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Birding For Albertine Rift Endemics

11 Days Safari

11 Days Uganda Birding Safari

Price

What is included

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,

  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle

  • Services of an English speaking driver guide

  • Fuel for the whole trip

  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary

  • 1 day pre-tour accommodation in Kampala / Entebbe

  • Gorilla trekking permit (USD 700)

  • Game Drives and boat ride

  • Park entrance fees

  • Bottled water while in the vehicle

Safari Overview

This 11 Days Birding safari is a magical journey into the jungles of Uganda. The safari will take you to the Albertine rift valley region in western Uganda for an exceptional birding experience. During this safari, you will visit the Kibale forest, Buhoma sector in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Ruhija sector, Mgahinga national park. 

Uganda has more than 1000 different bird specifies that migrate from different parts of the world every year. 

Safari Highlight

What is excluded

  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala

  • International airfares

  • Uganda Visa (USD50.00 which can be paid on arrival at the Airport

  • Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry

  • Chimpanzee trek in Kibale National Park

  • Birding in Kibale Forest National park

  • Nature walk in the Bigodi swamp

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest

  • Birding in Buhoma and Ruhija sectors in Bwindi forest

  • Birding in Mgahinga national park

  • Scenic views of the western rift valley, mountain ranges on Muhabura mountain and virunga ranges. 

Day by Day - Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda and transfer to Kampala / Entebe
Day 2: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park
Day 3: Birding and Chimpanzee trek, Swamp walk 
Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Day 5: Birding in Buhoma sector

Day 6: Transfer to Ruhija and Birding in Ruhija sector
Day 7-8: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest
Day 9: Transfer to Kisoro - Mgahinga national park
Day 10: Birding in Mgahinga

Day11: Transfe to Kampala

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Day 1: Arrival 

You will be welcomed by a representative of Broveny Safaris who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala/ Entebbe for an overnight. Depending on the time of arrival, our guide will take you on a city tour for an exciting introduction to the capital. Visit some interesting and historical sites, including the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, the Uganda Museum, and of course the African Craft Village. We also advise you to have some money changed to Uganda shillings. 

Luxury Lodge: Serena Hotel/ Imperial Hotel
Moderate:  Emin Pasha Hotel/ Speke Resort Hotel
Budget facility: Acardia Cottages/ Namirembe Guest house
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

Day 2: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

You will depart Kampala after breakfast and head westwards to Fort Portal town. The Uganda Primates & Wildlife Safari drive will take about 4 -5 hours. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Kibale Forest National Park where you will go for either a community walk or visit the beautiful Crater lakes region for a spectacular view. 

Main Destination: Kibale Forest National Park

Luxury: Ndali lodge | Primate lodge | Kyaninga lodge
Moderate: Mountains of the moon | Kibale forest camp | crater safari lodge | Primate Lodge
Budget: Rwenzori travelers | Kibale forest camp | Chimpanzee forest guest house

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Birding in Kibale national park

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After an early breakfast, we start our day birding in Kibale forest. The forest protects more than 300 bird species, so we will expect to encounter specialties that includes; Green-breasted Pitta, Red-chested Owlet, Scally-breasted, Pale-breasted and Brown Illadopsis, Red-caped and Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Fire-crested and Brown-chested Alethe, Forest Robin, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared and Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Red-winged Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, White-naped and Afep Pigeon, Red-tailed Ant-thrush, Rufous Flycatcher

Main Destination: Kibale Forest National Park

Luxury: Ndali lodge | Primate lodge | Kyaninga lodge
Moderate: Mountains of the moon | Kibale forest camp | crater safari lodge | Primate Lodge
Budget: Rwenzori travelers | Kibale forest camp | Chimpanzee forest guest house

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4: Transfer To Queen Elizabeth national  park / enroute biding

After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we check out of the lodge and drive to Maramagambo Forest for birding/nature walk in the forest. During the walk, we expect to encounter different bird species that includes; the Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Chestnut Wattle Eye, African Dusky, African Paradise, Red-bellied Paradise and Bedford’s Flycatchers,  African Golden oriole, Red headed blue bill, Bat hawks, Sulphur-breasted bush shrike, Brown-eared woodpecker, Fawn breasted Waxbill, Yellow-rumped, Yellow-fronted and Speckled Tinkerbirds, African Moustached, Garden,Willow and Dark-caped Yellow Warbler among others. We also expect to encounter different primate species like the Black and white Colobus monkey. Later in the afternoon we drive to Kibale Forest National Park, arriving in the evening and check in to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Destination: Queen Elizabbeth National Park

Luxury Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge | Jacana Lodge | Elephant plains
Moderate:  Simba Safari Lodge |  Buffalo Safari Resort | Enganzi Lodge | Ihamba Safari Lodge | Forest hog lodge
Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge  |  Bush Lodge in tents

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Day 5: Birding at Queen Elizabeth National park

The day begins early with an early morning breakfast, then with our parked lunch, we start our birding/game drive through the kasenyi plains. The park has more than 612 bird species recorded and this is said to be the highest concentration of bird life as compared to any nature reserve in the World. Here we expect sightings of bird species like; the Red Chested, Diederik, and Klaas’s Cuckoo, Short-toed, Black-chested and Brown Snake-eagles, African white-backed, Ruppel’s Griffon, Lappet-faced and Hooded Vultures, African Marsh, Eurasian Marsh, Pallid and Montagu’s Harrier, Wahlberg’s, Tawny, Long-crested and Martial Eagles, African Crake, Harlequin and Blue Quail, Common Button-quail, European Roller, Rufous-naped, White-tailed and Flappet Lark, Winding, Wing-snapping, Croaking, Trilling and Stout Cisticola,Temminck’s Courser, Vereaux’s Eagle-owl, Black-crowned Tchagra and Collared Pratincole among others. We drive towards Mweya peninsular, have our picnic lunch and then go for a boat cruise on Kazinga channel for yet another but deferent view of wildlife and birds. We then drive back to our lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Destination: Queen Elizabbeth National Park

Luxury Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge | Jacana Lodge | Elephant plains
Moderate:  Simba Safari Lodge |  Buffalo Safari Resort | Enganzi Lodge | Ihamba Safari Lodge | Forest hog lodge
Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge  |  Bush Lodge in tents

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast at the lodge you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, you will have opportunities to stop along the way the way to spot some bird species as well as sightseeing, This journey takes you through the beautiful savannah and fig trees and acacia trees of ishasha sector and you might spot tree climbing lions if lucky enough.  

Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park

Accommodation

Luxury: Buhoma community Rest camp  | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp  | Gorilla Valley Lodge

Mid range:  Gorilla Resort Bwindi  | Gorilla Safari Lodge | Lake Mutanda Resort | Gorilla Mist Camp | Nkurungi safari lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Mahogany Springs Lodge | Buhoma Lodge | Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drinks: Bottled Water

Day 7: Birding in Buhoma sector

Today we will go for birding to Buhoma section through “The Neck”. The Neck (where the forest narrows) offers excellent forest birding. Key species that we will look for there include many of the Albertine Rift Endemics that we may not have seen earlier. These include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing. A few other species we may encounter as well include Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Fine-banded and Cardinal Woodpeckers, Willcocks’s Honeyguide, KakamegaGreenbul, Red-tailed Greenbul, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Mountain Wagtail, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Equatorial Akalat, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Dusky Tit, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Red-headed Malimbe, Dusky Twinspot, Cape Wagtail, Brown-backed Scrub Robin, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, and Western Citril.

Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park

Accommodation

Luxury: Buhoma community Rest camp  | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp  | Gorilla Valley Lodge

Mid range:  Gorilla Resort Bwindi  | Gorilla Safari Lodge | Lake Mutanda Resort | Gorilla Mist Camp | Nkurungi safari lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Mahogany Springs Lodge | Buhoma Lodge | Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drinks: Bottled Water

Day 8: Birding in Mubwindi Swamp

After breakfast at the Lodge we will go for birding at Mubwindi swamp, we will spend the entire day birding at this area. The 4km trail to Mubwindi Swamp is the best place for some of the most difficult to find of all rift endemics including Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill, the beautiful Regal Sunbird, and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Mubwindi Swamp is also home to Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori Appalls, African Hill Babbler (sometimes treated as a separate species from Ruwenzori Hill Babbler), the rare and localized Grauer’s Scrub-Warbler. Some of the many species we have a chance of seeing here include Black Goshawk, Augur Buzzard, Crowned Hawk-Eagle, Handsome Francolin, Olive (Rameron) Pigeon, Bronze-winged Pigeon, Black-billed, Ruwenzori, and Ross’s Turacco, African, Barred Long-tailed, and African Emerald Cuckoos, Red-chested Owlet, Narina and Bar-tailed Trogons, Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, Blue-throated Roller, White-headed Wood hoopoe, Gray-throated, Double-toothed, and Yellow-spotted Barbets, Western and Yellow-rumpedTinkerbird, Thick-billed and Dwarf Honeyguides, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Tullberg’s, Speckle-breasted, Elliot’s, and Olive Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, Rock Martin, Black Saw-wing, Gray and Pettit’s Cuckoo-Shrike, Ansorge’s, Kakamega and Cabanis’ Greenbuls, White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Olive and Mountain Thrushes, Red-throated Alethe, Chubb’s Cisticola, Banded Prinia, Ruwenzori, Black-throated, and Black-faced Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera, Grauer’s Warbler, Cinnamon and Black-faced Bracken-Warblers, Mountain Yellow Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Short-tailed Warbler, Red-faced Woodland-Warbler, White-eyed Slaty- Flycatcher, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Sooty Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher, White-starred Robin, White-bellied and Archer’s Robin-Chats, Ruwenzori Batis, White-tailed, and African Blue-Flycatchers, Pale-breasted, Mountain, and Gray-chested Illadopses, Ruwenzori Hill Babbler, Gray-headed, Western Violet-backed, Green, Green-headed, Blue-headed, Green-throated, Stuhlmann’s, Northern Double-collared, and Regal Sunbirds, Mackinnon’s Shrike, Ludher’s, Gray-green, Many-colored, and Lagden’s Bush-shrikes, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Slender-billed, Waller’s, Narrow-tailed, Stuhlmann’s, and Sharpe’s Starlings, Black-billed, Strange, and Brown-capped Weavers, Jameson’s and Woodhouse’s Ant-peckers, and Red-faced and Dusky Crimson-wings.

Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park

Accommodation

Luxury: Buhoma community Rest camp  | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp  | Gorilla Valley Lodge

Mid range:  Gorilla Resort Bwindi  | Gorilla Safari Lodge | Lake Mutanda Resort | Gorilla Mist Camp | Nkurungi safari lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Mahogany Springs Lodge | Buhoma Lodge | Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drinks: Bottled Water

Day 9: Transfer to Mgahinga National park - Kisoro

After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel / lodge and transfer to Mgahinga National Park. Enroute you will have scenic views of the beautiful mountain ranges, wondering road in the hills of kisoro. 

Destination: Mgahinga National park

Accommodation

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge | Mantana Lake Mburo Camp | Arcadia Cottages | 

Mid range:  Lake Mburo Safari Lodge | Rakobo Rock | Leopard Rest Camp
Budget/Low facilities: Sky Blue Hotel | Eagles Nest Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drinks: Bottled Water

Day 10: Birding in Mgahinga National park - Kisoro

After breakfast you will go for birding to Mgahinga national park in serch for birds. Mgahinga offers excellent forest birding. Key species that we will look for there include many of the Albertine Rift Endemics that we may not have seen earlier. These include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing. A few other species we may encounter as well include Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Fine-banded and Cardinal Woodpeckers, Willcocks’s Honeyguide, KakamegaGreenbul, Red-tailed Greenbul, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Mountain Wagtail, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Equatorial Akalat, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Dusky Tit, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Red-headed Malimbe, Dusky Twinspot, Cape Wagtail, Brown-backed Scrub Robin, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, and Western Citril.

Destination: Mgahinga forest National park

Accommodation

Mid range:  Mutanda Lake Resort | Lake Chahafi lodge | Lake Muhere lodge |
Budget/Low facilities:   Travelers rest hotel | 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drinks: Bottled Water

Day 11: Transfer to Kampala.

You will check out of the hotel and prepare for a drive back to Kampala / Entebbe for your flight.

Meal: Breakfast | Lunch

Drinks: Bottled water

End of Tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost

  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel)

Important to Know

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flights from/to your home country.

  • This tour accepts children.

Rates Per Person

What is included

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,

  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle

  • Services of an English speaking driver guide

  • Fuel for the whole trip

  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary

  • 1 day pre-tour accommodation in Kampala / Entebbe

  • Gorilla trekking permit (USD 700)

  • Game Drives and boat ride

  • Park entrance fees

  • Bottled water while in the vehicle

What is excluded

  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala

  • International airfares

  • Uganda Visa (USD50.00 which can be paid on arrival at the Airport

  • Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry

Getting There

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This tour starts and ends in Entebbe or Kampala

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This operator can help select your international flights, but you'll have to book them yourself

A transfer from and back to the airport is included

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Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

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