This is one of our birding tours in Uganda, it enables birders to see up to 400 different bird species in the pearl of Africa. Uganda has more than 1,000 Recorded bird species, some are forest species, savanna species, wetland species, water species while others are rift-valley species. On this tour you will visit Murchison fall national park, Budongo forest, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale forest park and Lake Mburo National Park. Birders could as well see other wildlife, primates, game including; chimpanzees, hippos, crocodiles, snakes, impala, eland, water-burks, zebras, buffaloes, and Butterflies.
BIRDING IN UGANDA TOUR : 10 days
Day One: Arrival
On your arrival at Entebbe international airport, you meet with our driver guide greet make introductions and then transfer to a hotel. O/N Boma Guest House Entebbe or Hotel Africana in Kampala (BB)
Day Two: Kampala – Murchison Falls Park
Early in the morning after breakfast you will leave Kampala for Murchison Falls National Park, drive through Nakasongola, Luweero via Masindi lunch en route. At Murchison falls Game Park you will take a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls while watching birds lining at the banks of the river. Here you expect to see various species of birds including snake eagle, fish eagle, the rare shoebill, Egyptian goose, the African darter, bee-eaters, shoebill stork, Goliath heron, Red-Naked Falcon, saddle billed stork, including animals like hippos, crocodiles and other animals as they quench up themselves. O/N: Nile Safari Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge (FB).
Day Three: bird watching in Budongo forest – Hoima
You will set off very early in the morning with packed lunch to Budongo forest reserve for early bird watch. You will bird the Kaniyo Pabidi section of Budongo forest which is a new discovery for Puvell’s Lladopsis, Black-billed turacco, narina tragon, blue-throated roller and Fire-crested alethe. The park habituates about 360 recorded bird species. Some the other species which can be seen in the park include blue-throated roller, dwarf kingfisher and grey-chinned sunbird. On your bird watch you will also have chances of seeing primates in the forest like Chimps, Monkeys and others. After here you will take a gentle drive to Hoima for dinner. O/N Crown Hotel (FB).
Day Four: Hoima – Kibale Forest Park
After breakfast in the morning you will, take along drive south to Kibale forest in fort portal through local villages and astonishing view of tea plantation sceneries en route to kibale forest park. You will go for birding in Bigodi swamp trails made a community tourism project, you can see the great blue turaco, hornbill, waxbill, weaver, cuckoos, kingfisher, flycatcher. O/N: Sunrise Hotel or Chimpanzee View Guest House. (FB)
Day Five: Bird Watching in Kibale Forest
You will start the day with and early morning walk viewing birds in Kibale forest which is known to have over 320 recorded bird species including the Green-breasted pitta, African pitta, Abyssinian groundthrush, Crowned eagle, Dusky crimsonwing, Black-capped apalis, Collared apalis, Purple-breasted sunbird, Black bee-eater, Yellow spotted nicator, Little greenbul, Black-eared ground thrush, Brown-chested alethe, Yellow-rumped tinker bird, Blue-breasted kingfisher and you will also go birding around the crater lakes before returning to the lodge for a rest. O/N: Sunrise Hotel or Chimpanzee View Guest House. (FB)
Day Six: Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth Park
Depart Kibale forest park for Queen Elizabeth Park which boosts with over 500 species of birds including the shoebill stork, the black bee-eater, Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Martial Eagle, Grey Kestrel, African Crake, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African Wattled Plover, Crowned Plover, Senegal Plover, Kittlitz’s Plover, Rufous napped Lark, Flappet Lark, White-tailed Lark, Brown-backed Srub-Robin, Zitting Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-lored Babbler, Grey backed Fiscal Black-headed Gonolek, Black-crowned Tchagra, Fork-tailed Drongo, Pin-tailed Whydah. Here you will relax and have lunch after which you will proceed for a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel where you will view several birds quenching up including various animals like hippos, crocodiles, kobs, buffaloes and elephants. O/N: Simba Safari camp or Mweya Lodge (FB).
Day Seven: Queen Elizabeth – Lake Mburo Park
You will go for a morning bird watching in Kyambura Gorge while viewing the steep slopes as wells chimpanzees some of the species which could be spotted include the Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake-Eagle. After lunch in the afternoon you will drive to Lake Mburo Park. O/N: Acardia Mburo Cottages or Mburo safari lodge (FB).
Day Eight: Lake Mburo Park
Take an early morning birding in Lake Mburo National Park. You will go for a launch cruise where you may come across several bird species including the conqui francoin, kingfisher, red-naked spur-fowl, temminck’s courser, black bellied bustard and African wattled lapwing, you may also see four smaller lakes, stunning impala, waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, hippos and crocodiles. O/N: Arcadia Mburo Cottages or Mburo safari lodge (FB).
Day Nine: Lake Mburo Park – Kampala
After an early morning breakfast leave Mburo for Mabamba Swamp in Mpigi and bird water bird species like shoe bill, pink-barked pelican, long-tailed cormorant, saddle-billed stork, marabou storks and others. Continue to Kampala for an overnight. Lunch en route. O/N Hotel Bougainviller or Pope Paul hotel or Hotel Africana (HB).
Day Ten: Departure
You will transfer to the airport for your flight.
Expected bird species include; Blue-throated roller, dwarf kingfisher and grey-chinned sunbird, African Darter, Goliath Heron, Yellow-billed Stork, Abdim’s Stork, Shoebill, White-faced Whistling Duck, Secretary Bird, Osprey, Dark Chanting-Goshawk, Martial Eagle, Hugli’s Francolin, Denham’s Bustard, Spotted Thick-knee, Senegal Thick-knee, Rock Pratincole, Black-headed Plover, Long-toed Plover, Black-billed Wood-Dove, Veracious Dove, Long Tailed Nightjar, Standard-winged Nightjar, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Blue-naped Moosebird, Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Red-throated Bee-eater, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Black Scimitarbill, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Black-billed Barbet, White-fronted Black Chat, Silverbird, Beautiful Sunbird, Piapiac, Speckle-fronted Weaver, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Vaseline Masked Weaver, Bar-breasted Firefinch, White-rumped Seedeater, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Spur-winger Geese, Black Crake, Grey-crowned Crane, Blue-naped Moosebird, Spotted Morning Thrush, Nothern Crombec, Red-winged Grey Warbler, to mention but just a little. You may also see animals such as; chimpanzees, hippos, crocodiles, snakes, impala, eland, waterbuck, zebras, buffaloes, and many other game.