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 or Sophie’s Motel in Entebbe.
Day 2: Botanical Gardens and Mabamba Swamp
After an early 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 or Sophie’s Motel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: The marvelous Murchison Falls
After breakfast, drive northwest to the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for a nature walk with to see the rhinos in the wild. Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest protected area in Uganda, with 3.840 Kms, which is named after the falls on the Victoria Nile, which divides the park in two sectors. Relax a bit at a situated site on the top of the spectacular falls, where you can see the Nile’s perfected beauty, and marvel as it compresses and squeezes itself from over 1 kilometer wide down through an 8 meter canyon. The 43 meter drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in a plume of spray – the best thing to ever happen to the Nile. Lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a game drive on the Northern bank where you will be able to spot elephants, lions, cape buffalos, Rothschild’s giraffes, hartebeests, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and, if you are lucky, leopards. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (C) or Red Chili Rest Camp (B).
Day 4: The boat cruise on the river Nile
After a cup of tea, embark on an early morning game drive in the park. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax at the swimming pool side. After lunch, you will ride upstream by boat on the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls just ten meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron.” There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometer stretch you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat of many bird species including goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hombills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork. Return to Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Fort Portal at the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon
After breakfast drive from Murchison Falls Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the Western Rift Valley. We ensure that you have packed lunch, drive through Hoima, the town of the Bunyoro kindgom, passing though verdant countryside, tea plantations and traditional homesteads. You arrive in the colorful and pretty town of Fort Portal, the capital of the Tooro kingdom, in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” (Rwenzori). Dinner and overnight at Mountains of the Moon Hotel(C) or Nyinabulitwa Crater resort (B).
Day 6 Kibale National Park
Early morning departure for the chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park. This is a rainforest which hosts over 9 species of primates, including chimpanzee, red colubus, black and white colobus, grey-cheeked Mangaby and red-tailed monkey. Among other birds you find here Scaly Francolin, Marsh Tchagra, Black-bellied Seedcracker, Green-backed Twinspot, Bicoloured Mannikin, White-naped Pigeon, Afep Pigeon, Narina’s Trogon, Joyful Greenbul, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater and many others. Have lunch at Tinka’s Homestead.
In the afternoon 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.
It is also known for its night game drive that rewards you with nocturnal dwellers like the white tailed mongoose and slender mongoose, standard and pennant winged nightjars, cats, hyenas, leopards and many more. This is the only place in Uganda where you can do a spot lit night drive. Dinner and overnight at Semliki Lodge.
Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast an early breakfast you go for a game drive in the parkafter which you depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Have a game drive en-route to the peninsula. After lunch, enjoy the unique two hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip goes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many other animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (C) o Simba Safari Camp (B).
Day 8: 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 Imaramagambo Forest and Ishasha sector. Have a game drive in ishasha to view the tree climbing lions, typical of this area of Uganda. Dinner and overnight in Bwindi Gorilla resort.
Day 9: Gorilla Tracking
After break fast, there is an early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary of Bwindi Forest. The rainforest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily forested and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for tourists. This park is best known for the fascinating mountain gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Gorilla Resort (C) or Buhoma Community (B).
Day 10: Gorilla Tracking
After break fast, there is an early morning re-entry into the gorilla sanctuary of Bwindi Forest. The rainforest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily forested and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for tourists. This park is best known for the fascinating mountain gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. After the tracking, proceed to Kabale for dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages.
Day 11: The wonderful Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast go for a boat ride on the lake around the various islands for bird viewing and sight seeing. Visit the Bakiga Museum. Lunch. After lunch, you will drive go to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest in Uganda in size. Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge (C) or Agip Motel (B) in Mbarara.
Day 12: Lake Mburo National Park
Go for a morning game drive in search of the beautiful impalas, zebras, cape buffalos, elands, oribi and topi. Along with the game drive, many visitors also enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo. The park is a very good opportunity for bird watchers, who will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found here, including Papyrus gonoleks, Brown-faced lapwings, Carruther’s cisticolas, the extraordinary White winged Warbler and Bare-faced Go-away bird. Return to Kampala for dinner and overnight at Cassia Lodge (C) or Holiday Express (B).
Reserved for departure
Tariff per person:
The tariff includes:
– Accommodation in hotels or lodge/bandas, in double room, full board treatment, included soft drinks for the meals
– All the transfer in private means 4×4 ordinary Land Cruiser or minibus
-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.
– Extra drinks and tips.
– Everything not directly mentioned in the programme itinerary.