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18 Days Birding Safari from Mpanga Forest to Lake Mburo, Uganda

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 6 people
Destination(s): Uganda  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 4800 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6000 US Dollar (USD)

Uganda a bird watcher's paradise is a land locked small country with over 1000 species of Birds. In terms of size 236,578 sq km, Uganda is the richest country for birds in Africa. It has almost half the species known on the African continent and over 10% of those are recorded throughout the entire world. With excellent infrastructure, a great diversity of wetland, savannah and forest birds, including 29 of the 43 Albertine rift endemics, Uganda owes a visit in a lifetime. The people of Uganda are among the most hospitable in Africa. They are arguably the best hospitable in East Africa.

Itineraries have been made for those willing to stay for either 7 or 14 days birding Uganda and are led by experienced bird guides. However we can arrange other itineraries to suit your holiday as soon as you inform us. You will travel in 4 WD vehicles throughout your bird watching in Uganda. The best time for birding in Uganda is recommendable during the rains when there is a lot of activity in the wild. This is March April to May then September to November.

Day 1: Arrival/Birding in Botanical Gardens, Entebbe. Early arrivals will have the opportunity to bird the Entebbe botanical gardens. Overnight Hotel Lake Victoria, Entebbe. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Birding in Mabamba Swamp and Mpanga Forest. Leave early in the morning with picnic lunch for Mabamba Swamp for the rare African Shoebill. Later transfer to Mpanga forest. Drive back to Kampala for overnight stay at Cassia Lodge. Overnight Cassia Lodge, Kampala. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Birding in Budongo Forest. Start early in the morning for Budongo forest close to Murchison Falls National Park. On the way open your eyes for the white crested turaco, Ross's turaco that are always seen flying across the road in around Luweero areas. Evening birding at the edge of the forest is very interesting. Return to Masindi for overnight stay at Budongo Eco Lodge. Overnight Budongo Eco Lodge, Masindi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Birding in Budongo Forest (Royal Mile). Leave at dawn with your picnic lunch to bird Budongo forest (Royal Mile). Spend the whole day birding here. Late in the afternoon drive to Murchison Falls National Park. This park has a variety of unique habitats and superb birds, which make a visit to this park a must for every birder. Overnight Paraa lodge, Murchison Fall National Park. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Boat Trip and Birding in Murchison Falls National Park. After breakfast, go for a boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls, where the Nile thunders through a 7-meter gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert (look out for the rare Shoebill). This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. In the afternoon, drive to the rolling plains, watch out for the secretary bird, black chested snake eagle, tawny and marshal eagle, carmine and swallow tailed bee eaters, to mention but a few. Overnight Paraa lodge, Murchison Falls National Park. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Game Drive, Boat Trip and Birding in Murchison Falls National Park. Early morning game drive to see the elusive wildlife and birds or take another boat trip down the river and then back to the lodge in time for lunch. In the evening, go out for another game drive and birding trip returning to the lodge at dusk. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Overnight Paraa lodge, Murchison Fall National Park.

Day 7: Game Drive and Birding on the top of Murchison Falls National Park. Birding on the way to Kibale Forest National Park. Early game drive to the top of Murchison falls where you can have a closer look into the gorge. Birding on the way, where the Nile squeezes into a 7 meter gorge dropping 40 meters. The falls are spectacular and thunderous with a beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days. Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park via Hoima as you bird en route. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Overnight Ndali Lodge/Chimpanzee Forest Guest House.

Day 8: Primate Trekking and birding in Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest National Park most of which is a rain forest is a home to over 9 species of Primates. These include chimpanzees, red Colubus monkeys, grey cheeked mangaby, red tailed monkeys, galagos etc. A nature walk at Bigodi wetland will be good for your afternoon birding. This is the home to Blue headed coucal, Blue breasted kingfisher, Scaly throated honey guide, black faced rufous wabler, etc. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Overnight Ndali Lodge/Chimpanzee Forest Guest House.

Day 9: Birding in Semliki Forest. Drive early morning with your packed lunch for Semliki forest. This forest is a moist semi-deciduous forest a home to spot breasted ibis, Northern bearded scrub robin, Capuchin babbler, Lyre tailed honey guide, yellow throated green cuckoo, white bellied king fisher, Maxwell's black weaver, Black winged oriole, Red eyed puff back, Crested and red bellied malimbe, Brown crowned eremomela, Zenker's honey guide, African piculet, etc. Also look out for the rare shoebill. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Overnight Semliki Lodge.

Day 10: Birding in Semliki Forest. A second day for bird watching in Semliki Forest. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Overnight Semliki Lodge.

Day 11: Birding in Maramagambo Forest. At the break of day, start for Maramagambo forest west of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Overnight Mweya lodge.

Day 12: Birding in Maramagambo Forest. A second day for bird watching in Maramagambo Forest. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Overnight Mweya lodge.

Day 13: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Transfer to southwards to the home of the giant cousins of human beings. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is still one of the best virgin tropical rain forests in East Africa. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Overnight Gorilla Forest Camp/Engagi Lodge.

Day 14: Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Birding begins early in the morning with the early risers. After breakfast carry a picnic lunch for whole day birding in the only natural tropical forest in the area. Return for dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp/Engagi Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Overnight Gorilla Forest Camp/Engagi Lodge.

Day 15: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Many birders who have been to this forest have shown interest in trekking these cousins of human beings in their jungle homes. Have this optional day for gorilla trekking. Carry your picnic lunch and plenty of water and enjoy the forest giants. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Overnight Gorilla Forest Camp/Engagi Lodge.

Day 16: Birding in the highest peak of Ruhiija Forest. Depart at the crack of dawn for a 50km drive to the highest peak of the forest - Ruhiija. Otherwise the two best days for this highest point will be driving from Buhoma. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Overnight Trekker's Tavern.

Day 17: Birding in Lake Mburo National Park. After an early breakfast, then drive to Lake Mburo National Park.Overnight Mantana tented camp.

Day 18: Lake Mburo National Park/Entebbe (approximately 5 hours). Leave at dawn to get the African fin foot at lake Mburo before it disappears into the papyrus beds floating on the lake.Transfer to Entebbe Airport for departure. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Supplemental Tour Information:
Note: An early booking preferably a minimum of 3 - 6 months in advance puts us in a better position for satisfactory services. Birders interested only in birding the Albertine Rift Endemics can also inform us in time. A special itinerary for this group has also been made for you. This is a 7 days trip to Albertine Rift region. 2 days traveling to and fro. 2 days birding Buhoma, 2 days birding Ruhija, and 1 optional day for gorilla tracking.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Expert leadership
- Accommodations
- Meals as noted
- Airport transfers
- Park fee and sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
- Ground transportation.

Price Excludes:
- International airfare or flights of any kind
- Meals not noted on the itinerary
- Insurance of any kind
- Visas
- Excess baggage charges
- Airport taxes
- Items of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

About This Supplier
Location: Uganda
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2007

Our company is formed and run by indigenous Ugandans. Our staff have worked with the leading tour operators in Uganda and have extensive hands-on knowledge and experience in planning, coordinating and running itineraries. The company was formed with an objective of serving the traveling individuals, especially those...

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