19 DAYS BIRDING & PRIMATES SAFARI

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Tour Information

  • 10 Days

  • For All Ages

  • Vacation

Dress Code Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
Included ✔️ All Park Entries ✔️ Accommodation ✔️ Personal Guide/Driver ✔️Meals

Tour Planning

Day 1. Arrival at Entebbe Airport.
On arrival you will be received/ welcomed by our representative and then transferred to your hotel. Later you will be briefed about all the details about your trip. Depending on the available time, we shall bird around the Entebbe Botanical gardens. Among the Species expected in this area include; Speckled Pigeon, Ross’s Turaco, Brown and Grey Parrot, Klaas’s, Dederick and Leivellants Cuckoo, Fork Tailed Drongo, Brown Crowned Tchagra, white Chinned Prinia, Superb Sunbird, Golden-breasted and Orange Weaver, Black-headed Gonolek, black and white casqued hornbill to mention but a few.

Day 2: Birding to Mabamba Swamp.
In the morning after breakfast, you will start birding on the way to Mabamba Swamp, which is about 50 kms west of Kampala. Bird en-route to the swamps lookout for papyrus specials such as the Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged warbler, Northern Brown-throated, Weyn’s 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 (swamp hen) Squacco, Goliath, Purple, Grey Herons, a variety of Egrets, yellow billed ducks to mention but a few. Afterwards you will head back to your hotel, with birding on your way.

Day 3: Drive to Murchison falls National park.
After breakfast, we will depart for Murchison Falls via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for the White Rhino, lunch en- route. This is one of the most popular of our Uganda national parks. We will drive through the beautiful countryside arriving in the evening. Unique birds along the way may include Cliff Chat, Yellow Fronted Tinker bird, Gray-headed Bush Shrike, Singing Cisticola, African Finfoot, Namaqua dove, Green-winged Pytilia, Red Backed Shrike, Crested Francolin, Black Headed Bush Shrike, Northern and Black-winged Red Bishops, Black-bellied Fire finch, Black-faced Waxbill, Lesser Blue-eared Starling and March Tchagra

Day 4: Birding and game watching Murchison falls National Park
In the morning after breakfast, head out for birding on a game drive, search for particular of savannah biome and Palearctic migrants. In the afternoon we take a launch cruise on the mighty river Nile to the bottom of the falls while viewing. In the lush Borassus grassland, you may be able to encounter African Lion, Leopard, African Savannah Elephant, African buffalo, Rothschild giraffe, a variety of antelope and much more game. You will encounter numerous bird species which include: The Secretary Bird, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Pied Kingfisher, Red-throated Bee-eater, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal Thick-knee, Water Thick-knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Osprey, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver. Other specialties include Buff-bellied Warbler, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Bar-breasted Fire finch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Spotted Morning-Thrush, Marabou Stork, Red-throated Bee-eater, Silver bird, Beautiful Sunbird, Black-headed Gonolek, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver, White-rumped Seedeater, Pels Fishing Owl, White Crested Turaco, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Carmine Bee-eater, Pennant-winged and Standard-winged Nightjars, White-rumped Canary and many more.

DAYS 5: Birding in Budongo Forest
In the morning after breakfast, we shall bird via the top of the stunning Murchison Falls and depending on the road condition we bird through the escarpment or Kanio Pabidi a section of Budongo forest. The escarpment area is well known for its panoramic view of Lake Albert and the Rift Valley, and also being an open area it has quite some bird species. Kanio Pabidi forest section is well known for its rare bird species including the Puvell’s Illadopsis. We can expect to find a wide range of other bird species such as the crested Guinea fowl, White Crested Turaco, Chestnut Crowned Eremomela, Yellow and Gray Long bills, Olive-bellied Crombec, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Little Green Sunbird, and Red-headed Blue Bill among others. There are also many other special birds with a West African origin: White-thighed Hornbill, Green-breasted Pitta, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Blue-breasted, Dwarf & Chocolate-backed Kingfishers, Yellow-crested & Brown-eared Woodpeckers, Yellow Bill, Western Black-headed Oriole, Yellow-spotted, Hairy-breasted & Yellow-billed Barbets, Green Hylia, Buff-throated, Black-throated & Black-capped Apalis, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, the elusive Lemon-bellied Crombec, Crested & Red-headed Malimbe and also various forest starlings among others.

Day 6: Drive to Hoima/Birding in Royal Mile
After an early breakfast with your packed lunch, proceed to bird the Royal mile. Look out for birds like the African Crowned Eagle, Heuglin’s Francolin, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Dwarf Kingfisher, White-thighed Hornbill, a Selection of Tinker birds and Barbets, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Greenbuls, Fire-crested Alethe, Red-tailed Ant-thrush, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Rufus-crowned Eremomela, Whistling Cisticola, Black-throated Apalis, Black-capped Apalis, Grey-throated Flycatcher, Forest Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Western Black-headed Oriole, Purple headed Starling, Brown Twin spot among other birds. Primates like Blue Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, and Black and white Colobus Monkey among others. Afterward you will be transferred to your Lodge in Hoima with Birding along the way.

Day 7: Birding to Kibale National Park.
After breakfast, the tour continues to After breakfast, the tour continues to Kibale forest arriving in Fort Portal in the late afternoon. Kibale forest national park is the best tourist destination for chimpanzee tracking in East Africa. It contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of all tropical forests in Uganda. It hosts 13 species of primates including the chimpanzee (Man’s closest relatives- sharing over 98% DNA with the man). Other primates that you may see include the black and white colobus, blue monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, red-tailed monkey, olive baboon, bush baby. The park also boasts 325 bird species, including the Green-breasted Pitta (Africa’s enigma), African Pitta, Black Bee-eater, yellow-spotted Nicator, Yellow-rumped tinker bird, little Greenbul, Black-eared ground thrush, brown chested Alethe, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Abyssinian ground thrush, and the African Crowned Eagle.

Day 8: Chimp trekking/ Bird watching in Kibale National park/Bigodi swamp walk
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred for the briefing before the Chimpanzee tracking experience. The activity may last from a few hours to several hours. Birding in the afternoon along the main road may be productive. Kibale is a good site for some birds that are hard to find elsewhere including Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis’s Greenbul and Joyful Greenbul as well as White-spotted Fluff tail, Dusky and Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Lesser Honeyguide, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, White-chinned Prinia, Grey Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera and White-collared Olive back. In the afternoon, take a swamp walk in Bigodi wetland as your looking for more birds.

DAY 9: Birding in Kibale National Park/transfer to Semliki national park
In the morning after breakfast, head to the forest in search for the endangered green breasted pitta and afterwards head to Kihingami Wetland 12km from Fort Portal to conduct a nature walk. This is a home to the White spotted fluff tail a very shy species. Other birds to be seen include Red headed bluebill, Black and white shrike fly catcher, Red bellied paradise flycatcher. Proceed to the Semliki Valley National Park to conduct an afternoon nature walk within the park. Birds to be seen are White thighed hornbill, Black casqued wattled hornbill, White crested hornbill and Dwarf hornbill.

Day 10: Birding in Semliki National Park
In the morning after breakfast, we take on to the Kirumia trail for whole day birding experience. We look out for some predominantly Central African species that cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. These are some of the continent’s most spectacular and sought-after birds such as; Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, the Nkulengu Rail, and other species; Blue Swallow, White-throated Swallow, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Spotted Greenbul, White-starred Robin, Lowland Akalat, Red-throated Alethe, Fire-crested Alethe, Snowy-headed Robin-Chat, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Red-eyed Puff back, White-tailed Robin-Chat, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Capped Wheatear, Common Stonechat, Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, Oberlaender’s Ground-Thrush, Grey Ground-Thrush, Little Grey Greenbul, Toro Olive Greenbul, Mountain Greenbul, Yellow-throated Nicator, Western Nicator, just to mention but a few. There is a single, unconfirmed report of the globally threatened Lesser Kestrel.

DAY 11: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the morning after breakfast, drive heading to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park is largest national park in Uganda, and ranks highest with respect to overall diversity, with a bird species list exceeding 600. The park has a mosaic of habitats from moist forest at maramagambo to wild savannah excellent for Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Hyenas, Ugandan Kobs, Baboons, Giant Hogs, Warthog among others. Look out for birds like White Spotted Fluff tail, Yellow-billed Barbet, African Emerald Cuckoo, Black-billed Turaco, Kingfishers, Lesser Striped Swallow, Cisiticolas, Shrikes, Starlings, Widow birds among other birds.

Day 12: Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park
After a cup of tea/coffee in the lobby, we will set off for a game drive/birding coming back in time for lunch and in the afternoon go for the boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, to see a variety of wildlife, hundreds of hippos, crocodile and bird life from a boat for two hours. Look out for birds like Pelicans, Green-backed Heron, Storks, African Spoonbill, Kittlitz’s Plover, Senegal Plover, Wattled Plover, Larks, Yellow-throated Long claw, Babblers, Sunbirds, Weavers, Widow birds among others. Look out for mammals like Uganda Kob, Bushbuck, Defassa Water buck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthog, when lucky a leopard, spotted Hyena and Lion among others.

Day 13: Queen Elizabeth – Ishasha sector
After an early morning breakfast, we shall set off to bird maramagambo area around Lake Nyamusingiri looking for birds like Black Bee Eater, Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Yellow-rumped Tinker bird, Speckled Tinker bird, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Snowy-capped Robin-Chat, Buff-throated Apalis, Honeyguide Greenbul, Red-colored Widowbird among other birds. Proceed to overnight in the Ishasha sector.

Day 14: Drive to Bwindi impenetrable National Park
After breakfast we shall head out to, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with birding on your way. This vast reserve offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and is of immense conservation importance. Look out for species like Raptors, Bee Eaters, Kingfishers, Barbets, Tinker birds, Woodpeckers, Apalises, Honeyguide Greenbul, Swallows, Larks, Cisiticolas, Pipits, Chats, Shrikes, Starlings, widow birds.

Day 15: Birding in Bwindi impenetrable National park
This section of Bwindi is generally at a higher altitude (2000m to 2800m) and therefore is cooler. Temperatures range between 10 and 18 degrees centigrade. Forest birding at Bwindi ranks the best in Uganda. It is home to over 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics. Specialty birds include; Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Banded Prinia, Black-faced Apalis, Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Mountain Illadopsis, African Hill-Babbler, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Grey-headed Sunbird, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Pink-footed Puff back, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, White-napped Raven, Montane Oriole, African Golden Oriole, Shulman’s Starling, Narrow-tailed Starling, Waller’s Starling, Strange Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Magpie Manikin, Yellow-crowned Canary, Thick-billed Seedeater, Streaky Seedeater, African Green Broadbill, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Oriole Finch, Mountain Buzzard, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Handsome Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, Barred Long tailed Cuckoo, African Wood-Owl, Rwenzori Nightjar, Scarce Swift, Bar-tailed Trogon, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Black Bee-eater, (Western) Bronze-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Owlet, Tullberg’s Woodpecker, Elliot’s Woodpecker, African Broadbill, Western Green Tinkerbird, Lagdens Bush Shrike, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Archer’s Ground Robin, Toro Olive-Greenbul, Ansorge’s Greenbul, Equatorial Akalat, White-bellied Robin chat, Olive Thrush, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Grauer’s Rush-warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler and Red-face.

Day 15: Gorilla Tracking & Community walk
In the morning after having breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing about the park and about the gorilla tracking activity. Then you will embark on the most memorable journey in your life. The time for trekking can be as little as two hours or long as seven hours. Once you locate the gorilla family you will be allowed a maximum of one hour observing them.

In the afternoon after lunch, you can go for a community walk as you discover the different mode of living of the nearby community.

Day 16:Birding Mubwindi Swamp, Bwindi Forest National Park.
After breakfast, we go down to UWA offices, pay for the activities, get ranger guides and start our birding session towards Mubwindi swamp. (Here we can also have optional Gorilla trekking, depending on the clients’ interests.) This is a good spot for the high elevation bird species and the Albertine rift endemics and we search for specialties that include; the Chestnut-throated, Mountain-masked, Black-throated and Rwenzori Apalis, Stripe-breasted and Dusky Tit, Black-billed Turaco, Grey-throated Barbet, Red-faced Woodland, Mountain-yellow, Grauer’s Rush and Grauer’s Wrabler, Northern Double-collard, Rwenzori Double-collard, Varieble, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Grauer’s Broadbill, Bared Long-tailed Cuckoo, Archer’s Robin-chat, Oriole-finch, White-bellied Crested, Yellow-eyed Black, White-eyed Slate and Dusky Flycatchers, Ludher’s, Grey-headed and Dohert’s Bush-shrike, Scaly-breasted and Mountain Illadopsis, Yellow-streaked and Mountain Greenbul, Banded Prinia and Dusky Crimsonwing among others. We come back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 17: Birding on the way to Lake Mburo
After breakfast, bird to Lake Mburo National Park. We will have opportunity to stop at Echuya Forest to the proceed to Lake Mburo. This park has varied habitats from open Acacia woodlands to a number of papyrus-lined lakes and swamps. We will continue our exploration this afternoon in Lake Mburo National Park where we will be covering several different habitats looking out for birds like Bateleur, Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue-napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, White-napped Raven, Fork tailed Drongo, Black-crowned Waxbill, and Black-headed Waxbill among other birds.

Day 18: Birding in Lake Mburo national park – Boat cruise.
The day begins early in the morning as we go for a nature walk on the shores of Lake Mburo in the park, searching for wildlife that includes; Buffaloes, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Dwarf Mongoose, Reedbuck, cliffspringers, Impalas, Zebras, Topis, Warthogs, Elands and Leopards among other mammals and also a variety of birdlife that includes the Black-headed and Papyrus Gonolek, Coqui Francolin, Brown-chested Lapwing, Lilac-breasted Roller and the rare Shoe billed Stork among others. We come back to the lodge in the afternoon for lunch, relax

around and later in the afternoon go for a boat cruise on the lake for another view of wildlife.

Day 19: Transfer to Entebbe
After breakfast, you will embark on a morning birding activities. Afterwards drive to Entebbe for departure with a stopover at the Uganda Equator.

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