20 Days Bird watching in Uganda

Day One: Arrival - Kampala.
A guide from Access Africa Tours will warmly meet you at the airport and drive you to Kampala. You will check in at the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel or Holiday Express Hotel BB

Day Two: Kampala - Jinja - Kampala
After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, you will leave Eastwards through Mukono to Jinja for a birding excursion in Mabira Forest. This is the nearest site for the Forest Wood Hoopoe, Nahan's Francolin, Purple Throated Cuckoo Shrike; Green tailed Bristle bill, Joyful Greenbul, Tit Hylia, Grey Long bill and the Sooty Boubou.
You will spend the whole morning bird watching in this forest and the surrounding areas and later transfer to the source of the Nile in the afternoon. Have a picnic lunch there and later visit the spectacular Bujagali Falls returning to Kampala
Dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel or Holiday Express Hotel BB

Day Three: Kampala - Budongo.
After breakfast transfer to Budongo Forest Reserve which lies at the edge of the Albertine
Rift to the south of Murchison Falls National Park and shelters the biggest natural forest area in East Africa. It boasts an impressive bird list of over 350 species and is the best site in Uganda for a number of sought-after birds such as Nahan's Francolin, Cassin's Spine tail, Ituri Batis and Chestnut-capped Flycatcher. This spot is also home to Uganda's largest population of Chimpanzees.
An excellent network of trails with a wide track known as, “The Royal Mile" provides access to the forest by some to be the country's premier forest birding locality. Chocolate-backed, Blue-breasted and African Dwarf Kingfishers are amazingly common and this is absolutely the best place in Uganda to see these three species.
Dinner and Overnight at Masindi Hotel or Alinda Guest F/B

Day Four: Royal Mile - Murchison Falls.
After an early morning breakfast, drive to the Royal Mile and spend the whole day birding here. In the evening, transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Kaniyo Pabidi, have a game drive while entering and over night at Paraa Safari Lodge or Red Chilli Rest Camp
Murchison Falls has a variety of unique habitants and lots of superb birds, which make a visit to this park a must for every birder.
Habitat: Dense woodland and open grassland Savannah, Papyrus swamps, moist woodland and grassy under storey, Borassus Palm Forest, lakeshores and riverbanks.
Key species: Egyptian Plover, Secretary Bird, Silver Bird, Denham's Bustard, Rock Pratincole, Wire-tailed Swallow, Swallow-Tailed Bee-Eater, and many more. Return to your lodge.

Day Five: Murchison Falls.
After breakfast, go for a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-metre gap. This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river, -later return to the Lodge for lunch.
You will go for an evening drive on to the rolling plains where you can view Lions, Giraffe, and Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the bird watchers, these areas Support the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow tailed Bee-Eaters, to pick just a few. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day Six: Murchison Falls - Kibale
after an early breakfast leave for an early game drive to the top of Murchison Falls where you can have a close look in to the gorge where the Nile squeezes in to a 7-metre gorge dropping 40 meters. In the afternoon, drive to Kibale National Park bird watching enroute arriving in the evening
Dinner and over night at Ndali lodge, Mantana, Primate lodge Kibale or Rwenzori Guest House FB

Kibale Forest has a total of 335 bird species and it's a tall evergreen forest with grassland, swamps and exotic conifers. The main key species here are; White Collard Olive back, Leaf love, African Broadbill, Willcock's Honey guide, Green Breasted Pitta, African Pitta, Grey Winged Robin, Red Winged Francolin, Joyful Greenbul, White Bellied Crested Flycatcher, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Red Chested Fluftail, Grey Winged Robin, White Napped pigeon, Chestnut Winged Starling. Return to your lodge for dinner an Overnight

Day Seven: Kibale
Early in the morning wake up and have a chance to see other species like the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apallis', Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds and a good infrastructure & a variety of interesting activities which makes this a worthwhile destination. There is a network of forest trails which radiate out from the visitor centre, allowing you to search for a number of species that shun the vicinity of the main road. Birding in the forest interior can be frustrating, how ever, as many species are very shy & difficult to see in the under growth.
You will visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a superb community development fringing the park. We will be able to see the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets.
Then return to your lodge for dinner and overnight F/B

Day Eight: Kibale - Semliki Valley Reserve
after an early cup of tea check out the hotel heading North to Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve arriving at the lodge at tea time. Over 350 species have been recorded at Semliki and this is also a good area to see the extraordinary Shoebill and other wetland varieties.
The key species here include the African Pygmy Goose, Red-necked Falcon, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue-breasted Bee-Eater, Black-billed Barbet, Piapiac, Leaf love and Black-chinned Quail-Finch. Take tea by the pool and watch as the Hamerkops dips into the water and the Weaver birds flock nearby. The most exciting aspect is that new species are still being discovered in the reserve. You might be lucky enough to discover one. Have an afternoon boat trip on Lake Albert in search for the Shoebill and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge or the Camp site. F/B

Day Nine: Semliki Valley Reserve
Early morning Chimp tracking in the gallery forest of the Mugiri River, Leaf love are in proliferation here, despite being scarce in the rest of Uganda. In the Forest you may see: White-spotted Fluftail, Red-tailed Bristle bill, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush and Blue-breasted Kingfisher.
In the late afternoon, a game drive will reveal herds of Uganda Kobs, Waterbuck, Reed Buck, several monkey species as well as lots of bird opportunities: White-crested Turraco, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Mouse birds, Kingfishers and Bee-Eaters, to name a few. Or take a night drive if possible to see Pennant and Standard Wing Nightjars within 2 metres.
Over night at Semliki Safari lodge or the Camp site, F/B

Day Ten: Semliki Valley Reserve.
Spend the whole day birding in Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge or the Camp site. F/B

Day Eleven: Semliki - Queen Elizabeth.
Early morning game drive if desired your coffee would be brought to your tent then leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park home of a total of 604 different bird species. There are also good chances of seeing Elephants and Hippos here.
Habitat: Low land forest, moist thickets open woodland and grassland Savannah, permanent and seasonal swamps, lakes and rivers.

Key species: African Skimmer, Black Rumped Button Quail, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Red Footed Falcon, Lesser Flamingoes, Grey Capped Warbler, White's and Abdim's Storks (in season), Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrow hawk, Wooly-necked and Saddle-billed Storks, and numerous classes of Raptors, Vultures and Plovers etc. Birding in the evening
Dinner and over night at either, Mweya Lodge, Jacana safari Lodge or the Institute of Ecology Cottages Full Board

Day Twelve: Queen Elizabeth.
Whole day in Queen Elizabeth National Park bird watching while on a game drive both in the morning and in the afternoon returning to the lodge for lunch and over night at Dinner and over night at either, Mweya Lodge, Jacana safari Lodge or the Institute of Ecology Cottages Full Board
Its little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, - from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
There are almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog in this park.
The primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black faced Red Colobus, and Red tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.
Reptiles are the amazing huge rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, and Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory.
Dinner and over night at either, Mweya Lodge, Jacana safari Lodge or the Institute of Ecology Cottages Full Board

Day Thirteen: Queen Elizabeth.
A boat trip along the Kazinga channel this day will give you wildlife up close: Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalo linger in the shallows and a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the channel’s edge. These may include the Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Open-billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers.

There is also a Bird Observatory here, which was set up with the aim of studying both migratory and resident birds. Since its inception in 1997 more new species have been identified, including Uganda's first record of the Bar-tailed Godwit. Have a game drive, dinner and over night at Mweya Lodge, Jacana safari Lodge or the Institute of Ecology Cottages Full Board

Day Fourteen: Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi.
After breakfast, go for a game drive and continue through the lush hills birding enroute to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park best known for Gorillas, arriving in the evening.
This is a Montane Forest with patches of bamboo, montane marshes and medium altitude forests.
There are about 23 Albertine Rift Endemics that can be seen here with the most exciting being the African Green Broadbill, Grauer's Rush Warbler, Short Tailed Warbler, Rwenzori Turraco, Purple Breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Kivu Ground Thrush, Montane Masked Apallis, Red Faced Woodland Warbler, Olive Green Camaroptera, Handsome Francolin, Blue Headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar, Lagden's Bush Shrike, Waller's Starling, Oriole Finch, Streaky Seed Eater, Chubb's Cisticolas, Barred Long Tailed Cuckoo and the Brown Capped Weaver.
Dinner and Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp, Mantana Tented Camp, or Lake Kitandara Full Board

Day Fifteen:
Mix your love of birds with gorilla tracking on this day! This morning you will report at the park office at 7:30 am to get ready for the Gorilla tracking. Take with you lunch boxes and all the necessary gears to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours with a Park Guide interpreting the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas.
In the afternoon relax at the Camp or take a forest nature walk that will lead you to the Munyanga Waterfall and a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue monkeys and others species.
Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp, Mantana Tented Camp, or Lake Kitandara Full Board

Day Sixteen: Bwindi - Ruhija.
Spend the morning bird watching and later transfer to Ruhija Sector birding enroute, go to Mubwindi Swamp
dinner and over night at A& K’s mobile tented Camp) or Ruhija guest  F/B.

Day Seventeen: Bwindi - Mburo.
After breakfast, depart Bwindi for Lake Mburo National Park having a game drive while entering the Park.
Lake Mburo National Park has markedly different fauna to other Parks and Reserves, and it’s the best place in the country to see the gigantic Eland Antelope, as well as Zebra, Topi, Impala, and several Acacia -associated birds. The five lakes with in the Park attract Hippos, Crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the Sitatunga Antelope and Red, Black and Yellow Papyrus Gonolek.
Have an evening game drive and over night at Mihingo Lodge, Mantana Tented Camp or UWA’s Tents. Full Board.

Day Eighteen: Mburo
Early morning wake up for bird watching while on a game drive with a chance to see species like the Brown Chested Plover, Red Faced Barbet, Southern Ground Hornbill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Yellow Billed Oxpecker, African Fin foot, Black Collard Barbet.
Have an afternoon boat trip and later an early evening game drives.
Dinner and over night at Mihingo Lodge, Mantana Tented Camp or UWA’s Tents Full Board

Day Nineteen: Mburo - Kampala
After breakfast have a game driven enroute, have a brief stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, stand on the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once arriving in Kampala late  in the evening.
Dinner and over night at Serena Kampala Hotel or Holiday Express FB

Day Twenty: Kampala- Mabamba
After breakfast you will transfer to the South bound road to Mabamba Wetland. This is the nearest site for the Shoebill Stork, Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Afep Pigeon, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, Papyrus Gonolek and the White Winged Warbler. Spend the whole day birding in this wetland and the surrounding areas, have a picnic lunch there returning to Entebbe in the evening to later catch your flight home depending on departure times. H/B

 

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