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8 Days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

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8 Days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

Overview of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

The 8 days birding safari Uganda or 8 days Uganda birding safari tour is an exclusive bird watching safari taking you to Mabamba wetland, Semuliki National Park and Kibale Forest National Park.  With over 1570 bird species identified in Uganda, a knowledgeable and professional Uganda birding safari driver guide will help you spot and identify the birds throughout your safari.

With early arrival at Entebbe international airport, you meet your driver guide who ensures your transfer to a hotel or lodge in Entebbe for a meal and refreshment. In the evening, you are driven to Entebbe Botanical Gardens for bird watching. The next morning, you go for whole day birding excursion in Mabamba wetland before being driven to Semuliki national park the next day arriving in the evening. You spend the next 2 days, birding in Semuliki national park (the true birders haven) then after be transferred to Kibale forest national park (the primate capital of the world). You go birding at Kibale forest national park and the adjacent Bigodi wetland then after depart from Entebbe international airport on the last day.

Highlights of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

Day 1: Arriving at Entebbe international airport (must be an early arrival), a Uganda birding safari guide welcomes you transfers you to a hotel and later on takes you for bird watching at Entebbe Botanical gardens in the evening.

Day 2: After early morning breakfast, you are driven via Entebbe for a whole day birding excursion at Mabamba wetland and Mpanga forest in the evening.

Day 3: This morning after breakfast, you are driven to Semuliki National Park in western    Uganda with a stop at the equator line just about 80km from Kampala.

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

Day 5: Still in Semuliki national park, you take the Kirumiya trail, for a whole day birding safari.

Day 6: Driving from Semuliki national park after breakfast, you go birding towards Kibale forest national park arriving to a close accommodation to the park in the evening.

Day 7: In the morning after breakfast you go for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park then take an evening birding excursion in Bigodi wetland.

Day 8: On this last morning after breakfast your driver guide picks you up for a drive back for a departure flight to Entebbe international airport.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

Day 1 of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

Upon early/morning arrival at Entebbe international airport you meet a knowledgeable Uganda birding safari ready to drive you to a booked hotel or lodge in Entebbe. After check in and refreshment, you go for a short Uganda bird watching tour to Entebbe Botanical Gardens in the evening where you sight a representation of the bird species in Uganda then after return to your lodge or hotel in the evening. Possible sightings of bird species here include 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.

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

Day 2 of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

8 days birding safari UgandaFrom your hotel in the morning, the journey to Mabamba wetland starts in the morning taking you 26km from Entebbe with a drive time of about 1h 12min. The perfect route to 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. Home to several bird species, this is one of the nearby spots from Kampala where you can sight the elusive shoebill stork. Other bird species to tick off your list in Mabamba include the Swamp Flycatcher, African Water Rail, African Purple Swamp-hen, Common Moorhen, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Winding Cisticola and many more. You have lunch at Nkima forest lodge after 2-3 hours on the boat then drive to Nkima forest in search of the forest bird species in the evening. You then return to a lodge or one of the hotels in Uganda Kampala where you spend a night.

Day 3 of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

Following early breakfast, using a 4×4 safari vehicle your birding driver guide takes you on a road drive to Semuliki national park for birding the next day. The first stop is made at the equator line in Kayabwe about 80km from Kampala for about 30minutes then continue to the “The True Birders Haven” hosting over 400 bird species. Arriving in the evening, you check in, have dinner and rest at an accommodation in Semuliki National Park as you prepare for birding in Uganda’s Semuliki the next day.

Day 4 of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

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

Day 5 of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

After early morning breakfast at your hotel/lodge along with your packed lunch, you embark on a whole day birding safari tour along the Kirumiya trail of Semuliki national park. Here you expect to spot species like the 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 after a moment on a Uganda bird watching safari, you are returned to your lodging facility for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 6 of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

You continue with the birding tour in Uganda with a drive to Kibale forest national park. 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 Kibale forest national park.

Accommodation options include: Crater Safari Lodge (Luxury), Kibale Forest Camp (Mid-range)

Day 7 of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

8 days birding safari UgandaEarly morning after breakfast, the day begins with an early morning breakfast then after get into Kibale forest in search of the forest for chimpanzee trekking. This takes about 2-4hours as you get close to man’s closest relatives with a population of over 1400 chimpanzees (the primate capital of the world). You are returned to the lodge or have picnic 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 on your birding tour in Uganda.

Accommodation options include: Crater Safari Lodge (Luxury), Kibale Forest Camp (Mid-range)

Day 8 of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

After your last breakfast on this 8-day birding safari in Uganda, you then start the drive to Entebbe international airport for a departure flight. Along the way, you sight any possible birds as you are dropped off to the airport for your way forward flight.

End of the 8 days birding safari Uganda/8 days Uganda birding safari tour

No matter the fact that Uganda hosts about 50% of Africa’s bird species, a Uganda wildlife safari to the different national park is one that will get you wowed. Many tourists always tailor their wildlife safaris with Uganda gorilla trekking safari tours to Bwindi impenetrable national park or gorilla safari Uganda to Mgahinga gorilla national park. In East Africa, numerous wildlife can be sighted on a Tanzania wildlife safari to Serengeti National Park or a Kenya wildlife safari to Masai Mara Game reserve.

 

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