This safari focuses on the Birds of Uganda. Apart from birding you will get to see wild life in Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will also Track Chimpanzee in Kibale & Track the famous Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi.
What is included in the tour
* Airport transfers.
* Accommodation on full board(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
* Use of a safari Landcruiser all through the safari.
* Use of an experienced Driver/guide.
* Park Entrance fees.
* Boat cruise.
* 2/3 Game Drives per day.
* Hike to top of the falls
* Kazinga channel boat cruise.
* Chimpanzee tracking permits
* Gorilla trekking permit for each.
* Amref Emergency Evacuation Insurance.
What is NOT included in the tour
* Travel Insurance.
* Tips & Souvenirs
* Personal expenses ie Cigarettes, Calls, Laundry, Drinks etc.
* International flights.
* Extra accommodations.
* Birding in Mabamba & Mpigi Swamp.
* Birding around Kampala.
* Birding in Kibale National Park.
* Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
* Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
* Birding in Lake Mburo.
* Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale.
* Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi.
* Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel.
Day 1: Arrival & Over Night.
Upon your arrival & clearing with the immigration you will be met by our Driver/Guide who will transfer you to the hotel/lodge where you will spend the night.
Day 2: Birding in Mabamba Swamps.
Today very early we head out to Mabamba. It is a Ramsar site recognised by Bird Life International as Important Bird Area. Its located 50 Km away from Kampala. On the way you will stop at Mpigi Swamp and bird for a few then continue on. Lunch will be provided. After todays birding check list you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.
Mabamba - An extensive marsh stretching through a narrow and long bay fringed with papyrus towards the main body of Lake Victoria - the only swamp close to Kampala where one can easily find the globally-threatened Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex). The site supports an average of close to 190,000 birds and is part of the wetland system which hosts approximately 38% of the global population of the Blue Swallow (Hirundo atrocaerulea), as well as the globally-threatened Papyrus Yellow Warbler and other birds of global conservation concern.
Day 3: Birding in Kampala
Today you will dedicate your time to the bird in Kampala the places you will focus on are around Makerere University, The Ugandan Parliament, Bahai Temple and areas around the Shores of Lake Victoria in Munyonyo.
After ticking your check list and Lunch. Later inthe afternoon you will be transferred to your hotel for Dinner & Over Night.
Day 4: Kibale National Park.
Today after breakfast & Check Out you head to Fort Portal. Later after noon after lunch and a bit of relaxation go for afternoon birding sessions on the crater lakes. Coming back for Dinner & Over night at lodge of choice.
Day 5 : Bird & Track Chimps.in Kibale National Park
Today you will gear up for an amazing expedition Kibale forest. You will do a combo of Birding & tracking chimpanzees. The experience begins at 7 am at Kanyanchu. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, located just outside the park, this is home to 138 bird species which may be seen during guided walks along the boardwalk trail and viewing platforms.
Birds of Kabale: White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Western Nicator, Grey-winged Robin-chat, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Superb Sunbird, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Black Bishop, White-breasted Negrofinch and Black-crowned Waxbill among others.
Kibale National Park in Uganda is home to over 1500 Chimpanzees. It is the premium chimpanzee tracking location in the whole of Africa it contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau.
Meals and over night at Lodge/Camp of choice.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After breakfast and checking out you will start your driving to Queen Elizabeth National Park Stopping for a small hike to the Nyakasura Water Falls where the Amabere caves are located. After the small detoure continue your journey to the South of Queen Elizabeth. Enjoy a small game drive on your way to your Lodge/Camp. Dinner and overnight
Day 7: Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birding International, Queen’s great variety of habitats mean it is home to over 600 species. This is the greatest of any East African national park and a phenomenal number for such a small area. The park’s confluence of savanna and forest, linking to the expansive forests of the DR Congo allow visitors to spot East as well as Central African species.
Today rise early and start your birding experience included with wild life siting. coming back for breakfast and later returning to continue your expedition. After lunch and some relaxation go for a cruise on the Kazinga Channele cruise on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes Edward and George this will enable you view different species of birds along side the channel, Dinner and overnight.
Key species include the Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pink-backed Pelican, African Broadbill, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Corncrake, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Shoebill, Bar-tailed Godwit.
Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Today you will go to the Bats Cave close to Maramagambo forest or to Kyambura gorge, where you will continue your birding. Afterwards you will drive to the side of Ishasha and have a game drive insearch of the tree climbing Lions.
Afterwards start your journey to Bwindi impenetrable National Park.
After checking in you will go for an afternoon community tour. You will spend your The afternoon on a walking Safari around the local communities living around the park. Dinner and over night at Lodge/Camp of choice.
Day 9: Birding & Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi.
After a good night restful sleep & breakfast. You will be taken to the briefing point where you will be briefed about Gorillas, DO'S & DONT'S & about your the Tracking. All this will be done by the Uganda Wildlife Guides & Rangers. After the mini sessions you will depart for your tracking accompanied by the Uganda Wildlife Rangers & Guide. Its advisable to take a Porter who will assist with carrying your items.(also its a way of promoting the community).After Tracking & spending time with the Gorillas you will head back to the briefing point whereby you will be awarded your Tracking certificates. You will then be taken back to your lodge/camp. Dinner & Overnight.
Uganda Gorilla tracking guidelines & rules:
No smoking is allowed while with the gorilla premises or within a distance of 200 meters from the gorillas.
Keep a distance of 7 meters (21 feet) from the Gorilla.
Do not use flash when taking photos as they may scare & agitate the Gorillas.
Silence should be maintained at all time - Do not make loud noises.
In case of Flu, communicable diseases or even Diarhea or you will not be permitted to Track.
Always stay in a tight group while with the gorillas and do not surround the Gorillas while meeting them.
Persons aged below 15 years are not allowed to do gorilla tracking.
All covid protocals should be followed. Always have your mask on.
What to carry:
Wear comfortable hiking shoes or closed boots suitable for steep muddy slopes
Carry a packed lunch and enough drinking water.
Don’t forget to carry rain gear, weather gloves, sunscreen lotion and a hat as the Bwindi has unpredictable weather.
Carry with you insect repellent.
You can carry photo camera though using flashlight is not allowed in use during the encounter with Gorillas.
Day 10: DAY IN BWINDI ON BIRDING TRAILS.
Today you will go on a second Gorilla tracking but on a different trail. This will enable you to bird.
Bwindi a varied habitat which is Uganda's oldest forest mean it is the ideal home for a variety of birds, with 350 species recorded, including 23 endemics (90% of all Albertine Rift endemics) such as the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird as well as seven IUCN red data listed species. Easy to see are the African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill.
Birding takes place along the main trail, the Buhoma Waterfall Trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija.
Dinner & Over Night at Lodge/Camp.
Day 11:Lake Mburo National Park
We bid good bye to Bwindi and start your journey to Lake Mburo National Park your first stop over will be Igongo Cultural centre its believed here the future meets the past. visit the museum and learn about the Ankole culture. Afterwards continue with your journey arriving with small game drive to the Lodge/Camp.Check In relax then depart for a late afternoon Game Drive spotting the elands, impalas, water bucks, warthogs and zebras. Dinner & Over Night at Lodge/Camp.
Day 12: Birding At Lake Mburo National Park.
Depart for an early morning Birding expedition. It will be a combination of Birds and wild life sighting. Coming back for breakfast. Later inthe afternoon you will go on a boat cruise where by you will continue your birding adventure. Later returning to Camp/Lodge for Dinner & Over Night.
The best birding spots in Lake Mburo National Park include the swampy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti, and the roadsides between Rwonyo camp and the jetty. There are also ideally-situated viewing platforms at the salt lick, in Miriti Valley, and in Rubanga Forest. Species observed at these locations include the Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Brown Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, White-headed Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-winged Tit and Finfoot among others.
Day 13: To Kampala/ Entebbe.
After a hearty breakfast we will go on a morning Nature walk whereby you will have a chance to add to your bird checklist the habitants that occupy the wetland. Later in the day you will start your journey back to Kampala or Entebbe. You will stop at the Equator line monument take photos and stretch abit. Before continuing on. You will be dropped at your hotel for the Night.
Day 14: Drive to Entebbe Airport.
Per your flight schedule we will transfer you to the departure terminal for your flight home.
Boma Hotel Entebbe- Luxury
Central Inn Entebbe- Midrange
Kaaze Beach Resort- Midrange
kampala forest Resort- Midrange
Ndali lodge- Luxury
Isunga lodge- midrange
Mweya safari lodge-Luxury
Enganzi game lodge-Midrange
Buhoma Haven lodge-Midrange
Rwakobo lodge- Midrange