8 Days Classic Birding Safaris

Birding safaris

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe Airport

Meet your local smiling guide who will transfer you to your hotel. Early arrivals will be welcomed by an afternoon birding orientation at Entebbe Botanical gardens. Watch out for the Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver, Black-headed Weaver, Gray-headed Gull, Long-tailed Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Yellow-billed Duck, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatcher, Broad-billed Roller, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Splendid Starling, Black-headed Gonolek, Orange Weaver, Red-chested Sunbird, Slender-billed Weaver, Ross’s Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, African OPenbill, Great Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Grey-capped Warbler and many other species. Dinner and overnight at Imperial botanical Hotel.

Day 2: Early morning Birding

Early morning birding Lincoln trail. This has over 170 species that have so far been recorded. Interested birders may record over 110 species in a day. So far the local bird guides have recommended this trail as the best spot nearest to Kampala. Watch out for White-headed Barbet, Red-headed Lovebird, Double-toothed Barbet, Brown Twinspot, Tambourine Dove, Scaly Francolin, Tropical Boubou, and other various species. Dinner and overnight at Imperial Botanical Hotel.

Day 3: Mabamba Birding Safari

After an early breakfast drive to Mabamba an Important Bird Area with packed lunch. Mabamba is the closest and best spot to watch the majestic Shoebill in the wild. Stop over in Mpigi Swamp for papyrus rarities. Watch out for the uncommon Papyrus Gonolek, Black-headed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver and Blue-headed Coucal. Proceed to Mabamba wetland. Most of the birding is done on the canoe. Look out for the majestic shy Shoebill both in the sky exploring the heights and down in the marshy swamp, Watch out closely for the Swamp Flycatcher, Purple Swamphen, African Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African Pygmy-Goose, White-faced Whistling-Duck, Squacco Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cistcola, Goliath Heron, Black Crake and many more. Imperial Botanical Hotel for Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) as you bird enroute. Stop over in Mbarara for lunch. Over 640 bird species have been recorded in QENP. Keen birders may be interested to know that a single day’s record can yield to 300 species out of 604 in the Park, one of the highest in the whole world. Key species seen here include, Pelicans, African Skimmers, Kingfishers, Water Thick-knees, Storks, Martins, Swallows, Weavers, Canaries and grassland specialties. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 5: Morning Birding Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning birding on the open savanna. Return to the hotel for lunch, relax and chart the break away or if you wish you may have a short dip in the luxurious swimming pool. Afternoon enjoy birding along Kazinga channel on boat. Kazinga channel joins Lake Edward and Lake George, which gives it a wonderful site in a lovely environment with its various beautiful water birds along the channel. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 6: Lake Mburo National Park

After an early breakfast, birding around the peninsular is productive. Depart for Lake Mburo National Park. Your drive is punctuated with several stopovers to catch up with the Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Crowned Plover, Wattled Lapwing, Southern Red Bishop, Variable Sunbird, African Harrier-Hawk and many more species. Enjoy the free songs of the Red-eyed Dove, Deidrick Cuckoo, Grey-capped Warbler and Black-headed Weaver. Dinner and overnight at Mantana Luxury tented camp.

Day 7: Birding Tour at Lake Mburo

Leave at dawn to get the African Finfoot at Lake Mburo before it disappears into the papyrus beds floating on the Lake. Look out for the Brown-chested Lapwing, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black-bellied Bustard, Helmeted Guineafowl, Coqui Francolin, Rufous-napped Lark, Vultures, Eagles and many more. Depart for Kampala in time for shopping and transfer to Entebbe after. Imperial Botanical Hotel for Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8: Departure

 

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Transport in a 4×4 Safari Van
  • Fuel for the round trip
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • All park entry fees
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Cost excludes

  • Uganda and Rwanda Visa fees plus all expenses of person nature such as drinks and tips
  • airfares