14 DAYS Bird watching Adventure in North Eastern Uganda

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Bird watching adventure in North Eastern Uganda

Safari Overview – 14 Days/ 13 Nights

This amazing safari will take you from Mabamba swamp to the North Eastern Uganda in search for the highly sought after birds of the region. Expect to spot different bird species worth searching for in the Pearl of Africa. It will also give you great opportunity for photography, while enjoying game drives, cultural and a boat trip.

 

Day 1

Safari Overview

Safari Overview

This amazing safari will take you from Mabamba swamp to the North Eastern Uganda in search for the highly sought after birds of the region. Expect to spot different bird species worth searching for in the Pearl of Africa. It will also give you great opportunity for photography, while enjoying game drives, cultural and a boat trip.

Arrival at Entebbe

Arrival at Entebbe

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, met and great with Ganyana safari driver/guide and transfer to your overnight accommodation.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Lake Victoria Hotel

Midrange: Admas Grand Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 2

Birding at Mabamba swamp

Birding at Mabamba swamp

After breakfast, head to Mabamba swamp for the Shoebill Stork. While looking for the Shoebill, we hope to also see some more African water birds like Yellow-billed Duck, African Jacana, Papyrus Gonolek, Long-toed Lapwing, also chances of the Blue-checked Bee-eater and African Marsh Harrier.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Lake Victoria Hotel

Midrange: Admas Grand Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 3

Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Breakfast will be served early, then transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola. While Rhino tracking, look out for various bird species. Later transfer to Murchison falls National Park. Head to the lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Amuka Lodge

Midrange: Ziwa Rhino Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 4

Birding in the Sanctuary

Birding in the Sanctuary

After Breakfast, You will enjoy the whole day birding in the sanctuary. You will track the rhinos accompanied by an experienced guide and also find some of its 300 bird’s species. Look out for birds like Black-crowned Night-Heron, Shoebill, Ducks, Raptors, African Green Pigeon, Cuckoos, African Scops-Owl, Nightjars, Greater Honeyguide, Woodpeckers, Cuckoo-shrikes, Chats, Crombecs, Green-backed Eremomela, Cisticola, Tits, Sunbirds, Shrikes, Orioles, Starlings, Weavers, Finches among others. Later head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Amuka Lodge

Midrange: Ziwa Rhino Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 5

Birding in Masindi and transfer to Murchison Falls NP

Birding in Masindi and transfer to Murchison Falls NP

Enjoy delicious breakfast at the lodge, transfer to Masindi and enjoy birding. Look out for birds like African open billed Stork, Grey Kestrel, White crested Turaco, African Green Pigeon, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Red-headed Lovebird, Swifts, Sunbirds, Weavers, and Finches among others. Later transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 6

Birding along the Royal Mile in Budongo Forest

Birding along the Royal Mile in Budongo Forest

Wake up in the morning and have a delicious breakfast. You will spend the day birding in the forest and along the Royal Mile, a peaceful stretch of a private road through the tropical rainforest. The forest edges and interior impressively present birds including; Compact Weaver, Ituri Batis, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Grey-headed Oliveback, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Shining Blue Kingfishers, Nahan’s Francolin, Rufus-crowned Eremomela, Cassin’s Honeyguide, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Jameson’s Wattle-eye, Grey-headed Oliveback, Compact Weaver, Spotted Greenbul, African Dwarf, Fire-crested Alethe and Chocolate-backed. You may also glimpse a blue monkey. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 7

Game drive and birding in Murchison Falls National Park

Game drive and birding in Murchison Falls National Park

Head out go for a morning game drive in the Northern sector of the park, on a good day, you will see animals like buffaloes, antelopes, lions, elephants and many more. Bird species may include the Black chest snake Eagle, blue napped mouse birds, the secretary bird and many more. In the evening, the birding aim will among many include; Senegal Coucal, Denham’s Bustard, Black-headed Lapwing, Northern Carmine Bee-eaters, Speckle-fronted Weaver, White-headed Vulture, Red-billed Quelea, Tawny Eagle, Heuglin’s Francolin, Red-necked Falcon, Spotted Thick-knee, and Swallow-tailed Martin, Pale Flycatcher, Senegal Thick-knee and some of the seasonal migrants. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 8

Boat trip at the bottom of the falls and evening game drive.

Boat trip at the bottom of the falls and evening game drive.

Early breakfast and enjoy a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile to the bottom of the magnificent Murchison Falls where the Nile plunges through a narrow crevice. You will be able to see the Nile crocodile, bloat of hippos and a variety of bird species. The target will be the riverine forest, thickets and banks for the Shoebill, Little Bittern, Saddle-billed Stork, the Giant Kingfisher, White-backed Heron that may come around. In the evening head out for a game drive, you will encounter birds as they return to their roosts, mammals and enjoy photogenic moments of the plains. At dusk, we’ll try the chances for nightjars like the Pennant-winged Nightjar. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 9

Visit top of the falls and transfer to Kitgum

Visit top of the falls and transfer to Kitgum

After breakfast, you will head to the southern part of Murchison and view the top of the falls and enjoy the Magnificent Murchison falls as they squeeze their way through a gorge in the rocks and plunges with a thunderous roar into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow. On your way look out for birds like African open billed Stork, Grey Kestrel, African Green Pigeon, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Red-headed Lovebird, Swifts, Sunbirds, Weavers, Finches among others. Later head to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Acaki Lodge

Midrange: Acaki Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 10

Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

Breakfast will be served early, you will enjoy birding on your way to Kidepo Valley National Park. Look out for birds like Clapperton’s Francolin, Woodland Kingfisher, Spot-flanked Barbet, Swallows, Cisticolas, Sunbirds, and Shrikes among others. Later head to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Adere Safari Lodge

Midrange: Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 11

Birding in Kidepo Valley National Park

Birding in Kidepo Valley National Park

After breakfast, go for birding in this national park with rich diversity of birds and other African wildlife, Look out for birds like Yellow-necked Spurfowl, White-bellied Bustard, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Rufous-crowned Roller, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Red-billed Hornbill, Jackson’s Hornbill, d’Arnaud’s Barbet, Singing Bush Lark, Cliff Chat, Red-pate Cisticola, Karamoja Apalis, Hunter’s Sunbird, Yellow-billed Shrike, White-headed Buffalo-Weaver, White-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Eastern Paradise-Whydah among others. You will spot mammals like the graceful Giraffe, Uganda Kob, Defassa Waterbuck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthog, and when lucky a Lion among others. Later head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Adere Safari Lodge

Mid range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 12

Birding and game drives in Kidepo Valley

Birding and game drives in Kidepo Valley

You will spend the whole day birding and enjoying game drives. Look out for birds like Clapperton’s Francolin, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Rufous-crowned Roller, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Black-breasted Barbet, Pink-breasted Lark, Cliff Chat, Red-pate Cisticola, Yellow-billed Shrike, Northern White-crowned Shrike, Superb Starling, among others. You will be able to spot various the different mammals like graceful Giraffe, Uganda Kob, Defassa Waterbuck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthog, and when lucky a Lion among others. Later head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Adere Safari Lodge

Mid range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 13

 Transfer back to Entebbe

Transfer back to Entebbe

After breakfast, you will begin your long journey to Entebbe. You will reach in the late evening, head to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation :

Luxury: Lake Victoria Hotel

Mid range: Admas Grand Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 14

Departure to the Entebbe Airport

Departure to the Entebbe Airport

Breakfast will be served early, and the driver will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport in time for your flight.

Arrival:


  • Complementally pick up from Airport/ hotel
  • Accommodation before/end of trip can be arranged at an extra cost

Day 1: Arrive – Entebbe


On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, Ganyana safari driver/guide will meet and great then transfer you to your overnight accommodation in Entebbe. You will be briefed about your 15 days Uganda safari.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Lake Victoria Hotel
Midrange: Admas Grand Hotel
Meal plan: Full board

Day 2: Birding in Mabamba swamp


After breakfast, head to Mabamba swamp for the Shoebill Stork. While looking for the Shoebill, we hope to also see some more African water birds like Yellow-billed Duck, African Jacana, Papyrus Gonolek, Long-toed Lapwing, also chances of the Blue-checked Bee-eater and African Marsh Harrier. Later head back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Lake Victoria Hotel
Midrange: Admas Grand Hotel
Meal plan: Full board

Day 3: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary


Breakfast will be served early, then transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola. While Rhino tracking, look out for various bird species. Later transfer to Murchison falls National Park. Head to the lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury:  Amuka Lodge
Midrange: Ziwa Rhino Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 4: Birding in the Sanctuary


After Breakfast, You will enjoy the whole day birding in the sanctuary. You will track the rhinos accompanied by an experienced guide and also find some of its 300 bird’s species. Look out for birds like Black-crowned Night-Heron, Shoebill, Ducks, Raptors, African Green Pigeon, Cuckoos, African Scops-Owl, Nightjars, Greater Honeyguide, Woodpeckers, Cuckoo-shrikes, Chats, Crombecs, Green-backed Eremomela, Cisticola, Tits, Sunbirds, Shrikes, Orioles, Starlings, Weavers, Finches among others. Later head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury:  Amuka Lodge
Midrange: Ziwa Rhino Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 5: Birding in Masindi and transfer to Murchison Falls NP


Enjoy delicious breakfast at the lodge, transfer to Masindi and enjoy birding. Look out for birds like African open billed Stork, Grey Kestrel, White crested Turaco, African Green Pigeon, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Red-headed Lovebird, Swifts, Sunbirds, Weavers, and Finches among others. Later transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge
Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 6: Birding along the Royal Mile in Budongo Forest


Wake up in the morning and have a delicious breakfast. You will spend the day birding in the forest and along the Royal Mile, a peaceful stretch of a private road through the tropical rainforest. The forest edges and interior impressively present birds including; Compact Weaver, Ituri Batis, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Grey-headed Oliveback, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Shining Blue Kingfishers, Nahan’s Francolin, Rufus-crowned Eremomela, Cassin’s Honeyguide, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Jameson’s Wattle-eye, Grey-headed Oliveback, Compact Weaver, Spotted Greenbul, African Dwarf, Fire-crested Alethe and Chocolate-backed. You may also glimpse a blue monkey. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge
Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 7: Game drive and birding and visit top of the falls


Head out go for a morning game drive in the Northern sector of the park, on a good day, you will see animals like buffaloes, antelopes, lions, elephants and many more. Bird species may include the Black chest snake Eagle, blue napped mouse birds, the secretary bird and many more. After lunch you will head to the southern part of Murchison and view the top of the falls and enjoy the Magnificent Murchison falls as they squeeze their way through a gorge in the rocks and plunges with a thunderous roar into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow.  In the evening, the birding aim will among many include; Senegal Coucal, Denham’s Bustard, Black-headed Lapwing, Northern Carmine Bee-eaters, Speckle-fronted Weaver, White-headed Vulture, Red-billed Quelea, Tawny Eagle, Heuglin’s Francolin, Red-necked Falcon, Spotted Thick-knee, and Swallow-tailed Martin, Pale Flycatcher, Senegal Thick-knee and some of the seasonal migrants. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge
Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 8: Boat trip at the bottom of the falls and evening game drive.


Early breakfast and enjoy a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile to the bottom of the magnificent Murchison Falls where the Nile plunges through a narrow crevice. You will be able to see the Nile crocodile, bloat of hippos and a variety of bird species. The target will be the riverine forest, thickets and banks for the Shoebill, Little Bittern, Saddle-billed Stork, the Giant Kingfisher, White-backed Heron that may come around.  In the evening head out for a game drive, you will encounter birds as they return to their roosts, mammals and enjoy photogenic moments of the plains. At dusk, we’ll try the chances for nightjars like the Pennant-winged Nightjar. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge
Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 9: Transfer to Kitgum


After breakfast, On your way look out for birds like African open billed Stork, Grey Kestrel, African Green Pigeon, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Red-headed Lovebird, Swifts, Sunbirds, Weavers, Finches among others. Later head to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury:  Acaki Lodge
Midrange: Acaki Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 10: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park


Breakfast will be served early, you will enjoy birding on your way to Kidepo Valley National Park. Look out for birds like Clapperton’s Francolin, Woodland Kingfisher, Spot-flanked Barbet, Swallows, Cisticolas, Sunbirds, and Shrikes among others. Later head to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Adere Safari Lodge
Midrange: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 11: Birding and game drives in Kidepo Valley


You will spend the whole day birding and enjoying game drives. Look out for birds like Clapperton’s Francolin, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Rufous-crowned Roller, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Black-breasted Barbet, Pink-breasted Lark, Cliff Chat, Red-pate Cisticola, Yellow-billed Shrike, Northern White-crowned Shrike, Superb Starling, among others. You will be able to spot various the different mammals like graceful Giraffe, Uganda Kob, Defassa Waterbuck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthog, and when lucky a Lion among others. Later head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Adere Safari Lodge
Midrange: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 12: Transfer to Moroto


After breakfast, you will begin your journey to Moroto. On your way look out for bird like, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, White-bellied Bustard, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Rufous-crowned Roller, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Red-billed Hornbill, Jackson’s Hornbill, d’Arnaud’s Barbet, Singing Bush Lark, Cliff Chat, Red-pate Cisticola, Karamoja Apalis, Hunter’s Sunbird, Yellow-billed Shrike, White-headed Buffalo-Weaver, White-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Eastern Paradise-Whydah among others. Later head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury:  Mount Moroto Hotel
Midrange: Mount Moroto Hotel
Meal plan: Full board

Day 13: Transfer back to Entebbe


After breakfast, you will begin your long journey to Entebbe. You will reach in the late evening, head to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury:  Lake Victoria Hotel
Midrange: Admas Grand Hotel
Meal plan: Full board

Day 14: Departure


Breakfast will be served early, and the driver will transfer you to back to Entebbe International Airport in time for your flight.

Persons Date Price per person
1 pax Any Date $11,353
2 pax Any Date $10,786

Includes


  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Park Entrance fees
  • Car hire in 4×4 safari Vehicle
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • Refreshments like water
  • All accommodation & Meals
  • All activities
  • All Taxes /VAT
  • A professional driver /guide
  • Fuel
  • Chimpanzee Tracking permits
  • Gorilla permit
  • Covid-19 Test arrangements

Excludes


  • Tips and gratuities
  • All items of personal nature
  • International flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Covid- 19 Test

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