This 13 days adventure safari features the identification of several albertine endemic species. Uganda has a check list of over 1100 bird species you are expected on this safari to sight over 400 bird species. you will also have an option of undertaking gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest National park.it also offer launch cruises on the Victoria Nile in Murchison falls national park and a boat trip on kazinga channel,
Day one: arrival at Entebbe international Airport
Day two: bird watching in mabamba swamp
Day three: bird watching in lake mburo national park
Day four: bird watching in lake mburo
Day five: bird watching in bwindi
Day six: gorilla trekking (optional)
Day seven: queen Elizabeth national park
Day eight: Entire day bird watchinh
Day nine :bird watching in kibale forest National Park
Day ten: Kibale forest National Park(optional chimpanzee trekking)
Day eleven: drive to Murchison falls national park
Day twelve: bird watching in Murchison falls national park
Day thirteen : proceed to Entebbe
Safari day by day
Accommodation ( please click on a particular accommodation and view more details about it)
Day 1 : Mabamba swamp Bird watching
After your breakfast you will transfer to Mabamba swamp 50 kms west of Kampala .Bird watch en-route to the swamp looking out for papyrus specialties such as the papyrus gonolek,white winged warbler.northern brown throated,weyns,golden backed,orange weaver to mention but a few.move to Mabamba swamp most of the birding here is done canoeing as well as look out for the rare shoe-bill stock ,African water rail, Allen’s and purple Gallinule,squaco heron,a variety of Egrets and ducks.overnight at Malakai eco lodge
Day 3 : Bird watching in Lake Mburo National Park
Drive to lake mburo crossing the equator along the way .this park is mosaic habitat for rocky outcrops,dry hillsides,open and wooded savanna,forests,galleries and swamps .A variety of habitats have contributed to the fauna diversity and 313 bid species have been recorded in the park including ;red faced barbet,long tailed cristicola,papyrus red warbler,African fin foot,Northern brubru ,Rufus bellied heron,black colared barbet,brown chested plover,white winged tilt,Northern brown throated weaver,white winged warbler.overnight at Arcadia cottages.
Day 4 : Bird watching in Lake Mburo National Park
On this day you shall have more time to bird watch in this park,in search of more bird species.you shall have a boat ride in search for the water bird species.overnight and dinner at Arcadia cottages.
Day 5 : Birding Safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park
You shall drive to Bwindi .bwindi is the bird watchers haven.it holds 348 species of birds among which 90% of the Albertine Endemic are here such as the short-tailed rusty-faced woodland and Grauer’s Rush Warblers ,bar-tailed trogon,wilcock’s honeyguide,yellow-eyed black flycatcher,kivu ground rush ,dusky crimson wing ,white-tailed blue monarchamong others,difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.An experienced bird watcher can identify up to 100 species in a day. Overnight at Engagi lodge lodge .
Day 6 : Gorilla trekking – Bwindi National Park
This morning after breakfast you will report at the park office at 7:30 am where you shall have briefing as you get ready for the gorilla trekking.there are 880 gorillas left in the world.the tracking may take 4 to 8 hours with the park ranger guide interpreting the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the gorillas .in the afternoon you may relax at the camp or you may take a forest nature walk that will lead you to the waterfall trail and a chance to see primates such as the grey cheeked mangabey ,blue monkeys and other species. Overnight at Engagi lodge .
Day 7 : Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast ,you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you shall undertake a game drive for the search of tree climbing lions .only here do the lions have the habit of climbing fig trees . Also with several bird watching stops and arrive in time for lunch .Later you will embark on an evening bird watching expedition and later return for dinner and overnight at Bush lodge.
Day 8 : Entire day bird watching
Queen Elizabeth national park lies on the floor of the eastern arm of the greatest African Rift valley ,choose to bird along the mweya peninsula or take an early morning agme drive towards the kasenyi track winding through grassland dotted with trees and nearby craterlakes.our main aim is to locate lions and other mammals including buffallos, Ugandan kob,oribi ,waterbuck,and family groups of African elephants .Along the road you may find scarly francolin,red necked spurfowl,several polvers,Harlequin Quial and common Button-quail,Larks are numerous and include the rufous –naped ,flappet and the local white-tailed,Raptors include Martial eagles,banded snake eagles and bateleur.
In the afternoon proceed on a boat trip down the kazinga channel .This area offers stunning views of pink-backed pelicans,saddle-billed stock,Hammerkop,yellow billed stock,water thicknee,African skimmer and over –summering pale arctic shorebirds.choose to have a game drive on the peninsular searching for Gabon and slender –tailed Night jars as well as owls .overnight at bush lodge.
Day 9 : Bird watching in Kibale forest National Park
After breakfast you will drive to kibale forest National Park ,you shall have an opportunity to do bird watching along the way as well as in the afternoon in the forest .over night at chimpanzee forest guesthouse
Day 10 : kibale forest National Park – chimpanzee trekking
you shall have a briefing at the starting point then start chimp tracking which may take 2-3 hours .lunch will be organized according to the trend of the activities ,either picnic lunch of hot lunch.
Later in the afternoon ,you will have the opportunity of a guided walk through bigodi swamp,you may see Red colobus,Grey cheeked mangabeys, Red tailed monkeys,the forest is also home to the scarly francolin,March Tchagara ,Black-bellied seedcracker ,green-backed twinspot,Bicoloured Mannikin, white-naped pigeon. Afep pigeon, Narina trogon, Joyful Greenbull, olive long tailed cuckoo, black bee –eater, blue headed coucal and many more.overnight at chimpanzee forest guest house lodge.
Day 11 : Drive to Murchison falls National Park
After breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls National Park bird watching on the way .this is a long route with less birding you shall take packed lunch with you.overnight at Murchison River lodge.
Day 12 : Murchison falls National Park
Today,you shall spend the whole day birding in this serene park.After breakfast you shall cross the river on the northern side of the Nile River .key species of this park include;the shoe-bill stork,secretary bird,Bat Hawk,Red necked falcon,white crested Turaco ,Egyptian plover ,Bruce;s pigeon ,pel’s fish-owl,carmine bee-eater,brown –backed woodpecker,African black scimitarbill,spotted morning thrush,silver bird, swallow-tailed Bee-eater ,beautiful sun bird ,northern red bishop,black-billed barbet and many more .after lunch you shall have a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls.overnight at Murchison river lodge.
Day 13 : Proceed to Entebbe
Drive to Entebbe ,with an opportunity to bird along the way,you might visit the zziwa Rhino sanctuary (optional) where the white Rhinos which were previously extinct from Uganda ,following the years of civil unrest ,are being re-introduced with an objective of transferring them back to the national parks where they were originally were before .you may be a distance of 30 meters from these fierce animals which though have been semi-habituated.later catch your flight back home, End of safari
Safari for 13 days Bird watching adventure inclusions
- Gorilla permit per person
- Chimp permit per person
- Bigodi swamp walk
- Full board accommodation
- Professional English /German speaking driver guide
- All park entry fees
- Bottled drinking water while on safari
- All airport pick ups and drops
- Fuel costs
- Transport in either 4*4 safari van or safari land-cruiser all with pop up roof
- All government taxes
Safari for 13 days Bird watching adventure exclusions
- International flights and visas
- Personal insurance
- Bar bills and phone calls
- All Optional activity fees
- Laundry services
- Tips while on safari