21-Days of Uganda Fixed Date Bird Watching Group Tour

Overview

This tour will give a chance to see up to 600 bird species and over 50 Mammal species, including elephants, zebras, lions, leopard, cheetah, hippo, crocodile etc. The tour covers a multitude of habitats from lush rain-forests, wild savannas, dry acacia forests, to wetlands; some with papyrus reed beds and others with open water - the case of Lake Opeta which is a renowned location of Uganda’s only endemic bird; the Fox’s Weaver. Key sites EBG, Mabamba, Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semliki Valley National Park, Nyakasula Hills, Kibale Chimpanzee Forest National Park, Budongo Forest National Park, Murchison Falls Natonal Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Opeta, Mabira Forest.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW

1. Fixed Departure dates; Start. February 02, 2022. End. February 22, 2022
2. Fixed Departure dates; Start. July 01, 2022. End. July 21, 2022
This tour can’t be booked by solo travelers. This group tour requires a minimum of 4 people. Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country. Days for this trip can be customized according to your needs.

Itinerary Details


Day 1: Arrivals at the Airport. Arrivals on this day; meet your driver and transfer to your nearby hotel in Entebbe for refreshment, dinner and overnight stay. Early arrivals will give a chance to bird the nearby Entebbe Botanical Gardens (EBG). EBG is a beautiful place situated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, filled with colorful butterflies, birds and primates in an area of 40.7 ha. The gardens house a collection of species of plants of the tropical, sub-tropical and temperate zones, besides several shrubs and other plants which regenerated naturally over the years. The habitat has attracted a diverse array of birds – 206 species (both forest and shorebirds) and monkeys; Black and White Colobus and Vervet Monkeys. The bird walk here is more leisurely and relaxed with an introduction to some Afro tropical species of birds. It may take 1 – 2hours.
Main destination: Entebbe International Airport
Accommodation: Lake Victoria view guesthouse or other located in or near Entebbe Airport, Meals & drinks: all meals included Drinks not included

Day 2: Mabamba Wetland and Lake Mburo onwards we start early check out our hotel and drive to Mabamba. Main focus today is Shoebill. While at the swamp, we shall aboard a canoe riding through a channel of lagoons into the marsh. We look out for the shoebill. Besides the shoebill, there is a selection of common wetland species that we are likely to encounter here including, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, Papyrus Gonolek, White-Winged Warbler, Gull-Billed Terns, White-Winged Black Terns, Whiskered Terns, Common Moorhen, Swamp Flycatcher, Goliath and Purple Herons, Spur-Winged and Pygmy Geese, African Snipe, Blue-Headed Coucal, Carruther’s Cisticola, Northern Brown-Throated Weavers, Winding Cisticola, White-Faced Whistling Ducks etc. Boat may take about 2hours. We shall be here till late morning hours; we continue to L. Mburo National Park stopping over at the Equator for Lunch.
Accommodation: rwakobo rock/ eagles nest camp 2nights
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 3: Birding in the park Morning bird walk in the woods for 2hours, afternoon boat rides (for 1.5 – 2hours) and spend the rest of the day on a game drive – birding in the vehicle. L. Mburo is the only wooded savannah only NP in Uganda where tourists enjoy freely grazing with wildlife on foot! Most sought-after species here include tabora cisticola, red-faced barbet, possibilities of the rare Crested Barbet which are only known in the remote north-eastern Tanzania, Rwanda and here, brown-chested lapwing, chinspot batis etc. The boat ride merits for specials like the white-backed and black-crowned night herons, rufous-bellied heron, African Finfoot, African darter, water thicknee, kingfishers etc. You will also encounter pools of hippos, crocodiles, and buffalos. Birding here is a delightful experience, with beautiful scenery and a markedly different fauna from other reserves. This is a great place to see game animals such as Eland, Zebra, Topi, Impala, and acacia-associated birds

Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Ruhiija Sector Today, we shall check out our lodge, have an early morning breakfast and drive slowly as we bird on the way to the Ruhiija section of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We may have lunch in Mbarara or Kabale depending on our pace and later continue to Ruhiija. Early arrivals will give a chance to bird along the main road. Our first encounter with the Albertine Rift Endemics begins here. Bwindi is generally at a higher altitude and therefore is cooler. Temperatures range between 10-18°C. Forest birding at Bwindi ranks the best in Uganda and Africa as well. It is home to 23 highly localized Albertine Rift Endemics.
Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation: Bakiga Lodge/ broadbill forest camp for 2nights
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 5: Birding in Ruhiija – community road trail. For those who are fit enough can do the mubwindi swamp (optional) after breakfast, we shall carry our picnic lunch and head for a whole day birding following the famous trail through the forest up to Mubwindi Swamp. The 4km trail to Mubwindi Swamp drops from 2350m to 2050m ASL and is the best place for some of the most difficult to find of all the Albertine Rift Endemics including; the rare and localized Grauer's Rush Warbler, African Green Broadbill, the beautiful Regal Sunbird, and Archer's Robin Chat. Mubwindi Swamp trail is home to Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Apalis and African / Rwenzori Hill Babbler, and Carruthers' Cisticola. Most of these species can equally be seen along the community road trail. Other key species here include Fraser's Eagle-Owl, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Eastern Mountain-Greenbul, Strange Weaver, Black-headed Waxbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Waller's Starling, Stuhlmann's Starling, Ludher's Bush-shrike, Handsome Francolin, Montane Oriole and Montane Nightjar.

Day 6: Ruhiija ‘NECK’ birding and transfer to Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable National park. Optional Gorilla tracking in the morning for “only those who are physically fit” We shall travel to Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while birding on the way – we do the popular “NECK” birding in the morning. The neck is a relatively narrow stretch separating the two sections of the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. It is characterized by riverine forest vegetation. Trekking up the hillside to view a family of gorillas nestled in casual, frolicking play is a fascinating, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Some of the species we are likely to see here include; Mountain Wagtail, Red-tailed and Shelley's Greenbul, Cassin's Flycatcher, Black Duck, Banded Prinia, Grey-throated Barbet, Common Buzzard, Black-billed Turaco, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Dwarf Honeyguide, Red-tailed Greenbul, Black Bee-eater and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Many-coloured Bush-shrike, Ayres's Hawk-eagle, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Honeyguide Greenbul, Red-throated Alethe, Gray Apalis, African Shrikeflycatcher, Red-headed Malimbe, Dusky Twinspot etc. Today we shall carry picnic lunch. We arrive at Buhoma late this afternoon.
Dinner at Buhoma Haven Lodge/ ride for a woman
Accommodation: Haven Lodge/ ride for a woman 1night
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 7: Birding in the forest in the morning for 2-3hours and later transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP – Ishasha sector for the others we start birdwatching early after breakfast, carry picnic lunch and begin a whole day birding along the main trail at Buhoma. Key species here in the forest include Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Black-faced Apalis, Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Chapin's Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Northern Doublecollared Sunbird, Sooty Boubou, and Pink-footed Puffback.
Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge/ bush lodge/ twin lake safari lodge or other
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 8: Birding in the Park. Birding here is in the vehicle. This sector is famous for the lions those climb up in the trees. Some likely encounters include red-collared, white-winged widow birds, white-headed barbets, and stout cisticola. We shall be here for half day, and later drive to the northern sector of the park for a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel. Kazinga Channel is a narrow neck of water body connecting lakes Edward and George. Our Kazinga Channel launch cruise is the most luxurious in the region; plying these waters with comfort, elegance and attentive service, affording superb wildlife viewing from your observation deck, is far much re-assuring! Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation: Twin lakes Safari Lodge of other for 2nights
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 9: Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park Start early this morning after breakfast. We do a birding drive in the Savannah area for the whole morning; and in the afternoon, we may drive through another section of the park or do a community birding experience. Following one of the numerous trails in the park on a game / birding drive will produce interesting sightings of such species such as Harlequin Quail, Blue Quail, Small (Common) Buttonquail, African Crake, Martial Eagle, Stout Cisticola, Black-crowned Tchagra, Trilling Cisticola, Speckle-breasted woodpecker, African Skimmer, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, Pallid and Montagu’s Harriers, Africancrake, marsh tchagra, black coucal etc.

Day 10: Travel to Fort - Portal while birding on the way after an early morning breakfast we check out lodge and travel to Fort-Portal. This afternoon we spend some time birding along the craters in Fort-Portal Nyakasura Hills. The hills are famous for the singing cisticola. Along Lake Kigere, we look out for the Great-crested Grebe, little grebe, Giant Kingfisher etc.
Accommodation: Mountains of the Moon Hotel/ rajja exlesser for 2nights
Meals & drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included) Drinks not included

Day 11: Birding in Semliki National Park along the famous Kirumia trail. We drive for about 1.5 hrs to the park. Semliki forest is one of the richest for lowland forest birds in Uganda and marks the eastern extension of the great Ituri Forest. A large number of Guinea-Congo biome species reach their eastern limits here. We shall start at dawn after an early breakfast and set off with our packed lunch. We spend 2 – 3hours birding along the Kirumia trail. Key species include Redbilled, Black-wattled, Black-billed and White-crested Hornbills, African Piculet, Zenkel Honey-guide, Black-chested Cuckoo, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Nkurengu Rail, White-bellied, Dwarf, and Pygmy Kingfishers, Piping, White-thighed, and African Pied Hornbills, Fire-crested Alethe, Red-bellied and Blue-billed Malimbe, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lowland Akalat, Forest Scrub Robin, Greentailed Bristlebill, Leaf Love, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinches, Black-winged Oriole, etc.

Day 12: Birding to Kibale Forest National park. We start early after an early morning breakfast, check out the hotel, and bird to Kibale forest. Focus species is the Green-breasted Pitta. This afternoon we may choose bird in the Bigodi Papyrus Swamp or do Chimp tracking in the forest. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a community owned and managed nature reserve. A 4km trail has been created in the wetland adjacent to the forest. The habitat here consists of a swamp surrounded by low, scrubby secondary forest and cultivation. Key species include among others; White-spotted flufftail, Green-backed Twinspot, Cabanis's and Joyful Greenbuls, Scaly- | www.widewildsafaris.com breasted Illadopsis, Olive-green Camaroptera, White-collared oliveback, white-winged warbler, whitechinned Prinia, Blue-shouldered Robinchat, Lesser honeyguide, Uganda Spotted and speckle-breasted Woodpeckers, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Red-capped Robin Chat, Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Great Sparrow-hawk, Red-headed Bluebill, and Luhdher's Bush Shrike.
Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 13: Travel to Masindi Town We wake up this morning; have breakfast and set off for the Budongo area. This is another long journey on a dirt road that may take the whole day with chances of birding on the way. Stopovers will be done at strategic points to provide opportunities for birding, stretching legs and enjoying our picnic lunch. Arrival in Masindi will be late this evening. Main destination: Masindi
Accommodation: Masindi Hotel for 2nights
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 14: Birding in Budongo Forest Reserve along the celebrated “Royal Mile” We shall have an early morning breakfast and drive to one of “Uganda's bird watching hotspots”, the Royal Mile. This is the Uganda's historically known leisure spot for the traditional King of Bunyoro, hence the name “Royal”. This forest comprises of very huge mahogany trees. Key species include; African dwarf and Chocolate-backed kingfisher, Yellow and grey Long bills, Olive-bellied Crombec, Browneared Woodpecker, Crowned Eagle, Forest Flycatcher, Yellow-browed Camaropera, African Emerald Cuckoo, Yellow-mantled Weaver, yellow-browed Camaroptera, Green Crombec, Crested and Redheaded Malimbe, red-headed bluebill, White-thighed hornbill, Yellow-spotted and Yellow-billed Barbets, Sabine's and Cassin's Spinetail.

Day 15: Birding in Murchison Falls National Park This day we shall have an early morning breakfast, check out the lodge and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park as we bird on the way through the park up to the top of the falls. This afternoon, we shall do a launch cruise along the Nile River up to the bottom of the falls – 3hours. This is Uganda's largest National Conservation area and it is famous for its big game, spectacular scenery and the falls for which the park was named. Abundant Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephant, Buffalo, Uganda Kob and Waterbuck can be seen along with occasional Lions, Leopard and Patas Monkeys.
Accommodation: Pakuba Lodge or other for 2nights
Meals & drinks: All meals included, Drinks not included

Day 16: Birding the northern sector of Murchison Falls National Park Birding the Northern bank of the park for the whole morning in the vehicle. We may choose to do another drive in the afternoon. Amongst a huge variety of widespread African bird species in the wetlands and various dry savanna and open woodland habitats are more special birds: Stanley's Bustard, Saddle-billed Stork, Rock Pratincole, Little Sparrowhawk, Bruce’s Green-Pigeon, Red-necked Falcon, Senegal Thick-knee, Long-toed Plover, Blue-headed Coucal, White-crested Turaco, Heuglin's Francolin, & Abyssinian Ground Horn bill.

Day 17:
Travel to Kidepo Valley National Park. We start early after breakfast, check out here and embark on a rather long, teeth-jeering journey to the remote Karamoja area. Nestled in the extreme northeastern corner of Uganda, bordering with Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s wildest and most spectacular conservation area. We shall have lunch in Soroti town and continue driving on the rough roads all the way to park.
Main destination: Kidepo Valley National Park
Accommodation: Savanah Lodge for 2nights
Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 18: Game drive / birding in Kidepo Valley NP. The park is famed for protecting remarkable wildlife that is not represented in any other Ugandan protected area. Much of the flora and fauna in the park is typical of northern Kenya. The birdlife is rich with a recorded bird list of 468. There over 60 bird species listed here and have not been recorded in any other Ugandan National Park. The park is outstanding for its birds of prey. Of 58 species recorded 14 are believed to be endemic to the region. Among those are Verreaux’s eagle, Egyptian vulture, lesser Kestrel and pygmy falcon. Other interesting species include birds like the karamoja apalis, kori bustard, red-billed hornbill, yellow-billed and Jackson’s hornbill, heuglin’s weaver, cut-throat finch, sand grouses etc. Various and unique antelopes like greater kudu, lesser kudu, Guenther’s dik-dik and mountain reedbuck are found nowhere else in Uganda. Primates like the localized Patas monkeys are abundant and five species have been recorded.

Day 19: Travel to Soroti We shall check out Kidepo and drive to Soroti with some limited birding on the way. This is such a very long journey that may take most of our time in the day. The route we shall take will entirely depend on reliable information about the nature of the road. Main destination: Soroti
Accommodation: Hursey Resort Meals & drinks:
All meals included Drinks not included

Day 20: Birding in Opeta the whole morning. Today we shall start early, have breakfast and drive to Lake Opeta. We shall take a canoe - - depending on reliable information from our local site guides. The special trip today is to look for Uganda’s only endemic, the Fox’s Weaver. Other species that may be of interest include; the Knob-billed Coot, lesser Jacana, Northern Brown-throated weaver, occasional shoebill, papyrus canary, white-winged warbler, papyrus gonolek, carruther’s cisticola, purple swamphen Later travel to Jinja – stay at the Haven Lodge/ kingfisher or other

Day 21: Morning birding in Mabira Forest Reserve for a couple of hours and afternoon transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight. This is the only semi-deciduous tropical rainforest remaining in central Uganda protecting a big chunk of the lowland forest species. The forest is just 25km from Jinja Town. Key species here include among others Nahan’s francolin, Cassin’s hawk eagle, Green tailed bristlebill, Grey longbill, Leaf love, Paradise flycatcher, Sooty boubou, sooty flycatcher, yellow-breasted, buff-throated and blackthroated Apalis, Purple-throated cuckoo shrike, Red-headed bluebill, black-bellied seedcracker, speckle –breasted woodpecker, African blue Flycatcher and Grey-crowned Negrofinch, Forest Robin, Snowy-headed Robin-Chat, Grey-capped warbler, Black-and-white Flycatcher, Dusky Tit, common Wattle Eye, African emerald cuckoo, olive green camaroptera, tit hylia, western-violet backed sunbird, black and white shrike flycatcher, dusky blue flycatcher, Jameson’s wattle-eye, hairy-breasted barbet, dusky long-tailed and red-chested cuckoo, yellowbill, blue-shouldered robinchat etc.
Main destination: Entebbe Accommodation:
End of tour (no accommodation)
Meals & drinks: Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included) Drinks not included End of tour

TRIP COST

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Included in price
Park fees (entrances, all park activities including boat trips), All other activities (unless labeled as optional) Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section) All accommodation as listed (single rooms option), Roundtrip, airport transfer, a professional driver/guide All ground transportation All Taxes including VAT
Excluded
International flights (from/to home) Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day) Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.) Some extra meals (as specified in the day-by-day) Drinks (alcoholic and any other soft beverages like sodas) Download Itinerary Details

Birding in Uganda

Memberships and Associations

Uganda Wildlife Authority
Nature Uanda
Uganda safari guides association
NECA
Nzuguto Environmental Eonservation Essociation-NECA
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Uganda Bird Guides Club