This 5 Days trip takes you birding through Entebbe, Mabamba Wetlands and Lake Mburo National Park. The trip starts with birding in Entebbe’s UWEC, the Botanical Gardens and along the Lake Victoria Shores.
The next day, visit Mabamba Wetlands, the best place to see rare Shoebill Storks in Uganda. Apart from the rare shoebill stork, this Important Bird Area has a good population of other birds.
The trip ends with a 3 days birding in Lake Mburo National Park, home to 313 bird species. Bird through wetlands, lakes, savannah, rolling hills, acacia trees – all there providing the perfect habitat for a variety of birds.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Transfer from Kampala to Lake Mburo 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: Bird in Entebbe Areas (UWEC, Botanical Gardens, Lake Victoria Shores)
Day 2: Birding in Mabamba Wetlands
Day 3: Kampala – Lake Mburo National Park
Day 4: Birding in Lake Mburo National Park
Day 5: Return to Kampala
Day 1: Departure
Bird in Entebbe Areas (UWEC, Botanical Gardens, Lake Victoria Shores)
Take breakfast then go birding to The Uganda Wildlife Education center (UWEC) formerly known as the Zoo. This has attracted over 170 species of wild birds 10 species of Weavers such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Golden Backed, African paradise, Baglafect Northern Brown Throated, Grosbeak, Black Necked and many others.
Five species of flycatchers, Red bellied, Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored, Swamp flycatcher, and many others. Encounter Raptors such as the Gabar Goshawk, small banded snake Eagle, Shikra, African Goshawk, African Fish Eagle, African Hobby and many more species including captive animals.
Proceed to Botanical gardens for another birding experience. Have lunch relax as you move forward to the evening visit to the sewage lagoons. Return for Dinner and Overnight.
Birding in Mabamba Wetlands
Have breakfast then proceed to Namugabo near Mabamba swamps with the biggest population of shoebills recorded on a single day.
Most of the birding is done canoeing. Other species to be seen may include Squacco, African water Rail, long Toed Plover, Goliath, Purple, Herons, Pygmy Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, White Faced Whistling Duck, Grey and Black Headed Heron Moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, African Jacana among others. Sitatunga Antelope (swamp Antelope) and many more.
En route to Kampala stop by another swamp this may reveal Papyrus Gonolek, White winged Warbler, Yellow Crowned Bishop, Weyns Weaver, and many more have a packed lunch and go ahead birding as you take an evening in Dinner and Overnight in Kampala.
Kampala – Lake Mburo National Park
Take breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo National park. The park is situated in western Uganda. Briefly stop at the equator, proceed to Lake Mburo, birding to the entrance of Nshara gate.
Expect the following Common Scimitarbill, species; Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Bare faced Go-Away Bird, Crested Francolin, Green Wood Hoopoe, Lilac breasted Roller, Spot-Flanked Barbet Northern Black Tit, Common Scimitarbill, Trilling Cisticola, Greater Blue Eared Starling, African Grey Hornbill, Brown Parrot may be seen.
Take lunch at Rwonyo Restaurant. After lunch, embark on late afternoon game drive along the Zebra Track which may expose you to species like Coqui Francolin, Black Bellied Bustard, Temmricks Courser, African Wattled Plover, Rufous napped Rufous, Chested Swallow and Flappet Lark, etc. Look out also for evasive Leopard and other nocturnal species. Back for Dinner and Overnight.
Birding in Lake Mburo National Park
Have an early morning Breakfast, embark on a nature walk encountering several species of wetland and savanna species of birds, Impalas among others. Return for lunch head for evening game drive along the Kigambira loop. Species to expect are; localized Red Faced Barbet, Red Headed lovebird, Black Collared Barbet, Green capped Eremomela and Lead colored Flycatcher. Back for Dinner and overnight.
Return to Kampala
We move on for an early morning game drive along the Lakeside Track. This entails approach to Aquatic habitats around Lake Mburo. Species to expect may include, White Winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Lesser and Greater Swamp Warbler and also the elusive Shoebill, the Blue headed Coucal.
Continue to the lakeside campground, as we look out for the African Darter, African Water Rail, African Fin foot, Spur winged plovers, and many others. Return midmorning for breakfast and proceed for a launch- cruise in search for papyrus species missed, Hippos, Crocodiles are the extras expected. Set off birding to Kampala but take a stopover in Masaka town for Lunch before you proceed to Kampala.