Day 1:

On the arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will meet our representative who will take you for dinner and overnight at Lake Victoria Windsor Hotel in Entebbe.

Day 2: Botanical Gardens and Mabamba Swamp

After breakfast, you will start birding around the botanical gardens. Look out for Slender-billed Weaver, Brown-throated Weaver¸ Golden-backed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Grey-headed Gull, Long-tailed Cormorant, Common Squacco Heron,Yellow-billed Duck, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatcher, Broad-billed Roller, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Splendid Glossy Starling, Black-headed Gonolek, Orange Weaver, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Red-chested Sunbird, Ross’s Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Open-billed Stork, Great Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Grey-capped Warbler and many others. After lunch at the hotel proceed for Mabamba Swamp and board the canoe for the best tour of the swamp. You can find the Shoebill stork, Swamp Flycatcher, Purple Swamphen, African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African Pygmy-goose, White-faced Whistling-duck, Squacco Heron, Goliath Heron, Black Crake and many more birds. Return to Lake Victoria Windsor Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Budongo Forest

After breakfast drive to Budongo Forest, one of the main birding sanctuaries in Uganda. After lunch in Masindi Hotel, go for afternoon and evening birding and look out for the White-crested Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, White-crested Helmet-shrike, Bat Hawk, Black-shouldered Nightjar, White-crested Turaco, Crowned Eagle and African Wood-owl. Dinner and overnight at Nyabyeya Guest House in Budongo.

Day 4: Budongo Forest

In the second day after an early breakfast start birding at the Royal Mile. You will look for the rare Nahan’s Francolin, Banded Snake-eagle, African Pied Hornbill, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Black Bishop, Brown Twinsport, Black-bellied Firefinch, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, White-thighed Hornbill, Yellow-billed Barbet, Spotted Greenbul, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Slender-billed Greenbul, Black-capped Apalis, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Green Hylia, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Forest Flycatcher, Fire-crested Alethe, Yellow Longbill, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Crowned Eagle, Yellow-footed Flycatcher, African Dwarf Kingfisher. Packed lunch. Dinner and overnight at Nyabyeya Guest House.

Day 5 and Day 6 Kibale National Park

Early departure for tracking chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest, before heading to Kibale National Park. This is a rainforest that is home to over 9 species of primates, including chimpanzees, red colubus, black and white colobus monkeys, gray-cheeked and red-tailed monkey ManGaby. Other birds found here Scaly Francolin, Marsh Tchagra, Black-bellied Seedcracker, Green-backed Twinspot, bicolor model, white-naped Pigeon, AFEP Pigeon, Narina trogon, the Joyful Bulbul, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black Bee -eater and many others. A nature walk to wetlands ecotourism site Bigodi Sanctuary is rewarding. It is home to the Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Scaly-throat Honeyguide and Black-faced Warbler roux. Lunch is included. Dinner and overnight at Rujuna Hilltop Guest House.

 

Day 7 and 8 Semliki National Park

From Fort Portal drive to Semliki National Park, one of the top destination for birding in Uganda. The forest along river Semliki is home to Spot-breasted Ibis, Northern Bearded Scrub-robin, Capuchin Babbler, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Yellow-throated Green Cuckoo, White-bellied Kingfisher, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Black-winged Oriole, Red-eyed Puffback, Crested and Red-bellied Malimbe, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Zenker’s Honeyguide and African Piculet. Dinner and first overnight at Semliki Lodge, have an evening game drive .

Day 8: Semliki National Park.

Whole day birding in the forest, Kirumira trail has become the most popular trail for its richness in the diversity of bird species. Second night back to Fort Portal at Mountains of The Moon Hotel.

Day 9 Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast you depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. This Park records over 550 bird species. The one-day record in this Park is 296, which is one of the highest in the world. After lunch go for the boat cruise along Kazinga Channel, where the concentration of water birds and photographs is extraordinary. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 10: Game drive in the park and Ishasha sector

After early cup of coffee, you start birding early morning in the open savannah for birds like the Temminck’s Courser, Martial Eagle, Rupell’s Griffon Vulture, then return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Maramagambo Forest and Ishasha sector. Dinner and overnight in Bwindi Gorilla Resort.

 

 

Day 11: Bwindi Forest

In the early morning you can hear the songs of the Snowy-capped Robin-chat, Luehder’s Bush-shrike and the Grey-capped Warbler while having breakfast. You will spend the whole day birding in Bwindi Forest, one of the most interesting ecosystems in Africa for the concentration of biodiversity. Over 350 bird species are recorded. These include Red-throated Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Grey-throated Barbet, Black Bee-eater, Forest Robin, Montane Oriole, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Pettit’s Cuckooshrike, Black-faced Rufous Warbler and many more. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Ruhija in southern Bwindi

Depart to reach Ruhiija in the south of the forest. One has to be prepared to walk on steep mountain tracks. Ruhiija section of Bwindi offers premier high altitude birding in Uganda. Bird watching in Ruhiija makes Bwindi qualify as the best birding spot in Africa – ranked by members of the African Bird Club. It is here that the most sought-after endemics of the Albertine Rift in Uganda are found. As we move up to Ruhiija, the high altitude section of Bwindi, we pass through the Neck, an excellent birding area in its own right which we will explore as we go along. Roadside birding to Ruhiija provides excellent chances of encountering Black Bee-eater, Augur Buzzard, Handsome Francolin, Red-throated Wryneck, Archer’s Robin Chat, Collared Apalis, Bronze Sunbird, Scarce Swift, Black Saw-wing, Cassin’s Grey and White-eyed Slaty Flycatchers, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Toro Olive Greenbul, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Many-coloured Bush-shrike, Ruwenzori Batis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Yellow Bishop, Collared Apalis, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Stripe-breasted Tit, White-naped Raven, Strange and Baglafecht Weaver, Dusky Crimson-Wing, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Black-and-White Mannikin, the rare Dusky Twinspot, Streaky Seedeater, Archer’s Robin-chat, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Lagden’s Bush-shrike, Dusky Crimsonwing and Shelley’s Crimsonwing. Other high elevation species occurring here are Olive Pigeon, White-starred Robin, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler and Mountain Illadopsis. Dinner and overnight at the Ruhiija Campsite.

Day 13:  Birding to Mubwindi Swamp

After breakfast we head for a whole day birding to the Mubwindi Swamp. The 4km trail to Mubwindi Swamp drops from 2350m to 2050 m and is the best place for some of the most difficult to find of all rift endemics including Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill the beautiful Regal Sunbird and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Mubwindi Swamp is home to Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori Apalis and African Hill Babbler sometimes treated as a separate species Rwenzori Hill Babbler, the rare and localized Grauer’s Scrub-Warbler and Carruthers’ Cisticola. Other very difficult to see species include: Fraser’s Eagle-Owl, African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Purple-breasted, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds, Grauer’s Broadbills, Eastern Mountain-Greenbul, Strange Weaver, Black-headed Waxbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, White-headed Woodhoopoe, Waller’s Starling, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Ludher’s Bush-shrike Handsome Francolin and Montane Nightjar. Proceed to Kabale for dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages.

Day 14:  L. Bunyonyi

After breakfast go for a boat ride on the lake for bird viewing. Have lunch. Proceed to L. Mburo with dinner and overnight at Mantana Tented Camp.

Day 15:  Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, enjoying birding in the swampy area and Lake Mburo. You will hear the songs of Morning Dove, Dideric Cuckoo, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-headed Weaver and Ring-necked Dove. Among other you will go searching for Brown-chested Lapwing, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black-bellied Bustard, Helmeted Guineafowl, Coqui Francolin, Rufous-napped Lark plus many raptors. In the evening transfer to Kampala for dinner and overnight.

Day 16:

 

Reserved for the airport transfer or extensions.

 

 

 

Tariff Per person (using one vehicle without pop roof)

 

-USD 5560 per person when 2 persons

-USD 4520 per person when 4 persons

-USD 4170 per person when 6 persons

-USD 4050 per person when 8 persons

-USD 3940 per person when 10 persons

-USD 3870 per person when 12 persons

 

Tariff per person (using two vehicles with pop roof )

 

-USD 4440 per person when 8 persons

-USD 4255 per person when 10 persons

-USD 4135 per person when 12 persons

 

The tariff includes:

-Airport transfer

– Full board accommodation in hotels or lodge/bandas, in double room, excluding drinks

– All the transfer in private means 4×4

-English speaking Birding Driver/Guide

– Entrance fees, taxes and “gorilla permit”

 

 

The tariff does not include:

– Air ticket.

– Tourist insurance

– Entrance visas: 50 USD directly from Entebbe Int. Airport.

– All drinks and tips.

– Everything not directly mentioned in the programme itinerary.

 

 

Terms and Conditions

 

RESERVATIONS

We require a 40% deposit of the total tour cost upon confirmation of the safari in low season period and to secure gorilla permits.

In peak seasons from July to September we require a deposit of 50% of the total tour cost for the clients to safeguard the reservations.

The balance 2 weeks prior to the arrival.

For bookings coming one month before departure we shall require the full payment of the tour costs.

The payment is made by international money transfer to the company bank account in Uganda.

 

CANCELLATIONS

– All cancellation penalties depend on the number of days before tour departure:

Before 60 days:                           Full refund

Between 60 days and 30 days:  Refund of 70% of the deposit

Less than 29 days:                     No refund

– There is no refund of any unused portion of your safari once commenced.

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

– Tour tariffs are based on all known costs and rates of exchange at the time of the transfer, any significant changes beyond our will be immediately communicated to our clients.

– We also retain the right to alter any arrangements due to local conditions. We also retain the right to refuse any person from participating or continuing any tour if that person causes or is deemed to cause hazard or inconvenience to other clients and to our environment and ecosystems.

– Please note that in Uganda US dollar banknotes series before year 2000 are accepted only with a low exchange rate, therefore clients are advised to travel to Uganda with more recent banknotes series.  The same applies to banknotes below 50 USD.

 

 

Contact Acacia Safaris:

 

Plot 351 Balintuma Road

P.O. Box 29493

Kampala, Uganda

Tel. +256 414 253597 or +256 712 673951

E-mail: info@acaciasafari.co.ug

Website: www.acaciasafari.co.ug

 

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