Departs: Entebbe International Airport
Tour Length: 16 Day Focus: Birding |Primates Watch
Key Expected # of birds: 350 Species
Birding Pace: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Group Limit: Maximum 14
Bird Photography: Can be tricky in the forest but fair in open forest trails.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Transfer from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park.|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 7:15 AM for a prompt departure at 7:30 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Day 1: Arrival for Forest Birding Safari Uganda
Day 2: Mabira Forest (Nahan’s Francolin)
Day 3: Budongo Forest
Day 4: Budongo Forest Uganda (Puvel’s Illadopsis) Slender-billed Starling
Day 5: Busingiro-Kibale Forest National Park
Day 6 & 7: Green-breasted Pitta Search and Optional Chimpanzee Tracking
Day 8: Semliki National Park in Uganda
Day 9 & 10: Semliki forest and the Kirumiya trail
Day 11: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 12: Albertine Rift Endemics Tour and Optional Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Day 13: Ruhija (African Green Broadbill)
Day 14: Birding Mubwindi
Day 15: Birding to Kampala/Entebbe
Day 16: Departure
Day 1: Departure
Arrival for Forest Birding Safari Uganda
Transfer to the Hotel. We bird Entebbe botanical Gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education Center depending on the time of arrival.
Day 2: Mabira Forest (Nahan’s Francolin)
This is the largest forest reserve closest to the city center. It boosts of a 315 bird species record with 74 of the 144 species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome that occur in Uganda. We search for Nahan’s Francolin which is an IUCN Red list’ endangered species, etc
Budongo Forest has a prolific bird-life with two species of birds not found elsewhere in East Africa: 10 of the 22 species of the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome and 93 of the 144 species Guinea–Congo Forests biome that occur in Uganda.
Budongo Forest Uganda (Puvel’s Illadopsis) Slender-billed Starling
We bird the marvelous Royal mile and several other trails for magnificent bird species. We look for the Puvel’s Illadopsis and Nahan’s Francolin and other special birds.
Busingiro-Kibale Forest National Park
For the early hours of the day, we bird Busingiro and later transfer to Kibale Forest National Park which is the most accessible of Uganda’s major rainforests.
Green-breasted Pitta Search and Optional Chimpanzee Tracking
In Kibale we will bird areas of the forest, Bigodi wetland Sanctuary and Sebitoli for Unique forest species & papyrus endemics.
Semliki National Park in Uganda
Semliki harbours a large number of predominantly Central African species which cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa and these include some of the continent’s most spectacular and sought-after birds such as; Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Black-wattled Hornbill, the Nkulengu Rail just to mention but a few. There is a single, unconfirmed report of the globally threatened Lesser Kestrel
Semliki forest and the Kirumiya trail
It’s one of the richest areas for both flora and fauna in Africa most especially birds, we bird the place for only two days. We aim at a record of 400 species which will include White-tailed Robin-Chat, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Capped Wheatear, Common Stonechat to mention but a few.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This is the best place for forest birding in Uganda and yet Africa’ number one birding spot, the park has 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the globally threatened species such as the African Green Broadbill and Shelley’s Crimsonwing. Other birds such as Oberlander’s/Forest Ground Thrush, Sassi’s Olive Greenbul, Dusky Crimson-wing, & many more can also be observed.
Albertine Rift Endemics Tour and Optional Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
At Buhoma, we look out for species like, the Black Bee-Eater, Dusky Tit, Brown-caped Weaver, the Yellow-billed and yellow-spotted Barbets, the African and Black-and-white Shrike Flycatchers, and many others.
Bwindi impenetrable forest habituates families of mountain gorillas along with other species of primates for example, Chimpanzees, Colubus monkeys, Olive baboons, name it.
Ruhija (African Green Broadbill)
Today we bird Ruhija in search for the darling African Green Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Strange Weaver, Shelley’s and Dusky Crimson-wings, Mountain masked and Rwenzori Apalises and many more.
Whole day birding Mubwindi Swamp we look out for the Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, White tailed blue flycatcher, Brown capped warbler, Black Billed weaver, Rwenzori Nightjar & African Green Broadbill.