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Best of Uganda's Birdwatching, Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking, 21 Days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Uganda  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 450 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 900 Euro (EUR)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Entebbe - Kamapala. On arrival at Entebbe International airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your driver/guide who will then transfer you to Kampala for overnight at either Serena Hotel, Common Wealth Country Resort Munyonyo (High end/luxurious accommodation), Grand Imperial Hotel, Royal Capital Palace Hotel (Medium classic accommodation) or Fairway Hotel (low Budget accommodation).

Day 2: Kampala - Budongo Forest. This morning you will depart Kampala for Budongo Forest Reserve, which lies at the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley to the south of Murchison falls national park. This ecotourism site protects the largest natural forest areas in East Africa. It boast an impressive bird list of over 350 species and is the best site in Uganda for a number of sought after birds such as Nahan's francolin, Cassin's spinetail, Ituribats, Chestnut - Capped, Fly catcher, etc. Overnight at Masindi Hotel (high end luxurious accommodation) or Alinda guest house (low Budget accommodation). Approximate driving time is 6 - 7 hours.

Day 3: Royal miles - Murchison Falls. After an early morning breakfast, drive to the Royal mile and spend the whole day birding here. Have a picnic lunch and transfer to Murchison falls park. Overnight at either Paraa Safari Lodge (high end/ luxurious accommodation), Sambiya River Lodge (medium end classic accommodation), or Red Chili Rest Camp (Low budget accommodation).

Day 4: Watching Murchison falls. Early morning game drive and search for the shoe bill stork following the Buligi track. This is the park's prime savanna game viewing area, where you will have chances of viewing the big 5, lions, Elephants, Buffalos, Leopard and others like Hyenas, Giraffes, Uganda Kobs, Jackson heart beast Birds, sight seeing and many interesting features.

In the afternoon take a boat cruise on the Nile for 3-4 hours, cruise up to the bottom of the falls. Expect to see a variety of water bird species, such as the Egyptian goose, Fish eagle, white cormorants etc, the huge Nile Crocodiles, Hippos, water bucks and Elephants quenching the afternoon thirst. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Murchison - Kibale. Depart Murchison Falls after an early breakfast and head to Kibale Forest National Park. Birding enroute. Kibale forest is the largest protected block of rain forest. Which has the highest number of primates in Africa such as Chimpanzees, Gray Cheeked Mangabay, Red Colobus monkey, Red tailed monkey and about 335 species of birds etc.

Relax in the evening and have dinner either at Ndali lodge a stunning location over looking a dramatic Crater Lake (high end luxurious accommodation), Ruwenzori view Guest House. Approximate driving time is 7 - 8 hours.

Day 6: Kibale forest. Wake up early morning for break fast, and set off for whole day bird watching in the thick forest. You will get a chance to see species of birds such as Grey throated flycatcher, Masked and black- capped apalis, Chestnut-winged starling, orange -tuffed and tiny sunbirds, Ruwenzori Turaco, as well as the Chimpanzees, baboons, monkeys and butterfly species, etc. Relax for a picnic lunch at leisure in the jungle. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Kibale - Semuliki. After breakfast, start with bird watching in Bigodi wet land swamp. Expect to see other species of swamp birds such as the rare shoe bill, crested crane, fish Eagle among others. Depart Kibale for Semuliki valley wild life reserve arriving at the park headquarters late evening.

Over 350 species of birds have been recorded, such as African pygmy - goose, Red necked falcon, Abyssian ground hornbill, Blue breasted bee eater, black billed barbet, plaplac birds, leaflove and black chinned quail finch, weaver birds etc. there are other species of butterflies, primates, and other wild life species. Overnight at Semuliki Safari lodge (high end Luxurious accommodation) or Bumaga cottage (low budget accommodation).

Day 8: Birding in the Ituri forest. After an early breakfast, set off for bird watching in the forest, where you will see White spotted fluttail, Red bristle bill, Red anti- thrush, Blue breast king fisher and Ruwenzori Turaco. Primate species such as baboons, Red colobus monkeys will be encountered in the forest. Return to the lodge for a lunch break. In the afternoon takes a visit to the Sempaya hot springs or if time permits visit the Batwa (Pygmies) local dancing group. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 9: Birding in Semuliki wildlife reserve. After breakfast and briefing from the guide, prepare for whole day birding in the wild life reserve. Overnight at Semuliki safari lodge or at the Campsite.

Day 10: Semuliki - Queen Elizabeth National Park. Depart Semuliki for Queen Elizabeth National Park birding enroute. With a game drive on entering the park. Over night at either Jacana Safari lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge or at the Institute of Ecology.

Day 11: Queen Elizabeth. Early morning game drive to wards Kasenyi Kobs mating grounds. Expect to see lions, Hyenas, Leopards, Buffalos, Elephants. Return to the lodge lunch break. In the afternoon cruise on the Kazinga channel as you watch out for water bird species such as Egyptian goose, Great cormorants, Kingfisher, Fish eagle etc. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 12: Bird watching in Kyambura gorge and Maramagambo forest. Start with chimpanzees tracking in Kyambura gorge. The gorge is a sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and a home of species of primates and birds. Relax over a drink at the camp and then proceed to Maramagambo forest birding en route expect to see various species of forest birds, the bat cave and the magnificent blue Crater Lake. Over night at lodge.

Day 13: Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Depart Queen Elizabeth for Bwindi after your breakfast, continue through the lush hills birding enroute up to Bwindi, arriving late evening. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is best known as a birder's haven and a home of mountain Gorillas.

There are about 346 species of birds, 23 Albertine rift endemic that can be seen such as African green broadbill, Graver's Rush, warbler, Short tailed warbler, Rwenzori Turaco, Purple breasted Sun bird, regal sun bird, Kivu ground thrush, Mantane masked Aplis, etc. Overnight either at Mantana Tented Camp (high end luxurious accommodation), Buhoma homestead (medium class accommodation) or Buhoma community camp (low Budget accommodation). Approximate driving time is 7 - 8 hours.

Day 14: Mix your love of birds with Gorilla tracking. Wake up in the morning, have breakfast then get set for Gorilla tracking but first with the briefing, remember to carry packed lunch and all the necessary gears to track the rare mountain Gorillas. This is one of the unforgettable experience in the park. About 650 individual gorillas left in the whole world half are Bwindi. Tracking may take 2 - 8 hours, depending on the location of the Gorillas. One may walk a short or long distance in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 15: Birding in Ruhija Sector. After breakfast, spend the whole day birding in Ruhija area and mubwindi swamp. Watch out for the 23 Albertine endemic species, 23 Albertine rift endemic species such as African green broadbill, Graver's Rush, warbler, Short tailed warbler, Rwenzori Turaco, Purple breasted Sun bird, regal sun bird, Kivu ground thrush, Montane masked Apalis, etc. Overnight either at A&K Mobile Tented Camp (high end Classic accommodation) or Ruhija Guest House (low budget accommodation).

Day 16: Bwindi - Mgahinga. After breakfast, depart Bwindi for Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, birding en route. Stop at Kanaba gap for sight seeing and an over view of Virunga Volcanoes. Overnight at either Mount Mgahinga Rest Camp or Mgahinga Safari Lodge.

Day 17: Birding in Mgahinga. Birding mixed with Gorilla tracking on Gahinga Mountain, over 79 species of birds including the colored Ruwenzori Turaco. Over at the lodge.

Day 18: Mgahinga - Lake Bunyonyi. Depart Mgahinga Mountain Gorilla Park for Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is commonly known as the place of very many little birds. Enjoy birding on Lake Bunyonyi and over 200 species of birds have been recorded. This lake is one of the few safe Africa's lakes with 29 Islands. Overnight at either Bunyonyi Safari Resort (high end classic accommodation), Bunyonyi overland Camp (medium class accommodation).

Day 19: Lake Bunyonyi - Lake Mburo National Park. After breakfast, leave for Lake Mburo National Park driving through the beautiful terraced hills of Kabale District, commonly known as the Switzerland of Uganda. Birding enroute arrive late in the evening. Overnight either at Mihingo Lodge (high end luxurious accommodation), Mantana Tented Camp (medium Class accommodation), or (Rwonyo Camp Low budget) accommodation. Approximate driving time is 7 - 8 hours.

Day 20: Lake Mburo - Kampala. After breakfast, have a game drive while leaving the park and continue to Kampala birding enroute. A brief stop at the equator for photos and buying souvenirs. Overnight at Serena Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Grand Imperial Hotel (Medium class accommodation), Fairway Hotel (low Budget accommodation).

Day 21: Departure. After breakfast, depending on your flight departure time, you may go for Kampala City Tour. Transfer to Entebbe International Airport to catch your flight back home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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We are a Tour and Travel Company based in Kampala Uganda established to serve the increasing demands of the tourism and the travel industry in Uganda. We specialize in tailor made itineraries based around each client’s need, ranging from one (1) day to thirty (30) days safaris and more. We organize both long and...

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