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BIRDING SAFARI, UGANDA



Tour highlights: gorilla tracking, chimp trekking, birding, boat cruise on Lake Albert, the Nile, Kazinga Channel, and game drive and guided nature walks.

This is designed for seasoned birders but also to those that can upgrade their birding commitment to become incorporated into the “seasoned class”. With this, you will progressively look into the main birding sites in Uganda and see many of the species the country boasts of including the 23 Albertine endemics that are only found in DR Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

Day 1 arrival at Entebbe:

Welcome to Uganda, the pearl of Africa, a nation gifted by nature and welcoming people. Meet and greeting by our representative/guide at the airport who will transfer you to your hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Birding Nabugabo Wetland:

We transfer to this famous depositional lake that is International Bird Area (IBA) next to lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake. After breakfast, we transfer and bird Nabugabo near Mabamba Wetland. This large wetland is new birding site and a far better option than Mabamba and is an IBA on the shores of Lake Victoria, 57km west of Kampala. This depositional lake boasts of the following species that we expect to see: home to the Shoebill stork. Other special birds on this trail include Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Northern Brown Throated Weaver, Purple and Allen’s Galinule, Common and Lesser Moorhen, White Faced and Fulvous Whistling duck, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler, Glossy Ibis, African Pygmy-Goose, Spur-winged Geese, Long-toed Lapwing, Blue-breasted and Madagascar Bee-eaters, Gray-rumped Swallow, Greater Swamp-Warbler, African Reed Warbler, Slender-billed Weaver, Lizard Buzzard, African Pygmy and Malachite Kingfisher, White Winged Tern, Grey Headed Gull, Black Tailed Godwit, Ruff, Three Banded Plover, African Wattled Plover and many more. There after, we transfer to Lake Mburo National park.
Dinner and overnight in High end Mihingo/Midrange Arcadia cottages or Mantana tented camp.

Day 3: birding & Game drive in Lake Mburo:
Lake Mburo Park is continuation of the northern Tanzanian ecosystem with varied habitats that support an impressive and respectable bird list of 315 species. We shall use eland, Rwonyo and other numerous trucks to do birding in this area with prolific birdlife. Expect to see White-winged Warblers, Black-Billed Barbets, Crested Francolin, Brown Parrot, Red-necked Spur, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Temmincks Courser, Common Quails, Green Wood hoopoe, Blue-napped Mouse bird, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, African Grey Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, Lilac-breasted Roller, Coqui Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, African Wattled Plover, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks, Rufous-chested Swallow, Southern Red Bishop, and Yellow-throated Long Claw among others. The fringing swamps in the park also hide secretive papyrus specialties such as the Papyrus Gonolek. Common conspicuous birds we may encounter on our journey to Lake Mburo include Crested Francolin, Common Scimitar Bill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Trilling Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Northern Black Tit, Chin-spot Batis, Great Blue-eared Starling, and Marico Sunbird. The woodland in the immediate vicinity of Rwonyo also supports many of these widespread species.
The more open grassland north of the Rwonyo Camp, particularly along the Zebra Track, is worth exploring for species such as Coqui Francolin, Red-necked Spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s courser, African Wattled Plover, Rufous-napped and Lapped Larks, Rufous-chested Swallow, Yellow-throated Long Claw, and Southern Red Bishop. A small number of the migratory Brown-chested Plover is regularly observed. Spot lighting along the entrance road may produce interesting nocturnal species such as the African Scops Owl, Verreux’s Eagle, and Fiery-necked, White-tailed, and Pennant-winged Nightjars. Dinner and overnight in High end Mihingo/Midrange Arcadia cottages or Mantana tented camp.
Day 4: Game Drive and Birding on Boat
Morning birding on foot along the park trails with an armed ranger. This gives us opportunity to see many more crepuscular species and early morning risers. We shall also see wildlife licking salt as birding progresses while the local guide continues with explanation. There after we turn back to our lodge for breakfast, after this we proceed for a game and birding drive which gives us higher chances of viewing mammals like the Zebras, Impalas, Elands, Topis, Buffaloes among others and eland truck is particularly important for this productive birding. As we bird we shall focus our attention on the search several species including the Red Faced Barbet, Coqui Francolin, Brown Chested Plover, Tabora Cisticola, Lesser Blue Eared Starling, Buff Bellied Warbler, Red Headed Weaver, Black Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Sulpher Breasted Bush-shrike, Green Capped Eremomela, Bare faced Go-away-bird, Red Billed Wood Hope and more acacia associated birds, in the afternoon we go for a boat ride in search for the African Finfoot, White Backed and Black Crowned Night Herons, Giant Kingfisher back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight in High end Mihingo/Midrange Arcadia cottages or Mantana tented camp.
Day 5: Lake Mburo and transfer to Bunyonyi
We continue with birding in the morning following the Impala loop to see the many of the savanna species and then go for breakfast. We transfer southwards to Bunyonyi resort with stopover enroute for lunch; we traverse through the beautiful and terraced hilly country often referred to as the Switzerland of Africa arriving at the resort late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Bunyonyi Safari resort.
Day 6: birding in Kyevu Island:
The Bunyonyi area is magnificent with great scenic views. After breakfast, transfer to Kyevu Island for bird watching. Look out for endemic birds resident here in Lake Bunyonyi like the Handsome Francolin, Dusky Turtle Dove, Alpine Chat, etc. we retire for afternoon, and after lunch take boat ride Cray fishing. The boat trip to the pygmies is worthwhile as they welcome you with drumming and ecstatic dancing. These are indigenous forest communities with almost no dilution of their original traditions. Do not ignore the exciting whistling of the concentrated birdlife in this area. You will find an afternoon with the pygmies and bird-watching, a worthwhile pastime.
Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Bunyonyi Safari Resort.

Day 7: to Ruhija:

We breakfast early and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park for yet glorious birding times! We will spend plenty of good time birding the trails leading out from the camp and also in the swamps of Ruhija as these are very productive.
Dinner and overnight at Ruhija lodge. `

Day 8: Birding in Ruhija full day:

Today, we start early after breakfast and hit trails such as ivy river trail, muzabajiro, rushura and waterfalls trails searching for Barred and Olive Long-tailed Cuckoos; Bar-tailed Trogon; Dusky Tit; Kivu Ground-Thrush; White-bellied Robin-Chat; Equatorial Akalat; White-tailed Ant-Thrush; Red-throated Alethe; White-bellied Crested-Flycatcher; White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher; Gray-green Bushshrike; Northern Double-collared Sunbird; Black-billed Weaver and Magpie Mannikin. High exposed glades in the forest are favored by African Goshawk; the dazzling Black Bee-eater; Blue-throated Roller; Sooty Flycatcher and forest starlings including Waller’s, Stuhlmann’s and Narrow-tailed. One of Bwindi’s star avian attractions is the diminutive, pitta-like Neumann’s Warbler, a vocal yet very secretive bird! Other under-storey birds we hope to see include displaying African Broadbill; Pale-breasted and Mountain Illadopsis, African Hill-Babbler, Red-throated Alethe, Black-faced, Black-throated and Mountain Masked Apalises, Banded Prinia and the handsome Black-faced Rufous-Warbler. The mid-storey and canopy supports Elliot’s and Tullberg’s woodpeckers; Cabanis’, Toro Olive, Shelley’s and Ansorge’s greenbuls strange Grauer’s Warbler and White-browed Crombec, Yellow-eyed Black, Ashy, Dusky-blue, Chapin’s and Cassin’s Grey Flycatchers, Chin-spot and Rwenzori Batis, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown, Blue-headed, Northern Double-collared and Grey-headed Sunbirds, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Pink-footed Puffback, Doherty’s Bush-shrike. The rare Jameson’s Antpecker may also been seen probing under moss on dead branches or gleaning warbler-like in the canopy along with Strange, Brown-capped and Black-billed Weavers. Overhead, Scarce Swifts forage over the forest. You will find birding at Ruhija truly a magical experience. Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Bunyonyi Ruhija gorilla lodge.

Day 9: transfer to Buhoma:

After breakfast, we continue birding in Ruhija and gradually transfer to Buhoma for gorilla tracking the following day. We have picnic lunch and in the afternoon, we follow ivy, waterfalls, or Munyaga river trails and bird in these productive sites. The mid-storey and canopy supports Elliot’s and Tullberg’s woodpeckers; Cabanis’, Toro Olive, Shelley’s and Ansorge’s greenbuls strange Grauer’s Warbler and White-browed Crombec, Yellow-eyed Black, Ashy, Dusky-blue, Chapin’s and Cassin’s Grey Flycatchers, Chin-spot and Rwenzori Batis, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown, Blue-headed, Northern Double-collared and Grey-headed Sunbirds, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Pink-footed Puffback, Doherty’s Bush-shrike. Dinner and overnight in high-end Engagi lodge/Kitandara tented camp.

Day 10 Gorilla tracking:

After an early hearty breakfast to give you energy for the day’s activity, you will transfer to the park headquarters for briefing on primates (gorilla tracking) before we embark on Gorilla trekking. Pushing your way uphill through the forest, crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, the chances of finding a a family are good and spending an hour with these immense creatures is an experience never to be forgotten as you stare in the red pensive eyes of these gentle massive creatures. You will have some opportunity for good pictures at close range with these closest relatives to man as they play, murmur, feed and swing in low branches of forest trees. The behavior of the dominant silver-back and the black backs is of great concern as pecking order is clear. Birders will find this forest uniquely endowed with birdlife, for instance, the forest of the park’s lowland portion has an avifauna quite different from that of the higher parts, where altitude and the steep tracks make for slow progress. Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Bar-tailed Trogon, African Broadbill and White-bellied Robin are just a few of the species we may find in the forest. If there is energy after back, why not take a village walk to local communities to have firsthand experience in African ways of life in homesteads. Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Mantana Luxury Tented Camp/ community camp ground.
Day 11 transfer to and birding at Ishasha:
We breakfast and transfer to Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, area revered for tree climbing lions in the world. Placed within the Albertan rift, the scenic Ishasha sector has mainly wetland and savanna species: martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail, African skimmer, chapins flycatcher, pink-backed pelicans, white-winged warbler, papyrus gonolek, papyrus canary, corncrake, and many other forest species. The marshy Edward flats are very productive and also offer scenic game drives as you will see plentiful of topi, the Uganda Kob, the buffalo and the elephants. Evening birding and game drives offer opportunity to see the rare shoebill stork and tree climbing lions. We do night game drive to see the nocturnals especially the night jars. Meal plan: lunch and dinner and overnight at Ishasha wilderness camp.
Day 12 transfer to and birding at Mweya
Scenically this park has everything, the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains on the equator, the blue mitumbi mountains of DR Congo, the vast lakes Edward and George and numerous explosion craters that add fragrance to the parks beauty. A variety of these habitats are the cornerstone to many birdlife species: 612 Bird species exist both residents and migrant. We transfer to Mweya with intermittent stopover birding and we have picnic lunch along the route. Expect to see some of the amazing species such as the secretive Black-rumped and Common Buttonquails, magnificent Martial Eagle, comical Red-necked Spur fowl, cautious African Crakes peering out from the gassy verge, African Skimmers cutting a trench across the waters in the quiet bays, enormous Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl booming around the lodge in the evenings, crisp Sooty Chats, glistening Red-chested Sunbird and Slender-billed Weaver coming into the dining room to share breakfast with an afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel the narrow neck of water that connects Lakes George and Edward. Here you’ll encounter the birdlife sanctuary in the park and meet “the conference of the Parties of birds” and have fine views of many water birds such as the gull, skimmers, the great cormorants, the pink-backed pelican, the great white-backed pelican, the great African fish eagle, the goliath heron, the Caucasus heron, little & greater cattle egret, the pied kingfisher, malachite king fisher, the yellow billed stork, lesser & greater flamingo, and shoe-billed stork and some of the skulking birds in the reed beds. Dinner and overnight at high end Mweya Safari Lodge/midrange Katara/hippo hill tented Camp.

Day 13 birding and game drive in Mweya:

Today is your day to explore Queen Elizabeth National Park fully, taking scenic drives around the extinct volcanoes and the highly placed scenic craters, searching the scrub and lakeshore for the many birds that live here. 612 Bird species exist both residents and migrant. Expect to see some of the amazing species such as the secretive Black-rumped and Common Buttonquails, magnificent Martial Eagle, comical Red-necked Spur fowl, cautious African Crakes peering out from the gassy verge, African Skimmers cutting a trench across the waters in the quiet bays, enormous Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl booming around the lodge in the evenings, crisp Sooty Chats, glistening Red-chested Sunbird and Slender-billed Weaver coming into the dining room to share breakfast with an afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel the narrow neck of water that connects Lakes George and Edward. Here you’ll encounter the birdlife sanctuary in the park and meet “the conference of the Parties of birds” and have fine views of many water birds such as the gull, skimmers, the great cormorants, the pink-backed pelican, the great white-backed pelican, the great African fish eagle, the goliath heron, the Caucasus heron, little & greater cattle egret, the pied kingfisher, malachite king fisher, the yellow billed stork, lesser & greater flamingo, and shoe-billed stork and some of the skulking birds in the reed beds.

Both the morning and afternoon birding and game drives are rich experience for wonderful birdlife and wildlife on the littoral zone on the lakes Edward, George and the Kazinga channel. You will boat on the hippo & elephant thronged Kazinga channel, you will sight kob, buffalo, waterbuck and the elusive giant forest hogs, while early morning game drives are productive and may see the cats such as lion and hyena in action. Dinner and overnight at high end Mweya Safari Lodge/midrange Katara/hippo hill tented Camp.

Day 14 transfer to Semuliki:

We continue birding and transfer to Semuliki national park. We stop for lunch in fort portal and proceed to the Semuliki via the scenic slopes of Rwenzori Mountains, past the Kijura escarpment, arriving in afternoon. We bird the Kirumya Trail rest Trails. Semuliki Forest is the part of the Ituri forest of DR Congo that meets Uganda in extreme west and is very productive site. Birding here gives us chances of seeing the Congo Serpent Eagle, African Piculet, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Black-winged Oriole Black-throated Coucal, Nkulengu Rail, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Long-tailed Hawk, Pale Fronted, Chestnut Breasted and White Breasted Negrofinch, Capuchin Babbler, Yellow-throated Nicator, Yellow Throated Cuckoo, Eastern Bearded Greenbul, Black-collared Lovebird, White-bellied Kingfisher, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Piping, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf, White Crested, Black-casqued Wattled, and White-thighed Hornbill, Zenker’s Honeyguide, Fiery Breasted Bush Shrike Red-billed Helmet Shrike, Maxwell’s Weaver, Lemon-bellied Crombec, African and Rufous-sided Broadbill, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Crested Malimbe, Blue-billed Malimbe, Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike and many more. We go for night game drive for the nocturnals such as the night jars. If lucky, we may sight leopard or other cats in tree. Dinner and overnight in Semuliki lodge.

Day 15: birding Semuliki and transfer to Kibale forest national Park:

We breakfast early and go for the rare shoe-bill stork on southern end of Lake Albert. We shall bird in the Semuliki delta wetlands and see variety of wetland birds including the rare shoebill stork, cormorants, creks, African jacana, papyrus gonolek, and many more, and return for lunch. After lunch, we continue to bird in the Semuliki wilderness to see the savanna species, as we game drive. Wildlife species prolific are kob, reedbuck, water buck, buffalo, warthog and elephant. Dinner and overnight in Semuliki lodge.

Day 16: birding & primates walk in Semuliki and transfer to Kibale forest national park:

After coffee, we start early and go to trek the new family of chimpanzee in the Semuliki forest. This gives you opportunity for also to bird. Expect to see bush warbler, woodland kingfisher, the snow headed robin chart, yellow-vented bulbul, Kirk’s francolin, African coco, sisticola and chegra. You will definitely sight many more forest species. Retreat to the lodge and have lunch and transfer to Kibale forest national park for yet glorious birding and primate excursions. Dinner and overnight in Chimp nest for two nights.

Day 17: chimpanzee trekking and birding in Kibale:

Kibale is home to 13 species of primates and there are also so many species of birdlife. This is where we have bigger chances of Chimpanzee tracking. Birding in the forest is also very rewarding and you could encounter White-napped Pigeon, African Gray Parrot, Black Bee-eater, Hairy-breasted, Yellow Spotted and Yellow Billed Barbet, Chestnut-winged and Purple-headed, Waller’s and Narrow Tailed Starlings, Blue-throated Brown and Superb Sunbirds, White-collared Olive back among others. After the chimpanzee, we do Bigodi wetland walks. Expect to see primates such as red-tailed, red colobus, black & white, blue, grey-cheeked mangabey monkeys. Birdlife here is prolific: the great blue Turaco, the Rwenzori Turaco, African stone chat and many more species. Dinner and overnight in Chimp nest.

Day 18 Transfer to Murchison Falls national park:

Breakfasting early gives us the opportunity to traverse the verdant western country as we drive northwards on the rim of the Albertan rift escarpment, with lunch stopover enroute at Kolping in Hoima. We shall stop over in Ruzizi forest, Butiaba escarpment, and Lake Albert for birding arriving in the evening. We shall stay for two nights in our booked lodge. Dinner and overnight in high-end Paraa safari lodge / midrange Sambiya River lodge.

Day 19: birding in Murchison Falls:

Murchison falls is one of the best birding sites. Two options are available; we may bird on a boat along the Victoria Nile to the delta to see the resident wetland species and/or do a birding drive to the delta. This will give us opportunity to see other prolific savanna and wetland species in the park. Later in the afternoon, you take a launch trip to the bottom of the falls. Recorded birds in this park include Shoebill, Secretary Bird, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Pied Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eaters, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal and Water Thick-knees, Black-headed and Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Osprey, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver. Buff-bellied Warbler, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Spotted Morning-Thrush, Marabou Stork, Red-throated Bee-eater, Silver Bird, Beautiful Sunbird, Black-headed Gonolek, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver and White-rumped Seedeater, Rock Pratincole, African Darter and Giant Kingfisher.
Full Board: overnight in high-end Paraa safari lodge / midrange Sambiya River lodge.

Day 20: Bird watching safari in Murchison Falls:

Today we check-out of our lodge and bird in Busingiro to the escarpment, having picnic lunch in the forest. This stretch is one of the best of Uganda Birding spots. Primate species here are also common. Expect to see Fox’s Cisticola, White-headed and black billed Barbet, Northern Crombec, Singing Cisticola, Grey-headed Bush Shrike, Grey-headed Olive-back, Red Winged Pytilia, Black-bellied Firefinch, Lesser-masked Weaver. Later we transfer to Masindi.

Overnight at Court view Hotel/ Masindi Hotel
Day 21: Birding in Kaniyo Pabidi:
We will turn back south the short distance to the famous Budongo Forest. Our efforts will be concentrated on the Kaniyo Pabidi area in the southern sector of the Murchison Falls NP, and the only known site in East Africa for Puvel’s Illadopsis. We can expect to find this bird as well as a wide range of other forest species. We will have much of the day to try and find a good mix of widespread species and more local specialties such as Crested Guineafowl sporting their “punk hair-do’s”, White-crested Turaco, Chestnut-crowned Eremomela, Yellow & Grey Longbills, Olive-bellied Crombec, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Little Green Sunbird, Crested Malimbe and Red-headed Bluebill among others. Here are many other special birds with a West African origin: White-thighed Hornbill, Green-breasted Pitta, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Blue-breasted, Dwarf & Chocolate-backed Kingfishers, Yellow-crested & Brown-eared Woodpeckers, Yellowbill, Western Black-headed Oriole, Yellow-spotted, Hairy-breasted & Yellow-billed Barbets, Green Hylia, Buff-throated, Black-throated & Black-capped Apalises, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, the elusive Lemon-bellied Crombec, Crested & Red-headed Malimbes various forest starlings among others. We will also be in prime area for a wide range of primates such as Blue & Red-tailed Monkeys and Black and white Colobus – and if lucky Chimpanzees (this area is home to Uganda’s largest population of Chimpanzees) NIGHT at Masindi Hotel or Court View
Day 22 rhino tracking in Ziwa ranch and transfer to Kampala:

We have breakfast at leisure to allow us adequate time to recuperate our energies yet to finalize our trip and visit a nearby Ziwa ranch to track the Rhinos. This area is scrubland with variety of birdlife and antelopes. After tracking the rhino we depart for Kampala/Entebbe for your onward travel.

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