Murchison Falls National Park and Budongo Forest Reserve boast of a rich bird life in Uganda. Budongo Forest protects the largest natural forest area in East Africa with over 350 bird Species offering excellent birding opportunities. It is also home to several primates including Chimpanzees. Murchison Falls National Park was voted No. 9 birding spot in Africa. It is home to over 450 bird species and 76 mammal species with a wide range of bird habitats. This trip will combine these two great birding spots for an excellent birding experience.

Birding Site 

Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve

Key Species

Shoebill, Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Spinetail, Ituri Batis, Orange Weaver, Puvel’s Illadopsis, Lesser Kestrel, Black-winged Pratincole, Secretary bird, Senegal Think-knee, Egyptian Plover, Vinaceous Dove, Bronze-tailed Starlings, Beautiful Sunbirds, Northern Carmine bee eater,

Habitat

Forest, Acacia Savanna, grassland, agricultural lands, Moist woodland with grass understory, Borassus Palm Savannah, Papyrus Swamps, Lakes and rivers

Optional Activity

Chimpanzee Trekking

Day 1: Arrival for the Uganda birding tour

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed by Kagera Safari’s representative and transferred to your hotel in Entebbe. In case you arrive on an early morning flight, you have opportunity to bird Entebbe botanical gardens as an introduction to uganda birding.

Day 2: Birding Tour to Murchison Falls National Park

ziwa-rhinos-ugandaAfter breakfast, we bird our way to Uganda’s largest National Park – Murchison falls national park with some stops in key areas along the way. Our first major stop over will be at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, an excellent birding area and only home to Rhinos in Uganda. We will arrive here in the mid-morning and proceed to track Rhinos after a short briefing at the Rhino fund offices.

After the Rhino trekking experience, we have a lunch and proceed to our lodge for overnight.

 

 

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 will look out; Secretary Bird, Northern Carmine and Red-throated Bee-eaters, Giant, Pied, Stripped, Chestnut-bellied, Blue-breasted, Woodland and the African Pygmy Kingfishers, African Rock Martin; Lesser Stripped, Ethiopian, Angola, Red-rumped and Rufous-chested Swallow, Nightingale, Rock Thrush, Pied Wheatear, Whinchat, White-fronted Black Chat, Sooty Chat. Common Bulbul, Cameroon Sombre and Yellow-throated Greenbul, the Black, White-breasted, and Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrikes, the Black and Penduline Tits,  Black-lored, and Brown Babblers, Nubian Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Honeyguide,and many more

Day 4:  Birding safari on River Nile – Murchison falls NP 

purple-heron-murchison-fallsToday we will take a boat cruise  on the victoria Nile looking for water birds and those on the fridges in the vegetation. While on the boat, we will look out for the; Shoebill, Little Grebe, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, African Water Rail, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, African Crake, Grey-crowned Crane, Southern Pochard, The Egyptian, African Pygmy, and the Spur-winged Gooses, Saddle-billed, Open-billed,  White, Yellow-billed, Marabou. 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 White Egret, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, African and Eurasian Spoonbills, the Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Jacana, African Finfoot, Painted Snipe, Wattled Plover and more.

Day 5: Uganda Birding tour to Budongo forest

Today morning after breakfast, we bird our way to Budongo forest. Depending on which part of the park our lodging was, we leave in time to catch the morning ferry across river Nile to the southern bank of the Nile. We bird the park one last time before starting journey to Budongo forest for some of the rare birds. We arrive at our lodge later that evening ready for the birding excursion starting early morning.

Day 6: Uganda Birding Tour in Budongo Forest Reserve

birding-royal-mileIn Budongo, we bird the “Royal Mile”- a stretch covering a mile with great birding opportunties along the road in the forest. The bird species to look out for include; the Puvel’s Illadopsis, Nahan’s Francolin, the Chocolate–Backed Kingfisher, White-headed Saw-wing, White Wagtail, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, Little Crake, Yellow-billed Barbet, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Lemon-bellied Crombec, African MoustachedWarbler, Green-backed Eremomela. Yellow-throated Greenbul, African Citril, African Golden-breasted Bunting, Black-crowned Waxbill, Bronze Mannikin, Black-winged Red Bishop, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Spectacled Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Compact Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Red-headed Weaver, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Purple Starling, Purple-headed Starling, Splendid Starling, Northern Puffback, Black-headed Gonolek, Tropical Boubou, Isabelline Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Western Violet-backed Sunbird and many more.

Day 7: Birding to Entebbe –  Uganda Birding Tour

After that amazing day birding Budongo forest, we bird part of the morning before preparing to leave for Kampala and subseqently continue to Entebbe. The birding opportunities are immerse en route with stopovers at swampy areas and open areas to catch several birds we may have missed previously. We later arrive in Entebbe later that evening for overnight ready to tranfer home.

Day 8: End of Murchison Falls NP & Budongo Forest birding Safari

Early morning or later in the day, you will be transferred to the Airport for your departure flight back home. Thank you for birding Uganda with Kagera safaris. We truly hope you had a magical time and will choose to visit again to explore another part of Uganda for birding opportunities.

What to bring

  • Long trouser and long sleeved tops
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hut
  • Rain jacket
  • Day pack to carry lunch and water
  • Binoculars
  • Camera

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