Birds of Uganda Trip -8 Days - VSU 661
Day 1. Entebbe
On arrival at Entebbe airport, your guide from Victoria safaris will warmly welcome you and later be transferred to speke hotel - munyonyo for overnight.
Day 2. Entebbe
Morning bird watching around shores of lake Victoria, botanical gardens, shrubs and swamps that support variety of species and Lutembe Beach. These include: Lesser jacana ,blue-breasted bee-eater and localized Red Chested sun bird being common ones.Others include African Pygmy-goose, Hemerkop, Hadad Ibis, Crowned-crane, Long-toed Lapwing, Grey parrot Red headed lovebird, Black headed weaver, Ross’s Turaco. Return to your hotel and overnight.
Day 3 Entebbe – Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast drive to Mpanga Forest carry out birding in this unique forest and continue to Masaka branching off to Lake Nabugabo. Look for Herons, Lesser jacana and other water birds. Drive to Lake Mburo and overnight at Camp Lodge.
Day 4 Lake Mburo- Queen Elizabeth National Park
Morning carry out game drive Lake Mburo National Park is occupied by savannah grassland punctuated with many lakes surrounded by swamps. This 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 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 for 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 Queen Elizabeth National.
Day 5 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Morning game viewing and afternoon boat trip along the channel on this day will give you wildlife yield of Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalo linger in the shallows, and a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the channel’s edge. These may include the Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Open-billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers. There is also a Bird Observatory here, which was set up with the aim of studying both migratory and resident birds. Since its inception in 1997 more new species have been identified, including Uganda's first record of the Bar-tailed Godwit. Over night at Mweya Safari Lodge or the Institute of Ecology .
Day 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Morning Natural walk looking for variety of birds or carryout game drive. After lunch drive to Masaka birding on the way and overnight.
Day 7 Masaka – Katonga Game Reserve
After breakfast, you will drive to Katonga Game reserve swamp looking for water logged species. Shoe bill stork may be sited but it is not a guarantee. Continue your way to Kampala.
Day 8 Airport Transfer
If time allows you can carry out shopping and before transfer to the airport for your departure
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 case, 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
- Drinks, your bar bills, phone calls, personal insurance and any other services of a personal nature like laundry etc.
- Chimp permits in Kyambura is optional and costs USD30 per person (1 day visit)