12-DAYS BIRDING SAFARI UGANDA (INS016)
12-DAYS BIRDING SAFARI UGANDA (INS016)
MABAMBA SWAMP, MABIRA FOREST, LAKE MBURO, QUEEN ELIZABETH, KIBALE FOREST, MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARKS.
Tour Code: INS-16
Day One: Airport pickup
One of our company representatives will pick you from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Dinnerovernight at Emin Pasha Top range BB, Caccia Lodge- midrange BB and Banda Inns – budget accommodation BB.
Day 2: Mabamba Swamps-Kampala
After an early breakfast with your packed lunch drive to Mabamba Swamps on the shores of Lake Victoria. Most of the birding is done by canoe. Look out for the rare shoebill, Blue Breasted Bee-eater, Papyrus gonolek, Great Blue Turaco, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, white faced whistling duck, African water rail, Goliath herons, spur winged and Pygmy Geese. Dinnerovernight at Emin Pasha top range BB, Hotel le Boungainviller- midrange BB and Banda Inns – budget BB.
Day 3: Mabira Forest-Kampala
Head to Mabira Forest after an early breakfast, Mabira forest reserve is the largest block of moist semi deciduous forest remaining in the central region of Uganda. Look out for the Cassin Hawk Eagle, Nahans Francolin, Blue Headed Crested flycatcher, Grey Spotted Wood Pecker, Black shouldered Nightjar, purple throated roller, white spotted fluftail, red headed Malimbe Dinnerovernight at Emin Pasha top range BB, Hotel le Boungainviller- midrange BB and Banda Inns – budget BB.
Day 4: Transfer to Lake Mburo
After an early breakfast set off for Lake Mburo National Park a home of about 313 bird species with a brief stop at the Equator. You can have lunch,take some photographs or buy some souvenirs. Birding to the park begins as you turn off to Nshara gate. You will have an evening game drive and a taste of game viewing as you look out for the Handsome Francolin, lilac-breasted roller, red faced barbet, Rufuos bellied heron, green capped Eremomela, long tailed Cisticola. Other birds to look out for include the rare shoebill stork, Greater and Lesser Swamp Warbler; White winged Warbler, white backed night heron. Dinner & overnight at Mihingo Lodge-toprange FB, Mantana tented camps-Midrange FB and Rwonyo camp ,budget Bed only.
Day 5: Lake Mburo
After an early breakfast embark on a foot safari (Nature Walk). While on the walk look out for the Red faced Barbet, Bare faced go away bird, Varreaux’s Eagle Owl, Yellow billed ox pecker and lead coloured flycatcher. After lunch, transfer to the lakeside for a boat ride. The boat ride may yield sight seeing of the African Finfoot before it disappears into the papyrus floating on the lake. Proceed with an optional late afternoon game drive along the Zebra track. The African Wattled Plover, Black bellied bustard, and Temmricks Courser may be sighted. Also look out for other animal species such as Burchell’s Zebra and the Comical Warthogs. Dinner & overnight at Mihingo Lodge-toprange FB, Mantana tented camps-Midrange FB and Rwonyo camp ,budget BB.
Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth
After breakfast drive to Queen Elizabeth with a lunch stop in Mbarara town. The drive takes you through the grasslands of Ankole; look out for the famous long horned cattle. Over 600 bird species have been recorded so far thus making the park a birders paradise. It is one of the richest parks in Africa and supports an outstanding density of flora and fauna. Birds to lookout for include the Great Snipe, the African Fish Eagles Pallid Harrier, Gull billed Tern, Lesser Kestrel and Shoebill stork. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge-top range FB, King fisher lodge Kichwamba HB, Midrange and Mweya hostel-Budget BB.
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth
After an early breakfast drive to Maramagambo forest for a nature walk. The highlight of the walk is the visit to the bat cave on a good day the black and white colobus monkeys may also be seen. Transfer to the dock on the channel for an afternoon launch cruise on Kazinga channel which joins Lakes Edward and George: This waterway is a birders paradise and those who experience it, consider it the highlight of their entire African safari. Birds to look out for include the Great Snipe, the African Fish Eagles, Pallid Harrier, Gull billed Tern, Lesser Kestrel and Shoebill stork, fawn breasted Waxbill, Sulphur breasted bush shrike, dark capped yellow warbler, red headed blue bill, African Fin foot and the Eurasian golden oriole. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge-top range FB, King fisher lodge Kichwamba HB, Midrange and Mweya hostel-Budget BB.
Day 8: Transfer to Fort Portal-Kibale National Park
After breakfast transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. This park is home to the largest number of the endangered Chimpanzee as well as the rare L hoest and Colobus monkeys. Over 325 bird species have been recorded in this park. Take time to look out for the African broadbill, white winged warbler and the blue headed Coucal, Narina tragon, red tailed bristle bill and spot flanked barbet. Dinner and over night at Primate Lodge Kibale (Luxury safari tents)- toprange FB,Cottages-Budget BB and Mountains of the moon hotel for midrange BB.
Day 9: Kibale National Park
After an early breakfast, go out to the forest in search of the Will cocks honey guide, Joyful Greenbul, superb Black Bee eater and black bellied seed cracker, Return to your hotel for dinner/overnight.
Day 10: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Depart early in the morning for Murchison Falls National Park. This park is becoming well known internationally as one of the best sites in Africa for seeing the endangered shoebill stork. Have a stop in masindi for Lunch. Visit the “Top of the Falls” in the evening to see the bat hawk and night jar as well as enjoy the spectacular scenic view of water that drops 45 metres and forces its way through a 7 meter gorge. Look out for Rock Pratincole and the African Skimmer, white faced fronted whistling duck, Red shouldered Cuckoo Slice. Dinner and overnight at Nile Safari Lodge-Top range FB ,Sambiya River lodge-midrange HB and Red chilli rest camp-budget BB.
Day 11: Murchison Falls National Park
Rise early morning and embark on a game drive. Look out for bird species such as the spotted morning thrush, Denhan’s Bustard, Pallid Harrier, Lesser kestrel; swallow tailed Bee eater and other animals such as Giraffes, Elephants and cobs. After lunch, embark on an afternoon launch cruise on to the bottom of the falls. As you cruise up the historic Nile, you will most likely be able to see dazzling red throated bee eaters, Goliath heron, malachite king fisher, Wattled plover, common Drongo, hippos, water buck and the Nile crocodile many of which grow to enormous size. Dinner and overnight at Nile Safari Lodge-Top range FB, Sambiya river lodge-Midrange HB and Redchilli rest camp-budget,BB.
Day 12: Transfer to Kampala
After breakfast transfer to Kampala lunch en-route. Arrive in Kampala in the evening just in time for your flight. Depart with beautiful memories of your safari.
Included in the package:
- 11 nights’ accommodation with meal plan as stated
- Transport (4WD) and Fuel for the whole trip plus a full time safari guide
- Forest/nature walks, game drives, launch cruises, bird watching in destinations mentioned
- Park entrance charges
- Water throughout the trip
- Lunch enroute o the first and last day of your safari.
Excluded from the package:
- Phone calls, bar bills, laundry bills and any other personal expense not included on the itinerary.
- The last night after the trip
- Any birding in destinations not mentioned or off the route to be traveled
- Fees for extra activities and meals not included in the itinerary as well as optional activities
Note: Prices apply are subject to change without notice. For more details and tailor-made safaris please contact us.Go back to Uganda long safaris page