Gorillas, Wildlife and Birding, 9 days
The Uganda Birding Mabamba Kibale ,Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Gorilla (9 days )
Morning will be picked from your hotel in Kampala. Drive heading to Mabamba sanctuary to carryout birding at Mabamba near lake Victoria looking for the elusive and famous shoe bill plus many more species of water logged Mabamba Wetland – famous for shoebill and other avian species 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 Weave plus migratory birds.. After lunch will drive and proceed to Fort Portal or Kibale Forest National Park. Overnight will be Ndali lodge or at Toro Resort.
Morning take a natural walk birding. (primate walk tracking chimpanzees requires a top up of USD 100 per chimpanzee permit to track chimps) in the Kibale forest national park. Afternoon take nature walk in Bigodi swamp exploring different community projects, birding and seeing other primates. The day will be spent birding in the forest and the environs , specialties include white tailed Ant-thrushes, purple headed glossy starling, brown Illadopsis, green Breastedpitta, white napped pigeon, Mashed Apalis, Toro olive green bul, blacked billed turaco, buff spotted woodpecker and green crombec dinner and overnight. ( Here there is community project of Bigodi Swamp an eco tourism project that involve communities when they were persuaded to leave the forest , they are involved in income generating project s crafts making, environment protection and do birding training guides to sensitize the importance of birds in their environment).
After breakfast be driven to take short walk nature walk exploring different areas as you proceed to Queen Elizabeth. Lunch will be in Kasese town . Evening game drive looking for different habitats of the rift valley endemics. An excellent variety of birds can be seen and these include the pelicans, skimmers, kingfishers, think knees, storks, martins, swallows, weavers, canaries, kits, and many grassland specialties. Evening birding is usually productive. Dinner and overnight at Mweya saafrai lodge or Institute Hostel.
Morning will do game drive looking for wildlife while also birding . Afternoon take boat cruise on Kazinga channel looking for many water birds. This channel harbors many bird species and the park boasts of over 600 species. This whole day birding will be done in Queen Elizabeth National Park. An early morning game drive in the open savannah makes very ideal for savannah birds. In the afternoon, a launch cruise will be taken on the Kazinga Channel that connects lakes of George and Edward, is among the best known regions for its high diversity of bird species. Special birds include African skimmer, Green Backed Heron, African spoonbill, African crake, water think knee, three banded plover, marsh, green, wood and common Sandpipers, gray headed gull, plain Martin lesser swamp-Warbler and Yellow-billed Ox-pecker. Dinner and overnight.
Morning take natural walk birding different habitats and later proceed to Bwindi National park famous for gorilla tracking stopping for picnic lunch. Overnight will be at lake Kitandar tented camp/ Buhoma Community Bandas .
Bwindi is famous for different endemics .Morning and afternoon will be dedicated to birding. ( gorilla tracking will call for top up of USD 500 per person). Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is prominently know for the endangered mountain gorillas, however this park boosts a number of special bird species such as Red-throated Alethe, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Montane Masked Apalis, Neumann’s Warbler and Rwenzori Batis. Other non-endemic specials include Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Dusky Tit, Black Bee-eater, White-bellied Robin-chat and Sooty Flycatcher as well as hole-nesting Waller’s and Narrow-tailed Starlings in the dead tree snags. The Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black-necked Weaver, Lühder’s Bush-shrike and Bar-tailed Trogon will be spotted, Toro-Olive Greenbul, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher and Western Bronze-naped Pigeon, Collared Apalis, Rwenzori Hill Babbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Dusky Crimsonwing, Archer’s Robin-chat, Regal Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Dwarf Honeyguide and many others. Mythical African Green Broadbill, Graur’s Rush Warbler and Carruther’s Cisticola. Rewnzori Nightjar, Scarce swift, Bar tailed Trogon, cinnamon Chested bee eater, red chested owlet, olive thrush, white tailed ant thrush among others can also be seen here. Dinner and overnight at Ruhija .( will overnight Buhoma instead of going to Ruhija if your will decide to track gorillas).
Can track gorillas on this day and if yesterday will do birding. OR this will be another day of exploring Bwindi and other different habitats outside the park but famous for bird species. Afternoon Transfer to Ruhija. Dinner and overnight at Ruhija camp .
Take nature walk in Bwindi Forest/ Mu Bwindi swamps watching birds and other primates that share this forest with gorillas. The star attractions here are Collared Apalis, Rwenzori Hill Babbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Dusky Crimsonwing, Archer’s Robin-chat, Regal Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Dwarf Honeyguide and many others. The trail to Mubwindi Swamp promises to reveal some of the most difficult of all rift-endemics including the mythical African Green Broadbill. Mubwindi Swamp holds Graur’s Rush Warbler and Carruther’s Cisticola. After will drive to lake Mburo Mburo national park also park famous for many bird species. Overnight at Mantana safari lodge or Rwonyo camp. If time allows will do some birding along the lake on arrival. Dinner and overnight at Rwonyo camp.
Morning will take game drive of natural walk looking for many bird species. Then do a Boat ride on lake Mburo also watching different bird species. This Park contains extensive area of wetlands. Lake Mburo National park harbours several species of mammals including Zebras, Impalas, elands, topi and buffaloes. Track at kigambira Loop to look for savanna and Acacia woodland species including Blue-naped Mousebird, Spot-flanked Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Northern Black Tit, Red-headed Lovebird, Green-capped Eremomela, Ross’ Turaco and the highly sought-after Red-faced Barbet. Other bird population here includes green backed collared barbets, white winged warbler, Papyrus yellow warbler, carruthers, Cisticola, Papyrus Gonoleka, Yellow Billed Oxpecker and Northern Brown throated weaver.After be driven to Kampala stopping on the way for lunch , stop at the Equator crossing
for memorable photo shooting and proceed to the to Kampala/ Entebbe by 18.00hrs.
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