ACTIVITY

Birding, Gorilla Trekking

Duration

16 days 15 nights

AMOUNT

$3,630

Birds of Uganda Safari

Overview

Birds of Uganda Safari will expose Uganda as an exceptional birding destination, this is one of Africa’s premier birding and wildlife locations, with varied habitats protecting a quality of birds and mammal species. Birding enthusiasts should keep their eyes peeled for the vibrant feathers of the green-breasted pitta, the crooked smiles of shoebills and the majestic grey-crowned cranes.

The Birds of Uganda Safari takes you around Uganda as the perfect wildlife-watching destination for ornithologists and birding enthusiasts with Lake Mburo as the only place in Africa where you can easily see the aquatic African finfoot and other hot spots for bird watching including; Mabamba Swamp the best place to see the rare Shoebill Stork, Lake Mburo National Park home to Acacia Birds, savanna, wetlands and forest birds, Ruhija, Mubwindi Swamp and Bwindi Forest in South Western Uganda.

On this 16 Days Birds of Uganda Safari, you will view a beautiful mixture of all Animals, Plants, birds, people, amazing primates, Mountains and beautiful hills as you drive through and explore this amazing corner of Africa.

Highlights

  • Visit Botanical Gardens in Entebbe
  • Birding in Budongo Forest
  • Enroute lunch at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Scenic drive to Murchison Falls National Park
  • Game drives
  • Boat cruises to the bottom of the falls, Kazinga Channel, Lake Mburo  
  • Tree climbing lions of Ishasha
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Nature walk in the Echuya forest reserve
  • Cultural Encounters
  • Canoe excursion on Lake Bunyonyi, Mabamba wetland Swamp

Detailed Itinerary

Birds of Uganda - Birding

On arrival, you will picked by your driver guide and depending on your arrival time you can choose to explore the Botanical Gardens on your first birdwatching session in Uganda or take a bicycle ride in the botanical gardens or in Entebbe town to spot the different bird species and other attractions.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Protea Hotel/ Lake Victoria Hotel
  • Mid range: The Boma/ Gately Inn Entebbe
  • Budget: Skyway Hotel/ Serene Guest House
budongo-forest-chimpanzee

With an early breakfast, you will embark on your Birds of Uganda Safari as you drive to Budongo forest when one of the finest Birding destinations in Uganda and home to the elusive chimpanzees and other primates.We shall visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for and enroute lunch and also catch opportunities of viewing different species of birds.

Murchison Falls National Park

With an early morning breakfast, you will head out for Birding in Budongo as you walk through the forest. On your walk you will encounter different animals and primates including the chimpanzees and also enjoy the calls of the birds and watch them fly over your head. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation after which you will cross over to Murchison Falls National Park for more birds.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury:  Paraa Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
  • Mid range: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Red Chili Safari Lodge/ Parkside Safari Lodge
Birds of Uganda - Boat Cruise

With an early morning breakfast, enjoy one of the highlights of your Birds of Uganda Safari as you conduct a game drive in the Northern circuit of Murchison Falls National Park where you will catch sights of the predators from their night hunt and enjoy views of many birds. In the afternoon then take a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and disembark to take hike to the top of the falls.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury:  Paraa Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
  • Mid range: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Red Chili Safari Lodge/ Parkside Safari Lodge
Birds of Uganda - western escarpment

After breakfast we will take a rendezvous drive to Hoima via the western escarpment of the rift valley across Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and enjoy the scenic views of the landscape and scattered villages and then check into the hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Accomodation:

  • Luxury: Hoima Cultural Lodges/ Hotel KonTiki-Hoima
  • Midrange: Hoima Kolping Hotel/ Riviera Hotel Hoima
Birds of Uganda - Cultural Tour

With a late breakfast, we will drive to Fort Portal to visit Tooro Kingdom and enjoy the beautiful culture of the Tooro people and learn about their history, lifestyle and enjoy their traditionally made dishes.

Accomodation:

  • Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge/ Dutchess Hotel
  • Midrange: Fort Motel/ Palace Motel
Birds of Uganda - Semliki Escarpments

With an early breakfast, embark on the visit of the most important destination on your Birds of Uganda Safari as you drive to Semliki National Park for an ultimate birding experience in the escarpments of the western rift valley where you shall find over 200 different bird species.

Accomodation:

  • Luxury: Semliki Safari Lodge/ Ntoroko Game Lodge
  • Budget: Kirumia Guest House
Birds of Uganda - Kibale Chimpanzee Trekking

With an early morning visit Kibale Forest one of the best birding spots and enjoy some birding alongside opportunities of catching views of the chimpanzees and other primates as this is is the capital of primates with the highest number of chimpanzees. Enjoy an enroute lunch and after head to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Mid range: Kyambura Game Lodge/ Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge/ Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge
kazinga-01

With an early morning breakfast, embark on visiting the most important birding destination on your Birds of Uganda Safari as you conduct a morning game drive in the park with high concentrations of bird species.

After lunch and relaxation, you will conduct a boat cruise along Kazinga channel.The Kazinga channel shores are populated with so many bird species with high opportunities of the birder to tick off most of the bird species off his bucket list.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Mid range: Kyambura Game Lodge/ Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge/ Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge.
Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife

With an early breakfast, you head to the Ishasha sector as you rendezvous and search for the tree climbing lions and ofcourse catch glimpses of different bird species. On your arrival in Bwindi, you will enjoy some birding along the forest then check into the lodge for dinner and an overnight .

Rwanda Gorillas and Uganda Wildlife

With an early breakfast and a packed lunch, you will be transferred to the park headquarters by your driver guide where you will be briefed on the rules of Gorilla Trekking before you emabark on the jungle walk through Bwindi in search of the gorillas. The time taken on a trek varies according to the different locations and movements of these animals distances from the base, your trek can be customised to your preferences for length and difficulty. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the only park in Africa where you can see both gorilla and chimpanzees.

After the gorilla trek, you will drive to Ruhija while birding along the forest before checking into the lodge for dinner and an overnight. Late in the evening we shall go conduct a nocturnal birding walk in search for the night Jars.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs
  • Midrange: Buhoma Haven/ Bakiga Lodge
  • Budget: Gorilla Friends Lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp
bwindi-birds

With an early in the morning we shall go for birding in search for the most anticipated African green broadbill and other early risers in the forest. You will catch glimpses of many other bird species that inhabit this forest as you hear their calls with guidance from a professional birding guide.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs
  • Midrange: Buhoma Haven/ Bakiga Lodge
  • Budget: Gorilla Friends Lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp
LAKE-BUNYONYI-CANOING

Lake Bunyonyi derives its name from a place of small birds making it an ideal destination for your Birds of Uganda Safari. On our drive to Lake Bunyonyi we check out and spot more birds in the forest along the way.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Birdnest@Bunyonyi Resort/ Bunyonyi Overland camp
  • Midrange: Bunyonyi Safaris Resort/ Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi
  • Budget: Heritage Lodge Habuharo/ Bushara Island Camp
LAKE-BUNYONYI-CANOING

With a late breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Lake Bunyonyi where you will conduct a canoe excursion in search for the different bird species and visit the different islands of lake Bunyonyi as you enjoy the beautiful scenic views around the lake.

Return to the hotel and relax at Lake Bunyonyi as you enjoy the cool breeze from the most beautiful lake  in Uganda.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Birdnest@Bunyonyi Resort/ Bunyonyi Overland camp
  • Midrange: Bunyonyi Safaris Resort/ Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi
  • Budget: Heritage Lodge Habuharo/ Bushara Island Camp
Birds in Uganda

Lake Mburo National Park is one of the best birding spots on your Birds of Uganda Safari.  Drive to Lake Mburo National Park for another birding experience as you arrive and enjoy an evening game drive in the park where you will also catch glimpses of different animals including the zebras that are only found in this park.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mihingo Lodge/ Mantana Tented Camp
  • Midrange: Rwakobo Rock Lodge/Mburo safari lodge
  • Budget: Rwonyo Camp/ Eagle’s Nest Camp
Boat Cruise

After an early morning birding, you will conduct a boat cruise on Lake Mburo,the shores of Lake Mburo are home to many species of birds alongside different mammals like high concentrations of hippos.

With an enroute lunch we will drive to Mabamba swamp to find the elusive rare Shoebill and in the evening be  transferred to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight back home.

End of Safari

Inclusions

Park activities

Gorilla Trekking Permits

park entrance fees

ground transportation

Comprehensively insured vehicle

Driver – guide allowance

Exclusions

Visa

 International air fares

 Activities/ services not included in the Itinerary

 Alcoholic drinks/ wines

 Laundry and any service of personal nature.

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