25 Days Uganda Birding

25 DAYS OF BIRDING IN UGANDA

ug15With about 1043 bird species, it is impossible to see all of the birds in Uganda in one visit, but the 25 day birding safari with Insight safari holidays gets you as close as you could ever possibly get to that goal.

Here’s how you will spend those 25 days:

Day 1

Day 1 is simply set aside for your arrival. You could do some birding at the Entebbe botanical center or Uganda Wildlife Educational Center, but that depends on your time of arrival.

Day 2

Mabamba Wetlands

If you are looking to see the elusive and yet popular shoebill stork, Mabamba is the place to go. This is where you will be birding on the morning of day 2. apart from the shoebill, there are birds such as the Blue breasted bee-Eater, Carruther`s Cisticola, The Black-Chested, Brown and western Banded Snake Eagles, he African and Lesser Jacanas, the White-faced and Fulvous Whistling Ducks and many others.

Afterwards, you will set off for Lake Mburo National Park with some short birding stops, and some photography and briefing at the equator.

 

Day 3

Lake Mburo National Park

A full day of birding in the park. Birds such as the brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Harlequin and Blue Quails, Common Button Quail, White-headed and Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Blue-napped Mousebird, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared, and the Grey Woodpeckers, Trilling, Stout, and Wing-snapping Cisticolas, Red-necked spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Black-winged Bishop, Chubb’s, Carruther’s and a number of other Cisticolas, are some of what you will see. You can do some birding as you enjoy a boat ride on the lake.

 

 

 

Day 4 & 5

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

On day four, you will move on to Mgahinga Gorilla National park in Kisoro.

You will spend the night in one of the lodges or hotels in the area.

The next day, you have a full day of birding in Mgahinga. There is a number of montane habitats whee you will find birds such as the Kivu Ground Thrush, the Purple-breasted Sunbirds, Archer`s Robin chat, The cinnamon Bracken and Mountain Yellow Warblers,T the Purple-breasted Sunbirds, Archer`s Robin chat, The cinnamon Bracken and Mountain Yellow Warblers.

 

Day 6-9

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi impenetrable national park is not only home to mountain gorilla but also to over 340 different bird species. There are a number of famous spots in Bwindi one of them is Ruhija.

Ruhija is your first stop as you enjoy birding in Bwindi. Ruhija has the Handsome Francolin, Strange Weaver, Shelley’s and Dusky Crimson-wings, the darling African Green Broadbill, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, White-browed Crombec, White-naped Raven, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Sharp’s Starling, Mountain masked and Rwenzori Apalises and many more.

The next day, you will make your way to Mubwindi. Birding here is just as exciting. Expect to see some Red-headed Malimbe, Grey-headed Sparrow, Waller’s Starling, Stuhlmann’s starling, Montane Oriole, Many Coloured Bush Shrike, Bocage’s Bush Shrike, Brown Crowned Tchagra, Pink Footed Puffback, Ludher’s Bush-shrike, Mountain Illadopsis, Rwenzori Night jar and many other birds species.

Next stop is Buhoma. Here, be on the look out for the Yellow-billed and yellow-spotted Barbets, the African and Black-and-white Shrike-flycatchers, Common Stonechat, Brown-caped Weaver, Equatorial Akalat, Slaty Flyacatcher, White-bellied Robin-Chat, White-tailed Antithrush, Cape Wagtail, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler,Black-throated Apalis, Brown-throated and Chestnut Wattle-eyes.

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi requires an entire day, and that is what day 9 is for.

You will get a chance to see these magnificent sought after creatures in their natural habitat. You can be sure that you will see some interesting birds as you track the gorillas.

There are some other primates in Bwindi. These include chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, olive baboons, etc. A gorilla tracking permit in Uganda goes for $500.

 

Day 10 & 11

Queen Elizabeth National Park

On day 10, you will travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park . QENP has a variety of bird life it definitely well worth a visit for every birding enthusiast.

You will enjoy exploring what the park has to offer by wy of bird life. Species such as African Wattled Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Black-winged Stilt, Water Thick-knee, Collared Pratincole, the Grey-headed, Black-headed and Slender-billed Gulls, he African Thrush, Ruppell’s Long-tailed Sterling, Black-headed Gonolek, Slender-billed Weaver, Little Weaver, the Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, African Morning Doves, the Winding, Croacking and Zitting Cisticolas,Black-headed Weaver, are some of what you will see as you trail through the birding trails in the park, and also enjoy a boat ride on Kazinga Channel.

Day 12-14

Kibale National Park Forest

After QENP you will move on to Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest National Park is primarily a primate destination. It has a large population of chimpanzees and several other primates such as blue and red tailed monkeys, and the black and white colobus monkeys. However it also has an impressive population and variety of birds species.

Some of the birds you can expect to see in the park include; Brown Illadopsis, Brown-capped Weaver, Brown-chested Alethe, Black-headed Oriole, African Emerald Cuckoo,African Green-pigeon, Black-crowned Tchagra, African Wood Owl, Black-headed Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, African Citril (Western Citril),Black-throated Apalis, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Black Bee-eater, Black Cuckoo and the Black Cuckoo-shrike.

On day 14, you can opt to go chimpanzee tracking rather than birding. You will have a full day and a good time either way.

 

 

 

 

Day 15 &16

Semiliki Valley National Park

On day 15,You will do some more birding in Kibale forest in the morning, and then move on to Semiliki Valley National Park

the next day, you will enjoy along the Kirumia trail. There are some bird species here that are predominantly Central African and cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa except in Kirumia.

Bird species in Semiliki valley include; Congo Serpent Eagle, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, the Nkulengu Rail, long-tailed Hawk, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Red-eyed Puffback, White-tailed Robin-Chat, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Capped Wheatear, Common Stonechat, Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, Oberlaender’s Ground-Thrush,Blue Swallow, White-throated Swallow, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Spotted Greenbul and White-starred Robin.

Definitely a day of birding well spent.

Day 17 &18

From Semiliki to Fort Portal

in the morning of day 17, you will most probably do some more birding in Semiliki trying to find and see some birds that you might not have seen the day before.

After wards you will set off for fort portal, where you will spend the night as you prepare for birding in Murchison falls National Park.

Early the next morning you will go for a game drive and birding in Murchison falls NP. Birds such as the African Pygmy Kingfishers, House Martin, African Rock Martin, Lesser Stripped Swallow, Ethiopian Swallow,White-fronted Black Chat, Sooty Chat, Tropical Boubou, the Grey-crowned and Black-crowned Tchagras, Yellow-rumped and Yellow-fronted Tinkerbirds,Nubian Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Black Scimitarbill, Foxy Cisticola, Black Bishop, the Northern and Black-winged Red Bishops, are some of what you will see in this park. You can also enjoy a boat ride on the Victoria Nile. During the boat ride, you might see birds such as the shoebill stork, Black-crowned Crane, Southern Pochard, The Egyptian, African Pygmy, ed-knobbed Coot, African Water Rail, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, and many others.

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Day 20 & 21

Birding to Budongo Forest

Budongo forest is very rich with wildlife and it is the next birding destination after you exhaust the birding opportunities in Murchison falls NP. You will travel to Budongo forest reserve to continue your Uganda birding adventure.

In Budongo you will start off with birding in the Kaniyo Pabide section which is blessed with a variety of bird species.

The next day will be a full day of birding in Budongo forest along The Royal mile and some of the other tracks and birding trails in the forest. Birds to look out for include; the Puvel’s Illadopsis and Nahan’s Francolin, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Lemon-bellied Crombec, African Moustached Warbler, Green-backed Eremomela, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, African Citril, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Red-headed Weaver, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Purple Starling, Lesser Grey Shrike, Western Violet-backed Sunbird and many more.

You will spend the night is your lodge and go for birding in the Lake Bisina area the next day.

 

Day 22 & 23

Lake Bisina

Lake Bisina is known for being home to uganda’s only endemic species- the fox weaver. You will of course see other species of birds, but the fox weaver is by far the most notable.

 

Day 24 & 25

Mabira Forest

As your birding safari comes to a close, we will you birding in Mabira forest on your way back o Kampala. This forests has over 315 bird species giving you quite the variety of species, which makes for interesting and exciting birding.

Birds you might see include; Hawk-eagle, White-spotted Flufftail, Afep Pigeon, Grey Parrot, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Sabine’s Spinetail,Forest Woodhoopoe, African Pied Hornbill, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Speckled Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, African Shrike-flycatcher, Jameson’s and Chestnut Wattle-eyes, Forest Robin, Fire-crested Alethe, Uganda Birding Safari of Mabira Forest and Nahan’s Francolin which is on the list of endangered species.

After wards you will make your way to Kampala and to Entebbe airport and head home. 25 days of birding well spent!

 

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