Destination

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Duration
11 Days
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Tour Type
Adventure Tour
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Group Size
10 People
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Tour Guide
1 People
Uganda

11 Day Uganda Birding & Gorilla Trekking Safari

Explore Uganda’s top birding spots with an expert birdwatching guide and trek the impenetrable forest of Bwindi to find a family of mountain gorillas on this adventurous 11-day safari.

Uganda ranks high among the top birding destinations, with a winding checklist of more than 1050 bird species recorded in easy-to-reach habitats across the country. You will visit some bird-rich habitats on this birding expedition including the mashes around Lake Victoria in Entebbe, Lake Mburo, Lake Bunyonyi, and the impenetrable forest of Bwindi.

Let’s take a look at how the detailed itinerary would look.

Details

Our driver will pick you up from Entebbe International Airport (15 minutes) and check you in at your hotel within Entebbe. You'll meet with your trip specialist for a briefing just before dinner. You'll visit the Lake shores around the peninsula and wetlands searching the ?mystical shoebill and many other birds such as for Blue Monarch, Brown Twin Spots, Fain tailed Widow bird, Moustached Warbler, White headed Barbets, Black headed Gonolek, Striped Kingfisher, African Pied hornbill, Diederik’s Cuckoo, Black Bishop, among others. After lunch, visit the Uganda Wildlife Education centre where you will see different birds such as Ostriches, African grey parrots, the Peacock, crested cranes, Egyptian goose among others. Staying at:Papyrus Guesthouse (Comfortable) Meals: Bed & Breakfast
With a sunrise start, you will set off to Mabamba Wetland, a canoe boat ride on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is the best bird habitat to see the rare Shoebill birds in Uganda. Other birds you may see include the Lesser Jacana, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Blue Swallow, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, White Winged Warbler, and Papyrus Gonolek, among others. After a late breakfast, hit the highway west of Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park, having lunch en route. Staying at: Rwakobo Rock Lodgeb> Meal Plan: Full Board
Take an early game drive through the misty tracks of Lake Mburo National Park to catch the early risers on the park's savanna plains. Lucky birders may catch sight of the elusive leopard and some exotic wild animals. Still, you must take advantage of rare bird sightings in the early hours of the drive. Punctuated with many lakes surrounded by swamps, Lake Mburo National Park has various water-loving bird species, such as the Pelican, Black crake, Heron, cormorant, and fish eagle. The mysterious shoebill is sometimes sighted in the fringes; look out for its big shoe-like head. You'll also take a boat ride on the calm waters to get closer to some riparian birds, including crocodiles and hippos. Staying at: Rwakobo Rock Lodge Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
You'll have an early birding drive to tick off the list of some birds you still need to get as you leave the park to drive southwest to Lake Bunyonyi - the place of many birds. You'll drive via Kabale, the last town, before you check in at a beach cottage. There's so much to marvel at, including the Virunga Mountains chain forming a curtain over the island-dotted lake and the hilly landscape. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the richest bird habitats in Uganda; you won't stop turning your neck once you take an evening walk around your lodge.
Lake Bunyonyi is famous for its green and lush terraced hills punctuated by over 200 bird species, including water birds and some migratory birds, especially around Nyombi swamps. With the region's bird-watching expert, you'll explore the lake fringes in a fisherman's boat to islands dotted across the lake. You'll visit the legendary Akampene Island, where historically, the Bakiga dumped unmarried pregnant girls. Besides the dark history behind many of the islands, it's an excellent Uganda birding spot. Among the birds to expect are the grey crowned cranes, levillant cuckoo, white-tailed monad, slender-billed baglafetch, weavers, African harrier hawk, egrets, cardinal woodpecker, grey crowned cranes, African kingfisher, and herons. Staying at: Bunyonyi Lake Resort Meals: Brealfast, Lunch, Dinner
You will catch a motorized canoe from your beach lodge and cross Lake Bunyonyi to Muko Jetty, 2 hours away. Your guide will pick you up and drive through the hilly landscape, on a dirt road, for 2 hours to reach your cottage at the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The journey introduces you to enchanting landscapes across the rift valley. For two hours, you'll drive around the Impenetrable Forest with occasional glimpses of the misty jungle. At the lodge, you can walk around the community for a few sightings of Bwindi's rare birds. Staying at:  Bwindi Gorilla Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (packed), and Dinner.

From the arduous mountains and rainforests, this day calms down the Uganda birding expedition with another savanna wilderness expedition on the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You'll start the day with a sunrise safari game drive through the southern tracks of the park from Ishasha Sector northbound. You can see numerous bird species accentuated with wild game. Look out for the Martial Eagle, Lesser Flamingoes, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer, Ovampo Sparrow hawk, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, White-tailed Lark, Saddle-billed Storks, Red Footed Falcon, Papyrus Gonolek, and Papyrus Canary among others. Tree-climbing lions are a specialty of the Ishasha sector. You'll also see giant forest hogs; buffalo are beautiful as they are often reddish brown due to interbreeding with forest buffalo from the rainforests. Many interesting antelope species, such as Uganda kob, topi, and bushbuck, will definitely cross your tracks. In the evening, you'll visit the Katwe salt works to catch some salt-lake birds like flamingos, Pelicans, plovers, and stilts. Check-in at another camp in the northern section of the park. Staying at: Katara Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (packed), and Dinner.
You'll have an early bird-watching expedition in the Maramagambo Forest. From this tropical moist forest, you will see different forest birds such as Hornbills, Kingfishers, and Sunbirds. Other highlights are Bat Cave, where thousands of Egyptian Fruit Bats stay, a small bluish transparent Blue Lake, and Hunter's Cave. You'll then proceed to Mweya Jetty, reaching in time for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. There is prolific birdlife around the Kazinga Channel to keep your eyes in action for more than two hours on a boat safari. Prominent birds on the channel include the African Shoebill, Yellow Billed Stork, Great White & Pink-Backed Pelicans, Open-Billed Stork, Saddle Bill Stork, Great and Long Tailed Cormorants, Darters, Black Crake, and Jacana. Hippos, elephants, and crocodiles are common sightings on the banks of the Kazinga Channel. Staying at: Katara Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (packed), and Dinner.
Early morning game drive or birding in the Kyambura gorge and there after transfer to Entebbe via Mbarara with lunch stop at the Igongo Cultural Centre. Optional Accommodation Papyrus Guesthouse Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Packed), Dinner