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Uganda is one of the best destinations for bird watching in Africa because of the year-round conducive climate that helps bird life to thrive. Our 10 Days Birding Safari Tour in Uganda gives you a chance to encounter vast bird species and so much more. Contact us to book this tour.

10 Days Birding Safari Tour in Uganda

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe – Birding in Mabamba Swamp.

Depending on the time of your arrival, a World Africa Journeys birding driving guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you throughout your birding safari in Uganda before taking you birding at Mabamba Swamp. Grey Parrots, Great-white and Pink-backed Pelicans, Grey-crowned Cranes, African and Lesser Jacana, White-backed Duck, Black-necked, Baglafecht and Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Shoebill Stork, African Fish Eagle, African Goshawk, and Swamp Flycatcher are some of the birds to keep an eye out for in this area. Take a break for lunch and continue birding to see Yellow-backed, Brown-throated, and Orange Weavers, Great-blue and Ross’s Turacos, Black and White-casqued and Pied Hornbills, among others. Later, you check into Forest Cottages for dinner and a night’s stay.

Day 2: Birding to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Masindi.

After breakfast, we will begin birding in the direction of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, passing through the well-known Luwero Triangle. Along the way, there is a good chance that we will see Hooded Vultures, Black Kites, Marabou Storks, Greater and Lesser Blue-eared Starlings, White-crested Helmet-Shrikes, Northern Puffbacks, Piapiacs, African Hoopoes, White Visit the Murchison Falls National Park afterwards.

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge.

Day 3: Whole day birding in the Royal Mile – Budongo Forest.

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll drive to the Royal Mile, one of “Uganda’s birding hot spots,” with your packed lunch. The Royal Mile got its moniker since it was traditionally a popular hangout for the traditional King of Bunyoro. As the forest has been thinned out by a few metres along the sides of the main route in this tropical rain forest, it is a superb location for bird watching. Specialties that we anticipate seeing here include Yellow and Grey Longbills, Chestnut-capped, Yellow-footed and Forest Flycatchers, Yellow-crested and Brown-eared Woodpeckers, Rufous-crowned Eramomelas, Forest Robins, Grey-chested, Brown, and Puvel’s Illadopsis, Blue-breasted, African Dwarf, African Pygmy, and Chocolate-backed Kingfishers, Yellow-browed Camaropter, Lemon-bellied and Green Crombec, Western Black-headed Oriel, African Crowned Eagle, Yellow-spotted and Yellow-billed Barbet, White-thighed and Black & White-Casqued Hornbill, Jameson’s and Chestnut Wattle-Eye, Sabine’s and Cassin’s Spaintail among others.

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).

Accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge.

Day 4: Birding to Murchison Falls National Park

We will check out and begin birding towards Murchison Falls National Park after the morning meal. This region, which protects 450 bird species and 78 animal species, is Uganda’s largest conservation area. It has a range of ecosystems, including wetlands, open savannah grasslands, savannah woodlands, and forest habitats. Here we are likely to encounter specialties that include; the Bat Hawk, Little Sparrow-Hawk, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Heuglin’s Francolin, Black-bellied and Denham’s Bustard, White-crested Turaco, Black-billed and Blue-spotted Wood-dove, Red-throated and Madagascar Bee-eater, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Fire-crested and Brown-chested Alethe, Rock Pratincole, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Black-crowned and Marsh Tchagra among others.

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge.

Day 5: Birding Murchison Falls National Park – Launch cruise.

We begin our birding excursion in the Delta region after an early breakfast. Here, among other large game, you may find elephants, cape buffaloes, kob, giraffes, Ruth-Child Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi, jackals, common duikers, patus monkeys, lions, and leopards. We also anticipate seeing a variety of bird species, such as the Black-bellied and Denham’s Bustard, White-browed and Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Black-headed Lapwing, White-faced and Fulvous Whistling Duck, Broad-billed and Abyssinian Roller, Whistling, Singing, Black-backed, Croacking, and Foxy Cisticola, Black-Lored and Brown Babbler, Double-toothed and Black-billed Barbet, Northern Carmine, Red-throated and Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Red-necked Falcon, Matial Eagle, White-headed Black Chat, African Quail-Finch and Shoebill among others. After returning to the inn, you have lunch and then take a boat tour down the Nile to the base of the falls. This gives us yet another, distinctive perspective of animals up close as it enters the big river’s showers to cool down. The launch typically takes three hours, followed by a trip back to the hotel.

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge.

Day 6: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.

After an early breakfast, we will go to Kibale Forest National Park with our packed lunch. This journey also passes via Hoima, the gently sloping hills of Kagadi, and the stunning tea plantations of Kabarole (Fort-Portal), along with excellent views of Lake Albert from the Albertine Rift Valley and Bulisa Escarpment. Our chances of seeing some of the few species we are likely to come across here include the Vinaceous Dove, Morking Chat, Rufous Sparrow, Cut-throat Finch, Beautiful Sunbird, White-browed and Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Foxy Cisticola, Black-billed Barbet, Lesser and Greater Blue-eared Starling, White-winged Warbler, and Papyrus Gonolek, among others.

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge.

Day 7: Birding Kibale and Bigodi Wetland.

The day starts early with breakfast, and then we’ll head out into the forest, which is home to over 335 different bird species. Along with more than a dozen other monkey species, this park is also home to a colony of over a thousand chimpanzees. As a result, we search for species such as the Green-breasted Pitta, Olive and Afep Pigeon, Black Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Red-capped and Grey-winged Robinchat, African Crowned Eagle, Fairy-breasted, Yellow-spotted, and Yellow-billed Barbet, African Broadbill, Willcock’s and Thick-Billed Horney guide, Horney guide Greenbul, Purple-headed and Chestnut-winged Starling, Dark-backed and Black-necked Weaver, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Red-headed Bluebill, Brown and Scaly Illadopsis among others.  Go back to the camp, have lunch and later in the afternoon, go for a nature walk/ birding in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, for another birding experience and here you may have chances for the Buff-spotted and Brown-eared Woodpecker, Shining-Blue Kingfisher, White-collard Oliveback, Joyful Greenbul, Dark-capped and Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Green-backed Twinspot and White-spotted Fluff tail among others.

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge.

Day 8: Transfer to Semuliki National Park.

After breakfast, with our lunches packed, we begin birding towards Semliki National Park, which is an eastern continuation of the vast Ituri forest from Eastern Congo and is also located in the Albertine Rift Valley. Here, the species of the Guinea-Congo biome are expected to reach their easternmost extent in significant numbers. As a result, it is the finest location in Uganda for spotting several West African species that are difficult to sight in other parts of East Africa. The specialties here include; the Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Spot-breasted Ibis, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Nkulengu Rail, Orange-Cheeked Waxbill, Grant’s Bluebill, Black-bellied Seedcracker, White-crested, Red-billed Dwarf, Black-Dwarf, Black-casqued Wattled, White-thighed and Piping Hornbill, Shining-Blue, Chocolate-backed and White-bellied Kingfisher, Barred Long-tailed among others.

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Accommodation: Semuliki Safari Lodge or Nyati Lodge.

Day 9: Birding Along Kirumya Trail

After a leisurely breakfast and a lunch that we packed, begin a full day of bird watching along the Kirumya path of Semliki National Park. We anticipate seeing some of the specialities, such as the African Piculet, Fire-crested Aleth, Lyre-tailed, Spotted, and Zenker’s Horney guide, in the park, which is one of Uganda’s prime birding locations. Long-tailed Hawk, Capuchin Babbler, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Yellow-throated Nicator, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Leaf-love, Xavier’s, Icterine, Sassi’s, Olive, and Simple Greenbul, Others include the Black-collard Lovebird, Ituri Batis, White-throated Blue Swallow, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, and Red-thighed Sparrow Hawk.

Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Accommodation: Semuliki Safari Lodge or Nyati Lodge.

Day 10: Departure

You will go to Entebbe after breakfast, passing via the cities of Mubende and Mityana. After arriving in Kampala in the late afternoon, you immediately travel to the airport to catch your flight back home.

The safari package includes:

  • Airport transfers.
  • Transportation by a 4wd vehicle.
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
  • Park fees.
  • Driver/guide substance allowance.
  • En-route lunches.
  • birding throughout the itinerary.
  • Game drives.
  • boat cruise fees.
  • Chimpanzee permit.

The package excludes:

Expenses of personal nature like: Air fare, Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, personal shopping bills and ciggs.

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