13 DAYS ALBERTINE RIFT BIRDING SAFARI (INS017)

13 DAYS ALBERTINE RIFT BIRDING SAFARI (INS017)

Tour Code: INS-17

Note: This birding expedition is suitable for December to February and June to August.

Day 1: Airport pickup

You will be met and transferred from the airport to the hotel for rest/overnight at budget-Banda Inns BB, midrange-Caccia lodge, top range-Emin Pasha Hotel BB.

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park

Transfer to Murchison falls National Park through Masindi, birding along the way overnight in at budget-Red Chili Camp BB, midrange-Sambiya River Lodge HB, top range-Nile  Safari Lodge FB.  

Day 3: Murchison falls National Park

After an early tea or coffee with your packed breakfast and lunch transfer to Kaniyo Pabidi for birding which will double as a nature walk and botany watch you will have a picnic lunch after which you will continue your bird watch. Expect to see , blue breasted and African dwarf Kingfisher, Puvells Illadopsis, Forest Robin. In the evening drive to the top of the falls to see the bat hawk and the night jar on your way back to camp. Overnight at budget-Red Chili Camp BB, midrange-Sambiya River Lodge HB, top range-Nile Safari Lodge FB.

Day 4: Murchison falls National Park

After breakfast go for morning birding to Buligi circuit and the delta area, after lunch at the camp you will go on boat ride to the bottom of the falls hence your afternoon birding, expect to see the Red throated, Carmine, little, and blue breasted bee eaters, Shoe bill, Denharms Bustard, white broad buffalo weaver. Overnight at budget-Red Chili Camp BB, midrange-Sambiya River Lodge HB, top range-Nile Safari Lodge FB. 

 Day 5: Transfer to Fort Portal-Kibale National Park

After breakfast, you will transfer to Fort Portal have a picnic lunch. Birding en-route. Dinner and over night at Primate Lodge Kibale (Luxury safari tents)- toprange FB, Cottages-Budget,BB and Mountains of the moon hotel – midrange BB.

Day 6: Kibale National Park

Arise early, after an early breakfast with you packed lunch (alternatively order traditional food from Sebitoli) head for Sebitoli birding site. This part has been confirmed, as the best birding spot of the park however birding on the main road alone can be very satisfying. Visit the Bigodi wetland sanctuary after lunch. Specials in this park include tiny sunbird, joyful cabanis grenbul, Olive long tailed cuckoo, Black faced rufous warbler, Red tailed bristle bill, bocage's bush-shrike, Toro olive and Cameroon sombre greenbuls, green twinsport, Brown and scaly breasted illadopsis, Ludher's bush-shrike. African pitas, green throated and blue throated sunbird, Green headed sunbird, brown capped weaver, velvet mantled drongo, pink footed puff back, Dinner and over night at Primate Lodge Kibale (Luxury safari tents FB)- toprange,Cottages-Budget BB and Mountains of the moon hotel – midrange BB.

Day 7: Transfer to Semliki National Park

After an early breakfast transfer to Semuliki National park approximately 2½ hours drive from Fort Portal. You will have a whole day bird watch along the Kirumira Trail the most popular trail at this lowland forest. You will have a picnic lunch at a spot of your choice. Semuliki National Park is inhabited by some Congo biome species including the Red billed, forest scrub robin black wattled, black bill and white crested hornbill, pygmy kingfisher, African piculet, White bellied, Zenkel honey guide, red rumped tinkerbird, fire crested alethe, red breasted sparrow hawk, rufous sided broadbill, Nkurengu rail, dwarf, piping, white thighed hornbills, red bellied and blue billed malimbe, Green tailed bristle bill, Long tailed hawk, pale fronted and chestnut breasted negro finches, black winged oriole, and many more others. Dinner and overnight Semuliki Safari Lodge FB

Day 8: Semliki National Park

We again leave early for the Semuliki National Park. Depending on the results of the previous day’s birding; a choice remains for the group to decide either to re-visit the Kirumira trail or follow the main road and Sempaya trails. Dinner and overnight at Semliki  Safari Lodge FB.

Day 9: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in time for lunch and later a boat ride on the Kazinga channel 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. Overnight at Mweya safari lodge-toprange FB, King fisher lodge kichwamba, midrange HB, and Mweya Hostel Budget, BB.

 

Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi National Park

After breakfast drive south to Bwindi National Park with your packed lunch through the southern sector at Ishasha, expect to see the tree climbing lions at the Ishasha sector the journey through this part of the park also doubles as a game drive. Over night stay at Gorilla forest camp-top range FB, Buhoma community  Camps-Midrange HB, Bwindi View Bandas,-budget BB.

Day 11: Bwindi National Park & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

You will have an early start long before sunrise and may enjoy birding on the self-guided munyaga trail. Forest birding at Bwindi ranks the best in Uganda and Africa as well. You will carry a packed lunch. Bwindi is home to over 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics present. Special birds include Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Red-throated Alethe, Black-faced and Black-throated Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Grauer's Warbler, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Chapin's Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Stuhlmann's Starling, Olive Thrush, Grauer's Rush-warbler, Neumann's Warbler and Red faced Woodland-Warbler. Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, dinner and overnight at Nature’s Prime Island FB.

Day 12: Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, explore the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in East and central Africa housing over 25 scenic Islands each with a different mythical tale for instance the punishment Island that tells of the pain and tears of many Bakiga women abandoned on the Island and left for dead for getting pregnant out of wedlock. You will take part in an optional activity of your choice; lunch dinner and overnight at Nature’s Prime Island FB.

Day 13: Transfer to Kampala

Depart for Kampala lunch en-route arriving in the evening

 

Included in the package:

  • 12 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 the destinations mentioned
  • Park entrance charges
  • Lunch enroute on the first and last day of your safari
  • Water throughout the safari

Excluded from the package:

  • Phone calls, bar bills, laundry bills, extra meals and any other personal expense not included on the itinerary.
  • The last night after the trip

Tips

  • Any birding in destinations not mentioned or off the route to be traveled
  • Fees for extra activities not included in the itinerary as well as optional activities on Lake Bunyonyi and Ssese Islands

Note: Prices apply are subject to change without notice. For more details and tailor-made safaris please contact us.

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