21 -day birding watching tour visiting Mabamba and Murchison fall NP for shoebill, Lake Mburo, Mgahinga NP, Bwindi for Gorillas, Queen Elizabeth Np , Ishasha for tree climbing lions, Kibale NP for Chimp.
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, transfer to your Hotel for overnight. Depending on time bird around Entebbe area e.g. the botanical gardens for the Orange Weaver and a variety of other birds, overnight in Entebbe accommodation depend on your budget.
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, and many others. In Mabamba swamp, we shall take a hand paddled canoe in search for the majestic Shoebill; here we have a chance to see a variety of water birds like the Purple swampen, Black Crake, Purple and Squacco Herons, Malachite King fisher, to mention but a few. After the swamp we transfer to Lake Mburo lunch and birding enroute, arrive for an evening game drive as you enter park where we have a chance to see a variety of birds overnight in lodge or camp in the park
Morning game drive where we have a chance to see Zebras, Impalas, Elands, Topis, Buffaloes to mention but a few, we shall bird as well for the Red Faced Barbet, Bare faced Go-away-bird, Tabora Cisticola to mention but a few afternoon we shall go for a boat ride in search for the African Finfoot here we have a chance to see a variety of water birds overnight lodge or camp in the park.
Transfer to Kisoro birding Ecuya forest enroute in search for a variety of Albertine rift endemics and other forest species overnight Hotel in Kisoro.
Morning bird Mgahinga NP, we shall bird Sabinyo and the Gorge in search for Rwenzori Turaco, Kivu ground Thrush, Stripe-breasted Tit, Shelly's Crimson wing, Rwenzori Batis to mention but a few, overnight Hotel in Kisoro.
Transfer to Ruhizha birding the bamboo enroute for Handsome Francolin White-starred Robin, Red-throated Alethe, Grauer's Warbler, Dusky Crimson wing evening bird around the road to the school in search for African Wood Owl and Rwenzori Night jar overnight accommodation in Ruhizha.
Morning trek to Mubwindi Swamp where we may have a chance to see the African Green-broadbill, Grauer's Rush Warbler, Caruthers's Cisticola, Purple-breasted, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds. In the late afternoon we bird around the camp for Dusky Twinspot, Luhder's Bushshrike, Rwenzori Batis to mention but a few.
Morning birding around the camp for the Dusky Twinspot, Magpie Manikin, Stripe breasted Tit and a variety of other birds then transfer to Buhoma, bird the "Neck" enroute where we may have a chance to see the Cassin's Hawk Eagle, Black Bee-eaters, Bronze-napped Pigeon, Many-Coloured Bush-shrike, Cassin's grey flycatcher and a variety of Albertine rift endemics overnight camp or lodge in Buhoma.
An early morning trek into Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park with packed lunch led by experienced guides will lead us to a family of mountain gorillas. Tracking the gorillas through the dense mountain forest is a magical experience. You can spend one hour with the gorillas and be back to base! Some gorilla families however, are more elusive and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy (this is optional).
Morning birding Buhoma main trail for the Handsome Francolin, Rufous-chested Fluff tail, Olive-Long-tailed Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Neumann's Warbler, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, White-tailed Flycatcher, and many others evening farm walk for the Bat Hawk incase we missed it the first day overnight Buhoma.
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP via Ishasha sector of the park for a game drive in search for tree Climbing Lions and birding for Broad-tailed Warbler, a variety of raptors overnight in the park.
Morning game drive in search for Elephants, Lions, Hyena, Leopard, Uganda Kobs and a variety of Savanna birds like the Temminck's Courser, Senegal Lap wing, Black-crowned Lapwing, African Crake, common Button quail, Blue Quail e.t.c there also chances of the secretary bird here, afternoon go for a cruise on Kazinga channel where we may have a chance to see a variety of water birds, African Immigrants, Hippos, Crocodiles, cape Buffalos, Elephants to mention but a few overnight.
Transfer to Kibaale birding enroute overnight Primate lodge Bandas.
After an early morning breakfast, we walk to Kibaale NP reported to be home to the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in the world. Thirteen (13) different species have been identified here. We go for Chimp tracking, where we may have a chance to see a variety of other primates e.g. the Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Vervet, L'Hoerst and Red tailed Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Red, Black and white Colobus Monkeys, here we have a chance to bird the Forest in search for the green-breasted Pitta, Western bronze-napped Pigeon, Many-coloured Bush shrike, to mention but a few. Afternoon Swamp walk in Bigodi wetland for the Papyrus endemics and a variety of primates overnight in Kibaale or Fort portal.
Transfer to Budongo birding Kibaale forest western part of Fort portal enroute where we have a chance to see Luhder's, many coloured Bush shrikes, Cassin's grey flycatcher, African Black duck, White napped and Afep Pigeons, white-headed Cuckoo, Joyful Greenbul and many others overnight Hotel in Masindi.
Morning transfer to Budongo full day birding the Royal Mile for Cassin's Hawk Eagle, Nahan's Francolin, Chocolate-backed and Dwarf Kingfisher, Brown-backed Scrub- Robin, e.t.c. overnight Hotel in Masindi.
Morning bird the main road in search for Ituri Batis, White-spotted Greenbull, Forest Robin, Narina Trogon tomention but a few after transfer to Murchison Falls NP, via the escarpement birding the escarpment in search for Foxy Cisticola, Cliff chats, Western Violet backed Sunbird, chestnut crowned sparrow, Cinnamon Bunting, Red-winged, yellow winged and Green Pytlias, Black Billed Barbet and many others Red chilli rest camp.
Morning cross with a ferry for a game drive to the Delta for the Shoebill stork and other water birds. Animals we are likely to see include: the Lion, Leopards, Giraffes, Oribis, Hartebeests, Elephants, to mention but a few. Bird here include: the Carmine bee Eaters, Abyssinian ground Hornbills and many others. Afternoon boat ride to the bottom of the fall—a magical trip through a beautiful scenery; The whole of the 50 meters wide Nile River is forced into a gap only 7 meters wide – the immense force of the water and the views of the falls are awe inspiring. Here we may have a chance to see variety water birds, schools of Hippos and Crocodiles. Evening drive to the top of the falls, here we may have a chance to see the Pel's fishing Owl, Rock Prantincoles, Bat Hawk, we may bird till late as we try looking for the night Jars overnight.
Transfer to Jinja birding Kaniyo Pabidi enroute where we may have a chance to see Puvell's Illadopsis, Rufous sided broadbill and many other forest species overnight accommodation in the Mabira.
Bird Mabira forest for Shining blue Kingfisher, Greenbuls, Tit Hylia, Green Hylia, Sunbirds, black-bellied Seed cracker, Forest Wood Hoopoes and a variety of forest birds overnight accommodation in the Mabira.
Depending on your flight we may bird the forest after transfer to Entebbe, if your flight is late we may bird the botanical gardens after transfer to the Airport for your flight, end of services.
Our package prices; accommodations and meals, park entrance fees, boat cruises, vehicle hire with fuel and driver guide, ranger guides fees, guided nature walks, chimp tracking, forest walk fees and swamp walk fees.
Gorilla permits cost US$ 600 per person; these are booked in advance for they are sold on first come first serve basis and only confirmed with cash.
Not included in our package prices are tips, drinks, personal insurance, anything not included in the itinerary. Also not included things of personal nature, e.g. laundry, communication e.t.c.
NB the birds mentioned in the itinerary are most likely to be seen in the places mentioned but typical to bird nature this is not a guarantee.
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