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TRIP SUMMARY

DAYS : 14

PLACES TO VISIT

  • Mabamba Swamp,

  • Kibale National Park,

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Mubwindi Swamp and more    

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet & greet by your drive guides and bird to accommodation about 7 minutes away.

Overnight at Secrets Guest House in Entebbe( Bed and Breakfast)

Day 2: Bird Mabamba Swamp

After an early breakfast, we will head out to the Mabamba Wetlands on the shores of Lake Victoria. This is one of the few remaining swamps in the country protected by the local communities.  It is an extensive papyrus swamp, with a labyrinth of channels and lagoons, and is home to several pairs of Shoebills, Uganda’s most famous avian resident. This charismatic monotypic species is certainly among the most sought-after birds in Africa, and we’ll make special efforts today to find it by paddling through the channels by boat. There will of course be a good selection of classic East African water birds to observe along the way like Pink-backed Pelican, Long-tailed Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Yellow-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Long-toed Plover, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Bee-eater etc., Bird your way back to Entebbe looking out for birds like African open billed Stork, Grey Kestrel, African Green Pigeon, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Red-headed Lovebird, Swifts, Sunbirds, Weavers, Finches among other birds.

Overnight at Secrets Guest House( Bed and Breakfast)                           

Day 3: Bird to Kibale National Park

After breakfast, bird your way to Kibale getting there in the late afternoon. Look out for birds like Striped Kingfisher, Great blue Turaco, and

Eastern-grey Plantain Eater, Lizard Buzzard, Lesser Stripped Swallows, Greenbuls, Cisticolas, Grey-backed Shrike, Common Fiscal, Stonechat,

Flycatchers, Starlings, Widowbirds, Weavers among other birds.

Dinner and overnight at  Chimpanzee Guest House. 

Day 4: Bird kanyanchu

After breakfast, proceed to bird the vicinity of Kanyanchu look out for the Green-breasted Pitta and other birds like Yellow-billed Barbet, African Emerald Cuckoo, Black-billed Turaco, Narina Trogon, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Chestnut Wattle eye, Narrow-tailed Staring among other birds. Primates like Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkey among others.

Dinner and overnight at  Chimpanzee Guest House.        

Day 5: Bird Bigodi and then transfer to QENP

After breakfast, proceed to bird the Bigodi swamp, lunch and then bird as you head towards Queen Elizabeth National Park driving along the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains crossing the Equator. Game drive en-route to accommodation where you will be spending your nights. The park, which is named after Queen Elizabeth who visited it in 1954, is the second largest national park in Uganda, and ranks highest with respect to overall diversity, with a bird species list exceeding 600. The park has a mosaic of habitats from moist forest at Imaramagambo to wild savannah excellent for Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Hyenas, Ugandan Kobs, Baboons, Giant Hogs, and Warthog among others. Look out for birds like White spotted Flufftail, Yellow-billed Barbet, African Emerald Cuckoo, Black-billed Turaco, Kingfishers, Lesser Striped Swallow, Cisiticolas, Shrikes, Starlings, Widowbirds among other birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Enganzi Game Lodge.                    

Day 6: Bird Queen Elizabeth National Park

Breakfast then we will set off for a game drive with our packed lunches. In the afternoon go for the boat trip on the Kazinga Channel to see a variety of wildlife, hundreds of hippos, crocodile and bird life from a boat for two hours. Look out for birds like Pelicans, Green-backed Heron, Storks, African Spoonbill, Kittlitz’s Plover, Senegal Plover, Wattled Plover, Larks, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Babblers, Sunbirds, Weavers, and Widowbirds among others. Look out for mammals like Uganda Kob, Bushbuck, Defassa Water buck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthog, when lucky a leopard, spotted Hyena and Lion among others.

Dinner and overnight at Enganzi Lodge.      

Day 7: Bird as you transfer to Bwindi

After an breakfast with your packed lunch, bird your way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to approximately half of the world population of Mountain Gorillas. This vast reserve offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports 23 of Uganda's 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighbouring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and is of immense conservation importance. Look out for species like Raptors, Bee Eaters, Kingfishers, Barbets, Tinkerbirds, Woodpeckers, Apalises, Honeyguide Greenbul, Swallows, Larks, Cisiticolas, Pipits, Chats, Shrikes, Starlings, and Widowbirds among other birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Ride 4 A Woman. 

Day 8: Bird Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast, we find that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest doesn’t quite live up to its name as we enter it looking out for birds like Black Bee-Eater, Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, Greenbuls, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Luhder’s Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puffback, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Starlings, Sunbirds, Black-billed Weaver, Brown-capped weaver, among other birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Ride 4 A Woman 

Day 9: Second Day birding Bwindi( Buhoma Sector)

Dinner and Overnight at Ride 4 A Woman (Full board)

Day 10: Bird as you transfer to Ruhija via the Neck

After breakfast, bird as you transfer to Ruhija via the neck looking out for birds like 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, Strange Weaver, Dusky Twinspot, Yellow Bishop, Black-throated Seedeater among other birds.

Dinner and overnight at Trekkers Tavern. 

Day 11: Bird Mubwindi Swamp

After breakfast, walk down to the Mubwindi Swamp looking out for specials including the 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, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Bar-tailed Trogon, 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 at Trekkers Tavern.

Day 12: Bird to Lake Mburo

After breakfast, bird to Lake Mburo looking out for birds like Bateleur, Handsome Francolin, Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue-napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Mountain Masked Apalis, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Stripe-breasted Tit, Mountain Masked Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, Fork tailed Drongo, Black crowned Waxbill, and Black-headed Waxbill among other birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Rwakobo Rock. 

Day 13: Bird Lake Mburo National Park

Whole day birding Lake Mburo National Park looking for birds like the Bateleur, Crested Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue-napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Long tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis and more. Before dinner, try the African Scops Owl, Swamp Nightjar, and Black-shouldered Nightjar among others. Look out for animals like the gorgeous Eland, Zebra, Impala, Buffalo, Reedbuck, Topi, Waterbuck Bushbuck, Hippos, Oribi, Bush-duiker among other birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Rwakobo Rock. 

Day 14: Departure

After an early breakfast, transfer to the Airport in time for your departure flight.

P.O.Box P.O. Box 24015 
Kampala, Uganda

+256 (0) 772 448209

+256 (0) 702 468521

+256 (0) 393 238236