This Uganda birding safari offers 15 Days Uganda bird watching safari to the most exciting birding destination in Uganda viewing several bird species. the birding destinations include lake Mburo national park, birding at  Mmgahinga national park, birding at Mubende swamps spotting several species, birding at Buhoma, Bwindi, birding at Kibale forest and Semuliki national park. all the above-mentioned destination guarantee a view of many bird species including endemic species.

15 Days Uganda Bird Watching Safari

Itinerary for the 15 Days Uganda bird watching safari

Day 1: ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE

Upon your arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will be welcomed by our company birding guide and be briefed about your 15 Days Uganda Bird Watching Safari and transferred to your choice of accommodation for overnight in BB. We can also organise an afternoon birding excursion to bird the areas of the Botanical gardens and try and spot some bird species.
Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast
Travel Time: 20 mins

Accommodation Options:

  • Midrange: Boma Hotel
  • Budget: Airport View Guest House

Day 2: BIRDING TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

Your birding safari starts with a transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo National park is the smallest park in Uganda with a strategic location for birding. This afternoon after lunch, begin your birding along Impala track and afternoon boat cruise for water birds that may include: white-backed night heron, Rufous-bellied Heron, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, papyrus canary, African fish eagle, Pied Kingfisher, Bateuler and the Brown snake eagle among others. Overnight and dinner at the lodge of your choice
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Drive time: 4 – 5 hours

Accommodation options:

  • Midrange: Rwakobo Rock Lodge, Lake Mburo Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Eagles Nest Camp

Day 3: BIRDING TO MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK (ALBERTINE SPECIES)

Continue bird watching towards the Mgahinga Forest National Park. With lunch en-route, continue farther south while spotting various tree birds along the way. Mgahinga Forest National Park is part of the great Virunga mountains and is home to a great wealth of the Albertine Species which include: 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 and the African Broadbill, Pygmy Kingfisher, Rwenzori Turaco and many more.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Drive time: 6 – 7 hours

Accommodation option:

  • Budget: Travellers Inn Kisoro

Day 4: WHOLE DAY BIRDING IN MGAHINGA

Spend the whole day birding in the forest trying to spot the endemic species which may include: Rwenzori Turaco, weaver birds, Archer’s robin chat, Doherty’s bush shrike, White-tailed blue flycatcher, Dusky Crimson-wing, Red-faced woodland warbler. Bird in the forest with packed lunches and later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight as the night before

Day 5: BIRDING TO RUHIJA, BWINDI FOREST ENDEMICS

This morning after very early breakfast, continue birding along the way to Ruhija birding through Echuya forest, bamboo zone and Ruhija surroundings. Rift Valley Endemics: Regal Sunbird, Red-faced woodland warbler, Chubb’s Cisticola, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Rwenzori Batis. Continue birding to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Drive time: 2 – 3 hours

Accommodation options:

  • Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Budget: Gorilla Friends Lodge

Day 6: MUBWINDE SWAMP: SWAMP SPECIES

Continue birding in the famous Mubwindi swamp birding through the forest trails spotting the various swamp bird species, searching for forest species and rift endemics. Bwindi bird species to look out for include: African Green broadbill, archer Robin-chat, Collared Apalis, black-faced Apalis, Rwenzori night jar, Chapin flycatcher, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, striped breasted tit, dwarf honeyguide. Dinner and overnight at night before

Day 7: BIRDING TO BUHOMA, BWINDI FOREST SPECIES

Transfer to Buhoma birding through the Neck and water loop trail in the afternoon. Buhoma neck and water loop birds to look out for include: Black bee-eater, handsome francolin, Ruwenzori Turaco, regal sunbird, Red-throated Alethe, Kivu ground thrush, short-tailed warbler. Dinner and overnight at the lodge of your choice.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Drive time: 2 – 3 hours

Accommodation options:

  • Midrange: Silverback Lodge
  • Budget: Buhoma Community Camp

Day 8: GORILLA TREKKING

This day set off early from your lodge and be in time for the gorilla tracking activity’s briefing at the park information point. Ensure you carry packed lunch and a bottle of water for which you may require the assistance of a porter as you begin your trek. In the evening after the gorilla trek, we shall bird in the neighbouring areas of Buhoma before dinner and overnight at the night before

Day 9: WATERFALL TRAIL, BWINDI FOREST TRAIL

This morning, continue on your birding safari following the road that leads you to different forest trails, take up the waterfall trail for a 2-3 hours birding ending at the three waterfalls searching for forest species. Possible sightings on this trail may include Chapin flycatcher, Collared Apalis, black-faced Apalis, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, Short-tailed Warbler, Kivu ground thrush, Purple-breasted Sunbird, rufous flycatcher. Evening birding back to the lodge for dinner and overnight at the night before

Day 10: BIRDING TO SEMLIKI RESERVE, FORT PORTAL TOWN

This morning after breast, transfer to Fort Portal birding along the way and lunch in Fort Portal town. In the evening continue birding in the neighbouring areas before dinner and overnight at accommodation of your choice.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Drive time: 6 – 7 hours

Accommodation options:

  • Midrange: Mountains of the Moon Hotel
  • Budget: Travellers Inn – Fort Portal

Day 11: BIRDING TO SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK, SEMLIKI FOREST

Prepare for the Albertine species while continuing bird watching in Semuliki forest, driving down the valleys early morning, watching birds along the main road and Sempaya hot springs trails will give an introductory birding of Semuliki forest. Return to your lodge at lush in the late afternoon birding along the way. In the evening, continue birding around your lodge at Semliki Safari Lodge in full board

Day 12: WHOLE DAY BIRDING SEMLIKI PARK: SEMLIKI RARITIES

Continue bird watching in Semliki forest with your packed lunch. This day, you will use the Kirumia trail, which trail offers opportunities to see ratites and other species of the Ituri forest. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Bird species of key interest: Spotted breasted ibis, long-tailed hawk, Nkulengu rail, piping hornbill, red-billed dwarf hornbill, black dwarf hornbill, African Piculet, Lyte-tailed honeyguide, red-rumped tinkerbird, yellow-throated nicator, Sassi’s olive greenbul, fiery breasted bush shrike, forest scrub robin. Dinner and overnight at night before

Day 13: BIRDING TO KIBALE FOREST- MAGOMBE SWAMP, BIGODI SWAMP

This day, continue bird watching in Bigodi swamp not only for swamp specialities but also have opportunities to watch 8 species of primates namely the blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red tailed Columbus, white and black colobus, L’Hoest monkey, vervet monkey and Olive Baboons. Magombe swamp species to look out for: Red-tailed bristle bill, white collared olive back, yellow-billed barbet, white napped pigeon, grey winged warbler, black-billed turaco, papyrus canary, white-winged warbler, blue shouldered robin chat, white spotted flufftail and red-winged francolin. Dinner and overnight at the lodge of your choice
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Drive time: 2 – 3 hours

Accommodation options:

  • Midrange: Mountains of the Moon Hotel
  • Budget: Travellers Inn – Fort Portal

Day 14: IN KIBALE FOREST –BIRDING ALONG NGOGO ROAD

Kibale forest not only gives you excellent birding opportunities but is famous for Chimpanzee tracking and chimpanzee habituation experience, has the highest numbers of primates, therefore, offers primate walk activities. Watching birds in Kibale forest is along Ngogo road, the main road ending at Dura Bridge and in the forest trails.

Key species: Bar-tailed trogon, finely banded woodpecker, red-faced crimson wing, Nahan’s Francolin, Africa Pitta. Dinner and overnight at the night before

Day 15: END OF SAFARI

Transfer back to Kampala birding along the way. This day is reserved for evening flights through Entebbe International airport.

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