Uganda Birding Safari Special - 10 Days - VSU 661
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Day 1. Entebbe
On arrival at Entebbe airport, your guide will warmly welcome you and later be transferred to your Hotel in Entebbe or Kampala for overnight stay.
Day 2. Mabamba Swamp
After early breakfast you will set off on the southward road to Mabamba Wetland. This is the nearest site for the Shoebill, Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Afep Pigeon, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, Papyrus Gonolek, White Winged Warbler. Proceed to Lake Mburo with lunch stop on the way arriving in the evening and over night at a Camp Lodge.
Day 3. Kampala - Lake Mburo
Morning game drive at Lake Mburo National Park which is occupied by savannah grassland punctuated with many lakes surrounded by swamps. This is one place you can view Eland, Antelope, as well as Zebra, Topi, Impala, and several Acacia –associated birds. The five lakes within the park attract Hippos, Crocodiles and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the Sitatunga Antelope and Red, Black and Yellow Papyrus Gonalek or take boat ride on one the lakes looking species like the Brown Chested Plover, Red Faced Barbet, Southern Ground Hornbill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Yellow Billed Oxpecker, African Finfoot, Black Collard Barbet etc. Check out and drive to Mbarara town to overnight.
Day 4. Mbarara – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Wake up early and drive Imaramagambo Forest (part of Queen Elizabeth Park ) visit the bat caves carry out birding along this area and proceed to Mweya reaching in time for boat cruise on Kazinga channel. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 5. Queen Elizabeth National Park
Whole day in the Queen Elizabeth National Park bird watching and game viewing in the morning and in the afternoon ,take a boat cruise in case it was not covered yesterday returning to the lodge for lunch and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology. Among species to see are African Skimmer, Black Rumped Button Quail, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Red Footed Falcon, Lesser Flamingoes, Grey Capped Warbler, White’s and Abdim's Storks (in season), Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Wooly-necked and Saddle-billed Storks, and numerous classes of Raptors, Vultures and Plovers etc.
Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park -Bwindi National Park
After breakfast drive to Bwindi while birding on the way arriving at around noon. Lunch, afternoon carry out birding around Buhoma area . Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 7. Bwindi –Gorilla Tracking (optional)
Whole day bird watching in Bwindi Forest, OR this day you will go for gorilla tracking taking different trials in the park. These gentle giants move in families . You will track either family as your permits states. You will enjoy our next of kin at close view while the young ones play in the branches of trees. This morning you will report at the Park Office at 7:30 am to get ready for the Gorilla tracking. Take with you lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experience. There are now only 600 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 8 hours depending on the movement of these gentle giants. Spend the night at camp Lodge.
Day 8. Bwindi – Kabale Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast check out and drive to Kabale while birding on the way. Check in at Overland Camp, See Birds around lake Bunyonyi.
Day 9. Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala
Morning boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi to the Islands viewing different species of birds and migratory birds from Europe often sighted here. Lunch and drive to Kampala overnight at Hotel International or serena Hotel .
Day 10. Kampala - Entebbe
Morning city Tour if time allows. shopping in Kampala city and proceed to the airport.
Accommodation available can be grouped as Upmarket, Medium class and Low budget accommodation facilities. We have used medium and low cost Budget facilities . Upmarket WILL be provided on request. However in few cases, upmarket facilities have been included in medium packages and where medium facilities are not available we have used low cost.
Please note the safari cost includes:
- Meals and accommodation
- Full time experienced birding safari guides with all their associated expenses,
- Park entry fees, game drives, boat/ launch trips, forest guiding walks, all activities
- hile on safari and all the applicable Government Taxes.
- 4x4 wheel drive vehicle with gas and driver/guide
- Excluded are:
- Gorilla tracking is optional in birding safaris, to track you will add gorilla permit fee $360
- per person to top up on total cost by each client that will be viewing gorillas
- Drinks, your bar bills, phone calls, personal insurance and any other services of a
- ersonal nature like laundry etc.
- Chimp permits in Kyambura is optional and costs USD30 per person (1 day visit)