14 DAYS UGANDA BIRDING SAFARI
14 days Uganda birding safari trip is one of the most interesting for our kin birding clients as most of the locations are Ecological Hot-spots and relatively within the wealthy Albertine Rift Valley which is not only Uganda but Africa’s Richest Zone for most endemic and globally threatened species of birds and other animals like the Mountain Gorillas. Not only this but a host to more than 7,500 species of endemic plants and animals and approximately 35% of all Biodiversity in Africa. The tour takes us to Mgahinga, Bwindi and most especially Ruhija the No.1 birding site in Africa, Rwenzori and finally Semliki. These are so far the best birding spots in Uganda and have different ecosystems and each attracting a species different from the other.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Arrival and check in at your Lodge. Our 14 days Uganda birding safari will start with birding around the Entebbe Botanical Gardens. Special birds here includes; African hobby, Ross’s Turaco, Brown and Grey Parrot, Klaas’s, Diederik, and Red-Chested Cuckoo, Fork Tailed Drongo, Brown Crowned Tchagra, white Chinned Prinia Black-headed Gonolek, the very lake Victoria specialized Orange Weaver is a key and very shy bird species we look out for here, to mention but a few.
Dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 2: Birding to Mabamba
Early breakfast and transfer to Mabamba Swamp 50 kms west of Kampala. Bird enroute to the swamps lookout for papyrus specialties such as the Papyrus Gonolek, White winged warbler, Nothern brown Throated, Weyns, golden backed, orange weaver to mention but a few. Move to Mabamba swamps most of the birding here is done canoeing as we look out for the rare Shoebill Stork, African Water rail, Allen’s and Purple Gallinule, Squacco, Goliath, Purple, Grey Herons, a variety of Egrets, ducks etc
Day 3 & 4: Birding To Lake Mburo National Park
This park has got a mosaic habitat of rock outcrops, dry hillside, open and wooded savanna, forests, galleries, swamps. A variety of habitats have contributed to the avifauna diversity and 313 bird species have been recorded in the park including; Red faced barbet, Long tailed cisticola, Papyrus yellow warbler, African fin foot, Northern Brubru, Rofous bellied heron, Black collared barbet, Brown chested plover, White winged tit, Northern brown throated weaver, White winged warbler.
Dinner and over nights
DAY 5 & 6: Birding TO Bwindi
Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds among which 90% of the Albertine rift Endemic are here i.e the Short-tailed, Rusty-faced woodland and Grauer’s Rush Warblers, Bar-tailed Trogon, Wilcock’s Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimsonwing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among others, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa. An experienced bird watcher can identify up to 100 species in a day
Dinner and over nights
DAY 7: BIRDING TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we will drive to QENP with several birding hotspots and arrive in time for lunch at our lodge. Later we will embark on our birding expedition around the park and return for dinner and o/n at our respective lodge.
DAY 8: Whole day birding
Whole day birding in the Park looking out for the 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. We take an early morning game drive towards the famous Kasenyi Track, winding through grassland dotted with trees and nearby crater lakes. Our main aim is to locate Lions and other mammals including Buffalo, Ugandan Kob (an antelope that resembles impalas), Oribi, Waterbuck, Bushbuck and family groups of African Elephants. Along the road we may find 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. In the evening before dinner we will try a night drive with in the peninsular searching for Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, as well as owls if staying on the peninsular.
Day 9: Birding to Kibale National Park
After breakfast this morning, we will drive to Kibale National Park birding on the way. This is a few hours’ drive and therefore birding along the way or afternoon birding in the forest is rewarding
Dinner and over nights
DAY 10: BIRDING KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Today we will spend our full day at the Kibale NP with birding and Chimp tracking. 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 onkey, Olive Baboon, I’hoests Monkey, Black and White Collobus Monkey, Valvet Moneky and Galagos, Pottos, to mention but these.
Day 11: Birding to Murchison Falls NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls National Park birding on the way and carry packed lunch or have lunch enroutel. This is a long drive with a few birding stops. Dinner and over nights
DAY 12: BIRDING MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Today, we will spend the whole day birding at Murchison Falls National Park. After breakfast we cross the river for a game and birding drive on the northern section of the mighty River Nile. There are also very good chances of seeing the Nightjars among others the pennant winged, plain and Swamp not leaving out Owls and early cats like the Leopard, Lion Civets etc. Lunch will be picnic after which we proceed for a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. Key species of Murchison Falls include, Bat Hawk, Red-necked Falcon, African Black Scimitarbill, Spotted Morning thrush, Silverbird, Bronze-tailed, Lesser Blue Eared, Splendid and Ruppel’s Long Tailed Starling, Beautiful Sunbird, Northern Red Bishop, Rock, White-rumped Seedeater, Black-billed Barbet, Grey-headed Olive back, White-crested Turaco, Egyptian Plover, Bruce’s Pigeon, Pel’s Fish-owl, Carmine, Swallow Tailed, Little, Blue Cheeked and Red Throated Bee-eater, Brown-backed Woodpecker,White-fronted Black Chat, Cabanis’s and Brown-rumped Bunting, Black-rumped and Fawn Breasted Waxbill and Bar-breasted, Firefinch, Abyssinian, Broad Billed and Rufous-Crowned Roller, on the water the Four-banded Sandgrouse and Rock Pranticole are often sighted among others.
Day 13: Birding to Kampala
After early morning breakfast we transfer to Kampala birding enroute 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.
Dinner and overnight at your lodge
DAY 14: DEPARTURE.
End of our 14 days Uganda birding safari