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ACBU2A: Uganda Shoe Bill & Allied Avian Safari (12 Days)

Uganda has an ever increasing reputation as an exceptional destination for bird lovers and this special birding tour will reveal just that. Uganda is home to over 1,500 species of birds and this is a result of the diversity of the country's territory, from the lakes, rivers, mountains, tropical rain forests to the desert land of Karamoja. Uganda's 10 most commonly sought after bird species includes but not limited to; the Shoe bill stork, African green Broadbill, Green-breasted pitta, Nahans francolin, Brown chested pullover, Karamoja Apalis, Black bee eater, Ruwenzori turaco, Red fronted anti pecker, Purcell's illadopsis. AfriChoice operates expert birding safaris to these locations and this specially designed bird-watching safari is suitable introduction to Uganda birding. Learn More >
Here is your day-to-day itinerary for this bird watching trip:

Safari Itinerary: Uganda Shoe Bill & Allied Avian Discovery

Day 1: Arrival Kampala, U.W.E.C.
Morning arrival in Entebbe. Met and transfer to Kampala. This afternoon start by birding at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (U.W.E.C), Botanical gardens and other areas in Entebbe. UWEC originally started as an animal orphanage in the 1920s but gradually grew to be a show place of various flora and fauna. Birds to look out for here include Crowned cranes, Parrots, Pelicans, ostrich, Crowned cranes, weaver birds like the orange weaver, black necked baglafect, the northern masked weaver, shoebill stork, African Fish Eagle, small banded snake Eagle, African Goshawk and the swamp flycatcher. Lunch break and then transfer to the botanical gardens where you will most likely be able to enjoy more prolific bird life. A. Whyte the first curator of Uganda’s Museum started these gardens as a natural forest for use as research grounds for the introduction of various ornamental plants and exotic fruits to Uganda. Birds to look out for here include the yellow-throated leaf love, the great blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, the black and white casqued hornbill, the pied hornbill. Yellow backed weaver, orange weaver, brown-throated weaver, and great reed warbler, sedge warbler and the fish eagle. Dinner and over night at the Forest Cottages / Hotel African / Red Chilli.

Day 2: Birding in Kampala & Sorroundings
After an early breakfast drive to Mabamba Swamps. Mabamba is an extensive marsh stretching through a long narrow bay, fringed with papyrus towards the main body of Lake Victoria and is 50km west of Kampala. Most of the birding is done by canoe. Bird species to look out for include the rare shoebill, Blue Breasted Bee-eater, white faced whistling duck, African water rail, Goliath herons, spur winged and Pygmy Geese. Dinner and overnight Forest Cottages/ Hotel Africana / Red Chilli.

Day 3: Birding in Kampala & Sorroundings
Head to Mabira Forest after an early breakfast. Enroute to the Forest look out for the hooded vulture, black kite and Marabou stork. Mabira forest reserve is the largest block of moist semi deciduous forest remaining in the central region of Uganda. Look out for the Cassin Hawk Eagle, Nahans Francolin, Leaf love, Blue Headed Crested flycatcher, Grey Spotted Wood Pecker, Black shouldered Nightjar, violet backed starling, Yellow Rumped Tinker bird and Capuchin Babbler. Return to Dinner & overnight. Forest Cottages/ Hotel Africana/ Red Chilli.

Day 4: Lake Mburo National Park
After an early breakfast set off for Lake Mburo National Park with a brief stop at the Equator. The park encompasses not only Lake Mburo but also four other small lakes. It’s easy accessibility from Kampala (about 4 hours drive from Kampala makes it the ideal birder gateway). Birding to the park begins as you turn off to Nshara gate. Look out for the Handsome Francolin, Pink baked Pelican, Bee-eaters, Helmeted Guinea fowl, lilac-breasted roller, red faced barbet, Rufuos bellied heron, green capped Eremomela, long tailed Cisticola, the Malachite and Pied King fishers. Lunch break at Rwonyo. Transfer to the lakeside for a boat ride. The boat ride may yield sightings of the African Finfoot before it disappears into papyrus floating on the lake. Other birds to look out for include the rare shoebill, Greater and Lesser Swamp Warbler; White winged Warbler, Red Headed lovebird, Green capped Eremomela, Handsome Fracolin and Carmine Bee-eaters. Dinner & overnight Mantana Luxury Tented Camp/ Rwonyo rest camp.

Day 5: Lake Mburo National Park
After an early breakfast, embark on a foot safari (Nature Walk). While on the walk look out for the Red faced Barbet, Bare faced go away bird, Varreaux’s Eagle Owl, Yellow billed ox pecker and lead coloured flycatcher. Lunch break. Proceed with a late afternoon game drive along the Zebra track. The African Wattled Plover, Black bellied bustard, and Temmricks Courser may be sighted. Also look out for other animal species such as Burchell’s Zebra and the Comical Warthogs. Dinner & overnight Mantana Luxury Tented camp/ Rwonyo Rest Camp.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Get awoken by the sounds of the morning doves and drive to Queen Elizabeth with a brief. The drive takes you through the grasslands of Ankole and is punctuated with stops to see the famous long horned cattle. Over 600 bird species have been recorded so far thus making the park a birders paradise. It is one of the richest parks in Africa and supports an astounding density of flora and fauna. Lunch at Mweya then transfer to the dock on the channnel for an afternoon launch cruise on Kazinga channel, which joins lakes Edward and George. This waterway is a birders paradise and those who experience it, consider it the highlight of their entire African safari. Birds to look out for include the Great Snipe, Fish Eagles, Pallid Harrier, Gull billed Tern, Lesser Kestrel and Shoebill stork. Other species of interest at the shores of the channel are the yawning hippos, crocodiles and monitor lizards. Dinner and overnight Mweya safari lodge/ Ecology Hostel Institute.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early breakfast drive to Maramagambo for a foot safari through the forest. Bird species to look out for here include the bat hawks, brown eared woodpecker, fawn breasted Waxbill, Sulphur breasted bush shrike, and dark capped yellow warbler, red headed blue bill, African Finfoot and the Eurasian golden oriole. On a good day the black and white colobus monkeys may also be spotted. Dinner and overnight Mweya Safari Lodge/ Institute of Ecology Hostel.

Day 8: Kibale Forest National Park
Rise early before the sun and embark on an early morning game drive to catch up with early risers. The drive takes you through the Kasenyi track and Kikorongo Crater area. The drive will enable you sight various bird species like the Great White Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Martial Eagle, Rupell’s Griffon vulture and weavers. Late breakfast, then transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. This park occupies undulating terrain on the main Uganda Plateau slightly tilted to the south and is drained by the Dura and Mpanga rivers that flow in a southerly direction into Lake George. This park is also home to the largest number of our closest living relative the endangered Chimpanzee as well as the rare I’hoesti and Colobus monkeys. Over 325 bird species have been recorded in this park among which take time to look out for the African broadbill, white winged warbler and the blue headed Coucal. Dinner and Overnight.

Day 9: Kibale Forest National Park
After an early breakfast, go out to the forest in search of the leaf love, will cocks honey guide, Joyful Greenbul, superb Black Bee eater, black bellied seed cracker, Bi coloured Mannikin, Yellow rumped tinker bird and yellow nicator. Butterflies, Olive Baboons, Mangabey, bush pig and the giant forest hog may also be spotted. Dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Murchison Falls National Park
Depart early in the morning for Murchison Falls National Park. This park has a variety of tourist facilities and is becoming well known internationally as one of the best sites in Africa for seeing shoebill. Stop for Lunch in Masindi. Proceed to the “Top of the Falls” where t drops 45 metres and forces its way through a 7 meter gorge. Look out for Rock Pratincole and the African Skimmer. Dinner and overnight Paraa Safari Lodge/ Red Chilli.

Day 11: Murchison Falls National Park
Rise early morning and embark on a game drive. Look out for bird species such as the spotted morning thrush, Denhan’s Bustard, Pallid Harrier, Lesser kestrel, swallow tailed Bee eater, Grey crowned cranes, silver bird and other animals such as Giraffes, Elephants and cobs. Lunch break. Then embark on an afternoon launch cruise on to the bottom of the falls. As you cruise up the historic Nile, you will most likely be able to see dazzling red throated bee eaters, Goliath heron, malachite king fisher, Wattled plover, common Drongo and different other animals such as hippo, water buck and the Nile crocodile many of which grow to enormous size. Dinner and over night.

Day 12: Back To Kampala + Depart
After breakfast take on another boat ride to the delta near Lake Albert. It is not unusual to see 40 or more bird species on a single boat trip including the shoebill, Papyrus Gonolek, lesser Flamingo and the Great snipe. Also look out for the Blue Grey Western Wall of the Rift Valley. Lunch break, then proceed to Kampala. Enroute to Kampala, look out for the white thighed hornbills, Great blue Turaco and primates such as monkeys and olive baboons. Those departing tonight will be transferred to the airport for departure. Dinner and Overnight at a City Hotel (BB and on own).

NB: Itinerary changes may be made due to local conditions beyond our control.

PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 (Uganda Travel Planner)
USD 4195
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USD 3875
USD 1245
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USD 3780
USD 1245
USD 285
ABBREVIATION KEY: NO. Of Pax = NO. Of Participants, USD = U.S. Dollar
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African Shoe Bill Stork - Expert Uganda Bird Watching Safaris
INCLUDED In Our Bird Watching Safaris in Uganda
Airport Meet and Greet Services with assistance
Complimentary authentic safari hats
All airport transfers with assistance
Free Kampala City Orientation Tour on arrival (Day 00)
Complimentary baggage handling of two pieces per person
Free excess baggage storage in Kampala
Transport in a custom-built 4x4 safari vehicle with window seat guarantee
All park entry fees and a Comprehensive Bird Checklist [Download Copy]
Full board accommodation whilst on Safari
A pair of standard Binoculars in each car (Guests urged to take their own)
Complimentary bottled mineral water on safari and birding drives
Unlimited birding drives and options per day whilst on safari
Services of an English - speaking and professional Safari Driver
Services of an Multi-Lingual and professional Tour Leader*
Membership to AMREF's Flying Doctors Medical Evacuation Services*
NB: Government taxes and levies are EXCLUDED
EXCLUDED In Our Bird Watching Safaris in Uganda
International airfares (unless otherwise stated)
Travel Insurance and Personal Accident Cover (Highly Recommended)
Tourist Entry VISA fees to the specific country of visit
Accommodation whist in Kampala before of after the Uganda Safari
Bird watching gear, such as binoculars, cameras and allied equipment
All expenditure of personal nature such as phone, internet and laundry
Optional excursions not mentioned in the inclusions such as village visits etc
Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides, porters, or hotel / lodge staff.
Further Information and Getting Started
At AfriChoice!, we have a wide range of carefully designed birding safaris and trips to explore the diverse bird species in Uganda that will give you a rewarding Bird Watching Adventure. AfriChoice! offers the best opportunity to realize an unforgettable bird watching safari in Uganda. We limit our guests to 4 clients per guide in order to ensure personalised attention to every guest. Your bird watching safari consultant will always be at your assistance should you need a birding safari to Uganda. Kindly DO NOT hesitate to Contact Us >
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