This 15 day birding & primates safari in Uganda will take you to the major forests and national parks in Uganda. You will start with the famous Mabamba Swamp with very high chances of sighting the shoebill. We proceed to Murchison Falls National Park which is home to over 450 bird species and 76 mammal species with a wide range of habitats for birds. Kibale National Park protects a large block of rainforest that with excellent birding opportunities of the over 300 bird species including the sought after Green breasted Pitta. It harbours the highest concentration of primates in the World. We will continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park home to 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics. We shall then end with Lake Mburo national park because of its varied habitats that support several species of birds. The park is home to 315 bird species
Key Species: Malachite, Purple-breasted, Regal, Scarlet-tufted Sunbirds, Rwenzori Turaco, Archer’s Robin Chat, Cape Robin, White-starred Robin, African Green Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Batis, Collared Apalis, Dusky Crimsonwing, Green breasted Pitta, Yellow-billed Barbet, Bar-tailed Trogon, Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Waller’s Starling, Dwarf Honey-Guide, Oriole Finch, Doherty’s Bush-Shrike, Red-headed Malimbe, Grey-headed Sparrow, Dusky Twinspot, Rwenzori Nightjar, Cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Toro-Olive Greenbul, Black Bee-eaters.
Habitat: Forest, Acacia Savanna, grassland, agricultural lands, Riverine Forest, Moist woodland, Borassus Palm Savannah, Papyrus Swamps, Lakes and rivers
Day 1: Arrive for the Uganda Forest Birding Safari
On arrival at Entebbe international airport you will be received by a representative of Kagera Safaris to start your Uganda birding trip and there after transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Mabamba swamp & transfer to Murchison falls NP
After early breakfast, drive southwards to Mabamba Swamp Wetland located on the fringes of Lake Victoria. In Mabamba swamp, search for the incredible shoebill and other variety of water birds; sightings will include, herons, egrets, ducks, plovers, gulls, Kingfishers, warbler, swallows.
Day 3: Birding in Murchison falls national park
We have an early morning breakfast and then go birding on a game drive. We will carry packed lunch with us to maximize our time in the field sighting savanna birds along other wildlife. We look out; Secretary Bird, Giant, Pied, Malachite, Stripped, Blue-breasted, Woodland and the African Pygmy Kingfishers, African Rock Martin; Ethiopian, Angola, Rufous-chested Swallow, Nightingale, Whinchat, White-fronted Black Chat. Common Bulbul and Yellow-throated Greenbul, White-breasted, and Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrikes, Brown Babblers, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Honey guide, Scaly-throated Honey guide ,and many more
Day 4: Launch Cruise birding Uganda Safari
Today we will take a launch cruise to the bottom of the falls. While on the boat, we will look out for; Little Grebe, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, African Crake, Black-crowned Crane, Egyptian, African Pygmy, and the Spur-winged Gooses, Storks like; the Saddle-billed, Open-billed. More birds include, Woolly-necked, the Little and Dwarf Bitterns, Night Heron, Black Heron, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Green Backed Heron, Common Squacco Heron, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, the African and Eurasian Spoonbills, the Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Jacana, African Finfoot, Painted Snipe, Wattled Plover and more.
Day 5: Birding to Kibale forest National Park
Leave early for Kibale Forest National Park, the forest is home to 13 primate species. This is a long drive but there are a few good birding spots along the way.
Day 6: Kibale forest birding for Green breasted Pitta
This morning we search for the Green breasted Pitta and other species like the Western bronze-napped Pigeon, Yellow-throated Nicator, White-headed Wood hoopoe, Red Headed malimbe, Yellow-spotted barbet, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Great blue Turaco etc.
In the afternoon, we join teams on for chimpanzee trekking.
Day 7: Bird watching Safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda
Have breakfast and then bird to the home of 600 bird species, the biggest of any protected area Queen Elizabeth national park.
Day 8: Birding in at the Mweya Peninsular & Kazinga Channel
We bird the Mweya Peninsular and do a boat safari on Kazinga channel in the afternoon. Look out for; African Skimmer, Malachite Kingfishers, White-winged Terns, Swamp Fly-catcher, Grey-capped Warbler, Grey-headed Kingfisher, African Jacana, Pin-tailed Whydah, Martial Eagle, Gabon Nightjars. Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squacco Heron, African Skimmer, African Fish Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Sedge Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Great white and Pink-backed Pelicans, African Mourning Dove, African Open-billed Stork, Yellow-billed, Egyptian Goose, a number of Gull species, to mention but a few.
Day 9: Bird our way to Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Transfer to Bwindi Park early morning for the Albertine rift species: Grey headed Negrofinch, Black billed weaver, Black necked weaver, Stuhlmann’s starling, Pink footed puff back, Bocage’s bush-shrike, Ludher’s bush shrike, blue headed sunbird, Ross’s and Black billed Turaco
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Buhoma community rest camp
Day 10: In Bwindi Impenetrable national Park – Albertine Rift Endemics
Morning – Gorilla trekking
We shall after the trek continue with bird watching along the water fall trail for the Narrow-tailed Starling, Waller’s Starling, Montane Oriole, African Golden Oriole Strange Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Magpie Mannikin, Yellow-crowned Canary, Thick-billed Seedeater, Streaky Seedeater, African Green Broadbill, Oriole Finch, Mountain Buzzard, Handsome Francolin, Black-billed Turacco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Wood Owl. More species; Rwenzori Nightjar, Bar-tailed Trogon, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, (Western) Bronze-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Owlet, Tullberg’s Woodpecker, African Broadbill, Western Green Tinkerbird, African Green Broadbill, Lagdens Bush-Shrike, Petit’s Cuckoo-Shrike, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Toro Olive-Greenbul, White-bellied Robin Chat, Olive Thrush, White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Grauer’s Rush-warbler, Neumann’s Warbler and Red-faced Woodland Warbler.
Day 11: Bird to Ruhija via the Neck
Today we transfer to Ruhija sector of Bwindi forest via ‘the neck’ a forest stretch linking Buhoma to Ruhija. Birds to look out for include; Yellow-billed Waxbill, Black Saw-wing, Chubbs’ Cisticola, Grey Apalis, Augur Buzzard, Petit’s Cuckoo Shrike, Black, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Northern Puffbacks, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Red-throated Martin, Yellow White-eye, Yellow-bellied Kite, Speckled-rumped Tinker birds. African Stonechat, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Stripe-breasted Tit, Montane-masked Apalis, Red-faced Woodland, Montane Yellow Warbler, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Lead-colored Flycatcher, Black-necked Weaver, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Yellow-spotted Barbet.
Day 12: Mubwindi Swamp trail
After breakfast take a trail to Mubwindi swamp that promises some of the most difficult of all rift endemics: the beautiful Regal Sunbird, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Grauer’s Rush warbler, African green broadbill & Caruther’s cisticola, handsome francolin, African Hill babbler, Banded Prinia, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Collared Apalis.
Day 13: Bird watching to Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda
After breakfast, we bird to L. Mburo National Park. On checking in, we go for an evening game drive for a number of bird species and a variety of mammals.
Day 14: Whole day Birding Uganda L. Mburo National Park
Have an early morning breakfast before going birding. Species to look out for include the African Finfoot, Red-winged Francolin, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Blue Quails, Common Button Quail, White-headed and Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, 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, Black-bellied Bustard, African-wattled Plover, Rufous napped and Flappet larks, Rufous-chested Swallow ,Yellow-throated Longclaw, Black-winged Bishop, Chubb’s, 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.
Day 15: Birding Journey to Kampala/Entebbe
On the last day, we bird our way out of the park for more species. We will have a stopover at the Equator monument for our lunch before proceeding to Entebbe for your outbound flight home. Thank you for traveling with us.
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