This 7 days Birding Safari Uganda will take you on an ultimate bird watching experience from Entebbe, Mabamba Wetland, to Mabira Forest and Murchison Falls National Park. Uganda is ranked among the rich birding destinations in Africa. The country has over 1200 bird species thus this 7 days birding Safari Uganda takes you to several birding spots across the pearl of Africa.
The trip starts with birding in Entebbe, to the swamps and wetlands of Mabamba, to Mabira forest and finally ends in Murchison Falls national park.
- Road Trips
- Game drives
- Launch Cruise
Day 1- Birdwatching at the Botanical Gardens Entebbe
You will start your 7 days birding Safari Uganda at the Uganda Wildlife Education center (UWEC) a zoologist’s center for captive wild animals that has lured over 170 species of wild birds 10 species of Weavers such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Golden Backed, Black Necked, Northern Brown Throated, Grosbeak, Baglafect, 5 species of flycatchers Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored, Swamp flycatcher, African paradise Red bellied and more…
You will also find raptors such as the Gabar Goshawk, small banded snake Eagle, Shikra, African Goshawk, African Fish Eagle, African Hobby. From UWEC, you will proceed to Botanical gardens for another birding experience.
Return for dinner and overnight stay .
Day 2- More Birding at Entebbe – The Heritage Trail
Wake up early for breakfast and connect to the Heritage trail. The Heritage trail is just 10 minute from Entebbe Airport and you should expect to see some interesting bird species including the Brown Crowned Tchargra, Black Cuckoo Shrike, Brown Twin spot, Mustached Warbler, Violet backed Starlings, Yellow bill, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Great sparrow hawk, Short Toed Snake Eagle, Red Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, and many more.
From the Heritage trail you will travel to Lutembe Beach for your lunch. At this Uganda beach you will take a boat tour and search for water birds, you’re likely to see the papyrus Canary, thousands of Grey Headed Gulls, White Winged black Terns, and the Papyrus Gonolek.
Continue birding until sunset then return to your for dinner and overnight stay for the second night.
Day 3- Take the Mabamba Swamps Birding Experience
Take your breakfast early and proceed to the Mabamba swamps, another Important Bird Area (IBA) with Shoebills. Here you will do most of the birding when canoeing and other bird species you’re likely to see include the Goliath, Purple, long Toed Plover, African water Rail, Grey and Black Headed Herons, Squacco Heron, Pygmy Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, Black Crake, White Faced Whistling Duck, Swamp Moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, African Jacana and many more…
Do not miss the Sitatunga Antelope (swamp Antelope)! As you travel to Kampala, stop by another swamp where you could see the Yellow Crowned Bishop, the Papyrus Gonolek, the Weyns Weaver, and the White winged Warbler.
You will have your lunch enroute and continue birding around Kampala till evening time.
Day 4- Its Bird Watching time in Mabira Forest
Early morning breakfast and then travel to Mabira forest, east of Kampala. The bird species you should look out for while in Mabira Forest include the Yellow whiskered Greenbul, the White spotted Fluff tail, the Toro Greenbul, the Forest Robin, the Buff spotted Woodpecker, the Grey spotted Woodpecker, the Leaf love, the Red headed Blue Bill, the Yellow spotted Barbet, the Grey throated Barbet, the Yellow Rumped Tinker bird,the Red headed Malimbe, the Yellow Throated Tinker bird, the Blue Breasted Kingfisher, the African Pygmy, the Shining blue, the Woodland Kingfishers, the Red tailed Ant, the Thrush Chestnut Wattle Eye, the Chin spot Batis, the Banded Wattle Eye, the Yellow mantled, the Brown capped, the Black Billed, the Weyn’s Weavers, the Purple headed Starling, the Violet backed Starling and many more charming bird species.
Day 5- Mukono/Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park
Take an early breakfast and then travel to Murchison Falls National Park. You expect over 450 species. You will travel through Luweero triangle where you will make a stop over for a ‘leg stretch’ and view some interesting birds including the Olive bellied Bronze, the Copper Sun birds, the Compact Weaver, the Dark Chanting Goshawk, the Saddle billed Stork and accommodation at Murchison Falls National Park where you will have your dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6- Enjoy a Game Viewing & Bird Watching
On day 6 of your Birding Safari to Uganda, take an early breakfast and embark on a game drive around Murchison Falls National Park. Some of the interesting bird species you should look out for here include the Chestnut capped Weaver, the Silver bird, the Common Drongo, the Spotted morning Thrush Bruce’s Green Pigeon, the Namaqua Dove, the White Fronted Black Chat, the Black billed Dove, the Vinaceous Dove, the Carmine Bee-Eater, the Red Throated bee Eater, the Swallow Tailed Bee-Eater, the Isabelline and Northern Wheatears, Shoebills, Saddle bill, and the Grey crowned Cranes at the Delta.
You just can’t miss the variety of wild animals in the park as well! After the game drive you will return for lunch and relaxation at your lodge before you move on for a boat cruise to the bottom of the Murchison falls where you will encounter the huge Nile Crocodiles, Hippos, and game drinking water birds such as the Lesser Jacana, the White necked stork, the Fulvous whistling Ducks, a variety of Herons, the Egyptian Plover, the Spur Winged Plover, the Rock Pranticoles, and the Water Thick-Knee among others.
In the evening you will return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7- Murchison Falls to Kampala
Take an early morning breakfast and head to Kampala. En route to Kampala you will make a brief stop over at Sambiya River Lodge to bird interesting species such as the Tawny Eagle, the Martial Eagle, the Grey Hornbill, the Grey Kestrel, the Grey Headed Kingfisher, the Helmeted and Crested Guinea fowl, and the Senegal Coucal.
You will also have enough time to take a primate walk in the Kanio Pabidi forest a sector of the Budongo forest. During your nature walk, you will be able to see more interesting birds like the White thighed Hornbills, the Great blue and Ross’s Turaccos, the Black billed Turacco, the African Green Pigeons, the Afep Pigeons, the Nahan’s Francolin and the Narina’s Trogon.
Have your lunch in Masindi and continue to Kampala.
Prices for this 7 days Birding safari Uganda start from 1400 USD per person for 2 people!
(For one person and more than 2 people contact us for a quote)
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- An English speaking full-time professional guide/driver
- All park entry fees
- Accommodation- Full board while on safari
- Ultimate Birding Experience
- Transport (in a 4 x 4 safari vehicle)
- Boat cruise fees
- Ferry crossings
- Touring and Photography
- Lunches enroute
- Ranger guide
- Bottled drinking water
- Accommodation facilities while in Kampala hotels
- Any optional or extra activity not involved in the itinerary
- International flights
- Other personal expenses like buying of crafts, cigars, souvenirs, tips, laundry services, and drinks
- Sport fishing
- Kasenge Forest birding tour
- Jinja City Tour
- Trekking Chimpanzees in Budongo Forest -Kaniyo Pabidi Forests