Uganda Birding Albertine Endemics & Gorilla Safari .

10 Days | Uganda Birding Albertine Endemics & Gorilla Safari

Uganda offers the enthusiastic birder a fantastic opportunity to watch some rare bird species. Get rewarded in Bwindi impenetrable forest with over 360 bird species, including 23 of the 24 Albertine rift endemics recorded, making Bwindi Africa's number one birding spot. Besides, Bwindi forest is home to more than half of the World's population of mountain gorilla specie.

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Highlights

  • Shoebill canoe tracking experience on Mabamba Mash on Lake Victoria.
  • Key species expected on this safari: Shoebill Stork, Papyrus Gonolek, Red-faced Barbet, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Grauer's Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Kivu Ground Thrush. Specifically Albertine Rift Endemic Species include; Archer’s Robin-Chat , Dusky Crimson-wing, Strange Weaver, wenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short -tailed/Neumann’s Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Collared Apalis, Montane Masked Apalis, Kivu Ground Thrush, Red-throated Alethe, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin Forest Ground Thrush, Sassi’s Olive Greenbul.

Need To Know

Lodging mentioned in the itinerary depends on availability of rooms available at the time of booking. Reservations will only be made after your confirmed booking with us.

At the time of your booking, in the event that listed hotels are fully booked, we will do our best to inform you and book a different hotel in the same class. Gorilla permits can only be secured after receiving the requested deposit.

You can extend your stay with either; more birding safari or Kidepo Fly in safari, Wilderness road safari to Kidepo Valley National Park- Africa's true wildness (Scheduled and private charters available).

Detailed Itinerary

Uganda Birding Albertine Endemics & Gorilla Safari

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, our driver/guide will pick you on arrival. Subject to flight arrival time proceed to bird the botanical gardens looking out for birds like the Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Storks, Black-winged Stilt, doves, Turacos, Kingfishers, Hornbills, Sunbirds, Starlings, Weavers,

If you are lucky you may also see the Brown and Grey Parrot, Klaas’s, Diederik, and Red-Chested Cuckoo among others.

Overnight: Boma Hotel Entebbe/ Karibu Guest House.

Meal plan: Dinner

Early breakfast and then with packed lunch proceed to bird the Mabamba Wetlands. At Mabamba Swamp, most of the birding is done on a canoe, paddled by our local guides. Look out for the Shoebill both in the sky and down in the marsh. Also watch out for the; Swamp Flycatcher, African Purple Swamp Hen, African Water Rail, African Jacana, African Pigmy Goose, White-faced Whistling Duck, Squacco Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Goliath Heron, and, Yellow-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Long toed Plover,

Rare sightings may include Black Crake, African Green Pigeon, Common Moorhen, Blue-headed Coucal.

We continue to Lake Mburo National park. There are chances of seeing Liliac breasted Roller, Wahlberg’s and Long-crested Eagles, Eurasian Kestrel, Gray-backed Fiscal and Bare-faced Goaway- bird. Red-backed Scrub-Robin, Singing Cisticolas, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Red-necked and Crested Francolins, Emerald-spotted Wood-dove, Crowned Lapwing, a Brown Snake-Eagle and African Blackheaded Oriole.

Overnight: Rwakobo rock / Mihingo Lodge

Today we head out for a game drive  scanning for the Red-faced Barbet, White-headed Barbet, Coqui, and the Red-winged Francolins, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Harlequin and Blue Quails, Common Button Quail, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-napped Mousebird, Blue-breasted and Shining-blue Kingfishers, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbill, the Nubian, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared, and the Grey Woodpeckers, Trilling, Stout, Tabora and Wing-snapping Cisticolas. There after we continue to Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Today is the big day… Today our guide will pick you up from your lodge, at 7.30am transfer to park gate (5-10 minutes) Pre-tracking orientation starts at 8:00AM. Trekking through the thick jungle, traversing canopies of thick undergrowth can be tough, wet, strenuous but not impossible – the tracking can last from as little as 45 minutes to as much as 10 hours. The activity depends on location of gorillas the previous day. Visitors therefore are supposed to move along with packed/picnic lunch and water, and should be equipped with strong water-proof clothing and must be averagely healthy.  

Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Overnight: Haven lodge / Ride4woman Buhoma Homestay

Meal plan: Full Board (B,LD)

Today we look out for Guinea-Congo forest and Albertine rift species. we do birding the secondary forest, look out for Grey-winged Robin-Chat, Grey Green Bush-shrike, Grey and Buff-throated Apalises, Grey-headed and White-breasted Nigritas.

In the primary forest, scan for Red-throated Alethe. undergrowth we search for White-tailed Anti-Thrush, the skittish Mountain Illadopsis, Equatorial Akalat, Red-tailed Bristlebill, and flocks of Red-tailed Greenbul. Shelley’s Greenbul, Cabanis’s Greenbul,  woodpeckers like the large Goldencrowned, Elliot’s Woodpecker, Tullberg’s Woodpecker, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Oriole Finch, the warbler-like Grey-headed Sunbird. Willcocks’s Honeyguide, Pink-footed Puffback , Red-faced Woodland-Warbler. Short tailed warbler,  Red throated alethe,  Chapins flycatcher,  Kivu, oberlanders ground thrushes,  Blue headed sunbird, Blue shouldered Robin chat, Bar tailed tragon,  Dusky longtailed cuckoo,  Purple breasted sun bird.

Overnight: Haven lodge / Ride4woman Buhoma Homestay

Meal plan: Full Board (B,LD)

Today we transfer to the famous “neck” we look for Mountain Wagtail Little Green, Green, Olive and Bluethroated Brown  sunbirds and plain greenbul, Little, Gray, Toro Olive, Red-tailed, and Shelley’s, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, White-tailed Anti-thrush, flitting views of the shy Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Cassin’s and Dusky Blue Flycatchers and excellent views of Scaly-breasted Illadopsis.

We have picnic lunch stop, then scan for  Black Bee-eater, Bar-tailed Trogon, Buff-throated Apalis, a Dwarf Honeyguide, the shy African Black Duck. we check in at our lodge.

Overnight: Bakiga lodge

Meal plan: Full Board (B,LD)

Ruhija is located eastern part  of Bwindi Impenetrable National park is well known for being Africa’s number one birding spot. Grauer’s Broadbill is the usually one of the main sought after bird today. Other species to look out for  include; Black-tailed Oriole, Black-throated Apalis and Dusky Tit. Yellow-streaked Greenbul,. when lucky you can get, Narina Trogon, Black-billed Turaco (the green turacos are unmistakable when seen in flight, they flash spectacular red wings. Whitebellied Crested Flycatcher, Olive long-tailed Cuckoo, and Grauer’s Swamp Warbler. Purple-breasted, Blue-headed Regal sunbird,  Rwenzori double coloured sun bird,  Archers Robin chat,  Dohytes  bush shrike,  Collard apalis, Caruthers’s Cisticola,  Yellow eyed black flycatcher,  Dwarf honey guide,  Mountain masked Apalis,  Rwenzori batis.

Wallers and Stuhlmann’s Starlings and the attractive White-headed Wood-hoopoes. There are also chances of seing monkeys including L’Hoest’s, blue, red-tailed and guereza colobus, monkey and  back fronted duikers.

Overnight: Bakiga lodge

Meal plan: Full Board (B,LD)

We transfer to Kisoro. On the way, we scan for Augur Buzzard, Black-breasted Snake eagles. Stop at some Papyrus swamps for White-winged and Greater Swamp Warblers. look out for Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater and African Stone-chat.

Overnight: Travellers Rest Hotel / Mutanda Lake Resort

Meal plan: Full Board (B,LD)

We head our early towards mountain Sabinyo to the hike looking for Albertine Rift endemics. Cape Robin-Chat, Yellow Bishop, Streaky Seed-eater and Plain Martins. Cinnamon Bracken

Warbler and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Enjoy this scenic montane forest park, scan for Kandt’s Waxbill which has been split from Black-headed Waxbill, Western and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbirds, albertine rift endemics that included the Regal and Stuhlmann’s Sunbirds, Rwenzori Batis, Rwenzori Turaco, Red faced Woodland Warbler and Stripe-breasted Tit.  Mountain Yellow Warbler, Dusky-turtle Dove, Chubb’s Cisticola, Thick-billed Seedeater, Chestnut-throated Apalis. After we transfer to 2 hours to lake Bunyonyi for overnight.

Overnight: Birdsnest Resort Bunyonyi

Meal plan: Full Board (B,LD)

Today our guide will pick you up and transfer back on road trip to Kampala/ Entebbe airport for connecting flight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Trip Price Includes:

  • Airport and airstrip transfers
  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle
  • Experienced English speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary, based on a double room sharing
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – Full Board (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Entrance and park ranger fees for the national parks
  • Activities mentioned in the program

Trip Price excludes:

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $50)
  • Gorilla permit ( we can arrange this for you)
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional activities.
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

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