Safari overview.

This 9 day Uganda birding safari takes you to amazing Uganda birding destination beginning with birding at Kibale forest national park, having chimpanzee trekking at an option,later head for another Uganda birding experience at Semiliki national park, birding at kirumya trail, proceed for another birding experience at  Queen Elizabeth national park and then finally birding at Entebbe via Kampala.

Day 1: ARRIVAL FOR THE SAFARI

Upon your arrival in Uganda through Entebbe international airport, you will be welcome by our birding guide and transfer to hotel in Kampala in BB. This day is reserved for an afternoon transfer to Mabamba wetland in Mpigi famed for the famous bizarre shoebill. Possible sightings in the wetland may include, the gonolek, woodland kingfisher, groups of the shoebill as well as many more
Drive time: 1 – 2 hours drive
Accommodation Options:
Midrange: Cassia Lodge
Budget: Red Chili Camp – Kampala
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

Have an early breakfast. Meet with your professional birding guide and set off on a 6-hour drive to Kibale National Park where over 335 rainforest species have been recorded. In addition, Kibale harbours a remarkable 13 species of primates including the Red Colobus, L’Hoest’s monkey and red-tailed and vervet monkey.
Kibale Forest has the highest number of recorded sightings of Green-breasted pitta. Other birds you can expect to sight include African pitta, Grey-winged Robin, Red-winged Francolin, Joyful Greenbul, white pigeon, Abyssinian ground thrush, Red-chested Flufftail, White-bellied crested flycatcher, Leaf-love, African broadbill, Willcock’s honey guide and Scaly-throated honeyguide. We organize an evening birding excursion in the rainforest. after the forest walk, check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
Accommodation Options:
Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp, Primate Lodge
Budget: Chimpanzee Guest House
Drive time: 6 – 7 hours.

Day 3: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK: OPTIONAL CHIMPANZEE TREKKING

This morning after breakfast, we begin by birding in the Kibale forest following the nature walk trail. Some of the birds you can expect to see on this trek include the Black-throated Apalis, African Shrike-flycatcher, Brown and scaly-breasted illadopsis, White-naped and Afep pigeons, red chested owlet and yellow-billed barbets. After lunch, continue your birding to the Bigodi wetland sanctuary where you might be lucky to spot the rare broadbill, also Bigodi is famed for the presence of some of the endemic Albertine rift valley bird species. Bird your way back to your lodge for dinner and overnight as before

Day 4: BIRDING TO SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast, we proceed to Semliki National park birding along the way. This park represents the remainder of the Congo-basin vegetation in Uganda. It is ranked number 2 in Uganda’s birding spots. Famous species you could find here include Black-throated causal, Grey-throated rail, Nkulengu rail, long-tailed hawk, yellow-throated nicator, Northern bearded scrub robin, Red-chested Owlet, Red-rumped tinkerbird, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Rufous-sided broadbill, Icterine Greenbul, Pale-fronted negro finch, pip dwarf and black dwarf. Spend the whole day in search of these birds with a break for your picnic lunch

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Semliki Safari Lodge

Mid Range: Lake Albert Safari Lodge

Drive time: 3 – 4 hours.

Day 5: WHOLE DAY BIRDING ON THE KIRUMYA TRAIL

We start at dawn after an early breakfast and set off with our packed lunch. We spend the whole day bird watching the Kirumya Trail or any other part of the forest depending on the reliable information from our site guides. The Forest is home to some of the Congo biome species. These include Red-billed, Black-wattled, Black-billed and White-crested Hornbill, African Piculet, Zenkel Honeyguide, Black-chested Cuckoo, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Nkurengu Rail, White-bellied, Dwarf, and Pygmy Kingfishers, Piping, White-thighed. Once again, dinner and overnight at the night before

Day 6: MORNING BIRDING TOUR, TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

On this day, we have a morning birding session in Semliki forest for more sightings of more bird species and later, we transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park birding along the way. Evening games drive if you are up to it for chances of some wildlife including lions, elephants, buffalos and more while birding on the way. Dinner and overnight at accommodation of your choice
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
Accommodation Options:
Midrange: Enganzi Lodge – Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget: Kazinga Channel View Resort.
Drive time: 3 – 4 hours.

DAY 7: BIRDING QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Early morning birding excursion after breakfast along the royal mile for possible sightings of more bird species including the Pin-tailed Whydah, chestnut sparrow, a variety of sunbirds and later return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we take a two-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel to spot a wealth of more birds. Birding in the evening along the northern plains of the park before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight at the night before.

Day 8: BIRDING TO ENTEBBE VIA KAMPALA

After an early breakfast, we set off for Kampala with several stops on the way trying to spot interesting birds with lunch en-route. Dinner and overnight at the hotel of your choice

Day 9: DEPARTURE
This day is reserved for international flights through Entebbe International airport.

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