Bird Watching in Uganda for 18 days
This Uganda tour is among the most exciting natural history and bird watching tour of Uganda . It covers most of Uganda’s finest wildlife and diverse bird watching sites of Uganda including Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks, Semliki, Kibale as well as Africa’s best Shoe bill location, the Mabamba Wetland. We shall take you to the best destinations, sites and spots for birding, and some of the best accommodation facilities in Uganda. It has been noted that most of Uganda Lodges have best reputation in ecotourism. The lodges and the hotels that we use are simple and luxurious in nature, strategically located to optimize Uganda birding opportunities. With the help of a superb network of site guides that meet our standards, our experienced tour leaders will attend to the needs of each participant; whether one is a novice birder or someone with years of field experience; we shall work towards the satisfaction of all.
We have the most leading local bird guides with proven experience and are will ranked in the Uganda Safari Guides Association grades.
Full board accommodations in comfortable lodges or tented camps, packed lunches, drinking water are included in this Uganda holiday.
Chimpanzee tracking permits, boat hire, ferry, park entrance fees and services of all the guides and leaders.
Not included: Flight charges, Insurance, drinks tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
In our tours and safaris of Uganda and East Africa, we use 4WD Buses that have been highly appreciated as the best for group birding in Uganda, Toyota land cruisers with open roof hatches for small groups for most of our tours. For Land cruisers and small buses, We ensure that all seats have very clear window seats.
Roads and Walkways
Most of our journeys connecting to the protected areas will be long and sometimes bumpy taking us through typical Ugandan patchwork scenery of fertile farmlands, numerous papyrus swamps and isolated pockets of woodlands and dense forests. Stops at some birding spots can be made to stretch legs and look at birds. As we take leisurely walks in the forests, some of the forest trails can be steep, muddy and uneven, so a good level of fitness is preferable if one is to get the most of this tour.
There are variations in weather due to the typically equatorial climate of Uganda. We can expect short showers that do not last too long to hamper the bird watching tour of Uganda. Days are generally warm or hot and sunny; however, overcast conditions are frequent, particularly in the forest and mountain areas. Nights can be mild to warm, cooler at higher altitudes.
Bookings and payment options
To make gorilla safari bookings with us, contact our travel consultants
Phone: +256 773-567-494
for detailed tour packages and travel tips.
Departure TimeApproximately 8.30AM
IncludedAirport TransferAll government taxies/leviesBreakfastHotel pick up and drop offMealsWater while on safari
Not Included5 Star AccommodationAir fareGallery TicketGorilla permit: 1500LaundryPersonal GuidePersonal insurancePhone calls and bar bills
Day 1 of 18 Days Uganda Birding Safari
Day 2: Birding Mabamba Wetlands then travel to Lake Mburo National Park.
Warbler, Red-faced Crombec, White-winged Black Tit, Chinspot Batis, Mariqua, Olive-bellied, and Red-chested Sunbirds, Pied Crow, Greater Blue-eared, Splendid, Rüppell’s
Long-tailed Starlings, Black-headed, Northern Brown-throated, Village, Vieillot’s Black, and Slender-billed Weavers, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, Bronze Mannikin, and Yellow-fronted Canary. If we are lucky, we will even see the nomadic Weyn’s Weaver. Stay at Rwakobo Rock Lodge
Day: Lake Mburo National Park.
Some additional species that we’ll search for not mentioned above include, African Darter, Striated Heron, Spur-winged Goose, African Marsh Harrier, African Hawk-Eagle, Common
Quails, Water Thick-knee, Red Faced Barbet, Rufous–naped and Flappet Larks, Rufous–chested Swallow, Yellow–throated Long Claw, Black Cuckoo-Shrike, Singing, Long-tailed (or Tabora) and
Siffling Cisticolas, White-winged Warblers, Lead-colored Flycatcher, African Penduline-Tit, Black-headed Oriole, Tropical Boubou, Southern Red Bishop, Brubru, and Red-headed, Little, and Holub’s Golden-Weavers. We’ll check the swamps in the park for secretive papyrus specialties, such as the Papyrus Gonolek.
Mammals will be a large part of our visit to this park, and the many species we might see include the shy bushbuck, graceful Impalas, and Common Zebras, all found out in the open, park-like woodland. At night we’ll again look for African Scops-Owls and Black- shouldered Nightjar. Stay at Rwakobo Rock Lodge or Matana Tented Camp
Day 4: Birding to Ruhiija
Bwindi National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to approximately half of the world endangered population of Mountain Gorillas. This vast reserve offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species.
Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and therefore of big conservation importance. Stay at Gorilla Mist Camp
Day 5: Gorilla Tracking.
It is indeed a “once in a lifetime” experience that you must never miss. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards; you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. We will also look for other primates like the L’ Hoest Monkey, Guerezza Colobus; Red tailed, and Blue monkeys. Mammals include the Rwenzori Duiker, Yellow back duiker, Caruther’s, Bohm’s and Alexander Squirrels, and many other species. Stay at Gorilla Mist Camp
Day 6: Birding Mubwindi Swamp
Day 7: Birding to Buhoma through “The Neck”
These include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing. A few other species we may encounter as well include Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Fine-banded and Cardinal Woodpeckers, Willcocks’s Honeyguide, Kakamega Greenbul, Red-tailed Greenbul, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Mountain Wagtail, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Equatorial Akalat, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Dusky Tit, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Red-headed Malimbe, Dusky Twinspot, Cape Wagtail, Brown-backed Scrub Robin, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, and Western Citril. Stay at Ride for a woman
Day 8: Birding the Main Trail
High exposed perches in the open forest are favored by African Goshawk; the dazzling Black Bee-eater, Blue-throated Roller, Sooty Flycatcher and forest starlings including Waller’s, Stuhlmann’s and Narrow-tailed. One of Bwindi’s star avian attractions is the diminutive, pitta-like Neumann’s Warbler, a vocal yet very secretive bird! Other under-storey birds we hope to see include displaying African Broadbill; Banded Prinia and the handsome Black-faced Rufous-Warbler. The mid-storey and canopy supports Elliot’s and Tullberg’s Woodpeckers; Cabanis’, Kakamega and Ansorge’s Greenbuls; the strange Grauer’s Warbler and White-browed Crombec.
The rare Jameson’s Antpecker may also been seen probing under moss on dead branches or gleaning warbler-like in the canopy. Overhead, Scarce Swifts forage over the forest. Birding at Buhoma is a truly magical experience. Other wildlife that we may be fortunate enough to find here include the huge Yellow-backed Duiker, Guereza Colobus; L’Hoest’s, Blue and Red-tailed monkeys; Chimpanzee and several species of Squirrels including Fire-footed Rope, Carruthers’ Mountain, Ruwenzori Sun and Red-legged Sun Squirrel.Stay at Ride for a woman
Day 9: Birding to Queen Elizabeth national park.
The Park which is named after the Queen of England who visited it in 1954 is the second largest national park in Uganda. In terms of diversity this park ranks among the best birding destinations in Uganda with over 610 species recorded, and a one day record of 296 species. Hard-core birders will be treated to special birds of this park that include Harlequin Quail, Blue Quail, Small (Common) Buttonquail, African Crake, White winged Warbler, Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Papyrus Gonolek, Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Shoebill, Black Bee-eater, Caruthers’s Cisticola, Terek Sandpiper, Secretary Bird, and Temminck’s Courser.
Mammals include African Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Leopard, Lion, Ugandan Kobs, Side-striped Jackal, Baboons, Chimpanzees, Bush and Water Bucks, Warthogs, Giant Forest Hogs to mention but a few. Stay at Enganzi Lodge
Day 10: Game Drive in the Park & afternoon Launch Cruise on Kazinga Channel
Amongst the birds you are likely to encounter include African Skimmer, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh, Green, Wood and Common Sandpiper, Gray-headed Gull, Plain Martin Lesser Swamp-Warbler and Yellow-billed Oxpecker. Stay at Enganzi Lodge
Day 11: Birding to Kibale National Park.
It is also home to the rare L’hoest’s monkey and East Africa’s largest population of the threatened Red Colobus Monkey. Other primates that you may see include the Guerezza Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked Mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive Baboon, Bushbabies and Pottos. Kibale forest cover predominates in the northern and central parts of the park. Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip which stands at 1590m above sea level. The park also boasts 325 bird species, including 6 that are endemic to the Albertine rift region.
If you are lucky you may also see the African pitta, Green breasted pitta, Black bee eater, Yellow rumped Tinkerbird, Little Greenbul, Black eared Ground-thrush, Brown chested Alethe, Blue breasted kingfisher, Abyssinian ground thrush, and the crowned eagle. Stay at Chimpanze Guest House
Day 12: Chimpanze Tracking in the forest
Birding in the afternoon along the main road may be productive. Depending on the weather predictions, birding Bigodi wetland is also productive with riverine forest birds. Kibale National Park is a good site for a number of birds that are hard to find elsewhere including Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis’s Greenbul and Joyful Greenbul as well as White-spotted Fluff tail, Dusky and Olive Long tailed Cuckoo, Lesser Honey guide, Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, White-chinned Prinia, Grey Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera and White-collared Olive back. Stay at Chimpanzee Guest House
Day 13: Birding to Budongo forest
Day 14: Whole day bird watching in the Royal Mile
Uganda Special Bird species here include White-thighed and Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills, Yellow-spotted and Yellow billed Barbets, Western Black-headed Oriole, along with Red-tailed and Blue Monkeys. Overhead, Sabine’s and sometimes Cassin’s Spinetails soar over the clearings. As we walk quietly along the trail, Red-tailed Ant-Thrushes skulk in the shadows, as do Red-tailed Bristlebill, Scaly-breasted, Pale-breasted and Brown Illadopsis.
Greenbuls are always a challenge and include Cameroon Sombre, Slender-billed, Honey guide and Spotted Greenbul, whilst other regular species are Speckled Tinkerbird, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Green Crombec, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Buff-throated Apalis, and both White-breasted and Grey-headed Negro finches. Lower down we should see African Dwarf Kingfishers, White-spotted Flufftails and the elusive Nahan’s Francolin, believed to be one of the most handsome of all Ugandan birds.
Other possibilities here are Great Sparrowhawk, Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, Crested Guinea fowl, Tambourine Dove, Grey Parrot, African Emerald and Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoos, Yellow bill, White-throated Bee-eater, Yellow-throated Tinker bird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Dusky Tit, Western Nicator, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Forest Robin, Black-throated and Black-capped Apalis, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Sabine’s and Cassin’s Spinetails, Wilcock’s Honey guide, Yellow and Grey Long bills, Jameson’s Wattle-eye, Blue-throated Brown and Little Green Sunbirds, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush, Yellow-mantled Weaver, Red-headed Malimbe, the Uganda Woodland Warbler and the Ituri Batis. Stay at Masindi Hotel
Day 15: Birding to Murchison Falls National Park.
Day 16: Morning Game drive, afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls
Here, you might have the best chance of sighting the rare shoebills (if lucky). You will also be dazzled with a variety of water birds including species like the Secretary Bird, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Pied Kingfisher, Red-throated Bee-eater, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal Thick-knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Osprey, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver. Other specialties include Buff-bellied Warbler, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Spotted Morning-Thrush, Marabou Stork, Red-throated Bee-eater, Silverbird, Beautiful Sunbird, Black-headed Gonolek, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver, White-rumped Seedeater, Pel’s Fishing Owl, White Crested Turacco, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Carmine Bee-eater, Nightjars(Pennant-winged &Standard-winged), White-rumped Canary etc.
Mammals include; Hartebeest, Oribi, Uganda Kob, Elephants, Giraffe, Bushbuck, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Jackal and Mongoose among others. Stay at Pakuba Safari Lodge.
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