Bird Watching Tour, Uganda West 10 days

Tour Outline
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Starting Point
Entebbe Airport
Means of Transport
Private vehicle
Destination
  • Bwindi NP
  • Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Lake Mburo NP
  • Kibale NP
  • Mabamba Swamp

Activities
Bird watching
Boat trip
Option
  • Domestic flight
  • Game drive
  • Night game drive

Destination Guide
Mabamba Swamp

One of the Ramsar site in Uganda located along the northern shore of Lake Victoria with over 300 species of birds. Also known for its rare bird species like shoebill stork and beautiful birds like Great Blue Turaco and African Pygmy Goose. Geographic feature: Swamp, Size: ‎16,500ha Activity: Bird watching

Lake Mburo National Park

The nearest national park from Kampala with 68 species of mammals and 610 species of birds. It is known for herbivores like giraffe, impala, zebra and eland. Lake Mburo is a habitat for hippoes, African Fish Eagles. Geographic features: Savannah, lake, swamp Size: 260km2 Activity: Game drive, night game drive, boat trip, nature walk, horseback safari

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The smallest but the most popular park in Uganda,120 species of mammals and 350 species of birds are recorded. This forest is one of the habitats of the Mountain Gorilla, also registered as World Heritage Site. 18 groups are habituated and only 4 permits are sold per day for the gorilla habituation. Geographic features: Forest, Size: 321 Km2 Activity: Gorilla tracking (1 hour), Gorilla habituation experience (4 hrs), nature walk, Batwa forest experience

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The second largest national park in Uganda with 95 species of mammals and 610 species of birds. Savannah in north and south is home to large mammals like lions and elephants, Kazinga Channel for birds, crocodiles and hippos, Kyambura Gorge for Chimpanzees. Geographic features: Savannah, forest, lake, river. Size: 1,978km2 Activity: Game drive, night game drive, boat trip, chimpanzee tracking, nature walk, balloon safari

Kibale National Park

One of the largest forests in Uganda with 60 species of mammals and 335 species of birds which have been recorded. It is a home for more than 1,000 individuals of chimpanzees and 12 species of primates. It is also known as a bird watching site thanks to rare species like shinning-blue kingfisher and green-breasted pitta. Geographic features: Forest, Size: 795km2 Activity: Chimpanzee tracking, Chimpanzee habituation experience (half or full day), nature walk, night forest walk

Tour Itinerary
Day
1
PM
Arrive at Entebbe Airport
Evening
Bird watching at Entebbe Botanical Garden
Bird of the day
Splendid Starling (Lamprotornis purpureus) Little Sparrowhawk (Accipiter minullus) Great Blue Turaco (Corythaeola cristata) Shikra (Accipiter badius) Ross's Turaco (Musophaga rossae)
Movement
Entebbe
Meal
  • B Nil
  • L Nil
  • D Hotel
Overnight Entebbe
Imperial Golf View Hotel
HB
Day
2
AM
Bird watching at Mabamba Swamp
PM
Bird watching in Savannah at Lake Mburo NP
Bird of the day
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Great blue Turaco (Corythaeola cristata), Ross's Turaco (Musophaga rossae), African pygmy Goose (Nettapus auritus) ,Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata).
Movement
Entebbe
2hr drive
Mabamba
5hr drive
Lake Mburo
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Rest
  • D Hotel
Overnight Lake Mburo National Park
Mihingo Lodge
FB
Day
3
AM
Bird watching at Rubanga Forest
PM
Transfer to Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Bird of the day
Yellow-billed Barbet (Trachyplaemus purpuratus), Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus atroflavus), White-breasted Negrofinch (Nigrita fusconota), Green Hylia (Hylia prasina), Trilling Cisticola (Cisticola woosnami).
Movement
Lake Mburo
6hr drive
Ruhija
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge
FB
Day
4
Whole day
Bird watching at Mubwindi Swamp, Bwindi Impenetrable NP
PM
Ruhija
Bird of the day
African Green Broad Bill (Pseudocalyptomena graurei), Shelley's Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza shelleyi), Dusky Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza jacksoni), African Hill Babbler (Pseudoalcippe abyssinica) and Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher (Melaenornis ardesiacus).
Movement
Ruhija
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Box
  • D Hotel
Overnight Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge
FB
Day
5
AM
Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable NP
PM
Transfer to Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Bird of the day
African Green Broad Bill (Pseudocalyptomena graurei), Shelley's Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza shelleyi), Dusky Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza jacksoni), African Hill Babbler (Pseudoalcippe abyssinica) and Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher (Melaenornis ardesiacus).
Movement
Ruhija
3hr drive
Buhoma
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Engagi Lodge
FB
Day
6
Whole day
Bird watching at Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Bird of the day
African Shrike Flycatcher (Megabias flammulatus), Black and White Shrike Flycatcher (Bias musicus), African Emerald Cockoo (Chrysococcyx cupreus),Yellow spotted Barbet (Buccanodon duchaillui), and Lagden's Bush-Shrike (Malaconotus blachoti).
Movement
Buhoma
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Box
  • D Hotel
Overnight Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Engagi Lodge
HB
Day
7
AM
Transfer to Mweya, Queen Elizabeth NP
PM
Bird watching at Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth NP
Bird of the day
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Saddle-soiled Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis), African Fish Eagle (Haliaaeetus vocifer),Temminck's Courser (Cursorius temminckii), and African Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris).
Movement
Buhoma
5hr drive
Mweya
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Queen Elizabeth National Park
Mweya Safari Lodge
FB
Day
8
AM
Bird watching at Mweya savannah, Queen Elizabeth NP
PM
Bird watching at Bigodi Swamp
Bird of the day
Papyrus Gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri), White-faced Scops-owl (Otus leucotis), African fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vicifer), African Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris), Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus).
Movement
Mweya
4hr drive
Kibale
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Rest
  • D Hotel
Overnight Kibale National Park
Kibale Forest Camp
FB
Day
9
Whole day
Bird watching at Kibale NP
Bird of the day
Green-breasted Pitta (Pitta reichenowi), Crested Guinea Fowl (Guttera pucherani), African Pitta (Pitta angolensis), African crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus), Ayres's Hawk Eagle (Hieraaetus ayresii).
Movement
Kibale
1hr drive
Fort Portal
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Fort Portal
Mountains of the Moon Hotel
HB
Day
10
AM
Transfer to Entebbe
Movement
Fort Portal
6hr drive
Entebbe
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Rest
  • D Nil
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