Birding Tours

16 Days Uganda Birding Tour - Mabira forest, Budongo forest, Kibaale forest, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

 Mabira, Kibaale, Bwindi, Uganda
 12th Feb - 12th Feb

Overview

his birding safari will take you through discovering a quarter of the world’s bird’s population and also the Mighty Mountain Gorilla, Mabira forest, Budingo forest, Kibale forest and Bwindi impenetrable forest.
Highlights;
Departs: Entebbe International Airport
Tour Length: 16 Day Focus: Birding |Primates Watch
Key Expected Number of birds: 350 Species
Birding Pace: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Group Limit: Maximum 14
Bird Photography: Can be tricky in the forest but fair in open forest trails.

Itinerary In Summary
Day 1: Arrival for Forest Birding Safari Uganda
Day 2: Mabira Forest (Nahan’s Francolin)
Day 3: Budongo Forest
Day 4: Budongo Forest Uganda (Puvel’s Illadopsis) Slender-billed Starling
Day 5: Busingiro-Kibale Forest National Park
Day 6 & 7: Green-breasted Pitta Search and Optional Chimpanzee Tracking
Day 8: Semliki National Park in Uganda
Day 9 & 10: Semliki forest and the Kirumiya trail
Day 11: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 12: Albertine Rift Endemics Tour and Optional Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Day 13: Ruhija (African Green Broadbill)
Day 14: Birding Mubwindi
Day 15: Birding to Kampala/Entebbe
Day 16: Departure

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Tour Overview

Availability

January 01 - December 31

Duration

16D/15N

Pickup Location

pickup avaiable from airport, train and also cruise

Language

English

Car PickUp

Available

Tour Guide

Included

Included

  • Ground Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals and bottled water
  • All Government Taxes
  • All Tourist attractions and activities charges charges
  • English-speaking driver/guide

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Airport Taxes
  • Items of personal nature like Laundry
  • Bar bills
  • Tipping and any extra expenses not included above.

Itenary

Day 1
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 1: Arrival for Forest Birding Safari.
    Transfer to the Hotel. We bird Entebbe botanical Gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education Center depending on the time of arrival.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Entebbe Protea Hotel - Luxury option)
    (2 Friends Beach Hotel - Midrange option)
    (Central Inn Hotel - Budget option).

Day 2
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 2: Mabira Forest (Nahan’s Francolin)
    This is the largest forest reserve closest to the city center. It boosts of a 315 bird species record with 74 of the 144 species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome that occur in Uganda. We search for Nahan’s Francolin which is an IUCN Red list’ endangered species, etc

    Accommodation Category:
    (Entebbe Protea Hotel - Luxury option)
    (2 Friends Beach Hotel - Midrange option)
    (Central Inn Hotel - Budget option).

Day 3
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 3: Budongo Forest
    Budongo Forest has a prolific bird-life with two species of birds not found elsewhere in East Africa: 10 of the 22 species of the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome and 93 of the 144 species Guinea–Congo Forests biome that occur in Uganda.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Masindi Hotel - Luxury option)
    (Budongo Eco Lodge - Midrange option)
    (Hotel Victory Bijja - Budget option)

Day 4
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 4: Budongo Forest Uganda (Puvel’s Illadopsis) Slender-billed Starling
    We bird the marvelous Royal mile and several other trails for magnificent bird species. We look for the Puvel’s Illadopsis and Nahan’s Francolin and other special birds.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Masindi Hotel - Luxury option)
    (Budongo Eco Lodge - Midrange option)
    (Hotel Victory Bijja - Budget option).

Day 5
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 5: Busingiro-Kibale Forest National Park
    For the early hours of the day, we bird Busingiro and later transfer to Kibale Forest National Park which is the most accessible of Uganda's major rainforests.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Papaya Lake Lodge - Luxury option)
    (Chimpanzee Guest Cottages - Midrange option)
    (Chimpanzee Guest House - Budget option)

Day 6
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 6 & 7: Green-breasted Pitta Search and Optional Chimpanzee Tracking
    In Kibale we will bird areas of the forest, Bigodi wetland Sanctuary and Sebitoli for Unique forest species & papyrus endemics.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Papaya Lake Lodge - Luxury option)
    (Chimpanzee Guest Cottages - Midrange option)
    (Chimpanzee Guest House - Budget option)

Day 8
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 8: Semliki National Park in Uganda
    Semliki harbours a large number of predominantly Central African species which cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa and these include some of the continent's most spectacular and sought-after birds such as; Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Black-wattled Hornbill, the Nkulengu Rail just to mention but a few. There is a single, unconfirmed report of the globally threatened Lesser Kestrel.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Semuliki Safari Lodge - Luxury option)
    (Ntoroko Game Lodge - Midrange option)
    (Kirumia Guest House - Budget option)

Day 9
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 9 - 10:Semliki forest and the Kirumiya trail
    It's one of the richest areas for both flora and fauna in Africa most especially birds, we bird the place for only two days. We aim at a record of 400 species which will include White-tailed Robin-Chat, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Capped Wheatear, Common Stonechat to mention but a few.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Semuliki Safari Lodge - Luxury option)
    (Ntoroko Game Lodge - Midrange option)
    (Kirumia Guest House - Budget option)

Day 11
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 11 :Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
    This is the best place for forest birding in Uganda and yet Africa’ number one birding spot, the park has 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the globally threatened species such as the African Green Broadbill and Shelley’s Crimsonwing. Other birds such as Oberlander's/Forest Ground Thrush, Sassi's Olive Greenbul, Dusky Crimson-wing, & many more can also be observed.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Silverback Lodge - Luxury option)
    (Buhoma Haven Lodge - Midrange option)
    (Buhoma Rest Camp - Budget option).

Day 12
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 12 :Albertine Rift Endemics Tour and Optional Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
    At Buhoma, 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, and many others. Bwindi impenetrable forest habituates families of mountain gorillas along with other species of primates for example, Chimpanzees, Colubus monkeys, Olive baboons, name it.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Silverback Lodge - Luxury option)
    (Buhoma Haven Lodge - Midrange option)
    (Buhoma Rest Camp - Budget option).

Day 13
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 12 : Ruhija (African Green Broadbill) Bwindi Forest.
    Today we bird Ruhija in search for the darling African Green Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Strange Weaver, Shelley’s and Dusky Crimson-wings, Mountain masked and Rwenzori Apalises and many more.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Silverback Lodge - Luxury option)
    (Buhoma Haven Lodge - Midrange option)
    (Buhoma Rest Camp - Budget option).

Day 14
  • 08:00 AM

    Day 14 : Birding Mubwindi (Bwindi Forest)
    Whole day birding Mubwindi Swamp we look out for the Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, White tailed blue flycatcher, Brown capped warbler, Black Billed weaver, Rwenzori Nightjar & African Green Broadbill.

    Accommodation Category:
    (Silverback Lodge - Luxury option)
    (Buhoma Haven Lodge - Midrange option)
    (Buhoma Rest Camp - Budget option)

Day 15
  • 08:00 A.M

    Day 15 : Birding to Kampala/Entebbe
    Today you will go for short birding in Entebbe and Kampala city tour

    Accommodation Category:
    (Entebbe Protea Hotel - Luxury option)
    (2 Friends Beach Hotel - Midrange option)
    (Central Inn Hotel - Budget option).

Day 16
  • 08:00 A.M

    Day 16 : Departure
    Today Ultimate wild safaris driver will transfer you to the Airport for your flight back home, hence calling it end of Uganda birding experience.