11 Days Safari- Birds in Uganda

11 Days  Safari- Birds in Uganda 11 Days  Safari- Birds in Uganda

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport and proceed to Kampala to check-in at your overnight accommodation.

Day.2: After early breakfast take a birding tour around Kampala and its environs to get us used to some of the common birds of Uganda. Target birds: Best chance to see certain species such as the Bat Hawk and African Hobby, which breed around Sheraton and Makerere University. We proceed for Lake Mburo National Park, dominated by tall grass and Savannah trees Common. Conspicuous here are the Crested Francolin, Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare faced Go-away Bird, Blue Naped Mouse Bird, Lilac-breasted Roller, Green Wood Hoopoe, Common Scimitar Bill , African Grey Hornbill, Spot Flanked Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, Yellow breasted Apalis, Northern Black Tit, Chin- Spot Batis, Greater Blue-eared Starling, and Marico Sunbird.

Day 3: After early morning breakfast and game drive, continue westwards to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park offering some of the finest montane forest birding in Africa.
Target birds: Bwindi offers no fewer than 23 of 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the globally threatened

Day 4: Whole day birding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Look for: Target birds African Green Broadbill, Albertine Rift endemics – Red-throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin Chat, Kivu Ground Trush, Montane Masked Apalis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis. Also Western Bronze-naped Pigeon, Dusky and Olive Long-tailed Cuckoos, Frazer’s Eagle Owl, Montane (Rwenzori Nightjar, Black Bee-eater, Grey-chested and Mountain Illadopses, Red-fronted Antpecker, Oriole Finch.

Day 5: Early departure for Ruhizha, birding the ‘Neck’ for a few hours en route. Birds are both plentiful and easy to see associating in mixed feeding flocks. Afternoon along the winding road towards Kabale.

Day 6: Walk along the trail to Mubwindi Swamp. This is the most accessible site on Earth for the rare & localized African Green Broadbill, one of Africa’s most sought-after birds. Afternoon around Ruhizha.Target birds: Albertine Rift endemics – Red-throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin Chat, Kivu Ground Trush, Montane Masked Apalis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis. Also Western Bronze-naped Pigeon, Dusky and Olive Long-tailed Cuckoos, Frazers Eagle Owl, Montane (Rwenzori Nightjar, Black Bee-eater, Grey-chested and Mountain Illadopses, Red-fronted Antpecker, Oriole Finch.

Day 7: Drive to Mweya Peninsular, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Afternoon birding in crater area and around Mweya peninsula. We will arrange a boat ride in the Kazinga Channel for early morning the following day.Target birds: African Morning Dove, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatcher, Grey-capped Warbler, the beautiful Black-headed Gonolek, Red-chested Sunbird, Lesser Eurasian Honey Buzzard, Steppe Eagle, Amur Falcon or Lesser Kestrel during March-April. A recently constructed hide at the tip of the Peninsular provides the opportunity to see water birds and a selection of Warblers and Weavers. The new bird observatory has enabled new species to be identified since its set up in 1997 including the first recorded Bar-tailed Godwit.

Day 8: After early morning trip along the Kazinga Channel explore Lake Kikorongo for the Shoebill in the papyrus swamp adjacent to the lake and Kasenyi track which supports a large flock of Adbim Storks in season. Lion kills attract up to six species of Vulture. Target birds: Shoebill, Adbim Storks, Woolly-necked & Shoe-billed Stork, Raptors, African Harrier Hawk, Egyptian, Ruppels’, Griffon & Lappet-faced Vulture, Martial Eagle & Grey Kestrel.

Day 9: After early morning breakfast head for Murchison Falls National Park through Kibale Forest National Park. Birding at the Kanyanchu area enroute. Continue to Murchison Falls National Park through Kaniyo Pabidi sector of Budongo Forest Reserve. Afternoon in Murchison Falls south of the Nile (the area above the falls, woodland around the Sambiya River and dry scrub around Paraa). After check-in and lunch arrange a boat trip to the falls and to the Delta before returning for dinner and overnight at the Lodge. Target birds: Red-winged Francolin, Red-chested Flufftail, White-naped Pigeon, Green-breasted Pitta, African Pitta, Joyful Greenbul, Grey-winged Robin, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey-throated Flycatcher, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Masked and black-capped Apalises, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Chestnut-winged Starling, Orange-tufted and Tiny Sunbirds, Grey-headed Olive Back.

Day 10: After an early breakfast, spend the whole day on the game-viewing tracks north of the River allowing extensive game viewing on the scenic savannah habitat. Dry woodland along the stretch leading to Paraa lodge is a good place to look for Grey-headed Kingfisher, Red-throated Bee-eater etc. The road emerges into rolling plains that support Carmine Bee-eaters et al. Also Stately Abyssinian Ground Hornbills are a common sight in the Borases Palm Savannah and the best spot for the Abyssinian Roller.
Target birds: Grey-headed Kingfisher, Red-throated Bee-eater & Bar-breasted Fire finch, Secretary Bird, Black-chested Snake, Tawny & Martial Eagles, Red-necked Falcon, Harlequin Quail, Heuglin’s Francolin, Swallow-tailed & Carmine Bee-eaters, Sooty Chat, Siffling & Black-headed Cisticolas, Bronze-tailed Starling & Quail Finch, Stately Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Abyssinian Roller, Shoebill, Secretary bird, Bat Hawk, Red-necked Francolin, Heuglin’s Francolin, Denham’s Bustard, Senegal thick-knee, African Skimmer, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Vivacious Dove. Beautiful Sunbird, Northern Red Bishop.

Day 11: Check out early and head for the top of the falls for breath taking views and photos. Picnic Lunch at the falls. Head for Kampala arriving on time for departure to Airport transfer to Entebbe International Airport

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