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Expert Uganda Bird Watching Safaris: Uganda Birding Tours & Uganda Ornithological and Gorilla Tracking Trips
ACBU3A: Uganda Birds & Gorillas Explorer Safari (16 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 Birds & Gorillas Explorer Safari

Day 1: Arrival Uganda, Entebbe
On the arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will meet our representative who will take you for dinner and overnight at Lake Victoria Windsor Hotel or Botanical Beach Hotel in Entebbe.

Day 2: Botanical Gardens and Mabamba Swamp
After breakfast, you will start birding around the botanical gardens. Look out for Slender-billed Weaver, Brown-throated Weaver¸ Golden-backed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Grey-headed Gull, Long-tailed Cormorant, Common Squacco Heron,Yellow-billed Duck, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatcher, Broad-billed Roller, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Splendid Glossy Starling, Black-headed Gonolek, Orange Weaver, Verreaux's Eagle-owl, Red-chested Sunbird, Ross's Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Open-billed Stork, Great Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Grey-capped Warbler and many others. After lunch at the hotel proceed for Mabamba Swamp and board the canoe for the best tour of the swamp. You can find the Shoebill stork, Swamp Flycatcher, Purple Swamphen, African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African Pygmy-goose, White-faced Whistling-duck, Squacco Heron, Goliath Heron, Black Crake and many more birds. Return to Lake Victoria Windsor Hotel or Botanical Beach Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 + 4: Birding in the Budongo Forest
After breakfast drive to Budongo Forest one of the main birding sanctuaries in Uganda . After lunch in Masindi Hotel, go for afternoon and evening birding and look out for the White-crested Turaco, Ross's Turaco, White-crested Helmet-shrike, Bat Hawk, Black-shouldered Nightjar, White-crested Turaco, Crowned Eagle and African Wood-owl. Dinner and overnight at Nyabyeya Guest House in Budongo. In the second day after an early breakfast start birding at the Royal Mile. You will look for the rare Nahan's Francolin, Banded Snake-eagle, African Pied Hornbill, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Black Bishop, Brown Twinsport, Black-bellied Firefinch, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, White-thighed Hornbill, Yellow-billed Barbet, Spotted Greenbul, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Slender-billed Greenbul, Black-capped Apalis, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Green Hylia, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Forest Flycatcher, Fire-crested Alethe, Yellow Longbill, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Crowned Eagle, Yellow-footed Flycatcher, African Dwarf Kingfisher. Packed lunch and dinner overnight at Nyabyeya Guest House.

Day 5 + 6: Kibale National Park
Early morning departure for the chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest , before leaving to Kibale National Park. This is a rainforest which hosts over 9 species of primates, including chimpanzee, red colubus, black and white colobus, grey-cheeked Mangaby and red-tailed monkey. Among other birds you find here Scaly Francolin, Marsh Tchagra, Black-bellied Seedcracker, Green-backed Twinspot, Bicoloured Mannikin, White-naped Pigeon, Afep Pigeon, Narina's Trogon, Joyful Greenbul, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater and many others. A nature walk at Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary ecotourist site is rewarding. This is home to Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Scaly-throated Honeyguide and Black-faced Rufous Warbler. Lunch is included. Dinner and overnight at Rujuna Hilltop Guest House.

Day 7 + 8: Semliki National Park
From Fort Portal drive to Semliki National Park , one of the top destination for birding in Uganda . The forest along river Semliki is home to Spot-breasted Ibis, Northern Bearded Scrub-robin, Capuchin Babbler, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Yellow-throated Green Cuckoo, White-bellied Kingfisher, Maxwell's Black Weaver, Black-winged Oriole, Red-eyed Puffback, Crested and Red-bellied Malimbe, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Zenker's Honeyguide and African Piculet. Dinner and first overnight at Semliki Lodge, second night back to Fort Portal at Rujuna Hilltop Guest House or proceed to Kasese.

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast you depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park . This Park records over 550 bird species. The one-day record in this Park is 296, which is one of the highest in the world. After lunch go for the boat cruise along Kazinga Channel, where the concentration of water birds and photographs is extraordinary. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park and Ishasha Area
After early cup of coffee, you start birding early morning in the open savannah for birds like the Temminck's Courser, Martial Eagle, Rupell's Griffon Vulture, then return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Imaramagambo Forest and Ishasha sector. Dinner and overnight in Buhoma Homeastead.

Day 11: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
In the early morning you can hear the songs of the Snowy-capped Robin-chat, Luehder's Bush-shrike and the Grey-capped Warbler while having breakfast. You will spend the whole day birding in Bwindi Forest , one of the most interesting ecosystems in Africa for the concentration of biodiversity. Over 350 bird species are recorded. These include Red-throated Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Grey-throated Barbet, Black Bee-eater, Forest Robin, Montane Oriole, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Pettit's Cuckooshrike, Black-faced Rufous Warbler and many more. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 12, 13 + 14: Ruhija in Southern Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Early morning gorilla tracking in the forest sanctuary starting from Buhoma. Depart to reach Ruhiija in the south of the forest and spending two nights at the camping site. In the second day after breakfast you go for birding in this prolific area. Birding to the Mubwindi Swamp is very productive. One has to be prepared to walk on steep mountain tracks. You drop from about 2400m to 2050m above sea level. Birding in the bamboo zone is good for the Handsome Francolin, Archer's Robin-chat, Stripe-breasted Tit, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Mountain Greenbul, Waller's Chestnut-winged Starling, Dusky Crimsonwing, Mountain Illadopsis and Mountain Yellow Warbler. The third day proceed for dinner and overnight in Mburo National Park , Mantana Tented Camp.

Day 15: Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast, enjoying birding in the swampy area and Lake Mburo . You will hear the songs of Morning Dove, Dideric Cuckoo, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-headed Weaver and Ring-necked Dove. Among other you will go searching for Brown-chested Lapwing, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black-bellied Bustard, Helmeted Guineafowl, Coqui Francolin, Rufous-napped Lark plus many raptors. In the evening transfer to Kampala for dinner and overnight.

Day 16: Departure
Reserved to the airport transfer or extensions.

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

PRICE GUIDE: 2016-2017 (Uganda Travel Planner)
USD 5195
USD 1595
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USD 4960
USD 1595
USD 285
USD 4875
USD 1595
USD 285
USD 4780
USD 1595
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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