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14 Days Birding Uganda safari for Albertine Rift Endemic Birds

Uganda is home to over 1060 bird species within its borders which accountrs for 10% for all the world species. On this 14 day bird safari you have chances of watching/hearing more than 600 bird species.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $3445 - $6885
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 14 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Uganda Uganda
Parks visited Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga, Semuliki, Lake Mburo
Activity level Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Cultural
  • Birding
  • Boating
This birding safari will take you to the prime birding spots in Uganda. Most of these are found in protected areas but many are along the roads and in agricultural lands. Your trip will start in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is the smallest national Park in Uganda but proudly hosts over 180 bird species including the Albertine Rift Endemics. On the way to Mgahinga, we bird along Echuya Forest in search for Regal Sunbird, Rufous breasted Sparrow hawk etc. and continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the best birding spot is Africa. Bwindi is home to 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics. The famed Mt Rwenzori in western Uganda with snowcapped equatorial peaks has a record of 19 of the Albertine Rift endemics. Finally we end with the beautiful Semuliki National Park which protects an eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest of Democratic Republic of Congo. A large number of Central African species have their distribution here and not found anywhere else in East Africa. Come enjoy the rich bird life of Uganda.

Day 1: Arrival for Uganda Birding Uganda Safari

A Kagera Safaris representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy the fresh breeze from Lake Victoria, which surrounds the airport. 

Day 2: Birding to Lake Mburo National Park

After an early breakfast, we start our birding tour to Lake Mburo national park with a stopover at Mabamba swamp in search of the shoebill. The search for the shoebill could end in time for lunch at the Equator. After lunch we continue birding enroute and arrive in time for an evening boat ride on Lake Mburo and later retire to the our lodge later that evening.

Day 3& 4: Birding tour to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda

After an early breakfast, we bird our way to the beautiful Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which is also the country’s most scenic and smallest park. With stopovers enroute, of birding and meals we arrive at our lodge in the evening.

Mgahinga has 180 recorded bird species;we shall bird through various montane habitats along the Gorge trail. The speciesto search for include; Cape and Archer'sRobin-chat, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Black-headed Waxbill, Streaky Seedeater,Handsome Francolin, Kivu Ground Thrush, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Greater Double collard Sunbird, Rwenzori Turcaco, Dusky Turtle Dove,Rwenzori Batis, Shelly's Dusky Crimsonwing, Olive Pigeon, Black headed waxbill, Western Green Tinkerbird, White-starred Robin, Brown Woodland Warbler, Striped breasted Tit, Bronze,Malachite and Scarlet-tufted Sunbirds.

Day 5: Bird watching in Uganda to Ruhija 

Bwindi Impenetrable isby far the richest forest in East Africa because of its variety of trees, butterflies, birds and mammals. It is home to over 360 Mountain Gorillas - half of the world's population. The park is home to about 347 bird species with 10 of the 26 globally threatened species in Uganda, and 24 of Uganda’s 25 Albertine Rift endemics.

Here we search for the African Green Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, White- browed Crombec, Rwenzori Batis, Collared Apalis, Banded Prinia, Mountain and Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Shelley’s Crimsonwing,Mountain Illadopsis, White-starred Robin, Strange Weaver, Blue headed, Purple-breasted and Regal Sunbirds, Northern Olive Thrush, Abyssinian Crimsonwing, Black headed Waxbill, Dusky Crimsonwing, Brown-capped weaver, Sharpe’s Starling and many others.

Day 6: Whole day Bird watching Tour at Mubwindi in Uganda

On this day we bird towards Mubwindi Swamp through the dense and swampy forest along the valley floor. Time spent on the trail will provide opportunities for therare and localize African Green Broadbill. Lookout for; Yellow-billed Barbet, Great Blue and Black-billed Turaco’s, Bar-tailed Trogon, White-headed Hoopoe, Montane Oriole, Pink-footed Puffback, Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Waller’s Starling, localized Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Dwarf Honey-Guide, Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Oriole Finch, Doherty’s Bush-Shrike, Red-headed Malimbe, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Grey-headed Sparrow, Dusky Twinspot, Think-billed and Streaky Seedeaters, Rwenzori Nightjar etc.

Day 7: Uganda Birding Tour to Buhoma 

We leave Ruhija Section of Bwindi to Buhoma for Gorilla tracking and more birding opportunities. We bird “The Neck” – an important habitat with high chances to see the Cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Toro-Olive Greenbul, Black Bee-eaters, Bronze-napped Pigeon, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Cassin’s grey flycatcher, pink footed puffback, Mountain wagtail, and a variety of Albertine rift endemics.

Day 8: Birdwatching at Buhoma and Optional Gorilla Trekking

Today you have opportunities of tracking Mountain Gorillas in Buhoma.

Otherwise we take atrial through the forest offering excellent viewing points and waterfalls. We are looking out for; Brown, Blue-headed, Northern Double-collared and Grey headed Sunbird, Black Bee-Eater, Kivu Ground Thrush, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Black throated Robin chat, Barred Long tailed Cuckoo, Black-faced, Black throated and Mountain Masked Apalis, Chin spot and Rwenzori Batis, Montane and African Golden Oriole, Thick-billed and Streaky Seedeater, Handsome Francolin and White-bellied Robin-chat, Cape wagtail, White-chinned Prinia and many more

Day 9: Uganda Birding Trip to Mountain Rwenzori National Park

With our packed lunch after an early breakfast, we start our birding journey to Rwenzori Mountains National Park with stopovers in Ishasha for birding. We arrive later in the evening ready for the much needed rest.

Day 10: Birding Uganda Tour in Mountain Rwenzori National Park

We have an early morning breakfast and start the journey to look out for the Rwenzori species which include; Bamboo warbler, Rwenzori Turaco,Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Rwenzori Hill-Babbler, Rwenzori Nightjar, the Abyssinian, Red-faced, Dusky and Shelley's Crimsonwing, Rwenzori Batis,Grey Apalis, Woodhouse Antipecker, Stripe-breasted Tit, Cassin's Hawk-eagle, Grauer’s Cuckoo-shrike, Banded Prinia, Willcock’s Honeyguide, Kivu Ground Thrush, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Sooty Flycatcher and many more.

Day 11: Birding to Semuliki Valley National Park in Uganda 

We start journey to Semuliki national park birding along the way, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Rwenzoris. We arrive later in the evening, bird around the lodge area before retiring for the night.

Day 12: Bird watching Uganda Tour at Semuliki Valley NP 

We look out for anumber of predominantly Central African species which are thecontinent's most spectacular and sought after birds but cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa such as; Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, the Black-Casqued Wattled, Piping, Red-billed Dwarf and White-crested Hornbills. We also look out forBlue Swallow, White-throated Blue Swallow, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Spotted Greenbul,White-starred Robin, Lowland Akalat, Red-throated Alethe, Fire-crested Alethe, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Red-eyed Puffback, White-tailed Robin-Chat, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Capped Wheatear, Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, Oberlaender’s Ground-Thrush, Grey Ground-Thrush, Little Grey Greenbul, Toro Olive Greenbul, Mountain Greenbul, Yellow-throated Nicator, Western Nicator etc.

Day 13: Birding to Kampala/Entebbe

We bird our way back to Entebbe via Fortportal with numerous stopovers for other sightseeing and birding. We arrive in Entebbe for the evening sunset cruise and later retire for the night/ prepare for departure.

Day 14: Departure - End of Birding Uganda Safari for Albertine Rift Endemic Birds 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • The Boma, Kampala Serena, Lake Mburo safari lodge, Kibla Mantana Tented camp, Travellers lodge, Buhoma lodge, The Haven, Gorilla lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Lodge, Ntoroko lodge, Magherita lodge
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