10 Days Birdwatching safari in Uganda

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$3000
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
10 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Birding safaris Birding
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Day 1; Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Have breakfast to meet our company representative and then drive off to Lake Mburo National park . Known to be the best place for acacia-associated birds in Uganda , the park has over 300 bird species recorded making it a birders paradise. You will reach late morning to go for a game drive where you will look out for bare-faced go-away bird, mosque swallows, black-bellied bustard and Ruppell’s long-tailed sterling. You will have lunch to drive along Lake Side Track and Kigambira Loop. Expect birds like the rare papyrus yellow warbler, Nubian Woodpecker, Spot-flanked Barbet, Northern Black Tit, Blue-naped Mouse bird, Green-capped Eremomela, Ross’ Turaco, Red-headed Lovebird and many more. Overnight at Mantana Tented Camp / Rwonyo Camp.

Day 2; Rubango Forest Walk – Birding Lake Mburo

Go for a forest walk in Rubango forest. With a variety of habitats offered by the forest, it also harbours variety of bird species you should expect. Species include double-toothed barbet, narina trogon, Grey-backed cameroptera, green pigeon and harrier hawk. In the afternoon you will go for a dugout canoe ride to look out for water bird species. Overnight at Mantana Tented Camp / Rwonyo Camp.

Day 3; Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park- that supports over 340 species with Albertine Rift Endemic species known to occur in Uganda . The park is a bird watchers refuge, not forgetting that its also a gorilla tracking haven. You will reach Buhoma in the afternoon to bird around Buhoma area. Overnight at a luxurious Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Community Bandas (Full Board).

Day 4; Birding – Bwindi forest Uganda

You will go along the River Ivy trail which is the longest trail in the park to Mubwindi to search for birds like the evergreen forest warbler, Archers robin –chat, Purple-breasted sunbirds, Rufuos –breasted Sparrow hawk, Dwarf- honey guide, crimsonwings, Narrow tailed and slender billed starlings, and many more. In the afternoon, walk along the short trail to Mubwindi to search for birds like the Waller’s starling, Black billed Turacos, White headed wood hoopoe, the spectacular yellow billed barbets, Carruthers’ Cisticola, Bar-tailed trogon, and the localized Grauer’s Rush Warbler. Dinner and overnight at luxurious Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Community Bandas (Full Board)  .

Day 5; Bwindi birding and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National park

Very early in the morning go for another search of the nocturnal birds, in Bwindi before you proceed to Queen Elizabeth national park. Retire to the lodge for breakfast and then set off to Queen Elizabeth NP to reach in the afternoon. Queen Elizabeth National park is another birders paradise in Uganda with over 600 bird species. Go for late afternoon birding in the crater area and the Mweya Peninsula to look out for wide spread grass land species such as croaking Cisticola, Marsh Tchagra, harriers such as Pallid and montagu’s and many others. Overnight at luxurious Mweya Lodge/budget Institute of Ecology (FB).

Day 6; Birding and Boat Cruise – Queen Elizabeth national park

Drive to Lake Kikorongo and the Kasenyi track for more birding in the park. Expect birds like Herons, Common Squacco, sacred and Glossy Ibises in the Kikorongo Area. The Kasenyi track passes through grass plains which support large numbers of stork in seasons as well as raptors such as brown snaked eagle. You will retire from the game drive for lunch at the lodge and then in the afternoon go for a boat trip on the Kazinga channel to Lake Edward . The cruise will reward you with bird such as Mongolian plovers, Eurasian Honey Bizzard, African morning dove, Common Teal and Winged Plover, and many more. You will also view game like hippos, buffaloes, and many more. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 7; Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Have breakfast and the head to Kibale national park- a large protected rainforest that offers variety of bird species. Have lunch and then go to Bigodi wetland sanctuary for afternoon birding at Magombe swamp, to search for birds like green buls, Narina’s trogon, papyrus gonolek, various barbets, woodpeckers, blue-throated roller, grey-backed black finch, grey parrot, bronze sunbird, white winged warbler, black-crowned waxbill, swamp flycatcher, and papyrus canary. Overnight at Ndali Lodge/budget Rwenzori View guest house.

Day 8; Birding – Kibale forest, Kayankyu area & Proceed to Murchison Falls NP

Go birding in the Kayankyu area to search for birds like the Noisy flocks of parrots, Uganda woodland warbler, African Goshawk, the majestic crowned eagle, Masked Apalis, Black necked weaver. You retire to the lodge for breakfast, to carry packed lunch and then drive off to Murchison falls. To reach the top of the falls in the evening to see how the calm Nile turns into the thunderous roar as it forces its self through the narrow gorge. While at the top of the falls watch out for birds like Sparrow, -weaver, Long-tailed nightjars, Brown twin-spot and many more. Transfer to Paraa Safari Lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Day 9; Boat Cruise – Murchison Falls

Have breakfast and get prepared for a boat cruise down stream along the Nile at 9:00 am . The trip will offer you with game like crocodiles, hippos buffaloes and birds like Goliath Herons, Saddle-billed stork, African Spoonbill, fulvous and White faced whistling ducks, Spur-winged Geese, and many more, Buff-bellied Warbler, Black-headed Batis, the Blue-naped Moosebird, Black-headed Gonolek, Yellow-throated Leaf love, Red-winged, White-crested Turaco Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver, and double-toothed Barbet. In the afternoon you will bird around the Lodge Paraa. Overnight at a luxurious Paraa Safari Lodge/budget Red chili camp (Full Board)

Day 10; Birding – northern circuit and Transfer back to Kampala

Go birding on the northern game circuit for birds before you embark on the journey back to Kampala . As you drive to Kampala you have a stop at the Equator for photographs and then proceed to reach in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Sheraton Hotel / Serena Hotel .

Abeam Safaris & Travel Ltd

- We offer private/custom safaris
- Our main focus is: Mid-level safaris
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Since: Aug 2013

Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
Baboon
Baboon
Bushbaby
Bushbaby
Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee
Elephant
Elephant
Giraffe
Giraffe
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Activities you can do

Horseback riding
Horseback riding
Bird watching
Bird watching
Boating / canoeing
Boating / canoeing
Bush walks
Bush walks
Cultural / Tribal visits
Cultural / Tribal visits
Fishing
Fishing
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