7 Days Uganda Birding Safari Trail

Day 1: Birding at UWEC & Botanical Gardens

Have an early morning breakfast and then go birding at UWEC. Also formerly known as the Entebbe Zoo, this area shelters close to over 170 unique bird species such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Golden Backed, African paradise, Baglafect Northern Brown Throated, Grosbeak, Black Necked and many others like flycatchers, Red bellied, Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored, Swamp flycatcher, and many others. You will also encounter Raptors such as the Gabar Goshawk, small banded snake Eagle, Shikra, African Goshawk, African Fish Eagle, African Hobby and many more species including captive animals. Proceed to Botanical gardens for another birding experience. Overnight at your hotel in Kampala

Day 2: Mabamba Wetlands Trail

Have breakfast in the morning and depart for Mabamba Wetland which is around 50 km west of Kampala. Mabamba swamp has the biggest population of shoebills recorded on a single day. Here Bird watching is done on canoes in marsh channels and this may give you a chance to see birds like, Yellow Backed Weaver, Northern Brown Throated Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, Papyrus Gonolek, African Purple Swamp Hen, African Water Rail, Lesser Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, White-faced Whistling Duck, Squacco Heron, Blue Breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Goliath Heron and many more. Drive back to Kampala for overnight at Hotel Africana / Sheraton Hotel

Day 3: Bird Trail in Mabira Forest

Take breakfast and drive to Mabira forest for specially forest birding. Mabira Central Forest reserve is one Africa’s largest surviving natural Forest covering an area of 306sqkm. It is home to 315 attractive rare Birds such as the Nahan’s Francolin, The Tit Hylia, The Purple Throated Cuckoo, The Red Headed Blue Bill, Cassin Hawk Eagle, The Forest Wood Hoope, The Black Bellied Seed Cracker, The Shinning Blue King Fisher and many more. Some of these species can only be found in Mabira forest and nowhere else. Have a picnic lunch and drive to Bwindi arriving late evening. Overnight At Gorilla Forest Camp / Lake Kitandara / Buhoma Homestead

Day 4: Full-day birding in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi is a home to the forest giants that are cousins to human beings, the gorillas. Birding here begins early in the morning with the early risers at the Luxury bush camp. After breakfast with our packed lunch set off for the whole day. This forest has over 300 bird species recorded mostly the Forest Rarities, Red Throated Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Forest Robin, Montane Oriole, Please note that this forest receives rainfall almost all year round, a raincoat and hiking shoes with a good tract are appropriate. Overnight at Gorilla Forest camp or lake Kitandara or Buhoma Homestead

Day 5: Bwindi Forest – Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, you will set for Lake Mburo National Park, have lunch en route as we bird all journey through. Have the evening relaxing as we revamp our energies in the vast woodland and savannah lands. Overnight at Mihingo Safari Lodge / Mantana Safari Camp / Arcadia Cottages

Day 6: Full-day birding in Lake Mburo Park

Take breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. The park is situated in western Uganda and it is approximately 4 hours drive from the Kampala city centre. Have a brief stopover at the equator for water experiments and photographs. Proceed to Lake Mburo with a birding en route to the entrance of Nshara gate. The Park is fascinated by the variety of large colorful birds common are the Pink-Backed Pelican, Darter, White Pelican, Yellow-Billed Duck, Long-Tailed Cormorant, Coqui Francolin, Black Bellied Bustard, White Winged Black Tern and Greater Cormorant, most of which can be seen in the papyrus swamps and Rubanga Forest. While birding, you will not see sight of some wildlife like the evasive Leopard and other nocturnal species. Overnight at Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp

Day 7: Lake Mburo – Kampala / Entebbe

Transfer back to Kampala drive along the lake side track and Kigambira loop, Watch out for birds like Batelour, Green-capped Eremomela, Austral migrant, black cuckoo-shrike Tawny, African Hawk, and so many other species en route. You will arrive in the evening to spend the night dine at Hotel Africana / Sheraton Hotel
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