8 Days Uganda Primates and bird Safari


This 8 Days Uganda Primates and bird Safari in Uganda takes you to the country’s top birding and primates locations, including Mabamba Swamp, Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park. There are 375 different bird species in the Kibale Forest National Park, and you can see some of them there while going on a chimpanzee trekking adventure. However, the best place to see a wide variety of birds and primates is in the Bigodi Swamp. Mabamba Swamp, located 50 kilometers from Kampala, is a popular wetland birding destination, particularly for its spectacular Shoebill Stork sightings. The swamp, on the other hand, has over 300 bird species to offer the seasoned birder, including the Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher, Lesser Jacana, Purple Swamphen, and African Pygmy Goose, to name a few.

8 Days Uganda Primates and bird Safari, Kibale forest national park is a national park that guards a wet, evergreen rainforest in western Uganda. It is 766 square kilometers in size. It primarily consists of moist evergreen forest, but it also has a variety of other landscapes. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated along Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the southernmost region of the country. The nearby Virunga National Park in the DRC provides additional protection for the area. The park has a 128 square mile area (331 sq km). The park is home to half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world, giving visitors the best gorilla encounter with the most adventure for both habituated and semi-habituated gorilla families.

mgahinga gorilla national park is one of Uganda’s smallest national parks, measuring only 33.7 km2. It is situated 12.5 kilometers south of Kisoro Town Council in Kisoro District in the southwest corner of Uganda. It makes up the northeastern portion of the Rwandan and DR Congo bordering Virunga Volcano Ranges. Mount Muhavura, Gahinga, and Sabinyo are included in this mount ranges. Lake Mburo National Park is the closest park to the capital and is situated in the Kiruhura District of western Uganda along the Kampala-Mbarara highway. It is only a 3-hour drive from Kampala City. It is the smallest savanna park in Uganda, with a total area of only 260 square kilometers. Despite its small size, Lake Mburo National Park supports an impressive diversity of habitats, including papyrus swamps, open and wooded savanna, lakes, dry hills, and rocky outcrops.

Tour highlights

  • Birding watching at Mabamba swamp – transfer to Kibale national park for evening birding experience
  • Morning Green Breasted Pitta search& Bigodi swamp walk
  • Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park via Ishasha sector
  • Gorilla trekking experience – Transfer to Mgahinga national park
  • Full day bird watching in Mgahinga national park
  • Golden monkey tracking – transfer to Lake Mburo national park
  • Morning game drive – afternoon birding on the boat trip
  • Transfer back to Entebbe – visit Botanical garden – Departure

Itinary in details

On this day, depending on where you are in Entebbe, a representative from our company will meet you and take you to the Mabamba wetlands at 8 am. Mabamba Swamp is one of the best birding locations in Uganda, offering visitors a wonderful birding experience and an opportunity to see a variety of bird species. It is situated along the shores of Lake Victoria. Additionally, this location is one of the few in Uganda where the likelihood of seeing the rare shoebill stork is higher. After meeting you, your safari guide will depart for the Mabamba wetlands to go bird watching. At Mabamba, you can go on a canoe trip to get up close to the various bird species that live there. The unusual shoebill stork might also be visible. You’ll go bird watching for an hour and a half. After that, start your trip to the Kibale National Park while having lunch in Mubende. After late afternoon birding, arrive at the lodge. Check into your hotel for a relaxing evening, meal, and sleep.

You should get up early, eat breakfast, and connect to the park to go birding 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. You’ll also hike the Bigodi Swamp Trail in the evening for additional views of various birds.

On this day, you will have an early breakfast before leaving for the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park at the crack of dawn. With a lunch break en route through the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth national park, the drive takes about 6-7 hours. When you get to Bwindi Forest, join a nighttime birding excursion at the waterfalls trail for a chance to see Bar-tailed Trogon, purple-breasted sunbird, and a variety of other birds. Later in the evening go to your lodge for dinner and overnight accommodation.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the morning, then head to the park headquarters with your packed lunch for a briefing from the ranger guides before beginning your trek through the forest. Depending on the gorillas’ movements, Bwindi gorilla trekking can last anywhere from two to eight hours. There is no way to predict where these primates will be on any given day as they are allowed to freely roam the park. Once you locate them, you will have an hour to observe and photograph these friendly primates, enjoy your lunch, and then meet your driver and guide for the trip back to your lodge. After your hike, meet your guide and travel to Kisoro, the town that borders Mgahinga National Park. The drive takes about 3 hours. Connect to your lodge after your evening arrival in Kisoro for some relaxation, dinner, and a night’s sleep.

After an early breakfast, transfer to Mgahinga National Park for a full-day birding excursion. With your picnic lunch, search for endemic and Albertine birds such as the Regal sunbird, purple-breasted sunbird, and many others. Return to the lodge later that evening after your time spent bird watching.

You will go back to the park for your golden monkeys’ trail on this. Before beginning your 4-5 hour hike up the mountain in search of the Golden monkeys, you will receive a briefing on the activity. Once you find the monkeys, you are allowed to spend an hour with them while taking photos and videos. Following the hike, meet your driver and travel to Lake Mburo National Park with a stop for bird watching. The drive takes about 4-5 hours, but you’ll go slower if you’re birding. Connect to your lodge after your arrival in the evening so you can unwind, eat, and stay there.

Start the day with a morning game drive and birding experience after breakfast at the lodge. One of Uganda’s top spots for birding is Lake Mburo. Discover various bird species, as well as residents of the park like Buffaloes, Giraffes, Zebras, Impalas, and Giraffes. Return to the lodge for lunch after the game drive. Taking an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo is one of the most rewarding birding experiences. More water birds and other birds will be encountered. There are also animals such as hippos. Connect later in the evening for a further bird-finding drive.

After breakfast, you will leave the park to connect with a drive back to Entebbe, stopping for lunch along the way and visiting the Equator as well as a few interesting birding locations. Depending on your flight out, proceed to Entebbe and connect to the Entebbe botanical gardens for an opportunity to go bird watching. Either you’ll be dropped off at the hotel you’ve reserved, or you’ll head to the airport to catch your next flight home.

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