Day 1: On arrival at Entebbe airport, you will be warmly welcomed to Uganda by our Guide.Drive to Mabamba wetland in Mpigi swamp for birding. Common birds to be seen in adjoining wetlands include: Rare Shoebill, Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Afep Pigeon, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, Papyrus Gonolek, White Winged Warbler, secretary bird etc. Transfer to Sheraton Kampala Hotel. You may encounter different birds as you drive to the city.
Day 2: After early breakfast and a briefing from the General Manager, you will set off to Eastern Uganda via Tiriny Road to Pallisa. Drive to Lake Kyoga Wetland for birding. This is the nearest site for the Shoebill, African kingfisher, Pelicans, weaver bird, egrets, swifts, sunbird, falcons, etc Spend the whole day birding in this wetland and the surrounding areas have a picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight is had at Mbale Resort.
Day 3: This morning after breakfast with parked lunch you will depart to Kumi and a boat ride to Tisai Island inside Lake Bisina and associated swamps for birding. This is the only place you may see birds endemic to Uganda. African horn bill, Fox weaver bird, shoe bill, pelicans, egrets, eagles, secretary bird, owls etc. Drive to Soroti Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: The day begins with greeting the early morning rising sun and breakfast. Drive to Lira-Kamudini road and to Murchison falls for lunch. Afternoon drive for birding around the associated swamps of Lake Albert and River Nile to look for Rare shoe bill, heron, cormorants, ducks, bee eaters, kingfisher, fish eagle. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 5: After breakfast, we take a special boat ride along river Nile and Lake Albert delta for birding the whole day with parked lunch. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 6: An early start by road for Kibale National Park via Albertine escarpment. Enjoy the rift valley scenery and section of Lake Albert though the journey. The distance is long! Overnight at Ndali Lodge.
Day 7: An early morning entrance to Kibale forest for combined primate walk and birding. Here you will come across the following key species of birds: White Collard Olive back, Leaf Love, African Broadbill, Willcock's Honeyguide, Green Breasted Pitta, African Pitta, Grey Winged Robin, Red Winged Francolin, Joyful Greenbul, White Bellied Crested Flycatcher, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Red Chested Fluftail, Grey Winged Robin, White Napped Pigeon, and Chestnut- Winged Starling. Return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, visit Bigodi Sanctuary. Here, We will be able to see the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-billed Barbets and have an evening drive to Semliki Wildlife reserve. A night game drive in Semliki to view nocturnal is a must. Dinner and overnight at Semliki Safari lodge (luxury).
Day 8: Morning breakfast close to the pool and watch as the Hamerkop dips into the water and the Weaver birds flock nearby. A boat trip on Lake Albert to see the Shoebill and a picnic is amazing. The key species here include the African Pygmy Goose, Red-necked Falcon, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue-Breasted Bee-Eater, Black-billed Barbet, Piapiac, Leaflover and Black-chinned Quail-Finch. Dinner and overnight at Semiliki Safari lodge (luxury).
Day 9: After breakfast, depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the foothills of the 'Mountains of the Moon and many birds as you enter the park. After lunch a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel to view and photograph hippos, buffaloes, elephants, bush bucks, warthogs and a variety of bird life such as Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Open-billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers. Then have your dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
Day 10: An early sunrise Birding drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile to view savanna birds. You will view the Birds en route to Mweya Safari Lodge for lunch. After lunch, sight seeing around the crater region and baboon cliffs. Evening walk to the bird hide out is rewarding before retiring for dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
Day 11: After breakfast drive to Bwindi via Ishaha sector an area famous for the rare tree climbing lions. Key birds which may be seen include :African Skimmer, Black Rumped Button Quail, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Red Footed Falcon, Lesser Flamingos, Grey Capped Warbler, White's and Abdim's Storks (in season), Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrow hawk, Woolly-necked and Saddle-billed Storks, and numerous classes of Raptors, Vultures and Plovers. Continue on to Bwindi via Ishasha road. Dinner and overnight will be had at Gorilla Forest Camp.
Day 12: Early morning entry into gorilla sanctuary after a briefing from park authorities. Carry along with you rain jacket, jungle boots, enough drinking water and snacks. Mix gorilla tracking and birding e.g. blue turaco. Return to your camp for late lunch then go to Gorilla Forest Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Whole morning birding at Ruhija Common birds here include: African Green Broadbill, Grauer's Rush Warbler, Short Tailed Warbler, Rwenzori Turaco, Purple Breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Kivu Ground Thrush, Montane Masked Apalis, Red Faced Woodland Warbler, Olive Green Camaroptera, Handsome Francolin, Blue Headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar, Lagden's Bush Shrike, Waller's Starling, Oriole Finch, Streaky Seed Eater, Chubb's Cisticola, Barred Long Tailed Cuckoo and the Brown Capped Weaver. Later drive to Lake Bunyonyi via Kabale a region popularly known by many tourists as the 'Switzerland of Africa'. You will be taken by the scenery of winding road, hills and valleys, terraced landscape and friendly big people. Dinner and overnight at Ha'Buharo Lodge.
Day 14: The day begins with a boat trip for sight seeing and birding along Lake Bunyonyi. Feel the wonders of nature as you will see big terraced hills, big valleys and birds. Return to the camp for lunch. After lunch, drive back to Mbarara for a night at Agip Motel Mbarara or Regency Hotel Mbarara
Day 15: After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National park for a game drive. The park is renowned for zebras, impalas, buffaloes, hippos, topi and elands including the rare shoebill, crested crane, pelicans, fish eagle, heron, Brown Chested Plover, Red Faced Barbet, Southern Ground Hornbill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Yellow Billed Oxpecker, African Finfoot and Black Collard Barbet etc. After lunch, drive to Kampala. Have Dinner and overnight at Entebbe Resort Beach hotel.
Day 16: Dedicated for airport transfer and departure.
Notes: Airfare is not included in the tour price.
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