Birding Uganda; If there is one place that has been blessed with plenty of birds in the world , its non other than the Great pearl of Africa . you will come close to all kinds of beautiful birds while on this trip.You will visit, the Mabamba bay, Murchison falls where by variety of birds like the stork shoe bills, pelican bee-eaters, shallow, sprawls, warbler will be spotted! Other activities like game drives, boat rides, gorilla tracking, chimp trekking et cetera are popular among tourists.
After arriving at Entebbe, our tour guide will pick you up from your destination. Given time we shall bird around the university hill. Special birds here include; African hobby, Speckled Pigeon, Ross’s Turaco, Brown and Grey Parrot, Klaas’s, Dederick and Leivellants Cuckoo, Fork Tailed Drongo, Brown Crowned Tchagra, white Chinned Prinia Black-headed Gynolek, to mention but a few. Dinner and overnight at Anderita Beach Hotel.
Early breakfast and then transfer to Mabamba Swamp 50 kms west of Kampala. Bird en-route to the swamps lookout for papyrus specials such as the Papyrus Gynolek, White winged warbler, Northern brown Throated, Weyns weaver to mention but a few. Move to Mabamba swamps most of the birding here is done canoeing as we look out for the rare Shoebill Stork, African Water rail, Allen’s and Purple Gallinule (swamphen) Squacco, Goliath, Purple, Grey Herons, a variety of Egrets, ducks. There are also chances of encountering the elusive Statungas Antelope adapted to swampy habitats. Return to lodge for Dinner and overnight. Anderita Beach Hotel.
Have breakfast and head to Uganda’s smallest savanna park covering an area of 260sq km and is home to many zebras, Elands Impalas and Topi. It has got a mosaic habitat of rock outcrops, dry hillside, open and wooded savanna, forests, galleries, swamps. The avifauna diversity can be attributed to the variety in habitat. There are close to 313 bird species that have been recorded till date which includes the Long tailed Cisticola (Tabora), Papyrus yellow warbler, Northern brown throated weaver, White winged warbler, African finfoot, Northern Brubru, Rofous bellied and white backed night heron, Red faced barbet, Black collared barbet, Brown chested plover, White winged tit et cetera.
Bwindi is the Bird watchers paradise! It holds 348 species of birds and Contains 90% of all Albertine rift Endemic such as; the Short-tailed, Rusty-faced woodland and Grauer’s Rush Warblers, Bar-tailed Trogon, Wilcock’s Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Flycatcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among others, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa. A bird watcher with some experience will be capable of spotting over 100 species in a day. You’ll get accommodate either at the Gorilla Resort or Lake Kitandara Luxury Tented Camp. Gorilla tracking is the main offering of this park and is must during the course of your stay in Bwindi.
Following breakfast, we’ll drive towards the Queens Elizabeth National Park and pay a visit to several birding hotspots. A game drive in Ishasha will reward you with a sight of the tree climbing lions and other savannah species. Later in the evening, we’ll arrive at the Mweya Safari Lodge. Around this lodge, bird species like African Hoopoe, Southern Red Bishop, Red Collared Widowbird, and other species can be spotted. Dinner and overnight at the lodge of your choice.
Full day birding, in the Park and the hostel gardens, which are very good for Grey-headed Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatcher, Black-headed Gynolek, Grey-capped Warbler, Slender-billed Weaver and Brimstone Canary. We take an early morning game drive towards the famous Kasenyi Track, winding through grassland dotted with trees and nearby crater lakes. Our main aim is to locate Lions and other mammals including Hartebeest, Buffalo, Ugandan Kob (an antelope that resembles impalas), Oribi, Waterbuck, Bushbuck and family groups of African Elephants.
Along the road we may find Scaly Francolin, Red-necked Spur fowl, several plovers, Harlequin Quail and Common Button-quail. Larks are numerous and include Rufous-naped, Flappet and the local White-tailed. Raptors include Martial Eagle, Banded Snake Eagles and Bateleur. In the afternoon we embark on a boat trip down the Kazinga Channel.
This incredible area for water birds will afford stunning views of Pink-backed Pelican, Saddle-billed Stork, Hamerkop, African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Stork, Water Thick-knee, African Skimmer and over-summering Palearctic shorebirds. In the evening before dinner we will try a night drive with in the peninsular searching for Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, as well as owls. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Kibale National Park birding on the way with our lunch boxes. This is a few hours’ drive and therefore birding along the way or afternoon birding in the forest is fruitful.
This day will be spent at the Kibale NP with activities mainly being birding and Chimp tracking. After having our morning meal, we make it to the chimp tracking briefing ground where the tour guides will brief us about the trip following which we’ll have to complete the required procedures. After that, the tracking journey will start. It can strenuous and consume the whole day depending upon the location of chimps and luck. Either picnic lunch or a hot menu lunch will be organized at a scenic place as per the trend of the day’s activities.
Kibale Conservation Area has an excellent concentration of both special primates and birds. The primates normally found in Kibale are Red Colobus Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Chimpanzee, Red-tailed Monkey and Galagos. The forest is home to many bird species like Bicoloured Manikin, White-napped Pigeon, Black-bellied Seed cracker, Green-backed Twinspot, Scaly Francolin, Marsh Tchagra, Afep Pigeon, Narina’s Trogon, Joyful Greenbul, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Scaly-throated Honeyguide and Black-faced Rufous Warbler. Dinner and overnight will be once again at Kibale Primate Lodge.
Early breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls National Park birding on the way and carry packed lunch or have lunch at Hoima Kolping hotel. This is a long drive with less birding. Dinner and overnight at Paraa lodge/Nile safari lodge/Fort Murchison lodge.
We’ll spend our entire day at the Murchison Falls National Park exploring the birdlife of the park. After breakfast at the lodge, we’ll go for a game and birding drive towards the northern section of River Nile. Lunch will be organized at the Paraa Safari Lodge which will be followed by a boat cruise to the bottom of the fall. The main bird species found in the park are Pennant-winged and Long-tailed Nightjar, Carmine Bee-eater, Brown-backed Woodpecker, African Black Scimitar bill, Pel’s Fish-owl, Standard-winged, Cabanis’s and Brown-rumped Bunting, Black-rumped Waxbill, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Spotted Morning thrush, Silver bird, Bar-breasted Fire finch, Bronze-tailed Starling, Rock Pratincole, Four-banded Sand grouse, White-rumped Seedeater Beautiful Sunbird, Northern Red Bishop etc.
Leave Murchison Falls National Park birding all the way to Kampala with lunch en-route. Dinner and overnight at Anderita Beach Hotel Meal plan: F/B
You will have a city tour and lunch and then you will be driven to the airport to board your flight back home. End of the trip.
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