16 DAY BIRDING AND WILDLIFE UGANDA - Atlas african safaris Atlas african safaris - Gorilla trekking and tracking in Uganda, Bird watching, Rwenzori mountain climbing ,chimpanzee trekking in Kibaale
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Tour Description

This is a specialized tour that brings you the best of Uganda’s hotspots for birding. This tour packs in some of Uganda’s finest and most diverse bird watching and other wildlife viewing sites including Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks, Kibale as well as Africa’s best Shoebill location, the Mabamba Wetland. We shall take you to the best destinations, sites and spots for birding, and the best accommodation facilities that have the best reputation in ecotourism. The lodges and the hotels that we use are simple and luxurious in nature, strategically located to optimize the birding potential. With the help of a superb network of site guides that meet our standards, our experienced tour leaders will attend to the needs of each participant; whether one is a novice birder or someone with years of field experience; we shall work towards the satisfaction of all.

Tour highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival. Stay at Entebbe guest house.
  • Day 2: Mabamba Bay
  • Day 3: Drive to Bwindi National park
  • Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
  • Day 5: Bird watching Bwindi
  • Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 7: Game drives and launch Queen Elizabeth National park
  • Day 8: Maramagambo
  • Day 9: Transfer to Kibale National park
  • Day 10: Chimpanzee trekking and birding at Kibale National Park.
  • Day 11: Bird watching and Transfer to Masindi.
  • Day 12: Half day bird watching at BudongoKanioPabide and look for some special birds.
  • Day 13: Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park.
  • Day 14: Full day Game viewing and bird watching Murchison Falls National Park.
  • Day 15: Transfer to Kampala.
  • Day 16: Lutembe ramsar site and Departure

Prices Include:

  • Park entrance fees
  • Vehicle entrance fees
  • Ground transportation
  • Birding guide
  • Game drives
  • Launch cruises
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 1 litter of bottled water per person per day
  • 1 Gorilla permit each ($600)
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit each ($150)
  • 24 hour service from us
  • All that is mentioned in the itinerary

Prices exclude:

  • Air ticket to and from Uganda
  • Visa to Uganda
  • Yellow fever vacation card
  • Personal expenses

Depending on arrival time, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to the hotel for relaxation. We shall have our dinner and rest at the hotel.

Today we visit Mabamba swamp, a labyrinth of channels and lagoons with our packed lunch. The Swamp is about 52km from the Kampala. The road to Mabamba winds its way through areas of secondary forest and agricultural land attracting Red headed Lovebird, African Crowned Hornbills, and a range of sunbirds including the Green headed, Green, Red-chested, Collared, Marico and Scarlet chested. We shall stop over at Mpigi Swamp to look out for the Papyrus Gonolek and the White winged warbler. The road ultimately ends at a papyrus reedbed adjoining Lake Victoria. On the hand peddled canoes, we explore a maze of channels and mud flats for the majestic Shoebill. We should have a very good chance of seeing this magnificent bird, although as in all wildlife watching sightings can never be guaranteed! Mabamba also offers a large selection of other species which might include African Pygmy Goose, the rare Lesser Jacana, Carruthers’ Cisticola, African Fish eagle, Winding Cisticola, Fan-tailed Widow bird, Blue-breasted Bee-eater etc. The rare and Elusive Statunga antelope also occurs here but it is very shy and rarely seen. We also expect to encounter the spot necked Otter in one of the channels that we shall peddle through. Thereafter, we shall return to Kampala to our accommodation for relaxation as we wait for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, we shall head southwest of Uganda via Kampala-Masaka –Mbarara road to Bwindi national park. We shall have a brief stopover for pictures at the Equator and buy some souvenirs. Thereafter we shall proceed to Mbarara for a 2nd stopover to stretch our legs and later on to Bwindi arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight.

You will rise relatively early for a jovial breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station at 08.00 am where the guides will take you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours therefore, a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. On top of that, there are other animals and birds which you could see on the way.

You will spend only one hour with the gorillas as you listen, watch and marvel at them. It is amazing, for one to be in audience with these giants and think they would attack you. However, these gentle giants as they are known don’t attack anybody unless they are threatened, and sometimes, they tease you by jumping up and down and hitting their chests to scare you and see what your reaction would be. Under the circumstances, it is advisable not to look at them directly into their eyes, but look down and don’t show any jocular actions that may be interpreted as an attack to them, keep silence and talk in small tones. And after one hour, they will leave you where you are or your guide will tell you when to depart. We shall have a picnic lunch and after lunch, we will spend the balance of our time here looking for other primates like the Lehoist Monkey, Black and White Colobus; Red tailed, and Blue monkeys. Mammals include the Rwenzori Duiker, Yellow back duiker, Caruthers squirrel, Bohm’s and Alexander squirrels, and many other species. Later you will drive to Buhoma area in Bwindi where you will have dinner and overnight as above.

After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we shall go for bird watching in Bwindi National park. we look out for species like, the Black Bee-Eater, Dusky Tit, Brown-caped Weaver, the Yellow-billed and yellow-spotted Barbets, the African and Black-and-white Shrike Flycatchers, Common Stonechat, Brown-throated and Chestnut Wattle-eyes, Apalises, Equatorial Akalat, Slaty Flyacatcher, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Grey Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, the Olive-green and Grey-backed Camaropteras, White-chinned Prinnia, Green Hylia, Short-tailed Warbler, White-tailed Antithrush, Cape Wagtail, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, White-browed Crombec, the list is long. We shall have a picnic stopover for our lunch and then continue with our journey in search for more birds, there after we shall return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight.

After an early morning breakfast we shall drive to the renowned Queen Elizabeth National Park, bird watching along the way. Queen Elizabeth National Park has impressive Crater Lake scenery, expansive grasslands, papyrus swamps and tropical forests, huge herds of elephant and buffalo, lions, leopards, and a diverse array of birds. It contains Uganda’s best game populations as well as some of Uganda’s best bird watching, an incredible bird species. The illustrious boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which links Lakes George and Edward, is one of the most productive birding excursions on the planet. We shall check into the lodge. Birding in Queen Elizabeth produces results, birds like African mourning Dove, Grey headed Kingfisher, Black headed Gonolek, Slender billed, Yellow backed and Lesser masked Weavers, Pin-tailed Whydah and Black winged Pranticole can be seen We shall have our dinner and overnight. (Meals: FB)

In the morning after breakfast, we will make an early start for a bird and game drive towards the Kasenyi trail and Shoebill wetland. The drive takes through a productive area of grassy plains, which support large flocks of a variety of stork species including the Spectacular Saddle billed and Wooly necked Storks. Other species include the Bateleur, Grey Kestrel, Lappet faced, Ruppell’s Griffon, White backed and Palm nut Vultures, African Carake, Black Coucal, Common button, Harlequin and black rumped Quails, Red necked Spurfowl, Rufous napped and Flappet Larks. We shall return to the lodge for our lunch.

In the afternoon we will take a launch tour of the Kazinga Channel which is a natural magnet for herds of Elephant, Giant forest hog, Buffalo, and the abundant Hippopotamus. Birding here is excellent with great photographic opportunities. We might be blessed with congregations of African Skimmers, Great white and Pink backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Open-billed Stork, African Skimmer, White faced Whistling Duck, Marsh, Wood and Common Sandpipers, Malachite Kingfisher, African Jacana, African Wattled Plover, etc then later we return for dinner and over night as above. (Meals: FB)

After breakfast, we shall do birding in Maramagambo forest following the main trail. We shall visit the Blue Lake and Bat Cave where we expect to see a Rock Python that found its refuge in the Cave, and feasts on the Bats for its Breakfast, Lunch and Super! Special Bird of this Forest includes Narina Trogon, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush, White tailed Ant-thrush, Black Bee-eater, Grey headed Kingfisher and White breasted Negrofinch. We shall have a picnic break for our Lunch and continue for our search of birds. After lunch, we will visit the spectacular Kyambura Gorge: a unique, deep and isolated chasm in the plains, where dense riverine forest offers a good selection of forest birds like the Red fronted Tinkerbird, the beautiful and thought after Black bee-eater, blue Breasted Kingfisher, Grey wood pecker etc. Then we shall return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight as above. (Meals: FB)

An early breakfast, then we drive to Ishasha to try our luck upon the search of climbing lions. We shall have a picnic lunch before we continue to Kibale. In the afternoon after lunch, you will transfer to Kibale forest. Check in at Kibale forest camp. Kibale’s major attraction the chimpanzees, these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier than its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species.

You will go for a briefing at the park headquarters at around 8:00am, carry packed lunch and go to the forest for chimp trekking. Trekking the chimpanzee that is our ‘cousin’ is a very interesting experience. The way they feed, climb trees, respond to humans, caring for their young ones, is just phenomenal. This is a drama of life in a rain forest. This park is notable for its primate population, with the chimpanzees being the most famous. Abundant birds like; Scaly Francolin, Marsh Tchagra, Black-bellied Seedcraker, Green-backed Twinspot, Bicoloured Manikin, White-naped Pigeon, Afep Pigeon, Narina’s Trogon, Joyful Greenbul, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater and many others. This is home to Blue-Headed Coucal, Blue-Breasted Kingfisher, Scaly-Throated Honey guide and Black-face Rufous Warbler. If time allows, it will be possible to have a nature walk at Bigodi wetland which is managed by the community. This demonstrates a successful story of the ecotourism development benefits.

You will go for a briefing at the park headquarters at around 8:00am, carry packed lunch and go to the forest for chimp trekking. Trekking the chimpanzee that is our ‘cousin’ is a very interesting experience. The way they feed, climb trees, respond to humans, caring for their young ones, is just phenomenal. This is a drama of life in a rain forest. This park is notable for its primate population, with the chimpanzees being the most famous. Abundant birds like; Scaly Francolin, Marsh Tchagra, Black-bellied Seedcraker, Green-backed Twinspot, Bicoloured Manikin, White-naped Pigeon, Afep Pigeon, Narina’s Trogon, Joyful Greenbul, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater and many others. This is home to Blue-Headed Coucal, Blue-Breasted Kingfisher, Scaly-Throated Honey guide and Black-face Rufous Warbler. If time allows, it will be possible to have a nature walk at Bigodi wetland which is managed by the community. This demonstrates a successful story of the ecotourism development benefits.

Today morning you will drive to Budongo forest after breakfast. It’s a home to various bird species and these include Rufous sided Broad bill, Puvell’sIlladopsis, Grey Long bill, Yellow Browed camaroptera, White Thighed Hornbill, and Red Tailed Ant thrush.

We later cross the River Nile to Murchison Falls Conservation area (Murchison falls national park comprises of Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife Reserves. It derives its name from the Murchison Falls where the mighty River Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, river line forest and woodland. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeest, Oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species including the rare shoebill. We shall have a picnic lunch during our search. After we shall drive to Murchison falls national park and settle in at our lodge.

We start after an early breakfast and go for a whole Morning game drive in the delta area. We will return to have lunch at the lodge. We later take the afternoon launch cruise to the bottom of the falls. You will get closer to the edge of the water fall and see it plunging in the gorge from a 50 meters wide gorge down to a 7 meters gorge this is an interesting site that brings us to the closest distance to the magnificent falls. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, we again have another chance to enjoy viewing the big game in the largest conservation area in Uganda. We keep searching for more birds in the park. We shall have Lunch at the Lodge. After we shall relax at the lodge as we wait for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, then embark on your journey back to Kampala. A brief stop at the karuma bright in case we used global village. Or Zziwa rhino sanctuary in Nakasogola (optional) at $45 you can do Rhino tracking then proceed to Kampala. We shall have a visit to Ndere centre for entertainment from Ndere troupe then proceed to the accommodation for overnight.

After breakfast, we shall transfer to Entebbe to Lutembe ramsar site for bird watching on Lake Victoria and after we proceed for lunch and refreshing up at Airport guest house before our departure back home carrying memories of Uganda with us.

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