6 Days Uganda Birding Safari


6 Days Uganda Birding safari: This 6-day birding safari in Uganda takes you to three of the country’s top locations for bird watching, including: Mabamba swamp, Murchison falls National Park and Kibale forest national park.

Murchison falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park; home to the continent’s most powerful waterfall along the River Nile, as well as a variety of wildlife.it is the best location for birding safaris because it has a distinctive collection of birds, not because it has the largest bird population. The Murchison Falls National Park has unique ecosystem diversity, including savannah grass and woodlands, rain forests, and riverine vegetation, all of which are habitats for numerous bird species. And this is perhaps the cause of the variety of bird species that support the birding safaris in Murchison Falls National Park, including the water birds and open-land birds.

6 Days Uganda Birding Safari, Mabamba swamp is a sizable wetland with 2424 hectares of papyrus, ferns, water lilies, and other grasses in the shallow waters on the shores of Lake Victoria. There are up to 260 species of birds recorded in the wetland, including yearly migrant birds from Europe and other parts of the world, and the safari is conducted on a dugout canoe. The wetland is a good habitat for many water endemic birds. The Mabamba Swamp is a great place to go birding and is also the most fascinating place to see the Shoebill, which is a rare sight for many bird watchers.

Kibale forest national park and Bigodi wetland are two top African birding locations that can be found in the country’s western region. About 350 different bird species, including six endemic to the area, can be found in Kibale National Park, which was established in 1993. Best chances of seeing the park’s rare and lovely bird species are on the guided forest walks provided by the knowledgeable and welcoming park staff.

Tour highlights

  • Pick up & transfer Mabamba swamp and transfer to Masindi
  • Royal Mile walk – transfer to the top of the Murchison falls
  • Morning bird watching – afternoon boat cruise
  • Transfer to Kibale forest national park – Bigodi swamp birding experience
  • Morning bird watching & afternoon Chimpanzee trekking experience
  • Departure for Kampala

Itinary in details

Meet your safari guide very early and arrange a connection to the Mabamba swamp on Lake Victoria, depending on where you are in Entebbe. When you arrive at Mabamba Swamp, you board the canoe with a local guide who has experience of navigating the narrow waterways that are lined with dense swamp vegetation. The rare and vulnerable Shoebill stork, Allen’s and Purple gallinule, Grey herons, Jacanas, Ruffaus Squacco, the globally endangered Pallid Harrier, and Bellied Heron are just a few of the rare and vulnerable birds found in Uganda’s Mabamba and Makanaga bay on Lake Victoria swamp. It is possible to investigate additional bird species, such as blue swallows, ducks, and egrets. On the tour of the swamp, visitors can look for the swamp-dwelling Sitatunga antelope.

On this day an early morning breakfast followed by a connection to the Royal Mile walk through the Budongo forest. Expect to see a variety of birds at the Royal Mile walk, including the forest kingfisher, blue-breasted kingfisher, chocolate dwarf kingfisher, and African pygmy kingfisher, to name a few. Enjoy lunch en route, and then continue on to the top of the Murchison Falls while observing some birds in the park. After about an hour of viewing and photographing the Murchison Falls, proceed to the lodge you reserved for relaxation, dinner, and overnight accommodation.

Get up early and make plans to go bird watching in the park. Expect to see a wide range of birds, many of which will be looking specifically for the various kingfisher species that are present. In addition to seeing and photographing some of the park animals during your birding excursion, such as African elephants and giraffes depending on their availability. Return to the lodge for lunch. To increase your chances of seeing the various water birds and animals that come to drink from the River and those that live in the River like the crocodiles, hippos, elephants, and buffaloes, sign up for the bottom of the falls boat cruise later in the afternoon. The Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, as well as other bird species, are some of the birds that are anticipated on the boat tour. Return to your lodge for some downtime, dinner, and a similar overnight stay.

After breakfast on this day, depart from the hotel and travel to Kibale Forest National Park. With a lunch break en route, the trip takes 6-7 hours. Connect to Bigodi Swamp after arriving for a nature stroll to see some of the birds in the swamp. The woodland kingfisher, grey-headed kingfisher, striped kingfisher, as well as other birds like the Papyrus Gonolek, Waxbills, Parrots, Cuckoos, Weavers, Hornbills, and many others, are among the kingfisher species to look out for. See some of the forest primates as well, including the red Colobus monkeys, blue grey cheeked monkeys, vervet monkeys, and black and white Colobus monkeys, to name a few. After that, proceed to your reserved lodge for relaxation, dinner, and an overnight stay.

You should get up early, eat breakfast, and connect to the park to enjoy more birdwatching in Kibale forest. The park is home to more than 375 different bird species. A few of the unique birds found in Kibale are the African Pitta, Green-breasted Pitta, Afep Pigeon, White-naped Pigeon, Crowned Eagle, Red-chested Owlet, Black Bee-eater, Western Nicator, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Little Greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, African Grey Parrot, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis among others.

As you get ready to connect for your afternoon chimpanzee trekking experience, head back to the lodge for lunch. Connect to the park’s main office with your water and hiking equipment. Meet up with other trekkers and come together for a briefing from park staff where you will be informed about what to expect when trekking with chimpanzees. Following that, a group of just 12 individuals and ranger guides/researchers left for chimpanzee trekking. Depending on where they are, the search could last between two and five hours. The chimpanzees in Kibale are much simpler to find, and you can spend an hour with them after you locate them. Go back to the lodge to unwind and wait for Dinner and a night’s rest.

Depending on your flight schedule, leave the lodge after breakfast and travel back to Kampala or Entebbe. You will eat lunch en route, and upon arrival, you will either be dropped off at a location you suggest or at the Entebbe airport for your subsequent flight back to your home country.

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