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Uganda Western circuit (15 days) birding

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This trip will combine the most savannah and forested areas of western Uganda where you will be able to explore the following place of interest: Mabamba, Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest, and Murchison Falls. The highlights are: The Shoebill, African finfoot, Puve’s Illadopsis, Greater Blue turracos.

 

Day 1 Entebbe

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, a welcome team will transfer you to the Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel or Golf Course Apartment, depending on your time of arrival.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed and breakfast.

Day 2 Entebbe – Mabamba

Early morning birding Entebbe and continue to Mabamba wet land birding along the way. On this very day you may see; verreux’s eagle owl, swamp fly catcher Ross’s turacos, Klaas’s couco, white winged warbler, Blue breasted Bee eater, cape wagtail ,shoebill stork and a lot more. Drive to Kampala in the evening after a very exciting birding day to Hotel Bravad.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed and breakfast

Day 3 Mabamba – Lake Mburo

Depart from Masaka to Lake Mburo National park birding along the way arriving later in afternoon for overnight at Mantana Luxury Tented Camp or Rwanyo Camp. Expect; White winged warbler, lesser and greater moorhen, rufous-naped lark, Red winged Francolin southern red bishop, among the many other encounters.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed, breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4 Lake Mburo

Wake up early in the morning for birding. Depending on the season, look out for the brown chested plover (migrant observed from July to December mainly September) southern ground hornbill, Red faced barbet, Narina Trogon, Black Cuckoo shrike, Lead colored fly catcher. Also you will see mammals notably Zebra, Eland, Topi, Oribis and Cape Buffalos, After lunch boat cruise will bring you close to the African fin foot, African water rail Yellow -throated leaf love, Pied and malachite Kingfisher, spur winged plover, and African Darter. After boat ride, dusk drive to sport the nightjar and other nocturnal birds.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed, breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5 Lake Mburo – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning birding and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, lunch will be served in Mbarara before transferring to Queen Elizabeth while birding along the way, over night at Mweya safari lodge or Institute of Ecology. Expect to see: – White winged warbler, Martial Eagle, African skimmer, verreaux’s eagle owl, Red Faced Barbet, Southern Ground Hornbill, and many others.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed, breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6 Murchison Falls National Park

Whole day birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park, view birds like Lesser Flamingo (from December to January), Grey Capped Warbler, Saddled-billed Storks, Woolly-necked, African Skimmer and Red Footed Falcon, returning to the Lodge for over night.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed, breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 7 Murchison Falls National Park

Birding on the Kazinga channel in the morning boat cruise, expect a variety and flock of water birds (this can be also be done in the afternoon instead of morning).

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8 Murchison Falls National Park – Kibale Forest National park

Morning birding in the Katwe area before afternoon transfer to Kibale Forest National Park arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight at the Ndali Safari Lodge or Rwenzori Travelers inn.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 Kibale Forest National park

Kibale forest National Park birding in the morning forest walk combined with chimps tracking and afternoon bird watching on the Bigodi wetland area; expect to see Scaly francolin, Mash Tchagra, Narina trogon, pied hornbill, joyful greenbul, Great Blue Turacos, Brown Illadopsis, and many more. Over night stay at Ndali lodge or Rwenzori Travelers Inn.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 Kibale National Park – Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning departure for Masindi while birding along the way arriving in the evening for an overnight at Paraa Lodge or Redchillis Camp.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning birding on the northern bank of the Nile river up to Buligi circuit, later in the afternoon, birding on the Nile river by a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, expect see: red necked falcon, Grey winged warbler, Spotted morning thrush, Shoebill, Red throated bee eater, Abyssinian ground hornbill, Secretary bird, Pell’s fishing owl, and many more.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12 Murchison Falls National Park

Early in the morning transfer to the southern bank of River Nile for birding until lunch break at Sambiya river lodge, later in the afternoon, birding on the way to the top of the falls until dark. Expect to sight; Brown backed Woodpecker, red winged warbler, Brown ramped bunting, Heuglin’s francolin, Bat hawk, Standard winged nightjar, Rock pratincole, Pell’s fishing owl, overnight at Paraa Lodge.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13 Murchison Falls National Park

Depart to Budongo forests for birding along the Kaniyo pabidi in the morning and transfer to Royal Mile overnight at Paraa Lodge. Expect to sight; Puvel’s Illadopsis, Green-breasted pitta, White breasted negrofinc, Chocolate backed kingfisher, Brown crowned Eremomela, Black and white casqued Hornbill.

Meal plan and accommodation: Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14 Murchison Falls National Park – Kampala

In the morning bird watching on the Royal Mile and transfer to Kampala lunch will be served in Masindi at Court view hotel. Depending on your departure time, Airport transfer can be arranged or Hotel accommodation Kampala.

Day 15 Kampala – Entebbe

In case you spent a night in Kampala, you will have a chance in morning, go for shopping, and brief city tour before you are transferred to the airport.

Other attraction for this safari include; BIG FOUR, CHIMP’ and the falls.

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Tour Cost Includes

Accommodation as stated on the itinerary, meals Surface transport on a 4x4wheel drive, entrance fees to all National Parks, bottled mineral water, Chimpanzee permits, Experienced bird guide charges, Game drives, Village walk in Kibale, boat ride to the bottom of the falls and Queen Elizabeth, ferry crossing, game drives.

Excludes

Travel insurance, airport taxes, scheduled flight ticket which can be requested for, visa, drinks and any other item of personal nature or bird watching.

Requirements

Binoculars, good walking boots, pair of trousers, hat for protection from the sun, sun cream, insect repellent, your relevant medication, travel insurance, field guide book on birds of East Africa by Franshawe, note book, rain jackets and high speed films.

Important Info: Our bird list compilation is a continuous process and is updated on the basis of regular field report.

The list includes some site records collected over a period but doesn’t reflect all the birds of that particular site.

Our standard itinerary can be tailored to suit clients need and budget.

Our dedicated bird guides are working hard to produce checklist for various birding sites in Uganda.

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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 15 days
Maximum number of people: 20
Location: Uganda
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