This Luxury Uganda birding safari lets you experience the amazing bird-watching opportunities Uganda has to offer. Thanks to Uganda’s varied nature with swamps, forests, lakes, mountains and savannas 1025-1065 bird species find their home here. This safari lets you explore the best birding areas the country has to offer for example you have 3 nights in Queen Elizabeth national park to explore this birding paradise, 611 species have been recorded in the park. You spend the nights in luxurious lodges and travel in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
Day-by-day itinerary for Luxury Uganda birding safari
Day 1: Arrival for your Luxury birding safari in Uganda
You will be met by our safari guide at Entebbe international airport and taken to the hotel to relax after the flight. There will be a detailed briefing about your luxury Uganda birding safari. Depending on the time of arrival, we may start our safari with bird watching around Lake Victoria shores.
Overnight options: – Hotel No.5 (L) –
Day 2: Shoebill Stork at Mabamba Bay & on to Lake Mburo National Park
In the morning we leave Entebbe behind to transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and along the way visit Mabamba swamp to search for the prehistoric looking Shoebill Stork. The road to Mabamba winds its way through areas of secondary forest and agricultural land attracting Red-headed Lovebird, African Crowned-Hornbills, and a range of sunbirds including the Green-headed, Green, Red-chested, Collared, Marico and Scarlet-chested, the African pied Wagtail is common along the road. Reaching Mabamba we go out in a canoe to search the channels for the Shoebill Stork. The journey then continues to Lake Mburo National Park.
Overnight: – Mihingo Lodge (L) –
Day 3: Boat on Lake Mburo & birding to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early morning breakfast we shall check out and proceed for a boat ride on Lake Mburo where this African Safari park derives its name. On the boat we expect to see the African Darter, White Backed Night Heron, African Finfoot, African Fish Eagle, Malachite, Pied and Giant Kingfishers, Hippos, Crocs and others. After the boat we begin our drive to the renowned Queen Elizabeth National Park, bird watching en-route. This Uganda’s second largest safari park contains a great game population as well as some of Uganda’s biggest birding list, an incredible bird list of 611 species, so hopefully a great day during this Luxury Ugnada birding safari
Overnight options: – Mweya Safari Lodge (L) – Kyambura Gorge Lodge (PL) –
Day 4: Early morning birding safari/game viewing and afternoon boat on Kazinga channel
This morning we start early for a bird safari and game drive towards the Kasenyi trail. The drive takes us through a productive area of grassy plains, which support large flocks of a variety of stork species including the Spectacular Saddle-billed, African Open Billed and Woolly necked Storks. Other species include the Bateleur, Grey Kestrel, Lappet-faced, Ruppell’s Griffon, White-backed and Palm-nut Vultures, African Crake, Black Coucal, Common button, Harlequin and Black-rumped Quails, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks. Common mammals include African Buffalo, Uganda Kobs, leopard and many others. After lunch it is time for the boat-cruise on Kazinga channel, a 36km channel connecting Lake George and Lake Albert. Here you have chances of spotting Kingfishers diving and an abundance of birds on the peninsula mixed with hippos and buffaloes.
Overnight options: – Mweya Safari Lodge – Kyambura Gorge Lodge –
Day 5: Birding to Maramagambo Forest.
This morning, we shall bird to Maramagambo Forest following the main trail. We will visit the Blue Lake and Bat Cave where we expect to see African Rock Python that found refuge in the cave, and feasts on the bats for breakfast, lunch and supper. Special birds of this forest include Narina Trogon, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush; White tailed Ant-thrush, Black Bee-eater, Grey-headed Kingfisher and White-breasted Negrofinch. To finish the day off we will visit the spectacular Kyambura Gorge.
Overnight options: – Mweya Safari Lodge – Kyambura Gorge Lodge –
Day 6 & 7: Semuliki National Park – Congo basin visitors and residents
Semuliki is a haven for bird-watchers, it is the only lowland tropical rainforest in East Africa and here birds of the Congo basin can be found, so a highlight during our Luxury Uganda birding safari. En-route to Fortportal we shall go birding along the way and reach Semuliki late in the evening. In the night we bird in the savanna looking for nightjars and owls. The next day we shall start after an early morning breakfast, carry packed lunch and head for a full day birding in the forest.
Overnight: – Semliki Safari Lodge (L) –
Day 8: Bird Watching and Wildlife safari to Kibale Forest National Park
We leave Semuliki in the morning to head towards Kibale Forest, we have a chance of birding the main road or one of the trails in the forest. We might come across the African Emerald Cuckoo, Purple-headed Starling, Black-billed Turaco, Yellow-billed Barbet, Grey-throated Barbet, Blue-throated Roller, Narrow-tailed Starling, Western Black-headed Oriole, Yellow-throated and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbirds.
Overnight options: – Kyaninga Lodge (L) –
Day 9: Chimps trekking and birding in Kibale Forest National Park
The next day, we wake up very early and assemble for briefing and thereafter enter the forest to look for our cousins, the Chimps. In the afternoon, we may choose to go to Bigodi Wetland or take one of the trails in the Park to look for the stunning Green-breasted Pitta, Fire-crested Alethe, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, colourful butterflies and other species of primates.
Overnight options: – Kyaninga Lodge –
Day 10: Transfer to Entebbe and flight
We leave the forest behind and travel towards Entebbe as we pay respect to roadside raptors and colony of Veillots black weavers. Plan for a late evening flight or add on a night in Entebbe to fly next day. Our guide leaves you after a unforgettable Luxury birding safari in Uganda.
- Add on two days to include gorilla trekking / gorilla habituation
- Continue to a paradise island for a luxurious escape after your safari
- Stay a night in Entebbe in connection to the safari if needed for your flight schedule.
Our suggested lodges are carefully selected luxurious lodges divided into the classes of Luxury (L) and Premier Luxury (PL). The Luxury options will give you comfort, a lovely setting and service while the Premier options offers an exclusive high end experience with superior locations and top service.
The price is dependent on number of travellers, rooming, season and accommodation choice. Contact us and we are happy to give you a quote.
Accommodation, meals, safari car, guide, fuel, national/regional flights where applicable, gorilla & chimps permits where applicable, park entries and activities as mentioned in the itinerary unless stated as optional.
International flights, visas, drinks (with the exception of some lodges that have drinks included), tips and personal expenses.
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