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6 Days Uganda birding safari Semuliki National Park/6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

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Overview of the 6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

The 6 Days Uganda birding safari Semuliki National Park or also 6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda is a birding safari in Uganda to Mabamba wetland and Semuliki National Park. Wholly a birding tour to Uganda, the trip features bird watching at Entebbe Botanical Gardens in Entebbe, Birding in Mabamba wetland at the shores of Lake Victoria and 2 days whole day birding at Semuliki National Park.

On day 1, you arrive at Entebbe international airport where you meet a knowledgeable Uganda bird watching driver guide who transfers you to Entebbe Botanical Gardens for bird watching in the evening. You spend the night at a lodging facility in Entebbe where you are transferred to Mabamba wetland the next day for a whole day birding tour. The next morning, you are driven to Semuliki national park where you do birding for 2 days then after return for departure at Entebbe international airport.

Highlights of the 6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

Day 1: On early arrival at Entebbe international airport, a Uganda birding safari guide welcomes you and takes you for bird watching at Entebbe Botanical gardens in the evening.

Day 2: Early arrival, you are driven to Mabamba wetland for a whole day birding tour.

Day 3: After breakfast, you are transferred to Semuliki National Park in south western Uganda with a stop at the equator line.

Day 4: After breakfast, you get into the park for a whole day bird watching tour in Semuliki National park.

Day 5: Taking the Kirumiya trail, you go for a whole day birding safari in Semuliki National Park.

Day 6: Early morning after breakfast your driver guide picks you up for a drive back to Entebbe international airport for departure.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

Day 1 of the 6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

On arrival at Entebbe international airport (it must be an early arrival) a knowledgeable safari guide picks you up for a drive to your lodging facility. After check in and refreshment, you go for a short bird watching tour Uganda to Entebbe Botanical Gardens in the evening then after return to your lodge in the evening for a representation of the bird species in Uganda. Entebbe Botanical Gardens host a variety of water, open country and woodland bird species including the Pink-backed Pelican, Malachite Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Stork, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Yellow White-eye, Purple-banded Sunbird, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana and many more. In the evening, you return to your lodging facility for dinner and an overnight stay.

6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

Bird watching at Entebbe Botanical Gardens

Accommodation options: Protea Hotel (Luxury), 2 Friends Beach Hotel/Boma Hotel (Mid-range)

Day 2 of the 6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

Early morning, your Uganda birding tour guide picks you up from your hotel in Entebbe after an early morning breakfast. The journey to Mabamba wetland starts in the morning driving 26km from Entebbe with a drive time of about 1h 12min. The perfect route you should take is the Kasenje route which includes a ferry crossing, the 23 minutes spent on the ferry offers the best time for water bird sightings. Mabamba wetland is the closest spot to find a shoebill from Kampala. Here anticipate to see bird species like the Swamp Flycatcher, White Winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, African Water Rail, African Purple Swamp-hen, Common Moorhen, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Winding Cisticola and many more. You later have lunch at Nkima forest lodge then drive to Nkima forest in the evening in search of the forest bird species after which you are returned to Kampala for an overnight at a preferred hotel or lodge.

6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

Bird watching in Mabamba Wetland marshes

Day 3 of the 6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

After breakfast, you get to your 4×4 safari vehicle for a road drive to Semuliki national park for bird watching. You have a stop at the equator line in Kayabwe then continue with the drive for about 8 hours. Semuliki national park is the best birding destination in Uganda and popularly described as “The True Birders Haven”. The park hosts over 400 bird species within 220km2 surrounded with beautiful Borassus savannah and extensive grass lands that host bird species. Arriving in the evening, you check in, have dinner and rest at an accommodation in Semuliki National Park.

Day 4 of the 6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

After early morning breakfast at your hotel, along with your packed lunch, you embark on a whole day birding safari tour along the Kirumiya 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. After this Uganda bird watching safari experience, you are returned to your lodging facility for dinner and an overnight stay.

6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

Day 5 of the 6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

Still to the Semuliki national park, you start the drive to the park early morning after breakfast., On this day, you continue to look out for some other bird species including the some of the continent’s most spectacular and sought-after birds such. These include the White-throated Swallow, Long-tailed Hawk, Red-throated Alethe, Congo Serpent Eagle, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, the Nkulengu Rail, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Spotted Greenbul among others. The bird watching safari  Uganda on this day ends with a drive back to your lodging facility for dinner and an overnight.

Day 6 of the 6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour 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 6 days birding tour in Uganda with a drop off for departure at Entebbe international airport.

End of the 6 days Mabamba wetland & Semuliki National Park bird watching tour Uganda

This trip is as rewarding as you can expect and just make sure your camera film is enough. Within the same region of Uganda is Bwindi impenetrable national park a popular destination for Uganda gorilla trekking safari tours and several other parks for Uganda wildlife safari tours.

Beauty and great melodies are what you will be offered by these flying lovelies as you try to capture them.

 

 

 

 

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