Places to visit
Murchison Falls National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Lake Mburo National Park
|START TIME||Please arrive by 7:45 AM.|
|END TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Day 1: Arrival for Savannah birding in Uganda
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, transfer to the Hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, we bird Entebbe botanical Gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education Center.
Day 2: Birding to Mabamba swamp
This morning we bird the Swamps where most of the birding is done canoeing! A variety of species to be seen shall include; The elusive Shoebill stork , White-faced Whistling-duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Common Squacco Heron, long-toed Plover, African water Rail, Grey and Black Headed Herons, Striated Heron, Pygmy Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, Black Crake, Swamp Moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, African Jacana, House Sparrow which is Vagrant, Mosque Swallow (monteiri race), Weyn’s Weaver, White Shouldered Tit, Little Swift, Sand Martin, Brown Snake-Eagle, Eurasian Hobby, Grosbeak Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, Fork-tailed Drongo, Feral Pigeon, Flappet and Rofus-napped Lark Lark, Long-Crested Eagle, Stripped Kingfisher, Common Stonechat, Common Greenshank, Little bee-eater, Whinchat, Grey Wagtail, Great Blue Turaco, Grassland Pipit, Orange Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Black-headed weaver, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Black Headed Gonolek, Ruppell’s Long-tailed Sterling, Grey-Headed Sparrow, Spur-winged Lapwing, Yellow Wagtail, African Pied Wagtail, Pied King Fisher, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Stork, Olivaceous Warbler, Tawny Eagle, Carruther’s Cisticola, Ross’s Turaco, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Ashy Flycatcher, Rufous-napped Lark, Yellow-throated Greenbul name it. You could also see the Sitatunga, a swamp antelope and much more of wildlife.
Day 3: Bird watching tour to Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast, we bird to Uganda’s largest National Park; we stop at Masindi for lunch then proceed to the top of the spectacular falls
Day 4: Wildlife safari drive and bird watching in Murchison Falls National Park
We have an early morning breakfast and embark on a wildlife safari drive as we do bird watching. We shall take the best tracks and to the delta with packed lunch so that we don’t lose any moment of seeing a variety of savannah species alongside other wildlife. Among the many species you should expect include; The Secretary Bird, The Giant, Pied, Malachite, Stripped, Chestnut-bellied, Blue-breasted, Woodland and the African Pygmy Kingfishers, House Martin, African Rock Martin, Lesser Stripped Swallow, Ethiopian Swallow, Angola Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Rufous-chested Swallow, Nightingale, Rock Thrush, Pied Wheatear, Whinchat, Common Redstart, White-fronted Black Chat, Sooty Chat, Isabelline Wheatear, Common Bulbul, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Yellow-throated Greenbul, the Black, White-breasted, and Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrikes, the Black and Penduline Tits, the Arrow-marked, Black-lored and Brown Babblers, Nubian Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Black Scimitarbill, Green Wood Hoopoe, a number of Buzzards, Barbets, Rollers, Harriers, Vultures, Eagles, Bee-eaters, Warblers, and so forth.
Day 5: Nature walk birding tour and a boat cruise
Early in the morning, we bird on foot with a game ranger for the early and late morning active birds. We get back to the hotel for lunch then take a launch cruise to the bottom of the falls. Here, your list shall include; The Shoebill Stork, Little Grebe, Great White and the Pink-backed Pelicans, Red-knobbed Coot, African Water Rail, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, African Crake, Black-crowned Crane, Southern Pochard, The Egyptian, African Pygmy, and the Spur-winged Gooses, Storks like; the Saddle-billed, Open-billed, Abdim’s, White, Yellow-billed, Marabou, and the Wooly-necked, the Little and Dwarf Bitterns, Night Heron, Black Heron, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Green Backed Heron, Common Squacco Heron, Great White Egret, Cormorants, the African and Eurasian Spoonbills, the Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Jacana, African Finfoot, Painted Snipe, Wattled Plover the list is very long.
Day 6: Bird watching safari to Fort Portal town
After breakfast, bird your way to Fort Portal town in western Uganda. 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, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Whinchat, Stonechat, Green-headed Sunbird, Common Fiscal, Dark-backed Weaver among others.
Day 7: Birding to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, bird as you head towards Queen Elizabeth National along the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains through Kasese, and crossing the Equator. Game drive en-route to accommodation where you will spend three nights. Look out for birds like Grey-headed Kingfisher, Lesser Striped Swallows, Zitting Cisiticola, Babblers, Grey-backed Shrike, Common Fiscal, Starlings, Widow birds and many more.
Day 8: Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park
A cup of tea or coffee in the lounge and set off for a game drive/birding. Lunch at the Lodge and in the afternoon go for the launch (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
Day 9: Second birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early breakfast drive to bird Imaramagambo area around Lake Nyamusingiri looking out for birds like Black Bee Eater, Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue–breasted Kingfisher, Barbets, Tinkerbirds, Woodpeckers, Apalises, Red-collared Widowbird Honeyguide Greenbul, Snowcapped Robin-Chat and others. On a lucky day you can get an African Finfoot here.
Day10: Birding to Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast, bird your way to Lake Mburo getting to Mbarara in time for lunch. After lunch continue with the drive to Lake Mburo National Park birding en-route. Birding here is a delightful experience, and often one of the highlights of a birding trip to Uganda. Look out for birds like Crested Francolin, Emeraled Spotted Wood Dove, Spot flanked Barbet, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Black-headed Gonolek, Starlings, among other birds.
Day 11: Bird Lake Mburo National Park
Whole day birding Lake Mburo National Park looking for species 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, Red-faced Barbet, Long tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis and more. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise to look for the African Finfoot and others. Before or after dinner try the African Scoops Owl, Swamp Nightjar, Fiery-necked Nightjar, Black-shouldered Nightjar and other birds. Look out for animals like the gorgeous Eland, Zebra, Impala, Buffalo, Reedbuck, Topi, Water buck Bushbuck, Hippos, Oribi, Grey-duiker and others.
Day 12: Bird to Kampala/Entebbe
After breakfast with your luggage, bird your back to Entebbe arriving in the late afternoon. Look out for birds like Bateleur, Crested Francolin, Lilac-breasted Roller, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue-napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Striped Kingfisher, Golden-backed Weaver among other birds.
Day 13: Departure at leisure