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7 Days, 6 Nights

7-day Uganda Birding Safari.

A 7-Day Uganda Birding Safari will help your adventure in the hall forests and also river red gum with many grasses that lined the channels giving life to Uganda bird types in the most fruitful safari parks and swamps. Where bird lovers find it as a must visit on their Uganda tour. 7-day Uganda Birding Safari is a dream adventure for birdwatching enthusiasts, as Uganda is one of the top birding destinations in Africa. With its diverse habitats and a wide array of bird species, the country offers a thrilling and rewarding birdwatching experience. This itinerary highlights some of the best birding spots in Uganda.

Here’s what you expect from each destination:

Mabamba Swamp Wetland

A renowned wetland located in Uganda, East Africa. It is situated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, near the town of Entebbe. The wetland is internationally recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and is famous for being a habitat for the rare and elusive Shoebill Stork (Balaeniceps rex), one of the most sought-after birds for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Lake Mburo National Park

A protected area located in western Uganda, near the town of Mbarara. Established in 1982, it is one of Uganda’s smaller national parks, covering an area of about 370 square kilometers (143 square miles). The park is named after Lake Mburo, which is one of the several lakes within its boundaries.

Here are some key features and information about Lake Mburo National Park:

Wildlife Diversity:

Despite its relatively small size, Lake Mburo National Park boasts a diverse range of wildlife. The park is home to various animals, including impalas, zebras, buffaloes, elands, topis, warthogs, hippos, and crocodiles. It’s one of the few places in Uganda where you can see the Burchell’s zebra and the impala.

Birdlife:

The park is a haven for birdwatchers, with over 350 species of birds recorded. You can find a variety of waterbirds along the lakeshores, including the African fish eagle, pied kingfisher, and malachite kingfisher.

Lake Mburo:

The park takes its name from Lake Mburo, which is one of the five lakes within the park’s boundaries. The lake is surrounded by rolling hills and is a focal point for many of the park’s activities, such as boat rides and canoeing.

Savannah and Acacia Woodland:

The park’s landscape features a mix of savannah, grasslands, and acacia woodland. This diverse habitat provides a home for various wildlife species and offers a picturesque backdrop for visitors.

Activities:

Lake Mburo National Park offers a range of activities for visitors, including game drives, nature walks, birdwatching, and boat cruises on Lake Mburo. The boat cruise provides an opportunity to see hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of waterbirds up close.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

One of Uganda’s most famous and diverse national parks. Located in the western part of the country, it is situated between Lake Edward and Lake George. Established in 1952, the park covers an area of about 1,978 square kilometers (764 square miles) and encompasses a variety of ecosystems, including savannah, wetlands, forests, and lakes. Here are some key features and information about Queen Elizabeth National Park:

Wildlife Diversity:

The park is renowned for its incredible biodiversity. It is home to a wide range of animals, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, Ugandan kobs, and various antelope species. The Ishasha sector of the park is particularly famous for its tree-climbing lions.

Birdlife:

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a haven for birdwatchers, with over 600 bird species recorded. It’s one of the highest bird species counts of any national park in the world. The park is home to various waterbirds, raptors, and forest-dwelling species.

Kazinga Channel:

This natural channel connects Lake Edward and Lake George. It’s a prime location for boat cruises, offering visitors the opportunity to see hippos, crocodiles, and numerous waterbirds up close.

Kyambura Gorge:

Also known as the “Valley of Apes,” this gorge is home to a habituated community of chimpanzees. Visitors can go on guided chimpanzee tracking expeditions to observe these fascinating primates in their natural habitat.

Crater Lakes:

The park features several crater lakes, formed by volcanic activity. These lakes provide a unique landscape and are often surrounded by lush vegetation and wildlife.

Conservation Efforts:

Queen Elizabeth National Park plays a significant role in conserving the biodiversity of the region. The park’s diverse ecosystems are vital for various species, and efforts are made to protect them from poaching and habitat degradation.

Mweya Peninsula:

This area of the park offers stunning views of the Kazinga Channel and the surrounding landscapes. It’s a popular spot for accommodation, and there are various lodges and campsites available for visitors.

Activities:

The park offers a range of activities, including game drives, boat cruises, chimpanzee tracking, birdwatching, and nature walks. These activities provide different ways to experience the park’s wildlife and landscapes.

Cultural Heritage:

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in an area with a rich cultural history. It’s home to various local communities, and cultural experiences can be arranged for visitors interested in learning about the local way of life.

Highlights:

Arrival at the Airport/ Pick up from the Hotel

Birding Entebbe City Uganda

Mabamba Swamp _a home for shoebill

Watching Lake Mburo

Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive to Entebbe International Airport

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at the Airport/ Pick up from the Hotel

First as usual, we shall keep in touch with our clients, and then pick them up from the Entebbe international Airport and proceed for their adventure.

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation Option: 

Luxury: Serena Hotel.
Mid-range: via via guest house
Budget: via via guest house

Meals plan

Water and fruits throughout

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Birding Entebbe City Uganda

Entebbe is mainly a place that attracts many bird types and the physical features around. The Entebbe peninsular  mostly  gives an epic moment as you visit the  Uganda wildlife Education Centre and Botanical Gardens. Which gives a sight  at the Olive, Green Throated and Collard sunbird and many more with of course a chance to see the Bat Hawk on your lucky day.

Main Destination: Entebbe 

Accommodation Option: 

Luxury: Serena Hotel.
Mid-range: via vai
Budget: via vai

Meals plan

Water and fruits throughout

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Mabamba Swamp _a home for shoebill:

First, as guided by our 7 days journey, you will be driven to the Swamp this morning. In fact, it is a known home nest for the Shoebill and other birds, including Purple and common Squacco Heron,  Northern Brown Throated Weaver and others.

Meanwhile, you will have lunch and proceed to Lake Mburo and then return to the best watching place Kaaku to have a look at different types of birds like Lesser Jacana, Rufous-bellied Heron and many others. Later, you will check in for a hotel to have dinner and overnight.

Main Destination- Lake Mburo National Park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge.
Mid-Range: Mburo Safari Lodge.
Budget: Rwakobo Rock.

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 4: Watching Lake Mburo

You will wake up early, to catch up with the soft wind, which of course sets up many bird types around the park in the spruce sentenced woodland. Our guide will help you to locate the lake Mburo bird types like Brown-chested Plover (migratory birds from western Africa, Tanzania and Uganda; for-example in the peak months of June and also December),Crested Francolin and many more. And then after your lunch, in the same way, you will prepare for a boat cruise on lake Mburo, as you see water loving birds mostly the African Fin foot.

Main Destination- Lake Mburo National Park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge.
Mid-Range: Mburo Safari Lodge.
Budget: Rwakobo Rock.

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 5- 6: Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early this morning, you will set off from Mbarara city to Queen Elizabeth. likewise, to have a sight at the park as well as preparing for a boat ride, which is on the 32-kilometres a long natural Kazinga means that links Lake Edward, the means is a mazing watching place which is a school of too many water bird types like the African skimmer, African spoon bill and many more. Well ,as you sail, expect to come across crocodiles and Hippos.

However, it is  covered with an estimate of 1,978km and it is also a home for over 500 bird types. Most useful, our guide will help you to locate the best birding areas. However, you will spend a whole day adventure in the grasslands watching Savannah home birds like the Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Ovambo Sparrow hawk and many more.

Likewise, it is also known as a home for wildlife for-example; Cape buffaloes, chimpanzees and 95 types of mammals .The game drive will lead you to these scaring features in the park.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation option;

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara lodge
Mid-Range: Irungu Forest Lodge/ Elephant hub Lodge
Budget: Bush lodge / Pumba safari cottages
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Drive to Entebbe International Airport

This morning, you will set off from the greenish Queen Elizabeth view and then back to where you came from. However, our guide will be with you throught the 7days tour. Finally, you will go back to your hotel to book for a flight back home. Thus the end of the tour.

The package price includes:

Return airport transfers (pick up and drop off)

Private transport for 7 days in a well-modified safari land-cruiser (4WD, air-conditioned and pop-up roof)

English safari guide for 7 days

Private mid-range accommodation for 7 nights on full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

All en-route meals and bottled mineral water throughout your tour

All park entrance and activities feel and all applicable government taxes

Bigodi sanctuary swamp and community safari

1 chimpanzee tracking permit per person (Kibale forest national park)

A visit to katwe salt mining village

Morning and evening game drive safari at Queen Elizabeth national park

2 hours afternoon boat cruise along the kazinga channel

A visit to the Equator land mark

 

The package price excludes;

International and domestic flights

Country entry visa

Personal travel insurance

Items of personal nature/laundry/telephone charges

Souvenirs and gifts

Tips

Alcoholic and other soft drinks (sodas, special juice order at the lodge and wines)