Uganda Bird Watching Tour – 7 Days

Uganda Bird watching tour Birding budongo Forest, Murchison Falls National Park and Chimpanzee Trekking at Kibale Forest

This Uganda Bird watching tour starts and ends in Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria. Upon arrival you will be picked from the Airport by your driver and guide and taken to your hotel for an overnight stay depending on your arrival time.

Some of the roads on the Uganda Bird watching Tour that connect to sites we visit are long with a few smooth tarmac/sealed roads. (some still under construction ) The roads are sometimes bumpy and dusty/muddy taking you through a patchwork of Uganda’s scenic areas passing through many villages and streets plus isolated pockets of woodland, tropical rainforests, papyrus swamps, farmlands and captivating hilly landscapes. These are particularly in the south western part of the country. It is important to note that all the routes and trails in Ugandan National Parks are not tarmacked/sealed.

Although we shall do our best to adhere to the schedule below, this Uganda Bird watching tour itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control; including flight schedule changes or delays, participants logistical issues, weather, road or trail condition.

Uganda Bird Watching Tour - 7 days
Uganda Bird Watching Tour – 7 days

Destinations visited on Uganda Bird watching tour

This particular Uganda Birding and Wildlife Tour takes you to some of the country’s finest and most diverse birding sites;

Queen Elizabeth National Park – Has a higher biodiversity rating than any other Natural Reserve in Africa and is famous for its tree climbing Lions.

Kibale National Park – has the highest concentration of primates in Africa, including Chimpanzees, and offers the best birding and is the only reliable site for the Green-breasted Pitta.

Budongo Forest – Providing prime forest birding.

Murchison Falls National Park– the largest National Park in Uganda hosting the Murchison Falls along the Victoria River Nile. The falls at Murchison represent one of the most powerful water surges on the planet.

Uganda Bird watching safaris

Uganda Bird watching tour brief itinerary:

  • Day One, Uganda bird watching tour starts with a drive to Murchison Falls National Park.
  • Day two, Birding in Murchison Falls, boat cruise to bottom of falls
  • Day Three, Birding in Budongo Forest
  • Day Four, Travel to Kibale Forest, birding in Kibale Forestine, Birding to Kibale National Park
  • Day Five, Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi wetlands birding in the afternoon
  • Day Six, Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
  • Day Seven, Morning game drive and birding in Queen Elizabeth, depart for Entebbe to connect with flight out.

Please note:

  • Travel Planning: You are responsible for arranging your international flights to and from Entebbe, Uganda. Plan to arrive in Entebbe by evening before scheduled safari start date.
  • For your flight out of Uganda, plan to depart from Entebbe after 6 pm.
  • Uganda requires a Tourist Visa prior to traveling, available online at a cost of $50.00.
  • Travelers to Uganda must provide proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination when applying for a visa. There is a Yellow Fever Exemption, age-based, available from your medical provider, this must be shown upon entry to the country. Yellow Fever vaccinations are valid for life.

PRICE PER PERSON SHARING IN USD (AS PER LISTED ACCOMMODATION):
1 PERSON = 3946
2 PEOPLE = 2571
3 PEOPLE = 2184
4 PEOPLE = 1991
5 PEOPLE = 1875
Single room supplement = US$209 (Does not apply to one person price)

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Highlights

  • Birding watching through some of Uganda birding hot spots.
  • Visiting Murchison Falls; the Worlds most powerful falls.
  • Boat cruises on the River nile and Kazinga channel to view plenty of hippos and birdlife
  • Game viewing
  • Bird watching in Budongo Forest- the royal mile
  • Chimpanzee trekking at Kibale forest national park
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Day 1:

After Breakfast, you will be picked up from your place of accommodation by your driver/guide and head to Murchison falls park, passing through traditional homesteads of Luwero triangle. You will have Lunch en-route, at Masindi and proceed on to enter the park through Kichombanyobo gate. Here you do a mini game drive towards the top of Murchison falls. This is the most impressive falls in the region. Some of the species we expect to see here include; the Red-winged Pitilia, white-crested Turaco, Pel’s fishing owl, Rock Pratincole, Bat Hawk and a variety of wildlife.
Overnight Fort Murchison (Lunch and dinner included)

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Day 2:

After breakfast, with your packed lunch, you will start the game drive and Birding in the northern sector of the park. And some of the specialties we expect to encounter here include the Foxy Cisticola, Red-necked Falcon, Black-billed Barbet, Swallow-tailed, Northern Camine and Red-throated Bee-eater, Pels Fishing Owl, Woodchat Shrike, Bueatiful Sunbird, Red-winged Grey Warbler, African Quail-finch, Black-bellied and Denhams Bustard, Harlequin Quail, Common Button-quail, Abyssinian Ground-hornbill, White-tailed Lark and the rare Shoebill stork among others.

We also expect to see a variety of mammals including the Buffaloes, Jacksons Hart-beast, Giraffes, Oribis, Elephants and many more. You go back to the lodge, have lunch, relax around and latter in the afternoon you will go for a Launch cruise to the bottom of the falls. You are likely to see many aquatic bird species on the shores of River Nile, schools of Hippos, crocodiles and the spectacular Murchison falls at close range. We come back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Overnight Fort Murchison (Full board)

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Day 3:

After Breakfast, with our packed lunch, we transfer to Budongo Forest, for a full day in the forest birding at Kaniyo Pabidi. Here we expect to see birds like: Yellow and Grey Longbills, Forest Francolin, Rofous Crowned Eremomela, Ituri Batis, Yellow Spotted Barbet, and Red tailed Ant-thrush, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Pied Hornbill, Brown-backed Scrub-robin. Black Bishop, Brown Twinspot, Black-Bellied Fire Finch, Chocolate-Backed, African Dwarf and African Pygmy Kingfisher, White-thighed Hornbill, Yello-spotted, Fairy-breasted and Yellow-billed Barbet, Spotted Greenbul, Cameroon Sombre Green Bull, Slender-billed Green Bull, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Jamesons Wattle-eye, Lemon-Bellied Crombec, Fire Crested Alethe, Crowned Eagle, and Puvels Illadopsis among others.
Dinner and Overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge.(Full board)

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Day 4:

After Breakfast, you will transfer to Kibale national park with lunch en-route and stopovers at some birding spots along the road. We arrive Kibale in the afternoon and check in to our accommodation.
Overnight Kibale Forest Camp (Full board)

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Day 5:

After Breakfast, we will combine birding and Chimpanzee Tracking in the forest. The 2 activities will take us about 4 hours, after which we will have lunch and later in the afternoon, we go for a swamp walk in the Bigodi sanctuary. Some of the species we expect today include; White-spotted Fluff-tail, White-napped and Afep Pigeon, Green-breasted and African Pitta, Abyssinian Ground-thrus, Grey-throated Flycatcher, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Scaly and Nahan’s Francolin, Green-backed Twinspot, Black and White Mabnikin, Narina Trogon, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater, Blue-breasted and Shining-blue Kingfisher among others.

Return to the lodge for Lunch and later in the afternoon you will go for More Birding at Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary: Some of the specialties we expect to see here include the Great-blue Turaco, White-spotted Flufftail, Blue Headed Coucal, Purple-headed Starling, Cabanis and Joyful Greenbul, Wilcocks and Lesser Honeyguide among others. You go back to the lodge for dinner and Overnight.
Overnight Kibale Forest Camp (Full board)

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Day 6:

Breakfast at leisure and then transfer to queen Elizabeth park, driving along the foothills Mountain Rwenzori and you will enter with a mini game check in to your Lodge, have lunch and in the Afternoon you will go for a Launch Cruise along Kazinga Channel. Here you are likely to see many aquatic birds species, schools of hippos, crocodiles, elephants and Buffaloes among others.
Dinner and overnight at Bush lodge.(Full board)

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Day 7:

After breakfast, we check out of the and go for the final game drive towards the Kasenyi plains in search for wildlife/birdlife that includes Green-winged Pytilia, Collared Pratincole, Terminicks Couser, Pallid and Montagus Harrier among others.

We will then drive back to Kampala with en-route lunch at Agip Motel or Igongo Cultural Center, Mbarara arriving Entebbe in the evening to connect with your flight back home.

Included

Services of a professional English speaking driver guide
Transportation in a 4 wheel drive safari vehicle with fuel
Private guide
Accommodation as per itinerary
All meals mentioned in the itinerary
Entrance fees
Park fees

Excluded

International flights
Visa costs
Medical insurance
Travel insurance
Selected Drinks
Gratuities
Laundry
Personal expenses
Other activities not mentioned

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