Birding Wildlife Queen Elizabeth Safari

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The Queen Elizabeth National Park which spans the equator boasts of an impressive display of Crater Lake scenery, papyrus swamps, tropical forests, and expansive grasslands. The park accommodates a total set of 95 mammal species and animals normally found in the park are herds of elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards. In addition to that, diverse array of bird species of upwards of distinct 610 species can be found in Queens, making it a true birding paradise. In any single given day, you have the potential of spotting anywhere close to 296 species, which is considered the highest in anywhere in Africa.

The boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which links Lakes George and Edward, is one of the most productive birding excursions on the planet. Depending on time of arrival, some late afternoon birding might produce; African Morning Dove, Grey-Headed Kingfisher, Black-headed Gonolek, Slender-billed, Yellow-Backed and Lesser-Masked Weavers, Pin-Tailed Whydah and Black-Winged Pratincole. We will spend 3 nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The park is responsible for supporting an impressive range of habitats ranging from forest, grassland, bushy grassland, woodland, and lakeshore. Furthermore, there are at least 57 microhabitats which gets reflected in the bird and mammal diversity of the park.

Day 1: Arrival for the tour – Uganda.

Upon landing in Uganda, you’ll be met by our safari representative who’ll take you westwards through the green countryside of Uganda to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The journey will take approximately 6 to 7 hours with stopovers at some of the tourist specific places along the way. This includes the Royal Drum makers’ village where you’ll get an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres concurrently. Through the savannah grasslands where you’ll come across banana and other fruit plantation, you’ll move towards the park. Along the way, you’ll see herds of local long horned Ankole cattle which are endemic and found only in this corner of Uganda. In the evening hours, you’ll arrive at Queen Elizabeth National Park. Dinner and overnight at your selected lodge.

  • Luxury Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge/ Jacana Lodge
  • Mid-range moderate: Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents
  • Meal Plan: Dinner.

Day 2: Bird watching safari to Ishasha and Kyambura Gorge.

On the second day, most of our time will be spent on day game drives and bird watching. Game drives will be conducted in the Ishasha sector and the Kyambura Gorge. Depending upon the availability and season, you’ll get to see bird species like Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Papyrus Gonolek, Amur Falcon, Small (Common) Buttonquail, African Crake, White winged Warbler, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Lowland Akalat, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Black Bee-eater, Caruthers’s Cisticola, Harlequin and Blue Quails, Terek Sandpiper, Secretary Bird, and Temminck’s Courser. Mammals in this section include Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Leopard, Lion, Ugandan Kobs, Warthogs, Giant Forest Hogs, Side-striped Jackal, Baboons, Chimpanzees, Bush and Water Bucks to name a few.

  • Luxury Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge/ Jacana Lodge
  • Mid-range moderate: Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Bird watching safari to Kasenyi Trail and Imaramagambo Forest.

This day we spend the morning on a game drive to the Kasenyi Trail. We shall carry packed lunch. Later in the afternoon, we drive to Imaramagambo Forest. Specialties here include; the Yellow-bellied and Jameson’s Wattle-eyes, Black Bee-eater, White-Tailed and Red-Tailed Ant-Thrush, Brown and Grey-chested Illadopsis, Shinning Blue Kingfisher, Brown-Eared Woodpeckers, Narina Trogon, Least Honey guide, Grey Greenbul and Brown-Chested Alethe. The trail through the forest leads past a bat cave, which is rather impressive, and if we are lucky we may come across a Python that lives in the cave and feasts on the bats.

  • Luxury Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge/ Jacana Lodge
  • Mid-range moderate: Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bird watching safari to Kazinga channel, Uganda.

After breakfast, we shall take a boat trip bird watching along the supernatural Kazinga Channel till late morning. Kazinga Channel links Lakes George and Edward, and is one of the most productive birding excursions on the planet. During the launch cruise we expect to meet congregations of African Skimmers, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, African Crake, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Grey-headed Gull, Plain Martin, Lesser Swamp-Warbler, Collard Pranticoles, Yellow-billed Ox-pecker and many others.Lunch at the Lodge and afternoon transfer to Kampala for either your flight or overnight at your lodge of booking.