First Aid: Medical Kit Provided Transport: Car,Bus Guide: Yes Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Super
  • Overview
  • Trip Outline
  • Trip Includes
  • Trip Excludes
  • Booking
  • Discount rate guide
  • FAQ

This is a 17 days/ 16 nights birding safari combined with the unforgettable gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable national park and wildlife in queen Elizabeth and lake Mburo national park. This safari offers you a great opportunity to encounter Uganda’s birdlife with over 1000 bird species about 11% of the world’s total bird species, flora and fauna, experience the stunning scenery and enjoy the welcoming, friendly and hospitable people of Uganda.

This safari will take you to many of Uganda’s birding sites including Semliki national park which is an extension of west African jungle that stretches all the way from equatorial guinea through Congo forming a habitat to more than 440 bird species for some 46 special guinea-Congo biome bird species that do not exist in any other areas of east Africa.

Kibale national park with 375 bird species including the rare, exclusive and beautiful great breast pitta. The park  contains the highest densities and diversity of primates in Africa of about 1500 chimpanzees.

From Kibale national park, we will visit Queen Elizabeth national park located in the south western part of Uganda a home to over 600 bird species like the papyrus Gonolek, pied kingfisher, and African fish eagle among others. The park is also a home of wildlife species including lions, chimpanzees, elephants, giant hogs, leopards, warthogs, bushbucks, water bucks, among others and primates like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and baboons

We will also undertake a gorilla tracking experience and seeing most unique birds of Uganda in Bwindi impenetrable national park it hosts over 350 bird species of which 23 are endemic to the Albertine rift eco system including the near-mythical, African green broadbill, handsome francolin, Rwenzori turaco, blue-headed sunbird and regal sunbird.

From Bwindi we proceed to Lake Mburo national park a beautiful savannah park that hosts more than 350 bird species including the red faced barbet which is only seen here and the endemic African finfoot.

This amazing birding safari ends with a canoe ride to Mabamba swamp on the edge of Lake Victoria (the largest lake in Africa) in search of the rare shoe bill, the most eagerly sought of all African birds

Day 1; Arrival

Day 2; Semliki national park

Day 3; Birding in Semliki national park

Day4; Birding in Semliki national park

Day 5; Transfer to Kibale national park

Day 6; Birding in Kibale national park

Day 7; Transfer to queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 8; Birding in Queen Elizabeth national park

Day 9; Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 10; Birding in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 11; Gorilla tracking in Bwindi

Day 12; Birding in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 13; Transfer to Lake Mburo national park

Day 14; Birding in Lake Mburo

Day 15; Morning walking safari and transfer back to Kampala

Day 16; Transfer to Mabamba swamp for a birding encounter.

Day 17; Departure

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival

On your arrival at Entebbe international airport, our guide will be waiting to give you a warm welcome to the pearl of Africa, brief you about the safari, and then transfer you to your hotel were you will relax and prepare for tomorrows adventure, have dinner and overnight.

Day 2

Transfer to Semliki national park

After a delicious breakfast, embark on a drive to fort portal through Bundibugyo to get to the park. The route is so scenic with the views of mountains of the moon plus plantations, you will have lunch en-route in fort portal the tourism city of Uganda. On your arrival, you will relax and embark on an afternoon birding expedition at the park entrance. Return for dinner and overnight.
Semliki national park is located in the western part of Uganda, it is a home to over 440 bird species and an extension of western African jungle that stretches all the way from equatorial guinea through Congo forming a special habitat for some special guinea Congo biome species that do not exist in other areas of east Africa these include; Maxwell’s black weaver, Black-wattled hornbill, Nkulengu rail, Congo serpent eagle, Blue-bellied malimbe, Gabon woodpecker, Spotted-breasted ibis, Black dwarf hornbill, Chestnut-flanked goshawk, Long tailed hawk among others.
The park is also famous for its primordial two hot springs the male (Bamaga) in a swimming pool form and the female (Nyansimbi) which has a boiling fountain jet. You will feel the change in the air as we walk along this trail looking for birds.

Day 3

Whole day birding in Semliki national park following Kirumia trail

We will start our day with a delicious breakfast (at around 7:30am), have our lunch packed and embark on a full day birding adventure exploring the magical Kirumia trail starting at 8:00am taking about 8hours.
This is a 13km trail passing through the middle of the forest towards the banks of river Semliki taking about 8 hours starting from Kirumia which is 8km from the park headquarters in Ntandi.
The first 4km as far as the first crossing of the river through the forest we will sight birds like African Piculet, long-tailed hawk, red-sided broad bill, black-faced Rufous warbler, lemon billed Crombec among others.
Among the 20-30 bird species associated with ox-bow lakes can be seen here like the Lyre tailed Honeyguide, Nkulengu rail, Spot-breasted ibis, Black-throated Coucal, Yellow-throated Coucal, Grant’s blue bill among others.
Retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Birding at Sempaya nature trail and Kirumia trail depending on yesterday’s results

Enjoy a delicious breakfast, have our lunch packed and embark on a full day birding safari in the Sempaya trail starting from Sempaya information centre to a cluster of the two hot springs the male (Bamaga) in a swimming pool form and the female (Nyansimbi) which has a boiling fountain jet. Birds that are seen here are the Black casqued wattled hornbill, Piping hornbill, Red-billed dwarf hornbill, blue breasted kingfisher, Red rumped tinker bird among others. Retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Transfer to Kibale national park

After taking a cup of tea in the morning, we drive to Kibale national park. We will arrive in the afternoon, relax a bit, have lunch and embark on our fascinating birding encounter in the Sebitoli sector. We will look out for special birds like African black duck, Toro olive and Cameroon somber green bulls, Brown-caped weaver, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Pink footed puff black, Great blue turaco, Black headed sunbird among others. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Kibale national park is a home to over 350 bird species, 6 of which are endemic to the region.

Day 6

Whole day birding adventure in Kibale national park

We will have our breakfast at 6:00am and transfer to Kanyachu area for the amazing birding experience. Our main avian target is the rare green-breasted pitta one of Africa’s ultimate avian prizes. As we search for these gorgeous birds, we will encounter other bird species like the African pitta, Abyssinian ground thrush, crowned eagle, dusky crimsoning, collared appalis, black-capped appalis, blue breasted kingfisher, brown-chested alethe among others.
We will have a picnic lunch in the forest and in the afternoon we go birding in the nearby community “Bigodi wetland” a home to over 200 bird species, 8 varieties of primates and numerous butterflies the main bird species here are the crowned eagle, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Dusky Crimsonwing, Abyssinian Ground thrush, Collared appalis, Purple breasted sunbird among others. Return for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Day 7

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

After having a cup of tea, we will embark on a journey to Queen Elizabeth national park in the south western part of Uganda. The drive is so scenic
On arrival, we will relax, have lunch and embark on a birding encounter at Mweya peninsular next to Kazinga channel to the far Lake Edward. We will sight birds like the African morning dove, grey headed kingfisher, swamp night jar, little bee eater, swift swallows, martins, Nubian woodpecker, swamp fly catcher among others. Return for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 8

Whole day birding

Start the day with a cup of tea and embark to Lake Kikorongo area for our birding adventure. This lake is an extension of Lake George and a habitat to water fowls like the knob billed duck, African jacana, palm nut vulture, yellow wagtail, sacred ibis, and black crake among others. Return for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, embark on a launch cruise on Kazinga channel where you will sight birds like the papyrus Gonolek, white winged tern, pied kingfisher, malachite kingfisher, white winged warbler, great swamp warbler and lesser swamp warbler among others. Return for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 9

Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park and an en-route Game drive/birding in Ishasha sector

Enjoy breakfast in the morning and transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park with an en-route game drive/birding safari in the Ishasha sector.
Ishasha sector is mostly known for tree climbing lions but it’s also a habitat to some bird species like the Palm nut vulture, Shoebill, Grey Kestrel, African green pigeon, African wattled plover, Cisticola, Martial eagle, African crowned eagle among others.
On arrival, we will settle for lunch and relax from the journey while we are preparing for next day’s activities. Have dinner in the evening and an overnight.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is found in the south western part of Uganda at the edge of a rift valley, it’s a rainforest covered with mist and it’s the oldest national park in Uganda. The park is known for its high concentration of mountain gorillas harboring almost half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and it’s a home to over 350 bird species of which 23 are endemic to the Albertine rift eco system including the near-mythical, African green broadbill, handsome francolin and Rwenzori turaco among others.

Day 10

Whole day birding in Bwindi impenetrable Buhoma sector

Enjoy your morning breakfast, have our lunch packed and embark on our birding adventure in Buhoma sector following the waterfall trail. Special species to look out for are the Handsome francolin, Bar-tailed Trogon, Black bee-eater, olive-long tailed cuckoo, dusky tit, northern double-collared sunbird, Grauer’s swamp warbler, sooty flycatcher, black faces Rufous warbler among others. Other wildlife that we will be fortunate to find include the black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest’s, blue and red-tailed monkey. Retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 11

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi

Have breakfast in the morning, you will be divided in group of 6, you will be assigned a gorilla family and start the trek. This is a once in a lifetime experience which you will to remember for the rest of your life. Once the gorillas are sighted, you will spend one hour which these gentle apes which are almost 3 times as bulky as average men, with luxuriant shaggy coat hair and are remarkably peaceful despite their fearsome appearance. What is more impressive is their unfathomable attitude to people which greatly differ from that of any other wild animal. And the biggest part of what makes a gorilla trek so special is that these apes are so closely related to humans (the difference in their DNA is about 1.6%)
The trekking is relatively tiresome s it takes 2-8 hours hiking on irregular terrain in order to find them. Strong footwear is essential. You will enjoy this remarkable experience standing a few meters from the gorillas watching them feed, play, bonding with their young ones. You will be so amused at how these gentle creatures have so much resembleness to human beings. You will return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and over night.

Day 12

Birding in Ruhija sector

After an early morning relaxed breakfast, we will go birding in the Ruhija sector for our superb birding adventure. We will either have a packed lunch or return to the lodge for lunch. In this sector we will look out for Ross’s turaco, brown-backed scrub-robin, red-throated wryneck bronze, copper and Holub’s golden weavers.
Further this road, we will pass via “the neck” a transitional area between Buhoma and Ruhija. It is well known as a birding site offering spectacular sights of black sparrow hawk, western bronze-napped pigeon, cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Cassin’s honey bird. Cultivated areas provide feeding opportunities for many seedeaters like dusky twin spot, yellow-bellied and black-crowned waxbill, African stonechat, thick-bellied seedeater and yellow crowned canary. We search for the noisy Chubb’s Cisticola providing cheerful song from deep within. We return for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 13

Transfer to Lake Mburo national park

After our delicious breakfast, we will pack our bags and embark on our journey to Lake Mburo national park driving through the magical kigezi highlands towards Lake Mburo national park taking us 4-5 hours. We will have an en-route lunch at Igongo cultural centre. We will arrive in the afternoon and do birding along the entrance road to Rwonyo in the late afternoon.
Lake Mburo national park is a superb wetland and acacia savannah park which is famous for birding together with 13 other lakes in the area 5 of these lakes lie within the park boarders.
The park is a home to more than 350 bird species including the Nubian woodpecker, blue-napped mouse bird, green-caped eremomela, giant kingfishers, yellow-throated leaflove, coquil francolin, and black-bellied bustard among others. The park is also a home to 68 mammal species including elands, plain zebra, and Rothschild’s giraffes, antelopes, spotted hyenas, hippos, topis among others.

Day 14

Birding and a launch cruise on Lake Mburo

After our morning breakfast, we will undertake a 4-5 hours birding encounter in the park. We will explore the savanna landscapes with a wide range of acacia associated birds. Retreat from the activity for lunch and relaxation.
In the afternoon, we will undertake a launch cruise on Lake Mburo where we will have opportunities of sighting other bird species and aquatic animals like hippos and crocodiles. Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 15

Morning walking safari and transfer back to Kampala

Start your day with a cup of tea and undertake a walking safari in the park. Lake Mburo national park is the only park where one can have a walking safari and get closer to the wildlife on foot since the park doesn’t have elephants and lions. You will see different wildlife species like impalas, Uganda kobs, giraffes, antelopes, elands and many more. Return to the lodge for lunch and after embark on a journey back to Kampala taking us about 3-4 hours. We will have a stopover at the equator for amazing photo shoots and water experiment that justifies the division between the northern and southern hemispheres. We will arrive in Kampala in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 16

Transfer to Mabamba swamp for a birding encounter.

After breakfast at around 6:00am we embark to our journey to Mabamba swamp a birding spot on the shores of the gorgeous Lake Victoria. The swamp is one of the most visited birding sites of Uganda; it’s a star attraction that not only draws birders but also general tourists. On reaching Entebbe “lake Victoria”, we will embark on a canoe ride to the swamp searching to see the rare shoebill at a closer range. We will also see other water birds like the African pygmy goose, lesser jacana, gull-bellied tern and many more, we will also see weavers like golden backed, slender-bellied, northern-brown throated and many more. Retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 17

Departure

With all the memories of birding adventures, mountain gorilla tracking experience and the wildlife encounter you will say goodbye to the pearl of Africa after having a delicious breakfast.
Our team will transfer you to Entebbe international airport to catch your departure flight.
Looking forward to seeing you and welcoming you back to the pearl of Africa.

  • Airport pick up and transfer
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Bottled water
  • Park entries
  • Guide and ranger fees
  • Gorilla permits
  • Activities

    Activities

    • Birding in Uganda’s finest birding sites which offer up to 1000 species and above
    • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park game drives and launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park
    • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park
    • Searching for the rare shoebill on a canoe ride in Mabamba swamp located on the shores of Lake Victoria
    • Searching for the rare green-breasted pita in Kibale national park
    • Discovering Bwindi’s fantastic montane forest birds; the 23 Albertine rift endemics
    • Walking safari in Lake Mburo national park
    • Game viewing during bird watching in Lake Mburo national park
    • Launch cruise in Lake Mburo national park
    • Photo shoots and water experiment at the Uganda equator
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Tips
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Potters
Please wait...

PRICES   ( $ ) per person

 

1 person

2 people

3-7 people

8-14 people

15+people

BUDGET 11574 USD 10996 USD 10822 USD 10706 USD 10417 USD

MID-RANGE

12510 USD 11885 USD 11697 USD 11572 USD 11259 USD

LUXURY

13508 USD 12833 USD 12630 USD 12495 USD 12158 USD

No Details Found