10 day’s Birding tours Uganda, combine watching Albertine rift endemics with Gorilla tracking experience
GO1: Uganda birding tours
Birding tours Uganda starts with birders flying in at Entebbe international airport where they are met and transferred to their booked hotel for refreshment depending on time of arrival have an introductory birding at the Botanical gardens O/N : Botanical hotel / Anderita hotel/African Root Guest house. B/B
GO 2: Mabamba Wetland, Mabamba Surroundings,
Birding Mabamba swamp, leave Entebbe hotel early morning and cross by ferry from Nakiwogo to Kayanja and from the ferry straight drive to Mabamba wetland bay to watch birds for 2-3 hours, using dugout canoes explore the wetland in search for swamp species and later bird around the visitor centre. Return to Entebbe and check in at a booked hotel:- Botanical hotel/Anderita hotel/Afrjcan Root Guest house B/B
Mabamba Swamp species: elegant shoe bill stork, lesser jacana, long toed lapwing, blue headed coucal, black crake, purple gallinule, swamp flycatcher and African pygmy goose,. Malachite king fisher, Purple Heron, Blue swallow, Broadbill roller, Blue breasted bee-eater, White thighed hornbill, wyne’s weaver
GO 3: Lake Mubro National Park
Bird watching Lake Mburo park , On your way from Kampala you will have an opportunity to bird along Kako swamp, after which drive straight to the park to catch up with sun downer boat cruise searching for water birds and swamp species. O/N: Rwakobo rocks/Lake Mburo safari lodge/ Eagle nest/ F/B
Bird Cruise: African fin foot, white backed night heron, Rufous belied heron, White winged warbler, Papyrus Gonlek, papyrus canary, African fish eagle, Pied King fisher, etc.
GO4: Swamp Birding in Lake Mburo Park
Swamp walk before breakfast gives an opportunity to see early risers around camps surroundings and Lake Mburo swamp areas, return and catch up with your breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park birding along tracks on your exit.
O/N: Mweya safari lodge/ Kasenyi safari camp/Bufallo safari lodge/Simba safari camp F/B
Lake Mburo species: Red faced barbet, green backed woodpecker, Tabora cisticola, cuckoos, grey-capped warbler, and black-headed weaver, brown-chested lapwing, rufous-napped lark, black-bellied bustard, lilac-breasted roller, helmeted guineafowl, Coqui francolin, plus many raptors.
GO5: Savannah Birding, Birding Queen Elizabeth,
Savannah birding of Queen Elizabeth Park stays with an early rise, birding along the tracks of K Kasenyi plains and Lake Gorge gives you chance to view lots of savannah species and raptors, afternoon is for a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel O/N: Mweya safari lodge/Kasenyi safari camp/ Bufallo lodge/Simba safari camp F/B
Birding Kazinga channel: African fish eagle, Pallid Harriers, Black tailed Godwit, Slender billed gull, Common tern, Spoon Bill, African Skimmers, Great White pelican, Pink backed pelicans, Saddle billed stork, Martial Eagle, lesser Flamingoes
GO 6: Watching Forest Endemics, Bwindi National Park
Watching birds of Bwindi forest, from Queen Elizabeth Park, drive to Bwindi national park through the Ishasha sector famous for its tree climbing lions. Birding along the main road and Northern circuit offers you lots of opportunities to see raptors. Check in at a tented camp/Hotel or safari lodge for two nights stay and use your afternoon to bird Buhoma surroundings.
O/N Silverback lodge/Crested crane Hotel F/B
Bwindi forest species: Ross’s Turaco, Black billed Turaco, Black bee-eater, Strange weaver, Magie manikin, Grey headed negrofinch, Black billed weaver, Black necked weaver, Stuhlmann’s starling, Pink footed puff back, Bocage’s bush-shrike, Ludher’s bush shrike, Narina tragon, banded prinia, blue headed sunbird
GO 7:Watching Albertine Endemics – Endemic Birding
Gorilla trekking (optional US$ 600) otherwise a full day bird watching along the water fall loop and forest trails searching for rift endemics and other species of interest. O/N Silverback lodge/Crested crane Hotel F/B
Endemic species: Black bee eater, short tailed warbler, purple breasted sunbird, yellow eyed black fly catcher, red faced woodland warbler, , brown capped weaver, red throated alethe, ,Kivu ground thrush, Strange weaver, Black faced apalis.
GO: 8 Albertine Endemics, Ruhija birding
Bird watching in the Albertine rift, transfer to Ruhija early morning bird the neck enroute. Ruhija is the highest point of Bwindi park at 2300M high offers you an opportunity to see more of the endemics that you might have missed in Buhoma .Bird it’s surrounding in the afternoon O/N Ruhija Gorilla Resort/Bakiga lodge/Broadbill forest camp F/B
Albertine endemics: Handsome Francolin, Stripe breasted tit, Regal sunbird, Dusky Crimson wing, Shelly’s crimson wing, Doherty’s bush shrike, mountain masked apalis, Archers robin chat, Rwenzori batis.
GO 9: Watching rift endemics in Ruhija areas
With a picnic lunch take a trail to Mubwindi swamp that promises some of the most difficult of all rift endemics. Day will be spent exploring the highlands forests of Ruhija some 2300M above sea level.
O/N: Ruhija Gorilla Resort/Bakiga lodge/Trekkers Tavern F/B
Species of interest: Grauer’s rush warbler, African broadbill, Caruther’s cisticola, Handsome Francolin, Hill babbler, Shelly’s crimson wing, collared apalis, Regal sunbird etc
GO: 10 Back to EBB Airport & end of safari
Transfer to EBB airport for your evening home flight.
*Items in the quotation in US$ per person in a group
*Transportation: Land cruiser (Station wagon/Mini buses) 8-10 pax use two Vehicles
*Accommodation and meal as indicated in the Itinerary
* Professional guide(English speaking)
* Boat cruise
* Guided Nature walk
* Bottled drinking water
*Visa, Travel /Health Insurance, Flight ticket, Items of personal nature, Tips, Laundry,Beverages(Alcohol/soft drinks)
* Gorilla permit U$ 600