Birding in Uganda

This a 9 days pure Birds watching, Primates trekking and safari holiday in Uganda, that begins and ends in Kampala; the tour begins by visiting Kibale forest to watch chimps and the beautiful birds, then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National park, Gorilla and birds watching at Bwindi forest and then wind up at Lake Mburo. On this itinerary, you will have the opportunity to watch the beautiful Rift Valley lakes, Forests and national parks full of birds and wildlife. It’s a great trip for birds and nature lovers.

Uganda Bird watching tour and safari Holiday

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This a 9 days pure Birds watching, Primates trekking  and safari holiday in Uganda, that begins and ends in Kampala; the tour begins by visiting Kibale forest  to watch chimps and the beautiful birds, then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National park, Gorilla and birds watching at Bwindi forest and then wind up at Lake Mburo. On this itinerary, you will have the opportunity to watch the beautiful Rift Valley lakes, Forests and national parks full of birds and wildlife.  It’s a great trip for birds and nature lovers.

Major Attractions included

  • Kampala
  • Kibale forest  
  • Queen Elizabeth National park
  • Bwindi National park
  • Lake Mburo National park

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kampala Serena Hotel
  • Kibale Primate Lodge
  • Katara Lodge
  • Mahogany Springs
  • Mihingo Lodge

Kindly note, accommodation is quoted as per person sharing and can be changed or adjusted to suite your requirements.

What’s included in the Itinerary?

  • Full Accommodation as per the itinerary or as agreed upon any adjustments
  • All parks entrance fees and Government taxes
  • Three meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), unless quoted differently
  • Transport and game drives as quoted on the itinerary
  • Cultural visit and Boat excursions as quoted on the itinerary

Exclusions

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Special drinks and alcohol
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal items and requirements

Day 1: Arrival

On this day, you will be picked from Entebbe airport or on an agreed venue in Kampala, briefed about the safari itinerary and then transferred to Kampala Serena Hotel; on arrival, you will check in, have lunch and a brief rest before going on either an afternoon Kampala city tour or Lake Victoria tour.

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, located south-central part of the country and 10 Km north of Lake Victoria; the world’s second largest fresh water lake and the source of the longest river in the world (River Nile). Kampala is a typical modern African city; with the high-rise buildings, major government offices, bustling streets, nice hotels and restaurants, major hospitals, museums and other historical, cultural and traditional attractions.

Day 2 – 3: Explore Kibale Forest

On this day after  breakfast, you will be driven north to Kibale national park; passing through the small villages and green plantations,  the Kasese town commonly known for its copper mining, up the way to Fort Portal and finally to Kibale Primate Lodge, where you will spend the rest of the day.

Kibale National Park is in Kabarole and Kibaale Districts, approximately 320 km west of Kampala and 35Km south of Fort Portal. It’s the most accessible equatorial rainforest in Uganda and is well known for its high populated habituated chimpanzees and 12 other different species of primates, and over 335 bird species.

The following day after breakfast, you will be driven to the park’s head office; where you will assemble for a short briefing about the park, then begin the nature walk along the rainforest in search of the chimpanzees, the black and white Columbus, velvet and red tailed monkey, and over 350 bird species. In the afternoon, you will continue with the nature walk to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary to watch more primates and birds, then extend the walk to Bigodi Village; where you will have the opportunity to interact with the local people, learn about their traditions and way of living.

Note: This day's event can be re-arranged to include hiking on Rwenzori Mountains and the long drive can be substituted with a short flight from Entebbe.

Day 4 – 5: Tour Queen Elizabeth National Park

On this day after breakfast, you will drive further west,  passing through the beautiful landscapes to Queen Elizabeth National park; on arrival you will be transferred to Katara Lodge, where you will have lunch and a brief rest before embarking on an evening game drive to watch wildlife that include warthogs, buffaloes, water-bucks and elephants. Queen Elizabeth National park is one of the major national parks in Uganda and is popular in chimps tracking, birds watching among other wildlife.

The following day after breakfast, you will have a morning game drive, taking different route to trace more wildlife, then head to Kazinga channel for a boat ride to watch hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and more bird species; after that, return to the lodge for lunch and a brief rest. In the afternoon, you will leave the lodge, drive further south to Bwindi Forest National Park; on arrival, you will be transferred to Mahogany Springs, where you will spend the rest of the day relaxing and admiring the beautiful landscapes.

Note: For guests, who are into trekking primates, this day's event can be re-arranged; visit Kyambura Wildlife Reserve for a guided primate nature walk. Kyambura is a beautiful gorge completely covered with tropical rainforest and is home to chimpanzees and other primates.

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking

On this day after breakfast, you will leave the hotel well dressed for muddy/ rainy conditions and ready for long distance trekking; head to the park's head office for briefing, then start trekking in search of the gorilla, once you spot them; you will spend some time observing them and taking pictures as the tour guide narrates about their way of living, character and behavior. Tracking can take between 2-9 hours depending on the terrain conditions, sometimes it's very tiring and time consuming before encountering gorillas; but it's an unique and unforgettable experience once you spot them.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located southwest of Uganda; The Park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, bordering Democratic Republic of Congo next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley shared by Rukungiri, Kabale and Kisoro Districts; Gorilla trekking, birds watching and other primates are the main activities within the park.

Day 7 - 8: Tour Lake Mburo

On this day after break, you will be driven further southwest to Lake Mburo national park, on arrival you will check in at Mihingo Lodge. In the evening you will have a game drive through the park and around the Lake, then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest park in Uganda, located about 230Km west of Kampala and 30Km east of Mbarara.  The park consist of a Lake (Lake Mburo) which is part of the five lakes that form the 50km long wetland system that are linked by a swamp and attracts on 350 bird species, the open savannah grassland, woodland forest and vegetation. The park is also home to zebras, impalas, elands, buffaloes, oribis, defassa waterbuck, leopards, hippos, hyenas, topi and reedbucks.

The following day after breakfast, you will start with a game drive to watch more wildlife and birds, then have a brief lunch break before going on an afternoon boat tour of Lake Mburo and wind up with an easy nature walk.

Day 9: End of Tour

On this day, you will leave the hotel drive through the beautiful escarpments down to Kampala. On arrival, depending with your flight details, you will either be driven straight to the airport or to Kampala Serena hotel for a brief rest and freshening up before your evening flight.

9 Days Uganda Birds Watching Tour Rates

  • Dates Rates from
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016 $1915
  • 16 Dec 2016 - 02 Jan 2017 $2195
  • 02 Jan 2017 - 15 March 2017 $1570
  • 16 March 2017 - 15 July 2017 $1690
  • 16 July 2017 - 15 Sept 2017 $2095
 

Kindly note:-

  • Accommodation is quoted as per person sharing and can be changed or adjusted to suite your requirements.
  • The prices are not exact and are subject to changes due to various holiday entities you choose, so just use it for planning guidance only. For exact rates, request a quote above