10 Days Uganda Birding Safari


Day 1: Arrival
On arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will be met and received by your birding guide from African Crane Safaris who will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe. Depending on the time of arrival you might spend the afternoon at UWEC, home to captive animals and over 170 species of birds. This includes 7 species of weavers, such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver and Orange Weaver. Overnight.

Day 2: Mabamba Swamp
Early morning transfer to Mabamba Swamp, 50 km west of Kampala. Look out for many different birds on our way to the swamp, like the Papyrus Gonolek, White winged Warbler, Northern Brown throated Weaver and Weyns Weaver. Mabamba Swamp is one of the best places to spot the rare Shoebill Stork. But also many other species can be found here, like the Allen’s Gallinule, Purple Gallinule (swamp hen), Grey herons, African Water Rail, Squacco, Goliath, Purple and a variety of egrets and ducks. The best way to enjoy the rich birdlife is by canoe and you might even have the luck to encounter the elusive Sitatunga Antelope, adapted to swampy habitats. Later in the afternoon continue to Kampala to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Kampala – Lake Mburo National Park
savannah birds of lake mburoToday we will depart the capital city and head towards the southwest. After a 4-5 hours drive we will reach Lake Mburo National Park, popular with birders and the only park in Uganda where you can find the zebra. As we enter the park and head towards the accommodation it is likely you will see some wildlife like impalas, topis, zebras and buffaloes. Look also for birds such as the Crested Francolin, Emerald spotted Wood Dove, Bare faced Go-Away bird, Green Wood Hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Spot-Flanked Barbet, Lilac breasted Roller, Northern Black Tit, Trilling Cisticola, Greater Blue Eared Starling, African Grey Hornbill and Brown Parrot. We will make an evening game drive along the Kigambira loop. Species that may be seen are the localized Red Faced Barbet, Black Collared Barbet, Red Headed lovebird, Lead colored Flycatcher and Green capped Eremomela. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Lake Mburo National Park
Early start of the day as we will go for a nature walk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo is the only national park where you can experience a safari on foot. You will encounter several species of wetland and savannah birds, impalas and other wildlife. After breakfast you will go on a boat ride on the lake and enjoy the rich birdlife and the hippos that are cooling off.

Late in the afternoon a game drive along the Zebra Track may reveal bird species such as Coqui Francolin, Black Bellied Bustard, Temmricks Courser, African Wattled Plover, Rufous napped and Flappet Lark, Rufous Chested Swallow, etc. Also look out for the elusive leopard and other nocturnal species. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Lake Mburo – Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After your breakfast, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, birding along the way, arriving to have your late lunch, after lunch, you will relax at the pool side enjoying the great views at the Mweya peninsula, dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
crested cranesThe day starts early when we make a game drive to the northern parts of the park. This is not only an area for excellent game viewing but also offers much to birders. We move through open grassy plains which support large flocks of White and Abdims Stork as well as the spectacular Saddle Billed Stork during the migratory season. Raptors are well represented, including the Brown Snake Eagle, Whalbergs Eagle, Bateleur, African harrier-hawk, Marsha Eagle and Grey Kestrel.

We return for lunch and then take a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. Watch hundreds of hippos, elephants and many migratory bird species, such as the Grey headed Gulls, White winged black Terns, African skimmers, Morning Dove, Water Dikkops, Great white and Pink-Backed Pelicans, etc. Return for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth – Lake Bunyonyi
We will depart from Queen Elizabeth this morning after our breakfast with some game and bird viewing on our way out and proceed to the area that is often referred to as “Little Switzerland of Uganda”. Here you will find Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Uganda situated close to the borders. On a bright day you might even see the beautifully shaped volcano Mount Muhavura. Upon arrival at the “Lake of the small birds” Dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast you will take a canoe and explore the surroundings from the water surface. Drift quietly to papylus birdthe several small islands and enjoy the rich birdlife. Return for lunch and then take on a Bird Walk in Mukoni Village. Pass small farms and enjoy the spectacular view as you look out for many birds. Generally 40 to 50 species may be seen on this walk, including the African Hobby, Black Kite, Swamp Flycatcher, Scarlet-chested, Bronze and Red-chested Sunbirds, White-headed Saw-wing, among others, Dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala
After breakfast we return towards the capital city, with lunch en route. The drive takes about 8 hours but runs through a beautiful countryside. Arriving in Kampala late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight.

Day 10: City Trail / Airport Transfer.
After a delicious breakfast transfer to the Heritage Trails, situated about 10 km from Entebbe. Here you will enjoy 4 hours of birding on the best trails around Kampala, with over 170 species of birds! Look out for the Brown Twin Spots, Moustached Warbler, Fain tailed Widow bird, White headed Barbets, Blue Monarch, Striped Kingfisher, Black Bishop, Black headed Gonolek, Klass’, Diederik’s Cuckoo and many more. Lunch at the park, relax while birding and later in the afternoon return to your hotel, freshen up before transferring to the airport to catch your flight back home (this day’s activity will depend on your departure time.)

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shobill, a known swamp speciality

 

 

 

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