UGANDA BIRDING SAFARI – 8 DAYS
The varied habitats of Uganda’s oldest forest mean it is the ideal habitat for a variety of birds, with 350 species recorded, including 23 endemics (90% of all Albertine Rift endemics) such as the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird as well as seven IUCN red data listed species.
Bird watching tours start at 7am at Kanyanchu. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, located just outside the park, is home to 138 bird species which may be seen during guided walks along the boardwalk trail and viewing platforms.
Lake Mburo’s key birding spots include swampy valleys and viewing platforms near the salt licks and in the forest. Species found at these locations include the Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard and Brown-chested Lapwing.
Classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birding International, Queen’s great variety of habitats mean it is home to over 600 species. This is the greatest of any East African national park, and a phenomenal number for such a small area. The park’s confluence of savanna and forest, linking to the expansive forests of the DR Congo allow visitors to spot East as well as Central African species.
Day 1 and 2: Primates tour and birding in Uganda
After breakfast we drive south towards the Kibale area .This is a very long distance and we shall spend most of the day driving with less birding. If time allows we shall bird in the evening after arriving or just before we arrive at the Camp.
Kibale is an extensive National Park, 760 sq.km, at an altitude of c.4,000′, protecting a large block of rainforest that offers excellent birding. It harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa and is famous for its Chimpanzees. Superb birds and primates combined with easy access, a good infrastructure and a variety of interesting activities make this forest a “must-see”. Bird life in Kibale is magnificent and prolific with over 335 species recorded: African Crowned-Eagle, Afep Pigeon, Red-winged Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, Narina Trogon, Black Bee-eater, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, African and Green Breasted Pitta, Grey-winged Robin-chat, African Broadbill, Willcock’s & Thick-billed Honeyguides, Cassin’s Honeybird, Mountain Wagtail, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Petit’s Cuckoo-Shrike, Joyful & Honeyguide Greenbuls, Banded Prinia, Masked Apalis, Black-and-white Flycatcher, Pink-footed Puffback, Chestnut-winged Starling, Superb, Green-headed & Green-throated Sunbirds, Dark-backed Weaver are all possible specials of the area.
Dinner and overnight Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Up-market option: Kyaninga Lodge or Ndali Lodge / primate lodge kibale / Kibale safari lodge Moderate option: Kibale Forest Camp Low Budget option: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse; Meals Included today: Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
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Day 3-4: Birdwatching safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda
This park is the second largest park in Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most diverse ecosystems in Africa. The melting glacier waters of the Rwenzoir Mountains create a vast wetland system comprising of two main lakes, George and Edward, as well as the connecting Kazinga Channel. Thousands of Hippos populate these lake shorelines. Open savannah dotted with Acacia and Euphorbia trees provide habitat for elephants, lions, leopards, Uganda Kobs and big herds of buffaloes. Ten primate species including chimpanzees are present. Among the many other animals seen frequently are giant forest hog, boasts or more bird species than any other park in Africa.
We will have optional early morning birding around the lodge grounds, returning for breakfast. We’ll probably do a morning game drive/birding after breakfast, returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we may take a good-sized launch for a two-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel. Mammals will be prominent here. Species we have a good chance of finding are Lion, Leopard, Spotted Hyaena, African Elephant, African Buffalo, Giraffe, Uganda Kob, Common Bushbuck, Hippopotamus, Common Warthog and the spectacular Giant Forest-Hog, the largest and undeniably ugliest pig on earth. There are many other key bird species in the area: White-faced Whistling & Knob-billed Ducks, African Spoonbill, Open-billed & Saddle-billed Storks, Collared Pratincole, Water Thick-knee, Spur-winged & African Wattled Plovers, African Skimmer, Martial Eagle, Gabon & Slender-tailed Nightjars, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Common Quail, Malachite Kingfisher, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed Lark, Fan-tailed Grassbird, Black-headed & Papyrus Gonoleks, Winding & Carruther’s Cisticolas, Red-chested & Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, Swamp Flycatcher, Grey-capped & White-winged Warblers, Yellow backed & Slender-billed Weavers.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Up-market option: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge or Jacana Lodge / Enganzi lodge (luxury) Moderate option: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge or Simba Safari Camp Low Budget option: Mweya Hostels or Kazinga Channel Lodge; Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
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Day 5 – 6: Birding Holiday to Bwindi Forest – Uganda Africa
Bwindi is a bird watchers’ haven, it holds 347 species of birds. The forest has 10 of the 26 globally threatened species in Uganda, five of which are vulnerable. It has 24 of the 25 Albertine Rift endemic species in the country and some, such as African Green Broadbill, Chapin’s Flycatcher.
Bwindi has 76 of 144 Guinea –Congo forest biome species that occur in Uganda, recorded especially in the North sector. The site also qualifies for Afro tropical highland biome species with 68 of 86, and for the Lake Victoria biome with 4 of 12 species.
The park is blessed with 90% of all albertine rift endemics, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa and seven IUCN red data listed species. An experienced birder watcher can identify over 100 species in a day. Ruhiija is likely to be one of the highlights of any trip to Uganda with excellent birding in spectacular surroundings. Birds are both plentiful and easy to see; many species associating in mixed feeding flocks that are active throughout the day. An early start offers the best chance of finding the striking handsome Francolin, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, western Green Tinkerbird, Mountain and yellow-streaked Greenbuls, Mountain marked and chestnut-throated Apalises, red-faced woodland Warbler, Rwenzori batis, white–tailed crested Flycatcher and many more. Mubwindi Swamp is home to Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori Apalis and African Hill Babbler (sometimes treated as a separate species from Rwenzori Hill Babbler), the rare and localized Grauer’s Scrub-Warbler and Carruthers’ Cisticola, including very difficult to see species Fraser’s Eagle-Owl, African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Blue headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Grauer’s Broadbills, Archer’s Robin-chat, Eastern Mountain-Greenbul, Strange Weaver, Black-headed Waxbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, White-headed Woodhoopoe, Waller’s Starling, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Ludher’s Bushshrike, Handsome Francolin and Montane Nightjar.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Up-market option: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge Moderate option: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp,Ruhija gorilla safari lodge Low Budget option: Buhoma Community Restcamp or Ruhija Gorilla Friends / gorilla valley lodge /Travellers hotel Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
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Day 7: Bird Watching to Lake Mburo National Park
We start after breakfast and continue birding to Lake Mburo National Park. We stay at Mantana Tented Camp. Special birds include Crested Francolin, Emerald spotted wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away –bird. Blue-napped Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller, and Green Wood-hoopoe, common scimitarbill, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, Yellow-Breasted Apalis, Northern Black Tit, Chin-spot Batis, Greater Blue-eared starling and Marico sunbird, Coqui Francolin, Red-necked Spur fowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African Wattled Plover, Rufous-Naped lark, Rufous-chested Swallow, Yellow-throated Longclaw and Southern Red Bishop, Pennant-winged Nightjars.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Up-market: Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp/ Archadia Cottages Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rwakobo Rock Low Budget: Rwonyo Campsite / Eagle’s nest lake mburo
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Day 8: Birding to Entebbe.
On this day, we set off very early to bird along the way from Kampala to Entebbe. We also visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Center and botanical gardens before driving to Entebbe Airport
KIBALE FOREST Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Up-market option: Kyaninga Lodge or Ndali Lodge / primate lodge kibale / Kibale safari lodge Moderate option: Kibale Forest Camp Low Budget option: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse; Meals Included today: Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Up-market option: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge or Jacana Lodge / Enganzi lodge (luxury) Moderate option: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge or Simba Safari Camp Low Budget option: Mweya Hostels or Kazinga Channel Lodge; Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
BWINDI Up-market option: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge Moderate option: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp,Ruhija gorilla safari lodge Low Budget option: Buhoma Community Restcamp or Ruhija Gorilla Friends / gorilla valley lodge /Travellers hotel Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
LAKE MBURO Up-market: Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp/ Archadia Cottages Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rwakobo Rock Low Budget: Rwonyo Campsite / Eagle’s nest lake mburo
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- Primates in Kibale Forest
- Birding in Kibale Forest
- Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Game Drives
- Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Bird Watching in Lake Mburo National Park
- Bird Watching in Entebbe
- January to March: Hot and dry, an excellent time of year to be on safari in Uganda.
- April and May: Uganda’s long rainy season when many camps are closed. Rains tend to be in the morning and late afternoon.
- June to September: Temperatures climb rapidly and this is a fantastic time of year for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
- October to December: Another great time of year to be on safari, you can get some rain in November but temperatures are favourable and conditions are ideal for game viewing.
- Accommodation (full board),
- 1 chimpanzee viewing permits (each is US$150 per permit),
- A skilled locally certified English-speaking drive/guide
- Accommodation in hotels and lodges as indicated on programme
- Bottled drinking water on safari, private 4×4 ground transportation with an English
- Sightseeing as noted in the trip itinerary
- park fees, entry fees, Airport transfers, ground transportation and support vehicles.
- International air fares;
- Entry visa Uganda;
- Accommodation in Kampala
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation;
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, hotel staff, etc;
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).