This Uganda birding tour will take you to the major Savannah national parks in Uganda for your ultimate Uganda birding experience. You will start trip by visiting Mabamba Swamp the home of the Shoebill in Uganda. We will then continue to Murchison falls national park which has varied habitats for bird and over 450 bird species. We will then proceed to Queen Elizabeth national park known for its varied biodiversity and over 600 bird species. Lastly will be Lake Mburo national park the smallest of them and yet with amazing Uganda birding opportunities of rare key species and great nature walks.

Key Species

Shoebill, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Orange Weaver, Papyrus Gonolek, African Finfoot, Red-faced Barbet, Lesser Jacana, Lesser Flamingo, White-napped Pigeon, Lesser Kestrel, Black-winged Pratincole, Pel’s Fishing-Owl, white faced Go-Away bird, Black-billed Barbet

Habitat

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

Optional Activity

Chimpanzee Trekking

Day 1: Arrival for Uganda Birding Safari

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed by a Kagera Safaris guide and transferred to your hotel. Depending on time of arrival, we have opportunities of birding Entebbe botanical gardens as an introduction to Uganda birding not too far from your lodge/hotel in Entebbe.

Day 2: Birding Mabamba Swamp wetlands

shoebill-ugandaThis morning we bird the Mabamba bay in a boat with an engine attached to it. A variety of species to be seen include; elusive Shoebill, White-faced Whistling-duck, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Common Squacco Heron, long-toed Plover, Black Headed Herons, Striated Heron, Pygmy Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, Black Crake, Swamp Moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, African Jacana, White Shouldered Tit, Little Swift, Brown Snake-Eagle, Eurasian Hobby, Grosbeak Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, Fork-tailed Drongo, Flappet and Long-Crested Eagle, Common Stonechat, Little bee-eater.  Whinchat, Grey Wagtail, Great Blue Turaco, Grassland Pipit, Orange Weaver, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Black-headed weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Black Headed Gonolek, Ruppell’s Long-tailed Sterling, Grey-Headed Sparrow, Spur-winged Lapwing, Yellow Wagtail, African Pied Wagtail, Pied Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Stork, Carruther’s Cisticola, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Rufous-napped Lark, Yellow-throated Greenbul and many others.

Day 3: Birding Tour in Murchison Falls National Park 

After breakfast, we bird to Uganda’s largest National Park – Murchison Falls  National Park.  In addition to stopovers along the road for birding, we shall have a major stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary the only place in Uganda where you can find Rhinos. After briefing from the ranger guides, we track Rhinos in the field even as we enjoy sightings of different birds species. After this experience, we proceed to our lodge in the park continuing to bird along the way.

Day 4: Savannah Birding & Game drivers

abyssinian-ground-hornbillWe have an early morning breakfast leave for a full days birding in the heart of the park in the northern bank of River Nile. The species we look out for include; Stripped, Chestnut-bellied, Blue-breasted, Woodland and the African Pygmy Kingfishers, The Secretary Bird, House Martin, African Rock Martin, Lesser Stripped Swallow, Ethiopian Swallow, Angola Swallow, Rufous-chested Swallow, Nightingale, Rock Thrush, White-fronted Black Chat, Sooty Chat. More species include; Isabelline Wheatear, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Yellow-throated Greenbul, the Black, White-breasted, and Penduline Tits, Brown Babblers, Nubian Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Scaly-throated Honeyguide,  Green Wood Hoopoe etc.

Day 5: Birding on River Nile in Murchison falls national park

birds-and-animals-murchisonToday early in the morning, we continue birding Murchison falls national park. We will take a launch cruise on the Victoria Nile to have better chance of sighting of the different water bird species. Species to look out for include; Shoebill, Little Grebe, Great White and the Pink-backed Pelicans, Red-knobbed Coot, African Water Rail, Black Crake, African Crake, Black-crowned Crane, Southern Pochard, Egyptian, African Pygmy, and the Spur-winged Gooses, the Saddle-billed, Open-billed, Abdim’s, White, Yellow-billed & Marabou Storks. Wooly-necked, the Little and Dwarf Bitterns, Night Heron, Black Heron, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Common Squacco Heron, Great White Egret, Cormorants, Eurasian Spoonbills, Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Jacana, Wattled Plover the list continues.

Day 6: Birding tour to Fort portal  

Today after an early breakfast we leave Murchison falls national park and drive to Fort portal in western Uganda. We shall bird all the way with various stopovers especially in the swampy areas and forested patches along the various roads. Today we break journey in Fort portal and overnight after arriving later that evening. Fort portal is a green calm and touristic town which offers the needed rest before proceeding to Queen Elizabeth national park the next day.

Day 7: Birding to Queen Elizabeth national park

After an early breakfast, we bird our way to Queen Elizabeth national park. We continue with birding on arrival in the park. We take a boat on Kazinga channel for more birding opportunities. Some of the species to look out for; African Skimmer, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, White-winged Terns, Swamp Fly-catcher, Grey-capped Warbler, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Collard Pranticles, African Jacana, Pin-tailed Whydah, Martial Eagle, Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, Black-headed Gonolek. Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squacco Heron, African Skimmer, African Fish Eagle, Great white and Pink-backed Pelicans,Yellow-billed, Egyptian Goose, a number of Gull species,  to mention but a few.

Day 8: Birding in Queen Elizabeth national park 

red-necked-spurfowl-queenQueen Elizabeth hosts over 600 bird species, we will bird the Kasenyi tracks and the craters track for hundreds of Savannah species which include; Red necked SpurfowlCommon Rock Thrush, Pied Wheatear, Whinchat, Common Redstart, White-fronted Black Chat, Sooty Chat, Common Bulbul, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Yellow-throated Greenbul, the Black, White-breasted, and Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrikes. The Black and Penduline Tits, Nubian Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Honeyguide, Green Wood Hoopoe, and many more.

Day 9: Birding tour in Kyambura Gorge 

Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park is an under ground forest which also hosts Chimpanzees. Today we spend the day birding this beautiful section for different bird species that have their habitat here. We shall also visit the Kyambura game reserve which is home to the greater and lesser flamingos and great Egrets.

Day 10: Birding to Lake Mburo National Park 

After breakfast, we bird to Lake Mburo National Park. We shall have several birding stopovers at forest patches, swampy areas and water patches before finally arriving in Lake Mburo national park. We will then take an evening bird walk with an armed ranger guide to explore the various bird species in this park. We will also have opportunities for sighting a variety of mammals like, Warthogs, Zebras, Eland, Uganda Kob, Bush buck and many others.

Day 11: Birding in Lake Mburo National Park 

eagles-lake-mburoHave an early morning breakfast before we start our going birding for the day. Today we shall also take a boat ride on Lake Mburo especially in search of the African Fin foot. Species to look out for include; Red-winged Francolin, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Blue Quails, White-headed and Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-breasted and Shining-blue Kingfishers, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbill, Grey Woodpeckers. Wing-snapping Cisticolas, Red-necked spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, African-wattled Plover Rufous napped and Flappet larks, Rufous-chested Swallow ,Yellow-throated Longclaw, Black-winged Bishop, Chubb’s & Carruther’s Cisticolas, the Lesser and Great Swamp Warblers, Black Crake, Common Squacco, Striated, Black-headed,  Herons, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans,  African Fish Eagle, among others.

Day 12: Birding Journey to Entebbe

Today we start journey back to Entebbe after a fulfilling Uganda birding tour. We will bird our way out of the park looking our for more species even as we exit lake mburo national park. We will have stopovers along the way for more birding opportunities. Our major stopover will be at the Equator monument for lunch and photo moments and shopping for souvenirs. After this will proceed to Entebbe for overnight as you prepare to leave for departure flight.

Day 13: End of Uganda Savannah Birding Tour

Today depending on your flight time, have one last time to look around before transferring to the airport for your outbound flight. Thank you for choosing to explore Uganda’s avian variety with us, we hope you will return one day to bird other areas in Uganda.

What to bring

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

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