We are very glad to introduce to you this two weeks Uganda birding and optional primates’ trip that takes us through the exciting landscapes and peoples of Uganda. We mainly cover the Western, South, and North-western parts of the country. While on this Uganda Trip, we explore the Savannas, Waters, bushlands, and forests of this beautiful part of Africa.
DAY 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport meet our representative who will transfer you to your respective hotel of stay.
DAY 2: BIRDING TO MABAMBA AND TRANSFER TO LAKE MBURO
Leave Entebbe early in the morning for Mabamba swamp birding enroute, we have a chance to see a variety of Weavers on the way, Black headed Oriole, Black Bishop, Sooty Chat, Lizard Buzzard, Double Toothed Barbet, Shikra and many others when we get to Mabamba swamp, we shall take a hand paddled or engine canoe in search for the majestic Shoebill; here we have a chance to see a variety of water birds like the African Swamphen, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, Purple, Rufous Bellied, Goliath and Squacco Herons, Malachite King fisher, and many more. After the swamp we transfer to Lake Mburo lunch and birding enroute, arrive for an evening game drive as we enter the park where we have a chance to see a variety of open woodland birds like the Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Blue Naped Mousebird, Sulpher-breasted Bush-shrike, Brubru, Green Wood Hoopoe and many more. Dinner and overnight stay at our lodge. FB
DAY 3: WHOLE DAY BIRDING LAKE MBURO
After an early morning breakfast, we enter the park where we bird both in our car and the boat looking out for Crested Francolin, Brown Parrot, Red-necked Spurfawl, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Temmincks Courser, Common Quails, Green Wood hoopoe, Blue-napped Mousebird, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, African Grey Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, Lilac-breasted Roller, Coqui Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, African Wattled Plover, Rufous-napped and Flappet Larks, Rufous-chested Swallow, Southern Red Bishop, and Yellow-throated Long Claw among others. The fringing swamps in the park also hide secretive papyrus specialties such as the Papyrus Gonolek. Other common conspicuous birds we may encounter on our game drive include Common Scimitarbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-winged Black Tit, Chin-spot Batis, Great Blue-eared Starling, and Marico Sunbird. The woodland in the immediate vicinity of Rwonyo also supports many of these widespread species. A small number of the migratory Brown-chested Plover is regularly observed. Many barbets like the Red-faced, Crested, Black-collared, White-headed, Double-toothed and Spot-flanked Barbets are also seen on several trails. Spot lighting along the entrance road may produce interesting nocturnal species such as the African Scops Owl, Verreux’s Eagle, and Freckled, Black Shouldered and Pennant-winged Nightjars. Overnight at our lodge
DAY 4: BIRDING TO BWINDI - RUHIJA
Morning game and birding drive which gives us higher chances of viewing mammals like the Zebras, Impalas, Elands, Topis, Buffaloes among others, as we bird we focus our attention on the search for the Red Faced Barbet, Coqui Francolin, Brown Chested Plover depending on the month as it is an Intra African migrant (July – Dec), Tabora(Long-tailed) Cisticola, Lesser Blue Eared Starling, Buff Bellied Warbler, Red Headed Weaver, Black Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Sulpher Breasted Bush-shrike, Green Capped Eremomela, Bare faced Go-away-bird, Green Wood Hoopoe and more acacia associated birds, we later drive out of lake Mburo as we transfer to Ruhija birding enroute, one of the main birding areas will be the bamboo zone where we look out for the Grey Cuckoo-shrike, for Handsome Francolin, Mountain Illadopsis, White-starred Robin, Mountain Greenbul, Red-throated Alethe, Grauer’s Warbler, Dusky Twinspot and Crimsonwing late birding along the road brings great views of the Red Faced Woodland Warbler, Magpie Manikin, Stripe breasted Tit, White Headed Wood Hoopoe, Regal Sunbird, Chestnut Throated Apalis and a variety of other birds. Dinner and overnight stay at our lodge. FB
DAY 5: BIRDING TO MUBWINDI and OPTIONAL GORILLAS
After breakfast we head for a whole day birding to Mubwindi Swamp. This is the best birding spot for the Albertine rift endemics including the Grauer’s Broadbill, the beautiful Regal Sunbird, Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis Kandt’s Waxbill, and Rwenzori Hill Babbler, Grauer's Rush Warbler, Fraser's Eagle-Owl, Purple-breasted, Blue-headed, Regal, Northern Double Collared, Olive and Collared Sunbirds, Strange Weaver. This part of Bwindi is generally at a higher altitude. Here we mostly look out for Black-billed Turaco, Western Green Tinkerbird, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Mountain Illadopsis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland, Grauer's and Mountain Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-throated, Buff Throated, Black-faced and Rwenzori Apalises, Rwenzori Batis, Montane Sooty Boubou, Red-throated Alethe, Ashy, Dusky-blue, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Grey-headed Sunbird, Mackinnon's Fiscal, Pink-footed Puffback, Doherty's Bush-shrike, White-naped Raven, Montane Oriole, Stuhlmann's Starling, Narrow-tailed Starling, Waller's Starling, Brown-capped, Baglafecht and Black-billed Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, East African Swee, Yellow-crowned Canary, Thick-billed Seedeater, Streaky Seedeater, Oriole Finch, Mountain Buzzard, Ayre's Hawk-eagle, Handsome Francolin, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Wood-Owl, Scarce Swift, Bar-tailed Trogon, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Black Bee-eater, (Western) Bronze-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Owlet, Elliot's Woodpecker, African Broadbill, Archer's Robinchat, Toro Olive-Greenbul, Ansorge's Greenbul, Equatorial Akalat, Olive Thrush. Dinner and overnight at our lodge.
DAY 6: BIRDING TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK VIA THE NECK
Whole day birding on the road to Queen Elzabeth through the "Neck". Key bird species include: Mountain Wagtail, Chin-spot Batis, Black-billed Turacco, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Dwarf Honeyguide, Red-tailed Greenbul, and we should come across Bee-eaters including Black Bee-eater and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Many-coloured Bush-shrike, Ayres's Hawk-eagle, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Narina and Bar-tailed Trogons, Honeyguide Greenbul, Red-throated Alethe, Gray Apalis, African Shrike-flycatcher and Red-headed Malimbe; and in areas of dry fern vegetation, we expect to watch the Dusky Twinspot. Other birds here include Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Black Saw-wing, Chubbs’ Cisticola, Augur Buzzard, Petit’s Cuckoo Shrike, Pink-footed and Northern Puffbacks, Red-tailed, Little Grey Greenbuls, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Green White-eye, Yellow-rumped and Speckled Tinkerbirds, African Stonechat, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Jameson’s Antipecker, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Yellow-throated Leaf Love, Crested Guinea Fowl, African Crowned Hornbill, Lead-colored Flycatcher, Black-necked Weaver, Black-headed Paradise Flycatcher, Yellow-spotted Barbet, African Harrier Hawk. And we check-in our lodge. FB
DAY 7: WHOLE DAY BIRDING AND AFTERNOON BOAT RIDE ALONG THE KAZINGA CHANNEL. RECORDED 612 BIRD SPECIES
We start early for a game drive and birding the vast grassland area the whole morning looking out for; Larks, Pipits, Harlequin Quail, Blue Quail, Small (Common) Buttonquail, Black Coucal, African Crake, African Moustached, Broad Tailed and Grey Capped Warbler, Martial Eagle, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, Amur Falcon, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Terek Sandpiper, Crimson Rumped Waxbill, Sulpher Breasted Bushshrike, Golden Breasted Bunting, Temminck's Courser, Senegal and Wattled Lapwing, Brown Snake Eagle and many more bird species. This park has a great number of mammals numbering to 96 which are both diurnal and nocturnal like Buffaloes, Uganda Kob, Elephant, Lion, Leopards, Hyenas and many more. Later in the afternoon we shall have an exciting boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This is a natural water channel connecting Lakes George and Edward, with excellent photographic opportunities for waterside birds and abundant Hippopotamus. Birding on the boat avails us opportunities of seeing the African Skimmer, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh, Green, Wood and Common Sandpiper, Lesser Black Backed and Gray-headed Gulls, Plain Martin, Lesser Swamp-Warbler, Grey Plover, Terek Sandpiper most of which are winter visitors. Dinner and overnight at our Lodge.
DAY 8: BIRDING TO KIBALE FOREST NATINAL. PARK.
In the morning we do birding in the park looking out for more grassland birds including the Black Coucal, Hollub’s Golden and Lesser Masked Weavers, White Winged Widowbird, African Crake, Quails and many more species, later we transfer to Fort Portal where we shall have our African Buffet lunch then carry on for afternoon birding to Kihingamy Swamp and look for Ludher’s Bush shrike, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Equatorial Akalat, Joyful Greenbul, Grey Winged Robinchat, White Collard Oliveback, African Black duck, White napped and Afep Pigeons and many more as we check-in the lodge. FB
DAY 9: WHOLE DAY BIRDING AND OPTIONAL CHIMP TRACKING KIBALE FOREST N. PARK.
Birding in Kibale N.P is a delightful experience. We shall look for species such as Red-winged Francolin, White- sported Flufftail, White-naped Pigeon, Green-breasted Pitta, Joyful Greenbul, Grey-winged Robin-chat, White tailed Anti-thrush, Grey-throated Flycatcher, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Masked and black-throated Apalises, Splendid Glossy Starling, Purple headed glossy Starling, Tiny/Superb/Bronze/Green headed/Green/Green throated/Little green sunbirds, Grey-headed Olive-back and many more. Lunch at the hotel later bird along the road. Dinner and overnight at our lodge.
Day 10: Bird watching to Masindi Uganda
After an early breakfast we bird to Masindi. We have about three routes to this place depending on the weather we shall choose one of these, birding stops will be at certain spots trying to find special birds. We later get to our destination and spend our night in Masindi. FB
Day 11: Bird to Budongo Forest - Royal Mile and Busingiro.
We begin birding at dawn. Key bird species for the two sections include: Blue Breasted, African Dwarf and Chocolate-backed Kingfishers, Brown-eared and Yellow Crested Woodpecker, Dusky long-tailed Cuckoo, Crowned Eagle, Forest and Chestnut Capped Flycatchers, Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Narina Trogon, Chestnut-crowned Eremomera, White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow and Grey Longbills, Olive-bellied Crombec, Black-headed Paradise Flycatcher, Little Green Sunbird, Green Sunbird, White-Breasted Negrofinch, Western Black-headed Oriole, Dusky Long-tailed and African Emerald Cuckoos, Forest Robin, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Tit Hylia, Lemon Bellied Crombec, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Yellow-mantled Weaver, Green Crombec, Crested Malimbe and Red-headed Bluebill, Cassin's Hawk Eagle, Xavier’s, Ictrine, Slender-billed, White-throated, Spotted, Plain, Spotted and Toro Olive Greenbuls, Zebra Waxbill, Cabans’s Banting, Grey-headed Oliveback. And many more as we get back to out lodge.
DAY 12: BIRDING TO NORTHERN MURCHISON FALLS
You start early birding via Busingiro to the escarpment. This stretch is one of the best of Uganda Birding spots. Recorded birds here include Fox's Cisticola, White-headed and black billed Barbet, Northern Crombec, Singing Cisticola, Grey-headed Bush Shrike, Grey-headed Oliveback, Red Winged Pytilia, Black-bellied Firefinch, Lesser-masked Weaver, we check in and later we do a night drive in search of the nightjars and nocturnal mammal. As we retire at the lodge for dinner and overnight. FB
DAY 13: BIRDING IN MURCHISON FALLS N.P
Today our birding starts after an early breakfast. We may bird on a boat along the Victoria Nile to the delta or do a birding drive to the delta. Later in the afternoon, you take a launch trip to the bottom of the falls. Recorded birds in this park include Shoebill, Secretary Bird, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Pied Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eaters, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal and Water Thick-knees, Black-headed and Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Osprey, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver. Buff-bellied Warbler, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Spotted Morning-Thrush, Marabou Stork, Red-throated Bee-eater, Silver Bird, Beautiful Sunbird, Black-headed Gonolek, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver and White-rumped Seedeater, Rock Pratincole, African Darter, and Giant Kingfisher. FB
DAY 14: BIRDING TO ENTEBBE AND ONWORDS
After an early morning breakfast, we bird towards Entebbe via the ziwa Rhino sanctuary for rhino tracking then to the Entebbe for a room use and departure.