9 Days Birding tour in Uganda
Birding tour in Uganda Overview
Birding tour Uganda provides a platform to watch many countless beautiful bird species in the most spectacular park. Birding in this case has been combined with Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale and Kyambura not to forget Bwindi Gorilla trekking with amazing wildlife and sightseeing.
Day 1: Kampala-Kibale National Park
As we start our Birding tour in Uganda, travelling from Kampala to Kibale National Park just under the Ruwenzori Mountains, Afternoon forest walks in search for different bird species. The forest walk will be guided to provide information not only on chimpanzees and primates but also on small organisms making it interesting. The walk will reward you with other primates like Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, phoestes, and butterflies. guided walk in the crater lakes area of the park for outstanding cultural visit. Meals and over night at Chimp’s Nest (Budget facility). Meal plan: (B, L, D)
Day 2: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth NP
Birding tour in Uganda starts with a breakfast then drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park viewing the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey, Check in at your accommodation facility as you wait for your lunch. After lunch, take on an afternoon Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel – one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, buffalo, kob and the occasional Nile crocodile (which up until recently did not inhabit this area) and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank including White-thighed and Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills, Yellow-spotted and Yellow billed Barbets, Western Black-headed Oriole, along with Red-tailed and Blue Monkeys. Overhead, Sabine’s and sometimes Cassin’s Spinetails soar over the clearings. As we walk quietly along the trail, Red-tailed Ant-Thrushes skulk in the shadows, as do Red-tailed Bristlebill, Scaly-breasted, Pale-breasted and Brown Illadopsis. Greenbuls are ever a challenge and include Cameroon Sombre, Slender-billed, Honeyguide and Spotted, whilst other regular species are Speckled Tinker bird, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Green Crombec, Rufous-crowned Eremomela. Many who experience the launch cruise consider it the high light of their entire African safari. Dinner and overnight stay at Ihamba Safari Lodge (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Rise very early with your packed lunch take on a morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. This Birding tour in Uganda will enable you meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, Lions, spotted Hyenas, bush buck, water bucks, stripped jackal, comical warthogs and the elusive leopard as we do birding. Proceed to Maramagambo forest. Many surprises await you here for example pythons are often observed in the crevices of the bat cave floor using the bats as a source of food. The cave is near a picturesque formerly Blue lake and Hunters cave. You may also see forest birds such as bat hawks, brown eared woodpecker and other primates. Return for dinner and overnight stay at Mweya safari lodge/Jacana safari lodge (High end facility) or Ihamba Safari Lodge (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth NP – Bwindi
With previous day’s memories on our birding tour in Uganda, enjoy your breakfast then get ready for a guided Chimpanzee/primate walk along Kyambura Gorge to look for habituated chimps through the gorge where we come across different species of birds. After the primate walk, proceed to Ishasha. You will drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The journey takes about 4 hours but driving through interesting features. Arrive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. Enroute birding including Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Buff-throated Apalis, and both White-breasted and Grey-headed Negrofinches. Lower down we should see Chocolate-backed and African Dwarf Kingfishers, White-spotted Fluff tails and the elusive Nahan’s Francolin. Other possibilities here are Great Sparrow-hawk, Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, Crested Guinea-fowl, Tambourine Dove, Grey Parrot, African Emerald and Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoos, Yellow bill, White-throated Bee-eater, Yellow-throated Tinker bird, Yellow-spotted Barbet and Yellow-crested Woodpecker, This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma community Bandas (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Bwindi Gorilla Tracking
After early breakfast, set off for birding tour Uganda as we track gorillas, we encounter several species of birds, the thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but 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.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rain forest, so ancient that survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas – believed to number just 720. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together.
Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma community Bandas (Budget facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi
After an early breakfast we en-back on our birding tour in Uganda that involves transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale. Lunch break is made in Kabale, the afternoon is spent for relaxation and sightseeing around the Lake. Overnight stay at Bunyonyi Overland camp (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi-Mburo
Morning breakfast ready for a boat ride to some of the islands on the Lake Bunyonyi for ample Birding where you can spot 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 Oxpecker a boat ride on lake Bunyonyi is one great activity on our birding tour in Uganda. Overnight at Mburo Safari Lodge (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 8: Lake Mburo
After an early breakfast, we go on a birding tour that is combined with a game drive following numerous tracks in Lake Mburo National Park. You have chances of viewing mammals such as Zebra, Topi, Elephant, Eland, Impala, Buffalo, Water Buck. Lake Mburo National Park is one great destination for birding tour in Uganda, you stand chances of viewing Black-headed Oriole, White-backed Scrub Robin, Bateleur, Ruppel’s Long-tailed Starling, Common Bulbul, Brown Parrot, Ruppel’s Griffon Vulture, Grey Hornbill, White-browed Coucal, Lesser Masked Weaver, Water Thick-knee, Wood Hoopoe, Verreux’s Eagle Owl, Woodland Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Little Bee-eater, Chinspot, Tawny Eagle, Senegal Lapwing, Plain-backed Pipit, Greater Honeyguide, Sooty Chat, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Red-faced Crombec, Brown-tailed, Bronze-tailed Starlings, Northern Brubru, Grey Kestrel, Coqui Francolin, Broad-billed Roller, Grassland Pipit, and Golden-breasted Bunting. Overnight at Mburo Safari Lodge (Budget facility). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9: Lake Mburo – Kampala and Entebbe Out
After early breakfast, take on a morning Bush walk. Lake Mburo National Park is a very special place every part of it is alive with variety, interest and color. It contains an extensive wetland you are likely to see elands, impalas, waterbucks, warthogs, and zebras. Thereafter drive back to Kampala with a stopover at the Equator monument and later transfer to Entebbe to catch up with your evening flight back home hence putting an end to our birding tour in Uganda. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch .End of our Services.
Birding tour in Uganda package includes:-
-Transportation by a 4wd vehicle
-Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
-Birding throughout your safari
-One Chimpanzee permit in Kibale and Kyambura in Queen Elizabeth
-One Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance
-Services of English speaking Driver/guide.
However, Birding tour in Uganda package excludes: expenses of personal nature like:
-Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, and tobacco.
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