10 DAYS BIRDING IN UGANDA

(A road trip to western and South-western Uganda)


Explore Uganda bird species with our 10 Days Uganda Bird Watching Tour and it could be one of your favorite. It will take you via Botanical garden in Entebbe on your date of your arrival, Lake Mburo National Park, Mount Sabinyo, Lake Chahafi, Mubwindi Swamp, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kibale National Park.

SAFARI SUMMERY

  • Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport
  • Day 2: Entebbe – Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park – Kisoro
  • Day 4: Bird Watching at Mount Sabinyo for the whole day
  • Day 5: Kisoro – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 6: Bird watching at Mubwindi Swamp, Ruhija
  • Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kibale National Park
  • Day 9: Bird watching at Kibale National Park for the whole day
  • Day 10: Kibale – Entebbe – Out

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport
Our office staff / driver will welcome you at Entebbe Airport. Drive to your hotel for check-in, and after you will be transferred to Entebbe Botanical Gardens for bird watching. The garden hosts a variety of water and woodland bird species among which include: The Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow White-eye, Purple-banded Sunbird, Lesser Jacana, Malachite Kingfisher, Splendid Starling, Little Sparrowhawk, Great Blue Turaco, Shikra, Ross’s Turaco, and Pied Kingfisher. Overnight at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner.


Day 2: Entebbe – Lake Mburo National Park (5 hours drive)
After your early morning breakfast, you will drive to Mabamba swamp for bird watching and it is located on the showers of Lake Victoria, west of Kampala City. It is a home of rare and beautiful bird species among which they include the rare Shoebill Stork, Goliath Herons, White faced whistling Duck, White-winged Warbler, Lesser Jacana, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Great blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, African pygmy Goose, and Malachite Kingfisher. Later in afternoon you will be driven to Lake Mburo National Park for evening bird watching on Lake Mburo using a boat with stopovers at the Equator for souvenirs and en-route lunch. Welcome to bird species like African Wattled Lapwing, Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Brown-chested Lapwing, Pied Kingfisher, African Fish Eagle, African Jacana, Hadada Ibis, Egyptian Goose, and Water Thicknee among other birds. Overnight at Rwakobo Rock Lodge Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park – Kisoro (6 hours drive)
Leave your place of stay in morning and drive for bird watching at Rubanga Forest for only one hour. It is a birders paradise for bird enthusiasts and also an ideal place for guided nature walks. Birds that can be seen here are; Grey backed Cameroptera, Double Toothed Barbet, Coqui Francolin, and Ross’s turaco, Red Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Red Headed Lover Bird, Black Bellied Bustard, Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Bare Faced Go Away Bird, Green Hood Hoope and Nubian Woodpecker among the rest. After lunch you will be driven to Kisoro. Overnight at Travelers Rest Hotel Kisoro Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 4: Bird Watching at Mount Sabinyo for the whole day
Wake up in the morning and have your breakfast, after you will drive to Mount Sabinyo for the whole day bird watching. The variety of bird species at this Mountain are; Rwenzori Turaco, White-Starred Robin, Handsome Francolin, White-naped Raven, and Rwenzori Batis, Speckled Mousebird, Fire Finch, Stonechat, Grey Capped Warbler, Waxbills, and Yellow-Vented Bulbul among others. Overnight at Travelers Rest Hotel Kisoro. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 5: Kisoro – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (3 hours drive)
Lake Chahafi is an interesting place for bird watching hidden in Kisoro area. You will spot your favorite water bird, offshore and beautiful bird’s species like Grey-crowned Crane, Red-knobbed Coot, African Snipe, Black Crake, Northern Pintail, Greater Sandplover, Lesser Jacana, Blue-headed Coucal, Common Moorhen, Swamp Flycatchers, and Swamp Warblers among other many birds. Later in evening you will be transferred to Ruhija Sector in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Overnight at Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 6: Bird watching at Mubwindi Swamp, Ruhija
Beside the history of this place, Mubwindi swamp is a home of many forest bird species. The name Bwindi originated from the name “Mubwindi” meaning impenetrable. Back in the days one family wanted to cross the Mubwindi swamp but it was not Possible so they had to ask the spirits how they can cross this swamp but the spirits told them to scarifies their only beautiful daughter called “Nyinamuraki” and afterwards they crossed safely hence the name “Bwindi Impenetrable National Park”. Welcome to bird species like African Green Broad Bill, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Dusky Crimsonwing, African Hill Babbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Waller’s Starling, Short Tailed Warbler, Brown Capped Weaver, Rwenzori Turacco, Breasted Sunbird, Chubb’s Cisticola, Regal Sunbird, Streaky Seed Eater, and Kivu Ground Thrush. Overnight at Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge Meal Plan: Breakfast, and Dinner.


Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park (6 hours drive)
After your morning breakfast you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The second largest national park in Uganda with 95 species of mammals and 610 species of birds. After lunch you will go for bird watching at Kazinga Channel and expect to see bird’s species like Great White Pelican, Saddle-soiled Stork, African Fish Eagle, Temminck’s Courser, African Skimmer, Common Squacco Heron, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Godwit, Water Thick-knee, and African Spoonbill. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kibale National Park (3 hours drive)
Leave your accommodation early in the morning after breakfast and drive to Mweya Savannah for bird watching where you will encounter beautiful bird species such as Papyrus Gonolek, White-faced Scops-owl, African fish Eagle, African Skimmer, and Martial Eagle among others. After you will transfer to Bigodi wetland for another round of bird watching for bird’s species like Great Blue Turaco, Grey Throated Flycatcher, Papyrus Gonoleks, Pied Kingfishers, Black- headed Weaver bird among other species. Overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Day 9: Bird watching at Kibale National Park for the whole day
This is the largest forests in Uganda, with 60 species of mammals and 335 species of birds recorded and also known for over 1,000 individuals of chimpanzee and other 12 species of primates. It is a birding spot known for bird species like Shinning-blue Kingfisher, Green-breasted Pitta, Crested Guinea Fowl, African Pitta, African crowned Eagle, Ayres’s Hawk Eagle, Cassin’s spinetail, blue-headed bee-eater, Nahan’s francolin, Masked apalis, White-naped Pigeon, Crowned Eagle, Red-chested Owlet among other birds. Overnight at Kibale Forest Camp Meal Plean: Breakfast, and Dinner.


Day 10: Kibale – Entebbe – Out
After your early morning breakfast, you drive via Kampala to catch up with your flight back home with en-route lunch.
End of the 10 Days Uganda Bird Watching Tour.


INCLUSIONS:


  • Airport Transfers
  • Transportation by a 4wd safari vehicle throughout the whole Safari
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Birding excursions
  • Launch cruise fees
  • Night Birding experience
  • Park fees
  • Room use for refreshment on the last day for the safari
  • Game drives
  • Services on an English speaking Professional Bird guide.

EXCLUSIONS:


  • Airfares
  • Visas or Insurance
  • Tips to local guides
  • Porterage or Laundry
  • Soft or alcoholic
  • drinks or mineral water (excl. water in the vehicles)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • any meals not indicated above
  • any tours not mentioned from the itinerary above.
  • AMREF Emergency Evacuation Medical Insurance