21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari
There is no single destination in the world that can compare to Uganda when it comes to Birding Excursion Safari and its assortment of tourism products. It is a paradise on its own where you can see over 10% of the world’s species total.
With conductive climatic conditions all year, it is clear that Uganda plays host to migrant bird species. It is this very climate that accounts for the various wildlife and the astonishing contrasts the country offers.
Uganda’s richness is meticulously echoed by the ever-burgeoning bird list which has now hit the over 1060 species mark with a record of over 500 species that can be seen in a 20 days itinerary. This bird list is remarkable considering the size of the country, qualifying it to be arguably Africa’s richest birding destination with over half of Africa’s birds.
Birding has today interested many and currently, more are being established to support this niche market for the industry. Wildlife Adventure Safaris has specialized experienced bird-watching tour guides who are ready to make your birding experience a memorable one.
This 21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari shall take you through Uganda’s Important Birding Areas; Mabamba swamp, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the Albertine Rift Endemics (Buhoma and Ruhija), Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest for the rare forest species, Budongo Forest and Murchison Falls National Park.
Highlights of 21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari
- Day1: Arrive in Uganda
- Day 2: Transfer to Mabamba Wetland and later to Lake Mburo
- Day 3: Birding Lake Mburo National Park
- Day 4: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- Day 5: Birding Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- Day 6: Birding Echuya en route to Bwindi.
- Day 7: Birding Mubwindi Swamp
- Day 8 Gorilla tracking, (Optional Activity)
- Day 9: Birding to Buhoma through “the Neck”
- Day10: Birding the Main Trail at the Buhoma section
- Day 11-12: Birding to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
- Day 13: Transfer to Semliki National Park
- Day 14: Birding Semliki National Park
- Day 15: Birding Semliki Wildlife Reserve and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
- Day 16: Birding Kibale National Park
- Day 17-18: Birding to Budongo Forest
- Day 19 – 21: Birding to Murchison Falls National Park
- Day 21: Transfer Back to Kampala for departure
Main Safari Activities
- Primate viewing
- Boat Cruise on the Nile for crocodiles, water-bucks, birds
- View the “BIG FOUR”,
- Chimpanzee tracking (Optional)
- Big game viewing and Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth Park
- Gorilla tracking (Optional)
- Visit the deepest lake of Uganda – Lake Bunyonyi visit
- Viewing zebras, impalas, Elands, Boat cruise for crocodiles, Finfoots…
Detailed 21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari
Day1: Arrive in Uganda
On your arrival in the country, you will be welcomed by our tour guide who will transfer you to the hotel for overnight and dinner. She/ he will brief you about the country and the entire safari and take you through the checklist of what you must have to enjoy this safari.
Day 2: Transfer to Mabamba Wetland and later to Lake Mburo
Travel after an early breakfast to Mabamba wetlands on the shores of Lake Victoria about 50km west of Kampala. 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 important bird area, and home to several pairs of shoebills, Uganda’s most famous avian resident. This charismatic monotypic specie is certainly amongst the most sought–after birds in Africa. Find it by paddling through the channels by boat.
There is a good selection of classic East African water birds, pink-backed pelican, long-tailed cormorant, Goliath Heron, African open–billed, saddle-billed and Marabou storks, Hammerkop, white-faced whistling –Duck, Yellow-billed Duck, African- fish Eagle, African Marsh-Harrier, African water Rail, purple swamphen Allen’s Gallinule, African Jacana, long-toed and spur-winged plovers.
Apart from the numerous water birds, you are likely to see a nice variety of open country and water edge species, perhaps including speckled pigeon, African Green pigeon, Eastern Plantain – Eater, Malachite, Giant, and Pied Kingfishers, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Crowned Hornbill, Angola, and Rufous – chested swallows, winding Cisticola, Greater and lesser swamp – Warblers, papyrus yellow Warblers, Swamp Flycatcher, scarlet – chested sunbird, papyrus Gonolek, slender-billed, Northern Brown-throated, and Golden – Backed weavers and papyrus canary. if we are lucky, we even see the nomadic wyn’s weaver.
In the afternoon travel to Lake Mburo National Park. This park has varied habitats from open acacia woodlands, to several papyrus-lined lakes and swamps. Some of the many species to search for en route to the park, in the woodland in the immediate vicinity of Rwonyo (at lake Mburo) and within the park include Black headed, Squacco and rufous – bellied Herons, Hadada Ibis, Yellow – billed (Black) kite, Spur – Winged Goose, Comb Duck, Black chested Snake – Eagle, Lizard Buzard, Palm – Nut and white – backed Vultures, Wahlberg’s and vereaux’s Eagle- owl, Lizard buzzard, Creasted Francolin, Crowned crane, African Finfoot, Black – bellied Bustard, Temminck’s and Bronze – winged Coursers, Senegal, Crowned, Wattled, and Brown- chested Lapwings, Emerald spotted and Blue – spotted wood doves, Brown parrot, Red – eyed Dove, Great Blue Turaco, Bare – faced Go- away Bird, White – Browed Coucal, Speckled and Blue – naped Mousebirds, little, White – rumped and African palm swifts, woodland Kingfisher, little Bee- eater, Lilac – Breasted and Broad – billed Rollers, Green Wood – Hoopoe, Common Scimitar- Bill, African Grey, Crowned, Black- and – white Casqued, and African pied Hornbills, Spot-flanked Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Angola Swallow, African pied Wagtail, African and long –billed pipits, Red-shouldered Cuckoo – shrike, Dark –capped Bulbul, African Thrush, Trilling Cisticola, Yellow – breasted Apalis, Tawny – flanked prinia, Grey – backed Camaroptera, Grey – capped warbler, Red – faced Crombec, Northen (white –winged) Black Tit, Chinspot Batis, Mariqus, Olive – bellied, and red – chested sunbirds,pied crow greaterblue –eared, spiedndid, rap-pell’s long – tailed starlings, black –headed northern brown – throated, yellow – backed, vielled and slender – billed weavers, northern grey headed sparrow, bonze manikin, and yellow – fronted canary. Transfer to the lodge for dinner and overnight
Day 3 of 21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari: Birding Lake Mburo National Park
The more open grassland north of the park head-quarters, particularly along the zebra track, is worth exploring for species such as conquer francolin, red-necked spurfowl, black-bellied bustard, Temminck’s courser, and African Wattled lapwing, and it is here where small numbers of the migratory brown- chested Lapwing, African Marsh harrier, African Hawk-Eagle, common quails, water thick-knee, Red-rumped and Rufous – chested swallow, Yellow-throated long claw, black cuckoo – shrike, singing, long-tailed (or Tabora) cisticolas, white-winged warblers, lead-colored flycatcher, African penduline- tit, black-headed Oriole, tropical Boubou, southern red bishop, brubru, Red-headed, little and Hoolubs Golden – weavers, Red-faced Barbet, Crested Barbet, chances are there to see the Black-collared barbet, woodland African scops – owls swamp. Freckled and black-shouldered night-jar are also recorded here.
Mammals in this park include the shy Oribi, graceful impalas and common zebras, common eland, leopard, hyenas, and giraffes all found out in the open savanna
In the afternoon, go for a boat ride on Lake Mburo searching for the rare white-backed night heron, African finfoot, the African Giant King Fisher, papyrus Gonolek, and white-winged warbler.
After the boat cruise, retire to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
After early morning breakfast at the lodge, embark on the drive too far to south-western Uganda. Drive through Mbarara city – the capital of the west, Ntungamo before reaching Kabale – “the Alps of Uganda”. You may have lunch here or at the Great Lakes Museum or Kiga Food Station. After lunch proceeds to Kisoro where you will reach in the late afternoon and rest for dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 5 of 21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari: Birding Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
This Uganda’s smallest and probably most scenic national park is situated in the extreme southwestern corner of the country on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes which rise to 4000m in elevation. To the south of the park is Rwanda, and to the west is the democratic republic of Congo. The park has a rice variety of Albertine rift endemics and you can explore the treasurer of this park along the excellent Gorge trail, which loops halfway up Mt. Sabinyo, traversing a variety of montane habitats.
One trail winds up through former farmlands. Here you look for dusky turtle – dove, cape robin – chat, brown–crowned Tchagra, Bronze Sunbird, Rwenzori Turaco, shelly’s crimson- wing, Kivu ground-thrush, black-headed waxbill, and streaky seedeater. As you climb and enter the bamboo belt at about 2500m, you may encounter the handsome francolin and cinnamon bracken warbler.
The flowering red-hot poker attracts malachite, scarlet–tufted, and Ruwenzori double–collared sunbirds, as well as Lagden’s Bush-Shrike. Many of these are Albertan Rift endemic, which you can see here.
The beautiful Golden Monkey, a localized form of the Blue Monkey, occurs in the bamboo zone and mountain Gorillas are seasonally resident in the park. Retire for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 6 of 21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari: Birding Echuya en route to Bwindi.
This site is mostly forest (the 3400ha Echuya forest reserve) but includes a permanent high-altitude swamp (Muchuya) at 2300m, about 7km long by up to 750m wide, in a narrow variety surrounded by swamps forested hillsides. The swamps vegetation is dominated by sedges cares and includes tussock vegetation and giant lobelias.
Echuca is ranked among the top 10% of the 65 sites visited by the Forest Biodiversity Inventory team. Densely populated agricultural land surrounded the forest reserve. Echuca Forest reserve is an IBA, including the Muchuya swamp, which has a total of over 100 species recorded. These include various Warblers, Rwenzori Nightjar, dusky turtle-dove, regal sunbird, red-chested Owlet, white-naped Raven, scarce swift, western Green Tinkerbird, Doherty’s Bush-Shrike, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Black-tailed Oriole, Chubb’s Cisticola. We continue to Ruhija, the southern part of Bwindi national park, Birding on the road may produce good results for the Albertine Rift Endemics. Relax at your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Birding Mubwindi Swamp
Spend the entire day birding the Mubwindi Swamp area. The 4km trail to Mubwindi swamp is the best place for some of the most difficult to find all rift endemics including Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill, the beautiful regal sunbird, and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Mubwindi swamp is also home to Dwarf Honeyguide, stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori Apalis, Ruwenzori Hill babbler, (sometimes treated as a separate species from African Hill Babbler), the rare and localized Grauer’s Scrub- Warbler, and Carruther’s Cisticola. Some of the many species you may have a chance of seeing here include; black Goshawk, Augur Buzzard, Crowned Hawk-Eagle, Handsome Francolin, Olive (Rameron) pigeon, Bronze – winged pigeon, black billed, Ruwenzori, and ross’s Turaco, African, Barred long- tailed, and African Emerald Cuckoos, Red – Chested Owlet, Narina and bar – tailed Trogons, black and Cinnamon chested Bee – eaters, Blue – throated Roller, white – headed wood-hoopoe, Grey – throated, Double – toothed, and yellow – spotted barbets, Western and yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, thick – billed and Dwarf Honey guides, rufous – necked wryneck, Tullberg’s speckle –breasted, Elliots and Olive woodpeckers, African Broadbill, Rock Martin, Black sawing, gray and petit’s cuckoo – shrike, Cabanis Greenbul, white – tailed Ant-thrush, Kivu Ground thrush, Olive and Mountain Thrushes, Red –throated Alethe, Chubb’s Cisticola, Banded Prinia, Riwenzori, Black throated, and Black – faced Apalis, Olive – Green Camaroptera, Gauer’s and Cameroon scrub- warblers, Cinnamon Bracken- Warblers, Mountain yellow Warbler, White – BrowedCrombec, Red – faced Woodland – Warbler, White eyed Slaty-Flycatcher, yellow – eyed black flycatcher, sooty flycatcher, white – starred robin, white – bellied and Archer’s Robin chats, Ruwenzori Batis, White-tailed Slaty, and African Blue – flycatchers, Mountain, and Grey – chested llladopsis, Grey – Headed, green – headed, Blue – headed, Green-throated, Stuhlmann’s, Northern Double – Collared, and Regal sunbirds, Mackinnon’s shrike, Ludher’s Gray – green, many – colored and Lagden’s Bush-shrikes, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Slender-billed, Waller’s, Narrow – tailed, Stuhlmann’s and sharpe’s , starlings, Black –billed, strange, and brown – capped weavers, red – faced and Dusky Crimson –wings. Relax at your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 of 21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari: Gorilla tracking, (Optional Activity)
Gorilla tracking is one of the most exciting life experiences of all time. The gorillas are gentle animals and it is an unforgettable experience to photograph them as they interact. It is a wonderful experience to stare into the eyes of these gentle giants; watch them in awe as they play and go about their daily activities.
It is indeed a “once in a lifetime” experience that you must never miss. Each encounter is different and has its rewards; you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming, and resting as the youngster’s frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.
Other primates here include the L Hoest Monkey Black and white colobus; Red-tailed, and Blue Monkey. Other mammals include the Rwenzori Duiker, yellow back duiker, Caruthers squirrel, Bohm’s and Alexander squirrels, and many other species.
Day 9: Birding to Buhoma through “the Neck”
The distance is about 50km but may take a whole day because of the diversity of birdlife here.
The “Neck” is where the forest narrows and offers excellent forest birding.
Key species that we will look for here include many of the Albertine Rift Endemics. These include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed, Black–Flycatcher, Red-Faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe – Breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, blue-headed sunbird, Regal sunbird, strange weaver, Dusky Crimson wing.
A few other species we may encounter as well include Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Fine–banded and cardinal woodpeckers, Willcocks Honeyguide, Shelley’s, Greenbul, Red-tailed Greenbul, Red-tailed Bristle bill, Blue–shouldered Robin-Chat, Mountain Wagtail, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Equatorial Akalat, Black – Faced Rufous Warbler, Dusky Tit, Chestnut wattle-eye, Red-headed Malimbe, Dusky Twinspot, Cape Wagtail, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, and Western Citril.
Day 10 of 21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari: Birding the Main Trail at Buhoma section
Species will search for Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo; Bar-tailed Trogon: Dusky Tit; Kivu ground, Thrush; White-bellied Robin-Chat: Equatorial akalat, White-tailed Ant- Thrush’ Red-throated athlete, white-bellied, Crested, Flycatcher, white-eyed slaty Flycatcher, Gray-green Bush-shrike, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Black-billed, Weaver
High exposed perches in the open forest are favored by African Goshawk, the dazzling Black Bee-eater; Blue-throated Roller; sooty, Flycatcher, and forest starlings. Including waller’s, stuhimenn’s, and Narrow–tailed.
One of Bwindi’s star avian attractions is the diminutive, pitta–like Neumann’s warbler, a vocal yet very secretive bird! Other under-story birds recorded here include displaying African Broadbill, Banded Prinia, and the handsome black-faced rufous-warbler, the Mid-storey, and canopy support Elliots and Tullberg’a woodpeckers, Cabanis, Shelley’s and Ansorge’s greenbuls, the strange Grauer’s walker and White-browed Crombec, the rare Jameson’s Antepecker may also be seen probing under moss on dead branches of gleaning warbler like in the canopy.
Overhead, source swift forage over the forest. Birding at Buhoma is a truly magical experience other world life that you may be fortunate enough to find here include the huge Yellow-backed Duiker, Guereza Colobus, L. Hoest’s, Blue and Red-tailed Monkey, Chimpanzee, and several species of squirrels including fire-footed, Carruthers’ Mountain, Ruwenzori Sun and Red-legged Sun squirrel.
Day 11-12: Birding to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Start early after breakfast and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park passing through the Ishasha sector, eminent for its tree-climbing lions. The park, which is named after Queen Elizabeth who visited it in 1954, is the second-largest national park in Uganda, and ranks highest concerning overall diversity, with a species list exceeding 610.
The park has a mosaic of habitats from the forest at Maramagambo to wild Savannah excellent for lions, Leopards, Elephants, Hyenas, Ugandan Kobs, Side- stripped Jackal, Baboons, Giant Hogs, just to name a few. While at the park, we will partake in a game drive as well as one of the big highlights of this area, the boat ride on the Kazinga Channel, which is one of the best and most thrilling wildlife experiences in Africa. This Boat trip is one of the better places to look for African Skimmers which are sometimes present, while just some of the many species possible include Great white and pink–backed Pelicans, Grey, Purple, and Goliath Herons, Saddle-billed and Yellow-billed Storks, Sacred and Glossy ibises, African spoonbill, Egyptian Goose, Black crake, African Jacana, Black-winged still, Water Thick-knee, spur-winged African Wattled, Kittlitz’s and three-banded plovers, Collared pratincole, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Brown Throated sand Martin, Greater and Lesser Swamp Warblers, Carruthers’ Cisticola, and papyrus Gonolek.
Other interesting species found in queen Elizabeth National Park include black –rumpled button –quail African Crake, Brown-chested plover, Verreaux’s eagle-owl, black bee-eater, white-tailed lark, as well as Marabou Stork, black-shouldered kite, white-backed, Ruppel’s Griffon, Lappet-faced and white-headed Vultures, Brown snake eagle, Bateleur, Gabar Goshawk, Wahlberg’s, Tawny, Martial, and long-crested Eagles, lanner Falcon, Helmeted Guineafowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Red-necked spurfowl, Senegal, and Crowned Plovers, African Mourning, Ring –nacked and laughing Doves, Diederik Cuckoo-black and Senegal Coucals, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, blue –naped Mousebird, Grey-headed Kingfisher Madagascar and little Bee-eaters, African hoopoe, common Scimitarbill, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird. White-headed Barbet, Lesser Honeyguide, Grey woodpecker, Rufous-napped and flappet Larks, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Plain-backed Pipit, Banded Martin, White-browed and Black coucal, White-Browed Robin-chat, Sooty chat, arrow-marked and black lored babblers, Moustached Grass Warbler, Fan-tailed Grassbird, Trilling, Winding, Stout and Zitting Cisticolas, Nothern Crombec, Buff-bellied Warbler, Black-headed Batis, Common, and Grey-backed Fiscals, Black-headed Gonolek, Black-crowned Tchagra, Sulphur-breasted Bush-Shrike, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-Shrike, Violet-backed. Structure visits Kibale more than starling Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Purple-banded and Scarlet-chested sunbirds, Compact, lesser masked and Spectacled Weavers, Red-billed Quelea, southern Red Bishop, Fan-tailed and white-winged Widowbirds, Green-winged Pytilla, Red-cheeked cordon-bleu, Red-billed Firefinch, common and Fawn-breasted Waxbills, Pin-tailed Whydah, Brimstone Canary and Golden-breasted Bunting Broad-tailed Warbler.
Day 13 of 21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari: Transfer to Semliki National Park
Overnight Fort portal
Day 14: Birding Semliki National Park
Day 15: Birding Semliki Wildlife Reserve and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Day 16: Birding Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park is a large block of rainforest that offers both excellent birding and our main opportunity to see chimpanzees in the wild. The park has the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa and is famous for its Chimpanzees.
Some of the many species we will look for around Kibale include African Crowned-Eagle, White-spotted flufftail, Afep pigeon, Red-winged Francolin, African Emerald, Dusky long-tailed and Red-chested Cuckoos, Yellowbill (or Blue Malkoha), Black-billed Turaco, Narina Trogon, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, black and white-throated Bee-eaters, White-headed and Forest wood Hoopoe, Speckled, Yellow-rumped, and Yellow-throated Tinkerbirds, streaky-throated (split from Hairy-breasted), Yellow-billed and yellow-spotted Barbets, African (Green-breasted) Pitta, Grey-winged and snowy-headed Robin-chats, African Broadbill, Wilcock’s & Thick-billed Honey guides, Casin’s Honeybird, white-headed Saw-wing,Mountain Wagtail, Velvet-mentioned Drongo, Petit’sCuckoo-Shrike, Joyful ,Honey Guide Greenbuls, Brown and Scaly-breasted llladoses, White-chinned princes, Masked and Buff-throated Apalis, Grey-throated and black-and-white shrike Flycatchers, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, pink-footed puff-back, Chestnut-winged and purple-headed Starlings, Superb, Green-headed & Green-throated sunbirds, Dark-backed and Vieilot’s Black weavers, Red-headed Malimbe, Gray-headed Negroffinch, and Blck-Crowned Waxbill.
Day 17-18: Birding to Budongo Forest
The drive northwards to Budongo may be long, but with numerous birding stops along the way. As you walk quietly along with the trail look for fancy birds, such as blue-breasted, Chocolate-backed, and African Dwarf Kingfishers.
For the next two days, you will visit Budongo Forest starting with the “Royal Mile”
The Royal Mile is one of the best of Uganda’s Bird-watching spots. It is also a historically known leisure spot for the traditional Kings, Hence the name Royal Mile. Here the forest has been cut back a few meters along the sides of the main trail, which makes it a particularly good viewing area in this excellent forest.
Special birds of the Budongo area include Nahan’s Francolin, Black-collared Lovebird, White-thighed and black-and-white casqued Hornbills, Yellow-spotted and Yellow-billed Barbets, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Ituri batis, Western Black-headed Oriole, and Brown Twinspot, while a couple of the more interesting primates here are Red-tailed and Blue Monkeys. Overhead, Sabine’s and sometimes Cassin’s Spine tails soar above, the clearings.
As you walk quietly along with the trail look for fancy birds, such as Blue-breasted, Chocolate-backed, African Dwarf Kingfishers, and Blue-throated rollers. Red-tailed Ant-thrushes skulk in the Shadows, as do red-tailed Bristiebill, and scaly-breasted, pate-breasted, and Brown illadopses, Green bulls are always a Challenge and this area has several, including little Grey, Little, Cameroon somber, Slender-billed, Honeyguide, and spotted other species regularly seen in the Budongo area are crested Guinea Fowl, White-spotted Fluff-tails, Great sparrow-hawk, cassin’sHawk-Eagle, Tambourine Dove, Grey parrot, African Emerald, Klaas, and Dusky long-tailed, Red-eater, White-thighed, and Black and White Caasqued Hornbill, Speckled and Yellow-throated Tinkerbirds, Streaky-throated Barbet (split-from Hairy-breasted), Wilcock’s Honeyguide, Yellow-crested, and Buff-spotted.
Woodpeckers, White-headed Saw-wing, westernNicator, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Red-tailed Ant-thrush, Rufous Thrush, Eastern Forest Robin, Fira-crested Alethe, Buff-throated, and Black-capped Applies.
Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Olive-Green, and Lemon-bellied Crombecs, Yellow and Grey Longbills and Uganda Woodland Warblers, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, African Shrike-Flycatcher, Jameson’s and Chest-nut Wattle-eyes, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Brown and Scaly-breasted llladopses, Dusky Tit, Grey-headed, Green, Collared, Western Olive, Blue-throated Brown and little Green and Olive –Bellied Sunbirds, Red-headed and crested Members, Vieillot’s Black and Yellow-mantled Weavers, and both white-breasted and Grey-headed Negro finches, Red-headed Bluebill.
Day 19 – 21 of 21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari: Birding to Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast, drive northwards towards Murchison Fall National Park birding through the Kaniyo Pabidi section of Budongo, a newly discovered location for the puvell’s lordosis, as well as a good area for Black-billed Turaco, Narina Trogon, Blue-throated Roller, Fire-crested Alethe.
Murchison Fall National Park is Uganda’s largest national park (3893 sq. km) and protects a large section of untamed savannah bisected by the mighty River Nile. It is named after the dramatic Murchison Falls where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. It is one of Uganda’s oldest conservation areas, formed in the early 1900s.
The park is perhaps Uganda’s premier game park, with no fewer than 76 mammal species, including Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Hippopotamus, Rothschild Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, Hartebeest, Oribi, Warthog, and the Uganda Kob. The park also hosts 360 bird species including the rare shoebill. Some of the many species to look for here include African Darter, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, White-faced
Whistling-Duck, Egyptian Goose, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Bat Hawk, Bateleur, Dark-Chanting Goshawk, Red-necked Falcon, Crested and Heuglin’s Francolins, African Finfoot, Stanley and Black-bellid Bustards, Senegal and spotted thick-knees, Rock pranticole, Black-headed and wattled lapwings vinaceous Dove, Black billed wood-dove, Bruce’s green-pigeon, Red headed Lovebird, White-crested Turacco, Levaillant’s and black cuckoos, Blue-headed, Senegal, and White-browed Coucals, Grey eagle –Owl, Long tailed, square-tailed nightjar, and pennant-winged Nightjar, Blue-naped Mousebird, Gray-headed and pied King Fishers, Red-throated, Blue-breasted, swallow-tailed and Northern Carmine Bee-eaters, Broad-billed Roller, African Gray and Abyssinian Ground-Hornbills, Spot-flanked and black-billed Barbets, Nubian and Brownbacked woodpeckers, Wire-tailed Swallow, African Pipit, singing, Rattling, Croaking, siffling, and zitting Cisticolas, Red-winged and red-winged-grey warbler, White-winged scrub warbler, Green-backed Eremomela, Uganda wood-warbler, Silverbird, Pale fly-catcher, Lead-colored flycatcher, Snowy-crowned Robinchat, Spotted mourning-thrush, white-fronted Black-chat, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Black-headed batis, White-shouldered Black-tit, Beautiful sunbird, Copper sunbird, Grey-backed fiscal, Yellow-billed shrike, Brubru, Northern puffback, Sulphur-breasted and Grey-headed bushshrikes, White-helmeted shrike, Lesser blue-eared starling, Violet-backed starling, Speckle-fronted weaver, Little weaver, Vitelline masked weaver, Cardinal Quelea, Red-headed quelea, Orange Bishop, Yellow-shouldered Widowbird, Bar-breasted firefinch, Black-bellied firefinch, Black-faced Quailfinch, Pin-tailed Whydah, Brown-rumped Bunting, Cabanis’s Bunting, Shelly’s Rufous Sparrow, Red-throated bee-eater and many more.
Day 21: Transfer Back to Kampala for departure
End of 21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari
21 Days Uganda Birding Excursion Safari Inclusions and Exclusions
- All accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary on FB & BB basis
- Full time exclusive use of a 4 x 4 Safari Jeep/Toyota Land cruiser
- Full time services of experienced English-speaking drive/guide
- All services in national parks i.e park entrance fees, guided nature walks, hikes & game drives
- Boat trips in both Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth
- A 3-hour guided night game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park (optional – depending on one’s strength and interest)
- Bottled drinking mineral water, coffees, teas or soft drinks while on Safaris, game drives, walks, hikes or transfers
- All Nature/Safari & Community walks as indicated in the itinerary-safari program
- All airport pickups and drop off from Entebbe & back to Entebbe airport
- All activities indicated & mentioned in the itinerary
- A $15.0 per pax off as donation to orphanage homes whose parents’ death are/were as a result of animal conflicts within conservation areas
- All government related taxes
- Gorilla permit fees/permit purchased NET from UWA each $700.0 per person per visit
- Chimpanzee permit fees/permit purchased NET from UWA each $200.00 per person per visit
- Mgahinga Golden Monkeys permit fees Purchases NET from UWA each $60.0 per person per visit
- Optional Forest walks each at $20.0 plus entry of $40.0 park entry fees
- Optional Batwa community visit in Bwindi or Mgahinga or Nyakabade and the entertainment each at ($25 per person)
- Laundry service in different hotels we stay
- Bar bills, phone calls
- Personal insurance and medical bills
- Air fares
- All other services of a personal nature
- All services marked as Optional in the itinerary
- Driver/guides/hotel staff or any other person’s gratuity
- Gorilla permit cost $700.0
- Chimpanzee permit costs $200.0 in Kibale Forest NP/$50.0 in Kalinju Forest & Kyambura Gorge in QENP