Overview of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
This 9 days Uganda birding safari or 9 days bird watching tour in Uganda is a 9 days birding and gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. For the 9 days trip there is a chance to have a great count of bird species in Mabamba wetland, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi impenetrable national park where you go gorilla trekking too. On arrival at Entebbe international airport on day 1 of your tour, a Uganda bird watching tour guide who will be with you throughout your trip will welcome you and ensure a transfer to Mabamba wetland. The next morning, you get into the wetland marshes of Mabamba in search of the shoebill stork then after transfer to Kisoro town in Western Uganda. The next day, you go bird watching in Mgahinga gorilla national park then after transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park home to 23 out of the 24 Albertine rift endemics for both birding and gorilla trekking. You are then returned to Entebbe international airport for a departure flight.
Highlights of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
Day 1: On arrival at Entebbe international airport, your Uganda birding safari guide will ensure your transfer to Mabamba wetland where you do a short birding excursion then spend the night at Nkima Forest Lodge
Day 2: Along with you birding guide, you go to the wetland marshes of Mabamba in search of the shoebill stork then after transfer to Kisoro town close to Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Day 3: You will spend the day bird watching at Mgahinga gorilla national park within the trails of Mt. Sabinyo.
Day 4: With a drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park’s Ruhija sector, you go bird watching en route via Echuya forest.
Day 5: After breakfast, you go bird watching at mubwindi swamp
Day 6: You are driven to Bwindi’s Buhoma sector for bird watching as you go birding en route.
Day 7: In the morning after breakfast, you go with your birding guide to the birding trails of Buhoma sector.
Day 8: By 8:00am, you will be at Bwindi impenetrable national park for gorilla trekking in Buhoma sector.
Day 9: After your last breakfast at Bwindi impenetrable national park, you are driven back to Entebbe international airport for a departure flight.
Day by day detailed itinerary of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
Day 1 of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
On arrival at the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe international airport (it must be an early arrival) you meet a knowledgeable Uganda birding safari guide for a welcome briefing and transfer to Mabamba wetland. You do bird watching during the drive to the Nkima forest lodge with guidance from your professional birding guide arriving for dinner and an overnight stay in a pristine jungle.
Day 2 of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
Its just like another morning, difference being you are in a pristine land away from home to meet extra beautiful wild species. After early morning cup of African coffee, you are driven to Mabamba wetland where you take a boat/canoe as a local guide helps you paddle through the marshes of the wetland in search of the elusive shoebill stork as it gets its early morning catch. This is always the highlight for tourists on Uganda birding safaris who take time to go birding in these marshes. After this morning experience, you are driven to Kisoro town spend a night at a close accommodation in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Day 3 of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
After breakfast, your driver guide will drive with you to Ntebeko Camp (trek start point) in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for a biding tour to the trails on Mt. Sabinyo. You take the gorge rail that loops half way up Mt. Sabinyo within one of the most beautiful protected areas in Uganda surrounded by a variety of montane habitats and also a Uganda gorilla safari destination. During this birding experience you look out for bird species like the Rwenzori Turaco, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Dusky Turtle Dove, Cape Robin-Chat, Grassland Pipit and a lot more bird species. You then return to your lodging facility where you spend the night.
Day 4 of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
Leaving Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, you go with your Uganda birding tour guide for a birding experience in the woodlands of Echuya forest as you drive to Ruhija sector of Bwindi forest. You then continue with the drive to Ruhija and during this time you look out for birds like the Handsome Francolin, Olive Pigeon, Western Green Tinkerbird and many more. Arriving in the evening you check into an accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable National Park.
Day 5 of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
After breakfast, you shall walk down to the Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija where you look out for birds like the Black-billed Turaco, Western Green Tinkerbird, Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Green-Broadbill, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, African Hill Babbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler and several other bird species. In the evening you then return to your lodging facility where you spend the night.
Day 6 of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
To another sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park known as Buhoma, you go birding along the route with possible sightings of several bird species. Birds like Olive Thrush, Tambourine Dove, Cassin’s-grey Flycatcher, Black Bee-eater, Red-throated Wryneck, Toro Olive-Greenbul, White-starred Robin, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Chubb’s Cisticola, Banded Prinia and many more are some of the bird species in this area. You arrive in the evening and spend the night at a booked place to stay in this region of Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Day 7 of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
On this day after an early breakfast, you go birding to the main trail in Bwindi Impenetrable national park’s Buhoma sector. Here you look out for bird species like the African Broadbill, Black Bee-Eater, African Goshawk, Bar-tailed Trogon, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Woodpeckers, assorted Greenbuls, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler and many more. In the evening, you have dinner and spend the night at your prior accommodation facility.
Day 8 of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
After early morning breakfast, then it’s time to meet the awesome mountain gorillas of Bwindi. Anticipate to be up early for breakfast then a drive to Buhoma sector of Bwindi park for the start of the trek to meet the mountain gorillas. Before you get into the gorilla habitat, you have a 30minutes briefing by the park rangers on gorilla trekking etiquette at 8:00am and gorilla family allocation according to physical ability. About 2-8 hours are spent in the jungle and only 1 out of them in the presence of these gentle giants. During the trek, you come along several bird species. A Uganda gorilla trekking certificate is received at the end of the trek at the park headquarters where you find your driver guide waiting to transfer you to your lodging facility for an overnight stay.
Day 9 of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
You have your last breakfast at the foot hills of the gorilla habitat then after embark on a drive back to Entebbe International Airport for your flight back home. You will have a stop at the equator line at Kayabwe for photography and geographical experience. You then continue to the airport for departure and can also do some craft shopping along the way.
End of the 9 days Uganda birding safari/9 days bird watching tour in Uganda
Come go birding in a destination that hosts almost 50% of Africa’s bird species with professional birding guides and you won’t be disappointed. You can always opt for what you want and it can be offered.