21 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

We turn off the Sezibwa falls and enjoy a guided tour of the falls. Thereafter we proceed to Jinja Town, have lunch head out for a half day rafting adventure on the Nile. Get prepared by listening to some briefing, fitting of life jackets and few minutes training. Feel the adrenaline rush as you paddle with your team though grade 5 rapids for over 11 km.

Tour highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport. Stay at the Airport guest house.
  • Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park.
  • Day 3: Whole day in the Park – Game viewing and boat cruise in the afternoon.
  • Day 4: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 5: Bird watching Nyombi swamp-Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
  • Day 6: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
  • Day 7: Half Day Birding Mubwindi Swamp-Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 8: Game Drive in the park and Launch Cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Day 9: Transfer to Kibale National Park
  • Day 10: Chimpanzee trekking and birding at Kibale National Park.
  • Day 11: Birding Kibale National park
  • Day 12: Transfer to Masindi.
  • Day 13: Half day bird watching at BudongoKanioPabide and look for some special birds.
  • Day 14: Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park.
  • Day 15: Birding Murchison Falls National Park.
  • Day 16 & 17: Visit Top of the fall, Ziwa Rhino sanctuary- transfer to Kampala
  • Day 18: Half Day white water rafting-Mbale
  • Day 19: Sipi Falls
  • Day 20: Birding Mbale
  • Day 21: Depature

Prices include

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

Prices excludes

  • Air ticket to and from Uganda
  • Visa to Uganda
  • Yellow Fever vacation card
  • Personal Expenses

Stay at the Airport guest house.
You will be met by our professional guide at the Entebbe International Airport and transferred to the hotel for refreshing and resting depending on your time of arrival.
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After breakfast we transfer to Mabamba Wetlands about 50km west of Entebbe area on the shores of Lake Victoria. This is one of the few remaining swamps in the country protected by the local communities – an extensive papyrus swamp with its labyrinth of channels and lagoons, classified as an IBA (Important Bird Area) and home to several pairs of Shoebills, Uganda’s most famous avian resident. This charismatic species, the only representative in its family, is certainly amongst the most sought-after birds in Africa and we’ll make special efforts today to find it by paddling through the channels by boat.

In the afternoon you will drive to Lake Mburo National park and on our way we shall have Lunch at the Equator and after lunch we shall continue with our journey. The park has a superb wetland and Acacia savanna sanctuary. Birding here is a delightful experience, with superb scenery and a markedly different fauna to other reserves. This is the best place in the country to see game animals such as Eland as well as Zebras, Topis, Impalas, and acacia-associated birds. The lakes within the park attract Hippos, Crocodiles and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as Sitatunga, plus much rarer Roan, Leopards, Hyenas and Jackals. .

After breakfast we start our game drive in search for mammals and bird species. In the afternoon, we return to the lodge for lunch and later, we have a boat trip. Look out for mammals like Water Bucks, Impalas, Elands, Buffalos, Topis, Burchells’ Zebra, Bush Bucks, Warthogs, and Dwarf Mongooses and other birds. After return to the lodge for dinner and overnight as above.

After breakfast you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi. You will arrive in time for lunch. After lunch you will go for a boat ride. The boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi takes you around the lake to some historical islands. The tour guide will take you through the history of the lake. He will also give you a brief of the culture of the local people and the relevance of the lake to their lives.

Bird watching Nyombi swamp-Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
After breakfast, you will go for bird watching in Nyombi swamp which is a must for bird watchers. Lake Bunyonyi is home to more than 200 bird species. After the activity you will drive to Bwindi national park. The Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to approximately half of Mountain Gorillas. This vast reserve offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species found here. Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and therefore of immense conservation importance. Buhoma lies in the valley of the Munyaga River at 5100 feet and is flanked by steep, forested hills. Excellent forest birding, not least the prospect of numerous rare and localized Albertine Rift endemics, makes this a true birding Mecca.

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.

After breakfast we drive to Mubwindi swamp for birding. As we are in Mubwindi Swamp we look out for the Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Brown-capped warbler, Black-billed weaver, Black-necked weaver, Red-headed Malimbe, Grey-headed Sparrow, Waller’s Starling, Stuhlmann’s starling, Montane Oriole, Many Coloured Bush Shrike, Bocage’s Bush Shrike, Brown Crowned Tchagra, Pink Footed Puffback, Ludher’s Bush-shrike, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Mountain Illadopsis, Rwenzori Nightjar. We shall have our packed lunch you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will drive through the park to the lodge. This Park is from open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that Queen Elizabeth National park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 612 bird species make this superb safari territory, with elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda Kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula – which also boasts of a marvelous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains.

We start early at dawn with an early cup of coffee and go for a game drive to look for the big game and beautiful sceneries. We return for our breakfast and wait for lunch and in afternoon, after our lunch at the lodge; we have a boat cruise on the spectacular Kazinga Channel. This will give you opportunity to site water birds and other mammals which come to drink at the banks and those which live in water. We shall return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight as above..

An early breakfast, we shall search for more birds in the park, and then we shall drive to Ishasha sector in search for climbing lions. We shall have a picnic stopover for lunch, 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. Stay as above. .

Birding Kibale National park
After breakfast we bird here in search of the darling Green-breasted Pitta and more forest species like the, Brown Illadopsis, Brown Illadopsis, Brown-capped Weaver, Brown-chested Alethe, Black-headed Oriole, African Emerald Cuckoo, African Green-pigeon, Black-crowned Tchagra, African Wood Owl, African/Rwenzori/Abyssinian Hill-Babbler, Alpine Swift, Ashy Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Black Bee-eater, Black Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Black-and-white Mannikin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Black-billed Turaco, Black-billed Weaver, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, African Dusky Flycatcher, Black-headed Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, African Citril (Western Citril),Black-throated Apalis, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue-throated Roller, African Blue Flycatcher, Bocage’ Bush-shrike, Bronze Mannikin, Zebra Waxbill, Bronze Sunbird name it. We shall return for lunch and relaxation at the camp as we wait for our dinner and overnight as above. .

After breakfast, we transfer to Masindi. On this day more time is spent on the road up North. This is one of the very bumpy roads of Uganda. There shall be a few stops for birding along the way. A choice will be made by the guide on which road to use. Lunch will be en route. On arrival at the resort, you can enjoy any of these activities. Bird Watching in the Gardens and swam, Camp Fire in the nice gardens with a nice breeze, evening Walks in the Gardens Fishing / watching in the unique ponds. In the evening we have our dinner and overnight.

Half day bird watching at BudongoKanioPabide and look for some special birds.
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.

Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park.
After an early breakfast and go for a whole Morning game drive in the delta area in search for wildlife and bird species. 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.

After breakfast, we again have another chance to enjoy viewing the big game in the largest conservation area in Uganda as we look out for more birds in the park Lunch at the Lodge. Another evening game drive may offer opportunities of Nocturnal species of wildlife. Stay as above.

After breakfast, you will visit the top of the falls, after we shall drive to the Ziwa rhino sanctuary for rhino tracking and after we shall have lunch, and then proceed to Kampala reaching in evening at the hotel for dinner, cultural entertainment and overnight.

After breakfast, drive through Kampala’s busy streets and visit the Sezibwa falls, Bujagali falls continue to Jinja for lunch at Gately on Nile and source of the Nile visit. Return and relax at the lodge.

Today you will have a half day white water rafting on the Nile or kayaking, have lunch and drive to Mbale.

Breakfast, Visit all the 3-falls at Sipi – with a guided Nature walk, visit the 3-falls at Sipi and the local community with chances of viewing the Karamoja plains on clear days. The area is rich in birds including; The Karamoja apalis, we shall have Lunch – and hike back for an overnight.

After breakfast, we shall go for half day bird watching Mbale region. After we shall return to the lodge for Lunch and after lunch transfer to Jinja for an overnight and dinner.

After breakfast, we shall transfer to Lutembe ramsar site to do bird watching on Lake Victoria. After we shall go for lunch at Entebbe airport guest house and refreshment, there after drive to the Airport for our departure back home.

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