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11 DAYS BIRD WATCHING IN BWINDI, QUEEN ELIZABETH AND KIBALE

Overview:

This is a safari for birding enthusiasts and Ornithologists that will lead you to the alluring birding sites in Uganda. You will search for the bird variety including; rare and endemic species in the forests of Bwindi and Kibale as well as Queen Elizabeth national parks. In Bwindi Impenetrable you will be able to see some of the Albertine Rift endemics, birding will be done at Buhoma, Ruhija, and Munyaga trail. The park has over 350 species with 23 endemics like Short-tailed Warbler, Shelley’s Crimson-wing, Doherty’s Bush Shrike and African Green Broadbill etc. Queen Elizabeth has more than 600 recorded species, birding will be done at Kazinga channel, Mweya trail and Maramagambo forest where you will be able to trace the rare Forest Flycatcher, White-napped Pigeon and the Striking Ruwenzori Turaco. Kibale Forest National Park boasts of over 372 species with 6 that are endemic to the Albertine rift area like; Black-capped Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird etc. In the park birding will be done, in Magombe swamp, and around Bigodi wetland near the park.  

Details

Note: On the day of arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be warmly received by the company guide, who will transfer you to your overnight accommodation in Kampala. Depending on time of arrival and how you would be feeling, you may do a Kampala city tour visiting sites like Mengo Palace, Bahai Temple and the East African crafts and Art Gallery for Souvenir shopping. This maybe time/day to change your money.O/N: Sheraton Hotel (luxury)/ Cassia lodge (midrange)/ Speke Hotel (Basic); Bed & Breakfast

Day 01: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park [Approx. 9 hours]

Embark on an early drive to Bwindi after breakfast, en-route you will have 2 stops; at the Equator-latitude in Kayabwe and in Mbarara for lunch. You will enjoy the spectacular view and rich blend of nature on your journey southwest of Uganda through terraced highlands of Kigezi. On arrival, check-in to your accommodation.

O/N: Chameleon Hill lodge (luxury) or Ruhija Gorilla lodge (midrange) or Ruhija Community Rest Camp (basic). Meal Plan: Full Board [FB]

Day 02: Birding in the forest at Ruhija

After early breakfast, you will transfer to the forest at Ruhija to bird this forest ecosystem with chances of seeing rare birds endemic to the Albertine rift such as; Short-tailed warbler, Shelley’s Crimson wing, Black Bee-eater, Stripe-breasted Tit, Olive Thrush, Yellow Bishop, African Green Broadbill, Blue-headed Sunbird, White-starred robin, Collared Apalis, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Regal sunbird, Strange weaver among others.

O/N: Chameleon Hill lodge (luxury) or Ruhija Gorilla lodge (midrange) or Ruhija Community Rest Camp (basic). Meal Plan: Full Board [FB]

Day 03: Bird watching at Munyanga water fall trail

Leave the lodge early after breakfast, to go birding at Munyanga trail. While on this interesting activity, expect to see the Bee-eaters, Starlings, Short-tailed warbler, Black-billed weaver, Red-headed blue bill, African emerald cuckoo, African bulbul, African blue & white-tailed fly catchers, Bar-tailed trogon, Barbets, Woodpeckers, African broadbill, Tinker birds, Robin chat among others. A variety of bird species are to be seen while on your birding safari in Bwindi the best birding destination in Africa according to the African Birding club.

O/N: Mahogany Springs (luxury) or Silverback lodge (midrange) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp (basic). Meal Plan: Full Board [FB]

Day 04: Birding at Buhoma

Early morning after you breakfast, transfer to Buhoma for a stunning bird watching experience. With your birding gears, [binoculars and cameras], you will have a spectacular birding glamor expecting to see; the Raptors, Widow Birds, Bee-eaters, Common Bulbul, Wood-peckers, Honey Guides, Kingfishers, Starlings and many more.

O/N: Mahogany Springs (luxury) or Silverback lodge (midrange) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp (basic).   Meal Plan: [FB]

Day 05: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth

After your breakfast, leave Bwindi Impenetrable Park, Northwards to Queen Elizabeth National Park, transit time is about 3 hours. On this beautiful drive, expect to have beautiful view of nature. You will pass through the Ishasha region best known for its tree climbing Lions. Do a game drive in this sector with chances of spotting the tree climbing Lions and later, head to the accommodation check-in and its here dinner and overnight will be.

O/N: Ishasha Wilderness Camp (luxury) or Ishasha Jungle lodge (midrange) or Ishasha Ntungwe lodge (basic). Meal Plan: [FB]

Day 06: Go for birding at Kazinga channel

Queen Elizabeth Park is a classified Important Birding Area [IBA] as by Birding International. On the launch trip at Kazinga channel and Mweya trail, expect to see a variety of bird species like Great white & Pink-backed Pelicans, Great Cormorants, Long-tailed Cormorants, Open-billed Stork, King Fishers, African Jacana, and Malachite Flycatchers among others. The park’s vastness and diversity in flora, and its stretch from the dotted foothills of Ruwenzori in the North, southwards along the shores of lakes Edward & George to the Ishasha region all combine to give habitats to birdlife and opportune moments for birding. The game in the park just spices up your experience. 

Later in the evening, return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay. O/N: Mweya Safari lodge (Luxury) or Parkview Safari lodge (Midrange) or Simba Safari Camp (Basic). Meal Plan: Full Board [FB]

Day 07: Bird watching in Maramagambo forest reserve

Today after having an early breakfast, leave your lodge for birding in Maramagambo forest reserve south of the park to trace birds in this dense rainforest. The forest is home to numerous birds, expect to see the rare Forest fly-catcher, White-napped Pigeon, the Striking Ruwenzori Turaco. Beneath the shady canopy of the forest is the Bat cave, expect to see the Weavers, Shrikes, Starlings and Bitterns etc.  

Meal Plan: Full Board [FB], overnight at the lodge

Day 08: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, checkout from the lodge. You will depart Northwards from Queen Elizabeth to Kibale Forest; a park which is home to 355+ bird species. Lunch will be enjoyed en-route to the park. On this drive through the rolling African savannas, expect to see a variety of interesting flora and fauna. On arrival to the park, you will go check-in to your booked lodge.

O/N: Crater /Ndali lodge (luxury) or Primate lodge (midrange) or Kibale Forest Camp (basic). Meal Plan: Full Board [FB].

Day 09: Birding in Bigodi wetland.

A hearty breakfast, and transfer to Bigodi wetland a community project managed by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED). The 8km wetland is an important wildlife corridor to the park with over 200 recorded bird species. The wetland is referred to as the home of Great Blue Turacos, you will be able to see birds including the Hornbills, Turacos, Parrots, Cranes, Kingfishers, Pigeons, Hadada Ibis, Egrets among others.

Meal Plan: Full Board [FB]

Day 10: Go for birding in the park

Start with an early breakfast and then go for birding deep in the heart of Kibale forest national park in Magombe forest or Sebitoli. Expect to see a variety of bird species including 6 that are endemic to the Albertine rift region i.e. Black-capped Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Collarped Apalis, Dusky-Crimson-wing, Purple-breasted Sunbird, and Red-faced Woodland Warbler. Others include the Crowned Eagle, Green-breasted Pitter, Egrets, Abyssinian Ground-thrush, Olive-ibis, Spot-breasted Ibis, Yellow-spotted Nicator, and Yellow Rumped-tinker bird. The park is home to a number of primates such as Chimpanzees, monkey species that you may come across.

Meal Plan: Full Board [FB], overnight and dinner at the lodge

Day 11: Transfer back to Kampala

Today after breakfast, you will embark on your journey back to Kampala. On the drive, you will enjoy the lush green country sides on the Fort Portal-Kampala highway dotted by tea-plantations. Lunch will be enjoyed en-route. On arrival in Kampala you will then be transferred to the airport for your flight. Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch. End of Safari   

Rate Inclusion

Park entrance fees, All activity fees unless labeled as optional, Professional English Speaking guide/driver, Ground Transportation, Round trip Airport transfers, Drinking water [mineral] in the car.

Rate Exclusions

Visa fees (visa can be arranged on request), Pre and Post Tour Accommodation [can be arranged on request], Airline ticket [arranged on request], Tips, Gratuities and expenses of personal nature, Foods and beverages outside the meal plan, Personal travel insurance.

 

Rates are Per Person (P/P) in USD 1Pax 2Pax 3Pax 4Pax 5Pax 6Pax 7Pax
Budget 4381 3057 2723 2536 2425 2346 2291
Mid-range 4990 3828 3225 3043 2931 2859 2769
Luxury 7814 5799 5378 5179 5041 4960 4903

 


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