This 7 Days Uganda birding Safari includes visits to the Mabamba Swamp, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kibale Forest National Park, where you will see a variety of colorful and beautiful bird species. The Mabamba Wetland is a beautiful swamp home to numerous bird species, including the rare Shoebill Stork. For many years, the neighborhood has put forth a lot of effort to preserve the swamp. The neighborhood offers both guided boat tours and boats that go to Busi Island to see the amazing shoebill. Additionally, the neighborhood offers child life upon request.
7 Days Uganda birding Safari, Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most well-known savannah reserve in Uganda, and it is home to a wide range of wildlife, including four of the Big Five (rhino are absent). Additionally, it is regarded as the best location to view lions, including those that climb trees! There are many different types of habitats in this national park, including grassland savannah, forests, wetlands, and lakes. Select a private local guide to help you discover this fascinating region of Uganda.
Kibale Forest National Park is situated in the Kamwenge district of western Uganda, about 450 kilometers (about 5-6 hours) from Kampala, the country’s capital. It is one of the newest parks, having been established in 1995 after serving as a forest reserve. The park is 795 km2 in size and borders Queen Elizabeth National Park on the north. While the north and southeast of Kibale National Park are primarily tropical forest with more than 345 tree species recorded in the area over (27% of the country’s total), the majority of the southwest part of the park is a mix of grassland and wetland with interesting plant life.
On the first day of your 7-day Uganda birding safari, you will rise early for breakfast, then meet your safari driver/guide who will give you a briefing on the safari before driving you to the Mabamba Swamp in Mpigi, where you will see a variety of birds, most notably the shoe bill. From Mabamba Swamp, you will travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping in Fort Portal for lunch along the way. After lunch, you’ll drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you’ll check into your lodging, eat dinner, and spend the night.
You will get up early on this day to eat breakfast before going to the park. You enter the park by car, and then a guide will take you on a boat ride to some of the best birding locations there, including Lake Katwe, Bunyampaka, and Kazinga Channel. You will visit Lake Katwe and Bunyampaka in the morning session, where you will see birds such as Yellow-spotted Barbet, White-spotted Flufftail, Western Nicator, Yellow-billed Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Grey-winged Robin-chat, Ant-thrush with a white tail, Brown-backed Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Scrub-Robin. After that, you’ll return by car, eat dinner, and spend the night there.
On the third day of your safari, you’ll get up very early, eat breakfast, and then travel to Maramagambo. A walk through the forest will give you the chance to see a variety of beautiful bird species, including the Western Nicator, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-spotted Barbet, White-spotted Flufftail, and Yellow-spotted Barbet, Brown-backed, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Grey-winged Robin-chat, and Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Scrub-Robin. After the morning session, you have lunch before returning to the forest in the afternoon to explore the areas you missed in the morning. You will drive back to your lodge after the experience, eat dinner, and spend the night.
On this day, you’ll wake up early to eat breakfast before heading to the Kyambura Gorge forest. A walk through Kyambura Gorge will allow you to see a variety of colorful bird species, including Western Nicator, Yellow-billed Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, and Yellow-spotted Barbet, Grey-winged Superb Sunbird, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Black-and-White Shrike-flycatcher. After the activity, you’ll leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and travel to Kibale National Park. You’ll have lunch there and then relax for another day while you wait for dinner and spend the night there.
On this day, you will rise early for breakfast before making the drive to the Kibale Forests. The forests have a number of well-maintained trails that are used during this safari. With the aid of a pair of binoculars, you can observe a variety of birds while strolling through the forest, including the Black-crowned Waxbill, White-spotted Flufftail, White-breasted Negrofinch, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Black Bishop, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Yellow-billed Barbet, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Black & White Shrike-flycatcher, Western Nicator. After the first session, you will drive back to your lodge for lunch before returning to the forest in the late afternoon to explore areas that you missed out on during the morning session. After all the activities are you go for dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.
Today you will rise early for breakfast and drive to bigodi swamp for another thrilling bird watching excursion. Bigodi swamp is a superb bird watching area established in 1992 and managed by kibale association rural and environmental development, a community-based project. The blue turaco, hornbill, wax bill, weaver, cuckoos, kingfisher fly catcher, and many other birds can be seen in the swamp. You are expected to spend the entire day exploring the swamp. You will drive back to your lodge for lunch following the first session, and then in the late afternoon you will return to the swamp for more exciting bird watching. You will drive back to your lodge following the afternoon session, eat dinner, and spend the night.
On the final day of your safari, you will rise early for breakfast, depart from your lodging, and start your return trip to Kampala. Your safari will come to an end when you arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon, have lunch, and then be dropped off at your hotel or the airport.
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