11 Days Uganda Birding Safari


11 Days Uganda Birding Safari

11 Days Uganda Birding Safari is an Africa safari will take you to birding hot zones. The 11 Days Uganda Birding Safari Tour will explore the country’s remarkable avian diversity of over 1000 species that make it a birding hot spot for avian enthusiasts. Uganda’s rich bird species can be attributed to its location between the East African Savannah, West African rain forests and semi-desert of the north.

Our 11 Days birding safari, helps you experience the best of tropical birding which is Africa’s top destination with overwhelming birding spots & bird species. During this hardcore 11 Days Uganda Birding Safari, we cover most of Uganda’s different birding habitats with top IBA’s.  This 11 Days Uganda Birding Safari will give you the chance for top ticks and we supply a birding checklist to keep track of what you have seen.

Uganda Birding Safari

Uganda is Africa’s excellent birding destination. The varied habitats of Uganda’s oldest forest mean it is the ideal habitat for a variety of birds, with 350 species recorded, including 23 endemics (90% of all Albertine Rift endemics) such as the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sun bird as well as seven IUCN red data listed species. Go with our specialized birding guide to discover the amazing birds Uganda has to offer.

11 Days Uganda Birding Safari trip takes you birding and photography through Uganda’s hot spots for birding in Entebbe Environments, Mabamba Wetlands, Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale national park, Bwindi impenetrable and Murchison falls. Our 11 Days Uganda Birding Safari is designed for all categories of birders that is to say seniors, young, old, learners and the safari will be led by a birding instructor with varied experience and knowledge of other wildlife.

Uganda Birding Safari – Key Species

Shoebill, Papyrus gonolek, Malachite Sunbird, Purple-breasted sunbird, Regal sunbird, Scarlet-tufted Sunbird, Rwenzori Turcaco, Black billed turaco, White crested turaco, Archer’s Robin Chat, Cape Robin, White-starred Robin, Puvels Illadopsis, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, African Green Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Batis, Collared Apalis, Dusky Crimsonwing, Yellow-billed Barbet, Bar-tailed Trogon, Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Waller’s Starling, Dwarf Honey-Guide, Oriole Finch, Doherty’s Bush-Shrike, Red-headed Malimbe, Grey-headed Sparrow, Dusky Twinspot, Green-bakced Twinspot, Think-billed and Streaky Seedeaters, Rwenzori Nightjar, Cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Toro-Olive Greenbul, Black Bee-eaters, white faced Go-away birds, African Finfoot.

Africa Birding Safaris Package

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      Africa Guided Safari Tours, Africa Trekking and Guided Birding Safari, Africa Wildlife Safari Tour, Wildlife Adventures
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    All about the 11 Days Uganda Birding Safari.

    Uganda is Africa’s premier bird watching destination, with over 1000 species of birds and a combination of Albertine Rift endemics, ‘old forest’ birds and papyrus species. This 11 Days Uganda Birding Safari is for the avid birder who wants to tick off at least 100 new species. From the not-so-hard-to-find shoebill to the Nkulengu rail, you will be astounded how many new birds species you’ll see. Combine this with chimpanzee and gorilla trekking.

    This 11 Days Uganda Birding Safari & Gorilla Tour will explore the country’s remarkable avian diversity of over 1000 species that make it a birding hot spot for avian enthusiasts. Uganda’s rich bird species can be attributed to its location between the East African savannah, West African rainforests and semi-desert of the north. Uganda Birding Safari will take you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a jungle destination you’ll be hiking to find also the elusive mountain gorilla. You’ll also be visiting Queen Elizabeth’s Maramagambo forest and exploring the savanna plains to catch sight of the big African game. Make sure you have your bird list because this trip will make sure you tick them off one-by-one while having a great adventure in Africa.

    Our Birding safari organizers specializes in organizing bird watching safaris in Uganda & Rwanda for all types of travelers; groups tours, solo and family birders. Our birding safaris focus on unique and authentic experiences you may hardly get anywhere else. Our bespoke birding watching tours in Uganda are perfect for seniors, private groups and families, guided by a team of trained bird guides. Join us on our birding safaris that have been carefully crafted or request for a tailor-made trip of your own. Our travel consultants are available to guide you through customizing your dream birding trip at no cost.

    What to bring

    • Long trouser and long sleeved tops
    • Insect repellent
    • Garden gloves (for gorilla trekking)
    • Sun hut
    • Rain jacket
    • Waterproof hiking shoes
    • Day pack to carry lunch and water
    • Binoculars
    • Camera

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    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Tour includes

    • Ground transport
    • Gorilla permit
    • Park entrances
    • Birding fees
    • Boat trips
    • Bottled water in the safari vehicle
    • Full board accommodation for two nights
    • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
    • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Tour excludes

    • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
    • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
    • Insurance

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    1. Day 1: Arrival Entebbe

      Take a flight from any Europe destination to Entebbe Airport in Uganda, arriving there this evening. You’ll be welcomed by Joseph on arrival at Entebbe and transfer directly to your hotel, for a two-night stay in Entebbe.

      • The Boma Entebbe
      • Meals: Dinner and breakfast
      • Transport: Included
    2. Day 2: Entebbe

      Our birding begins this morning in the vicinity of Entebbe, where we can expect to encounter a great diversity of wetland and forest-edge birds. The diversity is astounding and we can expect to see well over eighty species today. Enormous Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills fly between the larger trees and those two unmistakable raptors, Palm-nut Vulture and Long-crested Eagle, can usually be found around town. Eastern Grey Plantain-eaters cackle from the trees and we might even find Grey Parrot. Pink-backed Pelican, Slender-billed Weaver and Pied Kingfisher are just a few of the waterside birds we should come across and the lovely African Hobby regularly hunts in the area of our hotel. Night Entebbe.

    3. Day 3: Boat Trip for Shoebills at Mabamba Swamp, To Kibale

      This morning we’ll head to nearby Mabamba Swamp. Here we will charter dug-out canoes and head deep into the papyrus swamps in search of the one bird which epitomises Uganda – the enigmatic Shoebill. Swamp Flycatchers and Malachite Kingfishers fly up as we head along the narrow channels and Black Crakes scurry about the edges of the reeds. If we are lucky, we will encounter a lone Shoebill, standing grey and silent, unmoving with its steely glare, on the edge of one of the waterways. Blue-breasted Bee-eaters hawk overhead and we should also be treated to a fine array of herons.

      After lunch, we leave Entebbe and head towards Kibale National Park, making stops along the way to look for species such as Grey Kestrel and the enormous Great Blue Turaco. Late afternoon arrival in the Fort Portal area, in time to see the Ruwenzori Mountains looming on the horizon and to look for our first of the forest specialities at the start of a two-night stay. Night near Kibale National Park.

    4. Day 4: Kibale National Park

      Kibale National Park has the highest diversity of primates of any forest in the world and we hope to encounter at least a few of these monkeys today. Species we should see include Guereza Colobus, Red-tailed Monkey, Blue Monkey and Grey-cheeked Mangabey, along with Ugandan Red Colobus, if we are lucky. Of particular excitement, however, Kibale is one of the best spots in Uganda to see Chimpanzees and we will be joining a special Chimp-tracking walk here to maximise our chances of seeing them.

      Kibale’s trails are well maintained and flutter with butterflies of a myriad striking colours. The birding is very rich and specialities in the park include Yellow-billed Barbet and Cassin’s Flycatcher. Flocks of noisy Grey Parrots greet the dawn as we watch for the likes of African Emerald Cuckoo, Black-billed and Great Blue Turacos, Narina Trogon, Hairy-breasted Barbet and Lühder’s Bush-shrike – we might even spot the scarce Afep Pigeon sitting out here in the early morning. The forest edge holds species such as White-throated Bee-eater, Red-headed Bluebill, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat, Little Greenbul and Western Citril. Night near Kibale National Park.

      Though we have been successful seeing Chimps on all our previous tours, please note that success can never be guaranteed with these highly mobile, wary and intelligent creatures as they are not so habituated as the Gorillas we shall be looking for later on this tour.

    5. Day 5: Kibale, To Queen Elizabeth National Park

      We’ll spend the morning watching for birds and primates around Kibale. In the late morning, we make the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – renowned as having the second highest bird list of any park on the African continent. As we enter we’ll immediately start to see large mammals such as African Buffalo, Common Warthog, Ugandan Kob, Banded Mongoose and perhaps even African Elephant.

      For our two-night stay in the park, we’ll be based at the Mweya Lodge, strategically situated on a high peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and the Kazinga Channel. There’s no better way to get familiar with some of these birds than to have them in close proximity to the lodge; last year we recorded about 60 species in a short post-breakfast walk around the lodge – mind you, that did count the Slender-billed Weavers that were almost as intent on our breakfast as we were! Night at Mweya Lodge, QENP.

    6. Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

      The open country habitat in Queen Elizabeth National Park provides a good foil to our forest birding yesterday, with opportunities to look for species such as African White-backed Vulture, Martial Eagle, Black-bellied Bustard, Red-necked Francolin, Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike, Black-headed Gonolek, Stout and Trilling Cisticolas, Rüppell’s Glossy Starling and Red-chested Sunbird. At night, Hippos feed on the lawns of the lodge.

      For most visitors to the Park, however, the highlight of their visit will be a boat trip on the Kasinga Channel, which bisects the park as it flows between Lakes Edward and George. Birds are abundant and from our launch we should enjoy a fine array of wetland species – from Goliath Heron, Yellow-billed Stork and Sacred Ibis to Water Thick-knee, Plain Martin and the peculiar African Skimmer – while the fringing vegetation is also home to the gaudy Papyrus Gonolek. Snorting Hippos are numerous and other mammals to watch for beside the Channel include African Elephant, African Buffalo and Marsh Mongoose. Most unusual of all – if we’re really lucky – is the Giant Forest Hog; in fact, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is the best place in Africa to see it. Night at Mweya Lodge, QENP.

    7. Days 7 – 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: Gorillas & Forest Birds

      After wending our way slowly south through Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon we should arrive at our next destination, Buhoma – the main gorilla-tracking base for the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Our lodgings here are another treat in store, for our accommodation is an upmarket camp with spectacular views over the adjacent forests of the Bwindi National Park.

      Nestled in the Kigezi uplands, Bwindi is arguably Uganda’s prime birding area. Spanning an unbroken swathe of forest, from the lowlands at Buhoma to the lofty highlands at Ruhiza, and stretching away towards the Congo border, we are assured of a truly memorable few days. Here, pitta-like Short-tailed Warblers skulking in the mossy undergrowth will prove distracting while tracking Mountain Gorillas, Grey Parrots squawk overhead and groups of Chimpanzees shriek from deep within the forest.

      Black-faced Rufous Warblers call from the forest edge and Red-throated Alethes lurk in the hidden depths, while gorgeous Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, Black-and-white Flycatchers and Narrow-tailed Starlings frequent the verdant canopy. The bird list here is both long and alluring and others we may see include Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Elliot’s Woodpecker, Blue-throated Roller, Red-tailed Greenbul, Equatorial Akalat and Chestnut Wattle-eye.

      During our stay in the Park, those who have booked to take the Gorilla trekking option will be able to join a small party led by one of the Park’s specialist tracker-guides in a quest to find these wonderful creatures. Treks can involve spending between three and ten hours in the field (depending on where the animals happen to be feeding in relation to the camp); the going can be strenuous at times, and the terrain is steep and rough – but if successful, the rewards are immense, for a close encounter with this ‘gentle giant’ ape is an experience never to be forgotten!

      Please note that the number of Gorilla permits is strictly limited and these are issued on a first come, first served basis, which means permits must be requested and paid for in advance to be sure of securing one. We will of course hope to all do our Gorilla-trekking on the same day, but we might possibly have to split up on different days depending upon numbers and the availability of permits, which are controlled by the park authorities. Three nights at Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

    8. Day 10: Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park

      Bidding a reluctant farewell to the Impenetrable Forest, we head back east and stay one night amid the savanna on the edge of Lake Mburo National Park. We could well encounter a range of new species here, including the characterful Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Crested Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, Rufous-chested Swallow, Red-headed Lovebird and perhaps the rare Red-faced Barbet, if we are lucky. Raptors are excellent and five species of vulture have been recorded. Night at Lake Mburo National Park.

    9. Day 11: Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe

      After enjoying some final birding in the savanna at Lake Mburo National Park, sadly we must make the journey back to Entebbe. Arriving at Entebbe, we’ll enjoy a farewell meal this evening prior to returning to the airport for our British Airways overnight flight home.

    Hotels, Tea Houses and Camps

    Boma Entebbe

    The Boma is Entebbe’s original and most exclusive hotel, set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, a few minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport. Our rooms combine today’s modern comforts one with the charm and character of the original 1940’s homestead. Our staff and management team ensure guests receive a personable service and enjoy hospitality standards which are in keeping with the tradition of this charming lake shore town.

    Primate Lodge Kibale

    Experience the world renowned Ugandan hospitality amidst unrivaled nature, scenery and serenity in the heart of Kibale rainforest National Park, Uganda’s primates’ paradise; Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is our location, right next to the starting point for Chimpanzee Tracking excursion as well as the incredible Chimpanzee Habituation experience, really, two of the most genuinely breathtaking wildlife experiences on the planet. Primate Lodge Kibale Offers a range of options to accommodate all our guests. Our most recent addition, the brand new 9 luxury cottages of a superior design are bound to blow your heart away. Far more spacious and airy, with luxurious bathrooms, really huge glass windows and full size glass paneled sliding doors- they let in a lot of natural light and affording 180 degree views of the beautiful rainforest surroundings from your bed.

    Mweya Lodge, QENP.

    Mweya Safari Lodge is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its luxury environment and proximity to great attractions, Mweya Safari Lodge makes it easy to enjoy the best of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Mweya Safari Hotel is a luxury hotel offering air conditioning in the rooms. The hotel features a 24 hour front desk, a concierge, and currency exchange. Plus, guests can enjoy a pool and an on-site restaurant, which have made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

    Buhoma Lodge Uganda

    One of only two lodges located within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Buhoma Lodge is a top quality and intimate property, commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – home to the Mountain Gorilla. The cosy central lounge area with its open fire is the perfect place for guests to unwind after a hard day gorilla tracking.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Boma EntebbeBoma Entebbe
    Boma Entebbe
    Boma Entebbe
    Primate Lodge KibalePrimate Lodge Kibale
    Mweya Lodge, QENP
    Mweya Lodge, QENP
    Primate Lodge Kibale
    Primate Lodge Kibale

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