10 day Bird Watching

A 10 day Uganda bird watching safari ,coupled with wildlife and primate experienece . Uganda is a birding paradise; one of the best and most thrilling birding destinations.

 Birdwatching Uganda Safari activities

·         Game drives / wildlife viewing

·         Bird watching

·         Chimpanzee tracking

·         Boat rides

·         Hiking / nature walks

.Day 1: Arrival Entebbe (B, B)
You will be met by one of our company representatives at Entebbe airport. Depending on the time of arrival you may go birding in either the botanical gardens or the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre(UWEC). Either of the places are good representative of the bird species in the country. They help give one an introduction to the different bird species in the country. Special birds here includes; African hobby, Ross's Turaco, Brown and Grey Parrot, Klaas's, Diederik, and Red-Chested Cuckoo, Fork Tailed Drongo, Brown Crowned Tchagra, white Chinned Prinia Black-headed Gonolek, to mention but a few. You will have an overnight stay at a hotel Entebbe.

Day 2: Entebbe – Lake Mburo National Park (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, drive to lake Mburo National Park with a brief stopover at the Equator for photographs. Drive through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns. Arrive in time for a boat ride. View bird species like, African fish eagle, Marabou stork, pied kingfishers, egrets, Herons and African finfoot. Ross’s Turaco and Narina trogon are frequently seen in the lake side thickets. Spend the night in Lake Mburo National Park.

Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park – Bwindi National Park (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, lunch we depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The park derives its name from its thick vegetation with an immense variety of evergreen trees, festooned with lianas, epiphytes, which rich great heights in their search for sunlight plus half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Spend the night in Bwindi.

Day 4: Bwindi Forest National Park (B, L, D)
Go for a guided nature walk for birding along Buhoma main trail. Alternatively, go for a Gorilla trek. Bird Species include great blue and black billed turacos , dusky and barred long – tailed cuckoos, bar-tailed trogon ,black bee eater ,grey- throated barbet,Peti’s cuckoo –shrike, Elliot’s wood pecker, red – tailed bulbul, mountain ,icterine and yellow – whiskered greenbuls, white-bellied robinchat, white- tailed ant-thrush, rusty – faced warbler, white-browed crombec , yellow –eyed flycatcher, white –tailed blue flycatcher, white –tailedcrested mornach, narrow – tailed sterling and black –headed wax bill. In addition to the outstanding birding,the main trail supports a dazzling array of colourful butterflies  l’hoest’s monkeys ,blue and red tailed monkeys are often encountered. Spend the night in Bwindi.

Day 5: Bwindi Forest National Park (B, L, D)
Birding today in Ruhija,we will spot some bird species like African Broadbill, Pale-breasted and Mountain Illadopsis, African Hill-Babbler, Red-throated Alethe, Black-faced, Black-throated and Mountain Masked Apalises, Banded Prinia and the handsome Black-faced Rufous-Warbler. The mid-storey and canopy supports Elliot's and Tullberg's Woodpeckers, Cabanis', Toro Olive, Shelley's and Ansorge's Greenbuls, the strange Grauer's Warbler and White-browed Crombec, Yellow-eyed Black, Ashy, Dusky-blue, Chapin's and Cassin's Grey Flycatchers, Chin-spot and Rwenzori Batis, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown, Blue-headed, Northern Double-collared and Grey-headed Sunbirds, Mackinnon's Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Pink-footed Puffback, Doherty's Bush-shrike. The rare Jameson's Ant-pecker may also been seen probing under moss on dead branches or gleaning warbler-like in the canopy along with Strange, Brown-capped and Black-billed Weavers. Overhead, Scarce Swifts forage over the forest. Birding at Buhoma is a truly magical experience. Other wildlife that we may be fortunate enough to find here include the huge Yellow-backed Duiker, Guereza Colobus, L'Hoest's, Blue and Red-tailed monkeys, Chimpanzee and several species of squirrels including Fire-footed Rope, Carruthers' Mountain, Rwenzori Sun and Red-legged Sun Squirrel spend the night in Bwindi.

Day 6: Bwindi National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park through the southern part of the park (Ishasha Sector). This will depend on the condition of the road. If lucky, we shall spot the tree climbing lions. Bird species in this region include black – bee eater, broad-billed roller and Cassin’s grey flycatcher. Spend a night in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park (B, L, D)
Get up ready for a 6.30 am morning game drive heading for the mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs returning to the lodge for a late breakfast. Special birds include; Harlequin Quail, Blue Quail, Small (Common) Buttonquail, African Crake, White-winged Warbler, Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, Papyrus Gonolek, Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Lowland Akalat, Greater and Lesser Flamingo,  Black Bee-eater, Caruthers's Cisticola, Terek Sandpiper, Secretary Bird, hamerkop,red throated sunbird,black headed gonolek and a variety of weavers. After lunch, go for a Launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel at 15.00 hours. Kazinga channel is a natural strip that joins Lake Edward to Lake George and actually this is one of your highlights on safari .Water birds include yellow- billed stork,pink-backed pelicans,white bellied cormorants,pin –tailed whydah,black –headed gonolek,African skimmers and African Spoonbill. Spend the Night in Queen Elizabeth National park.

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park– Kibale Forest National Park (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. We have a chance of birding on the main road or one of the trails in the forest. We might come across the Nahan’s fracolin,Cassin’s spinetail,blue-headed bee eater masked apalis,green-breasted pitta and African pitta. Spend a night in Kibale Forest with a choice of accommodation facilities.

Day 10: Kibale Forest National Park |Chimpanzee trekking (B, L, D)
Have an early breakfast by 7.00 am and proceed to the park headquarters at Kanyanchu for briefing before going on the chimpanzee trek in Kibale Forest. You will carry packed lunch from the lodge and lots of drinking water. After lunch; we shall go for a nature walk in Bigodi swamp. Bird species include great blue turaco,Payrus gonolek,grey throated, yellow – billed,yellow-spotted,double-toothed barbets;speckled,yellow-rumped and yellow throated tinker barbets,Yellowbill,brown –eared woodpecker; blue-throated roller; grey parrot; bronze sunbird, black –crowned waxbill; grey-headed Negro-finch; swamp flycatcher; red-capped and Snowy –headed robin-chats; grosbeak and northern brown-throated weavers; and black and white casqued hornbill. Spend a night in Kibale Forest.

Day 11: Kibale Forest  National  Park – Kampala (B, L, D)
Transfer to the Airport arriving in time for your departure flight.

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