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12 Days Birding Safari

Bird watching on a 12 Days Birding Safari trip

Day 1: Kampala-Semliki

Our guide will pick you from your hotel of residence for the start of your 12 days birding safari Uganda trip. Then transfer via Mityana-Mubende highway with some stopovers at Tanda village to experience its history and Nakayima tree then to fort portal town for your en-route lunch and then proceed to Semliki national park via Bundibugyo highway.

The journey offers you beautiful sceneries of the mountains of the moon and plantations, arriving with en-route bird watching at the entrance of the park. The entrance passes through beautiful Borassus savannah and extensive grass lands that harbour bird species such as common scimitar bill, African grey hornbill, crested francolin, helmeted guinea fowl and many more. Dinner and overnight at Semliki Safari Lodge. Meal plan: Half-Board.

Day 2: Semliki

Early in the morning take breakfast, and with packed lunch go for full day birding on the Kirumira trail or forest. This early morning birding rewards you with species like African scopes Owl, Pearl spotted Owlet and Night jars. The Forest being a home to some of the Congo biome species this birding will also reward you with birds like, African piculet, Zenkel, Red billed, Nkurengu rail, honey guide, Black chested cuckoo, red rumped tinker bird, Rufous sided broadbill, Green tailed bristle bill, White bellied, dwarf and Pygmy kingfishers, piping, white thighed, black and white casqued, and African pied hornbills, fire crested alethe, red bellied and blue billed malimbe, black wattled, black bill and white crested hornbill, swamp palm bulbul, forest scrub robin, Leaf love, red breasted sparrow hawk, and others. Return to lodge for dinner and over night and dinner.

Day 3: Semliki.

Early morning after breakfast, with packed lunch to take on another birding trail on the main road Sempaya trail or the Kirumira trail, depending on the previous’ day results. Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and over night.

Day 4: Sebitoli – Kibale

12 Days Birding SafariToday have morning breakfast, then transfer to Kibale National park- Sebitoli birding site which is recommended as the best birding site. Lunch at the park, Then take the birding trail Looking out for specials like, African black duck, Joyful, cabanis, Toro olive and Cameroon somber green buls, Brown and scaly breasted illadopsis, Green-throated Sunbird, Green-breasted Pita, African pita, -headed Sunbird, Brown-capped Weaver, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puff Back, and many more. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge, Kibale primate lodge (luxury) or Chimp nest, Kanyanchu tourist centre (Budget facilities). Meal plan: Full-Board.

Day 5: Kibale

After breakfast go for guided birding in the Kanyanchu area where you will watch out for birdlife species like the African go-shwak, the majestic crowned eagle, masked apalis, grey parrots and many more. Picnic lunch in the forest and the afternoon visit to the Bigodi wetland sanctuary through the Magombe swamp to see birds such as papyrus Gonolek, papyrus canary, mosque swallow and brown headed Tchagra. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight. Meal plan: Full-Board.

Day 6: Bwindi

Early breakfast, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, watch out for birds and game en-route reaching late afternoon. Have lunch at the park, then go birding Buhoma area. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla forest camp, Mahogany springs (Luxury) or Buhoma community Bandas (Budget). Meal pan: Full-Board.

Day 7: Bwindi

After breakfast, enter into the forest on the water fall trail for birding. Look out for birds such as Kivu ground thrush, Mountain Buzzard, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, African Hill-Babbler, Dusky Tit, Ashy Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Rwenzori Batis, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, white bellied Robin-chat and slender billed starling moving along the main track as you descend to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon move along the long trail to Bwindi for more birding. Return to lodge for Dinner and overnight. Meal plan: Full-Board.

Day 8: Buhoma

After morning breakfast, go for birding on the long trail to Mubwindi and also the short trail in the afternoon. Watch out for birds like the Montane Oriole, Waller’s starling, Blacke –billed turacos, barbets, Carruthers’ Cisticola Red chested Flufftail,Cabanis’s Green bull, Dwarf Honey guide, Oriole Finch and Bar tailed trogon. This bird search offers you an opportunity to view for gorillas too. Return to lodge for Dinner and overnight. Meal plan: Full-Board.

Day 9: Ruhija.

Dawn breakfast, go birding in the Ruhija area and spot out birds like the Red-tailed and Shelley’s Greenbul, Grey-throated Barbet, Common Buzzard, Black Bee-eater and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Red-throated Alethe, African Shrike-flycatcher Ayres’s Hawk-eagle, and many more. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight. Meal plan: Full-Board.

Day 10: Lake Mburo

After breakfast in the morning, drive towards Lake Mburo NP via Kabale. Lunch in Mbarara, and then proceed to Mburo national park and Bird along the entrance road to Rwonyo in the late afternoon to spot out for acacia associated bird species like mosque swallow, black bellied bustard and Ruppell’s long-tailed starling. Dinner and overnight at Mihingo lodge, Arcadia cottages, Mburo lodge and Rwonyo Rest Camp. Meal plan: Full-Board.

Day 11: Mburo

Morning breakfast, drive along the lake side track and Kigambira loop towards Kampala, spot out for birds like Green-capped Eremomela, Austral migrant, black cuckoo-shrike Tawny, African Hawk, Bate lour and others en-route. Lunch on the way arriving Kampala. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Africana. Meal plan: Full-Board.

Day 12: Kampala-Entebbe.

Today after breakfast is reserved and you will be transferred to Entebbe international airport to board your home Flight. End of services, Meal plan: Half-Board.

The safari package includes:

  • Transportation by a 4wd vehicle
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Driver/guide.
  • En-route lunches
  • Game drives
  • Airport transfers.

The package excludes:

Expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, personal insurance and ciggs.


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