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Uganda Birding Tours

This 10 day birding tour is the ultimate Uganda safari for the passionate birder.

Uganda Bird Watching 10 Day Tour

An extensive tour through Uganda’s prime birding destinations will sate the avid birder’s craving for birding tours. Uganda has a population of over 1,061 bird species spread across its swamps, wetlands, lakes, forests and national parks. This 10 days series of birding tour includes travelling to and exploring; Mabamba Bay Wetland, Kaku Swamp, Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Maramagambo forest, Kibale National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, Murchison Falls National Park, and Budongo Forest.

Trip Highlights

  • Birding in Mabamba Bay Wetland
  • Birding in Kaku Swamp
  • Birdwatching in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Boat cruise on Lake Mburo
  • Birdwatching in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Birding in Maramagambo forest
  • Birdwatching in Kibale National Park
  • Birdwatching in Bigodi Wetland
  • Birding in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Birding in Budongo Forest
  • Return to Kampala

Itinerary

Day 1 – Birding in Mabamba Bay Wetland

The ATP-Tours driver-guide will pick you from your hotel in the early morning after breakfast. After a briefing on how your birding tours will run, you will set off for your first birding excursion in Mabamba bay wetland, situated on the edge of Lake Victoria - Uganda, on the North-western part of the Entebbe peninsula. Mabamba bay wetland is a habitat to over 260 bird species including the rare Shoebill. Mabamba swamp also has the Blue Swallow, Papyrus Gonolek, Pallied Harrier, and White-winged Warbler – four of the globally threatened bird species.

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The other birds to see in Mabamba bay swamp include; the migrant Gull-billed Terns, Whiskered Terns, White-winged Black Terns, the resident Grey-headed Gulls. Other interesting bird species in Mabamba bay wetland swamp are; the Papyrus Canary, Pygmy Geese, Goliath Herons, Malachite Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Red-headed lovebirds, Carruther’s Cisticola and the Northern Brown-throated weaver. Besides the wetland, the other birding spots in Mabamba bay swamp include the woodland and Savannah trails leading up to the sand mines. Your birding tour will end in the evening, you will check in at an accommodation of your choice for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

  • Lake Victoria View guest lodge - Breakfast, Lunch & dinner.

Day 2 – Birding in Kaku Swamp – enroute Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, you will checkout of your lodge and continue with your birding tours safari, heading for Lake Mburo National Park located in Kiruhura district in the Western region of Uganda. You will make your first stop at the equator in Kayebwe to visit the curio shops in the area for you to purchase a souvenir, you will also have a chance to do a water experiment which proves that the imaginary line diving the world into two halves passes through Uganda, in the very place where you will be stationed.

You will make your next stop at Kaku swamp for a birding tour. You will see bird species like the Pink-backed Pelican, Wattled Lapwing, Grey Heron, Black-headed Gonolek, Spur-winged goose, Purple Swamphen, Black-headed babbler, Scaly-throated honey guide, Hottentot Teals, Whistling Ducks, Red-bellied Paradise, Common Moorhen, Lilac-breasted Roller, and the Grey-crowned crane. You will then proceed to Uganda’s noteworthy Lake Mburo National Park where you will check in at your choice lodging for dinner and overnight. With its bird watching spots, the park is a notable destination for birding tours.

Accommodation

  • Lake Mburo Luxury tented camp - luxury
  • Rwakobo Rock Hotel – standard/midrange
  • Rwonyo Rest Camp - budget

Day 3 – Birdwatching in Lake Mburo National Park

After your breakfast, you will set out for your birding tour in Lake Mburo National Park – one of Uganda’s celebrated birdwatching safari destinations. Lake Mburo National Park has over 350 bird species which have been recorded, spread across the park’s various birding spots. These birding tour spots include; the swampy valleys of Miriti and Watukiri, the roadsides between the Rwonyo camp and the Jetty, the viewing platforms at the Salt lick in Miriti Valley, and Rubanga forest.

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The bird species spread across these birding platforms include; Ross’s Turaco, White-headed barbet, Bare-faced Go-away bird, Red-shouldered cuckoo-shrike, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Red-headed Lovebird, Black-bellied Bustard, Rufous-bellied Heron, Grey-crowned Crane, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emrald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, White-winged Tin and Finfoot, Bateleur, common and Purple Swamphen, and the Green Wood-hoopoe. After ending your birdwatching expedition, you can go for an evening nature walk exploring Lake Mburo National Park – one of Uganda’s prime safari and tour destinations. You can then retire to Rwakobo Rock or your choice lodging for dinner and overnight. Lake Mburo National Park is one of the remarkable birding tours destinations.

Day 4 – Birding boat cruise on Lake Mburo & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will set out for a birding tour on Lake Mburo. While on the boat cruise along the lake, you will be able to spot a number of bird species most of which will be different from those you saw the previous day. The bird species to see include; the Black Crake, Pelicans, Common Squacco, African Fish Eagle, White and Pink-backed Cormorants and the rare Shoebill Stork. In addition to birding, you will be able to spot other wildlife inhabiting Uganda’s precious lake Mburo National Park. You will be thrilled to see crocodiles, hippos, large herds of Elands – Africa’s largest antelope species, bushbucks and the rare Burchell’s Zebras.

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You will have lunch and check out from your lodge after the boat cruise, leaving Lake Mburo National Park and embarking on a transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park to continue with your birding tours. Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s most famous national park and most visited safari tour destination. Driving through Uganda’s incredibly green landscapes and massive tea plantations, you will arrive at Queen Elizabeth National Park in the evening. You will check in for dinner and overnight at your choice safari lodge.

Day 5 – Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will go out for your birdwatching experience in Uganda’s praised Queen Elizabeth National Park. This outstanding safari – tour destination is lavishly endowed with birding spots. You will be awed by the extensive number of birds in; the Mweya Peninsula, Kasenyi area, Maramagambo Forest, Katwe area, Ishasha sector, Lake Kikorongo and Katunguru bridge area – all alluring platforms for the birding enthusiast.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 600 bird species for the avid birder, distributed across its birding spots. Some of these birds are; the African Mourning Dove, Palm-nut vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, African Crake, Black-headed Gonolek, Flappet Lark, African Wattled Plover, Swallows, Martins, Swifts, Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, Yellowbill, Little Stint, Southern Red Bishop, Double-toothed Barbet, African Jacana, Knob-billed Duck, Swamp Warblers, Pied Kingfishers, Senegal Plover, Martial Eagle and the Flamingos. Queen Elizabeth is a remarkable birding tours destination.

Day 6 – Birdwatching in Maramagambo forest & arrival at Kibale National Park

After having breakfast, you will drive to Maramagambo Forest located in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park for your last birding tour in Uganda’s cherished Queen Elizabeth. The bird species you will see in Maramagambo Forest include but are not limited to; the African Finfoot, Little Grebe, Black-headed Batis, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Brubru, Brown Illadopsis, Honeyguide Greenbul, Blue-throated Roller, Croaking Cisticola, Green Crombec, Barbets, Black Cuckoo, Marsha Tchagra, Brown-eared Woodpecker and the sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike.

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After having lunch, you will depart from one of Uganda’s biggest forests and go to Kibale National Park. While driving towards Kibale National Park, you will encounter Uganda’s bountiful nature in its full majesty; the looming hills, the green terraces and plantations, the long-horned cattle grazing, the modest homes partially hidden in the massive greenery and amiable locals going about their chores. You will arrive at Kibale National Park in the gathering dusk. You will have dinner and then retire to your safari lodge for the night.

Accommodation

  • Kyaninga Lodge - luxury
  • Primate Lodge Kibale - midrange
  • Kibale Forest Camp

Day 7 – Birding in Kibale National Park – Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Kibale National Park is most known as a Uganda tour and safari destination for chimpanzee trekking. Besides harboring the endangered chimpanzees however, Kibale National Park is a great birding tours destination with over 350 bird species including; Nahan’s Francolin, Speckled Tinker bird, White-thighed Hornbill, Black-billed Turaco, White-napped Pigeon, Cabanis Greenbul, Grey-throated Tit Flycatcher, Blue-shouldered Robin chat, Purple-headed Stariling, White-collared Olive back, Masked Apalis and the Yellow-spotted barbet.

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In the afternoon after your lunch, you will transfer to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary located in Magombe swamp just outside Kibale National Park. Bigodi wetland is a prime birding spot with over 138 bird species. The bird species to see in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary include; the rare African Pitta, Crowned eagle, Black Bee-eater, Abyssinian Groundthrush, Dusky Crimsonwing, Black-capped Apalis, Yellow-spotted Nicator, Purple-breasted sunbird, Brown-chested Alethe, and the Yellow-rumped tinker bird. You will retire to your safari lodging for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 – Departure from Kibale National Park & Birding in Murchison Falls National Park

After your breakfast, you will depart from Kibale National Park and transfer to Uganda’s celebrated Murchison Falls National Park for more birding tours. Once at Murchison Falls National Park, you will take a boat cruise across the Nile to the Northern part of the park and begin your birding excursion, sailing towards the delta.

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The bird species to see include; the African Darter, Yellow-billed stork, Secretary bird, Osprey, Martial Eagle, Spotted thick-knee, Dark Chanting Go-shawk, Denharm’s Bastard, Sunbirds, Verocious Bird, Long tailed Nightjar, Malachite Kingfisher, Piapiac, Speckle-fronted weaver, double-toothed barbet, White-rumped seedeater, Saddle-billed Stork, Fawn-breasted Waxbill and Black-faced Waxbill. You will then drive back to your safari lodging and retire for the night. Murchison Falls National Park is a remarkable birding tours retreat.

Accommodation

  • Paraa Safari Lodge/Baker’s Lodge – Luxury
  • Pakuba Safari Lodge/Budongo eco lodge – Midrange
  • Fort Murchison - budget

Day 9 – Birdwatching in Murchison Falls National Park – through the Nile delta & top of the falls

You will begin your birding tours with a boat cruise across the Nile delta and later in the day you will sail upstream to the bottom of Murchison Falls. All day you will both sail and drive to discover the bird species in Murchison Falls National Park – a prime Uganda tour and safari destination.

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You will be thrilled at the sight of birds like; the blue-naped moosebird, Abdim’s stork, Senegal thick-knee, Long-toed Plover, Rock Platincole, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Northern Carmine bee-eater, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Black-lored Babbler, Sacred Ibis, Vaseline Masked Weaver, Spur-winged Geese, Black-headed Gondola, Spotted Morning Thrush, Bruce’s green pigeon, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Chestnut-Crowned Sparrow Weaver and the Bar-breasted Firefinch. You can decide to end your day with a guided nature walk, exploring the abundant flora and fauna in Uganda’s noteworthy Murchison Falls National Park.

Accommodation

  • Paraa Safari Lodge/Baker’s Lodge – Luxury
  • Pakuba Safari Lodge/Budongo eco lodge – Midrange
  • Fort Murchison - budget

Day 10 – Birding in Budongo Forest – Return to Kampala - End of tour

On the last day of your ultimate 10 days birding tours safari, you will you pack and depart from Murchison Falls National Park to return to Kampala – Uganda’s capital. While travelling back, you will stop at Budongo forest and have your last birding excursion.

Budongo Forest is a great birding tours destination with over 360 bird species spread across its various birding spots. The bird species to see in Budongo Forest include; the Yellow-footed Flycatcher, Pygmy Crakes, Blue-breasted dwarf Kingfisher, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Little Green Sunbird, Olive Green Camaroptera, Black and White Cascade Hornbills, Forest Robins, Cassin’s Hawk eagle, Jameson’s Wattle-eye, Little Green Sunbird, Crowned Eagle and the Chestnut-capped Flycatcher. Your birding tour will be concluded at midday and you will drive back to Kampala. Once you arrive at Kampala, your guide will drop you at a convenient location. This will mark the end of your 10 days birding tours safari.

Tour package (what’s included)

  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • 4x4 wheel drive safari vehicle
  • Full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Meals; breakfast, Lunch & dinner
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the trip
  • Full board accommodation while on safari

Exclusions

  • Visa and airfares
  • Full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Tips to porters
  • Telephone calls
  • All expenses of a personal nature

Accommodation

  • Mweya Safari Lodge/Ishasha wilderness camp – luxury
  • Engazi game lodge/Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge – midrange
  • Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge/Tembo Safari Lodge - budget