11 Days Uganda birding and Primates Safari, Uganda is a birder’s dream, with more than 1073 species of birds reported there, representing 50% of all bird species in Africa and 11% of all species worldwide. With one of the highest densities of birds per square kilometer in Africa, this extensive bird list is housed inside a small area measuring about 90041 square miles (roughly the size of Britain). By traversing a limited region quickly or for a brief amount of time, birding in Uganda rewards with the simple observation of numerous birds. When you go on a birding safari in Uganda, you have the chance to see the greatest variety of bird species, including rare or otherwise unattainable endemics like the Shoebill, Fox Weaver, Rwenzori Turaco, and a large number of spectacular endemics to the Albertine Rift valley.
11 Days Uganda birding and Primates Safari, The park is also home to several mammal species, and like Olive Baboon, Ugandan Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Angola Colobus, Vervet, and Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Crake, Red-necked Francolin, Senegal Lapwing, Black Coucal, Southern Red Bishop, Marsh Tchagra, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Flappet, Red-capped, and White-tailed Larks, Red-faced, Carruther’s, Trilling, and Stout, Green-capped Eremomela, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Spot-flanked Barbet, and Gray Penduline Tit, Rufous-bellied Heron, Grey Crowned Crane, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Black-bellied Bustard, Red-headed Lovebird, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Ross’s Turaco, Brown Parrot, Green Wood-hoopoe, White-headed Barbet, Long-tailed Cisticola, Nubian Woodpecker, Common Scimitarbill, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Finfoot, White-winged Tit, and Yellow-breasted Apalis and many more.
Depending on your arrival time, you’ll go to UWEC, which is home to over 170 kinds of birds and over 100 captive animals, including the endangered Northern Masked Weaver, Orange Weaver, Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored Swamp flycatcher, and African Paradise Red Bellied.
Today, you’ll drive to the Mabamba Swamps with your lunch boxes packed. To explore about 7 Shoebills is recorded and other species like; Pygmy Goose, Yellow-Billed Duck, Black Crake, White-Faced Whistling Duck, Swamp Moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, African Jacana Goliath, Purple, Long-Toed Plover, African Water Rail, Grey and Black-Headed Herons, Squacco Heron, and Sitatunga Antelope are just a few examples.
Today we will travel to Murchison Falls via the Luwero Triangle to Masindi Town. You’ll make a pit stop in Masindi to go rhino tracking at the Zziwa Rhino sanctuary and enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue on to the stunning fall and Budongo woodland to experience the Nile’s immaculate beauty and marvel as it constricts and squeezes itself from over a kilometer wide down into a 7-meter canyon. The falls’ 150-meter drop produces a loud boom and an exquisite rainbow in a plume of spray. As you unwind, take in, feel, and capture the location’s beauty.
After eating breakfast in the morning, go on a game drive to look for animals like the Chestnut-capped Weaver, Silverbird, Common Drongo, Spotted Morning Thrush, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Namaqua Dove, White Fronted Black Chat, Black billed Dove, Vinaceous Dove, Carmine Bee-Eater, Red Throated, Swallow Tailed Bee-Eater, Isabelline and Northern Wheatears, Shoebills among others. After lunch, take some time to unwind before continuing on your boat tour to the base of the falls, where you may see enormous Nile crocodiles, hippos, and game drinking water birds like the Lesser Jacana, White-necked stork, Fulvous whistling Ducks, a variety of Herons, Egyptian Plover, Spur Winged Plover, Rock Pranticoles, and Water Thick-Knee, among others.
Today we’ll head west to Fort Portal, stopping for lunch along the way. Fort Portal is well-known for its numerous tea plantations and is located in the shadow of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon.” After leaving this charming town, we will travel across the Crater Lakes region to Kibale National Park. On the way, we will investigate a variety of bird species.
After breakfast, visit Kibale Forest National Park in the early morning. The highest variety and concentration of primates in East Africa are said to be found in Kibale Forest. Explore the tropical jungle on a guided nature walk to spot wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white Colobus monkeys, and other primates. We move to the Bigodi Swamp for another, quite different nature tour after a filling lunch. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is a local project that is well-known for its extensive variety of birds and primates.
Today after a leisure breakfast at the lodge we will head to kibale national park for a full birding in the thick forest of the park.
After an early morning bird watching tour in the immediate vicinity of your resort, go to Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda’s deepest lake is Lake Bunyonyi. You might even be able to glimpse Mount Muhavura, a gorgeously sculpted volcano, on a clear day. You’ll find a motor boat waiting for you when you arrive at the “Lake of the Small Birds” to take you to Bushara Island.
Take a boat trip along Lake Bunyonyi after breakfast to explore the area from the water’s edge. Quietly float to the many tiny islets and take in the diverse birds. After lunch, go back to Mukoni Village and go on a bird walk. As you pass by little farms and take in the breathtaking landscape, keep an eye out for numerous birds. On this stroll, you might view 40 to 50 distinct species, such as the African Hobby, Black Kite, Swamp Flycatcher, Scarlet-chested, Bronze, and Red-chested Sunbirds, as well as White-headed Saw-wings, among others.
Following breakfast, we leave Bwindi’s dense jungle and travel to Lake Mburo National Park. It’s likely that you will see some wildlife when we reach the park. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake in the afternoon while observing the diverse birdlife and the many hippos that are cooling off.
Start your day with a cup of African tea in the morning, then go on a guided walk through the bush with a park ranger and a birding expert to look for rare bird species like the Black-rumped Buttonquail, White-tailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, and White-winged Terns, Common Squaco Heron, Shoebill Stork, African Open-billed Stork, African Fish Eagle, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, African Skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Black Bee-eater, African Mourning Dove, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Swamp Fly-catcher among others. After that, make your way back to Entebbe or Kampala to catch your evening flight home.
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