Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

You arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by a representative from Africa Uzuri Safaris who will transfer you to your booked accommodation in Entebbe. Early arrivals can be introduced to birding around Entebbe preferable in the Botanical Gardens which produces great results of birding with views of the Great Blue and Ross’s Turacos, Red Chested Klaas’ and Diederick Cuckoo. Others are Great Reed, Grey Capped, Greater Swamp, Fain Tailed Widow bird, Striped, Malachite, Giant, Woodland and Pygmy Kingfishers, Black Bishop, Grey Woodpecker, Olive bellied, Red chested, Green Throated and Collard Sunbirds, Orange, Yellow Backed, Golden Backed, Slender Billed and Black Headed Weavers, Lizard Buzzard, Grey Kestral, Black Kite, Gaber Goshawk, African Paradise and Red Bellied Paradise and Ashy fly catchers and many more.

Dinner and overnight stay at your booked accommodation within Entebbe.

Your guide will also join you at dinner and explain the plan of action for tomorrows’ assault on Mabamba Swamp in search of Shoebill.

Day 2: Birding Mabamba Swamp

Morning drive to Mabamba swamp for the Shoebill Stork and other water birds. Look out for many different birds on our way to the swamp, like the Papyrus Gonolek, White Winged Warbler and Weyns Weaver. This Swamp is one of the best places to spot the exceptional Shoebill Stork. Other water birds we should be on the lookout for are the Allen’s and Purple Gallinule, Grey, Purple, Rufous Bellied and Goliath herons, African and Lesser Jacanas, Squaco Herons, the Globally threatened Pallid Harrier and Blue Swallow. The migrant species will include a variety of egrets, ducks etc. The best way to enjoy the rich bird life is by canoe and you might be in luck and encounter the elusive Sitatunga Antelope, which is adapted to swamp habitats. Later drive to Lake Mburo. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 3: Birding Lake Mburo

After breakfast, head out on foot with an armed ranger. Your birding today will be coupled with mammal viewing. Look out for the Brown-chested Plover, a migratory specie from West Africa, the Red-faced Barbet which crosses over from Northern Tanzania. Here we shall have the chance to see the Zebra, Eland, Topis, Impalas and some other game. In the afternoon, you will continue your birding trip on a boat across the lake in search of the African Finfoot, Giant Kingfisher, White Backed Night Heron, Little Bittern, Black Crowned Night and Green Backed Heron, African Open Billed Stork, African Fish Eagle, Madagascar and common Sqacco Heron. Lake Mburo National Park is 260 sq. km and it has markedly different fauna from other reserves. It is the only park that contains an entire Lake. Situated in rolling hills and open grassy valleys, the park consists of 4 other small lakes. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 4: Transfer Mghahinga

Today, we transfer to Kisoro in south western Uganda for the birding experience in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which is Uganda’s most scenic protected area. Dinner and overnight and your booked accommodation

Day 5: Birding Mgahinga

Today, we bird through a variety of montane habitats in search for the Rwenzori Turaco, Dwarf Honeygude, Kivu Ground Thrush, Rwenzori Double-collared, Regal and the Purple-breasted Sunbirds, Archers’ Robin Chat, cinnamon Bracken and Mountain Yellow Warblers, the Dusky and much sought after Shelley’s Crimson-wing along with many more.

Day 6: Birding to Ruhija

Today, we bird Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through bamboo in search for the Handsome Francolin, White-starred Robin, Mountain Illadopsis, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Augur Buzzard, Ayres’s and Cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Mountain Buzzard,  Red-throated Alethe, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Collard, Chestnut throated and Black-throated Apalis, Dusky and Shelley’s Crimson-wing, Dusky Tit, Stripe Breasted Tit, Red Faced Woodland Warbler  and many other birds. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 7: Birding Mubwindi Swamp

This sector of Bwindi is at a higher altitude and therefore is cooler. Temperatures range between 10-18 degrees centigrade.
Specialty birds include the African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Purple-breasted, Red Faced Woodland Warbler, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Mountain Greenbul, Mountain Illadopsis, Chestnut-Grey-Buff-throated Collard, Mountain Masked-Black throated-Blue headed and Regal Sunbirds, Yellow-crowned Canary, African Wood-owl, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Shelly’s Crimson-wing, Oriole Finch and much more. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 8: Transfer to Buhoma

 
Birding Ruhija then transfer to Buhoma in search for Handsome Francolin, Rufous-chested Fluff tail, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Neumann’s Warbler and many other birds. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking or Birding

Optional Gorilla tracking or birding the Buhoma area. Those that go birding expect to see the Rufous-chested Fluff tail, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Pink Footed and Northern Puff Back, Red-tailed Honey Guide, Toro Olive, Cameroon Sombre, Slender Billed- Little Grey, Shelley’s Crimson-wing, Cabani’s-white-Throated and Yellow-wiskered Greenbuls, Elliots, Cardinals, Yellow Crested, Fine Banded woodpeckers, Red-throated Allethe, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Woodland Warbler, White-headed Wood Hopoe, Wallers Stulmans and Narrow-tailed Starlings, Black Bee Eater, Banded and White Chinned Prinia, Northern Double Collard, Collard, Green, Green-headed Sunbirds, Bar-tailed Tragon, Kivu Ground Thrush, African Broad Bill, Red-chested Owlet, Neumann’s Warbler, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher and a lot more. Return to your lodge for overnight stay and dinner.

Day 10: Birding to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Today we depart early in the morning driving North West to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Bird through the Ishasha sector of the park on a drive that takes you through the savannah. Therefore, you will pick some savannah and woodland species. Mammals will include; African Buffalo, tree-climbing lions, African elephants and a number of antelope species. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 11: Birding Mweya Peninsular and Kazinga Channel
You start early for a game drive and birding the Mweya Peninsular and in the afternoon we take a boat on the Kazinga Channel. You will look out for the African Skimmer, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, White-winged Terns, Swamp Fly-catchers, Grey-capped Warbler, Grey-headed Kingfisher, African Jacana, Common Squacco Heron, African Skimmer, African Fish Eagle, Egyptian Goose, Papyrus Canary, Great White and pink-backed Pelicans, just to mention a few. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 12: Bird as you transfer to Kampala

We have breakfast and bird on our way to Kampala via Fort Portal. We might have several stops along the way for spotted birds. Your guide should then transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your departure.

Day 1: Birding in Entebbe and viscinity

We begin our day birding at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) or the Entebbe zoo. UWEC originally started as an animal orphanage in the 1920s but gradually grew to be a show place of various flora and fauna. Birds to look out for here include Crowned cranes, Parrots, Pelicans, Ostrich, weaver birds, the northern masked weaver, Shoebill stork, African Fish Eagle, small banded snake Eagle, African Goshawk and the swamp flycatcher. After lunch, we transfer to the nearby botanical gardens where you will enjoy a diversity of bird life. Birds to look out for here include the yellow-throated leaf love, the great blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, the black and white casqued hornbill, the pied hornbill. Yellow backed weaver, orange weaver, brown-throated weaver, the great reed warbler, sedge warbler and the fish eagle.

Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Your guide will also join you at dinner and explain the plan of action for tomorrows’ assault on Mabira Forest as well as day 2’s search for the mythical shoebill in Mabamba.

Day 2: Birding Mabira Forest

Mabira Central Forest Reserve is the largest block of natural forest that survives to this day near the capital, Kampala and the former industrial hub, Jinja town. Today, we look out for Grey Throated and Yellow Billed Barbet, Buff Spotted and Yellow Crested Wood Pecker, Cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Nahans Francolin, Leaf love, Violet backed starling, Yellow Rumped, Yellow Throated and Speckled Tinkerbird, Grey and Yellow Long bill, Olive Green Cameroptera. Return to your booked accommodation in Kampala for dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 3: Birding to Mabamba Swamp

Mabamba is an extensive marsh stretching through a long narrow bay, fringed with papyrus towards the main body of Lake Victoria. We head to Mabamba after an early breakfast, 50km west of Kampala. Most of the birding is done by canoe. While birding here we look out for species like the rare Shoebill, Spur winged and Pygmy Geese, Goliath and Purple Herons, Blue Breasted Bee-eater, white faced whistling duck, African water rail. Mid-morning, we continue to Lake Mburo National Park with a brief stop at the Equator crossing. The park encompasses not only Lake Mburo but also four other small lakes. Birding to the park begins as you turn off to Nshara gate. Look out for Tabora Cisticola, the Malachite, Giant, Striped, Woodland and Pied Kingfishers, the Coqui Francolin, lilac-breasted roller, red faced barbet, Rufous bellied heron, green capped Eremomela. Transfer to the lakeside for a boat ride. The boat ride may yield sightings of the African Finfoot before it disappears into papyrus floating on the lake. Other birds to look out for are the Little Grebe, Greater and Lesser Swamp Warbler; White winged Warbler, Red Headed lovebird, Green capped Eremomela in the night we can look out for Nightjars. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 4: Birding Lake Mburo

After an early breakfast, embark on a foot safari (Nature Walk). While on the walk, look out for the Pale and Lead coloured Flycatcher, Yellow billed ox pecker, Brown Chested and African Wattled Plover, Green Backed Nubian and Uganda Spotted Woodpecker, Red faced Barbet, Bare faced go away bird, Varreaux’s Eagle Owl, Pearl Spotted Owlet, Yellew Bellied Apalis. After lunch, proceed with a late afternoon game drive along the Zebra track. The African Wattled Plover, Black bellied bustard, and Temmricks Courser may be sighted. Also look out for other animal species such as Burchell’s Zebra, Eland, Impala and the sturdy warthogs. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 5: Birding to Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning, we transfer to Queen Elizabeth, the second largest National Park in Uganda. The park boasts of over 610 bird species on record so far, making the park a birding paradise. It is one of the richest parks in Africa and supports an astounding density of flora and fauna. We get to Mweya in time for lunch after which we embark on an afternoon launch cruise along the 40 kilometre natural channel that links lakes Edward and George. This waterway is both a mammal and birding haven in Africa with the biggest concentration of Hippopotamus and many migratory birds. Birds to look out for include the Great Snipe, African Fish Eagle, Grey Plover, Pallid Harrier, Gull billed Tern, Lesser Black Backed Gull, African Skimmer, African Spoonbill, and many more. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 6: Birding Immaramagambo forest

After your early breakfast, drive to Maramagambo for a foot safari through the forest. Bird species to look out for here include the Bat hawks, Brown eared woodpecker, Fawn breasted Waxbill, Sulphur breasted bush shrike, Blue breasted Kingfisher, and dark capped Yellow warbler, Brown backed Scrub Robin, red headed Blue bill, African Finfoot and the Eurasian golden oriole. On a good day the black and white Colobus monkeys may also be spotted. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 7: Birding Queen and transfer to Kibale Forest

Today, you are up early for a morning Game drive. The drive takes you through the Kasenyi track and Kikorongo Crater area. On this drive, look out for various bird species including the Great White Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Martial Eagle, Rupell’s Griffon vulture and weavers, African Skimmer, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, White-winged Terns, Swamp Fly-catchers, Grey-capped Warbler, Grey-headed Kingfisher, African Jacana, Common Squacco Heron, brown snake Eagle, grey Kestrel, red-necked Spurfowl, harlequin quail, Senegal and crowned lapwings, African Fish Eagle, Egyptian Goose, Papyrus Canary. You will have late breakfast and then commence your transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. This park occupies undulating terrain on the main Uganda Plateau slightly tilted to the south and is drained by the Dura and Mpanga rivers that flow in a southerly direction into Lake George. This park has the highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Over 325 bird species have been recorded in this park including the African broadbill, Green Breasted Pitta, White winged warbler and the blue headed Coucal. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 8: Birding Kibale Forest

After an early breakfast, head out to the forest in search of the Leaf love, Will cocks honey guide, Joyful Greenbul, superb Sunbird, Black Bee eater, Black Bellied Seed Cracker, Bi-coloured Mannikin, Black-headed Owl, African/Rwenzori/Abyssinian Hill Barbbler, Alpine Swift, Ashy Flycather, Barn Swallow, Black bee-eater, Black Cuckoo, Black cuckoo-shrike, Black and white Casqued Hornbill, Black and white Mannikin. Yellow rumped Tinker bird and Western nicator. Butterflies, Olive Baboons, Mangabey, bush pig and the giant forest hog may also be spotted. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 9: Birding en-route to Kampala

We will start early with birding stopovers en-route to look out for special species like the Joyful Greenbul, Dusky Longtailed Cuckoo, Bush Shrikes, Valvet Mantled Drongo and other bird species which we might see en-route. On arrival back in Kampala, your guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.

Or if you are spending the night, the next morning, and depending on your departing flights, you could visit the UWEC (zoo) as an optional activity for a behind the scene special where you get a chance to feed the giraffe, Lion, Leopard. Your guide will be available to transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.

 

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

You arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by a representative from Africa Uzuri Safaris who will transfer you to your booked accommodation in Entebbe. Early arrivals can be introduced to birding around Entebbe preferable in the Botanical Gardens which produces great results. Right at the entrance in the tall trees, one usually finds a pair of Verreaux’s eagle owls. Closer to the water’s edge the key birds to get are orange-tufted and red-chested sunbird, as well as orange weaver. Along the lakes’ edge, one can find long-tailed cormorant, common squacco and black-headed herons, hamerkop, African open-billed stork, grey-headed gull, various terns, giant and pied kingfishers, and swamp flycatcher. Collared pratincoles are often present and the stunning black headed gonolek and red- chested sunbird occur at the Botanical Gardens. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation within Entebbe.

Your guide will also join you at dinner and explain the plan of action for tomorrows’ assault on Mabira Forest as well as day 2’s search for the mythical shoebill in Mabamba.

 

Day 2: Birding Mabamba

One of the most reliable places to view Shoebill, the most sought after Bird in Africa is found a short distance from Kampala.

Mabamba Swamp is a large marshland cris-crossed by various channels that provide the perfect habitat for countless waterbirds besides the elusive shoebill. A variety of other water species to search for include the papyrus Gonolek, Stripped Kingfisher, swamp flycatcher, winding cisticola, malachite kingfisher, black-headed weavers, yellow-billed duck, long-toed lapwing, African jacana and blue-headed coucal and many more. , banded martin, grey-rumped and Angola swallows, African pygmy goose, rufous-bellied and purple heron, blue-breasted bee-eater, black crake, African marsh harrier, fan-tailed widowbird white-faced Whistling duck, Fulvous whistling duck, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Common Squaco Heron, long-toed Plover, African Water rail, Brown snake Eagle, Eurasian Hobby are not hard to find, and occasionally one can also be rewarded with the rare and endangered blue swallow. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation in Entebbe.

Day 3: Transfer to Budongo Forest

This morning, we start our transfer to Budongo Forest and the Murchison Falls National Park area, proceeding north toward the town of Masindi. En route we will look for white-crested turaco, long-crested eagle, Wahlberg’s eagle, black-winged kite, African harrier-hawk to mention but a few. We will spend most of today in the vast Budongo Forest Reserve, the largest natural forest area in East Africa, so we will carry packed lunch.

Once in Budongo, we look for buff-spotted flufftail, tambourine dove, blue malkoha, chocolate-backed, blue-breasted and African dwarf, the hulking white-thighed hornbill, yellow-spotted, hairy-breasted and yellow-billed barbets and their cousins, speckled, yellow-throated and yellow-rumped tinkerbirds, Puvel’s Illadopsis and Nahan’s Francolin, Yellow-billed barbet, Grey-throated barbet, Honey-guide Greenbull, Chocolate-bakced Kingfisher, white-headed Saw-wing, white Wagtail, black-eared Ground-thrush, Little Crake, Chestnut-capped flycatcher, African paradise flycatcher. Others are Western oriole, green hylia, grey and yellow longbills, the rarely encountered Uganda woodland warbler, grey, buff-throated, black-throated, and the stunning black-capped apalises, rufous-crowned eremomela, green and the elusive lemon-bellied crombec, fraser’s forest flycatcher, purple-headed starling, little green, grey-headed sunbirds, yellow-mantled weaver and a lot more.

Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation in Masindi

Day 4: Bird Murchison Falls National Park

This morning we will proceed towards Murchison Falls. En route we will stop at Kaniyo Pabidi to look for Puvel’s Illadopsis and spot some chimpanzees. Further along we will bird the vicinity of Sambiya River Lodge. This area holds a very different diversity of birds including brown-backed woodpecker, brown babbler, red-winged warbler, purple starling, chestnut-crowned sparrow-weaver, black-bellied firefinch, cabanis’ and brown-rumped buntings, white-breasted cuckoo-shrike and red-winged pytilia and a lot more in and around this area.

Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation

Day 5: Albert Nile Delta and Murchison Falls

Today we will depart with packed lunches towards the northern sectors of the park where the best birding and most of the game in this park is to be found. The wide expanse of grasslands and whistling acacias to the north of the Nile holds a number of typical dry savanna birds such as the majestic-looking Secretary bird, black-chested snake eagle, tawny and martial eagle, shikra, dark chanting goshawk, harlequin quail, Heuglin’s francolin, helmeted guinea fowl, collared pratincole, black-headed lapwing, swallow-tailed and northern carmine bee-eaters to mention some.

Driving along the Niles edge, we should be able to view intermediate egrets, goliath and purple herons, woolly-necked and yellow-billed storks, hamerkop, Egyptian and spur-winged geese, osprey, African fish eagle, black crake, African swamphen, the majestic Grey-crowned Crane (Uganda’s national bird), Senegal thick-knee, long-toed and spur-winged lapwings, African jacana, malachite and giant kingfishers and the dainty wire-tailed swallow. Colonies of colorful red-throated bee-eater or loquacious pied kingfisher populate the river banks.

Mammals that we will see include lions, leopard, giraffe, African buffalo, Uganda kob, oribi, waterbuck, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and bat-eared fox. If we are lucky we may see groups of the shy patas monkey.

In the late afternoon, we will go on launch boat trip along the Victoria Nile to the base of Murchison Falls, viewing Nile crocodile, Hippos and birds en route. There’s a good chance of seeing shoebills as well. Interestingly, this is where part of the movie The African Queen was filmed. Once at the bottom of the falls, climb to the top of the falls as your bird.

Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation

Day 6: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Today we leave for Kibale Forest, a long yet interesting drive.

We will stop very briefly at the Butiaba escarpment to search for specials, depending on our timing, as our drive is approximately eight hours. Leaving the Rift Valley we pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where an abundance of people, fruit, vegetables and subsistence farming becomes evident.

We will have packed lunches along and take our lunch en route.  We reach Kibale Forest in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Days 7 – 8: Birding Kibale Forest

One of these days we will embark on a Chimpanzee trek, in Kibale, our chances of finding these, our closest living relatives, are excellent.

Kibale National Park will be today’s birding destination. The towering Kibale Forest has the highest primate concentration and species diversity of any reserve in East Africa. Primate highlights might include sightings of localized central African red colobus, handsome L’Hoest’s monkey and the scruffy grey-cheeked mangabey.

Birding Kibale Forest, we look for the Green-breasted Pitta, Brown Illadopsis, Brown-capped Weaver, Brown-chested Alethe, Black-headed Owl, African/Rwenzori/Abyssinian Hill Barbbler, Alpine Swift, Ashy Flycather, Barn Swallow, Black bee-eater, Black Cuckoo, Black cuckoo-shrike, Black and white Casqued Hornbill, Black and white Mannikin. Others are the globally threatened White-naped Pigeons, Red-chested Owlet, Narina Trogon, white-headed wood hoopoe, dusky-blue flycatcher, shrike-Flycatcher, green-headed sunbirds, chestnut wattle-eye and a lot more.

We will also do a walk to the Bigodi swamp which is a good site to see white-winged warbler, papyrus gonolek and with luck papyrus canary.

All meals and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today we leave Kibale and head for Queen Elizabeth National Park.  The drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains, where you can sometimes see the glaciated peaks. We again descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

You start early for a game drive and birding the Mweya Peninsular and in the afternoon we take a boat on the Kazinga Channel. You will look out for the African Skimmer, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, White-winged Terns, Swamp Fly-catchers, Grey-capped Warbler, Grey-headed Kingfisher, African Jacana, Common Squacco Heron, brown snake Eagle, grey Kestrel, red-necked Spurfowl, harlequin quail, Senegal and crowned lapwings, African Fish Eagle, Egyptian Goose, Papyrus Canary, Great White and pink-backed Pelicans, the marsh-dwelling black coucal, blue-breasted bee-eater, greater honeyguide, blacklobred babbler, southern red bishop, flocks of red-billed quelea, firefinch to mention but a few.

Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species makes this superb safari territory, with elephant, a profusion of Hippos, the elusive Giant Forest Hog and handsome Uganda Kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula, which also boasts a marvelous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Overnight and dinner at your booked accommodation

Day 10: QEP to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP

After breakfast we drive through the park’s Ishasha sector in search for the famous tree-climbing lions.

Later we head south on a five-and-a-half hour journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Park (a World Heritage Site) and passing through the scenic landscape.

Birding en route, and on arrival will be weaved into the day depending on road progress and arrival time in Buhoma.

Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 11: Gorilla Trekking and Birding Buhoma

After breakfast, your guide will drive you to the Park Headquarters for a briefing from the Uganda Wildlife Authority Game rangers and guides who will take you through the dos and don’ts when you get close the Gorilla Group you are tacking today. After your briefing, park guides will lead you into the thick brush of the Bwindi forest – tracking where the gorillas are stationed for that day. The trek through the forest in search of the Gorillas can be gruelling – taking between 2-8 hours but it is fun all the way as you come across natural streams that have drained the Bwindi ecosystem for centuries. The terrain is rough and at times muddy so bring a pair of jungle boots/good canvas shoes, a rain coat, a pair of binoculars and the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. When you encounter the gorillas, all your fatigue will be forgotten, as the experience is indeed the most profound natural experiences in the wild. You will spend 1 hour in the presence of these gentle giants. For conservation purposes, the 1 hour is mandatory as just 680 of these endangered Great apes remain in the world and more than half of them are in Uganda. You will then return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight in Bwindi N

Day 12: Buhoma

Today we will bird some of the forest trails leading out from camp. Species we will search for include the Rufous-chested Fluff tail, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Pink Footed and Northern Puff Back, Red-tailed Honey Guide, Toro Olive, Cameroon Sombre, Slender Billed- Little Grey, Shelley’s Crimson-wing, Cabani’s-white-Throated and Yellow-wiskered Greenbuls, Elliots, Cardinals, Yellow Crested, Fine Banded woodpeckers, Red-throated Allethe, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Woodland Warbler, White-headed Wood Hopoe, Wallers Stulmans and Narrow-tailed Starlings, Black Bee Eater, Banded and White Chinned Prinia, Northern Double Collard, Collard, Green, Green-headed Sunbirds, Bar-tailed Tragon, Kivu Ground Thrush, African Broad Bill, Red-chested Owlet, Neumann’s Warbler, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher and a lot more. Return to lodge for overnight stay and dinner.

Other wildlife that we may be fortunate enough to find here include blue and red-tailed monkeys, chimpanzee and several species of squirrels.

Dinner and overnight in Bwindi NP

Day 13: Buhoma to Ruhija

Today, we bird enroute to Ruhija in search of Red-throated Wryneck, Village Indigobird, Variable sunbirds, African Golden weavers, Yellow Bisho, Copper and Variable Sunbirds, Baglafetcht, Black Sparrowhawk, White-chinned Prinia, Mountain Wagtail, Pink-footed puffback, Western Bronze-named Pigeon, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater. Others are Dusky twinspot, African stonechat, thick-billed seedeaters, African citril, Chubb’s cisticola, Doherty’s bushrike and many more. Once in Ruhija, marvel at the scenery and view over Bwindi’s steep, forested valleys. If it is clear, we may be able to see the distant Virunga Volcanoes that straddle the Uganda / Rwanda / DRC border.

Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation

Day 14: Ruhija

Today, we will spend the day exploring the so-called Gorilla highland forest area in search for Rwenzori Hill babbler, Grauer’s warbler, Shelly’s Crimson-wing, Dusky Crimson-wing, archer’s robit-chat, regal sunbird, blue-headed sunbird, dwarf honey-guide, Collared Apalis and many more. Continue on the trail to Mubwindi Swamp in search for the African green broadbill. The swamp holds Grauer’s rush warbler and Carruther’s cisticola.

Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation

Day 15: Ruhija to Mburo NP

This morning we commence our transfer to Lake Mburo National Park with a lunch stop in Mbarara town at the Igongo Cultural Centre.

Once in Lake Mburo, on land and water, we will be on the lookout for species including African marsh harrier, African hawk-eagle, white-headed cultures, white-backed, lappet-faced, brown snake eagle. Lake Mburo’s woodlands are the northern-most example of the southern African savanna system and are therefore home to several species at the edge of their range.

We will also search for mousebirds, lilac-breasted roller, striped kingfisher, green wood hoopoe, common scimitarbill, spot-flanked barbet, nubian and bearded woodpeckers, several swallows including lesser striped, red-breasted, mosque, red-rumped and white-headed saw-wing, crested and coqui francolins, emerald-spotted wood dove, red-chested, jacobin, levaillant’s, klaas’s and dideric cuckoos, blue-naped and speckled black cuckooshrike, white-browed scrub robin, trilling cisticola, blue-eared starling, marico sunbird and red-headed weaver. Specials we will watch for include African finfoot, long-tailed cisticola and green-capped eremomela. Dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation

Day 16: Mburo NP to Entebbe

This morning we will spend some time birding the acacia woodlands. At the Kigambira Loop, we will look for savanna and Acacia woodland species including blue-naped mousebird, spot-flanked barbet, nubian woodpecker, northern black tit, red-headed lovebird, green-capped eremomela, Ross’ turaco and the highly sought-after red-faced barbet.

After lunch, we will drive through to Entebbe (5 hour drive) where the trip will come to an end in Entebbe.

Dinner and overnight in Entebbe

Day 17: Departure

This morning, and depending on your departing flights, you could visit the UWEC (zoo) as an optional activity for a behind the scene special where you get a chance to feed the giraffe, Lion, Leopard. Your guide will be available to transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.

 

 

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! You arrive at Entebbe International Airport, located on a peninsula that juts into the largest fresh water lake in Africa, where you are received by a guide or representative from Uzuri Uganda Safaris and are transferred to Cassia Lodge for for overnight.

Meal Plan: No meals applicable

Day 2: Drive to Murchison Falls NP

Wake at leisure and enjoy your breakfast. After breakfast, your driver/guide will be with you to commence your drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Your first stop is the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary where rhinos that got wiped out in the Ugandan wild are being bred before they are re-introduced back in the Uganda national parks. When you arrive at the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a guide and armed rangers will take you on either a walking/by vehicle safari to look for the rhinos. Once you have spotted the rhinos, you will stay in their presence for a while. You will enjoy lunch within the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary after, which you will return to your vehicle to complete your transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. On arrival, you will check-in at Murchison River Lodge for dinner and overnight. You can upgrade to Paara Safari Lodge for Luxury.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Game drive & boat launch to bottom of Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls National Park with the Nile river crossed by it, the savannah with its elephant herds, the largest population of Rothschild giraffes (over 1000), the un-ending Buffalo herds, the lions, the elusive leopard all await you on this balloon flight. You are up at 6.00 am and are delivered at the balloon launch spot. Once in the balloon, you lift off at dawn for safari that lasts 2 hours. Admire herds of buffalo, elephants seen from above. You rise as the sun rises and float in whatever direction the wind takes you. Fly high above the trees and hills to enjoy the best of Murchison Falls National Park with many great photo opportunities of scenery and wildlife below. You enjoy breakfast in the bush right after the balloon safari. After your flight, continue on a game drive in a safari vehicle and return to the lodge later. After your lunch at 2.00pm, you will head out for the boat launch to the bottom of the powerful Murchison Falls. This three-hour boat cruise climaxes at the edge of the rift valley escarpment at which point you will get off the boat and trek to the top of the falls (wear sports shoes while on the boat for ease of trekking to the top). Having worked up a sweat, once at the top, get bathed in the misty spray that the Nile create as it forces itself into the 7-metre cleft to create the famous Murchison Falls. Your guides will be waiting up top to transfer you back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Dinner and overnight at Murchison River Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest

After your breakfast this morning, head to Budongo Forest, part of the Murchison Falls National Park conservation area, for chimpanzee tracking. Wear your light hiking shoes/boots and long trousers/shirts/blouses. You will be taken on a guided walk in search of the habituated chimpanzee family. Carry your binoculars and also look out for some birds as Budongo is a critical birding place for the Uganda birding safaris. After your chimpanzee trek, you will return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Dinner and overnight at your lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Transfer back to Kampala & Departure

Today, wake up at leisure and enjoy your breakfast. After breakfast, relax in and around the beautiful lodge ahead of your check-out at 10.00am. After check-out, you will commence your transfer back to Kampala with a lunch stop in Masindi town. You should arrive back in Kampala in the early evening. Your guide should drop you back at an appointed drop off or the airport if you are flying out back home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Package Includes

  • Accommodation in Standard Rooms as described above (or similar) according to the option chosen
  • On the ground transport in either a safari mini-van or safari land-cruiser with pop-up roofs for game viewing.
  • Game drives, excursions and sight-seeing activities (if any) as described above
  • Activities (if any) as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking driver guide
  • Park entrance fees
  • Bottled water whilst on safari (2 half-litre bottles per person per day)

Package Excludes

  • Personal expenses such travel and medical insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including water, soft drinks, luxury champagne, spirits or meals not included in the itinerary
  • Gratuity for porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps and airports
  • Gratuity for your professional driver guide
  • Cost of obtaining Visas ($50)
  • Any optional tours and excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • International + Airfare

 

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