20 Days Uganda Bird Watching Tour

20 Days Uganda Bird Watching Tour

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Overview

This is a 20 Days Birding Safari to Uganda’s hottest birding spots that have the highest diversity of bird life. The trip takes you through Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and one of the most important conservation units in the world. If you were to choose THE best birding trip, this must surely be one of the candidates for the winner. The beauty of this trip is the variety of habitats visited ranging from tropical rainforests, savanna grasslands to wetlands that are home to rare Shoebill Stork! The jungles of Bwindi not only host birds but also the rare mountain gorillas and many other primates species.

Duration

20 Days

Parks

8 Parks

Destination

Uganda

Tour Details

Travel Style
Iconic Essentials
Group Size
Average 45 people
Transport Style
Safari Vehicle
Location
Uganda

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Mabira Forest

    Early in the morning after breakfast you will be picked from the hotel by the tour guide to head towards eastern Uganda. Travel through Mabira forest via Jinja road for a forest walk in search for birds. The forest ranks as one of the top ornithological sites in Uganda with over 300 species recorded with birds like the Great Blue Turaco, African Pitta, and Nathan’s Francolin, African Grey parrot, Hornbill species and a variety of sunbirds. The forest is one of the two places in East Africa where the pretty Tit hylia has been recorded and this rare bird is seen here with surprising regularity. Have a picnic lunch in the forest. Take dinner and spend the night at Mabira forest Lodge / NFA Headquarters.

  • Day 2: Nature Walk in the Forest

    In the morning after breakfast go for a full day walk through the forest to search for more and new birds that you did not spot the previous day. Have a picnic lunch in the forest and then proceed with birding. This birding offers you an opportunity to see animals like monkeys and antelopes. Retire from birding for dinner and overnight at Mabira forest lodge / NFA Headquarters.

  • Day 3: Mabira Forest – Budongo Forest

    After breakfast, early in the morning, drive west through Busingiro to Budongo forest reserve in Masindi. The journey offers you a panoramic view of sugarcane plantations, lush vegetation and traditional homesteads. Budongo forest also has a grand ornithological significance with over 366 bird species recorded. You will reach late in the evening. Take dinner and spend night at Nyabyeya Forestry College / Busingiro Tourist site

  • Day 4: Full day Bird watching in Budongo Forest

    Very early in the morning after breakfast go for a full day birding in the forest to begin with the Royal mile area of the forest. There’s no better place for you to view birdlife like the Royal mile which is referred to as the country’s premier forest birding locality that harbors a number of species of which some include, Banded Snake eagle, crowned and African pied hornbill, and Bat hawk seen at dusk, the chocolate backed blue breasted and African dwarf kingfisher, white-tithed hornbills, yellow-billed barbets, western black –headed Oriole and purple-headed starling, Green bulls such as Cameroon sombe. You will have picnic lunch in the forest as you bird. Have dinner and overnight at Nyabyeya Forestry College/ Busingiro Eco-tourism site.

  • Day 5: Transfer to Kaniyo Pabidi – Murchison Falls National Park

    After breakfast drive to the Kaniyo Pabidi sector of the forest for more birding. This area also offers an opportunity to see chimpanzees, as you proceed to Murchison Falls NP. In this area of the forest you should watch out for birds like Puvel’sIlladopsis, a bird that has been recently discovered, rare green breasted Pitta, African wood and African scops owls’ en-route. You will drive towards the top of the falls as where the Nile perfects its beauty.- here the wide, languid Nile is transformed into an explosive foam of thunderous wide water as it funnels through a narrow cleft in the Rift valley escarpment offering the most inspiring sight of its type in east Africa. Here you will be able to see birds like the Red-winged grey warbler, chest-nut crowned and Pel’s fishing Owl. You will then be transferred on the Ferry to Paraa Safari Lodge/ Red Chili Camp/ Nile Safari Lodge for dinner and an overnight.

  • Day 6: Murchison Falls Birding Excursion

    Early in the morning after breakfast go for a boat cruise on the Nile to the bottom of the falls. It takes off at 9:00 am and it is advisable to sit on the left side of the boat because it offers a good view of the birds and the other animals since most of them bank on the left side. Animals to be seen include crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and others. These are surrounded by birds like Goliath heron, African Darter weavers, Fulvous Ducks, Egyptian geese, African skimmer and pied King fishers. After lunch embark on birding around the hotel. Dinner and spend the night at Paraa Safari Lodge/ Red Chili Camp/ Nile Safari Lodge.

  • Day 7: More Excellent Bird watching experience

    Early in the morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the northern circuit for a game drive through the whistling thorn acacia where you will see birds like speckle-fronted weaver. Then proceed across the airstrip and the Victoria Nile track that leads down the edge of the Victoria Nile delta. On reaching the Nile, scan the papyrus edges for the resident shoebills, blue breasted bee-eater and swamp flycatchers. You will then head towards the Albert Nile track to watch out for black scimitarbill(black woodhoopoe) and white billed barbet. Descend to Paraa safari lodge / Red Chili Camp/ Nile Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight

  • Day 8: Transfer to Albert Rift Valley Escarpments

    After breakfast, with packed lunch drive towards Masindi to bird on Lake Albert and the escarpments of the Albert rift valley. You then have dinner and overnight at Masindi Hotel/ Court view hotel

  • Day 9: Connect to Kibale Forest; Home to 13 Primates and 350 Birds species

    Take a cup of tea then head to Kibale forest national park and reach in the early afternoon. Go birding at the entrance of the forest in the late afternoon. Have dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge/ Crater Valley Hotel/ Primates Lodge.

  • Day 10: Excellent Birding Tour in Kibale Forest

    In the morning, after breakfast, go for guided birding in the Kayankyu area where you will watch out for birds like the African Goshawk, the majestic crowned eagle, masked apalis, grey parrots and many more. Take a picnic lunch in the forest and in the afternoon head to the Bigodi wetland sanctuary through the Magombe swamp to see birds such as papyrus Gonolek, papyrus canary, mosque swallow and brown headed Tchagra. Have dinner and overnight at Ndali lodge/ Kayankyu/ Crater Valley Hotel/ Primates Lodge.

  • Day 11: Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Early in the morning head to Queen Elizabeth National park through the Magombe swamp to bird enroute. After your lunch at the lodge, go for an afternoon birding in the crater area and Mweya peninsula to look out for wide spread grassland species such as Marsh Tshagra, croaking Cisticola, migrant harriers such as Pallid and montagu’s and many others. Take dinner and overnight at Mweya safari lodge/ Hippo Hill/ Jacana Safari Lodge.

  • Day 12: Game drive

    After breakfast drive towards Lake Kikorongo and the Kasenyi track for more birding in the park. Watch out for birds like Common Squacco Heron, Glossy and sacred Ibises in the Kikorongo Area. The Kasenyi track has much to offer for birders. It passes through grass plains which support large numbers of stork in seasons as well as raptors such as brown snaked eagle and martial eagle. Retire for lunch and in the afternoon embark on a launch cruise on the Kazinga channel to watch out for both resident and non resident species such as the African morning dove and Eurasian Honey buzzard respectively. The birds surround animal species such as hippopotami and buffaloes. Dinner and spend the night at Mweya Safari Lodge/ Hippo Hill/ Jacana Safari Lodge.

  • Day 8: Transfer to Albert Rift Valley Escarpments

    Early in the morning drive through the Ishasha sector towards Buhoma-Bwindi Impenetrable NP. Watch out for birds and game enroute to reach in the afternoon. You can bird during in the afternoon around Buhoma area. Have Dinner and overnight Gorilla Resort/Gorilla forest camp/ Buhoma Rest Camps .

  • Day 14: Birding Excursion in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    After an early breakfast move to the forest following the waterfall trail for birding. Look out for birds such as Kivu ground thrush, white bellied Robin-chat and slender billed starling. In the afternoon bird along the main track as you descend to the camp. Have Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort/Gorilla forest Camp/ Buhoma Rest Camps.

  • Day 15: Mubwindi Swamp Short Trail Birding

    Go birding on the short trail to Mubwindi swamp to watch out for birds like the African Green broad bill, Montane Oriole, Turacos and many others. Have Dinner and overnight at Institute of tropical forest conservation (ITFC)

  • Day 16: Mubwindi Swamp Long Trail Birding

    Go for birding on the long trail to Mubwindi swamp and the afternoon along Rihija. Have dinner and sleep at Institute of tropical forest conservation (ITFC).

  • Day 17: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

    After breakfast drive towards Lake Mburo National Park – the journey along the road towards Kabale. Bird along the entrance road to Rwonyo in the late afternoon also watch out for acacia – associated bird species like mosque swallow, black-bellied bustard and Rupell’s long-tailed starling. Spend the night at Rwonyo Rest Camp/ Mantana Tented camp/ Arcadia Cottages.

  • Day 18: Bird watching excursions – Transfer to Kampala

    Drive along the lake side track and Kigambira loop towards Kampala. Watch out for birds like Green-capped Eremomela, Austral migrant, black cuckoo-shrike Tawny, African Hawk, Batelour and others enroute. Arrive in the evening to dine and spend the night at Hotel Africana / Sheraton Hotel/ Cassia lodge

  • Day 19: Bird watching in Entebbe, Lake Vicitoria Shores

    Early in the morning go birding in the Botanical Gardens Entebbe, to look out for birds like the Vieillot’s Black weaver, golden-backed weaver, Black headed Gonolek, Red chested sunbirds, Verreaux Eagle and many others. Have picnic lunch. Have dinner and overnight at Botanical beach hotel/ Imperial Resort Beach.

  • Day 20: Transfer to the Airport for your departure flight

    Wake up to enjoy the last of Ugandan tea and its adventure as you drive to Entebbe Airport to depart to your next destination.

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