HIGHLIGHTS

Map Uganda is home to the world’s 10% bird species and continent’s 50% species some of which are endemic to the country. Besides the abundancy of attractions, the Pearl of Africa, a birding traveler will enjoy the country’s top attractions as well the chances of listing the endemic bird species in Uganda. Do a chimpanzee tracking to the primate capital of the world and also have a wildlife safari of seeing the tree climbing lion in a fig tree relaxing for the next activity. You will widen your horizon only when you take eyes off birding to combine an adventurous birding and wildlife Uganda experience.

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Itinerary

  • Duration: 14 days & 13 nights
  • Places: Queen Elizabeth
  • Experiences: 4
  • Ages: 10 - 45
  • Starting Point: Entebbe
  • Ending Point: Kampala
Introduction

Queen Elizabeth National park is also the home of the legendary tree climbing lions of Ishasha. The resident lions have taken to a curious habit, climbing into giant fig trees and acacia trees.

Day

You will be met on arrival by your driver / guide who will warmly receive and welcome you. You will be transferred to your hotel in Entebbe.

  • Dinner and overnight stay at A) Airport Guest House (B&B) Upgrade to B) Boma Guest House, C) Serena Lake Victoria Hotel.
  • 8am - 4:30pm

After an early breakfast, we commence our trip by driving to the Mabamba Swamp, 50km west of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Stop en route at Mpigi Swamp for papyrus rarities. Open your eyes for a White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-backed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, and other swamp specialties. At the swamp, most of the birding is done on a canoe, paddled by our local site guides. Look out for the Shoebill both in the sky and down on the marsh. Also watch out for the Swamp Flycatcher, African Purple Swamp hen, African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African After an early breakfast drive and go for Mabamba Swamp for the rare African Shoebill, you will then connect to Mpanga forest a stunning patch of remnant, medium altitude evergreen and swamp forest. Look out for Blue breasted kingfisher, Weyn's weaver, White spotted fluff tail, Blue shouldered robin chat, Grey parrot, Lemon Dove, Black billed turaco, Fire crested alethe, Snowy headed robin chat, Dusky long tailed cuckoo, Hair breasted barbet, Woodland warbler, olive greenbul, Sooty boubou, Fiery necked nightjar, and you not surprised to meet the shy bush pig, Pygmy Goose, White-faced Whistling-duck, Squacco Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Goliath Heron and Black Crake.

  • Dinner and overnight stay at A) Airport Guest House (B&B) Upgrade to B) Bomah Guest House, C) Serena Lake Victoria Hotel.
  • 8am - 4:30pm

Today, we shall start early after breakfast and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park is named after the Queen of England who visited it in 1954 is the second largest national park in Uganda. In terms of diversity this park ranks among the best birding destinations in Uganda with over 610 species recorded, and a one day record of 296 species. Hard-core birders will be treated to special birds of this park that include Harlequin Quail, Blue Quail, Small (Common) Buttonquail, African Crake, White-winged Warbler, Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, Papyrus Gonolek, Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Lowland Akalat, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Shoebill, Black Bee-eater, Caruthers's Cisticola, Terek Sandpiper, Secretary Bird, and Temminck's Courser. Mammals include African Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Leopard, Lion, Ugandan Kobs, Side-striped Jackal, Baboons, Chimpanzees, Bush and Water Bucks, Warthogs, Giant Forest Hogs to mention but a few.

  • Dinner and overnight at Simba Safari Camp (B, L, D) Upgrade to B) Ihamba Safari Lodge, C) Mweya Safari Lodge.
  • 8am - 4:30pm

After an early breakfast head to the lake shores of katwe as you are searching for more birds from where you will go to the valley of apes in Kyambura.<br /> The Kyambura Gorge experience is more than discovering chimpanzees in their natural environment: it teaches visitors about the ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge’s atmospheric “underground” rainforest, including vegetation types; bird identification and behavior; and chimp and monkey ecology. You can also find red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and vervet monkeys. The gorge is also known for its variety of bird species including various falcons, the blue-headed bee-eater and the African Finfoot.

  • Dinner and overnight at A) Simba safari camp (B, L, D) Upgrade to B) Ihamba Safari Lodge, C) Mweya Safari Lodge.
  • 8am - 4:30pm

After breakfast we set out for a whole day game drive as we continue bird watching in the park. Later in the afternoon you have an exciting boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. This is a narrow neck of water that connects Lakes George and Edward, with excellent photographic opportunities for waterside birds and abundant Hippopotamus. Amongst the birds you are likely to encounter are the African Skimmer, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh, Green, Wood and Common Sandpiper, Gray-headed Gull, Plain Martin Lesser Swamp-Warbler and Yellow-billed Ox pecker.

  • Dinner and overnight at A) Simba Safari Camp (B, L, D) Upgrade to B) Ihamba Safari Lodge, C) Mweya Safari Lodge.
  • 8am - 4:30pm

After an early breakfast, we head for Maramagambo forest. A few specialties at Imaramagambo forest include the Yellow-bellied and Jameson's Wattle-eyes, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed and Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Brown and Grey-chested Illadopsis, Shinning Blue Kingfisher, Brown-eared Woodpeckers, Narina Trogon, Least Honey guide, Grey Greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, and the African Fin foot. The trail through the forest leads past a bat cave, which is rather impressive, and if we are lucky we may come across a Python that lives in the cave and feasts on the bats. Later in the afternoon, we drive to Kibale Forest National Park.

  • Dinner and overnight A) Kibale Forest Camp (B, L, D) Upgrade to B) Primate Lodge standard, C) Primate Lodge Luxury.
  • 8am - 4:30pm

On this day, we set off for the towering forest very early, driving towards the Park’s visitor center for briefing and thereafter, chimp tracking. The activity may last from a few hours to several hours. Birding in the afternoon along the main road may be productive. Depending on the weather predictions, birding in Bigodi wetland is also productive with riverine forest birds. Kibale National Park is a good site for a number of birds that are hard to find elsewhere including Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis's Greenbul and Joyful Greenbul as well as White-spotted Fluff tail, Dusky and Olive Long tailed Cuckoo, Lesser Honey guide, Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, White-chinned Prinia, Grey Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera and White-collared Olive back.

  • Dinner and overnight Kibale Forest Camp (B, L, D) Upgrade to B) Primate Lodge standard, C) Primate Lodge Luxury.
  • 8am - 4:30pm

After breakfast, we have another chance for birding in the forest. The results of the previous day will help us to choose either birding Sebitoli Section or birding Kanyanchu area.

  • Dinner and overnight Kibale Forest Camp (B, L, D) Upgrade to B) Primate Lodge standard, C) Primate Lodge Luxury.
  • 8am - 4:30pm

Take a long drive to Budongo arriving in Budongo area late in the afternoon. If time allows there may be chances for birding along the way at Busingiro Section of Budongo forest. Budongo forest is the largest natural forest area in East Africa. We can expect to find a wide range of other bird species such as the crested guinea fowl sporting their punk “hairdos”, White Crested Turacco, Chestnut Crowned Eremomela, Yellow and Gray Longbills, Olive-bellied Crombec, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Little Green Sunbird, and Red-headed Blue Bill among others. There are also many other special birds with a West African origin: White-thighed Hornbill, Green-breasted Pitta, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Blue-breasted, Dwarf & Chocolate-backed Kingfishers, Yellow-crested & Brown-eared Woodpeckers, Yellow Bill, Western Black-headed Oriole, Yellow-spotted, Hairy-breasted & Yellow-billed Barbets, Green Hylia, Buff-throated, Black-throated & Black-capped Apalises, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, the elusive Lemon-bellied Crombec, Crested & Red-headed Malimbe and also various forest starlings among others. We will also be in a prime area for a wide range of primates such as Blue & Red-tailed Monkeys and Black and white Colobus - and if lucky Chimpanzees. There is also a wide variety of butterfly species in the forest. Budongo forest has recorded over 200 butterfly species hence you will also be in for a treat as we look out for these butterflies.

  • Dinner and overnight Fort Murchison lodge (B, L, D) Upgrade to B) Budongo Eco Lodge, C) Paraa Safari Lodge
  • 8am - 4:30pm

We have an early morning breakfast then go birding on a game drive, we take the best trucks and to the delta, we bird. We carry packed lunch with us so we will waste no moment if we are to see a bigger number of savanna birds along with other wildlife. Among the many species you should expect include; The Secretary Bird, The Giant, Pied, Malachite, Stripped, Chestnut-bellied, Blue-breasted, Woodland and the African Pygmy Kingfishers, House Martin, African Rock Martin, Lesser Stripped Swallow, Ethiopian Swallow, Angola Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Rufous-chested Swallow, Nightingale, Rock Thrush, Pied Wheatear, Whinchat, Common Redstart, White-fronted Black Chat, Sooty Chat, Isabelline Wheatear, to mention but a few.

  • Dinner and overnight Fort Murchison Upgrade to B) Budongo Eco Lodge, C) Paraa Safari Lodge.
  • 8am - 4:30pm

Wake up early, bird on foot with a game ranger for the early and late morning active birds. We get back to the hotel for lunch then take a launch cruise to the bottom of the falls. Here, your list shall include; The Shoebill Stork, Little Grebe, Great White and the Pink-backed Pelicans, Red-knobbed Coot, African Water Rail, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, African Crake, Black-crowned Crane, Southern Pochard, The Egyptian, African Pygmy, and the Spur-winged Gooses, Storks like; the Saddle-billed, Open-billed, Abdim’s, White, Yellow-billed, Marabou, and the Woolly-necked, the Little and Dwarf Bitterns, Night Heron, Black Heron, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Green Backed Heron, Common Squacco Heron, Great White Egret, Cormorants, the African and Eurasian Spoonbills, the Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Jacana, African Finfoot, Painted Snipe, Wattled Plover the list is very long.

  • Dinner and overnight at Fort Murchison (B, L, D) Upgrade to B) Budongo Eco Lodge, C) Paraa Safari Lodge.
  • 8am - 4:30pm

A short bird watching drive from the Hotel at dawn will take us to one of the best of Uganda's bird watching spots, the Royal Mile. This is Uganda's historically known leisure spot for the traditional King, hence the name Royal Mile. Here the forest has been cut back a few meters along the sides of the main trail, which makes it a particularly good viewing area in this excellent forest.<br /> Uganda Special Bird species in Budongo include White-thighed and Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills, Yellow-spotted and Yellow billed Barbets, Western Black-headed Oriole, along with Red-tailed and Blue Monkeys. Overhead, Sabine's and sometimes Cassin's Spine tails soar over the clearings. As we walk quietly along the trail, Red-tailed Ant-Thrushes skulk in the shadows, as do Red-tailed Bristle bill, Scaly-breasted, Pale-breasted and Brown Illadopsis. Greenbuls are always a challenge and include Cameroon Sombre, Slender-billed, Honey guide and Spotted Greenbul, whilst other regular species are Speckled Tinker bird, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Green Crombec, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Buff-throated Apalis, and both White-breasted and Grey-headed Negro finches. Lower down we should see Chocolate-backed and African Dwarf Kingfishers. White-spotted Fluff tails and the elusive Nahan's Francolin, believed to be one of the most handsome of all Ugandan birds. Other possibilities here are Great Sparrowhawk, Cassin's Hawk-eagle, Crested Guinea fowl, Tambourine Dove, Grey Parrot, African Emerald and Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoos, Yellow bill, White-throated Bee-eater, Yellow-throated Tinker bird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Dusky Tit, Western Nicator, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Forest Robin, Black-throated and Black-capped Apalis, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Sabine's and Cassin's Spine tails, Wilcock's Honey guide, Yellow and Grey Long bills, Jameson's Wattle-eye, Blue-throated Brown and Little Green Sunbirds, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush, Yellow-mantled Weaver, Red-headed Malimbe, the Uganda Woodland Warbler and the Ituri Batis.

  • Dinner and overnight Fort Murchison (B, L, D) Upgrade to B) Budongo Eco Lodge, C) Paraa Safari Lodge.
  • 8am - 4:30pm

You will wake up early and start your journey to the adventure city of Uganda Jinja. You will have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for white rhino tracking. Founded in 1998, Rhino Fund Uganda works to reintroduce black and white rhinos into Uganda. They run a breeding program, as well as working to educate communities on these endangered giants, the problem of poaching and the need for environmental conservation. In the Rhino Sanctuary you will have a safari-hike to the rhinos which will give you the opportunity to view them at close range. After having lunch, continue to Uganda's largest national park. Proceed to Jinja arriving in the evening for your dinner.

  • Dinner and overnight stay at A) 2friends Guest House (B,L,D) Upgrade to B) The Haven, C) Wild Waters Lodge
  • 8am - 4:30pm

Birding in the biggest forest reserve which is also closest to the city center introduces you to 315 bird record with 74 of the 144 species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome that occur in Uganda. On trails like the Red-tailed Monkey, Turaco and the Buttress trails will ease life for you in your search for Nahan’s Francolin which is an IUCN Red list’ endangered species, Cassin's Hawk-eagle, White-spotted Flufftail, Afep Pigeon, Grey Parrot, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Sabine's Spinetail, Cassin's Spinetail, Blue-throated Roller, African Dwarf-kingfisher, White-bellied Kingfisher, Forest Woodhoopoe, African Pied Hornbill, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Speckled Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, just to mention but a few. Find out some of the 312 species of trees including the Warbhugia Ugandenesis which has medicinal properties and known to cure over forty ailments and the vulnerable prunus Africana are also here and in the afternoon having been enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories, you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

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  • 8am - 4:30pm

What's included

  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle

  • English speaking driver/guide

  • AMREF Flying Doctor Insurance

  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the program

  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks

  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle

  • Accommodation in places mentioned in the itinerary, based on a twin/double room

  • Meals as described in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

  • VAT for upcountry hotels and lodges

Exclusions
  • International flight

  • Chimpanzee Trekking Permits

  • Gorilla Trekking Permits

  • Visa (USD $50)

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above

  • Items of personal nature

  • Tips and gratuity

The price for the trip

Note: The given rates are subject to change. Accommodation and activities can only be guaranteed after confirmation and payment of the requested deposit. The final price will be dependent on the facilities available at the time of booking. We can always offer suitable alternatives should any of the facilities not be available. Please refer to our booking terms and conditions for more information and our website. www.advanced-adventures.com

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