15 Days Birding & Wildlife Safari Uganda
Day 1: Airport transfer to check in at the hotel. Afternoon birding in The botanical gardens and the Heritage Park trail. Expect to spot Great Black headed Gull, Little ringed Plover, European turtle dove, Crowned Hornbill,Slender billed Gulls, Angola Swallow, Rock pratincoles, Diederik Cuckoo And the like. Overnight Windsor Lake Victoria hotel.
Day 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park with an afternoon en Route bird watching tour to the top of the falls. Birding through the Budongo Forest and along the Sambiya Riverine forest Valley introduces you to Silverbird, Steel Blue Whydah, Viteline masked weaver, Rock pratincoles, Palmnut Vulture, Black Kite. Sambiya River Lodge.
Day 3: Morning launch cruise aboard the “Shoebill boat”to the delta area for a half day bird watching cruise in the swamps. Bird species here include the rare Shoebilled, saddle Billed & Abdim’s Stork . Also look out for Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher and the African skimmer. Return for Lunch then take an evening drive though the park to arrive late evening for Dinner and overnight at Sarova Paraa Lodge.
Day 4: Morning transfer to Pabidi Forest. Birds here include the Black collared Lovebird, Brown Illadopsis, Jameson’s Wattle eye, Brown Twin spot and others. Later after lunch, take another boat cruise to the Delta. Water birds residing in the rich swamps here include Grey Headed Kingfisher,Great white egret, African Darter, Spoon bills, Black crane, and the Lilly trotter. Meals and overnight at Nile Safari Camp where you can bird along the river while at your Tent balcony over looking the Nile River.
Day 5: Depart Nile Camp driving to Kibale via the Rift Escarpment arriving late afternoon for an evening bird walk highlighting the Scaly Francolin, Black bellied seed cracker, Marsh Tchagra, Narina Trogons and many more along the edges of the Kibale Forest National Park. Meals and overnight at Ndali Lodge.
Day 6: Full day in Kibale and Bigodi swamp which will probably yield spotting of Abyssinian ground Thrush, Papyrus Gonolek, Snowy Robin chat,Grey – capped Robin chat, White spotted Flufftail..some times the Ruwenzori Apalis may be spotted, Black winged oriole, ground thrush, spot-breasted Ibis, White Throated Blue Swallow, Grant’s Blue Bill,Dwarf Kingfisher are some others that require luck.
Day 7: Depart for Queen Elizabeth arriving for afternoon Kazinga Channel Launch cruise. You will most likely spot, African Skimmer, White Pelican, White faced whistling duck, African Fish Eagle, Cormorants and other birds. On the second day, you will have a morning birding before returning to the bird hide where spotting of birds will be done in concealment. Meals and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
Day 8 & 9: Birding en route to Bwindi along the Maramagambo Forest Margins before arriving Bwindi Impenetrable Park for an evening bird walk along The Munyaga River. This walk is recommended for the spotting of Blue fly catcher, Ludher’s bush shrike, Long crested eagle, Black roughwing swallow,Great blue turaco and many other species. Meals and overnight at Bwindi Tented Camp.
Day 10: Bird watching in the forest including the visits to the Ruhija Sector of Bwindi and the swamps allows spotting of Shelley’s Crimson wing, Green tinker bird, Mountain Illadopsis, Handsome Francolin, yellow billed barbet, carruther’s Cisticola Dusky crimsonwing…. Meals and overnight at Bwindi and Ruhija Mobile Camp.
Day 11 & 12: Depart for Lake Mburo National Park where bird walks are Allowed in the park. Birding walks can also be done along the Lake shore to See Pelican, Marabou Stork, African Fish Eagle, barefaced go away birds, Broad billed roller, Black bellied bustards, Blue napped mousebird, Temminck’s courser, Greater Blue eared starling, Yellow throated long claw, spur Winged plover……..Meals and overnight at Mantana Mburo Tented Camp.
Day 13: Morning transfer to Kampala,afternoon Forest walk in Babira Forest towards Jinja,through the Tea and Sugar Plantation you will arrive in Jinja for Overnight at the Nile Resort Hotel.
Day 14: Full day around Jinja area,source of river Nile and Bujagali falls for Pranticoles.
Day 15: Drive to Kampala,Brief city Tour,transfer to airport for Flight home.
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