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10 Days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

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Overview of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

This 10 days Uganda birding safari or 10 days bird watching tour in Uganda is a birding safari in Uganda blended with a wildlife encounter to the best Uganda safari destinations. Your 10 days birding and wildlife tour in Uganda features birding at Mabamba wetland, Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, game viewing at Murchison Falls National Park, birding in Kibale Forest National Park, Bigodi wetlands and Semuliki National Park.

Your trip starts on day 1 with arrival at Entebbe international airport then transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary the next day. You then continue to Royal mile in Budongo then to Murchison Falls National Park where you undertake a game drive, boat cruise and hike to the top of the falls. From Murchison falls national park, you continue to Kibale Forest National Park for bird watching then to Bigodi wetland. On day 8 you go birding towards Semuliki national park then bird the Kirumya trail the next day before return to Entebbe international airport for departure on day 10.

Highlights of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

DAY 1: On early arrival to Entebbe international airport, your Uganda birding safari guide will pick you up and transfer you to a booked hotel in Entebbe.

DAY 2:  After early morning breakfast, your safari guide will start your birding tour to Mabamba wetland where you will spend the whole day.

DAY 3: Your driver guide will drive you to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary where you do rhino tracking on foot as you sight birds. In the evening, you will do birding along Kafu-Masindi stretch.

DAY 4: Your driver guide will drive you for a birding experience at Royal mile Budongo in the morning then drive through Bugungu game reserve and get to Murchison falls national park.

DAY 5: You will do a game drive in Murchison falls national park for about 2-4 hours, have a lunch break and do an evening boat cruise.

DAY 6: After breakfast at your accommodation facility, you will go bird watching on the drive to Kibale forest national Park.

DAY 7: In the morning, you go birding in Kibale forest national park then to Bigodi wetland in the evening.

DAY 8: You go birding as you transfer to Semuliki National Park.

DAY 9: On this day you go bird watching with your Uganda birding guide to Kirumya trail of Semuliki National Park.

DAY 10: From Semuliki national park, you are driven back to Entebbe international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

Day 1 of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

When you arrive at Entebbe international airport, a Uganda birding tour  driver guide will be there to welcome you to Uganda, gives a briefing and then ensures all your transfers to a hotel/lodge in Entebbe. On arrival at the hotel/lodge, you check in, relax and have dinner at your lodging facility as you relax and prepare for a rewarding road trip on a 4×4 safari vehicle to the Mabamba wetland.

Day 2 of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

10 days Uganda birding safariIn the morning after breakfast, you embark on a journey to Mabamba wetland 26km from Entebbe with a drive time of about 1h 12min. The route via Kasenje includes a ferry crossing where you spend about 23 minutes on the ferry offering the best time for water bird sightings. Along with your knowledgeable Uganda birding safari guide and a paddler, you go through the narrow channels of the wetland marshes in search of the beautiful feathered birds. Morning hours offer the best opportunity to sight the shoebill stork as it finds its prey (mudfish).

You have lunch at Nkima forest lodge then drive to Nkima forest in search of the forest bird species before return to Kampala where you spend the night.

Day 3 of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

By 7:00am, your birding driver guide will pick you up for a drive towards Murchison falls national park with a stop at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for several savannah bird species sightings as you track the only Rhinos in Uganda on foot. You will then continue with your drive as you sight several savannah bird species along the kafu-Masindi stretch where you will see several Warblers, Savannah Apalis and weavers. You spend the night at an accommodation facility in Masindi.

Day 4 of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

After breakfast at your accommodation facility, your driver guide will pick you up and start the drive to Royal mile in Budongo Forest for a memorable birding excursion through this moist forest at the edge of the Albertine rift.

In the evening, you will be driven through Bugungu wildlife reserve which has a wide range of savannah bird species then enter into Murchison falls national park for dinner and an overnight stay at a booked accommodation in Murchison falls national park.

Day 5 of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

Early morning, you will be driven to Murchison falls national park for a morning game drive that will last about 2-4 hours. After the game drive, you have a lunch break for about 1 hour then you will be driven to the boat cruise start point where you come along the natives of the surrounding areas playing local instruments in which you can involve in by either dancing or trying to play the instruments. At the base of the thunderous falls, you then start the hike to the top of the falls where you meet your driver for a return to your lodging facility.

Alongside the wildlife seen, you sight several bird species like the Black-billed Barbet, Red necked Francolin, Hugli’s Francolin, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Whistling Cisticola, Martial Eagle, Denham’s Bustard, Malachite Kingfisher and many more.

Day 6 of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

On this sixth day of your safari in Uganda, you have breakfast then after be transferred to Kibale forest national park in western Uganda. You go birding en route across the diverse Albertine rift arriving in the evening to an accommodation in Kibale forest national park.

Day 7 of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

You start the day with early morning breakfast then after get into Kibale forest in search of the forest bird species especially the Green-breasted Pitta. You are returned to the lodge for lunch and later on go bird watching at Bigodi wetland adjacent to Kibale forest national park. With more than 200 bird species in the swamp, the Great Blue Turaco, Yellow-billed Barbet, White-spotted Flufftail, Lesser Honeyguide, Shining-blue Kingfisher, Western Nicator, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Dark-capped and White-winged Warbler are among the many sightings. You return to your lodging facility for the last night at Kibale on your birding tour in Uganda.

Day 8 of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

Your Uganda birding tour continues with a drive to Semuliki National Park in the morning after breakfast. This is more of a birding drive than the usual road drive. The slow drive with your birding safari guide offers you an opportunity to sight several bird species along the way. Arriving in the evening, you check in, and spend the night at a booked accommodation in Semuliki National Park.

Day 9 of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

After early morning breakfast at your hotel, along with your packed lunch, you embark on a whole day birding safari tour along the Kirumya trail of Semliki national park. Here you expect to spot species like African Piculet, Nkulengu Rail, Fire-crested Alethe, Lyre-tailed, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Yellow-throated Nicator, Long-tailed Hawk, Capuchin Babbler, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Black-collard Lovebird, Leaf-love, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Red-billed Helmet-Shrike among many more. In the evening,  you are returned to your lodging facility for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 10 of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

You have breakfast which is the last for your trip then start the drive to Entebbe international airport for a departure flight. This amazing road trip past the different landscapes with beautiful sightings marks the end of your 10 days birding tour in Uganda with a drop off for departure at Entebbe international airport.

End of the 10 days Uganda birding safari/10 days bird watching tour in Uganda

Many tourists who come to Uganda opt to blend their safaris, Kibale forest national park is the best chimp trekking spot in Africa and therefore many tourists on Uganda wildlife safaris tour the park for chimpanzee trekking. Bwindi impenetrable national park is one of the best bird watching spot in Uganda and also the best Uganda gorilla trekking safari destination at the same time.

If there is a destination that you can opt to visit with a guarantee of seeing hundreds of bird species then that’s Uganda, plan a birding tour to Uganda today and have an amazing birding experience.

 

 

 

 

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