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[12 Day Safari]
Bird Watching trip package

No other country in Africa can match Uganda’s amazing diversity of habitats and this richness is reflected in the ever-
burgeoning bird list of over 1,066 species. Uganda is a birder's paradise. Over half of all bird species in Africa can be found in Uganda making
it the richest African birding destination.

This richness is reflected in the number of birds per square kilometer the highest than any other country in Africa! Given the small size of the
country, which is approximately 235,000 square kilometers, Uganda boasts a national bird list of over 1008 species. This represents more than
half the bird species that can be found in the whole of Africa.
 
Day 1. Arrival and birding
Entebbe
Our tour starts with our arrival in
Entebbe. Time permitting we can do
some birding around the garden city
of Entebbe, away from the hustle and
bustle of Kampala. Entebbe is on the
shores of Africa’s greatest lake, Lake
Victoria, and we may have the
chance to bird the grounds of our
hotel, the beautiful botanical
gardens, and other sites. The town
has many specials including African
Hobby, striking Black-headed
Gonolek, Broad-billed Roller, a
plethora of weavers, and a host of
others.
Overnight: Boma Guest House,
Entebbe, or similar.
 
Day 7.  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:
birding The Neck and Buhoma
We bird and route to the Buhoma section of Bwindi
Impenetrable National Park. We travel via “The Neck”, a
well-known birding area. On our way we are looking out for
species such as Augur Buzzard, Ross’s Turaco, Cinnamon-
chested Bee-eater, Black Bee-Eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird,
Grey-throated Barbet, Red-throated Wryneck, African Grey
Woodpecker, Mountain Wagtail, Red-tailed Greenbul, Red-
faced Woodland Warbler, Chubb’s Cisticola, Banded Prinia,
Mountain Masked Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Cassin’s
Flycatcher, Black-and-White Shrike-flycatcher, Brown-throated
Wattle-eye, African Blue Flycatcher, Bronzy Sunbird, Olive
Sunbird, Grey-chinned Sunbird, Mackinnon’s Shrike, Brown-
crowned Tchagra, Baglafecht Weaver, White-breasted
Nigrita, Yellow-crowned Canary, and Yellow Bishop, among
others.
Overnight: Engagi Lodge, Buhoma, or similar.
Day 2. Mabamba Swamp, Lake Mburo National Park
We embark on a morning boat trip on Mabamba Swamp, likely the world’s
most famous site for Shoebill. We should also see a great variety of other birds
on the lake, including Lesser Jacana, lapwings, several water-associated
weavers, and Red-chested Sunbird (also usually near water). We might find
specials such as Orange Weaver, the massive and weird Great Blue Turaco,
the beautiful Ross’s Turaco, Eastern Plantain-eater, Double-toothed Barbet,
and many others. In the afternoon we leave for Lake Mburo National Park.
Birding and wildlife viewing here is a delightful experience and one of the
highlights of a birding trip to Uganda. We look for birds such as the highly
localized (a small part of Uganda and nearby Tanzania) Red-faced Barbet,
Spot-flanked Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, African Finfoot, Bare-faced Go-
away-bird, Blue-naped Mousebird, Brown-backed Scrub Robin, Tropical
Boubou, Fork-tailed Drongo, and Golden-breasted Bunting. We could also
encounter numerous mammals such as Eland, Zebra, Impala, Bohor
Reedbuck, Bushbuck, Topi, Defassa Waterbuck, Common Duiker, Buffalo,
Hippo, and many others.
Overnight: Rwakobo Rock, Lake Mburo National Park, or similar.

Day 8. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:
birding Buhoma
After an early breakfast, we enter the Bwindi Impenetrable
National Park, looking for species such as Black Bee-Eater,
barbets and tinkerbirds (“mini-barbets), woodpeckers,
African Broadbill, a host of greenbuls, White-bellied Robin-
Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Red-faced
Woodland Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Bocage’s
Bushshrike, Lühder’s Bushshrike, Pink-footed Puffback, Petit’s
Cuckooshrike, starlings, sunbirds, and Black-billed and Brown-
capped Weavers, among others. Overnight: Engagi Lodge,
Buhoma, or similar.
Day 3. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
We head to the beautiful Mgahinga Gorilla National Park bordering on
Rwanda. Here, we begin our birding of the fabled Albertine Rift, which is full
of endemic birds. At Mgahinga we look specifically for birds often missed on
standard Uganda birding tours. The aim of this specific tour is to maximize the
number of Albertine Rift endemics seen, and Mgahinga offers the only
opportunity for Ruwenzori Turaco, a must-see turaco since it is in its own
genus, and extremely localized. We also search for the critically endangered
Shelley’s Crimsonwing here - but sightings of this species are sadly becoming
rarer. Overnight: Traveler’s Rest Hotel, Kisoro, or similar.
Day 9. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:
Gorilla trekking or birding Buhoma
After breakfast we start our Gorilla trekking (optional) or
continue birding (for those who opt not to do the gorilla
trek) in the fabled Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We
recommend you wear sturdy walking boots and carry a
good rain suit and enough drinking water in a backpack.
Trekking can be tough and challenging, and therefore a
reasonable level of fitness is required. You will carry a picnic
lunch with you, and you will be thrilled to see these rare apes
(no guarantee, although rarely missed). We can spend an
hour right next to these gentle giants (again, no guarantee,
but probable).
Overnight: Engagi Lodge, Buhoma, or similar.
Day 4. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
A full day at Mgahinga, where the backdrop of the Virunga Volcanoes
enhances the birding experience. Overnight: Traveler’s Rest Hotel, Kisoro, or
similar.
Day 10. Transfer to Kibale National Park

After breakfast we drive to Kibale National Park and the
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse. We drive through Queen
Elizabeth National Park, cross the Equator, and along the
foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains through Kasese, birding
en-route and planning to arrive in time for a hot cup of tea
and hopefully some new trip birds!
Overnight: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Kibale, or similar.
Day 5. Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park,
birding Ruhija  We drive to the high altitude Ruhija section of the
fabulous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arguably Africa’s greatest forest
for birds (and gorillas), looking for Albertine Rift endemics en route. This is a
sprawling forest covering beautiful hills.
Overnight: Trekkers Tavern, Ruhija, or similar.
Day 11. Kibale National Park

Today we bird Kibale National Park and do chimpanzee
trekking! After breakfast, we bird the vicinity of Kanyanchu,
looking for the spectacular Green-breasted Pitta and other
species such as Yellow-billed Barbet, African Emerald
Cuckoo, Black-billed Turaco, Narina Trogon, Blue-shouldered
Robin-Chat, Sabine’s Spinetail, Chestnut Wattle-eye, and
Narrow-tailed Starling, among others. Then we look for
Chimpanzees nearby. We may actually also encounter a
number of other primates here in addition to chimpanzees;
Uganda Red Colobus, Guereza Black-and-white colobus,
Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey,
and L’Hoest’s Monkey all occur in this park. What a day!
Overnight: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Kibale, or similar. 
Day 6. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: birding
Mubwindi Swamp
After breakfast we spend the whole day doing a strenuous uphill walk to
Mubwindi Swamp, where we look for African Green Broadbill and other
species such as Mountain and Yellow-streaked Greenbuls, African Hill Babbler,
Mountain Illadopsis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Yellow Warbler,
Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Chubb’s Cisticola, Mountain Masked Apalis,
Chestnut-throated Apalis, Ruwenzori Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori
Batis, Bar-tailed Trogon, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds, among others, and
Grauer’s Swamp Warbler, an amazingly localized in its limited habitat.
Overnight: Trekkers Tavern, Ruhija, or similar.
Day 12. Transfer to Entebbe and departure

We’ll drive back to Entebbe, planning to get there in the
afternoon, for an evening flight home.