20 Day Uganda Birding Safari, tropical Birding Africa.
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport.
On arrival, you will be received by our representative, your driver/guide, who will brief you through your birding safari and then go birding in the Botanical gardens around Entebbe (depending on the time of your arrival), dinner and overnight at Airport guest house.
Day 2: Birding in Mabamba Swamp, Shoebill day.
After an early breakfast, with your packed lunch, we drive to Mabamba Wetland – famous for shoebill and other avian species plus migratory birds and some of the species we expect to encounter along this IBA includes, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Red-headed Lovebird, African Marsh Harrier, Weyn’s, Vieillot’s Black and Orange Weaver, Black Crake, Purple Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, Grey-headed Gull, Malichite Kingfisher and Purple Heron among others. We latter come back to Airport guest house.
Day 3: Birbing towards Masindi.
After breakfast, with your packed lunch, you start birding while you transfer to Masindi, with some stopovers at some swamps plus a wetland at Luwero for species like African Moustached and Broad-tailed Warbler, Fan-tailed and Hartlaub’s Marsh Widowbird, Holub’s Golden, Compact and Northern Brown-throated Weaver,White-headed Barbet, White-crested Turaco, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Diederik and Klaas’s Cuckoo among others. We latter check in to the service of Kolping Hotel Masindi for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Birding in Kanio-Pabidi, Budongo Forest.
After breakfast, with your packed lunch, you will enter Murchison falls national park and go birding in Kanio-Pabidi section of Budongo forest. Here we look out for specialities like the Puvel’s Illadopsis, African Broadbill, looking for Foxy Cisticola, Cliff charts Western Violet-backed Sunbird evening bird the main road for Ituri Batis, White-spotted Greenbull, Forest Robin, Narina Trogon Pabidi forest for lowland species. Dinner and overnight at Fort Murchison.
Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park Birding tour.
The day begins early with an early morning breakfast and with our packed lunch, we drive down to the Jettie to cross the mighty Nile by the ferry to the northern sector of the park and start our birding/game drive towards the Delta area. Some of the specialties that we expect to encounter in this part of Murchison falls include; the Red-throated, Northern-Carmine, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Beautiful Sunbird, Wire-tailed Swallow, Speckle-fronted and Vitelline’s Weaver, Rufous Sparrow, Shoebill stork, Blue-napped Mousebirds, Silverbird, Papyrus Gonolek, Venecious and Namaqua Dove, Woodchat Shrike, Denham’s Bustard, Black-backed, Rattling, Croacking and Foxy Cisticola, Red-necked Falcon, Dark Chanting-Goshawk, Quail Finch, White-fronted Black-Chat, Chestnut-Crowned and White-browed Sparrow-Weaver among others. We go back to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Boat Cruise & Birding the Southern sector of Murchison Falls.
After breakfast, we start our birding/game drive towards the top of the falls and also take the honeymoon track in the southern sector of Murchison falls and search for birds that may include; the Red-winged Pytilia, Bat Hawk, Rock Pratincole, Black-billed and Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Red-Shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, White-crested Helmet-shrike, White-headed Turaco, Northern-Red, Black-winged Red and Black Bishop, Common and Grasshopper Buzard, Crested Francolin, Silverbird, Grey-headed and Striped Kingfishers, Spotted Thick-knee, White-tailed and Flappet Lark among others. We go back to the camp for lunch, relax a bit and later in the afternoon go for the boat cruise on the Nile. This also gives another but deferent view of wildlife and birds as they come to cool off in the Nile. Some of the species that we are likely to encounter may include; the Giant Kingfisher, Goliath and Black Heron, Wire-tailed Swallow, Red-throated Bee-eater, Pel’s Fishing Owl, White-faced and Fuluvous Whistling Duck, White-winged and Gull-billed Terns among others. We go back to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Birding Bulisa escapment, Busingiro/Budongo forest and transfer to Masindi. After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start birding through Bulisa on the showers of Lake Albert and the Albertine Rift Valley escapment, up to Busigiro, as we transfer to Masindi. Some of the species we expect to come accross here today may include; the Little-green, Grey-headed, Blue-throated, Copper, Orange-tufted, Superb and Beautiful Sunbird, Sabine’s and Mottled Spinetail, Red-chested, African Emerald, Diederik, and Klaas’s Cuckoo, Cliff Chat, Lesser Blue-eared and Purple Starling, Great Sparrowhawk, Whistling, Siffling and Foxy Cisticolas, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Cabanis’ Bunting, Scaly Francolin, Brown Twinspot and Marsh Tchagra among others. We latter check in to the service of Masindi Kolping hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Whole day Birding in the Royal Mile, Budongo Forest.
After an early morning breakfast, with our packed lunch, we will go birding the Royal Mile in Budongo forest. This is one of “Uganda’s birding hotspots” and is known to have been a leisurely hunting ground for the traditional King of Bunyoro and that’s where it got it’s name, The Royal Mile. In this area, the forest has been cut back a few meters along the sides from the mail trail, which provides good viewing area for the birders. Some of the specialities that we expect to encounter here today include; the Yellow-footed, Blue-headed Crested, Chestnut-capped, Forest and Sooty Flycatchers, Jameson’s Wattle-eye, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, African Crowned- Eagle, Red-headed Bluebill, Pallid Honeyguide, Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Ituri Batis, Spotted Greenbull, Forest Robin, Blue-breasted, African-Dwarf and Chocolate-backed Kingfishers among others. We go back to the hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Birding on the way from Masindi to Kibale National Park.
After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start birding southwards as we transfer to Kibale national park. This may take you a whole day driving and birding stopovers in certain areas along the way. Some of the species that we look for along this route include; Yellow-mantled, Vieillot Black, Black-headed and Compact Weavers, Cassin’s Grey and Spotted Flycatchers, Black Duck, Brown Twinspot, Shinning-blue and Giant Kingfisher, Lizard Buzard, Shikra and Cuckoo Hawk among others. We reach Kibale national park in the evening and check in to the service of Kibale Home Stay for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Birding Kibale Forest and Bigodi swamp.
The day begins early with an early morning breakfast and start birding in Kibale Forest. This is one of the oldest forests in the East African region and protects about 330 recorded species, so we are likely to see some of these. Thick-billed, Wilcocks and Lesser Honeyguide, African Crowned Eagle, Yellow-billed, Hairy-breasted and Yellow-spotted Barbets, Grey-winged and Red-capped Robin Chat, Yellow-crested, Brown-eared and Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Honeyguide Greenbul, Black-billed Turaco, Pink-footed Puffback, Dark-backed Weaver, Green-throated, Grey-headed and Superb Sunbirds, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Black & White Shrike Flycatcher, Green-breasted Pitta, Black Bee-eater, Chestnut-winged and Purple-headed Starling, Narina Trogon and Afep Pigeon among others. We go back to the lodge for lunch and later in the afternoon, go birding in the Bigodi swamp. This is also a rewarding afternoon and some of the species that we expect include; the Great-Blue Turaco, Shinnig-blue Kingfisher, White-spotted Flufftail, Cameroon Sombre and Joyful Greenbul, White-winged and Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, White-collared Oliveback, Brown-eared and Yellow-crested Woodpecker among others. We go back to the Camp in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Birding & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start birding as we transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park, driving along the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Some of the species that we expect to come across today may include; the Yellow-bellied, Crimson-rumped, Fawn-breasted and Common Waxbills, Pin-tailed Whydah, Fan-tailed and Red-collared Widowbird, African White-backed, Ruppell’s Griffon, Lappet-faced and Pulm-nut Vultures, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Rufous-napped and Flappet Lark, Nubian, Speckle-breasted and Cadinal Woodpecker, African Marsh, Eurosian Marsh, Pallid and Montagu’s Harriers among others. We arrive in the evening and check in to the service of Bush lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Birding in the Kasenyi area, Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth NP.
We have our breakfast in the morning and packed lunch before starting our day’s game drive/birding activity towards the Kasenyi and Mweya areas. We will also go for the boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. Queen Elizabeth national park is said to have the highest concentration of bird life as compared to any nature reserve in the World, although most of the birds here can be seen elsewhere. Some of the species we expect to encounter here may include; the Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged, Greater Swamp, Lesser Swamp, African Reed, Eurasian Reed and Sedge Warblers, Temminck’s Courser, Common Button-quail, Black-crowned Tchagra, Plain-backed and Grassland Pipit, Winding, Wing-snapping, Stout, Croaking and Zitting Cisticola, African Crake, Vereaux’s Eagle-Owl, African Skimmer, Collared Pratincole, Grey-headed and Common Black-headed Gull, African Moustached and Broad-tailed Warblers among others. We go back to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Birding in Ishasha sector of QENP. Transfer to Bwindi. After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start our birding towards the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park. This is the southern sector of the park, on the showers of Lake Edward and is famous for it’s tree climbing lions. Some of the species we expect here may include; Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike, Black-throated Seed-eater, Red-billed and African Firefinch, African Golden Oriole, Violate-backed and Wattled Starlings, Brown-chested and Senegal Lapwing, Arrow-marked and Black-Lored Barbler, Western-banded and Brown Snake-Eagle, Three-banded Plover, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Long-crested and Martial Eagle among others. We arrive at Bwindi in the evening and check in to the service of Bwindi View Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 14: Birding towards the Water fall trail, Buhoma.
After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start birding towards the water fall trail in the Buhoma area. (Here there is also optional Gorilla trekking, incase one is interested). Bwindi ranks the number one birding spot in Africa, with over 300 recorded bird species and some of the specialities of this area include; the Red-throated Alethe, Petit’s and Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, Blue-shouldered and White-bellied Robin-Chat, African/Rwenzori Hill-Babbler, Narrow-tailed, Stuhlmann’s and Waller’s Starling, Black-faced Rufous, Short-tailed and Grauer’s Warbler, Pale-breasted and Mountain Illadopsis, Oriole Finch, Red-chested Owlet, Banded Prinia, Ayre’s Hawk-Eagle, Brown-capped, Black-billed and Strange Weavers, Equatorial Akalat, Bar-tailed Trogon, Lagden’s, Dohert’s and Bocage’s Bush-shrike among others. We come back to the camp in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 15: Birding through the neck, as we transfer to Ruhija.
After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start birding along the way to Ruhija and here we have a chance to stop for birding around the neck of the forest. Today we expect to encounter some of the specialities here that include; Dusky-blue, Cassin’s Grey, Charpin’s, White-bellied Crested and Ashy Flycatcher, Mountain Wagtail, Buff-throated and Grey Apalis, Mountain Buzard, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Red-tailed, Yellow-throated, Shelley’s, Ansonge’s Greenbul, Dusky Tit, African Shrike-Flycatcher, Black Duck, Black Cuckoo-shrike and Honeyguide Greenbul among others. We arrive Ruhija in the evening and check in to the service of Trekkers’ Tervan for dinner and overnight.
Day 16: Birding in the Mubwindi Swamp, Ruhija/Bwindi Impenetrable NP.
After an early breakfast, with packed lunch, we start a whole day birding along the famous Mubwindi swamp trail. On this trail, as you go birding, you will drop about 300 meters down to the swamp, from 2350m to 2050m, on this 4 kilometers trail to Mubwindi swamp. The specialties that we expect to encounter here, include some of the most sought after Albertine Rift Endemics like; Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Rwenzori Hill-babbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, African Green-Broadbill, Rwenzori Batis, Purple-breasted, Blue-headed, Northern Double-Collared and Regal Sunbird, Archer’s Robin Chat, Yellow-streaked and Eastern Mountain Greenbill, Handsome Francolin, Stripe-breasted Tit, Strange Weaver, Grey-headed Bush-shrike, Bar-tailed Trogon, Narrow-tailed, Stuhlmann’s and Waller’s Starling, Chestnut-throated and Rwenzori Apalis among others. We come back to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 17: 10/May/2017. Birding on the way to Lake Bunyonyi.
Today after breakfast, with our packed lunch, we will start birding as we transfer to Lake Bunyonyi and will be looking out for species that may include; the Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, White-browed Crombec, White-starred and Forest Robin, Yellow Bishop, Streaky Seed-eater, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Handsome Francolin, White-napped Raven, Black-headed Waxbill, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Mountain and Augur Buzard, Winding and Chubb’s Cisticola, African Crowned Eagle, Dwarf Honeyguide, Rock Martin, Grey-throated Barbet and Ludher’s Bush-shrike among others. We arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon and check in to the service of Bunyonyi Overland Camp, have a free afternoon, dinner and overnight.
Day 18: Lake Bunyonyi – birding to Lake Mburo National Park.
After breakfast, we start birding as we transfer to Lake Mburo national park, passing through the rolling hills of Kabale and Mbarara, with a lunch stopover at the Agip Motel, Mbarara. We arrive at Lake Mburo national park in the evening and check in to the service of Eagle’s Nest, dinner and overnight.
Day 19: Birding Lake Mburo National park
Today after breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start birding/game drive in one of the smallest national parks in Uganda. We will also go for the boat cruise on Lake Mburo and some of the specialties that we expect to encounter here in the afternoon today include; Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Brown-chested Lapwing, White-headed, Red-faced Spot-flanked and Crested Barbet, Trilling and Tabora Cisticola, Coqui Francolin, Chin-spot Batis, Lead-coloured Flycatcher, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, White-winged Tit, Black-crowned and White-backed Night-Heron, Rufous-belied and Striated Herons, African Finfoot, Papyrus Gonolek, Miombo Wren Warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Red-rumped Swallow, Yellow-breasted Apalis, African Water-rail, Golden-tailed, Bearded Woodpecker and Red-headed Weaver among others. We come back to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 20: Nature Walk and transfer to Entebbe.
The day begins early as we go for a birding/nature walk in the park, looking for some of the species that we might have missed the previous day. We come back to the lodge for breakfast, then check out and transfer to Entebbe for your flight home.
That will be the end of our safari, thank you for supporting Uganda.