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The Heritage Trail, Mabamba Swamps, Mabira Forest, Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Bwindi Forest & Lake Mburu - the Perfect Uganda Tour.

Day 1:

Arrive and transfer to your hotel in Entebbe.

Depending on your flight you go birding at Uganda Wildlife Education center (UWEC), a home to captive animals. The center has attracted over 170 species of wild birds including 10 species of Weavers such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Northern Brown Throated, Golden Backed, Grosbeak, Black Necked, Baglafect etc; 5 species of flycatchers, Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored, Swamp flycatcher, African paradise, Red bellied etc, raptors such as the Gabber Goshawk, small banded snake Eagle, African Goshawk, African Fish Eagle, African Hobby etc and many more species including captive animals. Proceed to Botanical gardens for another birding experience. Have lunch at Botanical beach hotel in Entebbe. Return to Dinner and Overnight . Full board.

Day 2:

Early breakfast and transfer to the Heritage trail.

Species here include Mustached Warbler, Brown Crowned Tchargra, Brown Twin spot, Violet backed Starlings, Black Cuckoo Shrike, Red Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Yellow bill, Great sparrow hawk, Short Toed Snake Eagle, Southern Banded Snake Eagle and many more. Proceed to Lutembe Beach for lunch. After lunch, we ride on a boat on Lake Victoria in such for the papyrus Canary, Papyrus Gonolek, the thousands of Grey Headed Gulls, White Winged black Terns and continue birding the evening. Return to Dinner and Overnight at your hotel . Full board.

Days 3:

Have an early breakfast and proceed to Mabamba swamps

Another Important Bird Area (IBA) with a population of about 5 Shoebills. Here most of the birding is done canoeing and other species to be seen may include African water Rail, long Toed Plover, Squacco Heron, Goliath, Purple, Grey and Black Headed Herons, Pygmy Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, White Faced Whistling Duck, Swamp Moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, African Jacana etc Sitatunga Antelope (swamp Antelope) and many more. Enroute to Kampala a stop-over at another swamp may reveal Papyrus Gonolek, White winged Warbler, Yellow Crowned Bishop, Weyns Weaver, and many more. Have a packed lunch and continue birding through the evening. Dinner and Overnight in Kampala. Full Board

Days 4:

Early breakfast and drive for about an hour to Mabira forest.

Predominant here are mostly forest bird species such as Toro Greenbul, Yellow whiskered Greenbul, Leaf love, Forest Robin, Buff spotted Woodpecker, Grey spotted Woodpecker, White spotted Fluff tail, Red headed Blue Bill, Yellow spotted Barbet, Grey throated Barbet, Yellow Rumped Tinker bird, Yellow Throated Tinker bird, Blue Breasted Kingfisher, African Pygmy, Shining blue, Woodland Kingfishers, Red tailed Ant Thrush, Chin spot Batis, Banded Wattle Eye, Chestnut Wattle Eye, Brown capped, Yellow mantled, Black Billed, Weyn’s Weavers, Red headed Malimbe, Purple headed Starling, Violet backed Starling and many more fascinating species. Have a picnic lunch and continue birding the evening.

Days 5:

An early breakfast and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

teeming with over 450 species. It is a four –five hour drive from Kampala but we will briefly stop on the way for a ‘leg stretch’ which may reveal Compact Weaver, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Olive bellied, Bronze and Copper Sunbirds, Saddle billed Stork etc. Have a stop-over in Masindi for lunch thereafter continue birding up to the Top of the mighty falls where we see the falls drop 45 meters and forces its way through a 7 meter gorge. Rock Particles, a mixed flock of swifts, Africa Pied Wagtail, reptiles such as Red headed Agama continue birding to your accommodation. Settle in for Dinner and Overnight at the Paraa Safari Lodge . Full board.

Days 6:

Paraa Safari Lodge

Early morning breakfast and embark on a game drive searching for species such as Silver bird, Chestnut capped Weaver, Spotted morning Thrush, Common Drongo, White Fronted Black Chat, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Black billed Dove, Vinaceous Dove, Namaqua Dove, Carmine Bee-Eater, Red Throated, Swallow Tailed Bee-Eater, Isabelline and Northern Wheatears, Shoebills, Saddle bill, Grey crowned Cranes at the Delta and other game like Cape Buffalo, Roth child’s Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Elephant, Silver Backed Jackals, Lions, Kobs, Oribi and many more. Return to lunch relax and take on a boat launch to the bottom of the falls encountering Hippos, huge Nile Crocodiles and game drinking, water birds such as Lesser Jacana, White necked stork, Fulvous whistling Ducks, a variety of Herons, Egyptian Plover, Spur Winged Plover, Water Thick-Knee, Rock Pranticoles etc. Dinner and Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge. Full board.

Days 7:

Sambiya River Lodge

Have an early morning breakfast and transfer to Kibale stopping briefly to bird along the turn-off to Sambiya River Lodge. You will site species such as Martial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Grey Headed Kingfisher, Grey Hornbill, Grey Kestrel, Helmeted and Crested Guinea fowl, Senegal Coucal. Primate walk in the Kanio Pabidi forest a sector of the Budongo forest yielding sightings of Chimps, Black and White Colobus, Red tailed and blue monkeys and lots of Olive Baboons; birds like White thighed Hornbills, Black billed Turacco, Great blue and Ross’s Turaccos, Afep Pigeons, African Green Pigeons, Narina’s Trogon. Proceed for lunch in Masindi and continue to FortPortal for Dinner and Overnight. Full board.

Days 8:

Mweya Safari Lodge

Depart early morning birding in Kibale Forest. Species here include red-winged Francolin, Red-chested Flufftail, White-naped Pigeon, Green-brested Pitta, African Pitta, Joyful Greenbul, Grey-winged Robin, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey-throated Flycatcher, White-bellied Crested Flycather, Masked and Black-capped Apalises, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Chestnut-winged Starling, Orange-tufted and Tiny Sunbirds, Grey-headed Olive-back. Other wildlife expected to be seen in the park include primates like Guereza Colobus, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L'Hoest's Gentle ( Blue) and Red-tailed monkeys often encountered in open areas adjacent to the forest. You may find evidence of Elephant, Bush Pig and Bufallo along the trails, whilst Bushbuck, Blue, Harvey's and Peter's Duickers are other shy inhabitants of the forest interior. After lunch go for a swamp walk in the Bigodi swamp which is manned by the local people. Thereafter you’ll be transferred to Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park for overnight and dinner. Fullboard.

Days 9-10:

Mweya Safari Lodge

Birdlife here includes: African Mourning Dove, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Swamp Fly-catcher, Grey-capped Warbler, The beautiful Black-headed Gonolek, Collard Pranticles, Pin-tailed Whyda Martial Eagle, Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Common Squaco Heron, Shoebill Stork, African Open-billed Stork, African Fish Eagle, African Jacana, The Kazinga channel is a magnet for water birds a launch cruise reveals species such as; Great-white and Pink-backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squaco Heron, African open-billed Stork, White-faced Whistling and Knob-billed Ducks, African Fish Eagle, Black Crake, African Jacana, Water Thick-knee, Spur-winged and African Watt led Plovers, Malachite and Pied kingfishers, Swamp flycatchers and Yellow backed Weavers are all common and conspicuous. Overnight and Meals at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Days 11-12:

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Ruhinja Section

Depart southwards to the home of the giant cousins of human beings. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine rift Endemics such as the Short-tailed Warbler, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Gruer's Rush Warbler, Wilcock's Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among others, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Ascend to the higher peaks of the Bwindi – Ruhiija. Several checks en-route at good birding sites may produce rare species such as White-starred Robin, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Strange Weaver, Banded Prinia, Brown-chested Alethe, Slender-billed Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, White-browed Crombec, Mountain Illadopsis, Luehder's Bush-shrike, Grey-green Bush-shrike; all these and many others are among the 345 species recorded in this park. Overnight &Meals at The International Tropical Forestry Commission (ITFC) Guest house.

Days 13:

After breakfast set off for L.Mburo N.P.

The park is only 260 sq. km being the smallest of the Uganda’s savanna National Parks Its mosaic habitat, dry hillside, rocky outcrops, bushes thickets, open and wooded savanna forests, lakes and swamps are home to a surprising diversity of plants and animals. The park has about 313 different bird species including the rare Shoebill stork and White-winged Warbler. other species to lookout for are; Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Red necked Spur, common Quails, Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-napped Moosebird, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cist cola a drive towards Rwonyo camp may reveal;. Coqui Francolin, Red necked spur fowl, Black Bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African-wattled Plover Rufus napped and Flappet larks, Rufus chested Swallow ,Yellow-throated Long claw and Southern Red Bishop

Days 14:

Depart

Drive to Kampala and Airport for your flight.

Inclusions + Exclusions

NOTE: Passengers should bring only soft sided bags on safaris. Baggage on Domestic flights is strictly limited to 15kgs per person (including hand luggage). Any excess cargo/baggage will be charged by the respective airlines at check-in counter at rate of $3.00 per 1kg



What's Included

  • Accommodation and meals as per the program
  • Ground transportation in a 4x4 safari vehicle with English speaking Driver guide
  • Park fees and government taxes
  • Game drives and park entry fees
  • Game drives as specified
  • Meet and greet services
  • Assistance at the airport

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Drinks/laundry (unless specified)
  • Inoculations and personal insurance
  • Airport tax (International - pay direct)
  • Travel/medical/baggage insurance
  • Driver guide gratuities
  • Dining rooms tips
  • Porterage charges
  • Telephone bill
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Any other items of a personal nature
  • Domestic & International flights and departure taxes
  • Holiday Surcharge
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