Uganda is landlocked and falls at the confluence of a number of regional centers of endemism or biomes in Central Africa, each with characteristic avifauna. From the source of the Nile on Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Rwenzori ranges, the montane forests and volcanoes to the semi-arid plains of Karamoja, Uganda is an equatorial country of astonishing contrast.

Over 20% of the surface area of Uganda is covered by wetlands – both open water bodies and marshes of Papyrus reed beds, Miscanthus, etc. Not less than 210 species, ranging from the Shoebill and African Skimmer to the endemic Fox’s Weaver, are found in these wetlands. In addition to the above are four Papyrus endemics: the Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, White-winged Warbler and Papyrus Yellow Warbler. Bi-annual waterfowl counts in Uganda have further revealed the roost of 2 to 3 million White-winged Black Terns in Lutembe bay. In Uganda savanna varies from the remote, semi-desert, dry thorn-scrub region of Karamoja in the Northeast, to the richer fertile savannas of the western rift valley. Queen Elizabeth National Park alone has a bird list of 611 species.

There is undoubtedly no other area in Africa that can match Uganda’s astounding diversity of habitats (despite the fact that there are no coastal habitats). This richness is reflected in the burgeoning bird list of over 1030 species, representing more than half of the bird species found in the whole of Africa, over 10% of the world bird list! Imagine 5 biomes in an area of 236,040 sq km!

Uganda has about 800 resident species, Afro-tropical migrant species that are believed to breed in Uganda, and over 150 palearctic migrants. There are 28 globally threatened species of which two are endemic to Uganda – Fox’s Weaver and the Entebbe Weaver. The Fox’s weaver has quite often been seen in Northeastern Uganda around Lakes Opeta and Bisinia, and the Entebbe Weaver was once reported from the Entebbe peninsula. Although Uganda is poor in endemic species, it nonetheless shares all species recorded from East and Central Africa.

Amongst the exceptional species in Uganda is the Shoebill, most easily accessible from Uganda (as compared to the rest of Africa). The African Green Broadbill in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, African Green-breasted Pitta in Kibale National Park, and Rwenzori Turacco are other spectacular endemics of the Albertine rift that may be difficult or impossible to find elsewhere in the whole of Africa. Out of the 38 species of birds confined to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo in the Albertine Rift Endemic Area (ARE), Uganda hosts 28, mostly confined to the forests of Mgahinga, Rwenzori and Bwindi National Parks in the southwestern part of Uganda.

Despite its relatively small size, Uganda remains the richest in terms of biodiversity in Africa. This can be demonstrated by an incredible record of over 600 species list on a three weeks tour (the highest for any protected area in Africa), and a 296 species record in one day in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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Birding safaris

Set off on a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the lush hills of Uganda and Rwanda to encounter chimpanzees and mountain gorillas in the wild and oh did i mention they are the last ones remaining in the wild? Stay in stunning Eco-lodge with spectacular views . rewarding game drives in the tropical savannas teaming with numerous wildlife among which are some of  Africa’s big five, prolific displays of bird life include the albertine rift endemics, water birds on the numerous lakes rivers, springs and swamps that characterize the countries. and not forgetting spectacular boat rides that are highly rewarding with both bird and animal life. come on lets traverse the hills and mountains ,valleys, forest, sparkling lakes and rivers, golden savanna lands and the swamps among other places to experience the glorious splendor of birds and animals that have for long remained a well kept secret. see you there with our friendly passionate and local guides.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

DAY 2: PRIMATE SAFARI TO KIBALE

DAY 3: BIDING AND PRIMATE SEARCH

DAY 4: BIRDING TO QUEEN ELIZABETH

DAY 5: MORNING GAME SAFARI AND LAUNCH CRUISE

DAY 6: BIRDING TO THE GORILLA FOREST

DAY 7: GORILLA TRACKING

DAY 8: BIRDING BWINDI

DAY 9: BIRDING TO PNV

DAY 10: GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING]

DAY 11: TRANSFER TO KIGALI  ONWARDS

Day 1: Arrival

This day you arrive at Entebbe international airport where you will be met by a Journeys Uganda Safari guide who will lead you through the Apes and Aves Uganda- Rwanda Safari. Depending on your time of arrival  he wwmay brief you about youre safari aftere transfering you tothe lodge for checkin. We shall check in at Cassia Lodge. BB

Day 2: Transfer to the Uganda Primate Arcade

After breakfast we shall transfer to Kibale National Park the haven of primates in Uganda. The journey is averagely on a paved road, through a variety of habitats that includes forests, savannahs, wetlands, and gardens, that all result in beautiful sceneries and sightings, before stopping en-route for lunch, expect primates like the Varvet, Blue, Red Colobus and Colobus Guerreza, olive baboon is common as we approach Fort Portl through Kibale forest- Sebitoli area, rich birding here with probable sightings of the White Headed Wood Hopoe, Joyful Greenbul, Yellow Spotted, Yellow Billed, Hairy Breasted and Grey Throated Barbet, Pink-footed Puffback, Dusky and Olive Long Tailed Cuckoo, Black Billed Turaco, Golden Crowned Wood-pecker, Red Headed Malimbe, Luhdur’s Bush shrike, White Breasted Nigrofinc, keep eyed open in the skies as we might see the Cassin’s and Crowned Hawk Eagle, Later on we continue to the primate arcade where we check in at Chimpanzee Guest House.FB

Day 3: Morning search for Aves/birds and Apes/primates

Kibale is home to 13 species of primates and there besides our close cousins, the chimpanzees, there are other primates likely to be encountered in the due course of our hike through the forest. These include: red colobus, L’hoest’s, Black-and-white colobus, red tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey and other primate species. Birding in the forest is also very rewarding and you could encounter White-naped Pigeon, African Gray Parrot, Black Bee-eater, Hairy-breasted, Yellow Spotted and Yellow Billed Barbet, Chestnut-winged, Purple-headed, Waller’s and Narrow Tailed Starlings, Blue-throated Brown and Superb Sunbirds, White-collared Olive back among others, the greatest ave to look out for today will be the Green Breasted Pitta!! We later drive back to our lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Dinner and overnight at chimpanzee guest house.FB

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This morning after breakfast we transfer to the second largest national park of Uganda birding as we drive towards the shores of Lake Edward. We check in at Simba Safari Lodge or Mweya Safaris Lodge then head for an evening game drives looking for numerous birds that inhabit the surrounding scrub and lakeshore like the African Hopoe, Green Winged Pytilia, African Golden Breasted Bunting and later in this drive we look out for the Black Shouldered, Swamp, Square Tailed and Pennant-winged Nightjars back to Simba Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.for species like the long crested eagle, Brown and Banded Snake Eagle, among other species. This day we cross the equator line before getting into Queen Elizabeth National Park.Here we shall be in the western arm of the Albertine Rift Valley where we shall do a Crater Lake drive before checking in to our lodge. Dinner and overnight at Marafiki lodge. FB

Day 5: Morning game safari and afternoon boat cruise

This morning after a cup of coffee we drive to Kasenyi sector for a game drive searching for animals like buffaloes, kobs, waterbucks, warthogs and on lucky days cats like lions, leopards, hyenas among others. We then get back to the hotel for breakfast as we prepare for an afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel a stretch of about 40kms joining two lakes George and Edward which lie of the floor of the great East African Rift Valley and one being a Ramsar site. Dinner and overnight at Marafiki lodge. FB

Day 6: Transfer to the Gorilla Park

Our day here is a transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest the home of the gorillas. Today we shall carry a packed lunch as the drive is through Queen Elizabeth National Park and there are lots of amazing wildlife encounters all leading us to the Ishasha sector where we shall be searching for the famous tree climbing lions a characteristic common in the lions here after they feed or when it gets hot on the ground and there are lots of biting insects and ants . Birding today will expose us to many savanna rarities and the sky is a big habitat today for eagles like Tawny and Martial, Banded and Brown Snake Eagles, Plain Backed and Grassland Pipit, Yellow Throated Long-Claw, White Backed, Ruppel’s Griffon and Lappet Faced Vultures among others Dinner and Overnight stay at Gorilla Mist Camp or Buhoma Community Bandas.FB

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking Day

Whole day here after breakfast will be gorilla tracking. With a packed lunch, we shall assemble at the briefing point to get the dos and don’ts while gorilla tracking and understanding more about these great apes an their habitat before we interface with them. The trekking lasts from 2 hours depending on the luck of the day searching for these close relatives, once found, you will spend 1 complete hour almost in a dream but it is a real experience, we shall later retreat and leave the gorillas in their safe haven and heat back to our starting point. Not all make it there, there will be a congratulatory message after the tracking then we later get to our lodge where we shall spend our night and have dinner.Dinner and Overnight stay at Gorilla Mist Camp or Buhoma Community Bandas.FB

Day 8: Birding in Bwindi.

Assuming we spent the night Ruhija, we shall start early birding to Mubwindi swamp majorly searching for the Albertine Rift Endemics with a key focus on the African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Collard Apalis, Stripe Breasted Tit, Strange Weaver, Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Purple Breasted, Regal and Blue Headed Sunbird among others. The Cassin’s Hawk Eagle and Mountain Buzzard and high on our list today, keep your eyes out whenever there is an open sky. We later get back to our lodge for dinner and overnight stay. FB

Day 9: Transfer to Rwanda – Pac Nationale Des Volcanes

We start early on this day for more forest species we might have missed the previous day as we transfer to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, there are lots of secret birding spots known by your guide before you get out of the forest and you will be looking out for the Bar Tailed Tragon, Barred Long Tailed Cuckoo, Doharty’s Bush-Shrike, Black Billed Weaver, Sharpe’s Starling, Black Headed Waxbill and further up the road, cultivated areas provide feeding opportunities for many seed eaters like the Streaky and Thick-billed, African Citril and Cape Canary. We have many chance of seeing primates like the I’heost’s, Red Tailed, Blue and the Black and White Colobus Monkey the Noisy Chubb’s Cisticolas will mock us from deep within the bracken all way to Rwanda.

There are so many special birds at these elevations that we do not want to rush through, we continue with our drive through the Kanab gap. A good marsh area holds Common and Lesser Moorhen, Hotentot Teal, African Rail. There are enjoyable views of the scenery referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Africa. We shall cross the border and checkin at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Gorilla Hotel in Musanze. FB

Day 10:

Early this day we get to Volcanoes National Park to go for Golden Monkey tracking and later get back to our hotel for relaxation as we prepare for a visit to the cultural site at Iwachu village. Dinner and overnight Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Gorilla Hotel in Musanze. FB

Day 11:

We transfer to Kigali the capital of Rwanda,visit the genocide museum and local markets for our last shopping before getting to Kigali International airport for your flight back home .

Crested Cranne

DAY 1: – ARRIVAL

DAY 2: BIRDING TO MABIRA FOREST

DAY 3: BIRDING TO KANIYO PABID

DAY 4: – WE BIRD KANIYO PABID THEN TRANSER TO Northern Murchison

DAY 5: BIRDING NORTHERN MURCHISON FALLS AND TRANSFER TO MASINDI

DAY 6: BIRDING TO ROYAL MILE AND BUSINGIRO FOREST. 

DAY 7: Birding to Kibale Forest:

Day 8: Morning search for the Green Breasted Pitta and optional chimp tracking

DAY 9: TRANSFER AS WE BIRD ENROUTE TO Semliki National Park
DAY 10: – BIRD WATCHING SEMLIKI – KIRUMIA TRAIL AND SEMPAYA AREA

DAY 11: BIRDING TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATINAL PARK

DAY 12: EARLY BIRDING DRIVE AND AFTERNOON LAUNCH CRUISE ALONG THE KAZINGA CHANNEL

DAY 13: BIRDING TO BWINDI

DAY 14: BIRD WATCHING BUHOMA

DAY 15:  BIRDING TO RUHIJA

DAY 16 & 17 – BIRDING TO MUBWINDI SWAMP AND OPTIONAL GORILLA TRACKING

Day 18: BIRDING TO LAKE BUNYONYI

Day 19: BIRDING TO LAKE MBURO

DAY 20: BIRDING TO MABAMBA AND ENTEBBE ONWARDS

DAY 1: – ARRIVAL

DAY 2: BIRDING TO MABIRA FOREST

Your birding in Uganda guide will transfer you to Mabira Forest birding enroute. Birding in Mabira produces results of the African Pied Hornbill, Tit Hylia, Forest Wood-Hoopoe, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush, Black-Billed Turaco, Blue-breasted, Dwarf and Shining-blue Kingfishers, Yellow Whiskered, Slender Billed, Little Grey and Toro Olive Greenbul, Green-tailed and Red Tailed Bristlebill, Fire-crested and Brown-chested Alethe , Forest Robin, Blue-shouldered, Red-capped and Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, Grey Throated, Yellow Spotted and Yellow billed Barbet, Chestnut and Jameson’s Wattle-eye, White-spotted Flufftail, Little Green, Green Throated, Green, Olive and Olive Bellied Sunbird, Green Crombec, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Black-throated Apalis, African and Black-and-white Shrike-Flycatcher, Black-headed and African Paradise Flycatcher, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue Throated Roller, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Velvet-mantled Drongo, and more bird species. Stay at Jinji Sunset Hotel

DAY 3: BIRDING TO KANIYO PABID

We start in the morning and bird to Kaniyo Pabid, we shall have numerous stopovers to look out for Marsh Widowbird, Banded and Brown Snake Eagle, Lesser and Greater Blue Eared Starling, White Crested, Ross’s and Great Blue Turaco then continue to Pabidi which is part of the Budongo Forest Reserve an area with mammoth diversity of flora and fauna. The forest is criss crossed with well-maintained network of forest trails making it doable to explore the dense forest with its beautiful biodiversity in different ways and this gives us the best sighting for the Puvel’s Illadopsis a shy and secretive bird only found here in the East African region other species here will include the Grey and Yellow Lobgbill, Chocolate Backed, Blue Breasted, Dwarf and Pygmy Kingfisher, We also have good views of the shaggy-crested Guineafawl, Fire Crested Alethe, Narina Tragon Yellow Billed, Grey Throated and Yellow Spotted Barbet among the species for today depending on the time we get here. We stay at Budongo Eco-lodge.

DAY 4: – WE BIRD KANIYO PABID THEN TRANSER TO Northern Murchison

Today we bird the southern section of Murchison Falls Conservation Area. We shall start with a main focus of the Puvel’s Illadopsis, on good days we encounter the Rufous Sided Broadbill, Lemon Bellied Crombec, Dusky Longtailed Cuckoo, Dwarf, Blue Breasted, Pygmy and Chocolate Backed Kingfisher, Western Black Headed Oriole, Red Headed Malimbe, Blue Throated Roller, White Spotted Greenbul, Rufous Crowned Eremomela, Chestnut Capped and Forest Flycatcher, Yellow Crested Woodpecker and many more. After this we shall continue to northern Murchison and do a boat to the bottom of the falls which exposes us to lots of water birds like the Saddle Billed, Yellow Billed and African Open Billed Stork, lots of different Kingfishers and large schools of Hipos and Nile Crocs. The main focus here is the Rock Pratincole.

We stay at Kabalega Wilderness Lodge. FB

DAY 5: BIRDING NORTHERN MURCHISON FALLS AND TRANSFER TO MASINDI

After breakfast, we shall do birding on the northern bank on Murchisonfalls look out for both game and birds, among those there, expext to see the Grey Headed, Striped and Woodland Kingfisher, Red Shouldered Cuckoos-Shrike, Beautiful Sunbird, Foxy, Whistling, Croaking, Singing, Rattling, Zitting and Siffling Cisiticola, Abyssanian Ground Hornbill, Black Bellied and Stanley’s Bustard, White Fornted Black Chat, Sooty Chat, Yellow Billed, Wood Chat and Grey Backed Shrike, Abyssinian and Rufous Crowned Roller, Spotted Morning Thrush, African Quail Finch, Vitteline Masked Weaver, Black Billed Barbet, Swallow Tailed, Northern Carmine, Little and the seasonal Eurosian, Blue Cheeked and Olive bee-eater.White-browed ands Chestnut Crowned Sparrow-weavers, White Headed Buffalo Weaver, Speckle Fronted Weaver, Rufaous Sparrow, Superb Starling and many more bird species. This Morning some of the mammals to be seen alongside the birding will be the Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, African Elephant, Jackson’s Heartbeast, Oribi amonth others, after we catch our ferry and continue via the escarpment looking out for the Redwinged Grey Warbler Cardinal, Red Chested Cuckoo, Banded Snake Eagle, Black Billed Wood-dove, Short Toed Snake Eagle depending on the time of the year you book this safari, Black Cheeked Waxbill, Black Headed and Vitelline Masked Weaver, Heuglin’s Robin-chat, Black Headed Gonolek, Spot Flanked Barbet, Sulphur Breasted Bush-shrike, Black Billed Barbet, Spotted Flycatcher, Beautiful Sunbird and many more as we ascend from the escapement into the forest we stop and look out for Forest Robin more heard than seen on most trips, Grey Headed Sunbird, Chocolate Backed Kingfisher, Purple Headed Glossy Starling, Wooly Necked Stork. We later check in at Masindi Hotel

DAY 6: BIRDING TO ROYAL MILE AND BUSINGIRO FOREST. 

Today we have a birding excursion to the above two unique sites within the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. We shall start early and head to the Royal Mile where many ceremonies of the Bunyoro kingdom took place before this was a conservation area. Enroute we shall have some birding stopovers to look out for bird spp like the Singing Cisiticola, Cabanis’s Bunting, Dark Capped Yellow Warbler, Grey Headed Olive Back, Brown Twinspot, Black Bellied Fire Finch and more then carry on to the Mile. Birding here is excellent with an open interior and gives us unique bird spp like the Ituri Batis. Lemon Bellied Crombec, Firest Warbler, Dusky Longtailed Cuckoo, Dwarf, Blue Breasted, Pygmy and Chocolate Backed Kingfisher, Western Black Headed Oriole, Red Headed Malimbe, Blue Throated Roller, White Spotted Greenbul, Rufous Crowned Eremomela, Chectnut Capped and Forest Flycatcher, Yellow Crested Woodpecker and many more. we drive to Busingiro looking out for bird species which might have been missed at the mile then later back to Masindi for dinner and overnight stay. Diner and overnight at hotel masindi: FB

DAY 7: Birding to Kibale Forest:

We have a long birding drive today, so birding will be minimized with a few stops enroute. We shall be leaving Masindi with a picnic lunch which we shall enjoy enroute. Some bird species we expect today on our stopovers include the Brown and Western Banded Snake Eagle, Little Sparrow Hawk, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Joyful Greenbul, Grey Throated, Yellow Spotted and Yellow Billed Barbet, Olive Longtailed Cuckoo, White Breasted and Grey Headed Nigrofinch, African Emerald Cuckoo and many more. We shall stay at Chimpanzee Forest Guest House. For 2 nights – FB

Day 8: Morning search for the Green Breasted Pitta and optional chimp tracking

On this day we get into the forest at down, the forest boasts of over 150 bird species. The main bird species we look out for here is the Green Breasted Pitta a very uncommon bird and restricted to forest interiors. We shall as well loom out for the African Broadbill, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush, Red Tailed Ant-Thrush and many more other species, we later go for chimp tracking. The close cousins of man the Chimpanzees live in intricate societies, just like a community of humans, the have the ability to solve complicated problems, they are also able to make and bring into play tools, engage in convoluted social interactions and communicate through a variety of sounds and gestures. When encountering these habituated chimpanzees, you may scrutinize a variety of behaviors. Its worthy watching them play and interact with one another. FB

DAY 9: TRANSFER AS WE BIRD ENROUTE TO Semliki National Park

We start early and visit the Bigodi wetland sanctuary, a paradise for bird watchers. Actually skilled birders can spot up to fifty new species on a bird list. Among the major bird species within the sanctuary is the Great Blue Turaco, Red-capped Robin Chat and Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Luhdher’s Bush Shrike. Cabanis’s and Joyful Greenbul, Dusky and Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Least Honey guide, Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, Olive-green Camaroptera and many more bird species then we proceed to Semliki birding enroute. Dinner and overnight stay at Semliki Bandas. FB

DAY 10: – BIRD WATCHING SEMLIKI – KIRUMIA TRAIL AND SEMPAYA AREA

You will have breakfast at dawn and then drive into Semliki National Park for birding. We bird the Kirumia Trail rest Trails. Semliki Forest is the part of Uganda that meets with the West African Jungles and an extension of the Ituri Forest thus and IBA for the Guinea Congo biome endemics. Birding here gives us chances of seeing the Congo Serpent Eagle, African Piculet, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Black-winged Oriole Black-throated Coucal, Nkulengu Rail, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Long-tailed Hawk, Pale Fronted, Chestnut Breasted and White Breasted Negrofinch, Capuchin Babbler, Yellow-throated Nicator, Yellow Throated Cuckoo, Eastern Bearded Greenbul,  Black-collared Lovebird, White-bellied Kingfisher, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Piping, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf, White Crested, Black-casqued Wattled, and White-thighed Hornbill, Zenker’s Honeyguide, Fiery Breasted Bush Shrike Red-billed Helmet Shrike, Maxwell’s Weaver, Lemon-bellied Crombec, African and Rufous-sided Broadbill, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Crested Malimbe, Blue-billed Malimbe, Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike and many mores. FB

DAY 11: BIRDING TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Today we can do a mix of some culture and birding. We shall visit the Female and male hot springs in the Ssempaya area of Semliki. Looking out for birds and the unique Debrazza monkey which in habits this low land tropical rainforest. We have more chances of catching up with more Guinea – Congo biome bird species which might have been missed on the Kirumia Trail. We late continue and check in Simba Safari Lodge in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. 2 nights – FB

DAY 12: EARLY BIRDING DRIVE AND AFTERNOON LAUNCH CRUISE ALONG THE KAZINGA CHANNEL

This is Uganda’s second largest National Park and with a recorded bird species of about 612. On a wonderful day we have had records of over 150 bird species. We shall start early and bird through the vast grassland looking out for rarity bird species within there like the African Moustached Warbler, Black and White Browed Coucal, Golden Weaver, Grey Kestral, Southern Red Bishop, Flappet, Red Capped and Rufous Napped Lark, Grassland, Plain Backed and Thick Billed Pipit, Black-Chinned Quail Finch, Crimson Rumped Waxbill, White Browed Robinchat, Black Headed Gonolek, Common and Blue Quail, African Crake, Temminck’s Couser and many more other grassland birds. Today we have a boat ride along the natural Kazinga channel which takes us close to lots of water birds among which we shall see the Goliath Heron, Black Crake, African Spoonbill, African Jacana, Collard Pratincole, Great White and Yellow Billed Egret, Squacco Heron and many more. FB

DAY 13: BIRDING TO BWINDI

We drive through the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha which is very popular for the tree climbing lions. It’s a unique encounter finding these predators in the trees, this sector is also great for savannah birding and always provides good sightings for the African Cuckoo-hawk , African Cuckoo, Commom Scimiterbill, Black Bellied Bustard, Red Faced Crombec, Bateleur, Hooded, Rupell’s Grifon, Lappet Faced, White Headed and White Backed Vulture. We stay at Bwindi View Bandas

DAY 14: BIRD WATCHING BUHOMA

To we are out early to watch out for the  merrymaking Greenbuls such as the Red-Tailed, Cabanis’s, Shelley’s, Yellow Whiskered, Slender Billed, Little Grey, Plain, Toro Olive , Little other bird spp here will be the Yellow Spotted, Yellow Billed and Grey Throated Barbet, Red Faced Woodland Warbler one of the Albertine Rift Endemics and easily seen here. Yellow Bill, Dusky Long Tailed Cuckoo, Red Throated Alethe, differienting the White Bellied and Equatorial Akalat would very interesting. Red Capped, Grey Winged and Blue Shoulderd Robin Chat, African Shrike and Vanga Flycatcher, Black Faced Rufous Warbler, Red-Fronted Antpecker, Pink Footed and Northern Puffbuck, Buff Throated, Grey and Black Throated Apalis, Wallers, Narrow Tailed and Stuhlumann’s Starling, Elliot’s and Buff Bellied Woodpecker, Cassin’s and Least Honeyguide among the other bird spp in this area. Later we retreat to our lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 15:  BIRDING TO RUHIJA

Depending on the results of the past days while here, we might start with a moorning birding walk to try and find what might have been missed then transfer to Ruhija while birding enroute. Some of the bird spp we expect include the Macknon’s Fiscal, Tropical Boubou, Augar Buzzard, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle, Mountain Buzzard and Wagtail, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Western Bronze Naped Pigeon, Black Faced Rufous Warbler, Barred and Dusky Long Tailed Cuckoo, White Headed Wood Hoopoe, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, Ducky Tit, Ludhur’s and Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Grey-Green Bush-Shrike, Chestnut Throated Apalis, White Eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Streaky Seed-Eater, Stripe Breasted Tit, White Starred Robin and many more. Later to Broadbill Forest Camp for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 16 & 17 – BIRDING TO MUBWINDI SWAMP AND OPTIONAL GORILLA TRACKING

This morning we bird to the No.1 African birding spot according to the African Bird Club. The elevation is higher than where we have done birding before, so there are exceptional bird spp and most of high altitude. This is the birding spot where we find the African Green Broadbill and the sight to look out for theGrauer’s and  Grauer’s Rush Warbler, most Albertine Rift Endemics here inlude the Handsome Francolin, Blue Headed, Blue Throated, Purple Breasted and Blue Throated Brown Sunbird, Red Throated Alethe, Mountain Illadopsis, Collard and Mountain Masked Apalis, Yellow Eyed Black Flycatcher plus more. Other high altitude bird spp here will be the Bar Tailed and Narina Tragon, White Tailed Crested Flycatcher, Abyssinian Hill Babbler, Stripe Breasted Tit and other. Later we shall get back to our lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 18: BIRDING TO LAKE BUNYONYI

Today we will start early and explore the Ruhija area before we transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, depending on the lucky we hard, we shall be looking out for what we missed. We shall focus on the Dusky Twinspots, Yellow Crowned Canary, Yellow Bellied Waxbill, Red-throated Wryneck among others. After this we shall continue and use the lower root to lake Bunyonyi whish will give us high chances of seeing the Papyrus rarities like the White Winged, Greater and Lesser Swamp Warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler and Papyrus Canery, Carruther’s Cisticola among others. We later carry on and spend out night at Arcadia Cottages. FB

Day 19: BIRDING TO LAKE MBURO

Today birding will be done enroute, with stopovers at different interesting spots. While in the park we shall look out for mammals like the Zebra, Eland, Topi, Impala, Cape Buffalo, Warthog etc, today we target the boat ride along lake Mburo where we hardly miss the African Finfoot, White Backed and Black Crowned Night Heron, Giant Kingfisher. A night drive always produces good views of the Black Shouldered, northern Tanzania Fiery Necked Nightjar, nocturnal mammals and Bush Babies. We stay at Arcadia Cottages. FB

DAY 20: BIRDING TO MABAMBA AND ENTEBBE ONWARDS

Morning birding and then transfer to Entebbe via mabamba, our main search today will be focusing on the Shoebill Stork, one of the threatened species in Africa. Other birds to watch out for while in the swamp include among others the Rufous Bellied Heron, Purple Swamphen, Reed Warbler(s), Pygmy and Spur Winged Goose, Lesser Jacana the African Marsh Harrier and the Eurasian depending on the month you visit. We later drive to Entebbe for your flight back home.

Birding safaris

Excellent birding, scenery, wildlife and undisturbed interaction with Nature: this and much more is what journeys Uganda brings to you in this trip. From the scattered dome shaped homesteads surrounded by lush green plantations, to sparkling lakes and river climaxed by spectacular falls. the primates diversity is unmatched with an opportunity to catch the chimpanzees and the endangered mountain Gorillas with the world’s remaining population of them reigning in the bwindi impenetrable forest and the Virunga conservation area both of which we will have and opportunity to visit. Enjoy the rewarding game drives and boat cruises with a variety of wildlife to see. The bird life is in-explainable. The rolling thousand hills of Rwanda, with the terraced hills sides are a spectacular site and the winding roads that hugh the hils tightly give the journey a fine twist. Journeys Uganda has put together this photography, birding and primate tour to all those interested in the three, whether keen or beginners, we are looking at those young in mind thus age will not be the limit, come we lets do it together with our natural history and great birding guides

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL FOR OUR PHOTOGRAPHY, BIRDING AND PRIMATE SAFARI IN UGANDA.

DAY 2: TRANSFER TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

DAY 3: EARLY MORNING GAME SAFARI AND AFTERNOON BOAT CRUISE ON THE RIVER NILE

DAY 4: MORNING GAME SAFARI AND TRANSFER TO MASINDI

DAY 5: BIRDING AND WILDLIFE SAFARI TO KIBALE N.P – UGANDA

DAY 6: CHIMPS AND OTHER PRIMATE TRACKING COUPLED WITH BIRD WATCHING

DAY 7: TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

DAY 8: BIRDING AND WILDLIFE SAFARI IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK – UGANDA.

DAY 9: KYAMBURA GORGE/MARAMAGAMBO FOREST/ (CHIMP TRACKING)

DAY 10: GAME DRIVE AND TRYING OUT THE TREE CLIMBING LIONS

DAY 11: TRANSFER TO BWINDI THE GORILLA FOREST

DAY 12 & 13: GORILLA TRACKING DAY:

DAY 14 – TRANSFER TO RWANDA VIA THE CYANIKA BORDER

DAY 15 & 16: PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS GORILLAS AND GOLDEN MONKEYS

DAY 17: KIGALI/ONWARD

Day 1: Arrival for our photography, birding and primate safari in Uganda.

Arrival, meet and greet then transfer to Cassia Lodge. Early arrivals will visit the Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre or be introduced to birding at the botanical gardens a good place to view the Colobus monkeys. overnight at either cassia lodge or the lodge Lweza BB

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park

After breakfast, drive northwest through the famous Luwero Triangle to Murchison Falls National Park, arriving Masindi Town in time for lunch. In the afternoon visit the top of the Falls where you can see the Nile’s beauty perfected! Marvel at the Nile, compressing from up to one km squeezed through a 7-metre canyon dropping 150 metres with a thunderous roar, creating a beautiful rainbow. Marvel at ‘The Murchison Falls’ and enjoy the sunset as you drive to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at, Nile Safari Camp or sambiya river lodge. FB.

Day 3: Early Morning Game safari and afternoon boat cruise on the river Nile

After an early breakfast, if we spent the night on the southern sector of the park, we drive shortly and cross to the northern side for a game safari expect to see the African elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, Uganda Kob, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. After a picnic lunch, in the afternoon we proceed for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the bottom of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see African elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, red throated bee-eater, kingfishers, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, return to Nile Safari Camp or Paraa Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight stay. FB

Day 4: Morning game safari and transfer to Masindi

We start birding after an early breakfast. If we spent a night at Nile Safari we cross with the ferry of 7:00 o’clock and do a game/birding drive which will take us upto the Albert delta point. Special birds to look out for here include Shoebill, Northern Carmine Bee-Eater, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Red-throated Bee-eaters, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, White Browed Sparrow Weaver, Silver bird, Buff-bellied Warbler, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal Thick-knee, Osprey, Water Thick-knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Hauglin’s Francolin, Black Billed Wood-Dove, Namaqua dove, Vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Spotted Morning-Thrush, White Rumped Seed Eater, Red-throated Bee-eater, Beautiful Sunbird, Speckle-fronted and Golden-backed Weavers, White rumped canary etc, we later drive to Masindi and spend our night at Masindi Hotel for one night.FB

Day 5: Birding and wildlife safari to Kibale N.P – Uganda

Today, we shall start after an early breakfast and begin our birding and wildlife safari with a long drive to Kibale National Park. We may have a chance of birding the main Road where we expect to encounter large crowds of Olive Baboons, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, red Colobus Monkey, Red Tailed and Velvet Monkeys. kibale National park is popular for hosting 13 primate species including the closest living cousins of man – the Chimpanzees. Stay at  mountains of the moon Lodge or Attaco country resort. FB

Day 6: Chimps and other primate tracking coupled with Bird watching

After Breakfast, go for chimpanzee tracking. Other primates include the L’Hoest’s, Red Colobus, Red-tailed, Olive Baboon, Gray-cheeked Mangabey and many others. In the Afternoon we shall visit Bigodi wetland which is managed by the local community. Here, we expect to spot the Elusive Sitatunga Antelope in the Papyrus and several other interesting species of birds like the White-winged warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Carruther’s Cisticola etc. today we enjoy a traditionally prepared lunch from the local group that manages this wetland. Dinner and overnight at either mountains of the moon Lodge or Attaco country resort. FB

Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

This day, we start at leisure and our journey takes us through Uganda’s beautiful scenic areas with a clear view of the Mountains of the Moon depending on the cloud. We shall reach in the late morning and a game drive enroute is always rewarding Queen Elizabeth in the second largest national park in Uganda. In terms of diversity this park is having the biggest birding checklist in Uganda and perhaps the whole world with so far 612 species recorded. Special birds of this park include Harlequin Quail, Blue Quail, Red Capped Lark, African Crake, Common Buttonquail, Broad Tailed Warbler, Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Amur Falcon. Primates include Olive Baboon, Valvet Monkey, Tantalus Monkey, in the Chambura gorge we find the Chimps, Blue and Red Tailed Monkey. In the afternoon we shall embark on a boat ride along the Kazinga channel where we get close to big schools of Hippos, Buffalos, and Crocodiles close to the waterside, many a time elephants are always swimming here. There is a variety of bird species’, Including Saddle billed stork, both species of Pink-backed and Great Pelicans, and other migratory species. The African Skimmer, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh, Green, Wood and Common Sandpiper, Gray-headed Gull, Plain Martin, Lesser Swamp-Warbler and Yellow-billed Ox-pecker are on the birding list to be sighted.Overnight at Jacana Safari Lodge or marafiki lodge.FB

Day 8: Birding and Wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda.

Have an early morning game drive which will provide opportunities to see Spotted Hyena, buffalo, Uganda Kobs, Defassa Waterbucks, elephant, leopard, late breakfast. After Lunch leave the lodge for a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel with the largest concentration of Hippos, a host of countless bird species, crocodiles and water bucks. Overnight at Jacana Safari Lodge or marafiki lodge.FB

Day 9: Kyambura Gorge/Maramagambo Forest/ (Chimp Tracking)

Visit the nearby Kyambura Gorge to track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees, one of man’s closest relatives. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable, however the walk in this “lost world” is nevertheless enchanting. Alternatively, time allowing go for a nature walk in the Maramagambo Forest. This forest harbors some unusual species -red-tailed and L’Hoest’s Monkey, potto, giant forest hog, pygmy antelope, and giant elephant shrew. You can also visit the bat caves and the blue lake in the afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Game drive and trying out the Tree Climbing lions

Take an early morning cup of coffee before setting off for a game drive in the Northern area of the park towards Lake George and expect to see lions, elephants, buffalos, warthogs and lots of animals and birds. Today we shall have checked out of our rooms in the morning, we continue to the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads through the Ishasha sector where you will have an opportunity to see the tree climbing lions on a good and lucky day. We later check in at Wilderness Luxury Tented Camp Ishasha or Savanna  resort for dinner and overnight stay.FB

Day 11: Transfer to Bwindi the gorilla forest

After breakfast, we start with a game drive which will give us more chances of seeing the tree climbing lions and bigger opportunities of seeing the leopard this morning before setting off to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We have stopovers to look out for interesting savannah birds. These include Black Lored and Arrow-marked Babbler, ovambo Sparrow Hawk, African Cuckoo Hawk, Stout, Zitting, Wing snapping and Trilling Cisticolas, Violet-backed Starling, Brown Snake Eagle, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Lesser and Greater Honeyguide, Grassland and Plain Backed Pipit, Black Cuckoo, Fork-tailed Drongo, Senegal Thick-knee, Blue-naped Mousebird. Always big troupes of the shy olive baboon will be met on the road. Stay at Gorilla mist Camp or Buhoma Community bandas for two nights.

Day 12 & 13: Gorilla Tracking day:

On this day, we set of early, with packed lunch, to the park headquarters for a briefing prior to Gorilla Tracking. The gorillas are gentle animals and it is an unforgettable experience to photograph them as they interact. It is a wonderful experience to stare in to the eyes of these gentle giants; watch them in awe as they play and go about their daily activities. It is indeed a “once in a lifetime” experience that you must never miss. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards; you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. Gorilla tracking involves part or one day in the Impenetrable Forest. Sometimes the gorillas can be located within an hour or so, but at other times it sometimes takes an entire day of quite hard trekking to find them and return, so you need to be physically fit if you wish to maximize your chances. Very occasionally, in spite of all efforts, the gorillas prove elusive. Depending on the time we get back we might have optional village to the communities around the gorillas the pygmies inclusive or evening birding around the self-guided train in Buhoma, another Eden of birding in Uganda and later to our lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla mist camp or Buhoma community Camp.FB

Day 14 – Transfer to Rwanda via the Cyanika Border

Today we will be moving from the lower forest biome to the seldom-visited higher forest in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In scrubby areas beyond Buhoma, we will search for Red-necked Wryneck; Brown-backed Scrub-Robin; Bronze, Copper and Variable sunbirds; Baglafecht, Black-necked and Holub’s Golden weavers; Yellow Bishop; Village Indigobird and Black-throated Seed-eater. Further along the road, we will pass through Kitahurira or “The Neck,’ another well-known birding locality. Here we will search for species such as Black Goshawk; Bronze-naped Pigeon; Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater; Cassin’s Honeyguide; Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike; White-chinned Prinia; the enigmatic Chapin’s Flycatcher; Mountain Wagtail; Pink-footed Puffback; the rare Tiny Sunbird and the attractive Brown-capped Weaver.
Even further up the road, cultivated areas provide feeding opportunities for many seedeaters. Our main targets here will be the highly sought-after Dusky Twinspot and Yellow-bellied, Black-headed and Black-crowned waxbills. African Stonechat; Streaky and Thick-billed seedeaters; African Citril and Cape Canary may also be found here. Noisy Chubb’s Cisticolas will mock us from deep within the bracken, and the beautiful Doherty’s Bushshrike can be lured out from the dense vegetation. Mackinnon’s Shrikes survey the road from high, exposed perches. We have many chance of seeing the I’heost’s, Red Tailed and the Black and White Colobus Monkey.

There are so many special birds at these elevations that we do not want to rush through, we continue with our drive through the kanaba gap a good swamp slightly ahead providing chances for the Common and Lesser Moorhen, Hotentot Teal, African Rail and many more as we ascend into Rwanda. We stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Gorilla nest Hotel.FB

Day 15 & 16: Parc National des Volcans Gorillas and Golden Monkeys

Gorilla trekking in the Parc National des Volcans. Tracking the gorillas through the lush forested slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. Overnight at the Gorilla Nest Hotel Mountain gorilla view lodge.FB

Day 17: Kigali/Onward

After breakfast, leave for Kigali and go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural Centre and a genocide memorial. Transfer to the airport for your flight onward

Bird watching in uganda

This bird watching vacation is meant for birders who would like to have it relaxed. It is very recommendable even to birding couples in their honey moon. Please come enjoy with us.

Day 1: Arrival for our savannah birding tour in Uganda

Day 2: Birding to Namugabo Wetland

Day 3: Birding vacation to Murchison Falls

Day 4: Birding on the northern bank of the park.

Day 5: Birding tour to Fort Portal

Day 6: Birding to Queen Elizabeth

Day 7: Birding tour to southern Queen Elizabeth – Ishasha sector

Day 8: Savannah  Birding to Lake Mburo Savannah Park

Day 9: Birding Lake Mburo National Park

Day 10: Birding to Entebbe

 

Day 1: Arrival for our savannah birding tour in Uganda

Arrival and transfer to Cassia or Lindsay Cottages for overnight stay. BB
Day 2: Birding to Namugabo Wetland

After breakfast, we bird to Nabugabo near Mabamba Wetland. This large wetland as just been discovered as a new birding site and a far better option that Mabamba an IBA on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is 57km west of Kampala. This is the home of the Shoebill stork. Other special birds on this trail include Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Northern Brown Throated Weaver, Purple and Allen’s Galinule, Common and Lesser Moorhen, White Faced and Fulvous Whistling duck, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler, Glossy Ibis, African Pygmy-Goose, Spur-winged Geese, Long-toed Lapwing, Blue-breasted and Madagascar Bee-eaters, Gray-rumped Swallow, Greater Swamp-Warbler, African Reed Warbler, Slender-billed Weaver, Lizard Buzzard, African Pygmy and Malachite Kingfisher, White Winged Tern, Grey Headed Gull, Black Tailed Godwit, Ruff, Three Banded Plover, African Wattled Plover and many more. 

Day 3: Birding vacation to Murchison Falls

After breakfast we drive northwards through the Luwero triangle to Murchison Falls conservation area with a stopover for lunch probably in Masindi. This park is the largest protected area in Uganda and bisected by the Victoria Nile. Murchison falls has about three different eco systems namely; savannah which is woodland and grassland, riverine, tropical forest and woodland together with many water ecosystems. This park has a variety of wildlife which includes among others the Lions, Leopards, Reedbucks, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Hartebeest, Oribis, Uganda Kobs, Chimpanzees and many bird species including the rare Shoebill. Actually this is the 3rd best birding site in Africa according to African Bird Club.
we shall spend our nights at Paraa Safari Lodge of Sambiya River Lodge.
Day 4: Birding on the northern bank of the park.

We start birding after an early breakfast. If we spent a night at sambiya we cross with the very of 7:00 o’clock and do a birding drive which will take us upto the Albert delta point. Special birds to look out for here include Shoebill, Northern Carmine Bee-Eater, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Red-throated Bee-eaters, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, White Browed Sparrow Weaver, Silver bird, Buff-bellied Warbler Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal Thick-knee, Osprey, Water Thick-knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Hauglin’s Francolin, Black Billed Wood-Dove, Namaqua dove, Vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Spotted Morning-Thrush, White Rumped Seed Eater, Red-throated Bee-eater, Beautiful Sunbird, Speckle-fronted and Golden-backed Weavers, White rumped canary etc. The boat trip we do today’s afternoon takes us to the bottom of the Falls where we have the biggest concentration of hippos, crocodile, and a variety of bird life. Look out for birds like the Yellow Billed Stork, Egyptian Plover, Red Chested Bee-Eater, White Faced and Fulvous Whistling Duck, Rock Pratincole, Wire Tailed Swallow Goliath and Purple Heron etc.


Day 5: Birding tour to Fort Portal

This is a whole day drive. We many stopovers enroute to stretch up we look out for special birds which might be missed else where. We stay at Rwenzori View Guest House or Mountains of the Moon Hotel.
Day 6: Birding to Queen Elizabeth

In the morning we start and head to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is the 2nd largest National Park in Uganda, with its varied habitats this park boats of 612 recorded species of birds. On this day, we shall do birding as we get into the park looking out for special savannah species like the African Moustached and Broad Tailed Warbler, Black and Senegal Coucal, Brown Backed and White Browed Scrub Robin, Hollub’s Golden Weaver, Common Quail and many more species. In the afternoon we take a two hours launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel. This is a natural channel joining Lakes George and Edward, and is one of the most productive birding cruises on the planet. Schools of hippos, huge families of buffalos, elephants and other Antelopes come to take water in the hot dry afternoons. Lots of birds are found here including the African Skimmers, African Spoonbill, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, African Crake, many migrants including the Grey Plover, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull and many more, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh, Green, Wood and Common Sandpiper, Grey-headed Gull, Plain Martin, Lesser Swamp-Warbler, Collard Pratincole, Yellow-billed Ox-pecker etc. dinner and over night stay Mweya safari Lodge or Hostels


Day 7: Birding tour to southern Queen Elizabeth – Ishasha sector

With our picnic lunch we start our birding drive towards the Ishasha sector birding all way through. A game drive in this Sector exposes us to the Red Backed Shrike, Red-necked Spurfowl, Arrow-marked and Sharpe’s Babbler, White-backed, Rupell’s Grifon, Palm Nut and Hooded Vulture, Violet-backed Starling, Brown, Black-Chested and Western banded Snake-Eagle, Holub’s Golden-backed Weaver, Greater and Lesser Honeyguide, Trilling, Stout, Wing-Snapping and Croaking Cisticola, Grassland Pipit, Cardinal Woodpecker, African Wattled Lapwing, Pintail Snipe, Common Drongo, Blue-naped Mousebird, Double Toothed, White Headed Barbet and Spot Flanked, Yeloow Fronted Tinkerbird, African Cuckoo Hawk and many more savannah genus. As we carry on with the drive we should remember that this part of Uganda is home to the rare tree climbing lions and thus on a lucky day, we may come across some. We late drive back and spend our night at the previous place of accommodation

Day 8: Savannah  Birding to Lake Mburo Savannah Park

After early morning breakfast we checkout and start our birding to Lake Mburo national park. This is one of the most accessible national parks in Uganda and one we can explore on foot with an armed ranger. It harbors several species of mammals which do not exist in the southern hemisphere of Uganda and among these are the Zebra, Impala, Eland, Topi, oribi, the Roan Antelope used to roam here but has not been seen in many months. Here we are at the epitome of savannah birding with special species like the  Green – backed Woodpecker, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Temmincks Courser, Common Quails, Green Wood hoopoe, Blue-naped Mouse bird, Bare-faced Go-away Bird Coqui Fancolin, Green Capped Eremomela, Yellow Bellied Apalis, Nubian Woodpecker, Black Cuckoo-Shrike Brown-chested Plover, Lilac-breasted Roller, Coqui Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, African Wattled Plover, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks, Rufous-chested Swallow Southern Ground Hornbill if rarely seen, Spot-flanked, Red-faced and Black-collared Barbets, of the 313 different bird species and dominated by savannah, water birds like the rare Shoebill, White-winged Warblers, African Finfoot, Giant Kingfisher, White Backed Night Heron, Little Bittern, papyrus Yellow Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek among others, we spend or night at Arcadia Cottages or Mantana Tented Camp for two nights
Day 9: Birding Lake Mburo National Park

We look out for the missed species on day 8. we shall be driving, or we can choose to do a walk and later have a boat ride on the lake. FB

Day 10: Birding to Entebbe

Morning birding and then transfer to Entebbe we can chose to pass via Kampala or use the Mpigi route which gives us a chance of finding the papyrus gonolek or Shoebill if missed on our past days. End of our Uganda Savannah birding safari.

bird-watching-safaris

This bird watching vacation is meant for birders who would like to have it relaxed. It is very recommendable even to birding couples in their honey moon. Please come enjoy with us.

Day 1: Birding in Entebbe and the environs.
Day 2: Bird watching Mabira Central Forest Reserve
Day 3: birding to Mabamba Swamp
Day 4: Birding In Uganda Safari. Lake Mburo- western Uganda
Day 5: Birding to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 6: Birding Immaramagambo forest
Day 7: Birding Queen Elizabeth National Park then transfer to Kibale Forest
Day 8: Birding Kibale Forest
Day 9: Birding as we transfer to Kampala

 

Day 1: Birding in Entebbe and the environs.

Our easy birding begins from UWEC which originally started as an animal orphanage in the 1920s but gradually grew to be a show place of various flora and fauna. Birds to look out for here include Crowned cranes, Parrots, Pelicans, ostrich, Crowned cranes, weaver birds like the orange weaver, black necked baglafecht, the northern masked weaver, shoebill stork, African Fish Eagle, small banded snake Eagle, African Goshawk and the swamp flycatcher. Lunch break and then transfer to the botanical gardens where you will most likely be able to enjoy more prolific bird life. A. Whyte the first curator of Uganda’s Museum started these gardens as a natural forest for use as research grounds for the introduction of various ornamental plants and exotic fruits to Uganda. Uganda Safari Birds to look out for here include the yellow-throated leaf love, the great blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, the black and white casqued hornbill, the pied hornbill. Yellow backed weaver, orange weaver, brown-throated weaver, and great reed warbler, sedge warbler and the fish eagle. Dinner and over night at Lindsay Cottages or Cassia Lodge.

Day 2: Bird watching Mabira Central Forest Reserve

Birding to Mabira forest reserve which is the largest block of moist semi deciduous forest remaining near Kampala in Uganda. On our birding today we look out for the Cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Nahans Francolin, Leaf love, Yellow Spotted, Grey Throated and Yellow Billed Barbet, Buff Spotted and Yellow Crested Wood Pecker, , violet backed starling, Yellow Rumped, Yellow Throated and Speckled Tinkerbird, Grey and Yellow Long bill, Olive Green cameroptera. Return to Lindsay Cottages or Cassia Lodge for dinner & overnight.

Day 3: birding to Mabamba Swamp

After an early breakfast drive to Mabamba Swamps. Mabamba is an extensive marsh stretching through a long narrow bay, fringed with papyrus towards the main body of Lake Victoria and is 50km west of Kampala. Most of the birding is done by canoe. While Birding here we look out for species like the rare shoebill, Blue Breasted Bee-eater, white faced whistling duck, African water rail, Goliath and Purple herons, spur winged and Pygmy Geese we continue to Lake Mburo National Park with a brief stop at the Equator. The park encompasses not only Lake Mburo but also four other small lakes. Birding to the park begins as you turn off to Nshara gate. Look out for the Coqui Francolin, lilac-breasted roller, red faced barbet, Rufous bellied heron, green capped Eremomela, Tabora Cisticola, the Malachite, Giant, Striped, Woodland and Pied King fishers. Transfer to the lakeside for a boat ride. The boat ride may yield sightings of the African Finfoot before it disappears into papyrus floating on the lake. Other birds to look out for the Little Grebe, Greater and Lesser Swamp Warbler; White winged Warbler, Red Headed lovebird, Green capped Eremomela in the night we can look out for Nightjars. Dinner & overnight at Mihingo lodge or Arcadia Cottages for two nights.

Day 4: Birding In Uganda Safari. Lake Mburo- western Uganda

After an early breakfast, embark on a foot safari (Nature Walk). While on the walk look out for the Red faced Barbet, Bare faced go away bird, Varreaux’s Eagle Owl, Pearl Spotted Owlet, Yellew Bellied Apalis, Green Backed, Nubian and Uganda Spotted Woodpecker, Brown Chested and African Wattled Plover, Yellow billed ox pecker, Pale and lead coloured flycatcher. After lunch Proceed with a late afternoon game drive along the Zebra track. The African Wattled Plover, Black bellied bustard, and Temmricks Courser may be sighted. Also look out for other animal species such as Burchell’s Zebra, Eland, Impala and the Comical Warthogs.

Day 5: Birding to Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning our birding safari takes us to Queen Elizabeth the second largest National Park in Uganda. This park boasts of over 610 bird species recorded so far thus making the park a birding paradise. It is one of the richest parks in Africa and supports an astounding density of flora and fauna we hope to reach Mweya in time for Lunch then embark on an afternoon launch cruise along the 40 km natural channel joining lakes Edward and George. This waterway is a birding haven, this is both a mammal and birding highlight in Africa with the biggest concentration of Hippos and many migratory species of Birds. Birds to look out for include the Great Snipe, African Fish Eagle, Grey Plover, Pallid Harrier, Gull billed Tern, Lesser Black Backed Gull, African Skimmer. African Spoonbill, and many more. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya safari lodge/ Mweya Hostel.

Day 6: Birding Immaramagambo forest

After an early breakfast drive to Maramagambo for a foot safari through the forest. Bird species to look out for here include the bat hawks, brown eared woodpecker, fawn breasted Waxbill, Sulphur breasted bush shrike, Blue Breasted Kingfisher, and dark capped yellow warbler, Brown Backed Scrub Robin, red headed blue bill, African Finfoot and the Eurasian golden oriole. On a good day the black and white colobus monkeys may also be spotted. Dinner and overnight Mweya Safari Lodge/ Mweya Hostel.

Day 7: Birding Queen Elizabeth National Park then transfer to Kibale Forest

Rise early before the sun and embark on an early morning game drive to catch up with early risers. The drive takes you through the Kasenyi track and Kikorongo Crater area. The drive will enable you sight various bird species like the Great White Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Martial Eagle, Rupell’s Griffon vulture and weavers. Late breakfast, then transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. This park occupies undulating terrain on the main Uganda Plateau slightly tilted to the south and is drained by the Dura and Mpanga rivers that flow in a southerly direction into Lake George. This park has the highest concentration of primates which Uganda and Africa at large has to offer most important are the Chimps as well as the rare I’hoesti and Colobus monkeys. Over 325 bird species have been recorded in this park among which the special ones include the African broadbill, Green Breasted Pitta, white winged warbler and the blue headed Coucal.

Day 8: Birding Kibale Forest

After an early breakfast, go out to the forest in search of the leaf love, will cocks honey guide, Joyful Greenbul, superb Sunbird, Black Bee eater, black bellied seed cracker, Bi coloured Mannikin, Yellow rumped tinker bird and Western nicator. Butterflies, Olive Baboons, Mangabey, bush pig and the giant forest hog may also be spotted.

Day 9: Birding as we transfer to Kampala

We will start early with birding stopovers enroute to look out for special species like the Joyful Greenbul, Dusky Longtailed Cuckoo, Bush Shrikes, Valvet Mantled Drongo and other bird species which might be grabbed enroute.

Uganda Gorila Safaris

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL AND BIRDING THE ENTEBBE ENVIRONS.

DAY 2:  BIRDING Murchison Falls

DAY 3: BIRDING MURCHISON FALLS

DAY 4: BIRDING TO THE SOUTHERN SECTOR OF MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5: BIRDING BUDONGO- ROYAL MILE AND BUSINGIRO

DAY 6: BIRDING TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

DAY 7:  KIBALE NATIONAL PARK – CHIMP TRACKING AND BIRDING

DAY 8:BIRDING TO SEMLIKI

DAY 9:BIRDING FROM SEMLIKI NATIONAL BIRDING TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

DAY 10:  WHOLE DAY BIRDING QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

DAY 11: QUEEN ELIZABETH TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

DAYS 12 AND 13:  GORILLA TRACKING AND BIRDING

DAY 14: BIRDING FROM BWINDI TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

DAY 15:  BIRDING LAKE MBURO TO KAMPALA

DAY 16:  BIRDING KAMPALA- MABAMBA ISLANDS

DAY 17:  Birding to Mabira and then transfer to Entebbe onward

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL AND BIRDING THE ENTEBBE ENVIRONS.

Our arrival is at Entebbe International Airport followed by a transfer to The Lodge. Depending on the arrival time, we can have optional birding in Entebbe, especially on the lush grounds of the Entebbe Botanical Gardens, where we’ll see both forest and lakeshore birds. Our first birds could include Palm-nut Vulture, Great Blue Turaco, Eastern Gray Plantain-eater, African Pied Hornbill, Splendid Glossy Starling, Orange and Slender-billed Weavers, Golden Backed, orange weaver and many more. Keep eyes open in the evening for the Bat Hawk around this place.

DAY 2: BIRDING Murchison Falls

After breakfast in the morning we transfer to Masindi where we shall have our lunch via the Luwero triangle passing through undulating grasslands and mosaic woodland where we drive watching out for the White-crested Turaco, Bronze-tailed Starling, lesser Blue and Great Blue Eared Starlings, Black, Yellow Mantled and Black Winged Bishops, White Headed Barbet, Cardinal and Nubian Woodpecker, Lesser and Greater Honeyguide. Dinner and overnight at Sambiya River Lodge.

DAY 3:BIRDING MURCHISON FALLS
A highlight of the visit will undoubtedly be the boat trips to the bottom of the falls and to the delta area, and of course the one bird that will be on everyone’s mind is the Shoebill while at the delta. Superb views can be had of this wonderful bird. There will be other birds including the Red-throated and Northern Carmine Bee-eater mammals such as Rothschild’s Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Waterbuck and many others will be viewed. Other birds to look out for include the Saddle-billed, Yellow Billed and African Open Billed Stork, African Finfoot, Hauglins Falcon, Senegal Thick-knee, Rock Pratincole, Giant, Woodland, Grey Headed, Malchite, Pygmy and striped Kingfishers. On the game drive we look out for Heuglin’s Francolins Black Billed Barbet, Northern and Red Faced Barbet, Swallow-tailed and Blue-breasted and Northern Carmine Bee-eaters, Abyssinian Rollers, the giant Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Black Winged and Northern Red Bishops. The Pata Monkey will be the primate to look our for on this day. Dinner and overnight at Sambiya Lodge. A night drive today is very advisable looking out for nocturnal mammals and birds.

 DAY 4: BIRDING TO THE SOUTHERN SECTOR OF MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Today we start early and drive through Budongo Kaniyo Pabid area in search for the Puvel’s Illadopsis, after this we bird the grassland as we head to Masindi  Hotel for our dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 5: BIRDING BUDONGO- ROYAL MILE AND BUSINGIRO
Depart early for the nearby Budongo Forest, birding along the Royal Mile, a truly spectacular road with forest canopy towering far overhead. There is a good system of trails in the forest, today we expect skulking birds like the Nahan’s Francolin, excessively noisy White-thighed Hornbill, graceful Cassin’s and Sabine’s Spinetail, Blue-throated Roller, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Forest Flycatcher, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, Lemon Bellied Crombec, Tit Hylia, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Forest Robin, Yellow Billed, Grey Throated, Hairy Breasted and Yellow Spotted Barbet, Great Blue and Black Billed Turaco, Dusy Long Tailed Cuckoo, Spotted, Plain, Slender Billed, White Throated, Little Grey and Little Greeenbul, Red Tailed Bristlebill and Black-capped Apalis among others. Lookout for the Blue, Red Tailed and the black and white Colobus monkey. On lucky days the chimps cross the trail.

DAY 6:BIRDING TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
The drive today is long, we shall only have a few birding stops, we drive via Hoima there are a few papyrus swamps where specialties such as White-winged Warbler and Papyrus Gonolek can be found, while the surrounding scrub may harbor, Double-toothed Barbet, Black-bellied Seed cracker and Gray-headed Olive back. Dinner and overnight at Ataco Country Resort for two nights.

DAY 7:  KIBALE NATIONAL PARK – CHIMP TRACKING AND BIRDING
Kibale is home to 13 species of primates and there. This is where we have bigger chances of Chimpanzee tracking. Birding in the forest is also very rewarding and you could encounter White-naped Pigeon, African Gray Parrot, Black Bee-eater, Hairy-breasted, Yellow Spotted and Yellow Billed Barbet, Chestnut-winged and Purple-headed, Waller’s and Narrow Tailed Starlings, Blue-throated Brown and Superb Sunbirds, White-collared Olive back among others.

DAY 8: BIRDING TO SEMLIKI

Semliki Forest marks the eastern extension of the West African Forest. This makes it the best birding place in East Africa as we encounter some of the Guinea Congo Biome endemics not easily seen in other East African destinations. Specialties include Congo Serpent Eagle, Bate’s Nightjar, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Black-winged, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Icterine Greenbul, Black-throated Coucal, Nkulengu Rail, Long-tailed Hawk, Spot-breasted Ibis, Capuchin Babbler, Yellow-throated and Western Nicator, Northern Bearded Scrub Robin, Red-chested Owlet, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, White-bellied Kingfisher, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Lyre-tailed and Zenker’s Honeyguides, White-throated Blue Swallow, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Crested Malimbe, Blue-billed Malimbe, Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike, Pale-fronted and Chestnut Bellied Negrofinch, Black Dwarf, Piping, Red-billed Dwarf, Black-casqued Wattled , White Crested, and White-thighed Hornbills African Piculet among others. We spend out night at Ataco

DAY 9:BIRDING FROM SEMLIKI NATIONAL BIRDING TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Have breakfast very early in the morning and proceed for birding along the Sempaya trail. We try out what was missed the previous day, Palm Swamp Bulbul and the Leaf Love, Rufous Bellied Negrofinch, Black Bellied Seed Craker, are easily seen in this area. After this we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is Uganda’s second largest protected area on the shores of Lake Edward. We check in at Simba Safari Lodge then head for and early evening game drives looking for numerous birds that inhabit the surrounding scrub and lakeshore like the African Hopoe, Green Winged Pytilia, African Golden Breasted Bunting and later in this drive we look out for the Black Shouldered, Swamp, Square Tailed and Pennant-winged Nightjars back to the lodge or hostel for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 10: WHOLE DAY BIRDING QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Today we immensely explore Queen Elizabeth National Park. Birds on this drive are numerous and may include among others the Wahlberg’s, Brown Snake, Short Toed Snake and Martial Eagle, Red-necked Spurfowl, Black-rumped and Common Buttonquails, African Crake, Hollub’s Golden and Lesser Masked Weavers, Black Coucal, Black Lored and Arrow Marked Babbler, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl Copper, Scarlet Chested and Red-chested, Broad Tailed and African Moustached Warbler. In the afternoon we do a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel looking out for water birds that roost in between the Edward and George lakes. Close encounters with the biggest schools of Hippos in Africa and some crocs many migrating species like the Gulls and Terns are here, after this ride we Dinner and overnight at Simba Safari Lodge

DAY 11: QUEEN ELIZABETH TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Have breakfast then transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest birding enroute. Today we have a chance to go through the Ishasha sector which provides chances of viewing the tree climbing lions and other game, lookout for grassland birds including the pipits Larks, African Cuckoo Hawk, Black Cuckoo, White Winged Tit, Ovambo Sparrow Hawk e.t.c we continue to Ruhizha where we have Africa’s no.1 birding spot according to the African Birding Club. We stay at Trekker’s Tarvan.

DAYS 12 AND 13:  GORILLA TRACKING AND BIRDING 
If tracking we shall have early breakfast then assemble at the park headquarters for briefing about this breath taking activity. Time spent tracking depends on where the gorillas spent the night and their feeding range or encounter with other groups which might be wild forcing them to move long distances so be prepared for a whole day activity. Once found you spend an hour with them, seeing these gentle giants interact is awesome and the marvelous wildlife encounter on the African continent and an unforgettable. Birding Ruhizha e start after breakfast and go out birding looking out for the Black-billed and Rwenzori Turaco, Western Green Tinkerbird, Olive, Elliot’s and Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Green-Broadbill, Mountain, Yellow whiskered and Yellow-streaked Greenbul, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Grey Cuckoo Shrike Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Montane Sooty Boubou, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird. Back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 14: BIRDING FROM BWINDI TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Today birding will be done enroute, depending on the route we use either the Ishasha or the Rukungiri each has birds of interests and we shall stop at different interesting spots. While in the lake we shall look out for mammals like the Zebra, Eland, Topi, Impala, Cape Buffalo, Warthog etc, today we target the boat ride along lake Mburo where we hardly miss the African Finfoot, White Backed and Black Crowned Night Heron, Giant Kingfisher. A night drive always produces good views of the Black Shouldered, northern Tanzania Fiery Necked Nightjar, nocturnal mammals and Bush Babies. We stay at Arcadia Cottages.

DAY 15: BIRDING LAKE MBURO TO KAMPALA
After breakfast we start early in search for special savannah birds like the Yellow Bellied Apalis, Green Capped Eremomela, Buff Bellied Warbler, White Winged Tit, Red Billed Wood Hopoe, the special birds for today’s drive will be the Tabora Cisticola, Red Faced Barbet and Coqui Francolin. Brubru, Sulpher Breasted Bush Shrike, Red Headed Weaver, Green Backed and Uganda Spotted Woodpecker, African Black Headed Oriole. Overnight at The Lodge

DAY 16:BIRDING KAMPALA- MABAMBA ISLANDS

Early transfer to Mabamba Swamp, 50 kms west of Kampala. Look out for many different birds on our way to the swamp like the Papyrus Gonolek, White Shouldered Tit, Red Cap, Western Banded Snake Eagle, White Winged Warbler, White Spotted Fluftail and Weyns Weaver. This Swamp is one of the best places to spot the exceptional Shoebill Stork. But also many other species can be found here, like the Allen’s and Purple Gallinule, Grey herons, Jacanas, Ruffaus  Bellied Heron, Squaco, Purple and Goliath Heron, the Globally threatened Pallid Harrier and Blue Swallow a migrant species, a variety of egrets, ducks etc. The best way to enjoy the rich bird life is by canoe and you might even have the luck to encounter the elusive Sitatunga Antelope, adapted to swampy habitats. Later in the afternoon drive back to the Hotel birding enroute for dinner and o/n stay.

DAY 17: Birding to Mabira and then transfer to Entebbe onward

After breakfast we start by looking out for the Red Caped Robin-chat around the Logde then hit the trail to try and find Weyn’s Weaver, Olive Green Cameroptera, Tit Hylia, African Pied Hornbill Grey and Yellow Long Bill, Forest Wood-Hoopoe, Blue-breasted, White-bellied, Dwarf and Shining-blue Kingfishers, Soty Flycatcher, Yellow-throated, Yellow Rumped and Speckled Tinkerbird, Yellow Crested Woodpecker, Toro Olive Greenbul and Green-tailed Bristle bill, Fire-crested Alethe, Forest Robin and Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat after this beautiful show we transfer to the airport for flight back home.