11 Nov Uganda Birding Safari 6 days
Uganda Safaris | Uganda Birding Tour (6 Days)
This is a 6 days safari starting and ending in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. The safari will take you through different birding destinations in Uganda.
There are multiple swamp or wetland birds and water birds that you can observe on the Lake Victoria shores or hidden in the Entebbe environment. These can also be found in the nearby wetlands. There is a chance of seeing a variety of birds from the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre; these include the beautiful peacock, the crested crane, Ostriches, grey parrots, Egyptian goose and the beautiful peacock, along with others.
You will later be taken to the only national park in Uganda, boasting of more than 600 bird species; the Queen Elizabeth national park, which provides a variety of habitats among which are wetlands, grasslands, moist tropical forests, and woodlands accompanied by salty crater lakes and fresh water lakes that attract a variety of birds as well as vast flocks of birds like, African skimmers, Caspian plovers, Great white pelicans and the Gull billed tarns. While on the drive and launch cruise, you can see thousands of different wildlife in the park like the elephants, hippos and buffaloes along with others. You will be extended from Queen Elizabeth national park to Lake Bunyonyi. Bunyonyi, a thrilling spot with 20 small Islands and enclosed by steep terraced hills. This lake is a haven for birds like the grey-crowned crane, prolific weavers and herons and egrets on its shores. You can also see several of the diurnal otter with spotted-neck. Bunyonyi definitely is the supreme place for birding in Africa.
TOUR ITINERARY – UGANDA BIRDING TOUR
Day 1: Birding in Entebbe and its Environments
You will be driven from your hotel by our guide for an early bird searching excursion in Garuga and around Africa’s largest lake; Lake Victoria. While on the search, pay attention for White-headed Barbets, Blue Monarch, Fain-tailed Widow bird, African Pied hornbill, Diederik’s Cuckoo, White-headed Barbets, Striped Kingfisher and Black Bishop, along with others. After lunch, you will head to home of caged animals, the Uganda Wildlife Education centre. There are more than 250 bird species in the educational-intergenerational centre, these include the ostriches, unusual shoebill stork, parrots and the species of weavers, for example the Orange Weaver and the unusual Northern-Masked Weaver. Head back for dinner at your hotel and for the rest of the night.
Day 2: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Head off to Queen Elizabeth national park following your breakfast. Have stop to buy souvenir and take photographs at the Equator. Proceed for lunch in Mbarara before driving to the southwest through the great western rift valley that is branded with a variety of birds.
You may see different birds and animals most particularly the antelopes and warthogs on your way as you drive into Queen Elizabeth national park on your arrival in the evening. Have dinner at Jacana safari lodge, or at the Mweya safari lodge.
Day 3: Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Embark on an early morning drive, after breakfast. You will see both the wild animals and the different bird species in the game park. Different birds can be seen from the open grassy plains and among these are: the White Abdims Stork, Whalbergs Eagle, Saddle billed stork, Africa’s harrier-hawk, Bateleur, Grey Kestrel and the Marsha Eagle among others. Return for lunch at the lodge before heading for a launch cruise on the Kazinga channel were you will see various animals like large groups of hippos and elephants together with migratory birds among which are the White-winged black Terns, Great white and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Grey headed Gulls, African skimmers, Water Dikkops, African skimmers and the Morning Dove among others. At the jacana safari lodge is where you will return for dinner and the rest of the night.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth – Lake Bunyonyi
You will set off from the renowned Queen Elizabeth national park to the unfrequented “Switzerland of Africa” located in the chilly Kabale region. This region is renowned for having the deepest lake in Africa; Lake Bunyonyi. The terrain is characterized by twenty small islands that are surrounded by steep cultivated terraced hills in addition to the stunning Lake Bunyonyi. Hire a motor boat to Bushara Island. You will enjoy the scenery of the magnificent terraced hills of kigezi and a variety of bird species. Then head for dinner at Bushara Island camp.
Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi
You will relax, explore and watch birds on the beautiful lake bunyonyi the whole day and traverse its Islands on a hired boat or canoe. You will visit the punishment island called the Akampene, where the Bakiga dumped unmarried girls who got pregnant as a lesson to other youngsters. Strangers that could not afford dowry sometimes picked the girls and while the rest were left to die on the island. You will also see a number of birds like, Scarlet-chested, Swamp Flycatcher, White-headed Saw-wing, African Hobby, Red-chested Sunbirds, Bronze and the Black Kite during the nature walk in Mukoni Village. For dinner you will go to Bushara Island Camp.
Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala
Through the beautiful rural sides of the country gifted with nature, you will head to Kampala after breakfast. You will have lunch on your way back.
END OF THE BIRDING TOUR IN UGANDA