13 DAYS BIRD WATCHING SAFARI

13 DAYS & 12 NIGHTS
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Description

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your lodge or Entebbe International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
4WD Tour Vehicle Accommodations
Gorilla and chimp permits English speaking guide
NOT INCLUDED
Flight Fares
Guide gratuity

 

Solo Traveller

2 People

3 People

4 People

5 People

6 People

$5630

$5285

$5045

$4875

$4655

$4390

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe

On arrival you shall be welcomed by your guide and then transferred to your hotel.

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Day 2: Bird Watching in Mabamba Swamp

Early breakfast and transfer to Mabamba Swamp 50 kms west of Kampala. Bird watch en-route to the swamps looking out for papyrus specialties such as the Papyrus Gonolek, White winged warbler, Northern brown Throated, Weyns, Golden backed, Orange 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, Squacco, Goliath, Purple, Grey Herons, a variety of Egrets, ducks .

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Day 3: Bird Watching in Lake Mburo National Park

Drive to Lake Mburo National Park crossing the Equator along the way.
This park is mosaic habitat of rock outcrops, dry hillside, open and wooded savanna, forests, galleries and swamps. A variety of habitats have contributed to the avifauna diversity and 313 bird species have been recorded in the park including; Red faced barbet, Long tailed cisticola (Tabora), Papyrus yellow warbler, African fin foot, Northern Brubru, Rufus bellied heron, Black collared barbet, Brown chested plover, White winged tit, Northern brown throated weaver, White winged warbler.

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Day 4: Bird Watching in Lake Mburo

On this day you shall have more time to bird watch in this park, in search of more species. You shall have a boat ride on this day in search of water species.

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Day 5: Bird Watching in Bwindi

You shall drive to Bwindi. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds among which 90% of the Albertine rift Endemic are here such as the Short-tailed, Rusty-faced woodland and Grauer’s Rush Warblers, Bar-tailed Trogon, Wilcock’s Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among others, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa. An experienced bird watcher can identify up to 100 species in a day.

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Day 6: Gorilla Tracking

This morning you will report at the park office at 7:30 am, where you shall have a briefing as you get ready for the Gorilla tracking, There are now only 650 left in the world. The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours with a park ranger guide interpreting the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon you may relax at the Camp or (Optional) take a forest nature walk that will lead you to the Munyaga waterfall and a chance to see Primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue monkeys and others species.

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Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to QENP with several bird watching stops and arrive in time for lunch. Later you will embark on an evening bird watching expedition and later return for dinner at the respective lodge.

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Day 8: Entire Day Bird Watching

Queen Elizabeth National Park lies on the floor of the Eastern arm of the Greatest African Rift Valley. Choose to bird along the Mweya peninsular for the Grey-headed Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatcher, Black-headed Gonolek, Grey-capped Warbler, Slender-billed Weaver and Brimstone Canary Or 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 Buffalo, Ugandan Kob, Oribi, Waterbuck, Bushbuck and family groups of African Elephants. Along the road you may find Scaly Francolin, Red-necked Spurfowl, 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 proceed on a boat trip down the Kazinga Channel. This area offers stunning views of Pink-backed Pelican, Saddle-billed Stork, Hammerkop, African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Stork, Water Thick-knee, African Skimmer and over-summering Pale arctic shorebirds. Choose to have a game drive on the peninsular searching for Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, as well as owls especially if you are staying at the Institute, or Mweya Lodge.

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Day 9: Bird Watching in Kibale National Park

After breakfast you will drive to Kibale National Park. You shall have an opportunity to bird watch along the way as well as in the afternoon in the Forest.
(Optional: either Bird Watch in KIBALE NATIONAL PARK or SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK)

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Day 10: Kibale National Park

You shall have a briefing at the starting point then start Chimp tracking which may take 2- 3 hours. Lunch will be organized according to the trend of the day’s activities, either picnic lunch or a hot menu lunch.
Later in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity of a guided walk through Bigodi Swamp. You may see Red Colobus Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Red-tailed Monkey and Galagos. The forest is also home to the Scaly Francolin, Marsh Tchagra, Black-bellied Seedcracker, Green-backed Twinspot, BicolouredMannikin, White-naped Pigeon, Afep Pigeon, Narina’s Trogon, Joyful Greenbul, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Roufous Flycatcher Thrush and Black-faced Rufous Warbler.

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Day 11: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls National Park bird watching on the way, you shall carry with you packed lunch. This is a long drive with less birding.

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Day 12: Murchison Falls National Park

Today, you shall spend the whole day bird watching in this serene Park. After breakfast you shall cross the river for a game and bird watching drive on the northern side of the River Nile.
Key species of this park include; The Shoebill stork, Secretary bird, Bat Hawk, Red-necked Falcon, White-crested Turaco, Egyptian Plover, Bruce’s Pigeon, Pel’s Fish-owl, Standard-winged, Pennant-winged and Long-tailed Nightjar, Carmine Bee-eater, Brown-backed Woodpecker, African Black Scimitarbill, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Spotted Morning thrush, Silver bird, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Bronze-tailed Starling, Beautiful Sunbird, Northern Red Bishop, Rock Pratincole, Four-banded Sandgrouse, White-rumped Seedeater, Black-billed Barbet, Green-headed Olive back, White-fronted Black Chat, Cabanis’s and Brown-rumped Bunting, Black-rumped Waxbill and Bar-breasted Firefinch among others.
After lunch, you shall have a launch cruise to the bottom of the falls.

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Day 13: Proceed to Entebbe

Drive to Entebbe, with an opportunity to bird along the way. You may visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary (Optional), where the white rhinos which were previously extinct from Uganda, following the years of civil unrest, are being re-introduced, with an objective of transferring them back to the national parks where they originally were. You may be within a distance of 30 meters from these fierce animals which though have been semi-habituated.
Later catch a flight back home.

Reviews (1)

1 review for 13 DAYS BIRD WATCHING SAFARI

  1. admin

    We made our long-awaited trip to Uganda in September 2021 and would like to thank the whole team for your organisation and the wonderful experience we had.

    Our main goals were of course tracking mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, we additionally experienced and saw a lot of other game and birds on our round trip. Our guide David from Winston churchill tours proved to be very smart from the very first moment and he was able to fulfil all our desires. He knows the country in detail and we had much fun together!

    Our trip began with a visit of the Mawamba Swamps and a sighting of the shoebill, which we had never seen before! We had looked at any square metre in the Bangweulu Swamps in Zambia but no Shoebill was there and here it took just some minutes. What a surprise! We continued via Mburo National Park to Lake Mutanda, where we were accommodated in the lodge of the same name. The next morning we drove to our first gorilla tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This experience was unique, we visited the Mucunguzi group in the Rushaga sector and could not get enough of the gentle giants and their joking kids!

    Then we went to the Buhoma sector on the other side of Bwindi NP, where we had our second tracking, quite different because first of all we were a bigger group and the weather was rainy. After a steep climb we came across the silverback of the Mubare group and about five other animals that were temporarily hiding from the rain under bushes, but showed themselves again after the shower. We were very close and it was fantastic! Obviously we were of interest for them as they were for us.

    Thanks to David, we visited the Bwindi community Camp and the Bwindi Ride for a Woman project in Buhoma. Very impressive how the local population is involved in nature conservation with relatively simple means.
    David then took us to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elisabeth NP, where we saw tree-climbing lions! And also a leopard! And then on a hill David unpacked chairs and we had a wonderful sundowner!

    Next stop was Mazike Valley Lodge, where we were the only guests. The bridge over the Kazinga Channel was closed and there was only a ferry to get across. Here David’s knowledge of the country and his improvisation skills solved the problem once again: we had planned to cross to the other side for a late afternoon game drive, but when we arrived at the ferry it had just left and there seemed to be a problem on the other side because it did not leave again. He suggested an alternative, a great viewpoint on our side over the Kyambura Gorge, where we enjoyed our sundowner all alone again.

    The next day we took the ferry across the river, a wonderful game drive including a boat trip with lots of antelopes, elephants, water buffalos and bird species. Simply great! We continued to Kibale Forest NP, where the highlight was the chimpanzee tracking. But again “little things” like seeing a rare Shining Blue Kingfisher near the lodge or the Giant Turacos in the Bigodi Swamp! We continued to Murchison Falls NP, where David changed the programme briefly and we were able to do a wonderful walk around the falls in the late afternoon, very close to the breathtaking water masses! The next morning we saw many elephants, many birds, including many bee-eaters, antelopes and a leopard on the game drive, and in the afternoon we again admired the fantastic birdlife and nature on a boat trip to the falls. Slowly we headed back towards Entebbe, we visited the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where we were again lucky enough to see nine rhinos.
    On the last day, we visited the botanical garden in Entebbe with David, which is very well designed and we liked it very much.

    All in all, our trip was a perfect experience, the lodges we stayed in were all great, everything worked out to our complete satisfaction and we will never forget this trip! And David grew close to our hearts over the course of the 2 weeks and gave us so many insights into this wonderful country through his extensive knowledge of the country and its people, nature and wildlife.
    A very big thank you for all that! We hope to meet you again!

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