Arrival and overnight at Entebbe, Travelers Inn/Entebbe Golf View Inn, Lake victoria hotel
Day 2: Early morning transfer to Mabamba for the Shoebill.
Leave Entebbe in the early morning at 6:30 and drive 1½ hrs the 35 km (bad road) to go birding the Mabamba Swamp, where you will be paddled in a canoe to search for the mighty Shoebill among others.
Also look out for other birds like Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Bee-eater etc. Leave Mabamba at 1 o’clock, bird your way to lake Mburo NP via Equator for photographs. Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo rock/ Mantana Tented camp/Mihingo Lodge/Lake Mburo Safari lodge
Day 3: Transfer to Ruhizha (Bwindi NP)
Early morning drive to Ruhizha ( Bwindi Northern sector) with stops for birding. Dinner and overnight at Tavern cottages/Community Bandas, Ruhizha Gorilla lodge
Day 4: Whole day Bird Mubwindi Swamp, Ruhizha Area (Bwindi NP).
After early breakfast we leave the camp at 6:30 am. We walk down with packed lunch to Mubwindi Swamp for a whole day birding, looking for specials like Black-billed Turaco, Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Green-Broadbill, Mountain Greenbul, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-throated Apalis and many more. Dinner and overnight as above
Day 5: Transfer to Buhoma
Depart for Buhoma via the neck birding en-route for species like Tambourine Dove, Black bee-Eater, Mountain Wagtail, Toro Olive-Greenbul, White-starred-Robin, Strange Weaver, Dusky Twin Spot, Grauer’s Warbler, Black bee-eter, Red Throted Wryneck among others.We will be birding through farmland, forest edge and forest Habitats. We shall do a short village walk around Buhoma area after arrival for Magpie Mannikin in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Bwindi View Bandas/ Engagi lodge/Mahogany lodge/ Silverback lodge
Day 6: Whole day birding at Buhoma, Bwindi National Park.
To enter the Park is only allowed at 8:00 am. There will be time to bird around the camp before 8 o’clock. Look for Chapin’s Flycatcher, Short-tailed Warbler, White-bellied Robin-chat, Petit’s Cuckoo Shrike and other middle altitude forest birds that we would have missed in other forests. Dinner and overnight as above.
Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
After briefing at 8:00 am, you will visit the higher elevation forest, one of the world’s great natural treasures providing home to mountain Gorillas. If you come early, we can do some birding in the village looking for Red-chested Flufftail and probably the Bat Hawk. Lunch, dinner and overnight as above.
Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP
Early morning transfer to Queen Elizabeth N.Park via Ishasha and we shall have our lunch on the way. At Ishaha, we shall see a variety of Game including climbing lions, Elepahnts Buffaloes
and other game. Having reached in the evening , we shall bird around the hotel on arrival in the evening for species like Blue quail, African Crake, Ross’s Turaco, Jackson’s Pipit, Red-headed lovebird, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Black bee-eater,White-backed,Lappet Faced,Ruppel’s,White headed,Palmnut Vultures,Martial,Wahlbergs,Weterh Bandedsneck , Fish Egales, Shining Blue King fisher and other birds . Dinner and overnight at Bush Lodge/ Mweya Safari lodge/ Kingfisher lodge/ Kyambura lodge/ Katara lodge.
Day 9: Bird Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Leaving the lodge at 6:30.Early morning game drive and birding . Lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon gofor the launch (boat) trip on the Kazinga Channel , to see a variety of wildlife, hundreds of hippos, crocodile and bird life from a boat. Look out for birds like Pelicans, Green-backed Heron, Yellow-billed Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Martial Eagle, Common Button Quail, Senegal Plover, and Sunbirds among others. Dinner and Overnight as above
Day 10: Transfer to Semuliki N.P
After breakfast we will transfer to Semliki birding en-route through QENP and the northern side of Rwenzori Mountains that are dry Savanna woodland and later bird along the edge of the Park later check in at the lodge in evening. Dinner and overnight at Rain bow camp/ Park Bandas
Day 11:Whole day birding Kirumia Trail, Semuliki National Park.
After breakfast leaving the lodge at 6:30 am, proceed for a whole day birding on the Kirumia trail. Look for species like ,Nkurengu rail , white tailed lark,Broad tailed Warbler, Compact weaver,Lizzard Burzard ,Long Crested Eagle Brown Snake/Black Chested snake Eagle,Green Backed Eremomela, Pale Frycatcher,Sooty Chat, Black Billed Barbet,Huglines Francolin,Black Winged Redbishop, Southern Redbishop, Black Bishop,Whistling Cisticola,Brown Backed Woodpecker,Cabanis/Golden Breasted Buntings Orange Cheacked Waxbill,White-crested black Dwarf,Red-Billed Dwarf, Piping and Black-wattled Hornbills, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Spotted,Lyre-tailed and Zenker’s Honeyguides,African Piculet, Gabon Wood pecker,Red-sided Broadbill, White-throated blue Swallow, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Sassi’s Olive, Xavier’s, Swamp, Simple and Eastern Bearded Greenbuls, Yellow-throated Nicator,Capuchin Babbler, and ,Lemon-bellied Crombec, Red-eyed puffback, Grant’s blue bill and many more. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Bundibudgo town.
Day 12: Bird as we transfer to Kibale NP
After breakfast leaving the lodge at 6:30 am and birding as we head towards Queen Elizabeth National Park stopping for lunch at the gardens in Fort Portal. Continue with the drive along the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains through Kasese and crossing the Equator. Look out for birds likeGrey-headed Kingfisher, Grey-backed Shrike, Common Fiscal, Starlings, Widowbirds and many more. Transportation time Kibale-Queen Elizabeth NP takes 8 hrs due to birding on the way (150 km). Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Guest House/ Kibale safari lodge/Mountains of the moon hotel/ Kibale forest cottages.
Day 13:Bird Kibale National Park
After breakfast leaving resort at 6:30am drive to the park and try early morning Green Breasted Pitta and lunch at Kanyanchu. Then after lunch bird the vicinity of Kanyanchu. Cuckoo, Grey Parrot, Black-billed Turaco, Narina Trogon, and many more. Primates like Chimpanzees, Red Colobus, Blue Monkey, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey among others. Dinner and overnight as above.
Day 14: Transfer to Entebbe Airport.
Early morning transfer back to Entebbe with stops for birding depending on your time of departure.
END OF THE TOUR
- Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking permits
- Park fees (non-residents)
- All activities that are shown in the itinerary
- Professional driver/ tour guide
- All transfers (airport pick up and drops)
- All Taxes
- All transportation
- Meals (as specified in a day by day section)
- Drinking water all days
Tour costs Excludes
- International flights
- Additional accommodation before and after the trip
- Government imposed increased of taxes and park fees
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visas etc)
- Optional activities (not detailed in the above itinerary)