6 DAYS SHOE BILL IN MABAMBA SWAMP & LAKE MBURO BIRDING TOUR

The shoebill stork is a magnificent, prehistoric-looking bird, and in Uganda this ancient species thrives, making birding safaris in Uganda a sought-after desire for every bird enthusiast. Also referred to as a “King whale-head” because of its enormous head size, the shoebill stork is named after its shoe-like bill which can grow up to 24cm in length and 20cm in width. Even though they can weigh up to 6kg, they can stand quite easily on floating vegetation while hunting for fish.


Overview

  • Game drive
  • Shoe bill viewing
  • Bird Watching
  • Launch cruise

Day 1-
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, transfer to the Hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, we bird Entebbe botanical Gardens. Overnight at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel | Entebbe Travelers Inn (Full Board)

Day 2- Shoebill Search
After breakfast with packed lunch aboard, your birding experience to the Mabamba Swamps will start. Bird along the way to where birding in Uganda is done canoeing on a big scale for waterfowl, and in the evening, the search for woodland and open grassland species will start around Mabamba bay. A variety of species for your eyes to catch sight of include; The elusive Shoebill, Papyrus Gonolek, White-faced Whistling-duck, Fulvours Whistling Duck, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Common Squacco Heron, long-toed Plover, African water Rail, Grey and Black-headed Herons, Striated Heron, Pygmy Goose, Yellow-billed Duck, Black Crake, Swamp Moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, African Jacana,Rufous-naped Lark, Flappet Lark, Mosque Swallow (monteiri race), Weyn’s Weaver, White-shouldered Tit, Sand Martin, Brown Snake-Eagle, Eurasian Hobby, Tropical Boubou, Stripped Kingfisher, Common Stonechat, Little bee-eater, Red-chested Cuckoo, Klass’s Cuckoo, Diedrick Cuckoo, White-browed and the Senagal Coucals, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow white-eye, common and black-capped Waxbill and over a hundred other bird species are a must see for a hard core or lucky birder. You could also see a swamp antelope, the Sitatunga and much more of wildlife. Overnight at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel | Entebbe Travellers Inn (Full Board)

Day 3-Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park In Uganda
After breakfast transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Have a short stop at the Equator for an informative talk and a photographic opportunity. During the journey, we will have several stop-overs to catch some species in the bushes and papyrus swamps aside the road for papyrus endemics while you look at the beautiful scenery. On checking in, we will go for an evening game drive for a number of bird species and a variety of mammals for example, Warthogs, Zebras, Elephants and many others. Overnight at Mihingo Lodge | Arcadia Cottages (FB)


Day 4- Birdwatching L. Mburo National Park of Uganda
Have an early morning breakfast and head for birding. Return for lunch then later go for a boat ride in search for the African Finfoot, Coqui, and the Red-winged Francolins, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Harlequin and Blue Quails, Common Button Quail, White-headed and Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Blue-napped Mousebird, Blue-breasted and Shining-blue Kingfishers, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbill, the Nubian, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared, and the Grey Woodpeckers, Trilling, Stout, and Wing-snapping Cisticolas, Red-necked spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African-wattled Plover Rufous napped and Flappet larks, Rufous-chested Swallow ,Yellow-throated Longclaw, Black-winged Bishop, Chubb’s, Carruther’s and a number of other Cisticolas, the Lesser and Great Swamp Warblers, Black Crake, Common Squacco, Striated, Goliath, Purple, Black-headed, Grey, and Black-headed Herons, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, the African Fish Eagle, among others. Grey Woodpecker Overnight at Mihingo Lodge | Arcadia Cottages (FB)


Day 5: Birding to Entebbe
Have an early breakfast, go for a game drive for more species possibly missed out the previous days while we bird to Masaka for our lunch before birding back to Entebbe. Overnight at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel | Entebbe Travellers Inn (FB)


Day 6: Departure -End of Tour
Depending on the time of your flight, you will be transferred to the airport for departure


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 entrance fees & 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

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NOTE: Accommodation listed in the itinerary is not fixed. We arrange for you three (3) different accommodation classes that is; Luxury, Mid-range and Budget. You are advised to choose according to your safari budget/spend plan