7 Days Uganda Birding Safari Tour

7 Days Uganda Birding

Overview

The 7 Days Uganda birding safari tour is designed to enable you explore various birds of Uganda. It involves birding in Entebbe botanical gardens, UWEC, shores of Lake Victoria, swamps of Mabamba, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The chances of spotting rare shoebill stork exist in Mabamba, 170 bird species in UWEC, 350 species in Lake Mburo National Park and 600 species in Queen Elizabeth National Park making it the first in Uganda, second in Africa and sixth in the world in terms of bird count.

7 Days Uganda Birding

Safari Highlight:

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport

Day 2: Encounter birds in UWEC, Entebbe Botanical gardens and Lake Victoria shores.

Day 3: Bird Mabamba swamp & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 4: Encounter birds in Lake Mburo National Park

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do Kazinga channel launch cruise.

Day 6: Encounter birds in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 7: Transfer back to Kampala.

 

Safari Overview

Overview

The 7 Days Uganda birding safari tour is designed to enable you explore various birds of Uganda. It involves birding in Entebbe botanical gardens, UWEC, shores of Lake Victoria, swamps of Mabamba, Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The chances of spotting rare shoebill stork exist in Mabamba, 170 bird species in UWEC, 350 species in Lake Mburo National Park and 600 species in Queen Elizabeth National Park making it the first in Uganda, second in Africa and sixth in the world in terms of bird count.

7 Days Uganda Birding
Safari Highlights

Safari Highlight:

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport

Day 2: Encounter birds in UWEC, Entebbe Botanical gardens and Lake Victoria shores.

Day 3: Bird Mabamba swamp & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 4: Encounter birds in Lake Mburo National Park

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do Kazinga channel launch cruise.

Day 6: Encounter birds in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 7: Transfer back to Kampala.

 

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Safari Break Down

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport which is the main gateway to Uganda after your long flight. You will be welcomed by our courteous guide who will then transfer you to your respective lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Imperial Botanical Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Cassia Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or the Lodge (Budget/Basic).

7 Days Uganda Birding

Day 2: Encounter birds in UWEC, Entebbe Botanical gardens and Lake Victoria shores.

Embark on this activity after breakfast and have an encounter in UWEC, Botanical gardens and the shores of Lake Victoria.

You have opportunities of spotting about 170 bird species of which there 10 species of weavers like the rare Northern Masked Weaver, African paradise, Golden Backed, Baglafect Grosbeak, Black Necked and Northern Brown Throated; 5 fly catcher species like Red bellied, Lead colored, crested shrike flycatcher, Swamp flycatcher among others. Species of Raptors like Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, small banded snake Eagle, African Goshawk, African Hobby and African Fish Eagle among other birds.

Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

7 Days Uganda Birding

Day 3: Bird Mabamba swamp & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After an early breakfast, embark on the transfer to Mabamba swamp for a memorable birding encounter. The canoe ride on Mabamba water logged area will expose you to magnificent flora and counts of birds that enjoy the naturally given food of snails and other water organisms.

The rare shoebill stork is the major spot of the day while other species like Squacco, long Toed Plover, African water Rail, Goliath, Purple, Pygmy Goose, Herons, Yellow Billed Duck, Grey and Black Headed Heron, White Faced Whistling Duck, Moorhen, Black Crake, Allen’s Gallinule and African Jacana may be spotted in the area.

The wildlife like elusive Sitatunga Antelope can also be spotted. After this activity, embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mihingo Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Arcadia Cottages (Midrange/Standard) or Eagles Nest (Budget/Basic).

7 Days Uganda Birding

Day 4: Encounter birds in Lake Mburo National Park

After an early morning breakfast, embark on the full day search of birds in the savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park. Explore the park on foot following the respective trails in the company of an armed ranger to save you from attacks of wild animals. Explore the Miriti and Warukiri swamps, Rubanga forest and the salt lick.

The encounter offers you chances of spotting Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Black-bellied Bustard, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Brown Parrot, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Red-faced Barbet, White-headed Barbet, Long-tailed Cisticola, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Finfoot, White-winged Tit and Yellow-breasted Apalis among other birds.

The boat ride on Lake Mburo in the afternoon exposes you to counts of Kingfishers and African fish eagle.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do Kazinga channel launch cruise.

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 180km about 4 hours of drive. You will traverse the scenic landscapes of south western Uganda encountering birds en route before arriving in Queen early for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will embark on the Kazinga Channel Launch cruise where you will have chances of encountering a range of birds that dwell on the channel shores and the sights of abundant wildlife like the Hippos, Nile crocodiles and wild game drinking on the shores. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Kazinga Channel View Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 6: Encounter birds in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have a whole day encounter with birds in the varied ecosystems of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The birding encounter can be conducted in Mweya peninsular, environs of Lake Kikorongo, Maramagambo forest, savannah plains of Kasenyi, Katunguru bridge Area among other areas.

Queen Elizabeth National Park exposes you to birds like; Temminck’s Courser, Rupell’s Griffon, Martial Eagle,  White Headed, Lappet Faced Vultures, Blue Quail, Harlequin Quail, Small (Common) Buttonquail, African Crake, African Skimmer, Black Headed Gonolek, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Amur Falcon, Lowland Akalat, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Greater and Lesser Flamingo among others.

The sights of wildlife like elephants, buffaloes, spotted Hyena, side stripped jackals, and Antelopes among others may not be missed.

Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous Lodge.

Day 7: Transfer back to Kampala.

After breakfast, you can take a short bird walk in the Maramagambo forest before returning to embark on the journey to Kampala.

End of Safari:

Day One

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport which is the main gateway to Uganda after your long flight. You will be welcomed by our courteous guide who will then transfer you to your respective lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Imperial Botanical Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Cassia Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or the Lodge (Budget/Basic).

7 Days Uganda Birding

Day Two

Day 2: Encounter birds in UWEC, Entebbe Botanical gardens and Lake Victoria shores.

Embark on this activity after breakfast and have an encounter in UWEC, Botanical gardens and the shores of Lake Victoria.

You have opportunities of spotting about 170 bird species of which there 10 species of weavers like the rare Northern Masked Weaver, African paradise, Golden Backed, Baglafect Grosbeak, Black Necked and Northern Brown Throated; 5 fly catcher species like Red bellied, Lead colored, crested shrike flycatcher, Swamp flycatcher among others. Species of Raptors like Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, small banded snake Eagle, African Goshawk, African Hobby and African Fish Eagle among other birds.

Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

7 Days Uganda Birding

Day Three

Day 3: Bird Mabamba swamp & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After an early breakfast, embark on the transfer to Mabamba swamp for a memorable birding encounter. The canoe ride on Mabamba water logged area will expose you to magnificent flora and counts of birds that enjoy the naturally given food of snails and other water organisms.

The rare shoebill stork is the major spot of the day while other species like Squacco, long Toed Plover, African water Rail, Goliath, Purple, Pygmy Goose, Herons, Yellow Billed Duck, Grey and Black Headed Heron, White Faced Whistling Duck, Moorhen, Black Crake, Allen’s Gallinule and African Jacana may be spotted in the area.

The wildlife like elusive Sitatunga Antelope can also be spotted. After this activity, embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mihingo Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Arcadia Cottages (Midrange/Standard) or Eagles Nest (Budget/Basic).

7 Days Uganda Birding

Day Four

Day 4: Encounter birds in Lake Mburo National Park

After an early morning breakfast, embark on the full day search of birds in the savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park. Explore the park on foot following the respective trails in the company of an armed ranger to save you from attacks of wild animals. Explore the Miriti and Warukiri swamps, Rubanga forest and the salt lick.

The encounter offers you chances of spotting Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Black-bellied Bustard, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Brown Parrot, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Red-faced Barbet, White-headed Barbet, Long-tailed Cisticola, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Finfoot, White-winged Tit and Yellow-breasted Apalis among other birds.

The boat ride on Lake Mburo in the afternoon exposes you to counts of Kingfishers and African fish eagle.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge

Day Five

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do Kazinga channel launch cruise.

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 180km about 4 hours of drive. You will traverse the scenic landscapes of south western Uganda encountering birds en route before arriving in Queen early for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will embark on the Kazinga Channel Launch cruise where you will have chances of encountering a range of birds that dwell on the channel shores and the sights of abundant wildlife like the Hippos, Nile crocodiles and wild game drinking on the shores. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Kazinga Channel View Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day Six

Day 6: Encounter birds in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have a whole day encounter with birds in the varied ecosystems of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The birding encounter can be conducted in Mweya peninsular, environs of Lake Kikorongo, Maramagambo forest, savannah plains of Kasenyi, Katunguru bridge Area among other areas.

Queen Elizabeth National Park exposes you to birds like; Temminck’s Courser, Rupell’s Griffon, Martial Eagle,  White Headed, Lappet Faced Vultures, Blue Quail, Harlequin Quail, Small (Common) Buttonquail, African Crake, African Skimmer, Black Headed Gonolek, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Amur Falcon, Lowland Akalat, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Greater and Lesser Flamingo among others.

The sights of wildlife like elephants, buffaloes, spotted Hyena, side stripped jackals, and Antelopes among others may not be missed.

Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous Lodge.

Day Seven

Day 7: Transfer back to Kampala.

After breakfast, you can take a short bird walk in the Maramagambo forest before returning to embark on the journey to Kampala.

End of Safari:

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