Uganda Birdwatching

16 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

A typical 4* holiday costs from

£9,250 per person

(Based on two people travelling. Low season can be cheaper, and peak season or 5* lodges can be substantially more expensive.)

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Day 1
Fly to Entebbe via your transiting destination.
Day 2
Fly onwards to Entebbe where you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.
Day 3
Transferring to Fort Portal, you pass villages, tea plantations and forests. Once settled you enjoy a walk around the local area for your first bird spotting opportunity.
Day 4
You travel to Semuliki National Park which is a rich forest habitat filled with a variety of bird species including the Piacpiac, hornbills, Kingfishers and the forest robin.
Day 5
At 06:00, you’ll start your drive to Semuliki wildlife reserve. Meet your site guide who will accompany you to the lake for a local boat ride in search of the graceful Shoebill. Later, transfer to Kibale National Park.
Day 6
Get ready for an amazing day as you leave for the forest early morning. We’ll use the early hours to search for the rare Green-breasted Pitta, one of the most difficult to find bird species. After lunch, you trek into the forest for 2 to 4 hours in search of chimps. Once you find them, you will spend an hour, watching them play, eat and doze; plenty of time to take memorable photos!
Day 7
This morning, you head to Bigodi wetlands, a successful community conservation initiative. This is home to a number of colourful birds and primates. Accompanied by a site guide, you enjoy a walk around the swamp in search of birds including the Great Blue Turaco. In the afternoon, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park.
Day 8
An early birding game drive will take you in search of classic birds of this park and big game in the kasenyi area. In the afternoon, you take a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel.
Day 9
You make your way to Bwindi via the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, in search of the tree climbing lions. You'll also be able to spot more local bird life.
Day 10
Early this morning you join your tracking group as you head out in search of the mountain gorilla's. Once done you travel on to the Ruhija section of Bwindi.
Day 11
After an early breakfast you head to the Mubwindi swamp in pursuit of the most difficult to see Albertine rift endemic birds.
Day 12
Leaving Bwindi, you travel south to Mgahinga National Park, home to a variety of Albertine Rift endemics as well as golden monkeys and a family of mountain gorillas.
Day 13
Mgahinga is one of the birding destinations in the Albertine region that presents a good checklist of the Albertine endemics. You have the opportunity to search for some of the special birds including the rare Shelley’s Crimsonwing.
Day 14
Your journey ends at Lake Mburo, one of Uganda's smallest but most interesting parks. This afternoon, you head out on a birding and safari game drive.
Day 15
Your morning starts with a boat trip on Lake Mburo where you have the opportunity of spotting some of water inhabitting birds. This afternoon, you have at your complete leisure to unwind after your birding and wildlife adventure.
Day 16
Leaving Lake Mburo early, you head towards Entebbe airport via the Equator, stopping for a photo and some craft shopping.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Uganda is a birders paradise with over 1073 recorded bird species making up 50% of Africa’s bird species and 11% of the world’s species. These birds are spread across a relatively small territory (roughly the size of Britain) making it easy to spot many varieties of birds in one trip.  There are countless birding locations around Uganda including national parks (NP), Important Birding Areas (IBAs), Albertine Rift Valley, lakes and swamps, forests, savanna grassland, woodland, mountains and rivers. This itinerary covers the majority of this and will provide you with the best opportunity for ticking off a long list of birds you may not see anywhere else.

If you are limited on time and/ or budget, then we can tailor the itinerary to focus on just a few areas for your birding experience.

1 night Entebbe – 2 nights Fort Portal – 2 nights Kibale National Park – 2 nights Queen Elizabeth National Park – 1 night Bwindi (Buhoma) – 2 nights Bwindi (Ruhija) – 2 nights Mgahinga National Park – 2 nights Lake Mburo

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