8 Days of Uganda bird watching Safari
Day 1 of birding Safari:Safaris in Uganda
Arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be transferred to the Hotel by our drive/guide of Alpha Adventure Safaris and after a rest and having lunch, you will go for bird watching tour in the Botanical Gardens. The guide will brief about your birding safari/tour. Botanical Gardens has a variety of bird life that includes; Lizard Buzzard, Woodland, African Pygmy and Pied Kingfisher, Black-headed, Vie lot’s Black, Yellow-backed, Golden-breasted, Spectacled and Orange Weavers, African Paradise, Red-bellied Paradise, Northern-black and African Dusky Flycatchers, Olive-bellied, Green-headed, Scarlet-chested, Marico, Red-chested and Superb Sunbirds among others. We later go back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 of birding Safari/tour:
Bird Watching In Mabamba Swamp: After an early morning breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start birding towards Mabamba swamp for the Shoebill stork and a variety of other bird species that may include; the African and Lesser Jacana, White-breasted, Blue-breast and Little Bee-eaters, Lesser Moorhen, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, Black-headed, Long-toed Lapwing, Yellow-billied and White-backed Duck, African Marsh Harrier, Weyns’s Weaver, Blue Swallow and Red-headed among others. . After that we proceed on to Lake Mburo National Park, with stopovers at the Equator, for the water experiment and a quick look at the craft shops and another stopover at Kaaku swamp to check on some birds like Lesser Moorhen, Little Grabe, African Darter, Grey-crowned Crane, Saddle-billed Stork, Spur-winged and Egyptian Geese, White-faced and Fulvuos Whistling-Duck and African Jacana among others. We proceed on to the park, arriving in the evening and check in at safari lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 of birding Safari/tour:
Bird watching in Lake Mburo National Park – Boat cruise. After breakfast, we start our birding/game drive in Lake Mburo national park. This park is one of the smallest national parks in Uganda and protects about 300 bird species and a variety of mammal species that includes; the Topis, Impalas, Buffaloes, Oribis, Elands, Zebras, Warthogs and Baboons among other mammals. We also look out for bird specialties that includes; the rare Shoebill Stork, Trilling, Long-tailed(Tabora), and Caruther’s Cisticola, Greater Snipe, Spot-franked, Red-faced and Crested Barbet, Short-toed and Brown Snake-Eagle, Papyrus yellow and White-winged Warbler, African Finfoot, Saddle-billed Stork, Brown-chested, African Wattled and Senegal Lapwing, Red-faced, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-winged Black Tit, Broad-billed and Lilac-breasted Roller, Crested and Coqui Francolin among others. We will go back to the lodge for lunch, in the afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo for different view of the wildlife. Dinner and overnight at safari lodge.
Day 4 of birding Safari/tour:
Bird watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The day begins as we go for a nature walk on the shores of the lake in the park, searching for the early risers like, hyenas, Leopards and the only one Lion on the park. We come back to the lodge after that, have breakfast and then transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park, passing through the rolling hills of Mbarara. We arrive to the park in the evening and check in at safari Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 of birding Safari/ Boat cruise:
Bird Watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park –. After an early morning breakfast, we start birding towards the Kasenyi plains in search for birdlife that includes; White-winged, African Reed, Greater and Lesser Swamp Warbler, Black-chested and Brown Snake-Eagle, Temminck’s Courser, Collared Pratincole, African Marsh, Montegu’s and Pallid Harrier, Lesser-striped, Red-rumped, Mosque, Barn and Angola Swallow, Rufous-naped, Red-capped and Flappet Lark, Sulpher-breasted Bush-shrike, Brown-crowned and Marsh Tchagra. We go back to the safari lodge for lunch and then later in the afternoon go for a boat ride on Kazinga channel where you shall have a chance to see numerous bird life including : the African skimmer, White-winged, Gull-billed and Whiskered Tern, Grey-headed Gull, Woodland, Malachite and Pied Kingfisher, Common, Green, Wood and Curlew Sandpiper among others. On the Chanel we also expect to encounter some other wildlife like the Buffaloes, Elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Dinner and overnight at safari lodge lodge.
Day 6 of birding Safari/tour:
Birding towards Kibale National Park. After breakfast, we will go birding towards Kasenyi in search for what we might have missed the previous day and here we expect to encounter savannah birds like the Martial eagle, African Hoopoe, Rupell’s griffon vulture, Temmiinck’s courser and many others. We later transfer to Kibale national park, arriving in the afternoon and check in at safari lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 of birding Safari/tour:
Bird watching in Kibale National Park and Bigodi swamp. After early morning breakfast go for briefing about chimpanzee trekking and after go for searching Chimpanzee and other primates in the forest and the Green-breasted Pitta while it still displays. Kibale national park is home to a community of more than 1000 individuals of Chimpanzees and Chimp trekking is the most popular activity here. We go back to the safari lodge for lunch and later go bird watching at Bigodi swamp which is close to the forest. This swamp is home to more than 200 bird species and these include; the Great Blue Turaco, Specle-breasted, and Cadinal Woodpeckers, White-spotted Flufftail, Red-chested, Diedreric and Klaas’s Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Barbet, Lesser Honeyguide, Shining-blue Kingfisher, Cameroon Sombre, Yellow-whiskered, Cabanis,s, Little and Joyfull Greenbul, Brown-eared, Western Nicator, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Dark-capped and White-winged Warbler, Red-chested, Scarlet-chested, Green-throated, Green-headed and Collared Sunbird, Purple-headed Starling and Bocage’s Bush-shrike among others. We go back to safari lodge in the evening, for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 of birding Safari/tour:
Kibale National Park–Entebbe Airport Departure. After breakfast, we start birding as we transfer to Entebbe, with a lunch stopover for lunch and later proceed on the airport for your flight home (depending on the time of you flight).