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9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/Uganda Birding Safari Tour

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9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/Uganda Birding Safari Tour

Overview of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/Uganda Birding Safari Tour

This 9 Days Birding safari Uganda Gorilla trekking safari is a 9 days Uganda birding safari tour and Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Hosting several elusive wildlife and bird species, this safari takes you to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is the only host to golden monkeys and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and 23 out of 24 Albertine rift endemic bird species.

From a lodging facility in Kampala, a Uganda birding safari guide picks you up for a drive to Mabamba wetland for birding 58.7km away on about 1hour 39minutes drive. The next day, you are driven to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where you go bird watching the next day. From Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, you are driven to Bwindi impenetrable national park where you go birding in search of the 23 out of the 24 Albertine rift endemics then Gorilla trekking. You then return to Kampala on the last day of your safari.

Highlights of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/Uganda Birding Safari Tour

Day 1: From Kampala, you go birding in Mabamba wetland in the morning then the adjacent Nkima forest in the evening.

Day 2: On this day you are transferred to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the far south Western Uganda.

Day 3: You will spend the day birding in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park within the trails of Mt. Sabinyo.

Day 4: With a drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park’s Ruhija sector, you go bird watching en route via Echuya forest.

Day 5: After breakfast, you go bird watching at mubwindi swamp

Day 6: You are driven to Bwindi’s Buhoma sector for bird watching as you go birding en route.

Day 7: With your birding guide you go bird watching to the birding trails of Buhoma sector.

Day 8: By 8:00am, you will be at Bwindi impenetrable national park for gorilla trekking in Buhoma sector.

Day 9: After your last breakfast at Bwindi impenetrable national park, you are driven back to Entebbe international airport for a departure flight.

Day by day detailed itinerary of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/Uganda Birding Safari Tour

Day 1 of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/Uganda Birding Safari Tour

9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking SafariThe long-awaited birding and gorilla trekking safari in Uganda starts with a pick up by your guide after early morning breakfast for a drive to Mabamba wetland. Here you take a boat/canoe as a local guide helps you paddle through the marshes of the wetland in search of the elusive shoebill stork getting its early morning catch. After birding in Mabamba wetland, you have lunch then after go for an evening birding experience at Nkima Forest as you sight several forest bird species. In the evening, you rest your lenses as you spend the night at a close accommodation facility.

Day 2 of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/Uganda Birding Safari Tour

Early morning after breakfast at your lodging facility, you are then transferred to the far south western part of Uganda. After about 63.9km on 1 hour 16 minutes’ drive, you have a stop at the equator line in Kayabwe where you spend about 30minutes taking pictures on the line that divides the world. You can also do some simple water experiments that prove the forces here. The drive continues with lunch taken en route continuing to the beautiful terraced hills of Kigezi. Arriving in the evening, you check in, have dinner and spend the night at a booked accommodation in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Day 3 of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/Uganda Birding Safari Tour

After breakfast, your driver guide will drive with you to Ntebeko Camp (trek start point) in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for a biding tour to the trails on Mt. Sabinyo. You take the gorge rail that loops half way up Mt. Sabinyo within one of the most beautiful protected areas in Uganda surrounded by a variety of montane habitats and also a Uganda gorilla safari destination. During this birding experience you look out for bird species like the Rwenzori Turaco, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Dusky Turtle Dove, Cape Robin-Chat, Grassland Pipit and a lot more bird species. You then return to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 4 of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/ Uganda Birding Safari Tour

9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking SafariLeaving Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, you go with your Uganda birding tour guide for a birding experience in the woodlands of Echuya forest as you drive to Ruhija sector of Bwindi forest. You then continue with the drive to Ruhija and during this time you look out for birds like the Handsome Francolin, Olive Pigeon, Western Green Tinkerbird and many more. Arriving in the evening you check into an accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable National Park.

Day 5 of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/Uganda Birding Safari Tour

After breakfast, you shall walk down to the Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija where you look out for birds like the Black-billed Turaco, Western Green Tinkerbird, Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Green-Broadbill, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, African Hill Babbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler and several other bird species. In the evening you then return to your lodging facility where you spend the night.

Day 6 of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/ Uganda Birding Safari Tour

To another sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park known as Buhoma, you go birding along the route with possible sightings of several bird species. Birds like Olive Thrush, Tambourine Dove, Cassin’s-grey Flycatcher, Black Bee-eater, Red-throated Wryneck, Toro Olive-Greenbul, White-starred Robin, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Chubb’s Cisticola, Banded Prinia and many more are some of the bird species in this area. You arrive in the evening and spend the night at a booked place to stay in this region of Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Day 7 of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/ Uganda Birding Safari Tour

On this day after an early breakfast, you go birding to the main trail in Bwindi Impenetrable national park’s Buhoma sector. Here you look out for bird species like the African Broadbill, Black Bee-Eater, African Goshawk, Bar-tailed Trogon, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Woodpeckers, assorted Greenbuls, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler and many more. In the evening, you have dinner and spend the night at your prior accommodation facility.

Day 8 of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/ Uganda Birding Safari Tour

 

9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking SafariAfter early morning breakfast, then it’s time to meet the awesome mountain gorillas of Bwindi. Anticipate to be up early for breakfast then a drive to Buhoma sector of Bwindi park for the start of the trek to meet the mountain gorillas. Before you get into the gorilla habitat, you have a 30minutes briefing by the park rangers on a Uganda gorilla trekking safari etiquette at 8:00am and gorilla family allocation according to physical ability. About 2-8 hours are spent in the jungle and only 1 out of them in the presence of these gentle giants. During the trek, you come along several bird species. A Uganda gorilla trekking certificate is received at the end of the trek at the park headquarters where you find your driver guide waiting to transfer you to your lodging facility for an overnight stay.

Day 9 of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/Uganda Birding Safari Tour

You have your last breakfast at the foot hills of the gorilla habitat then after embark on a drive back to Entebbe International Airport for your flight back home. You will have a stop at the equator line at Kayabwe for photography and geographical experience. You then continue to the airport for departure and can also do some craft shopping along the way.

End of the 9 Days Birding Safari Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari/Uganda Birding Safari Tour

When everyone is longing to go for an extra ordinary safari, take one in search of the rare mountain gorillas in which Uganda hosts more than half of those still existent in the wild and catch a glimpse of the Albertine rift endemics and many other birds of Uganda.

 

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