14 DAYS UGANDA BIRDING SAFARI TOUR

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14 days Uganda birding safari tour ushers you to Uganda’s birdlife species of over 1000 birds and takes you to different remarkable birding sites all over the pearl of Africa. Visit Mabamba swamp with 260 bird species, lake Mburo national park with around 350 bird species, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Kibale national park and Semuliki national park. Get to see a lot of bird species endemic in Uganda, the rare shoebill and much more.

Detailed Itinerary of the 14 days Uganda Birding Safari tour

Day 1:  Transfer to Mabamba swamp and whole day birding.

Pick up by our driver at your place of stay in the morning. Drive to Mabamba wetland west of Kampala for your birding expedition. On arrival birding is done in motorised canoes, you will be looking out for the rare shoebill famous in this place, Papyrus Canary, Pallid Harrier, White-Winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek,  Blue Swallow, , Carruther’s Cisticola, Goliath Herons, , Malachite Kingfisher, Brown-throated Weaver and more. Retire from the activity and connect to Entebbe for overnight.

Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo National park

After breakfast, our driver picks you up for a transfer to lake Mburo where you arrive in time for lunch, in the late afternoon you go for your birding safari for birds associated with the acacia woodlands of lake Mburo. Lake Mburo hosts around 350 bird species which include , the African Finfoot , Red-faced Barbet endemic to Lake mburo Saddle billed Stork,  the Papyrus Yellow Warbler, African-wattled Lapwing , Brown-chested Lapwing, White-winged Warbler, Cisticola, , Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and African Scops Owl. Retire from the activity for overnight.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable National park (Ruhiga)

After breakfast, drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park in the southwest which is home to around 350 bird species some 23 endemic to the region. Have a lunch stop in Mbarara and continue for overnight at your lodge. Relax off the evening at leisure and overnight.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Whole day birding in Bwindi forest (Ruhija section)

After breakfast, head for birding in Mubwindi Swamp following the bird trail looking out for some of the rift endermic bide species, Regal Sunbird, , Handsome francolin, Banded Prinia, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Grauer’s Rush warbler, Caruther’s cisticola, African green broadbill, Collared Apalis, Shelley’s Crimsonwing and more. Retire from the activity for overnight at your lodge.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 5: Gorilla tracking safari

On this day, head to the park headquarters in the morning for a briefing at 8:00am. Trek through the impenetrable forest and have an hour encounter with a habituated gorilla family. Take photos and learn more about their ways of life. Retire form the activity and relax off at your lodge while looking through the moments you captured with your camera.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Bird to Buhoma via the Neck of the forest joining Ruhija and Buhoma

After breakfast, you drive along the Neck joining Buhoma to Ruhija while birding along this Neck. Look out for the grey Apalis, yellow bellied kite, cuckoo shrike, African stonechat, red-throated martin, black saw wing,  black-ecked weaver, African harrier hawk,  crested Guinea fowl,  black bee eaters and more. Arrive in Buhoma and if you still have time, you do late afternoon birding in this area. Overnight in Buhoma.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Birding to Queen Elizabeth National park

Drive to Queen Elizabeth national park this day for yet another birding adventure in the Savannah plains of the park which are home to 600 bird species the largest number of bird species in Uganda in one conservation area Queen Elizabeth. Bird along the way to the park and look out for wild game as well. Overnight Queen Elizabeth national park.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Whole day birding in Maramagambo forest

After breakfast, the birding safari starts in this forest.You shall be looking out for Black and Penduline Tits, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Yellow-throated Greenbul, Cardinal Woodpecker, , Brown Illadopsis, Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrikes, , Brown-eared Woodpeckers, Nubian Woodpecker, Brown-backed Woodpecker, White-tailed and Red-tailed Ant-thrushes,  Shining-blue Kingfisher and more. Retire for diner and overnight.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9: Whole day birding in the Kasenyi plains

Today you continue your birding safari in Queen Elizabeth national park where you will head to one of the famous birding spots the Kasenyi plains. You will look out for marsh tchagra, white breasted nigro-finch, Sulphur breasted bush shrike, chestnut wattle eye, lesser and greater flamingos and much more.  Retire for overnight.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10: Birding to Semuliki National park

Today you bird while driving to Semuliki national park home to some of Congo and central Africa bird species found nowhere else in East Africa. Arrive in time for lunch and relax off the afternoon at leisure or start off your birding in the late afternoon. Overnight stay in Semuliki

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: Whole day birding in Semuliki National park

Afterbreak, spend the whole day birding in Semuliki national park looking for Congo bird species since Semuliki forest forms a continuation with the Ituri forest of Congo. Birds to look out for include Western Bronze-naped Pigeon ,Congo Serpent Eagle, Grey-throated Rail, Red-rumped Tinkerbird,  Nkulengu Rail, Long-tailed Hawk, Spot-breasted Ibis, Bate’s Nightjar,  Orange-tufted Sunbird,  ,  Lemon-bellied Crombec,Yellow-throated Nicator, Zenker’s Honeyguide,  Northern Red-chested Owlet, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, White-throated Blue Swallow, White-bellied Kingfisher, Yellow-throated CuckooBlack-winged Oriole, Black-collared Lovebird and much more.  Retire from the day’s activity for overnight.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12: Birding to Kibale National park

After breakfast, you drive to Kibale national park home 375 bird species and after your lunch you will start your birding adventure in Sebitoli birding site believed to be the best site in Uganda. You will be searching for Velet- mantled drongo, African Pita, African black duck, Bocage’s Bushshrike, Green breated-Pita and more. Ovenight in Kibale.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13: Full day birding in Kibale National park

After breakfast you head out to Kanyanchu area for your birding trip. Head into the forest and look the most sought after green breasted Pita, Great blue Turaco, Yellow-spotted barbet, Yellow-throated Nicator, White-headed Wood hoopoe, White-naped Pigeon, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Grey-winged Robin, Joyful Greenbul, Red-chested Flufftail,  Blue shouldered Robin Chat, Red Headed malimbe, Yellow-spotted Barbet, African Pitta, and more. Retire for another birding adventure in the Bigodi swamp in the afternoon.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14: End of Safari

In the morning after your breakfast, drive back to kampala where you will be dropped off to your place of choice or the airport to catch your flight back home.

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