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Uganda Bird watching Safari

This Uganda Forest bird watching safari is a dream tour for every interested birder; whether a first time visitor or many times.Uganda’s birds have ornithologists doing cartwheels with over 1100 species (10 % of the world’s total).

 Tour Highlights

Departs: Entebbe International Airport

Tour Length: 16 Days

Focus: Birding |Primates Watch

Key Species:  Handsome Francolin, Kivu Ground Thrush, Albertine Rift Endemics, Green-breasted Pitta, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Puvel’s Illadopsis, Nahan’s Francolin, Orange Weaver, Shelley’s Crimson-wing and finally the African Green Broadbill.

Expected number 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.

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, then transfer to a Hotel. First, we bird at Entebbe botanical Gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education Center depending on the time of arrival.
Then overnight at Forest Cottages (FB)

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.

Search for Nahan’s Francolin which is an IUCN Red list’s 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.  In addition, you will search for; Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Green-breasted Pitta, African Shrike-flycatcher, Jameson’sand Chestnut Wattle-eyes, Forest Robin, Fire-crested Alethe, Red-capped Robin-Chat, the Speckle-breasted, Yellow-crested, Brown-eared, and the Buff-spotted Woodpeckers, Cassin’s Honeyguide, Red-tailed Bristlebil among others.

Then dinner and Overnight at Rain Forest Lodge Mabira (FB)

This time, we do birding in Budongo Forest.It 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.

We carry packed lunch along.

Then dine and  overnight at Masindi Hotel | New Court View Hotel (FB)

Slender-billed Starling

We bird the marvelous Royal mile and several other trails for magnificent bird species. Then we look for the Puvel’s Illadopsis and Nahan’s Francolin. Other special birds include; Little Crake, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Afthe Yellow-billed Barbet, Grey-throated Barbet, Honeyguide Greenbul, Chocolate–backed Kingfisher,White-headed Saw-wing, White Wagtail, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, rican Moustached Warbler, Green-backed Eremomela, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, African Citril. In addition to the above, others include; African Golden-breasted Bunting, Black-crowned Waxbill, Bronze Mannikin, Black-billed Bluebill, Black-winged Red Bishop, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Fan-tailedWidowbird, Spectacled Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Compact Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Red-headed Weaver, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Purple Starling, Purple-headed Starling, Splendid Starling, Northern Puffback, Black-headed Gonolek, Tropical Boubou, Isabelline Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Western Violet-backed Sunbird and many more. Then overnight at Masindi Hotel | New Court View Hotel (FB)

For the early hours of the day, we bird Busingiro. Then later transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. This is the most accessible of Uganda’s major rain-forests.

Then overnight at Kibale Primate Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp (FB)

In Kibale we will bird areas of the forest, Bigodi wetland Sanctuary and Sebitoli for Unique forest species, papyrus endemics and some shore birds

So far, over 339 species of birds have been recorded; but more species are likely to be added. The park has the Green-breasted Pitta as the most sought-after species along with others; Chubb’s Cisticola, Black-capped Waxbill,Africa Shrike-flycatcher, African Black-headed Oriole,African Emerald Cuckoo, African Green-pigeon, Black-crowned Tchagra, African Wood Owl, African/Rwenzori/Abyssinian Hill-Babbler, Alpine Swift, Ashy Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Black Bee-eater, Black Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Black-and-white Mannikin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Black-billed Turaco, Black-billed Weaver, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, African Dusky Flycatcher. In addition, others include; Black-headed Weaver, Black-necked Weaver,African/Western Citril,Black-throated Apalis, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird,Blue-throated Roller, African Blue Flycatcher, Bocage’ Bush-shrike,Bronze Mannikin, Zebra Waxbill,Bronze Sunbird, Brown Illadopsis, Brown-capped Weaver,Brown-chested Alethe,Brown-eared Woodpecker,Brown-headed Tchagra,African-pied Wagtail, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul,Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Yellow-billed Barbet,Afep Pigeon, endless list.Mackinnon’s Fiscal

Then dine and overnight at Kibale Primate Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp (FB)

Semliki harbours a large number of predominantly Central African species. These species cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. They include birds like; the Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Black-wattled Hornbill, the Nkulengu Rail, just to mention but a few. But there is a single, unconfirmed report of the globally threatened Lesser Kestrel.

Then overnight at Semliki Safari Lodge | Vanilla Hotel (FB)

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. Then aim at a record of 400 species which will include the White-tailed Robin-Chat, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Capped Wheatear, Common Stonechat, Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, Oberlaender’s Ground-Thrush, Grey Ground-Thrush, Little Grey Greenbul, Toro Olive Greenbul, Mountain Greenbul, Yellow-throated Nicator, Western Nicator, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Black Saw-wing, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Long-tailed Hawk,  the African Piculate,Blue Swallow, White-throated Blue Swallow, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Spotted Greenbul, White-starred Robin, Lowland Akalat, Red-throated Alethe. In addition, the species include; Fire-crested Alethe, Snowy-headed Robin-Chat, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Red-eyed Puffback, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Chestnut-flanked Goshawk, Grant’s Bluebill, Afep Pigeon, Blue-headed Coucal, Bates’s Nightjar, Swamp Nightjar, Cassin’ Spinetail, Sabine’s Spinetail, White-bellied Kingfisher, Shinning-blue Kingfisher, Gabon Woodpecker, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Black-billed Barbet, White-headed Barbet, just to mention but a few.

Then dine and overnight at Semliki Safari Lodge | Vanilla Hotel (FB)

Probably 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. Others such as Oberlander’s/Forest Ground Thrush, Sassi’s Olive Greenbul, Dusky Crimson-wing, Strange Weaver, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Purple -breasted Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short -tailed/Neumann’s Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler.Furthermore,the species include; Collared Apalis, Montane Masked Apalis, Kivu Ground Thrush, Red-throated Alethe, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Turaco, and finally the Handsome Francolin.

Then overnight at Gorilla Resort | Buhoma Community Rest Camp (FB)

There are less than 800 mountain gorillas in the whole world. Uganda is home to more than a half of these beautiful, majestic gentle giants and yet endangered apes. Therefore, Gorilla tracking in Uganda is a must experience not to be missed. Bwindi impenetrable forest habituates families of mountain gorillas along with other species of primates. They include Chimpanzees, Colubus monkeys, Olive baboons, name it.

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 Black-and-white Shrike Flycatchers, Common Stonechat, Brown-throated and Chestnut Wattle-eyes, Apalises, Equatorial Akalat, Slaty Flyacatcher, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Grey Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, the Olive-green and Grey-backed Camaropteras. In addition,we shall look out for more species like; the White-chinned Prinnia, Green Hylia, Short-tailed Warbler, White-tailed Antithrush, Cape Wagtail, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, White-browed Crombec, and finally the White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher

Then finally overnight at Gorilla Resort Buhoma Community Rest Camp (FB)

Today we do birding in Ruhija in search for the darling African Green Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Strange Weaver, Shelley’s and Dusky Crimson-wings, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis. Also we shall search out for; the White-browed Crombec, White-aped Raven, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Sharp’s Starling, Mountain masked and Rwenzori Apalises and many more.

Then overnight at Ruhija Gorilla Lodge | Gorilla Mist Lodge (FB)

Whole day Mubwindi Swamp birding. So, here we will look out for the Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, White tailed blue flycatcher, Brown capped warbler, Black Billed weaver, Black Necked weaver, Red Headed Malimbe, Grey headed Sparrow, Waller’s Starling, Stuhlmann’s starling, Montane Oriole, Many Coloured Bush Shrike, Bocage’s Bush Shrike. We will also look out for the Brown Crowned Tchagra, Pink Footed Puffback, Ludher’s Bush Shrike, Doherty`s Bush-shrike, Mountain Illadopsis and the Rwenzori Nightjar.

Then overnight at Ruhija Gorilla Lodge | Gorilla Mist Lodge (FB)

Birding to Kampala/Entebbe

End of bird watching holiday Uganda Africa; then depart.


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What is included in this safari:

  • Birding fees
  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop – up roof for scenic viewing
  • A professional English speaking Driver guide (Bird guide)
  • Park entrance fees
  • 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
  • Birding equipment
  • Activities / services not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks / wines
  • Laundry and any service of personal nature