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12 Days Savannah Birding in Uganda

Trip Summary

Places to visit

  • Mabamba

  • Murchison Falls National Park

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Lake Mburo National Park

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival for savannah birding in Uganda

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, and transfer to the Hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, we bird Entebbe Botanical Gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. 

A Shoebill Stork

Day 2: Birding to Mabamba swamp

This morning we bird the Mabamba Swamp where most of the birding is done canoeing! And in the afternoon, we bird Mabamba Bay.

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 wildlife.

Day 3: Bird-watching tour to Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, we bird to Uganda’s largest National Park – Murchison Falls National Park. We shall stop at Masindi for lunch and 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 a 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 to 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, several 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 storks, 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 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have breakfast and then bird to Uganda’s most visited park because of its diversity of wildlife and its fields of sprawling savannah are a natural habitat of 606 bird species.

Day 7: Birding around the Mweya peninsular and the Kazinga channel

On the morning of this day, we bird the Mweya Peninsular and in the afternoon we take a boat to the Kazinga channel.

You will have exposure to the African Skimmer, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, White-winged Terns, Swamp Flycatcher, Grey-capped Warbler, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Collard Pranticles, African Jacana, Pin-tailed Whydah, Martial Eagle, Gabon, and Slender-tailed Nightjars, the lovely Black-headed Gonolek, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squacco Heron, African Skimmer, African Fish Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Sedge Warbler, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, African Mourning Dove, African Open-billed Stork, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Yellow-billed and Marabou Stork, Egyptian Goose, several Gull species, just to mention but a few.

Day 8: Birding Ishasha sector and the Kyambura Gorge

We bird these beautiful sections of Queen Elizabeth National Park for hundreds of bird species, among which will include; African Thrush, Ruppell’s Long-tailed Sterling, Black-headed Gonolek, Slender-billed Weaver, Little Weaver, Black-headed Weaver, Grey-headed Sparrow, Red-headed Lovebird, Spur-winged Lapwing, the African, Red-eyed and African Morning Doves, the Winding, Croacking and Zitting Cisticolas and many more.

Day 9: Birding tour to Lake Mburo National Park – savannah birding

After breakfast, we will bird to the best destination to see the African Finfoot: Lake Mburo National Park with lunch en-route and have an evening safari drive for birding and a variety of animals like zebras, warthogs, variety of antelopes, and many more.

Day 10: Whole day birding in Lake Mburo National Park

Have an early morning breakfast before going birding in a safari drive car, we bird and return for lunch and later take a boat ride in search of water-associated birds.

Species possible to see today will include the African Finfoot Coqui, the Red-winged Francolins, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, the Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Harlequin and Blue Quails, Common Button Quail, White-headed and Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Blue-napped Mousebird, Blue-breasted and Shining-blue Kingfishers, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbill, the Nubian, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared, and the Grey Woodpeckers, Trilling, Stout, and Wing-snapping Cisticolas, Red-necked spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African-wattled Plover Rufous napped and Flappet larks, Rufous-chested Swallow, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Black-winged Bishop, Chubb’s, Carruthers and several other Cisticolas, the Lesser and Great Swamp Warblers, Black Crake, Common Squacco, Striated, Goliath, Purple, Black-headed, Grey, and Black-headed Herons, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, the African Fish Eagle, among others. 

Day 11: Birding safari to Kampala/Entebbe

On this day, we bird our way out of the park for more species possibly missed out as we head to Masaka for our lunch before proceeding to Kampala or Entebbe. 

Day 12: Departure

 

Trip Inclusions

  • Accommodation & meals as described in the itineraries
  • Transport in a 4WD safari car
  • Park Entrance & activity fees
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Packaged Drinking water throughout the trip

Trip Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Any items not stated in the itinerary
  • Tips for service people
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Entry visas
  • Personal Insurance
  • Souvenirs & items of a personal nature

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