Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport then transfer to your Hotel. Depending on arrival time, birding can be done around Uganda wildlife Education Center (UWEC), botanical gardens and Lutembe beach around Entebbe area. Meals and overnight at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, Botanical Beach Hotel and Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), The Boma Guest House, Airport View Hotel, Airport Guest House(Medium class accommodation) or Fraba Tourist Campsite and Hostel (low budget/basic accommodation).
Day 2: Begin the day with an early breakfast then drive to Mabamba swamp for the Shoebill Stork, Black crake, yellow billed duck, swamp fly catcher, Africa marsh harrier, long toed lapwing, Blue headed coucal etc and other water birds. After canoe boat from Mabamba, drive to Lake Mburo National Park for Lunch and birding enroute. Famous birds in the savannah park include: Rufous-bellied Heron, Lesser Jacana, Lesser Moorhen and a variety of water birds including shoe bill. Dinner and over night at Mihingo Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Mantana Tented Camp (Medium class accommodation) or at the Rwonyo Rest Camp Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation).
Day 3: Morning birding and wildlife viewing in the park which is an is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland , Warthogs ,buffalo and other savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best places to find African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike bird, Brown-chested Plover, Red-faced Barbet etc. After lunch, go for a boat ride in search for the African Fin foot and shoe bill .Later in the evening, drive to Mbarara for a night rest at Agip Motel or Lake view hotel Mbarara.
Day 4: Drive to Kisoro via Kabale .Make a stop for birding at Lake Kyahasi near Kisoro.Common species you may encounter include: Common Moorhen, Southern Porchard, Lesser Jacana, Red Knobbed Coot and the Dark-capped Yellow Warbler etc. Overnight at Travelers Rest Hotel, Kisoro Tourist Hotel or Virunga Hotel.
Day 5: Today morning, we prepare to ascend the Bird Gorge trail and bamboo Zone on Mt. Sabinyo for Rwenzori Turaco, Crowned horn bill, black kite, Shelly's Crimson wing, crowned crane and Kivu ground Thrush. The Mountain is also famous for bush bucks and threatened golden monkey. Overnight at Travelers Rest Hotel, Kisoro Tourist Hotel or Virunga Hotel.
Day 6: Morning drive to Ruhija, Bwindi national park birding the Bamboo for the Handsome Francolin White-starred Robin, Red-throated Alethe, Dusky Crimson wing Grauer's Warbler and many other birds overnight Institute Guest House.
Day 7: Trek to Mubwindi swamp for the Green Broadbill, Grauer's Rush Warbler, Purple-breasted, Blue headed and Regal Sunbirds evening drive to Bwindi Park Headquarters. Dinner and over night at either Gorilla Forest Camp Uganda safari lodge/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara 's Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation).
Day 8: After an early breakfasts, birding in Buhoma jungle for beautiful Francolin, Red-chested owlet, Rufous-chested Fluff tail, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Neumann's Warbler and many other birds including rare plants. Lunch, dinner and over night at either Gorilla Forest Camp Uganda safari lodge/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara's Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (low budget/basic accommodation).
Day 9: This day, clients interested in Gorilla tracking can track the Gorillas which may last between 3-6 hours. In case you are not interested in gorilla trek, we drive to Queen Elizabeth National park via Ishasha birding en route, arriving for an afternoon boat ride on Kazinga channel connecting Lake Edward and George. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight at spectacular Mweya Lodge perched right on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the Ugandan Great Lakes or Jacana safari Lodge (high end/luxurious accommodation), King fisher Lodge Kichwamba/hill top Camp (medium class accommodation) or the Mweya Hostel (low budget/basic accommodation).
Day 10: Dawn game drives today in Uganda's best park. Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzori's as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck. After the game drive, return to Kampala , then Entebbe, with lunch enroute and stop over at Equator Uganda before your evening departures home. End of services.
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