Birding Experience in Uganda 14 Day Trip

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A pair of the Grey Crowned cranes – Uganda National bird

Highlights

  • Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
  • Mabamba Swamp Birding
  • Lake Mburo NP
  • Bwindi Birding
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kibale Forest NP
  • Murchison Falls NP

  • Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
  • Mabamba Swamp Birding
  • Lake Mburo NP
  • Bwindi Birding
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kibale Forest NP
  • Murchison Falls NP

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will receive a welcome from our representative / your tour and driver guide who will then transfer you to a hotel within Entebbe. Whilst at the hotel, you will be briefed about the tour and the next day’s travel schedule.

Overnight in Entebbe

Day 2: Whole day birding around Entebbe

Our first day is dedicated for easy birding around Entebbe and among the places to be visited includes the Entebbe Botanical Gardens and the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. Special birds here includes; African hobby, Ross’s Turaco, Brown and Grey Parrot, Klaas’s, Diederik, and Red-Chested Cuckoo, The Shoebill , Fork Tailed Drongo, Brown Crowned Tchagra, white Chinned Prinia Black-headed Gonolek, to mention but a few. You will retire to your accommodation in the evening for dinner.

Overnight in Entebbe

Day 3: Mabamba Swamp Birding

Have an early morning breakfast and transfer to Mabamba Swamp 50 kms west of Kampala. Bird en-route to the swamps lookout for papyrus specialties such as the Papyrus Gonolek, White winged warbler, Northern brown Throated, Weyns, golden backed, orange weaver to mention but a few. Move to Mabamba swamps most of the birding tour here is done canoeing as we look out for the rare Shoebill Stork, African Water rail, Allen’s and Purple Gallinule, Squacco, Goliath, Purple, Grey Herons, a variety of Egrets, ducks…

Overnight in Kampala

Day 4: Kampala – Lake Mburo NP

Lake Mburo National Park has got a mosaic habitat of rock outcrops, dry hillside, open and wooded savanna, forest galleries, swamps. A variety of habitats have contributed to the avifauna diversity and 313 bird species have been recorded in the park including; Red faced barbet, Long tailed cisticola, Papyrus yellow warbler, African fin foot, Northern Brubru, Rofous bellied heron, Black collared barbet, Brown chested plover, White winged tit, Northern brown throated weaver, White winged warbler.

Overnight in Lake Mburo

Day 5 & 6: Bwindi Birding

Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven and it holds 348 species of birds among which 90% of the Albertine rift Endemic are here i.e.

the Short-tailed, Rusty-faced woodland and Grauer’s Rush Warblers, Bar-tailed Trogon, Wilcock’s Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson-wing White-tailed Blue Monarch among others, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Overnight in Bwindi

Day 7: Bwindi – Queen Elizabeth NP

After breakfast, we will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park with several birding hot spots and arrive in time for lunch at our respective accommodation. Later we will embark on our birding tour around the park and return for dinner and overnight at our respective accommodation.

Overnight in Queen Elizabeth

Day 8: Whole day birding in Queen Elizabeth Park

We take an early morning game safari towards the famous Kasenyi Track, winding through grassland dotted with trees and nearby crater lakes. While on the game drive, we shall see Lions and other mammals including Buffalo, Ugandan Kob (an antelope that resembles impalas), Oribi, Waterbuck, Bushbuck and African Elephants.

Along the road we may find Grey-headed Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatcher, Black-headed Gonolek, Grey-capped Warbler, Slender-billed, yellow backed, Black Headed, Lesser Masked and Golden Backed Weavers, Yellow Fronted and Brimstone Canary, Scaly Francolin, Red-necked Spurfowl, several plovers, Harlequin Quail and Common Button-quail. Larks are numerous and include, Red Capped, Rufous-napped, Flappet and the local White-tailed. Raptors include Martial Eagle, Banded Snake Eagles and Bateleur. In the afternoon we embark on a boat trip down the Kazinga Channel. This incredible area for waterbirds will afford stunning views of African Skimmer, Pink-backed Pelican, Saddle-billed, African Open Billed and Yellow Billed Stork, Hamerkop, African Spoonbill, Water Thick-knee, and over-summering Palearctic migrants.

Overnight in Queen Elizabeth

Day 9: Queen – Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast this morning, we will drive to Kibale National Park while birding on the way.

This is a few hours’ drive and therefore birding along the way or afternoon birding in the forest is rewarding.

Overnight in Kibale

Day 10: Birding in Kibale

Today we will spend our full day at the Kibale National Park with birding and Chimpanzee tracking. After breakfast, we enter the forest and do birding. The forest is home to the Scaly Francolin, Marsh Tchagra, Black-bellied Seedcracker, Green-backed Twinspot, Bicoloured Mannikin, White-naped, Green and Afep Pigeon, Narina’s Trogon, Joyful Greenbul, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Roufous Flycatcher Thrush and Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Brown and Scaly Breasted Illadopsis, on a lucky day the Green Breasted Pitta will be present. After lunch we assemble at the chimp tracking briefing ground, where we will learn all the required procedures.

It is not strenuous, but can sometimes take longer depending on our luck. Kibale Conservation Area has 13 species of primates which are both nocturnal and diurnal beating the world record as the highest concentration compared to any forest. These include Chimpanzee, Red Colobus Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Red-tailed Monkey, Chimps, Blue monkey, Olive Baboon, I’hoests Monkey, Black and White Collobus Monkey, Vevet Monkeys and Galagos, Pottos.

Overnight in Kibale

Day 11: Kibale – Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls National Park while birding on the way. Have lunch in Hoima and proceed on our journey. This is a long drive with a few birding stops.

Overnight in Murchison Falls

Day 12: Birding Murchison Falls National Park

Today, we will spend the whole day birding at Murchison Falls National Park. After breakfast we cross the river for a birding tour on the northern section of the mighty River Nile. At Sambiya there are very good chances of seeing the Night jars among others the pennant winged, plain and Swamp not leaving out Owls and early cats like the Leopard, Lion Civets etc.

Lunch will be picnic after which we proceed for a boat trip to the bottom of the falls. Key species of Murchison Falls include, Bat Hawk, Red-necked Falcon, African Black Scimitarbill, Spotted Morning thrush, Silverbird, Bronze-tailed, Lesser Blue Eared, Splendid and Ruppel’s Long Tailed Starling, Beautiful Sunbird, Northern Red Bishop, Rock, White-rumped Seedeater, Black-billed Barbet, Grey-headed Olive back, White-crested Turaco,

Egyptian Plover, Bruce’s Pigeon, Pel’s Fish-owl, Carmine, Swallow Tailed, Little, Blue Cheeked and Red Throated Bee-eater, Brown-backed Woodpecker,White-fronted Black Chat, Cabanis’s and Brown-rumped Bunting, Black-rumped and Fawn Breasted Waxbill and Bar-breasted, Firefinch, Abyssinian, Broad Billed and Rufous-Crowned Roller, on the water the Four-banded Sandgrouse and Rock Pranticole are often sighted among others.

Overnight in Murchison Falls

Day 13: Murchison Falls – Kampala

After early morning breakfast we transfer to Kampala birding enroute in search for savannah birds like the White Headed Barbet, Cardinal and Nubian Wood Pecker, White Crested Turaco, African Green Pigeon, Yellow Bellied Hyliota, African Moustached Wabler, White Shouldered Tit, African Paradise Flycatcher, Greater Blue Eared Starling among others.

Overnight in Entebbe

Day 14: Departure

On board flight back home.

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