Birding & Gorillas

14 Day Birding & Gorilla Uganda Safari

TOUR CODE-JEH14BG

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Bird the Botanical Gardens, Mabamba, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Lake Mburo National Parks.

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport,

Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met and greeted by a Jehovah Tours and Travel driver/guide and proceed to bird the Botanic gardens looking out for birds like the Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Storks, Black-winged Stilt, Doves, Turacos, Kingfishers, Hornbills, Sunbirds, Starlings, Weavers, if  lucky the Grey Parrot among others. Proceed to accommodation in time for lunch. You have just kick started your Uganda safari expedition. Overnight at Rwizi Arch Hotel / Speke Hotel or similar.  Full board

Day 2: Bird Mabamba

Take an early breakfast and then with packed lunch proceed to bird Mabamba Wetlands. Here, you will be paddled in a canoe as you bird through the swamp, look out for birds like the mighty Shoebill and other birds like Long-tailed Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Yellow-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Long toed Plover, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Bee-eater among other birds. Bird your way back to Kampala looking out for birds like African open billed Stork, Grey Kestrel, African Green Pigeon, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Swifts, Sunbirds, Weavers birds, Finches among other birds. Overnight at Rwizi Arch hotel.  Full board

Day 3: Bird to Fort Portal

After breakfast, start your drive as you bird westwards getting to Fort Portal in time for lunch. After lunch as it cools down go and bird Sebitoli area. Look out for birds like Red-chested Cuckoo, Great blue Turaco, Lizard Buzzard, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Joyful Greenbul, Masked Apalis, Whinchat, Stonechat, Grey-headed Sunbird, Many coloured Bush-shrikes among other birds. Get back to your hotel in time for a warm shower and dinner. Dinner and overnight at Mts. Of the Moon Hotel. Full board.

Day 4: Bird Kibale National Park

Take an early breakfast and then proceed to bird Kibale Forest which is the best place in Uganda to see Chimps and other primates. The most interesting part about the Uganda safari adventure in this park is that a morning walk through the forest combines chimp trekking with a selection of forest birds. Look out for birds like Narina Trogon, African Emerald Cuckoo, Grey Parrot, Sabine’s Spinetail, Black-billed Turaco, Yellow-billed Barbet, Red-tailed Ant Thrush among other birds and Primates like Blue Monkey, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Varvet Monkey, Red tailed Monkey, L’Hoest’s Monkey among others. Note that those who want to do the chimp walk as others are looking for birds will need to book in advance. Dinner and overnight at Mts. Of the Moon Hotel. Full board.

Day 5: Bird Bigodi and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, proceed to bird the Bigodi swamp getting to the Primate Lodge Kibale  in time for lunch. After lunch, head for the drive along the foothills of the mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori Mountains) by Kasese, and crossing the Equator as you get close to Lake Kikorongo, birding en-route to the Mweya Safari lodge where you will spend three nights. Look out for birds like Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Red-necked Spurfowl, Great blue Turaco, Barbets, Tinkerbirds, Kingfishers, Bee eaters, Cuckoos, Lesser Striped Swallows, Black-lored babbler, Grey-backed Shrike, Sunbirds among other birds. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge. Full board.

Day 6: Bird Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, go for a morning game drive/birding. You will have lunch at the Lodge and in the afternoon go looking for bird watching on a launch (boat) cruise on the Kazinga Channel, to see a variety of wildlife like, hippos, crocodile and bird life from a boat for two hours. Look out for birds like Yellow-billed Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Raptors, Plovers, White-browed Robin-chat, Rufous napped Lark, Red-chested Sunbird, Scarlet chested Sunbird, Shrikes, Weavers, Finches, among other birds. Make the most out of this part of your Uganda safari and also look out for mammals like Uganda Kob, Bushbuck, Defassa Water buck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthog among others. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge. Full board.

Day 7: Bird Queen Elizabeth National Park
After a cup of tea or coffee, with your packed lunch drive to bird Imaramagambo area
around Lake Nyamusingiri looking out for birds like Pink-backed Pelican, Black Bee Eater, Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Barbets, Tinkerbirds, Woodpeckers, Narina Trogon, Apalises, Red-collared Widowbird Honeyguide Greenbul, Snow capped Robin-Chat among other birds. On a lucky day, you can get an African Finfoot here. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Bird to Bwindi
After breakfast with your picnic lunch, leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest birding en-route arriving in the late afternoon. Look out for birds like Martial Eagle, Francolins, Barbets, Chats, Cuckooshrikes, Sunbirds, Fork tailed Drongo, Larks, Pipits, Weavers, Widowbirds among other birds. You will look out for mammals like Topi, Uganda Kob, Water Buck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Baboons and others. Uganda Safaris brings you to the home of half the population of mountain gorillas still in existence in the world. Dinner and overnight at The Gorilla Resort. Full board

Day 9: Bird Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early breakfast, start looking for birds as we find out that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest doesn’t live up to its name as we penetrate it looking for species like Bar-tailed Trogon, Black Bee-Eater, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, assorted Greenbuls, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Luhder’s Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puffback, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Starlings, Black-billed Weaver, Brown-capped weaver among other birds. Dinner and Overnight at the Gorilla Resort. Full board

Day 10: Gorilla Trekking

This is the day, you will be going Gorilla trekking. This is the highlight of your Uganda safari adventure. After an early breakfast, head to register for your Gorilla Trekking. Thereafter, go for Gorilla trekking briefing and then start gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We recommend you to wear good walking shoes and carry good rain gear and enough drinking water not forgetting a walking stick. Gorilla trekking can be tough and challenging and so we trust you are in reasonably fit condition to the Gorilla trekking levels. You will carry a picnic lunch with you into the forest but not to share with the Gorillas and you will be thrilled to have seen these Gorillas (no guarantee) and the return journey from Gorilla trekking could be easier. Dinner and Overnight at The Gorilla Resort. Full board

Day 11: Bird to Lake Mburo National Park
This morning, we’ll bird eastwards through the terraced mountains of Kigezi to the open plains and rocky hillsides of Ankole. We’ll have a few stops along the way to enjoy the scenery and birds. We’ll be able to get closer views of the fabulous Ankole long horned cattle as we drive to Mbarara and onto Lake Mburo where we’ll stay at Mihingo Lodge for the next three nights. Birding here is a delightful experience, and often one of the highlights of a birding trip to Uganda. Look out for birds like Augur Buzzard, Crested Francolin, Emeraled Spotted Wood Dove, Spot flanked Barbet, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Lailac-breasted Roller, Black-headed Gonolek, Starlings among other birds. Dinner and Overnight at Mihingo Lodge. Full board

Day 12: Bird Lake Mburo National Park
Spend the whole day birding Lake Mburo National Park looking for birds like the Bateleur, Crested Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue- napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Long tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis among others birds. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise to look for the African Fin foot and other birds. Before dinner try the African Scops Owl, Swamp, Black-shouldered and Freckled Nightjars among other birds. Not only that, look out for animals like the gorgeous Eland, Zebra, Impala, Buffalo, Topi, Reedbuck, Water buck Bushbuck, Hippos, Oribi, Bush duiker as you look for birds. Dinner and Overnight at Mihingo Lodge. Full board

Day 13: Drive to Entebbe

After breakfast, proceed for morning birding getting back in time for early lunch. After lunch, proceed for the drive back to Entebbe. Look out for birds like Bateleur, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Crested Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue-napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Larks, Pipits, Long tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis among others birds. Overnight at the Central Inn or similar. Full board

Day 14:

Its time to go home and so we transfer to Entebbe International Airport in time for the return flight. This concludes your Uganda safari adventure.

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