10 Days Bird watching Safari/tour in Uganda.
Day 1 Bird watching Safari/tour in Uganda:
Destination: Depends on the Arrival at Entebbe and birding Mabamba swamp.
On arrival, you will be received by our drive/guide transfer to hotel and get a briefing about your birding safari/tour and then go birding at Mabamba swamp (depending on the time of your arrival). birds to look out for in this area include Grey Parrots, Great-white and Pink-backed Pelicans, Grey-crowned Cranes, African and Lesser Jacana, White-backed Duck, Black-necked, Baglafecht and Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Shoebill Stork, African Fish Eagle, African Goshawk and the Swamp Flycatcher. Lunch break and continue birding yellow-throated Greenbul, Great-blue and Ross’s Turaco, Black and White-casqued and Pied Hornbill, Yellow-backed, Brown-throated and Orange Weaver among others. We later check in to the service of Forest Cottages for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Bird watching Safari/tour in Uganda:
Destination: Birding to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Masindi.
After breakfast, we will start birding towards Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, passing through the famous Luwero Triangle, Rhino tracking with chances of seeing a lot of birds asHooded Vulture, Black Kite, Marabou Stork, Greater and Lesser Blue-eared Starling, White-crested Helmet-Shrike, Northern Puffback, Piapiac, African Hoopoe, White-crested Turaco, Crowned Hornbill, Meyer’s Parrot, Red-billed, Bar-breasted and African Firefinch, Broad-billed and Abyssinian Roller, Shoebill Stork, Diederic and Claas’s Cuckoo among others. Have lunch and later drive on to Masindi, arriving in the evening and check in at a safari lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Bird watching Safari/tour in Uganda:
Destination: Budongo Forest.
You will have an early morning breakfast and with our packed lunch, drive to one of “Uganda’s birding best spots” the Royal Mile. This is historically known as a leisure spot for the traditional King of Bunyoro and that’s where the name Royal Mile came from. It’s a very ideal birding area as the forest has been cut back a few meters along the sides of the main trail, inside this tropical rain forest. Here we expect to encounter specialties that include; the Yellow and Grey Longbill, Chestnut-capped, Yellow-footed and Forest Flycatcher, Yellow-crested and Brown-eared Woodpecker, Rufous-crowned Eramomela, Forest Robin, Grey-chested, Brown and Puvel’s Illadopsis, Blue-breasted, African Dwarf, African Pygmy and Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Lemon-bellied and Green Crombec, Western Black-headed Oriel, African Crowned Eagle, Yellow-spotted and Yellow-billed Barbet, White-thighed and Black & White-Casqued Hornbill, Jameson’s and Chestnut Wattle-Eye, Sabine’s and Cassin’s Spaintail among others. We later go back to the Hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Bird watching Safari/tour in Uganda:
Destination: Birding to Murchison Falls National Park
After the morning breakfast, with our packed lunch, we will check out and start birding towards Murchison Falls national park. This is Uganda’s biggest conservation area, protecting more than 78 mammal species and about 450 bird species, within its wide variety of habitats like wetlands, open savannah grasslands, savannah woodland and forest habitats. Here we are likely to encounter species such as, the Bat Hawk, Little Sparrow-Hawk, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Heuglin’s Francolin, Black-bellied and Denham’s Bustard, White-crested Turaco, Black-billed and Blue-spotted Wood-dove, Red-throated and Madagascar Bee-eater, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Fire-crested and Brown-chested Alethe, Rock Pratincole, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Black-crowned and Marsh Tchagra among others. Check in at safari lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Bird watching Safari/tour in Uganda:
Destination: Birding Murchison Falls National Park
After an early breakfast at safari lodge, we start our birding activity towards the Delta area, here the big game includes; the Elephant, Cape Buffaloes, Kob, Giraffes, Ruth-Child’s Jackson’s Hartbeast, Oribi, Jackals, Common Duikers, Patus Monkeys, Lions and Leopards among others. We also expect to encounter bird specialties that include; the Black-bellied and Denham’s Bustard, White-browed and Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Black-headed Lapwing, White-faced and Fulvous Whistling Duck, Broad-billed and Abyssinian Roller, Whistling, Singing, Black-backed, Croacking and Foxy Cisticola, Black-Lored and Brown Babbler, Double-toothed and Black-billed Barbet, Northern Carmine, Red-throated and Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Red-necked Falcon, Matial Eagle, White-headed Black Chat, African Quail-Finch and Shoebill among others then back to the safari lodge, have lunch and later in the afternoon go for the boat cruise on the Nile, towards the bottom of the falls. This will provide you with opportunity to view of wildlife from a close range , as they come to cool off on the showers of this mighty river. The cruise normally takes about 3 hours, then come back to the safari lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Bird watching Safari/tour in Uganda:
Destination: Murchison Falls – Kibale National Park.
After an early breakfast, with packed lunch, you will be transfered to Kibale national park. This drive takes you along the Albertine Rift Valley, with good views of lake Albert, it also takes you through Hoima town, rolling hills of Kagadi and beautiful tea plantations of Kabarole (Fort-Portal). Don’t expect a lot of birding along the way and some of the few species we are likely to encounter here include the Vinaceous Dove, Morking Chat, Rufous Sparrow, Cut-throat Finch, Beautiful Sunbird, White-browed and Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Foxy Cisticola, Black-billed Barbet, Lesser and Greater Blue-eared Starling, White-winged Warbler and Papyrus Gonolek among others. check in at safari lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Bird watching Safari/tour in Uganda:
Destination: Kibale and Bigodi Wetland.
Have an early morning breakfast and we will make an early start into the forest that has more than 335 recorded bird species. This park is also home to a community of more than 1000 Chimpanzees and about 12 other primate species. So here we look for specialties that include the Green-breasted Pitta, Olive and Afep Pigeon, Black Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Red-capped and Grey-winged Robinchat, African Crowned Eagle, Fairy-breasted, Yellow-spotted and Yellow-billed Barbet, African Broadbill, Willcock’s and Thick-Billed Horneyguide, Horneyguide Greenbul, Purple-headed and Chestnut-winged Starling, Dark-backed and Black-necked Weaver, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Red-headed Bluebill, Brown and Scaly Illadopsis among others. After go back to the safari lodge, have lunch and later in the afternoon, go for a safari nature walk/ birding safari in the Bigodi wetland sanctuary, for another birding experience and here we may have chances for the Buff-spotted and Brown-eared Woodpecker, Shining-Blue Kingfisher, White-collard Oliveback, Joyful Greenbul, Dark-capped and Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Green-backed Twinspot and White-spotted Flufftail among others. After go back to the safari lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Bird watching Safari/tour in Uganda:
Destination: Semiliki National Park.
After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start birding towards Semliki national park, which also lays in the Albertine Rift Valley and it’s an Eastern extension of the great Ituri forest from Eastern Congo. Here we expect to encounter large numbers of the Guinea-Congo biome species reach their eastern limits. This therefore makes it the best place in Uganda with high chances of seeing some of the West African species that can hardly be accessed from other places in East Africa. The species here include; the Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Spot-breasted Ibis, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Nkulengu Rail, Orange-Cheeked Waxbill, Grant’s Bluebill, Black-bellied Seedcracker, White-crested, Red-billed Dwarf, Black-Dwarf, Black-casqued Watt led, White-thigh and Piping Hornbill, Shining-Blue, Chocolate-backed and White-bellied Kingfisher, Barred Long-tailed, Olive Long-tailed and Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Long-tailed Hawk and Red-thigh Sparrow hawk among others. After check in at safari lodge dinner and overnight.
Day 9 Bird watching Safari/tour in Uganda:
Destination: Semliki National Park.
After an early morning breakfast, with your packed lunch, we start a whole day birding safari activity along the Kirumya trail of Semliki national park. This is ranked number 2 among Uganda’s birding hot spots and we expect to encounter some of the species that include; the African Piculet, Fire-crested Aleth, Lyre-tailed, Spotted and Zenker’s Horneyguide, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Yellow-throated Nicator, Long-tailed Hawk, Capuchin Babbler, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Leaf-love, Xavier’s, Icterine, Sassi’s, Olive and Simple Greenbul, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Red-billed Helmet-Shrike, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Chestnut-breasted and Pale-fronted Negrofinch, Forest Scrub-robin, Nkulengu Rail, Green-tailed and Red-tailed Bristlebill, Black-collard Lovebird, Ituri Batis, White-throated Blue Swallow, Red-rumped Tinkerbird and Red-thighed Sparrowhawk among others. After go back to safari lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 Bird watching Safari/tour in Uganda:
Departure After breakfast and start birding safari as we transfer to Entebbe, passing via Mubende town. We arrive in Kampala in the afternoon and drive straight to the Airport for your flight back home. (Depending on the time of your flight ). END OF SAFARI!