11 Days Uganda birding safari : Africa’s top location with overwhelming birding spots & species is Uganda, where you can experience the best of tropical birding on an 11-day birding safari.
Day 1: upon Arrival, a warm up Birding at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.
On the 1st day of 11 days Uganda birding safari. Your safari guide will welcome you at the airport and brief about the trip. After your will embark, and takes you at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. Visit UWEC, a facility for zoo animals and more than 170 bird species, including the endangered Northern Masked Weaver, Orange Weaver, and Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored, Swamp flycatcher, and African paradise Red bellied, among others, depending on the time of arrival. Nights are spent at the Botanical Beach Hotel after dinner.
Day 2: Mabamba Birding.
On your 2nd day of 11 days Uganda birding safari. Wake up early in the morning and be served with breakfast, then after meet with your safari guide. Drive to the Mabamba Swamps in the morning with your lunches prepared. There are over 7 Shoebills in the area. Other species that may exist include the Sitatunga Antelope (swamp Antelope), Pygmy Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, Black Crake, White Faced Whistling Duck, Swamp Moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, African Jacana Goliath, Purple, long Toed Plover, African water Rail, Grey and Black Headed Herons, Squacco Heron, and many others. Dinner and a night’s rest at the Red Chili Hideaway, Serena Hotel, or Cassia Lodge.
Day 3: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park.
On the 3rd day of 11 days Uganda birding safari. Wake up in the morning and take breakfast and embark to Murchison falls national park. It is a very unforgettable experience to travel to Murchison Falls, passing through Masindi Town and the Luwero Triangle. Masindi serves as a pit stop for a hike to the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary and a picnic lunch. From there, the journey continues to the Budongo Forest and the spectacular fall, where you can admire the Nile’s exquisite beauty and watch it constrict and squeeze itself from over one kilometre wide down through a seven-meter canyon. The 150-meter descent of the falls produces a thunderous roar and a lovely rainbow in a plume of spray. As you unwind nearby, take in the beauty of the location by seeing, feeling, and photographing it. Dinner and nighttime stay at the Red Chili Hostels and Campground, Paara Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Camp, or Sambiya River Lodge.
Day 4: Murchison Birding.
On the 4th day of 11 days Uganda birding safari. Wake up in the morning and take breakfast. After eating breakfast in the morning, go on a game drive to look for various bird species in the park while moving in the different areas in the park. Here this is where you are going to spot different bird species like the Chestnut-capped Weaver, Silverbird, Common Drongo, Spotted Morning Thrush, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Namaqua Dove, White Fronted Black Chat, Black billed Dove, Vinaceous Dove, Carmine Bee-Eater, Red Throated, Swallow Tailed Bee-Eater, Isabelline and Northern Wheatears, Shoebills After lunch, take some time to unwind before continuing on your boat tour to the base of the falls, where you may see enormous Nile crocodiles, hippos, and game drinking water birds like the Lesser Jacana, White-necked stork, Fulvous whistling Ducks, a variety of Herons, Egyptian Plover, Spur Winged Plover, Rock Pranticoles, and Water Thick-Knee, among others. Dinner and nighttime stay at the Red Chili Hostels and Campground, Paara Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Camp, or Sambiya River Lodge.
Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park – Kibale (Birding En route)
On the 5th day of 11 days Uganda birding safari. Wake up in the early morning then take breakfast. Meet with your safari guide. Then you will get the ferry. After getting off the ferry, the long drive to Fort Portal starts. Lunch is served en route. The numerous tea estates in Fort Portal, which is renowned for them, are located in the shadow of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon.” We will travel past the Crater Lakes area on our way to Kibale National Park from this lovely town. We will investigate various avian species along the way here. Dinner and overnight at the Chimp’s Nest, Primate Lodge, or Kibale Safari Lodge.
Day 6: Chimpanzee trek.
On the 6th day of 11 days Uganda birding safari. After breakfast, explore Kibale Forest National Park in the early morning. The highest diversity and concentration of primates in East Africa are said to be found in Kibale Forest. Explore the tropical rainforest on a guided nature stroll to spot wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white Colobus monkeys, and other primates. We move to the Bigodi Swamp for another, entirely different nature trek after a filling lunch. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is a local project that is well-known for its wide variety of birds and primates. It can be done overnight and include supper at the Chimp’s Nest, Primate Lodge, or Kibale Safari Lodge.
Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi for Gorilla trekking.
On the 7th day of 11 days Uganda birding safari. Wake up early in the morning. Breakfast should be consumed in preparation for the journey and enroute lunch, which starts at 8:00 a.m. with a UWA staff briefing on how to interact with these endangered mountain gorillas. Before you come across any gorillas, be prepared to travel a considerable distance in difficult terrain that may include steep terrain, mud, and rain. But as you pay close attention to them as they consume food, play, and rest, it will unquestionably be beneficial. A singular and memorable event.
Those who would rather not take part in the Uganda gorilla tracking exercise can take a guided forest walk or the Buhoma Village Walk to learn more about the area. Dinner and nighttime accommodations can be found at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Resort, volcanoes (high end/luxury lodging), Buhoma Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Lake Kitandara Tents, Silverback Lodge (medium class lodging), and local community bandas in Buhoma or bandas along Bwindi View.
Day 8: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi.
On the 8th day of 11 days Uganda birding safari. Wake up in the morning and be served with breakfast. And meet with your safari guide for the early morning bird watching. After an early-morning bird watching tour of the area around your camp, travel to the region known as the “Switzerland of Uganda.” Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Uganda, is located near to the borders in this area. You might even be able to see Mount Muhavura, a gorgeously formed volcano, on a clear day. A motor canoe is waiting for you when you arrive at the “Lake of the Small Birds” to take you to Bushara Island. At Acadia Cottages, Heritage Lodge, or Bunyonyi Overland, you can have dinner and spend the night.
Day 9: Birding Paradise! Bunyonyi Lake.
On the 9th day of the 11 days Uganda birding safari. Wake up early in the morning. Take a boat ride along Lake Bunyonyi after breakfast to experience the area from the water’s edge. Quietly float to the many tiny islets and take in the diverse birdlife. After lunch, go back to Mukoni Village and go on a bird walk. As you pass by small fields and take in the breathtaking view, keep an eye out for numerous birds. On this walk, you might see 40 to 50 various species, such as the African Hobby, Black Kite, Swamp Flycatcher, Scarlet-chested, Bronze, and Red-chested Sunbirds, as well as White-headed Saw-wings, among others. At Acadia Cottages, Heritage Lodge, or Bunyonyi Overland, you can have dinner and spend the night.
Day 10: Bunyonyi Islands – Mburo.
On the 10th day of 11 days Uganda birding safari. We leave Bwindi’s impenetrable jungle after breakfast and travel to Lake Mburo National Park. You will have enroute lunch at igongo cultural centre as well as admiring different Ankole culture including long horned cattle, dressing and many more. Then after proceed to Lake Mburo national park. There’s a good chance that you’ll see some wildlife as we approach the park. Take a boat trip on the lake in the afternoon to observe the numerous hippos that are cooling off and the abundant birdlife. Mhingo Safari Lodge, Acadia Cottages, Mantana Tented Camp (high class lodging), Rwonyo Rest Camp Bandas, and Mburo Tents are some options for dinner and a night’s rest.
Day 11: Lake Mburo Birding – Kampala/Entebbe.
On the 11th day of 11 days Uganda birding safari. Start your day with a cup of African tea in the morning, then go on a guided walk through the bush with a park ranger and a birding expert to look for rare bird species like the Black-rumped Buttonquail, White-tailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, and White-winged Terns. Numerous bird species include the Common Squaco Heron, Shoebill Stork, African Open-billed Stork, African Fish Eagle, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, African Skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Black Bee-eater, African Mourning Dove, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Swamp Fly-catcher, and Grey-capped Warbler. Drive back to the lodge for lunch and a game drive on the way out before returning to Kampala/Entebbe in time for your evening departure home. End of 11 days Uganda birding safari.
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