An adventurous Uganda safari consisting of 12 Days Uganda bird watching safari, visiting almost all birding sanctuaries in Uganda to mention  Entebbe botanical gardens, Kibale forest, Bwindi impenetrable national park, budongo forest, birding at semuliki, birding at ruhija.

12 Days Uganda Bird Watching Safari - Birding sites & National parks

Itinerary for the 12 Days Uganda Bird Watching Safari

Day 1: BOTANICAL GARDENS: INTRODUCTORY BIRDING

Depending on your time of arrival into Uganda, we shall organize an afternoon birding at the botanical gardens and shores of Lake Victoria and the Kajjansi ponds before transferring to your hotel for overnight in BB. Key species: Great blue Turaco, White & Black casqued Hornbills, Grey-crowned crane, compact weaver, Hadada Ibis, African open bill stork, Woodland Kingfisher, Papyrus Gonolek, Grey heron and Pied Kingfisher.
Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast
Travel time: 3 – 4 hours

Accommodation Options:

  • Mid-range – Cassia Lodge
  • Budget – Red Chili Camp – Kampala

Day 2: FOREST BIRDING: BIRDING MABIRA FOREST

Go birding in the Mabira forest gets you early enough at the forest centre, where you register and later enjoy a full day forest birding.

Mabira forest species: Purple throated cuckoo shrike, Nahan’s francolins, Forest wood hoopoe, Green-tailed bristle bill, Joyful Greenbul, Tit Hylia, Grey long bill, Great blue turaco, Weyns weaver, African harrier-hawk, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Brown-eared woodpecker, White-headed Saw-wing. Dinner and overnight in the lodge in Mabira Forest
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Travel time: 3 – 4 hours

Accommodation Options:

  • Mid-range – The Rain Forest Lodge

Day 3: BUDONGO FOREST: BIRDING BUSINGIRO SECTOR

This day, transfer to Budongo forest birding along the way to Budongo forest, transfer from Kampala to Busingiro sector for an afternoon forest birding, depending on the time of arrival, continue birding along the main road and areas around the lodge.

Birds of interest include: African Dwarf Kingfisher, chestnut capped flycatcher, western black headed oriole, Sabine’s Spinetail, white-breasted negro finch, Yellow-crested woodpecker, Yellow-footed flycatcher, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Piping Hornbill, Sabine’s Spinetail. Dinner & overnight in Masindi town
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Travel time: 5 – 6 hours

Accommodation Options:

  • Mid-range – Masindi Hotel

Day 4: BIRDING BUDONGO FOREST – ROYAL MILE

Budongo Forest birding: With an early rise with a packed lunch, head for the royal mile and enjoy a full day bird watching along the forest road ending at the Forest Bridge. This day, be prepared for more forest birds which may include: Forest species: Ituri Batis, Nahan’s francolin, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Brown twin spot, White-spotted Flufftail, Jameson’s wattle eye, white-breasted negro finch, Grey-headed sunbird, Red-headed bluebill, Green Sunbird, Little green sunbird and more. Returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight at the night before.

Day 5: BIRDING TO KIBALE: FOREST SPECIES

More forest species birding: Early transfer to Kibale forest birding en –route with a picnic lunch. Arriving in Fort Portal in the evening while enjoying the rest of the afternoon birding around the lodge and along the forest main trail.

Possible sightings include Black-billed turaco, Yellow-billed Barbet, Great blue turaco, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Vanga flycatcher, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Western Nicator, Yellow bill and Red-bellied paradise flycatcher.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Travel time: 6 – 7 hours

Accommodation Options:

  • Mid-range – Primate Lodge
  • Budget – Chimpanzee Guest House

Day 6: SWAMP WALK, KIBALE FOREST

Whole day birding Kibale forest park with the early morning walk in Bigodi swamp, and afternoon birding in the forest for forest birds. Forest species: White collared Olive back, Red Tailed Bristlebill, Yellow-billed Barbet, White-bellied crested flycatcher, Joyful Greenbul, Black-billed Turaco, Blue-shouldered robin chat, Green-breasted Pitta, white spotted Flufftail. Dinner and overnight at the night before

Day 7: BIRDING TO SEMLIKI, SEMULIKI RATITES

Birding in Semuliki forest starts early morning with a packed lunch drive down the Semuliki valleys for forest experience, visit Sempaya hot springs and continue birding to Kirumia trail the rest of the day.

Semuliki Rarities: Spot-breasted ibis, Grey-throated rail, Capuchin babbler, Congo serpent eagle, Piping Hornbill, Red-billed dwarf hornbill, White-crested hornbill, African Piculet, Red-bellied Malimbe, Zenker’s honeyguide. Return late afternoon to Fort portal town and check into your lodge or hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: BIRDING TO BWINDI PARK – FOREST SPECIES

Early morning transfer to Bwindi Park: birding along the way to Buhoma and its surroundings. Possible sightings in this area include Albertine species: Banded Prinia, Narina dragon, Magie Manikin, Grey-headed Negrofinch, Black-billed Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, Stuhlmann’s starling, Pink-footed puff back, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Ludher’s bush shrike Narina dragon, Banded Prinia, blue-headed sunbird, Ross’s Turaco, Black-billed Turaco.

Dinner and overnight in Buhoma
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Travel time: 6 – 7 hours

Accommodation Options:

  • Mid-range – Silverback lodge
  • Budget – Buhoma Community Bandas

Day 9: WHOLE DAY BIRDING BWINDI FOREST PARK – ALBERTINE RIFT ENDEMICS

Trekking Mountain Gorillas (optional US$ 600) otherwise full day bird watching along the waterfall loop searching for ratites and rift valley endemics which may include: Red-throated Alethe, Black Bee-eater, Short-tailed Warbler, Purple-breasted Sunbird, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Red-faced woodland warbler, Blue-headed Sunbird, Brown-capped Weaver, Strange weaver. Dinner and overnight at the night before

Day 10: BIRDING TO RUHIJA – BUNYONYI

Birding Bwindi forest starting with the neck, Ruhija surroundings and Bamboo zone before transferring to Bunyonyi for dinner and overnight stay. Albertine rift species: Mountain Wagtail, Black Bee-eater, Bar-tailed Trogon, Regal Sunbird, olive pigeon,white-tailed ant-thrush, Banded Prinia, Mountain capped Apalis, Handsome Francolin, Chapin’s flycatcher, sooty flycatcher.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge of your choice.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Travel time: 3 – 4 hours

Accommodation Options:

  • Mid-range – Birdnest Resort
  • Budget – Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Day 11: BIRDING BACK TO KAMPALA

Depart Lake Bunyonyi early morning birding at interesting points en-route to Kampala and check in at a booked hotel for a night stay as first night

Day 12: DEPARTURE

Reserved for departures through Entebbe International Airport.
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