15 Days Uganda birding safari

15 Days Uganda birding safari

The 15 days Uganda birding safari is an interesting and adventurous safari that starts and ends from Entebbe Uganda. The safari will take you to Uganda Mabamba swamp where you will be able to spot the prehistoric shoebill stork and other bird species. The safari will also take you to Murchison falls, Kibale national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park and Lake Mburo national park. During the 15 days Uganda birding safari you will have great views of wildlife including elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, bushbucks, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, impalas, topi, oribi among others which will be viewed during the game drives and boat cruise. You will also engage in an adventurous chimpanzee and gorilla trekking experience where you will be able to spend time with the chimpanzees and mountain gorillas in their natural environment.

Highlights of the 15 days Uganda birding safari

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to a hotel in Entebbe

Day 2: Birding in Mabamba swamp

Day 3: Transfer to Murchison falls via ziwa rhino sanctuary

Day 4: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise

Day 5: Transfer to Kibale forest national park

Day 6: Uganda Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk

Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Day 8: Morning game drive/ lion tracking and afternoon boat cruise

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 10: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 11: Batwa cultural tour and transfer to Ruhija sector

Day 12: Birding in Mubwindi swamp

Day 13: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park-walking safari

Day 14: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise

Day 15: Departure to Kampala

Detailed itinerary     

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to the hotel in Entebbe

Depending on your arrival time at Entebbe international airport on day 1 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, you will be welcomed by our driver guide who will brief you about the safari and then transfer to the hotel in Entebbe for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Birding at Mabamba swamp

After an early breakfast on day 2 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, you will carry packed lunch and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Ugabda Mabamba swamp for birding experience where you will be able to view the illusive shoebill stork and other bird species like double toothed barbet, long tailed cormorant, black crake, African pigmy goose, common sandpiper among others. After birding at Mabamba, you will return to the hotel for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

15 Days Uganda birding safari
shoebill stork at Mabamba swamp

Day 3: Transfer to Murchison falls national park

After breakfast on day 3 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, our driver guide will pick you up from the hotel to start the journey to Murchison falls national park which is the largest national park in Uganda. The journey takes about 5 to 6 hours’ drive and on the way you will have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for rhino tracking where after you will continue the journey with another stopover in Masindi town for lunch. After lunch you will proceed to Murchison falls national park and upon arrival you will drive directly to the top of the falls where you will be able to view the waterfall, enjoy water splashes among others. From the waterfall, you will drive to check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise

Morning game drive,

After an early breakfast on day 4 of the 15 day Uganda birding safari, your driver guide will pick you up from the lodge to go for a morning game drive where you will be rewarded with stunning views of animals like giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, lions, leopards, warthogs, Jackson’s hartebeest among others. After the game drive you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Afternoon boat cruise,

After lunch you will go for an exciting boat cruise to the bottom of the falls where you will be able to view animals like elephants, antelopes, buffaloes which will be drinking water along the shores, view hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, view aquatic bird species like hornbills, cormorants, king fishers, bee-eaters, fish eagles among others. After the interesting boat cruise you will return back to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Transfer to Kibale national park

After breakfast on day 5 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to start the journey to Kibale forest national park which is located in western Uganda. It’s a whole day journey and on the way you will have en-route lunch and enjoy stunning views of the beautiful scenery, landscape, tea plantation, Rwenzori Mountains, views of the crater lakes among others. Upon arrival in Kibale national park, you will continue to check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp

Chimpanzee trekking,

After an early breakfast on day 6 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, you will meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kanyachu Visitors Centre for chimpanzee trekking briefing. After the briefing you will be divided into a group of 6 people where each group will be allocated a chimpanzee family to trek and a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the forest. Trekking of chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park takes about 30 minutes to 5 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During the trekking safari you will be able to spot other primates such as grey cheeked mangabey, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed  monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, some bird species, plants among others. Once the chimpanzees are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which helps you to learn more about their behaviors, watch them feed, breastfeed, fight, hunt, enjoy the juveniles playing up in the trees, take photos and record the moments. After the face to face encounter with the chimpanzees you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will meet up with your driver guide to return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, you will go for an interesting nature walk in Uganda Bigodi swamp where you will be able to view different bird species like the white-breasted Negrofinch, yellow-spotted barbet, grey-winged robin-chat, primates, plant species, beautiful butterflies, enjoy the cool breeze, relax your mind among others. After the swamp walk, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

On day 7 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. On the way you will enjoy great views of the landscape, crater lakes, tea plantations among others and upon arrival you will have lunch. After lunch you will go for an afternoon game drive where you will be able to view animals like elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, warthogs, waterbucks, bushbucks, view different bird species among others. After the game drive, you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Morning game drive/ lion tracking and afternoon boat cruise

Morning game drive/lion tracking,

You will have breakfast on day 8 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari and meet up with your driver guide to go for a morning game drive or lion tracking experience in Kasenyi plains. During the game drive you will be rewarded with great views of large herds of elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, bushbucks, waterbucks, warthogs which will be grazing in the open savannah plains view predators like lions, leopards if you are lucky, variety of bird species among others. After the game drive you will drive to the lodge for lunch.

Boat cruise on Kazinga channel

After lunch you will go for an exciting boat cruise on the Uganda Kazinga channel a water body that connects Lake George and Lake Edward. During the boat cruise which takes about 2 hours you will get a chance to view elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, warthogs drinking water along the shores, view large concentrations of hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, water birds like martial eagle, papyrus gonolek, pelicans, hornbills, African skimmers, cormorants, African spoonbills, fish eagles, king fisher’s among others and also view fishermen organizing their fishing nets along the water banks. After the boat ride you will return to the lodge for an evening relaxation dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

After breakfast on day 9 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park. On the way you will pass through Ishasha sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park where you will get an opportunity to spot the tree climbing lions which will be lying up in fig tree branches. After the game drive in Ishasha sector you will have lunch where after you will continue the journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park and upon arrival you will check in at the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 Day 10: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Gorilla trekking,

After an early breakfast on day 10 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, you will carry your lunch box and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations of gorilla trekking. After the briefing you will be divided in groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a gorilla family to trek and a park guide who is knowledgeable about the mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on their location and during trekking you will be able to view forest birds, other primates, plant and tree species among others. Once the mountain gorillas are found you will be able to spend one hour with them which gives you an opportunity to learn more about their lifestyle, behaviours, habits, take photos, watch them carry out their daily activities and record the fascinating memories to show people back home. After a breath-taking encounter with the gentle giants, you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate for participating in gorilla trekking and then meet up with your guide to return to the lodge for an evening relaxation dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Batwa cultural tour and transfer to Ruhija sector

After a relaxed breakfast on day 11 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, your driver guide will pick you up to go for an interesting Batwa cultural tour where you will be able to interact with the batwa people, learn about their culture, way of living, visit their homesteads, taste their local dishes, enjoy their traditional entertainment among others. After the cultural tour, you will return to the lodge for lunch where after you will check out and start the journey to Ruhija sector in the Eastern part of Bwindi national park. Upon arrival, you will connect to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 12: Birding in Mubwindi swamp

After an early breakfast on day 12 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, you will carry packed lunch and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Mubwindi swamp for birding where you will be able to view different bird species including dusky crimson, yellow streaked Greenbul, handsome francolin, dwarf honeyguide, African green broadbill, Archers robin-chat, regal sunbird, black goshawk, African emerald cuckoo among others. After birding, you will return to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 13: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park-walking safari

You will have a relaxed breakfast on day 13 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Lake Mburo. The journey takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive with great views on the way and upon arrival in the park, you will check into the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, you will go for a guided walking safari/birding in the park where you will get up-close and personal with different animals, spot bird species like the black-bellied bustard, bare-faced go-away bird, brown-chested lapwing, red-faced barbet, blue-headed Coucal among others. After the guided nature walk, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 14: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise

After an early breakfast on day 14 of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, you will meet up with your driver guide to go for a morning game drive in the park where you will be rewarded with great views of animals like waterbucks, elands, buffaloes, zebras, impalas, topi, giraffes among others which will be grazing in open savannah plains with due. After the game drive you will drive back to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, you will go for an interesting boat cruise where you will be able to view hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, view buffaloes, waterbucks, warthogs drinking water along the shores, water birds like kingfisher, bee-eaters, fish eagles, cormorants among others. After the boat cruise you will drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 15: Departure to Kampala

After a relaxed breakfast on the last day of the 15 days Uganda birding safari, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to start the journey back to Kampala with en-route lunch on the way and a stopover at the Equator where you will buy souvenirs and take photos. Upon arrival in Kampala, your driver guide will drop you off at Entebbe International airport for your departure flight or drop off at any place of your choice.

End of 15 days Uganda birding safari

Tour includes

  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Birding in Mabamba swamp
  • Mubwindi birding
  • Park entrance fees/ game drives
  • Boat cruise fees
  • Rhino tracking
  • Top of falls drive
  • Lion tracking experience
  • All activities included in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver guide
  • Full board accommodation
  • Pick up from Kampala/ Entebbe and drop off in Kigali
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Bottled drinking water

Tour excludes                     

  • Air flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Life insurance
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like buying souvenirs, cigarettes, crafts, drinks, laundry services, hiring a porter, tips among others.
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