8 Days Birding Safaris in Uganda
UGANDA BIRDING SAFARIS 8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS
- Birding in Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC)
- Botanical gardens,
- Sewage Lagoons,
- Heritage Trail,
- Mabamba Swamps
- Mabira Forest,
- Kanio Pabidi forest a sector of Budongo forest
- Visit Murchison Falls NP for scenic viewing
- Boat Cruise
- Game Viewing and primate walk.
After early breakfast, drive to the Uganda Wildlife Education center (UWEC) a zoologist's center for captive wild animals that has lured over 170 species of wild birds including 10 species of Weavers such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Golden Backed, Black Necked, Northern Brown Throated, Grosbeak, Baglafect and many others. 5 species of flycatchers such as the Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored, Swamp flycatcher, African paradise Red bellied etc, raptors such as the Gabar Goshawk, small banded snake Eagle, African Goshawk, African Fish Eagle, African Hobby etc and many more species including captive animals. You will then proceed to Botanical gardens for another birding experience. Thereafter, you will have lunch and relax. In the evening visit the sewage lagoons.
Dinner and Overnight at Windsor (FB)
Wake up for breakfast and connect to the Heritage trail, a 10mins drive from the airport. You will be able to watch birds like Brown Crowned Tchargra, Black Cuckoo Shrike, Brown Twin spot, Mustached Warbler, Violet backed Starlings, Yellow bill, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Great sparrow hawk, Short Toed Snake Eagle, Red Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, and many more. Thereafter, you will continue to Lutembe Beach for lunch. Then take on a boat in search for the papyrus Canary, the thousands of Grey Headed Gulls, White Winged black Terns, Papyrus Gonolek, and continue birding till sunset.
Dinner and overnight at Windsor (FB)
Have an early breakfast and proceed to Mabamba swamps another Important Bird Area (IBA) with a population of about 5 Shoebills. Most of the birding here is done canoeing and other species to be seen may include; Goliath, Purple, long Toed Plover, African water Rail, Grey and Black Headed Herons, Squacco Heron, Pygmy Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, African Jacana etc Sitatunga Antelope (swamp Antelope) and many more. Connect to Kampala, stop by another swamp which may reveal Yellow Crowned Bishop, Papyrus Gonolek, Weyns Weaver, White winged Warbler, and many more. You will take your packed lunch and continue birding till evening.
Dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel in Kampala (FB)
After your morning breakfast drive to Mabira forest for about an hour. There you will be able to see variety of bird species like, Yellow whiskered Greenbul, White spotted Fluff tail, Toro Greenbul, Forest Robin, Buff spotted Woodpecker, Grey spotted Woodpecker, Red headed Blue Bill, Yellow spotted Barbet, Grey throated Barbet, Yellow Rumped Tinker bird, Yellow Throated Tinker bird, Blue Breasted Kingfisher, African Pygmy, Woodland Kingfishers, Red tailed Ant, Thrush Chestnut Wattle Eye, Chin spot Batis, Banded Wattle Eye, Yellow Mantled, Brown capped, Black Billed, Weyn's Weavers, Purple headed Starling, Violet backed Starling and many more charming species. Have a picnic lunch and continue birding till evening. Return to Kampala.
Dinner and Overnight Serena Hotel in Kampala (FB)
Take breakfast then head for a three hour drive through the Luwero triangle to Murchison falls national park as you expect over 450 species. You will have a stopover for a 'leg stretch' which may reveal Olive bellied Bronze and Copper Sun birds, Compact Weaver and Dark Chanting Goshawk among others. Have a stopover for lunch in Masindi then Continue through the park to the Top of the mighty falls were they drop 45 meters and forces its way through a 7 meter fissure. Rock Pranticoles, a mixed flock of swifts, Africa Pied Wagtail, reptiles such as Red headed Agama continue birding till then.
Dinner and Overnight at Paraa Safari lodge (FB)
Have an early breakfast then go for game drive. You will also be able to view variety of bird species such as Chestnut capped Weaver, Silver bird, Drongo, Spotted morning Thrush Bruce's Green Pigeon, White Fronted Black Chat, Black billed Dove, Vinaceous Dove, Red Throated, Swallow Tailed Bee-Eater, Shoebills, Saddle bill, Grey crowned Cranes at the Delta and other game like Roth child's Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Silver Backed Jackals, Jackson's Hartebeest, Lions, Orbit, Kobs, and many more. Return for lunch and relax as you move on for a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls as you view huge Nile Crocodiles, Hippos, and game drinking water birds such as Lesser Jacana, White necked stork, Fulvous whistling Ducks, a variety of Herons, Egyptian Plover, Spur Winged Plover, Rock Pranticoles, Water Thick-Knee among others.
Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (FB)
You will have an early morning breakfast then drive back to Kampala. En route, you shall take a brief stop at Sambiya River Lodge where you can watch some unique bird species such as Tawny Eagle, Martial Eagle, Grey Hornbill, Grey Kestrel, Grey Headed Kingfisher, Helmeted and Crested Guinea fowl, Senegal Coucal may be seen. Thereafter, you will go on a primate walk in the Kanio Pabidi forest a sector of the Budongo forest. Chimps, Black and White Colobus, Red tailed and blue monkeys and lots of Olive Baboons may be seen as well. Birds like White thighed Hornbills, Great blue and Ross's Turaccos, Black billed Turacco, African Green Pigeons, Afep Pigeons, Nahan's Francolin and Narina's Trogon, may also be seen. Have Lunch in Masindi.
Dinner and Overnight at Serena Hotel Kampala (FB)
After breakfast, visit places you didn't go to on arrival like Uganda museum, Kasubi Tombs, National Theatre for last minute shopping i.e. buy arts and crafts, and many more. Depending on your departure time, you will then be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight back home.
END OF TRIP
- The cost of all ground transportation and Fuel
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Full time safari guide and his associated expenses
- Park entrance fees
- Accommodation and meals
- Boat trip
- Game drives and other related activities
- Items of personal nature like Laundry, Beers, tipping of staffs at the lodges.
- Accommodation as specified in the itinerary
- Meals, drinks and laundry as specified
- Scheduled flights/Private charters as specified in the itinerary
- Private transfers as specified in the itinerary
- Private sightseeing and excursions as specified in the itinerary
- National parks, concession and landing fees where applicable
- Emergency medical evacuation insurance
- Domestic/international departure tax, fuel and safety levies from airports and airstrips unless otherwise stipulated
- Administration Fee