Birding in Uganda

7 Days Central Circuit Birding Uganda.

Day 1: Arrival and Hotel Transfer.
On arrival, you will be met and received by your birding guide from African Crane Safaris, who will brief you as he transfers you to your hotel for overnight. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may spend the afternoon at Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) formally Entebbe Zoo, home to rescued animals and over 170 species of birds. This includes 7 species of weavers, such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver and Orange Weaver, etc. Overnight

Day 2: Mabamba Swamp
swamp birding specialityEarly 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:   City Trail
After an early breakfast transfer for the City 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 will be arranged at a convenient place, relax while birding and later return to your hotel.

Day 4: Mabira Forest and Source Of The Nile
After breakfast you will be transferred East of Uganda towards Jinja, home of the mighty river Nile. About an hour drive from Kampala we will stop at Mabira Forest for a walk through the tropical rainforest in such of species like: Leaf love, Forest Robin, Buf spotted Woodpecker, Grey spotted Woodpecker, the Toro Greenbul, Yellow whiskered Greenbul,   White spotted Fluff tail, Red headed Blue Bill, Yellow spotted Barbet, Grey throated Barbet, Yellow rumped Tinker bird, Yellow throated Tinker bird, Blue breasted Kingfisher, African Pygmy, Shining Blue, Woodland Kingfishers, Red tailed Ant Thrush, Chin spot Batis, Banded Wattle Eye, Chestnut Wattle Eye, Brown capped, Yellow mantled, Black Billed, Weyn’s Weavers, Red headed Malimbe, Purple headed Starling, Violet backed Starling among other fascinating species resident in this forest, transferring later to Jinja for lunch and visit to the Source of the Nile, where we will look out for  many water birds like the African Fish Eagle, Open billed Stork, Long tailed Cormorant, Grey Heron, White Egret and Pied Kingfisher, among others, if time allows, visit the Bujali falls famous for its adventurous activities like White water rafting, Canoeing, the Nile high Bungy jumping, Jet boating, Kayaking among others, returning later to Kampala, relaxing at your hotel into the evening, dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Kampala/Entebbe – Ssese Islands.
fish eagle with a catch at ssese islands ugandaAfter your breakfast, you will bird around the Botanical gardens in Entebbe before transferring to take a ship to Ssese Islands at 1:00pm check inn time, the journey takes about 3hours arriving at 5:00pm, on arrival, you will transfer to your hotel by foot (a few meters from the dock) as you bird along the shores of the lake and through the forest, dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Ssese Islands.
On this day, after early morning breakfast, you will take your parked lunch and transfer for this day’s activity birding through these great islands and forests in such of species like: Orange Weaver, Papyrus Gonoluk, Kittiz Plorer, Wynes Weaver, Sea Gulls among others. Generally one is able to register about 120species here, returning for a relaxed evening or playing some indoor and outdoor games, dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Ssese Islands – Entebbe.
After an early morning breakfast at 7:00am, you will transfer to check inn as you return back to Entebbe docking at Nakiwogo at about 11:10am, transferring to your hotel or Airport to catch your flight back home (this depends on your departure time otherwise you go shopping or relax at your hotel).

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