Day 1: Depart for Kibale Forest National Park and Birding Late Afternoon. Depart from Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park. We’ll go for late afternoon birding at the park entrance, before heading back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: All-Day Birding in Kibale Forest. Today you’ll spend a full day in Kibale Forest. Apart from its amazing birding, it’s home to an astonishing 12 species of primate and has one of the highest primate densities in the world. Here, on our guided forest walk, we may find families of chimps and red-Columbus monkeys chattering and swinging through the ancient forest trees. And the bird-life is no less impressive. There are at least 335 species, and over 144 species of butterfly. Kibale with its ancient trees up to 55 m in height is a wonderful place to experience the extraordinary diversity of life in a tropical rainforest firsthand.
We’ll also have the opportunity to go for a guided walk through the Bigodi Swamp. Some bird species you may encounter include red-winged Francolin, red-chested fluff tail, white-napped pigeon, African pita, joyful greenbul, grey-winged robin, Abyssinian ground thrush, grey-throated flycatcher, white-bellied crested flycatcher, masked and black-capped applies, Uganda woodland warbler, chestnut-winged starling, orange-tufted and tiny sunbirds, grey-headed olive-back. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge/Kibale Forest Camp/Chimp’s Nest.
Day 3: Birding at the Mogombe Swamp and Cruise along the Kazinga Channel. After an early morning walk in the Mogombe Swamp, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for birding around Lake George and the Mweya Peninsula. Take a launch trip on the Kazinga Channel, and look out for shoebill storks, martial eagles, black-rumped buttonquails, African skimmers, verneaux’s eagle owl, black bee-eater, white-tailed lark, white-winged warbler, papyrus gonolek, and papyrus canary. Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge/Jacana Safari Lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge/Hippo Hill Camp/Institute of Ecology.
Day 4: Birding at Maramagambo and Ishasha. This morning you will have an early start and drive to Ishasha through the Maramagambo- Kigezi area. Arrive at Ishasha for a late evening walk. Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp/Savanna Resort Hotel/Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp.
Day 5: Depart for Bwindi. This morning we will leave Ishasha early in the morning and have a chance to see the rare tee-climbing lions. We will travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a treasure chest of flora and fauna and the richest forest in East Africa. Spend the afternoon birding. Expect to see Albertine Rift endemics: red-throated alethe, archer’s robin-chat, kivu ground thrush, montane masked apalis, collared warbler, red-faced woodland warbler, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Rwenzori batis and strange weaver.
Others include the western bronze-napped pigeon, dusky and olive long-tailed cuckoos, Fraser’s eagle-owl, montane (Rwenzori) nightjar, bar-tailed trogon, black bee-eater, willcock’s honey guide, fine-banded and Elliot’s woodpeckers, grey-chested and black-faced rufous warbler, chapin’s flycatcher, many-coloured bush-shrike, brown-capped weaver, white-collared olive-back, red-fronted ant pecker and oriole-finch. There are around 357 species. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp/Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Lodge/Silverback Lodge/Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
Day 6: Birding in Bwindi Forest. Full day birding in the Impenetrable Forest. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp/Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Lodge/Silverback Lodge/Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
Day 7: Birding at Ruhija at the Mubwindi Swamp. Full day birding at Ruhija at the Mubwindi Swamp, returning to camp in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp/Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Lodge/Silverback Lodge/Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
Day 8: Depart for Lake Mburo National Park. After an early breakfast proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. Here the park’s lovely landscape is complemented by Lake Mburo itself and four smaller lakes. We’ll enjoy beautiful and tranquil surroundings where we’ll see impala, eland, klipspringer, waterbuck, zebra and buffalo. Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge/Mantana Tented Camp/Rwonyo Rest Camp/Arcadia Cottages/Lake Mburo Campsite.
Day 9: Full Day Birding at Lake Mburo. After an early morning, we will go birding. Have a picnic lunch then take a canoe trip in the afternoon to see kingfisher, heron and other water birds. The guide will keep you a safe distance away from the hippos and crocodiles! Expect to see African fin foot, brown-chested plover, southern ground hornbill, spot-flanked, red-tailed and black-collared barbets, white-winged warbler, papyrus yellow warbler, carruthers’ cisticola, papyrus gonolek, yellow-billed oxpecker and northern brown-throated weaver. Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge/Mantana Tented Camp/Rwonyo Rest Camp/Arcadia Cottages/Lake Mburo Campsite.
Day 10: Birding in the Morning and Departure for Kampala. After an early breakfast, depart for Kampala. En route we will have a stopover for lunch at the equator.
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