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.