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Birding & Gorilla Trekking Wildlife Safari

This 17 day birding & Gorilla Trekking Wildlife Safari will lead you to birding experience in Mabamba –Kamengo wetland and also at Mpanga Forest. There, you will also see the extensive papyrus swamp with channels of labyrinth and lagoons. You will also see many species of shoebills and many other birds like Long-tailed Cormorant, Pelican, Goliath Heron, African Fish-Eagle, African Water Railand many more.

After breakfast, you will have a morning game drive in the Murchison Falls National Park; where you will be able to see Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Lions, Antelopes and Leopards. Still on this trip, you will also enter through the Escarpments. They are  well known for the panoramic view of Lake Albert and the Rift Valley. You will also see primates like Black and white Colobus, Blue& Red-tailed Monkeys and even the chimpanzees.

You will also visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for birding and a game drive and view Lions, Leopards, and giant forest hog, Elephants and many more. Then visit Bwindi national Park too for birding and game watching; as well as go for Gorilla tracking and have a chance to see them while they are feeding, grooming and resting. After, you will visit Lake Mburo National Park and view animals like the Antelopes, Zebras, Impalas and many more; as well as viewing birds and a boat ride.

You will be picked by the company guide who will transfer you to your hotel and depending on your time of arrival, then proceed to Entebbe Botanical Gardens. This one is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria; and the gardens are virtually on the equator. They cover an area of 40. 7 hectares. This place has got a collection of  plant species of the tropical, sub-tropical and also the temperate zones; with many shrubs and other plants .This habitat has got over 206 species of birds as well as monkeys. Some of these include; Golden and Yellow-backed Weavers, Orange weaver, Superb Sunbird, Ross’s and Great blue Turacco, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, etc. Then later transfer to Entebbe Traveler’s Inn.

Have breakfast and after you will proceed to Mabamba- kamengo wetland; which is about 50km west of Entebbe.  This is one of the few remaining swamps in Uganda which are protected by the local people. It’s an extensive papyrus swamp with its channels of labyrinth and the lagoons. This swamp is home to many species of the shoebills; which is Uganda ‘s famous avian resident.
The company guide will make special efforts for you to view this bird within the swamp. You will also have a chance to view many other birds which include; Long-tailed Cormorant, Pelican, Goliath Heron, African Fish-Eagle, African Water Rail, Allen’s Gallinule,Pink-backed, African Marsh-Harrier, Yellow-billed Duck, and Malachite Kingfisher. Along with slightly more local species such as; Long-toed Plover, Blue-headed Coucal, Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher. In addition to the above they include; Blue-breasted Bee-eater, White-winged & Papyrus Yellow Warblers Papyrus Canary. Other areas in and around Entebbe/Kampala may produce African Green Pigeon, African Open-billed Stork, Eastern Grey Plantain-Eater. Further more they include; the Grey Kestrel, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher – maybe the rare Weyn’s Weaver.
You will have breakfast early in the morning. After, you will depart to Murchison falls national park; you will have a stopover at Masindi town and have your lunch. Then drive you to the park; arriving in the evening. You will view many birds including; Yellow Fronted Tinkerbird,Gray-headed Bush Shrike, African Fin foot, Namaquadove, Northern and Black winged Red Bishops. Further more they include; Black Bellied Fire finch, Black – faced Waxbill and March Tchagra CliffChat, Singing Cisticola, Green Winged Pytilia, Red Backed Shrike, Crested Francolin, Black Headed Bush Shrike, and many more.
Have breakfast at the lodge, then proceed for a morning game drive; where you will view many animals including; elephants, Buffalos, Giraffes, lions, antelopes and the leopards. Then you will return to the lodge for lunch as you prepare for an afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls.
Here, you will view many birds including the; Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill,Red-throated Bee-eater,Saddle-billed Stork,Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Osprey, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater,Red-throated Bee-eater,Bar-breasted Firefinch,White-rumped Seedeater, White-rumped Canary ,Night jars(Pennant-winged & Standard-winged). Further more,you will view; Silver bird, Beautiful Sunbird, Secretary Bird, Pied Kingfisher, Buff-bellied Warbler,Black-headed Gonolek,Speckle-fronted Weaver,Golden-backed Weaver,SacredIbis, SacredIbis,Goliath Heron, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal Thick-knee, Water Thick-knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver. Other specialties include Spotted Morning-Thrush, Marabou Stork, Pels Fishing Owl, White Crested Turacco, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Carmine Bee-eater. Furthermore they include; the Red-winged Grey Warbler,Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird and others.
Dinner and Overnight at Paara safari Lodge/Sambiya Lodge/ Red Chilli
Depending on the road conditions, you will have a chance to enter through the escarpments or through Kaniyo pabidi. The escarpments are known for their panoramic view of Lake Albert and Rift valley. It has got many species of birds including; the Puvell’s Illadopsis.
Budongo forest is the largest natural forest in East Africa. You will expect to find a wide range of many birds such as White Crested Turacco,the crested guinea fowl sporting their punk “hairdos”, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, Chestnut Crowned Eremomela, Yellow and Gray Long bills, Olive-bellied Crombec, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Black-throated Little Green Sunbird, Green-breasted Pitta. In addition to the above, you will find; Hairy-breasted & Yellow-billed Barbets, and Red-headed Blue Bill among others.
There are also many other special birds with a West African origin: White-thighed Hornbill, Blue-breasted, Dwarf & Chocolate-backed Kingfishers, Yellow-crested & Brown-eared Woodpeckers, Yellow Bill, Western Black-headed Oriole, Yellow-spotted. Furthermore, they include; Rufous-sided Broadbill, Green Hylia, Buff-throated, & Black-capped Apalis, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, the elusive Lemon-bellied Crombec, Crested & Red-headed Malimbe and also various forest starlings among others. You will also view many primates which include; Black and white Colobus,Blue& Red-tailed Monkeys and even the chimpanzees. You will also view many butterfly species within the forest. There are over 200 butterfly species.
You will have a short bird watching drive from the hotel. Then proceed to one of Uganda’s bird watching spots; the royal mile and its Uganda’s historically known leisure spot for the traditional kings. The forest here contains many species of birds which include; Western Black-headed Oriole, White-thighed and Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills, Yellow-spotted and Yellow billed Barbets,along with Red-tailed and Blue Monkeys. Overhead, Sabine’s and sometimes Cassin’s Spine tails soar over the clearings.
So as you will walk quietly along the trail, you will view many other birds including; Scaly-breasted, Red-tailed Ant-Thrushes skulk in the shadows, Red-tailed Bristle bill, Pale-breasted and Brown Illadopsis. Greenbuls are always a challenge and include Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Yellow-browed Camaroptera,  Cameroon Sombre, Buff-throated Apalis, Slender-billed, Green Crombec. In addition, you will view; the Honey guide and Spotted Greenbul, whilst other regular species are Speckled Tinker bird, Rufous-crowned Eremomela; and both White-breasted and Grey-headed Negro finches.
Then lower down, we will see Chocolate-backed and African Dwarf Kingfishers, White-spotted Fluff tails; and the elusive Nahan’s Francolin.It is believed to be one of the most handsome of all Ugandan birds. Other possibilities here are; the Great Sparrow hawk, Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, Forest Robin, Crested Guinea fowl, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Tambourine Dove, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, rey Parrot. Furthermore they include; the African Emerald and Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoos, Yellow bill, White-throated Bee-eater, Yellow-throated Tinker bird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Dusky Tit, Western Nicator, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Red-headed Malimbe, Black-throated and Black-capped Apalis. In addition they include; Brown-crowned Eremomela, 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, the Uganda Woodland Warbler and the IturiBatis.
Have breakfast. Then drive to Kibaale national park; where you will arrive in fort portal in the late afternoon. This park is one of the best destinations for chimpanzees. It also contains some of the loveliest and the most varied tracts of all tropical forests in Uganda. it has got over 13 primate species which also include; the Chimpanzees. These represent Uganda’s most population of the endangered primates.
This Park has got many bird species which include; blue headed sunbird, the Black capped Apalis, Dusky crimson wing, Collared Apalis, and Red faced woodland warblerpurple breasted sunbird and Red faced woodland warbler. If you are lucky you may also see the African pitta. Furthermore they include; Abyssinian ground thrush, Green breasted pitta, Black bee eater, Brown chested Alethe, Yellow spotted Nicator, Brown chested Alethe, Yellow Rumped Tinkerbird, Little Greenbul, Black eared ground thrush, Blue breasted kingfisher, and finally the Crowned eagle.
Have breakfast at the lodge. Then proceed to Kibaale national park visitor center for briefing and later proceed for chimp tracking. The activity will take some hours where you will view many species of primates, you will return to the lodge for lunch as you prepare for birding in the afternoon along the main road and after you will proceed to Bigodi wetland were you will view many birds including;Cabanis’s Greenbul,Speckle-breasted Woodpecker,Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, and Joyful Greenbul as well as Olive Long tailed Cuckoo. In addition you will view; White-spotted Fluff tail, Dusky and, , Blue-shouldered Robin Chat,Grey Apalis, Lesser Honey guideWhite-chinned Prinia, Olive-green Camaroptera and White-collared Olive back.
This park was named after the Queen of England who visited it in 1954. It is the second largest park in Uganda. It has been ranked among the best birding destinations in Uganda with over 610 species recorded. Some of these include; Quail, Blue Quail, Buttonquail, Harlequin Small (Common) African Crake, Black Bee-eater, White winged Warbler, African Skimmer. In addition they include; Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Papyrus Gonolek, Amur Falcon, OvampoSparrow hawk, Lowland Akalat, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Martial Eagle, Shoebill. Furthermore they include; Caruthers’s Cisticola, Terek Sandpiper, Secretary Bird, and Temminck’s Courser. Mammals include African Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Lion, Leopard, Side-striped Jackal, Baboons, UgandanKobs,  Chimpanzees, Bush and Water Bucks, Warthogs, Giant Forest Hogs to mention but a few.
Have breakfast, then you will have a morning game drive around the park. This park has got a diverse eco-system of savannah to rain forest, to papyrus swamps and many crater lakes of Edward and George. On your game drive, you will view many animals including; Lions, Leopards, Giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, Elephant, Deffassa water buck, Uganda Kob, topi, and finally the bush buck.
You will proceed to Bwindi impenetrable national park via Ishasha sector. So from there, you will have a chance to view the tree climbing lions, with your packed lunch; you will arrive at the park in the evening. You may also enjoy birding on the self-guided Munyaga trail. This park was voted as one of the best birding spot in Uganda and Africa as well. It is also home to over 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics.
Have breakfast. Then you will to the proceed to the park headquarters for briefing before tracking the gorillas. The activity takes 1 to 8 hours; so a reasonable degree of fitness is needed. This experience is wonderful since it brings into contact with the Mountain gorillas. This is a once in a life time experience that you must never miss. So, each of the encounters is different and has its own rewards; but you are likely to enjoy the close view of these adults while they are feeding, grooming and resting as the young ones frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.

Then finally dine and overnight at a hotel of your choice.

Bwindi is at a higher altitude; therefore it’s cooler. The temperatures range between 10 to 18 degrees centigrade. Birding at Bwindi ranks the best in Uganda. Its home to over 23 highly localized Albertine Rift Endemics. The birds found in the park include; Grauer’s Warbler,Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Pale-breasted IlladopsisBandedPrinia, Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Red-throated Alethe, Rwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black-flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher,Black-faced Apalis, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Grey-headed Sunbird, African Golden Oriole, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, , MDoherty’s Bush-shrike, ountainIlladopsis. In addition they include; Strange Weaver, African Hill-Babbler, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Sooty Boubou, Thick-billed Seedeater, Dusky Crimsonwing, Yellow-crowned Canary, Pink-footed Puffback, White-naped Raven, Montane Oriole, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Narrow-tailed Starling, Waller’s Starling, Brown-capped Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Magpie Mannikin, Streaky Seedeater, African Green Broadbill, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Oriole Finch, Mountain Buzzard, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Red-chested OwletHandsome Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, Black Bee-eater, Barred Longtailed Cuckoo, African Wood-Owl,Western Green Tinkerbird,  Rwenzori Nightjar, Scarce Swift, Bar-tailed Trogon. Furthermore they include; White-bellied Robin chat, Toro Olive-GreenbulCinnamon-chested Bee-eater, (Western) Bronze-naped Pigeon, , Tullberg’s Woodpecker, Elliot’s Woodpecker, Equatorial Akalat, African Broadbill, Lagdens Bush Shrike, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Archer’s Ground Robin, , Ansorge’sGreenbul, Olive Thrush, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Grauer’s Rush-warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler and finally the Red-faced Woodland Warbler.

Then at the end of the day, finally dine and overnight at a hotel

You will have breakfast in the morning; then transfer to Lake Mburo national park; arriving in the evening. This park is about 260sq.km. It has got different fauna from other reserves. It’s covered by grassy valleys, and also smaller lakes. It’s also covered with extensive open and wooded acacia Savannah. This park is also a home to the largest plant and wildlife species which include; gigantic eland antelope as well as the zebras, topi, impala. The others include; klipspringer, Burch ell’s zebra, buffalo, hippopotamus, and several acacia associated birds.
Have breakfast,have have a morning game drive; where you will have a chance of viewing many animals including; zebras, impalas, elands, buffaloes, topi. You will also have a chance of viewing the parks’ sculptured land scape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic shorelines. Then you will have a boat cruise where you will be able to spot hippos, crocodiles and many water birds like the Pied Kingfisher,Great White Egret, and brilliantly colored Papyrus Gonolek, African Fin foot, Fish eagle, Papyrus Yellow Warblers the Night Heron and many more.
Have breakfast, then transfer to Entebbe via Kampala; finally arriving in the evening for your flight/ you will be transferred to your Hotel for an overnight.
You will have breakfast, then have an opportunity to bird in the botanical gardens.

Then finally, transfer to Entebbe Airport to catch your flight

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What is included in this safari:

  • Gorilla permit
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop – up roof for game viewing
  • A professional English speaking Driver 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