Birding Experience in Uganda 21 days

Birding Experience in Uganda 21 days

Highlights

  • Mabamba Swamp
  • Lake Mburo NP
  • Mgahinga NP
  • Ruhija
  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Buhoma
  • Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Kazinga Channel
  • Kibale Forest NP
  • Budongo Forest Reserve
  • Murchison Falls NP

  • Mabamba Swamp
  • Lake Mburo NP
  • Mgahinga NP
  • Ruhija
  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Buhoma
  • Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Kazinga Channel
  • Kibale Forest NP
  • Budongo Forest Reserve
  • Murchison Falls NP

21 Days Birding Experience in Uganda

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. Depending on your arrival time, you may bird Entebbe Botanical Gardens or visit Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

Overnight in Entebbe

Day 2: Birding Mabamba Swamp then travel to Lake Mburo NP

Early breakfast at 6:00 am, then set off, carrying packed lunch, driving towards the Mabamba Wetlands on the shores of Lake Victoria. (Search for the Shoebill and other waterfowl). Species include; Pink-backed Pelican, Long-tailed Cormorant, Goliath Heron, African Open-billed, Saddle-billed, and Marabou Storks, Hammerkop, White-faced Whistling-Duck, Yellow-billed Duck, African Fish-Eagle, African Marsh-Harrier, African Water Rail, Purple Swamphen, Allen’s Gallinule, African Jacana, Long-toed and Spur-winged Plovers, Speckled Pigeon, African Green Pigeon, Eastern Plantain-eater, Malachite, Giant, and Pied Kingfishers, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Crowned Hornbill, Angola and Rufous-chested Swallows, Winding Cisticola, Greater and Lesser Swamp-Warblers, Papyrus Yellow Warblers, Swamp Flycatcher, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Papyrus Gonolek, Slender-billed, Northern Brown-throated, and Golden-backed Weavers, and Papyrus Canary.

In the afternoon, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, species include; Blackheaded, Squacco, and Rufous-bellied Herons, Hadada Ibis, Yellow-billed (Black) Kite, Spur-winged Goose, Comb Duck, Black-chested Snake-Eagle, Lizard Buzzard, Palm-nut and White-backed Vultures, Wahlberg’s and Verreaux’s Eagles, Crested Francolin, Crowned Crane, African Finfoot, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s and Bronze-winged Coursers, Senegal, Crowned, Wattled, and Brown-chested Lapwings, Emerald Spotted e.t.c.

Overnight in Lake Mburo NP

Day 3: Whole day birding in Lake Mburo NP

A morning game while birding until at least 11:00 am.

Also in the program is an afternoon boat trip from 4:00 pm. Alternatively, the program can be interchanged the other way round.

Overnight in Lake Mburo

Day 4: Birding to Mgahinga NP

Start at 6:30 am, together with our packed lunches and bird out of Lake Mburo. Birding all the way to Kisoro where we will spend the night.

Overnight in Kisoro

Day 5: Birding in Mgahinga NP

There is much to see at Mgahinga, but our main focus will be on the Albertine rift endemic species. We will spend the whole day birding and exploring this park.

Overnight in Kisoro

Day 6: To Ruhija

Birding to Ruhija through Echuya Forest.

Overnight in Ruhija

Day 7: Birding Mubwindi Swamp in Ruhija

It is tough birding this spot! Can be tougher than Mountain Gorilla Tracking! Being physically fit is highly recommended as well as hiking boots and light back packs.

Overnight in Ruhija

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking

The day of Gorilla tracking!! In the early morning, you will report to the Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for pre-briefing before you start the trek. In groups of Eight and under the guidance of an experienced wildlife ranger, you will go looking for the “Gentle Giants”.

The guides will take you to the place where the Gorillas where seen the day before and follow the trail to the place where they spent the previous night! You will then follow the trail of broken branches and droppings to where the Gorillas are. Enjoy the unforgettable and emotional experience of your life as you come face to face with these Gentle Giants!!! You will spend a maximum of 1 hour with the Gorillas. All visitors are expected back to the starting point by 7:00 PM. Being physically fit is recommended. When time allows and provided some energy is left from the gorilla track, you may bird around Ruhija in the evening.

Overnight in Ruhija

Day 9: Birding to Buhoma through The Neck

It is very important to bird that chunk of the forest known as the Neck, especially for more Albertine endemics.

Start at 7:00 am, carry your packed lunch and then start walking to the forest. The trail doesn’t have steep slopes.

Overnight in Buhoma

Day 11: Birding to Queen Elizabeth NP

Birding through Ishasha and the other parts of Queen Elizabeth. We will be at a slow pace and since we will be in the savanna area, jumping out of the car without a ranger is prohibited as safety cannot be guaranteed!!

Overnight in Queen Elizabeth

Day 12: Game Drive and Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel

We take an early morning game drive 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 13: Birding to Kibale Forest NP

Breakfast at 7:00 am. Birding through the Park and later in Kibale Forest as you approach your accommodation.

Overnight in Kibale

Day 14: Chimpanzee tracking and Birding in Kibale

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 15: Whole day birding in Kibale

Breakfast at 7:00 am: Driving while birding through Kibale Forest. Afternoon birding at Kihingami Wetland or Sebitoli Forest section.

Overnight in Kibale

Day 16: Birding to Budongo Forest Reserve

After breakfast, drive to Budongo while birding on the way. This is a long drive with a few birding stops. It is better to have an overnight in Masindi.

Overnight in Masindi

Day 17: Birding in Budongo

Whole day Birding in the forest with emphasis on the Royal mile!

Overnight in Budongo

Day 18: Birding to Murchison Falls NP

Birding through Kanio Pabidi Forest – a section of Budongo Forest Reserve.

Overnight in Budongo

Day 19: Birding in Murchison Falls NP

Birding on Game Drive and Launch Trip to the bottom of the falls.

Overnight in Murchison Falls

Day 20: Birding to Kampala

After early morning breakfast we transfer to Kampala birding en-route 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 21: Departure

On board flight back home.

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