe, Lake Mburo NP boat & savannah birding & transfer to Bwindi – Ruhija, Birding in Umubwindi Swamp, transfer to Buhoma & birding en route at the neck, Buhoma half day birding & transfer to Mweya, Queen Elizabeth NP birding in the savannah & Kazinga Channel & transfer to Kibale NP with sightseeing of the Rwenzori Mountains, Kibale NP birding & Bigodi wetland and then drive back to Entebbe.

Safari Highlight of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari

Day 1 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Arrive in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport & transfer to the Hotel

Day 2 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Birding in Mabamba Swamp in search of Shoebill & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Make a stop at the Equator Crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots & water experiment

Day 3 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Morning boat on Lake Mburo, birding in the savannah & proceed to Bwindi – Ruhija

Day 4 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Birding in Umubwindi Swamp, transfer to Buhoma & birding en route at the neck

Day 5 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Half day birding in Buhoma sector of Bwindi in search of Albertine endemics & transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np.

Day 6 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Do wildlife tour & birding in savannah landscapes in Queen Elizabeth National Park & afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise & transfer to Kibale NP

Day 7 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Birding in Kibale Forest NP & Bigodi wetland walk

Day 8 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari : Transfer to Entebbe International Airport, short birding stop at Sebitoli & fly out

Detailed Itinerary of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari

Day 1 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Arrive in Uganda – Entebbe International Airport & transfer to the Hotel

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet our representative and then transfer to the Hotel for overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Protea Hotel Entebbe – Deluxe room , Midrange / Standard: Protea Hotel Entebbe – Deluxe room Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Birding in Mabamba Swamp in search of Shoebill & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Make a stop at the Equator Crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots & water experiment

Mabamba Swamp Birding trip Excursion Uganda tour

Mabamba Swamp Birding trip Excursion Uganda

After breakfast, embark on the birding journey to Mabamba swamp on the shores of Lake Victoria in the west of Kampala. The magical offering of this destination is the endangered shoebill stork. The canoe paddle along the narrow channels of the swamp will give you chances of sighting other bird species like; Lesser Jacana, Black-Shouldered kite, Blue Swallow, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, White Winged warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Carruther’s Cisticola, Spotting Swamp Flycatcher, Papyrus Gonolek, ducks, gulls, plovers, egrets, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers. You will retire from the activity and then transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photoshoots.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mihingo Lodge , Midrange / Standard: Rwakobo Rock , Meal Plan: Lunch @ the Equator & Dinner @ the Lodge

Day 3 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Morning boat on Lake Mburo, birding in the savannah & proceed to Bwindi – Ruhija

Boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park Uganda tour

Boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park Uganda tour

Embark on the boat birding encounter on Lake Mburo in the early in the morning for likely encounter of African fin-foot, the range of King Fishers and the African fish eagle after which you embark on birding in the savannah for chances of spotting Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Black-bellied Bustard, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Brown Parrot, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Red-faced Barbet, White-headed Barbet, Long-tailed Cisticola, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, White-winged Tit and Yellow-breasted Apalis among other birds.  The driving experience also offers an opportunity to explore counts of wild game including the Rothschild giraffes, the Topis, elands, waterbucks, Buffaloes, Burchell’s Zebra, Impala, Warthogs among other species. From the activity, set off for the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Ruhija 235km about 5 hours’ drive enjoying the views of countryside landscapes.

Accommodation: Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp, Packed lunch from Mihingo & Dinner @ the Lodge

Day 4 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Birding in Umubwindi Swamp, transfer to Buhoma & birding en route at the neck

uganda Birding Safari

uganda Birding Safari

Ruhija sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a true birders’ paradise with great bird counts per square Kilometer. The hilly forested landscapes of Ruhija offers sights of birds like; Macknon’s Fiscal, Augar Buzzard, Tropical Boubou, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Mountain Buzzard and Wagtail, Western Bronze Naped Pigoen, Barred and Dusky Long Tailed Cuckoo, Black Faced Rufous Warbler, White Headed Wood Hopoe, Ducky Tit, Ludhur’s and Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, Grey-Green Bush-Shrike, White Eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Chestnut Throated Apalis, Streaky Seed-Eater, White Starred Robin, Stripe Breasted Tit among others.  The extension to Umubwindi swamp offers other impressive birding opportunities including the possible encounter the beautiful leafy looking broadbill, Olive, Elliot’s and Fine-banded Woodpecker, Black-billed Turaco, African Hill Babbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Illadopsis, Mountain Greenbul, Red-faced Woodland, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Chestnut-throated Collard and Black Throated Apalis, Mountain Yellow Warbler,  Stripe-breasted Tit, Mountain, Shelley’s and Yellow-streaked Greenbul, African Green-Broadbill, Regal Sunbird and Rwenzori Batis among other bird species.  Retire from the activity in the afternoon drive to Buhoma birding along the neck.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Buhoma Lodge  Midrange / Standard: Haven Lodge Buhoma, Meal Plan: Packed Lunch from Gorilla Mist & Dinner @the Lodge

Day 5 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Half day birding in Buhoma sector of Bwindi in search of Albertine endemics & transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np. Game viewing en route in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth NP

uganda birding safari

uganda birding safari

In the morning after an early breakfast, transfer to the forest following the waterfall trail for birding. Search for birds such as slender billed starling, Kivu ground thrush, plus the white bellied Robin-chat, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Mountain Buzzard, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Hill-Babbler, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Black-and-white Shriker-flycatcher, slender billed starling, Dusky Tit, Ashy Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Rwenzori Batis, Dusky-blue Flycatcher and Doherty’s Bush-shrike among others.  From the activity, you transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 160km about 7 hours’ drive.

 

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge – Deluxe room, Midrange / Standard: Bush Lodge – En suite Bandas, Meal Plan: Packed lunch from Buhoma & Dinner @ the Lodge

Day 6 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Do wildlife tour & birding in savannah landscapes in Queen Elizabeth National Park, afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise & transfer to Kibale NP

The Launch Cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Launch Cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have a whole day encounter with birds in the varied ecosystems of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The birding encounter can be conducted in either Mweya peninsular, environs of Lake Kikorongo, savannah plains of Kasenyi, Katunguru bridge Area among other areas. Queen Elizabeth National Park exposes you to birds like; Temminck’s Courser, Rupell’s Griffon, Martial Eagle, White Headed, Lappet Faced Vultures, Blue Quail, Harlequin Quail, Small (Common) Buttonquail, African Crake, African Skimmer, Black Headed Gonolek, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Amur Falcon, Lowland Akalat, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Greater and Lesser Flamingo among others.  The sights of wildlife like elephants, buffaloes, spotted Hyena, side stripped jackals, and Antelopes among others may not be missed. The tourist boat along Kazinga Channel starts at 2pm and ends at 4pm after which you will transfer to Fort Portal 157km about 3 hours’ drive enjoying the scenic views of Rwenzori Mountains.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Crater Safari Lodge – Luxury Cottages, Midrange / Standard: Crater Safari Lodge – Luxury Cottages, Meal Plan: Lunch in Queen & Dinner @ the Lodge

Day 7 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Birding in Kibale Forest NP & Bigodi wetland walk

Bird watching in Kibale Forest National Park Uganda

Bird watching in Kibale Forest National Park Uganda

Kibale National Park offers great flora concentration with 351 Species of trees some of which are 200 years old and over 55m tall. The park also supports 70 species of mammals and 13 species of Primates among which include the common chimpanzee, Black and white colobus and red-tailed monkey.  The 375 Species of birds thrive in the park including the impressive western green tinker bird, two species of pittas (African and green-breasted), olive long-tailed cuckoo, African grey parrot and the endemic ground thrush (Turdus kibalensis). Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Crater Safari Lodge – Luxury Cottages, Midrange / Standard: Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent, Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8 of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari: Transfer to Entebbe International Airport, short birding stop at Sebitoli & fly out

 

After breakfast, set off for the transfer to Entebbe 366km about 7 hours’ drive making a short birding at Sebitoli – an extension of Kibale Forest en route.

 

End of the 8 Days Uganda Birding Safari

Getting There

Transport Means to Your Safari Destinations

4X4 Safari Landcruisers For Hire In Ugand & Rwanda

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One of the best known 4×4 WD that you can use for your safari in Uganda’s Parks and Rural countryside.Our car hire is based on limited mileage and applies to travel within Uganda.( Terms and conditions apply. Read More

4X4 Safari Vans For Hire In Uganda Rwanda

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Looking for 4X4 Safari Vans for hire in Uganda, Prime Uganda Safaris is available to your service. We have customized safari vans that have 4 wheel drive and have demonstrated the capacity to access distant Uganda Safari destinations and across borders such as Rwanda. Read More

4X4 Minivan|Coaster|Mini Buses For Hire in Uganda Rwanda

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We have minivans for hire to groups of eight up to twelve. Make sure to find the class to suit your large group.In this Category, we have 4X 4 Safari Mini bus with capacity ranging from 6 seater to 14 seater and they’ve got a pop up roof for game viewing purposes. These have got diesel powered engines and come with a driver guide but excluding fuel.( Terms and conditions apply). Read More

Accommodations/ Safari Lodges/ Safari Hotels to Your Safari Destinations

More lodging options in Bwindi National Park

Gorilla Mist Camp-bwindi

Gorilla Mist Camp is located in Ruhija sector in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park just outside the park boundary. The Gorilla Mist Camp presents perfect midrange / standard accommodation in Ruhija Bwindi

More lodging options in Queen Elizabeth National Park

enganzi game lodge- queen elizabeth np

Enganzi Game Lodge is positioned on the Kichwamba escarpment presenting midrange / Standard accommodation to the Uganda safari undertakers visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park.

More lodging options in Bunyonyi National Park

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Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort is a midrange / standard accommodation establishment that is located on Kyahugye Island in the middle of Lake Bunyonyi surrounded by a count of wildlife including the Debrazza monkeys, the water bucks, Impala antelope and Burchell’s Zebra.

General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • 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
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General 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)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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