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15 Day Birding Safari Uganda in Budongo, Bwindi and Kibale Forests

This 15 day  birding Safari Uganda takes you to Uganda and you will visit Mabamba wetland for birding and view many bird species, there will also be birding in Budongo forest and you will view many birds including; Yellow-spotted, White-thighed, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills, Yellow-billed Barbets, Western Black-headed Oriole, along with Red-tailed and Blue Monkeys and many more. You will also do a birding tour in Kibale forest national park and view many birds including; Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, Black-billed Turacco, African Pitta, Cabanis Greenbul, Grey-winged Robin, Yellow-spotted Barbet, White-bellied Crested and many more.

During your birding safari in Uganda,  you will have an opportunity to do a Gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable National Park. You will also have birding in Mubwindi swamp and view many birds including; the grauer’s Broadbill, regal sunbird and the Archer’s Robin Chat. Then you will then travel to Entebbe for your flight and this marks the end of your birding safari

You will be met by our guides and the driver; who will welcome you to Uganda. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might go for birding at Entebbe or you might be transferred to your hotel direct.
Then dinner and overnight at Lindsay Cottages, Entebbe Botanical Beach Hotel or Sophie’s Motel. the choice is yours.

Have breakfast and after proceed to Mabamba wetland. There you will encounter one of Uganda’s most famous birds which is the shoe bill stork. Other birds include; African Fish Eagle, African Jacana, Black Crake and Malachite Kingfisher can also be found here. You will also proceed to Budongo Forest, you will enjoy bird watching as you travel, the birds will include; African Penduline Tit, White-shouldered Black Tit, Spot-flanked Barbet, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-Shrike, Black Scimitar bill, Rattling Cisticola, Black-faced Waxbill, shy Foxy Cisticola,and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting. Then other raptors could include; Martial Eagle,Whalberg’s Eagle, Bateleur and this is a good area to search for the localized White-crested Turacco. Patches of marsh and scrub around Masindi could well produce Red-headed Lovebird, Grey-crowned Crane, Black-headed Oriole, White-browed Robin Chat, Ross’s Turacco, Grey-headed Olive-Tropical Boubou, Red-faced and Carruther’sCisticolas, Greater Swamp Warbler, Whitewinged Warbler, the colourful Papyrus Gonolek, Vieillot’s Black Weaver, Grosbeak-Weaver, and Red-collared Widowbird, back and Brown Twinspot.

Then dinner and overnight in Masindi Hotel or Court View Hotel.

Early in the morning, you will embark on a short birding safari, where you will enjoy birding on the royal Mile. Here you will view different species of birds which include; Yellow-spotted, White-thighed, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills,Yellow-billed Barbets, Western Black-headed Oriole, along with Red-tailed and Blue Monkeys. Overhead, Sabine’s and sometimes Cassin’s Spinetails soar over the clearings.Otherbirds which are found on this trail include;Red-tailed Ant-Thrushes skulk in the shadows, as do Red-tailed Bristlebill, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, and BrownIlladopsis. The greenbuls are also a challenge to find and these include; Slender-billed,Slender-billed,Cameroon Sombre, Honey guide and Spotted, whilst other regular species are Speckled Tinkerbird, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Green Crombec, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Buff-throated Apalis, and both White-breasted and Grey-headed Negrofinches. Lower down we should see Chocolate-backed and White-spotted FlufftailsAfrican Dwarf Kingfishers, and the elusive Nahan’s Francolin. Other possibilities here are Great Sparrowhawk, Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, Tinkerbird,Yellow-spotted Barbet Crested Guineafowl, Tambourine Dove, Western Nicator, Grey Parrot, African Emerald and Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoos, Yellowbill, White-throated Bee-eater, Yellow-throated, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Dusky Tit, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Forest Robin. In addition to the above they include; the Black-throated and Black-capped Apalis, Jameson’s Wattle-eye Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Sabine’s and Cassin’s Spinetails, Wilcock’s Honeyguide, Yellow and Grey Longbills, IturiBatis Little Green Sunbird, Yellow-mantled Weaver, , Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush, Red-headed Malimbe and finally the Uganda Woodland Warbler,.

Then overnight at the hotel of your choice within.

You will leave for kibale national park.It is somehow a long drive which will take some hours. The birds in Kibale include;Blue-shouldered Robin Chat,Black-billed Turacco,African Pitta,CabanisGreenbul,Grey-winged Robin,Yellow-spotted Barbet,White-bellied Crested Flycatcher,White-naped Pigeon, Green-breasted Pitta, Red-chested Flufftail, Grey-throated Flycatcher, Masked Apalis, Nahan’s Francolin, Tiny Sunbird, White collard Olive Back etc. Further more the birds include; Crowned Hornbill, Yellowbill, Narina Trogon, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Honeyguide Bulbuls, Streaky-throated Barbet, Wahlberg’s Honeybird,Cassin’s Honeybird,Yellow-spotted Barbet,White-chinned Prinia,Pink-footed Puffback,Masked Apalis,Olive Sunbird,Mountain Wagtail,Joyful and and Banded Prinia, Black-and-White Flycatcher, Purple-headed Starling,  Green Sunbird and Superb Sunbird, Black-necked Weaver, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Dark-backed Weaver, and Red-headed Bluebill. There are a grand total of 13 species of primates to be found here including; Chimpanzee, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon and Central African Red Colobus. Birding continues in the afternoon in the nearby swamps.2 Days Ngorongoro Crater Birding Safari

Then dinner and overnight at Ndali lodge, Nature Lodges or Chimpanzee Guesthouse.

You will bird along the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. You will also bird in the evening around the forest margins. This forest ranks among the best forest birding destinations in East Africa. It is also a home to over 23 localized Albertine Rift endemics. The special birds found here include; Black-faced Rufous Warbler,Grauer’s Warbler, Black-faced Apalis,Banded Prinia,Black-throated Apalis,Mountain Masked Apalis,Ashy Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Red-throated Alethe,Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher,Chin-spot Batis,Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher,Rwenzori Batis,White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Mountain Illadopsis,Pale-breasted Illadopsis,African Hill-Babbler. More of the special birds. In addition to the above, they include; Blue-throated Brown Sunbird,Northern Double-collared Sunbird,Blue-headed Sunbird, MacKinnon’s Fiscal, Pink-footed Puffback,White-naped Raven, Doherty’s Bush-shrike,Montane Oriole, African Golden Oriole,Stuhlmann’s Starling,Narrow-tailed Starling, Strange Weaver, Waller’s Starling, Sooty Boubou,Grey-headed Sunbird, Dusky Tit,Dusky Crimsonwing,Yellow-bellied Waxbill and the Black-billed Weaver.

More of the special birds include; the Yellow-crowned Canary,Thick- billed Seedeater, Magpie Mannikin,Streaky Seed eater,African Green Broadbill, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Oriole Finch, Mountain Buzzard, Brown-capped Weaver, Handsome Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, African Wood-Owl, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Cinnam Bar-tailed Trogon, on-chested Bee-eater, Black Bee-eater, Rwenzori Nightjar, (Western) Bronze-naped Pigeon, African Green Broadbill, Elliot’s Woodpecker, Tullberg’s Woodpecker, Red-chested Owlet, African Broadbill, Western Green Tinkerbird, Scarce Swift, Ansorge’sGreenbul, Equatorial Akalat, White-bellied Robin Chat, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Archer’s Ground Robin Olive Thrush, , Grey Cuckoo-shrike, White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Short-tailed Warbler, Toro Olive-Greenbul, , , , Grauer’sRush-warbler, Neumann’s Warbler and Red faced Woodland-Warbler. In addition to the many bird species, Bwindi is also a home to many primates which include; the mountain gorillas, Rwenzori and yellow backed duikers and the L’Hoest Monkey.

Then dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp, Gorilla Resort or Buhoma Homestead.

Ruhija is the place where the endemics and the Albertine Rift in Uganda are found. This is what has made Bwindi one of the best birding spots in Uganda. You will also enjoy many birding species which include; Augur Buzzard, Black Bee-eater, Red-throated Wryneck, Collared Apalis, Bronze Sunbird, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Toro Olive Greenbul, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Black Saw-wing, Red-faced Woodland Warbler ,Stripe-breasted Tit, Many-coloured Bush-Shrikes, Yellow Bishop, Archer’s Robin Chat, White-eyed Slaty Flycatchers, Cassin’s Grey and Doherty’s, Ruwenzori Batis, Collared Apalis, Handsome Francolin, Stripe-breasted Tit, White-naped Raven.Further more they include; Purple-breasted Sunbird, Scarce Swift, Yellow Bishop, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Baglafecht Weaver, Baglafecht Weaver, Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Strange and Dusky Crimson-Wing, Black-and-White Mannikin, the rare Dusky Twin spot, and Streaky Seedeater. Archer’s Robin-Chat, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Dusky and Shelley’s Crimson wings. Other high elevation species occurring here are Olive Pigeon, White-starred Robin, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler and Mountain Illadopsis.

Then dinner and overnight at Trekker’s Tavern or Ruhija Campsite.

You will have breakfast and after, you will hike to the Mubwindi swamp for the whole day. This trail drops from 2,350 m to 2, 050m. It’s the best place for some of the most elusive rift endemic including the grauer’s Broadbill, regal sun bird and the Archer’s Robin Chat. Mubwindi Swamp is a home to many bird species and they include; Stripe-breasted Tit, Dwarf Honey guide, Rwenzori Apalis and African Hill Babbler , the rare and localized Grauer’s Scrub-Warbler, Rwenzori Hill Babbler, and Carruthers’ Cisticola, including very difficult to see species like Fraser’s Eagle-Owl, African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Rush War,bler, , Blue-headed,Purple-breasted and Regal Sunbirds, Archer’s Robin Chat, Eastern Mountain-Greenbul, Eastern Mountain-Greenbul, Strange Weaver, Grauer’s Broad-bills, Bar-tailed Trogon, Black-headed Waxbill, White-headed Wood hoopoe, Waller’s and Stallman’s Starling, Handsome Francolin and Ludher’s Bush-shrike, and Montane Night jar.

Then overnight at Ruhija campsite / Gorilla Mist camp Ruhija

Lastly, the tour will end and then you will drive to Entebbe via Kampala. You will bird the main road through the Bamboo area where you will have a chance to view more birds which include the Albertine and the Highland Endemic species.

End of your 15 day birding safari Uganda and  Departure.


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What is included in this safari:

  • Gorilla permit
  • Birding fees
  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop – up roof for game viewing
  • A professional English speaking driver guide (Bird guide)
  • Entrance fees to the park
  • Free Wi-Fi internet in the vehicle
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities / service as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visas
  • International air fares
  • Activities / services not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks / wines
  • Laundry and any service of personal nature