11 Days Uganda Gorilla & Birding Experience trip specifically is designed to suite birders who have limited number of days in Uganda but with interest in Gorilla tracking too. The trip will include the most important birding spots of Uganda such as Mabamba swamp, Lake Mburo National park, Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Kibale Forest national park.
Safari Highlights for 11 Days Uganda Gorilla & Birding
- Game drives
- Gorilla tracking in Bwindi
- Chimpanzee Tracking
- Game drives in Savannahs
Day 1 : Birding Mabamba Swamp
After your breakfast, the guide will transfer you from your place of stay and take you to mabamba swamp which is approximately 50 km west of Kampala city. The wetland is famous spot for sought after bird called shoebill stork and other birds, using a boat, look out for more bird species such as lesser jacana, white winged warbler, yellow backed weaver, swamp flycatcher, Blue headed coucal, Northern Brown throated weaver, African swamphen, African water rail, White faced whistling duck, Squacco heron, Blue breasted bee eater, Winding cisticola, Goliath heron, Black crake and many more, Thereafter you will transfer to Lake mburo National Park birding en route later check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 : Birding game drive& boat ride Lake Mburo National park.
Early morning after breakfast, head out for morning game drive in Lake mburo national Park and later in afternoon boat ride, Lake Mburo is special place for birding viewing other wildlife species having different habitats for wildlife like zebra, impalas, Tops Elands, buffalos are seen roaming around, Here the highlight is to look out for birds like,Green backed King woodpecker, African finfoot, Brown chested plover,White winged warbler, Spot-flanked barbet, Northern brown throated weaver, Red faced barbet special bird whose range is restricted to this area , Black collared barbet, southern ground hornbill, Black crowned night heron, White backed night heron, and little bittern,later we return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 : Transfer to Ruhija in Bwindi forest National Park
On this day after breakfast, we transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park particularly in Ruhija area. This is the regarded to be the number one birding spot in the whole of Africa continent ;with lots of Albertine rift endemics recorded here, bird watching en route later check in to the lodge for overnight stay.
Day 4 : Birding Ruhija up to Mubwindi swamp
After your morning breakfast, the guide will take you for birding heading to Mubwindi swamp, target species here will be, Yellow eyed flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, Grauer’s rush warbler, Grauer’s warbler, Black billed turaco, Chestnut throated apalis, Mountain illadopsis, Stripe breasted Tit, Montane sooty boubou, White tailed blue flycatcher, White headed wood hoopoe, Narina trogon, collared Apalis,Bar tailed Trogon, Handsome francolin, African green broadbill ,Ruwenzori hill barbler, Blue headed sunbird, Regal sunbird, and many more. Later you will head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 : Transfer to (Buhoma northern sector) of Bwindi National Park birding en route
In the morning after your breakfast, you will transfer to Buhoma which is the northern sector of Bwindi forest National park also rich for birdlife, you will do en route birding along the neck of the forest targeting species like, Black bee eaters, strange weaver, Magpie mankins, Tambourine dove, mountain wagtail, dusky twin spot, mountain masked Apalis, among others later check in to your lodge, you will afterwards do short birding walk around the lodge.
Day 6 : Gorilla tracking & Birding Afternoon
A relatively early morning start, after your earl breakfast, you will be taken to the park office ready with packed lunch and drinking water and in tracking attire, be briefed and head out for Mountain Gorilla tracking adventure which will take you approximately 4 -8 hours,and one hour viewing plus photography once you come across them later after a memorable adventure with Gorillas you will return back to the lodge, relax a bit then after do short birding walk around. Return to the lodge after for your dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7 : Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After morning breakfast, here you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth N.P via Ishasha southern sector of this Park where you will have game drive with chances to see variety of game including the famous Tree climbing lions, Elephants, Uganda Kobs, buffalos, Warthogs, Topi, hippopotamus lucky enough leopards. You will continue birding trying to find Blue quail, Red headed lovebird, African white backed vultures, Eagles, African crake, African hoopoe, pipit, Black headed gonolek, little bee eaters, Rollers, tinker birds, sooty chat, fork tailed Drongo and many more. Later you will continue to the northern sector and check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8 : Birding in the morning drive, and Kazinga channel birding on boat ride.
After your breakfast, you will head out for morning game drive as you do birding, A variety of game animals here will be spotted includes Lions, Elephants, Uganda Kobs,leopards if lucky, warthogs together with lots of savannah birds like African wattled lapwing, wood doves, Eagles, vultures,Ruppell’s long tailed starlings, Black headed weavers, when you return, have lunch break later do afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga channel that hosts a huge concentration of Hippopotamus and crocodiles . You will be able to spot variety of water bird species like skimmers, pelicans, yellow billed stork, squacco heron, African fish eagle, malachite kingfisher, African pied kingfisher and many more after two hours you will return back and go for a short evening birding . after all return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9 : Transfer to Kibale forest National Park for afternoon Birding.
Early morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibale forest National Park and do afternoon birding in Bigodi wetland sanctuary which is located few meters away from the main forest you will be able to see birds of forest edge like Great blue turaco, Black and white casqued hornbill, sunbirds Papyrus gonolek, White winged warbler. African pygmy kingfisher and several monkey species including Grey cheeked mangabeys and Red colobus monkey. Thereafter return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10 : Birding in the morning & Chimpanzee Tracking in afternoon
On this day after breakfast, you will go out for birding in the forest looking out for White spotted flufftail, Narina trogon, Brown eared woodpecker, Crested guinea fowl, Black and white shrike flycatcher, yellow billed barbet, Black billed turaco, White naped pigeon, Blue throated roller, Green breasted pitta, Red tailed Anti –thrush, Chestnut wattle eye among others later after lunch around 2pm you will report to the ranger station well prepared for Chimpanzee tracking which takes approximately 3 hours afterwards return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 11 : Transfer to Kampala or Entebbe if it your scheduled flight
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Kampala or Entebbe airport if it your scheduled flight back home.as you end your trip.
Accommodation will be in either luxury,mid- range, or budget.