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Uganda is a birder’s paradise with over 1062 bird species found in the various birding spots spread across the country. Uganda’s wealth of bird species includes; ostriches, ducks, geese, waterfowls, guinea fowls, quails, pheasants, grouses, allies, flamingos, grebes, pigeons, doves, bustards, turacos, cuckoos, nightjars, swifts, flufftails, finfoots, cranes, thick-knees, plovers, stilts, avocets, oystercatchers, lapwings, painted-snipes, jacanas, sandpipers, buttonquails, pratincoles, coursers, gulls, terns, skimmers, storks, darters, cormorants, pelicans, shoebills, hamerkops, bitterns, herons, egrets, ibises, spoonbills, secretarybirds, ospreys, hawks, eagles, kites, owls, mousebirds, trogons, hoopoes, hornbills, kingfishers, bee-eaters, rollers, African barbets, honeyguides, falcons, woodpeckers, broadbills, pittas, wattle-eyes, shrikes, orioles, drongos, fly-catchers, nicators, ravens, waxbills, weavers, larks, swallows, martins, treecreepers, bulbuls, warblers, cisticolas, babblers, thrushes, starlings, oxpeckers, sunbirds, spiderhunters, wagtails, finches, and indigo birds.
On this 21 days Uganda birding safari adventure, the places you will visit for a sating bird watching experience include; Mabamba bay, Murchison Falls National Park, Kaniyo – Pabidi, Rabongo forest, Royal mile, Busingiro, Kibale National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Kasenyi area, Mweya peninsula, Maramagambo forest, and Ishasha region, Katwe crater lakes region, Katunguru bridge area, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s Buhoma waterfall trail, Mubwindi swamp trail, Bamboo trail and Ruhija region, Lake Mburo National Park and the various birding spots in Kampala. The pearl of Africa – Uganda, is the place to go for a sating bird watching safari experience.
Entebbe International Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Your 21 days Uganda birding safari adventure package will include:
Your 21 days Uganda birding safari adventure will start with a driver-guide picking you from a suitable location in Kampala. After a briefing on how your safari will go, you will embark on a drive to your first birding destination – Mabira forest, a rainforest covering about 300 square kilometres, situated in Buikwe district between Lugazi and Jinja. The forest is a habitat to over 315 bird species including the rare; Tit Hylia, Nahan’s francolin, Yellow and Grey Longbills, illadopsises, Purple-throated cuckoo shrikes, and Jameson’s wattle eyes. It is very possible to sight more than 100 species as you explore the various birding spots in the forest. You will retire to your choice accommodation in the late evening.
Upmarket/Luxury: Rain Forest Lodge
Budget/basic: Griffins Falls Camp
On the second day of your birding safari tour, you will embark on a transfer to Budongo Forest Reserve situated North-west of Kampala. Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest in the whole of East Aftica and is a habitat to over 360 bird species found in its various birding spots. As you drive to Budongo, you will stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola district to track rhinos. The sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where rhinos can be encountered in their natural habitat. The place is also a habitat to another 40 mammal and reptilian species including hippos, monkeys, antelopes and crocodiles. The sanctuary is also a habitat to numerous bird species which can be sighted in various locations. Once you arrive in Budongo, you will embark on a nature walk – birding excursion before retiring to your choice lodge for the night.
Busingiro ecotourism sight and the famous royal mile are renowned birding spots, part of the vast Budongo forest. After having breakfast, you will travel to Busingiro and later connect to Royal mile on the third day of your Uganda birding safari. The bird species you are likely to see include the; Neafrapus Cassini, Nathan’s francolin, Dwarf kingfisher, blue-shouldered robin chat, White thighed hornbill, red-capped robin chat, rufous-crowned elemonela, Ituri batis, Hairy-breasted barbet, African crowned eagle, brow-eared woodpecker, Parmoptila Woodhouse, Spotted greenbul, Yellow spotted barbet, Chestnut-capped flycatcher, Chocolate-backed kingfisher, Yellow mated weaver, Forest robin, and the Gray and Yellow long bills. Besides birding, you will sight various kinds of wildlife species. You will retire to your lodge for dinner and overnight in the late evening.
After having breakfast, you will head out for a birding excursion in one of Budongo’s main birding spots; Kaniyo – pabidi. You will spot a variety of bird species including; the Puvel’s illadopsis, Cassin’s spinetail, Yellow-crested woodpecker, Crowned eagle, Cassin hawk eagle, Dwarf kingfisher, Cameroon Somber, Blue-breasted kingfisher, Pygmy crake, Green-breasted pitta, Woodhouse’s antpecker, Spotted greenbul, Grey-headed sunbird, Chocolate-backed kingfisher, Sabine’s spinetail, Lemon-bellied crombec, Brown twinspot, White-spotted flufftail, Yellow-footed flycatcher, the rare piping horn bill and the Ituri batis.
As you enjoy your birding excursion, you will encounter other wildlife species; chimpanzees, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, grey-checked mangabeys, red colobus monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and pastas monkeys. Warthogs, elephants, leopards, duikers and cape buffaloes, are some of the other mammals that make their abode in the forest reserve. Your day’s birding adventure will end when you choose to retire to your lodging.
After having breakfast, you will embark on a drive to Murchison Falls National Park to continue your birding safari. As you journey towards the North-western Uganda, you will pass through the infamous Luweero triangle – an area marked for the 1981-1985 brutal massacres that occurred there. You will proceed with your journey and make your next stop in Masindi town where you will have your lunch. You will reach Murchison Falls in the late afternoon and drive to the top of the falls before embarking on a guided nature walk – an opportunity to spot the variety of bird species which make their abode in the park. You will retire to your choice accommodation in the evening.
The day’s birding adventure in Murchison falls National Park will begin with a boat ride along the Victoria Nile and the Lake Albert delta. Some of the birds you will see in this area include; the Secretary bird, red-necked falcon, Abyssinian roller, blue-breasted bee, grosbeak weaver, vinaceous dove, and the rare shoebill stork. Besides birding, the boat cruise along the Victoria Nile offers you the opportunity to see pods of hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, among other mammals basking and grazing at the water banks.
After having lunch, you will drive to the top of the falls for another birding excursion. Some of the birds you will likely spot while there include; the grey woodpecker, white crested Turaco, red shouldered cuckoo shrike, black headed gonolek, chestnut crowned sparrow weaver, red winged grey warbler, Bruce’s pigeon, osprey, violet backed sunbird, white fronted black chat, red throated bee eater and Brown twinspot. You will retire to your lodging in the late evening.
After having breakfast, you will go for a birding excursion in the Northern game viewing circuit traversing the whistling thorn acacia where you will see birds like; speckle-front weaver, the rare shoebill, red winged grey warbler, pel’s fishing owl, Egyptian plover, white winged canary, white crested Turaco, bat hawk, rock pranticole, Secretary Bird, bat hawk, carmie bee eater, night jar, peanut winged and white winged canary. You will bird along the Victoria Nile track, the edge of the delta, the papyrus edges and the Albert Nile track. Murchison Falls National Park has an inexhaustible list of over 450 bird species found in its various birding spots. Besides the birds, the sight of various mammal and wildlife species make the safari adventure tour in Murchison Falls satiating. You will retire to your lodge as the evening wanes.
You will set out for a birding expedition in Rabongo forest after having breakfast. The forest spreads over 4 square kilometres of the park’s landscape and has various birding viewpoints. Will be able to spot several species of forest birds and a variety of primate species including monkeys and baboons. You will have your lunch in the early afternoon and embark on a transfer to Kibale National Park. You will pass through Hoima, driving along the scenic Albertine rift escarpment. You will enjoy the scenic view of the region’s rugged landscape and terraces. You will arrive at Kibale in the late evening, check in at your lodge and retire for the night.
After having breakfast, you will report to Kanyanchu River Camp where all tourism activities begin. Besides harbouring the largest population of habituated chimpanzee families, Kibale National Park is a great birding spot with a population of over 375 bird species. You will embark on a guided forest walk with a professional guide who will take you through the various birding spots. You will see birds like; the African pitta, Yellow-rumped tinker bird, Green-breasted pitta, Black bee-eater, Collared apalis, Purple-breasted sunbird, African grey parrot, Black-eared ground thrush, Abyssinian ground thrush, Red-faced woodland warbler, Blue-headed sunbird, Afep and White-napped pigeons, Red-chested owlet, Crowned eagle, Little green bul, Yellow-spotted nicator and the scaly-breasted illadopsis. The park is a habitat to over 70 mammals and it is inevitable for you to encounter some of these animals. You may see; Bush pigs, elephant, golden cats, leopards, buffaloes, duikers and primates including; chimpanzees, olive baboons, Bush babies and the various kinds of monkeys.
A birding excursion in Kibale National Park is incomplete without visiting Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary – a famous birding spot. The situated in Magombe swamp just outside Kibale National Park. It is a great birding spot with a notable population of over 138 bird species. You will have a guided nature walk in the various viewing spots where you will see species including the; yellow-spotted and hairy-breasted barbets, black-crowned wax bill, Brown-throated wattle eye, Brown-crowned tchagra, Bocage’s Bush shrike, White-breasted negrofinch, Black bishop, Black and white shrike flycatcher, Grey-winged robin chat, Yellow-Billie barbet, Toro Olive green bull, and Western nicator. After having lunch, you will transfer to Semuliki National Park where you will continue with your Uganda bird watching safari adventure the next day.
After having breakfast, your birding excursion in Semuliki National Park will begin. The park is situated in the Albertine Rift Valley and it’s riverine, grasslands and forest are a habitat to over 441 bird species. As you embark on a guided birding walk through the park, the species you will see include the; African piculet, Blue-billed malimbe, Maxwell’s black weaver, Black dwarf hornbill, Nkulengu rail, Swamp Palm bulbul, Dwarf honey guide, Piping hornbill, Yellow-throated cuckoo, Great blue and Ross’ Turaco, Orange weaver, Purple-breasted sunbird, Congo serpent eagle, Long-tailed hawk, Black collared lovebird, Zenker honey guide, and the Bates’ nightjar. You will end your day’s birding excursion with dinner and overnight at your lodge.
On the last day of your birding excursion in Semuliki, you will hit the trails along the Kirumia River, Ntandi and finally Sempaya. You will be able to sight the various bird species that make have their abode in these places. Before transferring to Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will visit the Sempaya hot springs which comprise of two boiling geysers; the male spring known as Bitende and the female spring called Nyasimbi. The springs spurt out bubbling water and steam at an estimated temperature of 100 degrees Celsius. The locals living near the springs boil eggs and food in these hot waters. After having your lunch, you will depart from Semuliki National Park and head to Queen Elizabeth National Park, arriving there in the late evening.
You will start your birding adventure in Queen Elizabeth after having breakfast. You will drive out to Kasenyi area, one of the famous birding spots in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park has a remarkable number of over 600 bird species. In this savannah grasslands dominated Kaenyi area, you will spot a variety of bird species including the; Palm-nut and hooded vultures, African white-backed vulture, African crake, Martial eagle, Senegal plover, Black-headed gonolek, Grey-backed fiscal, Flappet and White-tailed larks, Zitting and croaking cisticola, Brown snake eagle, Grey kestrel and the Black-crowned Tchagra. As you drive through the Kasenyi area, you will encounter several wildlife game. Queen Elizabeth is a wildlife hub.
After having lunch, you will embark on a boat cruise along Kazinga channel to continue with your birding adventure. The Kazinga channel is situated in the Mweya peninsula and is the connecting link between Lake Edward and Lake George. The area around the channel is a good birding spot with species like the; African mourning dove, Square-tailed, Slender-tailed and the Swamp nightjars, Grey-headed and Pygmy kingfishers, Blue-napped mousebird, Lesser masked, Slender-billed, and Yellow-backed weavers, Scarlet-chested and Red-chested sunbirds, Nubian woodpecker, Little bee-eater, Swallows, Swifts, Martins, and Cuckoos. Besides the birds, you will sight herds of hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, among other animals, along the water banks. After the boat cruise, you will retire to your lodge to relax for dinner and overnight.
After having breakfast, you will embark on a birding excursion in Maramagambo forest situated along the Kichwamba escarpment on the right side of the Western Rift Valley Arm. The forest is a good birding spot with species like the; Little grebe, Red-chested, Black and the African emerald cuckoos, African finfoot, Barbets, Black bee-eater, Brubru, Black bishop, Blue-throated roller, Brown illadopsis, Western black-headed Oriole, Sulphur-breasted bush-shrike, Blue-breasted kingfisher, Honeyguide greenbul, Chestnut wattle-eye, and the black-headed batis.
After lunch, you will transfer to Ishasha sector to continue with your birding safari adventure. Although the area is most known for its resident tree climbing lions, it is also a good birding spot with an intriguing population of bird species. Among the birds you will likely see is the; Shoebill, Palm-nut and hooded vultures, Lappet-faced vulture, African white-backed vulture, African crowned eagle, Martial eagle, Black-bellied bastard, African wattled plover, Senegal plover, African green pigeon, Grey kestrel, Black-bellied bastard, Ross’s Turaco, Helmeted Guinea fowl, African crake, Brown snake eagle and the Yellow-billed oxpecker. You will retire from your birding excursion in the late evening, returning to your lodge.
After having breakfast, you will head out to the Katwe crater lakes region to continue with your Uganda birding safari adventure. The region is a beautiful mass of craters formed as a result of volcanic explosions. The region is a good birding spot with species like the; Greater and Lesser flamingos, Common Greenshank, Pallid harrier, Little stint, Southern red bishop, Croaking cisticola, African moustached warbler, Avocet, Eurasian mash harrier, Montagu’s harrier, Red-capped lark, Gull-billed tern, and the Broad-tailed warbler.
In the afternoon, you will travel to Katunguru bridge area for another birding encounter. Under the bridge is a papyrus swamp which is a habitat to species like the; Pink-backed pelican, Gull-billed tern, White-winged warbler, White-winged tern, Papyrus gonolek, Lesser swamp wabler, Greater swamp warbler, Carruthers’s cisticola, Malachite kingfisher and Pied kingfisher. Your birding excursion will end in the late evening. You will return to your lodge for dinner, preparing to transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the next morning.
After having breakfast, you will set off for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for more thrilling birding excursions. Although Bwindi is most known for harbouring almost half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas, the park is a habitat to over 350 bird species. The bird population in this park is shared across various areas including the; main trail, Buhoma waterfall trail, bamboo zone and Mubwindi swamp trail in Ruhija. Among the species present are about 23 Albertine Rift endemics. After arriving at the park in the afternoon, you will embark on a birding excursion along the main trail. You will see several bird species including the; Blue-headed sunbird, Short-tailed warbler, Common bulbul, Emerald cuckoo, Red-headed bluebill, African blue and white-tailed blue flycatchers. Your Uganda birding safari adventure will end in the late evening. You will retire to your choice accommodation for dinner and overnight.
The seventeenth day of your Uganda birding safari adventure will begin with an early breakfast, after which you will go birding along the Buhoma waterfall trail – a famous birders paradise. You will see a variety of bird species including the; Olive long-tailed cuckoo, Handsome francolin, Neumann’s warbler, Red-chested flufftail, Toro olive greenbul, honey guides, Elliots, Narrow-tailed starlings, Pale-breasted illadopsis, Red-throated aletha, Red-faced woodland warbler, Banded and White-chinned prinia, bar-tailed trogon, Yellow whiskered greenbul, Kivu ground thrush, Red-chested owlet, Sombre greenbul and the Pink-footed puffback. This birding trail will take a rough estimate of 3-4 hours.
After having lunch, you will leave Buhoma and transfer to Ruhija, for another birding excursion. Once in Ruhija, you will embark on the famous Mubwindi swamp trail, a path that stretches through the rainforest, offering a scenic view of the valleys and the Virunga volcanoes. It is very likely that you will sight gorillas, elephants, chimpanzees, warthogs, monkeys, among other forest ‘dwellers’. The bird species you will spot along this trail include the; African green broadbill, mountain masked apalis, Grauer’s rush warbler, Grey cuckoo shrike, Mountain greenbul, Purple-breasted cotinga, and the chestnut-sided warbler. This trail lasts between 4-5 hours. You will retire to your choice accommodation in the late evening.
After having breakfast, your Uganda birding safari adventure will continue with a birding expedition in Ruhija. This time around you will embark on the most strenuous yet highly rewarding trail. You will hike along the bamboo trail – consisting of a steep climb through the impenetrable rainforest. You will see many bird species including the; Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Red-faced woodland warbler, Great blue and black billed turacos, Chubb’s cisticola, Rwenzori batis, White-necked raven, Purple-breasted and bronze sunbirds, Western black headed Oriole, Dusky turtle dove, Yellow bishop, Ayres’s and Cassin’s hawk eagle, Streak and thick billed seedeaters, swallows, robins and weavers. It is very possible to spot more than 100 species while hiking along this trail. Your birding adventure in Bwindi will end in the late evening, you will retire to your lodge and prepare to transfer to Lake Mburo National Park the next day.
After having breakfast, you will transfer to Lake Mburo National Park to continue with your Uganda birding safari adventure. The park is a habitat to over 310 bird species, among which are papyrus endemics, forest and acacia-dwelling species. You will explore the park’s great birding spots; the swampy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti, the roadsides between the Rwonyo camp and the Jetty, and the well-situated viewing platforms at the salt licks in Miriti. You will see a variety of birds including; Ross’s turaco, Rufous-bellied heron, Coqui francolin, Grey-crowned crane, White-headed barbet, Red-faced barbet, Nubian woodpecker, Red-headed lovebird, Brown parrot, Emerald-spotted wood dove, Green wood hoopoe, Black-bellied bastard, White-winged tit and finfoot, common scimitarbill, Yellow breasted apalis and the Bateleur. Lake Mburo National Park is a great birding destination – the ideal safari getaway for the passionate birder.
On the second last day of your Uganda birding safari excursion, you will embark on your journey back to Kampala after having breakfast. Once there, your guide will drive you to Mabamba bay – a famous birding safari destination. The bay is a wetland situated on the edge of Lake Victoria, northwest of the Entebbe peninsula. It has a high concentration of bird species, including the endangered shoebill stork. The other birds to see at the swamp include; the kingfisher, blue swallow, papyrus gonolek, yellow warbler, goliath heron, egret, papyrus canary, brown-throated weaver, grey-headed gull, gull-billed tern, pygmy geese, pallid harrier, blue-headed coucal, and the white-winged warbler. Mabamba bay has over 260 bird species.
At the climax of your 21 days Uganda birding safari adventure, your guide will take you to the famous botanical gardens and later drive on to Lutembe bay in Entebbe. You sight species like; Verreaux’s eagle, Red-chested sunbirds, Golden-backed weaver, Black-headed gonolek, White-winged terns, and Grey-headed gulls. After your birding excursions , your driver guide will transfer you to the airport if you have a flight to catch or drive you to any location if your choice in Kampala. This will mark the end of your birding safari adventure.