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10 Days Exclusive Birding Uganda safari through top birding sites

 

10 days exclusive birding Uganda safari

 

This 10 days safari is exclusively for birding in Uganda. It takes you to the most attractive sites and important habitats. Enjoy your vacation and bird watching, all the way to your last day.

 

 

10 days exclusive birding uganda safari

The 10 days exclusive birding Uganda safari offers the following highlights:
  • Visit 4 national parks of Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi, and Lake Mburo in Uganda
  • Birding in Kibale Forest National Park and nature walk in Bigodi Swamp
  • Bird watching in Bwindi
  • Sunrise and sunset game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo
  • Boat cruises on Kazinga channel with high populations of water birds>
  • See the local birds, endemics and migrants
  • Cross the Equator and stand in two hemispheres at the same time
  • See the local communities
Day 1: Airport EBB – Arrival at Entebbe

You are warmly received and transferred to the hotel for overnight rest.

Overnight stay: Lake Victoria View Guest House (BB) or The Boma (BB)

Day 2: Entebbe to Kibale Forest National Park 350 km, 6 hours

After breakfast, we drive west birding through the woodlands to Kibale Forest. The drive passes along cultivated fields of bananas, coffee and tea plantations. We make a walk around the lodge birding as the sun sets with sights and sounds of the forest. The Park has 355 bird species with the highest number of records of the Green-breasted Pitta and primates in Uganda.

Overnight stay: Kibale Forest Camp (FB) / Primate Lodge (FB)

Day 3: Kibale Forest National Park

On this day, we do the birding nature walk in the park. Expect to see various rare birds like the African Pitta, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Scaly Illadopsis, Crested Guinea fowl, Red-capped Robin Chat, Grey Apalis and  White-napped Pigeon. It is possible go on the trails for Chimpanzee trekking (optional).

In the afternoon, we make a nature walk in the Bigodi Swamp. Along the trails, expect to see papyrus endemics such as the Papyrus Gonolek and White-winged Warbler. Other species to watch are the African Marsh Harrier, Black-billed Turaco, great Blue Turaco, Grey Parrot,  Red-headed Malimbe, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat and Yellow-billed Barbet.

On this day, it is also possible to do  birding and chimpanzee habituation in the forest (optional).

Overnight stay: Kibale Forest Camp (FB) / Primate Lodge (FB)

Day 4: Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth 160 km, 4 hours

Transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park with splendid views of the Mountains of the Moon. Make a stop by the Equator for that memorable time. We go birding on the afternoon game drive as the sun sets. This Savannah and woodland park ranks the best birding area in Uganda  with over 600 species recorded. On the game drive, you are likely to see the Black Bee-eater, Blue and Harlequin Quails, Caruthers’s Cisticola, Martial Eagle, Temminck’s courser and Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl. The Yellow-billed Ox-pecker is usually on the back of an antelope, Buffalo or even the Warthog.

Overnight stay: The Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB) or the Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

The day starts with a morning game drive in the park along the tracks of the Kasenyi plains- west of the national park. This area is famous for predators such as lions, hyenas and leopards. On the other hand, the antelope species and warthogs are the prey. After a successful birding excursion, return to the lodge for lunch. We then slope down to the shores for an enchanting boat cruise along the beautiful Kazinga channel.

The boat sails close to the animals that stay in the water. More still come to the channel for a drink. Big game namely hippos, buffaloes, elephants, giant forest hogs and crocodiles are abundant. Many bird species such as the African Skimmer,Pelicans and Kingfishers feed in the water. But others like the  common Sandpiper, gray-headed Gull, green backed Heron and three-banded Plover come on the banks to find what to eat. The cruise ends down by Lake Edward. In a distance, you see the stunning views of the border mountains of the Congo .

Overnight stay: The Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB) or the Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Ishasha

Have a morning game drive and transfer south to the Ishasha sector. First, we check in at the Lodge for lunch and relaxation. Later, enjoy a relaxed sunset game drive birding and in search of the tree climbing lions. Along the tracks in the bush, we continue up to the river camp. Birds that we may see include the African grey Hornbill, greater Honey-guide, green winged Pytilia and Ovampo Sparrowhawk. Other birds of the grasslands like the rufous-napped Lark, Flappet Lark along with Cisiticolas can be seen.

Overnight stay: Ishasha Jungle Lodge (FB) or the Ishasha Wilderness Camp (FB)

Day 7: Ishasha to Bwindi national Park (60km 2hrs / 150km 5hrs)

Today, we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. During the drive, we bird through wooded and hilly villages. Furthermore, the beautiful landscapes and the mountains have breathtaking views. Uniquely so, Bwindi Impenetrable is a montane forest with many wildlife species and birds. Even more interestingly, Bwindi is one of the 2 places in the world where you find the endangered Mountain Gorillas!!

Overnight stay: Gorilla Mist Camp (FB) or the Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable forest on the trails Birding!!!

Early morning set off in the forest birding. Birds to see along the trails include the African Broadbill, Ashy Flycatcher, Banded Prinia and Black-billed Turaco. Even the bronze-naped Pigeon, chin-spot Batis and red-throated Alethe can be seen. Others are the Oriole Finch, rwenzori Batis, white-bellied Robin chat. In the afternoon, go birding along the forest edges. It is however possible to do the tracking of Gorillas (optional), while birding on this day!! You can even have an hour with them for an experience that lasts a lifetime .

Overnight stay: Gorilla Mist Camp (FB) or the Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Lake Mburo National Park 190km 5hr

We have breakfast and relax. We then drive leisurely through the mountains and cattle countryside to Lake Mburo. There are five lakes within the park. It is mostly woodland nonetheless it harbors beautiful bird species. In addition, big animals in the park include the leopards, hyenas, zebras and the rare Eland antelopes. Hippos as well as crocodiles are common on the lake. In the afternoon, go for a game drive. Birding along the tracks yields Tabora Cisticola, green-backed Woodpecker, Coqui Francolin and red-faced Barbet. Then, we return to the Lodge to relax. The views of the park below are magnificent.

Overnight stay: Rwakobo Rock (FB) or the Mihingo Lodge (FB)

Day 10: Lake Mburo to Kampala or Entebbe

After a hot cup of coffee or tea, have a game walk to see birds and animals at close a proximity. Without a doubt, it is a thrilling moment birding in an African park on foot. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Finally, we transfer to Entebbe for your departure flight. Moreover, with a lunch break at the Equator. End of the 10 days exclusive birding Uganda safari

TOTAL PRICE 2019-2020 (Medium range accommodations- Full board)
  • 2 persons: USD 2290 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 4 persons: USD 1860 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 6 persons: USD 1700 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • USD: 420 single room supplement outside the double/twin room

 

TOTAL PRICE 2019-2020 (High Budget accommodations- Full board)
  • 2 persons: USD 3360 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 4 persons: USD 2870 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 6 persons: USD 2645 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • USD: 340 single room supplement outside the double/twin room
 
The above Price includes:
  • Ground transfers
  • 4×4 custom built safari vehicle with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • Sealed Bottled drinking water
  • Accommodations with meals
  • Entrance fees to the sites &  Parks

The following activities: Morning and sunset birding drives, boat trip on the Kazinga Channel and a visit to the crater lakes.

 
The above Price does not include:
  • Activities not listed in the Itinerary
  • Flights & Insurances
  •  Visa for Uganda
  • All Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Tips, personal expenses such as laundry and communications

N.B- The 10 days exclusive birding Uganda safari can be booked and done at any time of the year.

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