18 Days Uganda Birding Tour

Day 1: Entebbe Mabamba Swamp -Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast, we head out birding Lake Mburo National Park passing via Mabamba Swamp in search of the fossil-living Shoebill, Red-chested Sunbird, Swamp Flycatcher, Yellow-backed Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, Northern Brown-throated Weaver. Lunch stop on the way. Birding here may bring out such birds like Cattle Egret, Hamerkop, Hadada Ibis, Black Kite, Lizard Buzarrd, Bateleur, Long-crested Eagle, Grey Kestrel, Grey Crowned Crane, African Wattled Plover, Speckled Pigeon, Emeraled Spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Turacos, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Cuchoos, White-browed Coucal, Blue-naped Mousebird, Kingfishers, Rollers, Hornbills, Barbets, Woodpeckers, Larks, Swallows, Cisticolas, Flycatchers, Babblers, Sunbirds, Shrikes, Black-headed Gonolek, Starlings, Weavers, Finches, Waxbills among others.

Overnight at Lake Mburo Safari Lodge

Day 2:  Lake Mburo National Park
Whole day birding in the park and may see Lappet-faced & African White-backed Vultures, Saddle-billed & Wooly-necked Storks, Crested Francolin, Ross’ Turaco, Broad-billed Roller, Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike, Long-toed Plover, Double-toothed Barbet, Red-headed Lovebird, White-backed Heron, African Finfoot and with luck a Black-faced Barbet a star of the park.

Overnight at Lake Mburo Safari Lodge

Day 3
:  Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Ruhija.
After breakfast leave with our packed picnic lunch and bird as we transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s southern part Ruhija. On our way up keep an eye for the Rwenzori Double Collared Sunbird, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher among others.

Overnight at Trekker's Tavern

Day 4 & 5:  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Ruhija
Birding today will be spend in search of the endemics, localized among other common birds. Some of the specialties includes Black-billed Turaco,  Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Montane Masked Apalis, Regal Sunbird, Rwenzori Hill Babbler, Stripe-breasted Tit, Strange Weaver, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Rwenzori Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Graur’s Rush Warbler, among other commons such as Tambourine Dove, Great blue Turaco, Black-billed Turaco, Yellowbill, Speckled Mousebird, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Black Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Red-throated Wryneck, Woodpeckers, Black Saw-wing, Mountain Wagtail, Greenbuls, Red-faced Cisticola, Chubb's Cisticola, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Cassin’s-grey Flycatcher, African Blue-flycatcher, White-tailed Blue-flycacher, Bronze Sunbird, Mackinnon's Fiscal, Starlings, Weavers, Yellow Bishop, Streaky Seedeater, Black-crowned Waxbill among others.

Overnight at Trekker's Tavern

Day 6:  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Buhoma
After morning birding transfer to northern part Buhoma where we hope for more endemics such as Woodhouse’s Antpecker, Narrow-tailed Starling, Red-throated Alethe, Short-tailed Warbler, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Black Bee-eater, Grey-throated Tit-Flycatcher, plus Green Hylia, Bar-tailed Trogon, Thick-billed seedeater,  Banded Prinia, Olive Pigeon, Yellow Steaked Greenbul, Olive Woodpecker, Grey-headed Sunbird, Black-billed Weaver. We will track the Mountain Gorillas if not Rihija

Overnight at Egangi Lodge

Day 7:  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast with your packed lunch, leave Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park through Ishasha sector arriving in the late afternoon. On our way will look for Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher. Look out for birds like African White-backed Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg's Eagle, Long-creasted Eagle, Helmeted Guineafowl, African Crake, Ring-necked Dove, White-browed Coucal, Little Swift, White-rumped Swift, African Palm Swift, Little Bee-eater, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Spot-flanked Barbets, White-headed Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Flappet Lark, Sooty Chats, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, Winding Cisticola, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Swamp flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Common Fiscal, Grey-backed Fiscal, Black-headed Gonolek, Black-crowned Tchagra, Fork tailed Drongo, Starling, Weavers, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Red-billed Firefinch, Bronze Mannikin, Golden breasted Bunting among others and mammals like Elephant, Waterbuck, Topi, Uganda Kob, Buffaloes, Warthog among others.                                

Overnight at Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp

Day 8:  Queen Elizabeth National Park
An early morning breakfast and setting off for a game/bird drive in the park. In the afternoon go for the launch (boat) trip on the Kazinga Channel, to see a variety of wildlife, hundreds of hippos, crocodile and bird life from a boat for two hours. Look out for birds like Pelicans, Green-backed Heron, Storks, African Spoonbill, Martial Eagle, Common button Quail, Kittlitz’s Plover, Senegal Plover, Wattled Plover, Larks, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Babblers, Sunbirds, Weavers, Widowbirds among others.

Look out for mammals like Uganda Kob, Bushbuck, Defassa Water buck, Buffaloes,  Elephants, Warthog, when lucky a leopard, spotted Hyena and Lion among others.
Overnight at Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp

Day 9:  Queen Elizabeth National Park - Kibale National Park
After breakfast and set off for a game drive/birding heading towards Kibale. Look out for birds like African White- backed Vulture, Lizard Buzzard, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, White-browed Robin Chat, Lesser Striped Swallow, Rufous-napped Lark, Flappet Lark, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Zitting Cisticola, African Blue Flycatcher, Babblers, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Sooty Chat, Black-headed Gonolek, Grey-backed Shrike, Common Fiscal, Starlings, Pied Crow, Piapiac, Fork-tailed Drongo, Weavers, Widowbirds among others.

Overnight at Primate Lodge

Day 10 &11:  Kibale National Park
This is the main park we’ll be looking for Green-breasted Pitta among others like White-tailed Ant Thrush, Speckled Tinkerbird, Buff-throated Apalis, Little Greenbul, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Black Bee-eater, Sabine’s Spinetail, Grey Parrot, White-breasted Nigrofinch, Yellow-spotted Barbet. While here we will visit the Bigodi Swamp.

Overnight at Primate Lodge

Day 12:
Kibale National Park- Semuliki Forest
After an early breakfast, depart for Semuliki National Park getting there in time to bird the trails around the hot springs. After this whole day birding, drive to Bundibugyo township where you will spend your nights. Look out for birds like Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, Swamp palm Bulbul, Olivaceous Warbler, Green-backed Eremomela, Blue-billed Malimbe, Black Bishop among others
Overnight at Rainbow Hotel.

Day 13: Whole day birding Kirumia Trail
After breakfast, proceed for a whole day birding the Kirumia trail. Look out for species like Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater, White thighed Hornbill, Black-casqued wattled Hornbill, Piping Hornbill, White crested Hornbill, Red-billed dwarf Hornbill, Black dwarf Hornbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Cabani's Greenbul, Icterine Greenbul, Xavier's Greenbul, Lowland Akalat, Jameson's Wattle-eye, Blue-headed Creasted-flycatcher, Sunbirds like Grey-headed Sunbird, Maxwell's Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-bellied Malimbe, Orange-cheeked Waxbill and you open your eyes wide, as you may be chanced with an African Piculet and others.

Overnight at Rainbow Hotel.

Day 14: Transfer to Masindi
After an early breakfast, proceed for the whole day drive to Masindi. Look out for birds like Western banded Snake Eagle, Lizard Buzzard, Turacos, Kingfishers, Cuckoos, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Lesser Striped Swallows, Joyful Greenbul, Stonechat, Stonechat, Sunbirds, Common Fiscal, Starlings among others.

Overnight at Masindi Hotel.

Day 15:  Masindi - Royal Mile
After early morning breakfast, proceed to bird the Royal Mile Look out for species like the White-thighed Hornbill, Ituri Batis, Narina Trogon, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Purple-headed Starling, Dwarf Kingfisher, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, a selection of Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Yellowbill, Forest Flycatcher, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Fraser’s Ant Thrush, Red- tailed Ant Thrush, Western Black-headed Oriole, Purple headed Starling, Purple Starling among others.
Primates like Blue Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Black-and-White Colobus Monkey among others.

Overnight at Masindi Hotel.

Day 16:  Masindi - Murchison Falls National Park
After an early morning breakfast head for Murchison’s Fall National Park with and early morning enroute in search of Puvels Illadopsis, later heading further in to the park.

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 17:  Murchison Falls National Park
In the park where we hope to see birds such as Red-throated Bee-eater, Africa Palm Swift, Palmnut Vulture, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Wattled Plover, Violet-backed Starling, Black-headed Batis,  Northern Crombec, Black-billed Wooddove, Silverbird, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Black-crowned Tchagra, Fox and Crocking Cisticola, Copper’s Sunbird, Northern Red Bishop, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Senegal Thickknee, Yellow-billed Shrike, Rock Pratincole, African Darter

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 18:  Murchison Falls National Park -Kampala
transfer to Entebbe for dinner and to the airport for your outbound flight.

The cost is

Inclusive of:

  • Transport with exclusive use of a 4x4 safari Land Cruiser as from the 1st day to departure day as per itinerary inclusive of fuel.
  • Pick up and drop off on arrival and departure at the airport.
  • Accommodation lodges as per the itinerary with all the three meals a day
  • Services of a tour leader and or driver.
  • Parks, reserve and conservation areas entry fee
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Boat trips in Mabamba and Kizinga Channel
  • Drinking water available from the van cool box

Exclusive of:

  • 1 Gorilla permit (Subject to availability), which is USD 600 per person.
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit (Subject to availability), which is USD 150 per person.
  • Medical and travel insurance including luggages.
  • Beverages
  • Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, gifts among others
  • Visa, airport tax
  • tipping of driver and or tour leader



Entebbe’s Mabamba Swamp
Lake Mburo National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Kibale National Park
Semuliki Wildlife Forest

Budongo Forest
Murchison Falls National Park

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“Hi Chege, Maurice and I have talked about our day with you in the Nairobi National Park on many occasions. From a birding point of view it has been the high point of many years birding and I know that I have boasted about it to many people over the past six months. Your knowledge of the birds and of the park made it a truly memorable experience for which I want to thank and compliment you. To see more than 150 species in a day is spectacular, and when leopard and cheetah are added to the day's viewing, it becomes even more so”
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Birdwatching East Africa (BEA) is one Kenya’s best kept secrets. Chege wa Kariuki and his staff are the best there is to offer for game drive, birding, photography, and mobile tent camping safaris. They create unique adventures for birders and photographers providing unparalleled opportunities to see many of Kenya’s bird species, numerous mammals, including the big five. The staff are very knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and provide in depth information about Kenya’s wildlife, habitats and people. The camp staff is unsurpassed. Their chef provides wonderful meals made from produce from local farms, and the campsites have comfortable tents, showers and toilets, and are a very safe environment for clients. These are just a few of the reasons we use Birdwatching East Africa as our guide and outfitters for birding and photo safaris when in Kenya.
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