14 Days Birding Safari in Uganda
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It is every adventurer's heartbeat to spot the bird species of their choice, listen to the sweet melodies, and admire their captivating appearance. For that reason, we bring you the finest birding safari offer; very affordable, and worth a booking.
Within 14 days of birding safari in Uganda, you will visit Mabamba swamp, a renowned rapsar sight, Murchison falls national park; the world's most powerful waterfall, Budongo forest, Kibale national park; a primate world, semiliki national park-a birders haven, and Lake Mburo National Park. The activities to engage in an include boat cruise, game drive, photography, and Isunga cultural experience. The trip starts and ends in Kampala.
Day 1: Pickup
On this day, you will meet your driver-guide for an ultimate 14 days’ birding adventure in the different corners of the country. With a rewarding smile, you will be anchored with detailed information about Uganda, the destinations to be visited, and what to look out for at each passing time and day.
If time allows, you will return to enjoy an optional thrilling city tour around Kampala, before returning to the lodge for dinner and a nap.
Day 2: Full day of birding at Mabamba bay wetland
After enjoying a delicious breakfast meal at the lodge, you will exit to the lodge for a full day Birding adventure at Mabamba swamp, a true bird's haven, with a mixture of Kingfisher birds, the sought after shoebill stork and kingfishers among others.
As you sail on the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, you enjoy the cool breeze, watch locals carry on with their daily chores, and the birds playing or feeding by the lush swamps, and papyrus trees, followed by lunch. At sunset, you will return to the lodge for dinner and a nap.
Day 3: Transfer to Murchison Falls national park via ziwa Rhino sanctuary
When the last dot of tea is off your cup, join the driver guide for a captivating 5-6 hours’ drive to Murchison national park, with an en-route stopover for lunch, and a one-hour Rhino tracking. They belong to Africa's Big5 and are the only few still surviving in the counter.
Thereafter, the journey to the park proceeds, with late arrival in the park or your hotel. The day ends with dinner and a night stay.
Day 4: Game and afternoon boat cruise
You will start this day with a tasty cup of coffee, followed by a remarkable 3- 4 hours’ game drive through the savannah grassland in the northern sector of the park, hosting a profusion of prey and predators, birds, and primates among others.
Some of the notable residents here include; the crested cranes, the Egyptian geese, elephants, several antelope species, buffalos, warthogs, and giraffes among others. Thereafter, you will return to have a lunch break, after which a 3-4 hour rewarding afternoon boat cruise follows; a perfect opportunity of watching several birds who spend their lives in water, such as the kingfisher, and the sought after shoebill stock. Dinner and overnight mark the end of the day.
Day 5: Full day of birding within Budongo forest
Rising from a sweet slumber early morning, you will depart the lodge with packed lunch for a full day birding experienced at Budongo forest; one of the few places on earth where you can find very giant mahogany trees. Of over 350 bird species residing here, be sure to uncover as many species as the eye can give, and eyes can contain, notably; Hugli's Francolin, blue breasted kingfisher, chocolate backed kingfisher, and the dwarf kingfisher among others.
The sound and sights of avian species are remarkable and unforgettable, especially at the point when you are lost in capturing their appearance in the camera. At sunset, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Transfer to Kibale forest national park
After having a good time with the birds, waterfalls, and several mammals- prey and predators, you will great your intestines with a tasty breakfast meal, and then embark on a 6-7 hours’ drive to Kibale forest national park; Uganda primate world, but with an enroute lunch stopover in Hoima or Kagadi districts.
The drive comes with amazing breathtaking views, several plantations, and many more captivating types of scenery. Upon arriving at your lodge late in the evening, you will enjoy a lip-smacking dinner meal and calm overnight.
Day 7: Birding in Kibale forest, Isunga cultural community and a hike to top of the world
After breakfast, you will join other birders and the guide for briefing and document verification, followed by a 2-3 hours’ bird quest in Kibale forest; home to a profusion of birds - both migrants and those endemic to the Albertine region.
Thereafter, you will return to the lodge for lunch, followed by an afternoon Isunga cultural community experience and top of the world hike. Afterward, the sunset signals a safe return home for dinner and a nap.
Day 8: Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Semuliki National Park.
Start your day with a yummy breakfast meal, followed by an early morning transfer to the park headquarters for registration and pre-trekking briefing, which commences at about 8:00 am. The park rangers will help you navigate through the Jungle, marked by rare tree species, and covered by the echoes of several bird species and primates. Tracking lasts for approximately 1-6 hours, plus one extra hour of closely watching the chimps, and taking as many photos as possible.
Thereafter, you will return to the lodge for lunch and the transfer to Semliki national park; a true bird's haven, with over 20% of Uganda's unique bird species.
Day 9: Full day Birding experience
The day starts with a mouthwatering breakfast meal, and then a full day birding in a destination with over 60% of the countries bird species. Expect unforgettable sounds and appearances of several birds that you had never heard of or seen, residing at the swamps, riverbanks, and the lush forest. Nine hornbill species, Lyre-tailed honeyguide, spot-breasted Ibis, Sassi's Olive greenbelt, Red-thighed sparrow hawk are some of the Nile residents.
Day 10: Game drive and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Early in the morning, you will have breakfast fast, and then a rewarding game drive, to look out for the different mammals of your choice, such as the elephants, lions, leopards, warthogs, giraffes, and several antelope species among others.
Afterwards, you will check out of the lodge after a tasty Lunch meal and then drive to Lake Bunyonyi; second Switzerland in Africa; surrounded by over 27 unique islands, a good concentration of bird species. you will end this day with a delicious dinner meal and sleep.
Day 11: Full day birding and canoeing experience
At sunrise, you will greet your intestines with a delicious cup of coffee, followed by a full day birding experience, guided by an experienced park ranger. Over 250 birds' species call it home and flip their wings with excitement of the cool breeze emanating from the lake - one of the deepest in Africa.
The canoe experience exposes one to several bird species, trees and the islands shielding the lake. Dinner and a nap mark the end of the day.
Day 12: Transfer to Lake Mburo National park
After a tasty cup of coffee early morning, you will bid farewell to those who accommodated you for the previous days, and then embark on a scenic drive to Lake Mburo national park; one of the most rewarding safari destinations in the country. There will be an enroute stopover at the equator for Lunch and photography, before proceeding to the lodge for the final task of the day-dinner and a nap. The Equator crosses only 13 countries in the world, and watching the experiments done in it is magical.
Day 13: Game drive and Cultural encounter in Lake Mburo National park
On this day, you will enjoy a mouthwatering breakfast meal, Followed by a 3-4 hours’ game viewing experience in the different corners of the park. Several antelope species such as the waterbucks, Uganda kobs, and the impalas among others are dominant, though the elephants, the long-horned Ankole cows and buffaloes among others find pride in its palatable savanna grassland.
Lunch comes after the game drive, and then a remarkable cultural encounter at Igongo cultural center; a one-stop center for all the artifacts of the different cultures of western Uganda. The dances, songs, and stories offer the most perfect way of ending a safari.
Day 14: Departure
After waking up like a king, you will have a relaxed breakfast meal, followed by a departure for your next program or flight at Entebbe airport. You will have a remarkable lunch stopover at the equator for Lunch; watch the experts demonstrate geographical events at the equator and photography, marking the end of your 14-day birding safari in Uganda.
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