10 Days Birding Tour
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport
Day2: Birding at Mabamba Swamp
Leave Hotel early in the morning after breakfast and start our bird watching tour to Mabamba swamp in search for Shoebill, Northern Brown throated weaver, White winged warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow backed weaver, Swamp fly catcher, Blue-breasted bee- eater, African pygmy goose, African water rail, Common moorhen, Lesser jacana, African jacana white whistling duck, Goliath Heron and Black crake and many other swamp species. Mabamba is a world ramsar site and an important bird area. Birding is done on a wooden motorized boat through a maze of trails that cut through the marshes.
Day 3: To the rhino sanctuary
The rhino sanctuary is a protected area that is committed to the restoration of their population in Uganda. It is the only place where they can be viewed in their natural habitat. Experienced bird guides at this facility will enable you enjoy the experience of birding. The Ross’s Turaco, African Fish Eagle, Cardinal Woodpecker, shoebill stork, Tree Pipit ,Variable Sunbird , Superb Starling , Tambourine Dove ,Tawny Eagle, Brown-throated Wattle-eye , African Darter, Buff-spotted Flufftail, African Open-billed Stork, Crested Francolin , African Paradise Flycatche, Crowned Hornbill ,African Pied Wagtail, Curlew Sandpiper, Vinaceous Dove , Violet-tipped Courser ,Wahlberg’s Eagle ,Wattled Lapwing ,Western Banded Snake Eagle are some of commonly viewed birds.
Day 4: Birding in Budongo Forest
After breakfast, start the Royal mile in the forests of Budongo in search for the common birds in the area like Cassin’s Spine tail, Chestnut-capped flycatcher, Nahan’s Francolin, Greenbuls, Yellow long bill, Grey throated Tit fly catcher, crowned hawk eagles, white throated bee-eaters, Ituri batis, Woodland warbler, Yellow-mantled weaver, then in the afternoon proceed to the top of the Murchison falls and later check in.
Day 5: Birding at Murchison falls
Start our bird watching early in the morning after breakfast with a game ride and later on a boat cruise along the River Nile banks in search of shoebill, Goliath heron, Grey crowned cranes (the Uganda National Bird). We can also look out for Blue-headed Causal, Swamp flycatcher, Squaco Heron, African jacana, Weaver birds, speckle fronted weaver, African quill –finch, Secretary bird, Abyssinian Roller, Pied kingfisher and many others as the park has a record list of over 450 bird species. Apart from looking out for the birds, this cruise enables one to also see crocodiles, hippos, and lots of other game animals grazing by the shores. The view of the roaring and magnificent falls is truelly unforgettable.
Day 6: Transfer to Kibale national park
Kibale national park is home to over 375 species of birds, about 60 percent of all recorded forest species of Uganda. These include Africana Pitta, White – bellied crested Flycatcher, Red winged francolin, Joyful green bull, green breasted Pitta, Grey-throated flycatcher, woodland warbler, Chestnut-winged Starling, Orange-tufted, White-napped Pigeon, Grey winged Robin, Crowned eagle, Black bee-eater, Little greenbul, tiny sunbirds, African Grey parrot and Grey-headed olive-back.
Day 7: Birding and chimpanzee tracking
These birds live side by side with 70 mammal species but most famously 13 species of primate including the localised red Colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys, the endemic Uganda Mangabey and man’s closest relatives, the chimpanzee. Bigodi swamp sanctuary adjacent to the park is an excellent bird watching area loved by most tourists. When chimpanzees and other forest residents rest up at dusk, a night time shift of rarely seen creatures becomes active. Bats, pottos, bush babies, and civets are the most active at night. Night walks though the dark forest to seek these nocturnal creatures is increasingly popular.
Day 8: Transfer to Semuliki National park
No birding trip to Uganda is complete without experiencing one of Africa’s richest areas of forest birds. The area around the geothermal hot springs at Sempaya is not only very scenic but also offers some great birding. A large number of predominantly Central African bird species reach the eastern limit of their distribution here and cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. These include much sought-after birds such as; Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Nkulengu Rail, Black-wattled Hornbill and Lyre-tailed Honey guide, Red-rumped Tinker bird, African Piculet, White-crested hornbill, yellow throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf, black-billed Dwarf Hornbill, blue billed malimbe, Leaf love, Swamp palm, yellow throated necator, Great and Ross Turacos.
Day 9: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park and a boat cruise on Kazinga channel
Queen Elizabeth National Park is a home to over 600 bird species because of its reach habitats that ranges from savanna, wetland to lowland forest. It’s a good destination for bird watchers in following areas like Kyambura, Kazinga channel, Maramagabo forest, Kasenyi area, Katwe, Katunguru Bridge, Mweya Peninsula and Ishasha area. Birds include Yellow wagtail, Shoe bill, Black bee eater, African Jacana, Saddle billed stork, African skimmer, lesser and greater Flamingo, common squacco Heron, papyrus canary, papyrus gonolek and Black crake.
Kaziga channel connects lakes Edward and George. L. George is fed by rivers flowing from the nearby Rwenzori mountain and its outflow flows through this channel to L.Edward. A cruise along this channel is loved by many birding tourists because of the numerous birds that can be viewed.
Day 10: Game drive and later back to Kampala