DAYS : 14
PLACES TO VISIT
Semuliki and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Parks
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet & greet by your driver/guide and proceed to bird the Botanical gardens looking out for birds like the Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Storks, Black-winged Stilt, Doves, Turacos, Kingfishers, Hornbills, Sunbirds, Starlings, Weavers, if lucky the Grey Parrot among others. Proceed to accommodation in time for lunch.
Overnight at Hotel Triangle.
Day 2: Bird Mabamba
Early breakfast and then with packed lunch proceed to bird Mabamba Wetlands where you will be driven on a motorized boat as you bird through the swamp, look out for birds like the mighty Shoebill and other birds like Long-tailed Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Yellow-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Long toed Plover, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Bee-eater among other birds. Bird your way back to Kampala looking out for birds like African open billed Stork, Grey Kestrel, African Green Pigeon, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Swifts, Sunbirds, Weavers birds, Finches among other birds.
Overnight at The Boma Hotel Entebbe.
Day 3: Bird to Masindi
After breakfast, bird to Masindi getting there in time for lunch at Masindi Hotel. After lunch, check in and after it has cooled down, proceed to bird the Kigulya hills looking out for birds like birds of prey, African Green Pigeon, Brown Parrot, Ross's Turaco, White-crested Turaco, Abyssinian Roller, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Bearded Woodpecker, Green-backed Eremomela, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, White-shouldered Tit, Waxbills, Finches, Sunbirds among other birds.
Dinner and overnight at the Masindi Hotel.
Day 4: Bird the Royal Mile
After breakfast with your packed lunch, proceed to bird the Royal mile to look for forest birds. Look
out for birds like the White-thighed Hornbill, Narina Trogon, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Dwarf Kingfisher, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, a selection of Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Yellowbill, Forest Flycatcher, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Fraser’s Ant Thrush, Red- tailed Ant Thrush, Western Black-headed Oriole, Purple headed Starling, Purple Starling among other birds. You may see primates like Blue Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Black and white Colobus Monkey as you look for them birds.
Dinner and overnight at Masindi Hotel
Day 5: Bird to Kibale National Park
After breakfast, bird as you head south to the mid end of Kibale Forest (Kanyanchu) birding en-route.
Look out for birds like Western banded Snake Eagle, Crested Guinea Fowl, Striped Kingfisher, Red-chested Cuckoo, Great blue Turaco, Lizard Buzzard, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Lesser Striped and Red-breasted Swallows, Joyful Greenbul, Masked Apalis, Chubb's Cisticola, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Whinchat, Stonechat, Green-headed Sunbird, Common Fiscal among other birds.
Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale.
Day 6: Day 6: Bird Kibale National Park
After breakfast, bird the Bigodi swamp and then after lunch bird the vicinity of Kanyanchu and the road. Look out for birds like White spotted Flufftail, Yellow-billed Barbet, African Emerald Cuckoo, Grey Parrot, Black-billed Turaco, Narina Trogon, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Sabine’s Spinetail, Chestnut Wattle eye, Red-tailed Ant Thrush, Narrow-tailed Staring, white-collared Oliveback and more. Primates like Chimpanzees, Red Colobus, Blue Monkey, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Varvet Monkey, Red tailed Monkey, L’Hoest’s Monkey among other birds.
Dinner and overnight as before.
Day 7: Bird to Semuliki
After breakfast, bird to Semuliki National Park getting there in time to bird the trails around the hot springs. After this whole day birding, drive to Bundibugyo township where you will spend two nights.
Overnight at the Rain Bow Hotel.
Day 8: Whole day birding Kirumia Trail
After breakfast, proceed for a whole day birding on the Kirumia trail. Look out for birds like White thighed Hornbill, Black-casqued wattled Hornbill, Piping Hornbill, White crested Hornbill, Red-billed dwarf Hornbill, Black dwarf Hornbill, Crested Malimbe, Swamp palm Bulbul, and you open your eyes wide, as you may be chanced with an African Piculet among other birds.
Overnight at the Rain Bow Hotel.
Day 9: Bird to Bwindi
After breakfast with your picnic lunch, leave Semuliki National Park and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest birding en-route arriving in the late afternoon. Look out for birds like Martial Eagle, Francolins, Barbets, Chats, Cuckooshrikes, Sunbirds, Fork tailed Drongo, Larks, Pipits, Weavers, Widowbirds among other birds. You will look out for mammals like Topi, Uganda Kob, Water Buck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Baboons and others.
Dinner and overnight at Engagi Lodge.
Day 10: Bird Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early breakfast, start looking for birds as we find that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest doesn’t live up to its name as we penetrate it looking for species like Bar-tailed Trogon, Black Bee-Eater, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, assorted Greenbuls, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Luhder’s Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puffback, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Starlings, Black-billed Weaver, Brown-capped weaver among other birds.
Dinner and Overnight at Engagi Lodge
Day 11: Bird to Ruhija via the Neck
After breakfast, start the drive to Ruhija birding en-route looking for birds like Tambourine Dove, Black Bee-eater, Red-throated Wryneck, Mountain Wagtail, Toro Olive-Greenbul, White-starred Robin, Olive Thrush, Cassin’s-grey Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Chubb’s Cisticola, Banded Prinia, Mountain Masked Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Sharpe’s Starling, Regal Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Twinspot, Yellow Bishop, Black-throated Seedeater among other birds.
Dinner and Overnight at The Trekker's Tervan.
Day 12: Bird Mubwindi Swamp
After breakfast, with you packed lunch bird the Mubwindi Swamp looking out for birds like Black-billed Turaco, Western Green Tinkerbird, Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Green-Broadbill, Mountain Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Montane Sooty Boubou, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird among other birds. Certainly one of the highlights of any birding trips in Uganda, this walk is physically challenging but, taken slowly it is quite manageable.
Dinner and overnight as before.
Day 13: Bird your way to Entebbe
After breakfast with your luggage, proceed for a whole day drive for the return journey to Entebbe birding en-route arriving in the late afternoon.
Overnight at the Central Inn.
Day 14: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Entebbe International Airport in time for your departure flight.