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.
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.
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)
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.
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.