Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport. You will be received by our driver guide and transferred to the hotel for the overnight stay. Choices of Accommodation include Entebbe Botanical Beach Hotel. (B.B)
Day 2: Birding Mabamba and Lake Mburo National Park. Start early after breakfast and proceed to Mabamba Wetland to search for the Shoebill stork. Other birds include the Papyrus gonolek, Great blue turaco, Hadada Ibis, Red headed love birds, blue swallow, hermakop, long toed lapwing, pigmy goose and other. Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. Evening birding in the park is very productive. Special birds include Red faced barbet, Tabora cisticola, Green backed woodpecker. Overnight at either Muhingo lodge/ Mantanna camp: (B.L.D).
Day 3: Travel to Kisoro. On this day of birding safari, you will transfer to Kisoro via Kabale for a lunch break. This will take us a whole day birding on the highway. Overnight in Tourist Hotel Kisoro - Uganda.
Day 4: Mgahinga. This is Uganda's smallest and probably most scenic national park situated in the extreme southwestern corner of the country. With a record of more than 115 bird species in the park, of which some are Albertine rift endemics, we shall embark on our safari by exploring the treasures of this park along the excellent Gorge trail, which loops half way up Mt. Sabinyo, traversing a variety of montane habitats. From Ntebeko Camp, the trail winds up through former farmland where regenerating vegetation has a semi natural health character. As we enter the bamboo belt at about 2500m, we may encounter the Handsome Francolin, Kivu Ground thrush and Cinnamon Bracken wabler. Between the bamboo zone and the edge of the forest, we shall cross several hundred meters of open heath with the appearance of alpine moorland. The flowering Red-hot Pokers attract both Malachite and Scarlet-tufted sunbirds. Stay at the Kisoro Tourist Hotel: (B.L.D).
Days 5 & 6: Bwindi Ruhiija. At the highest elevation bamboo forests, keep an eye out for African Black Duck and Mountain Wagtails in the small fast-flowing streams. Flowering trees attract the incredible Purple-breasted Sunbird as well as Blue-headed and Regal sunbirds, all three being extremely beautiful Albertine Rift Endemics. Dusky, Red-faced and the elusive Shelley's crimson wings, amongst the most beautiful and sought-after of African seedeaters. Overnight at the Ruhiija lodge: (B.L.D).
Day 7: Buhoma. Drive to Buhoma through the Neck. Evening birding around the margins of the forest is productive. The park lies in the rugged Kigezi Highlands of south western Uganda, protecting a continuum of forest that ranges from montane to lowland areas. It is this altitudinal variation, combined with its location within the Albertine Rift that results in Bwindi Impenetrable being the richest forest in East Africa in terms of its trees, butterflies and birds. Bwindi is a home to over 360 Mountain Gorillas - half of the world's population. The bird list for the park currently totals 347 species. The forest has 10 of the 26 globally threatened species in Uganda, five of which are vulnerable. It boasts of 24 of the 25 Albertine Rift endemic species in the country and some, such as African Green Broadbill, Chapin's Flycatcher and Shelley's Crimson-wing have limited distributions elsewhere in their range. Stay at Buhoma Lodge: (B.L.D).
Day 8: Gorilla tracking tour of Uganda. Today, after breakfast, we shall assemble for briefing before we head for the most exhilarating wildlife experience on this planet, the Gorilla trek. Although Gorilla tracking can be strenuous, gazing into the eyes of a Mountain Gorilla from a few feet away is nothing short of a life-changing experience. A single Mountain Gorilla survives per 10 million people, on earth and to have the opportunity to meet these gentle giants and be part of their family group for an hour is a rare privilege indeed. In all our Gorilla tours in both Rwanda and Uganda we put an emphasis on the community benefits to enhance the community collaborative conservation of Gorillas. Overnight at the Buhoma Lodge, Includes: (B.L.D).
Day 9: Bwindi Buhoma. Today start after a breakfast and carry packed lunch for forest birding. Special birds here include: Waller's, Stallman’s and Narrow-tailed. One of Bwindi's star avian attractions is the diminutive, pita-like Neumann's Warbler, a vocal yet very secretive bird! Other under-storey birds we hope to see include displaying African Broadbill. The mid-storey and canopy supports Elliot's and Tullberg's woodpeckers; Cabanis', Toro Olive, Shelley's and Ansorge's greenbuls; the strange Grauer's Warbler and White-browed Crombecs, Yellow-eyed Black, Ashy, Dusky-blue, Chapin's and Cassin's Grey Flycatchers, Chin-spot and Rwenzori Batis, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown, Blue-headed, Northern Double-collared and Grey-headed Sunbirds, Mackinnon's Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Pink-footed Puffback, Doherty's Bush-shrike.
The rare Jameson's Antpecker may also been seen probing under moss on dead branches or gleaning warbler-like in the canopy along with Strange, Brown-capped and Black-billed Weavers. Overhead, Scarce Swifts forage over the forest. Birding at Buhoma is a truly magical experience. Other wildlife that we may be fortunate enough to find here include the huge Yellow-backed Duiker, Guereza Colobus; L'Hoest's; Blue and Red-tailed monkeys; Chimpanzee and several species of squirrels including Fire-footed Rope, Carruthers' Mountain, Ruwenzori Sun and Red-legged Sun Squirrel. Buhoma Lodge. (B.L.D)
Day 10: Bwindi-Kampala. Drive back to Kampala. Overnight at the Cassia Lodge/Golf Course Hotel Includes: (B.B).
Day 11: Departure. Birding in the Botanical Gardens Entebbe before transferring to Entebbe Airport depending on the time of your flight.
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