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22 Days Birdwatching Safaris in Uganda

  • Entebbe - Kampala - Murchison Falls - Kibale Forest - Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Lake Bunyonyi - Lake Mburo

Birding and Chimp Tracking Safaris in Uganda

Uganda has a variety of landscapes and over 1000 bird species. This trip brings you to the most important birding sites in Uganda. Expect to see over 400 bird species and also the large animals of the savanna like lions, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, leopards, and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps.

Highlights

  • Birding in the most important national parks
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Game drives in Murchinson Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
  • Boat trips on the Nile and the Kazinga channel for optimal birdwatching
  • Daily meals as mentioned in the itinerary and bottled water
  • Entrance fees to the included national parks
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 22 activity days
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You will be accommodated on a shared double or twin room accommodation basis in lodges and camps, in the national parks or around the areas visited. Private accommodation is also available at an additional price. There are also groups discounts available as follows:

For a group of four to five people booking, the price per person on a shared accommodation basis is 3,835 USD in the high season and 3,785 USD in the low season.

For a group of six or more persons booking, the price per person on a shared accommodation basis is 3,355 USD in the high season and 3,005 USD in the low season.

Day 1 - Entebbe

When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), your guide will be there waiting for you, will pick you up and you will proceed to your accommodation. Today your accommodation will be at Airport Guesthouse and the included meal of the day is breakfast.

Day 2 - Entebbe - Mabamba - Entebbe

You will have an early breakfast and a transfer to Mabamba swamp, a large and accessible wetland on the shores of Lake Victoria. This is one of the best places to see the shoebill stork. In the afternoon, you will visit the botanical gardens in Entebbe to see many beautiful bird species. Today your accommodation will be at Airport Guest House and the included meal of the day is breakfast.

Day 3 - Entebbe - Mabira Forest - Jinja - Kampala

Today you will be transferred to Mabira Forest, 65 kilometers east of Kampala. You will spend the rest of the day birding in the Mabira forest, pausing for lunch at Jinja, and visiting the source of the Nile. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Kampala.

You will be accommodated at Forest Cottages or Makindye Country Club with breakfast included.

Day 4 - Kampala - Murchison Falls National Park

Today you will arrive to Murchison Falls National Park. A birding session in Kaniyo Pabidi (Budongo Forest) is organized in the afternoon. Afterwards, you proceed to Murchison falls and spend the night on the shores of the Nile.

Murchison Falls is one of the most beautiful national parks of Uganda. One of the main attractions is the Nile, with the spectacular Murchison Falls, where the whole Nile is forced through a narrow gorge and falls 60 meters. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, lions, hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, and maybe leopards.

In Murchison Falls National Park you will be staying at Pakuba Safari Lodge and have breakfast and another meal of the day included.

Day 5 - Murchison Falls National Park

You will go on an early game drive in the morning to see the large animals of Africa and also for birding. In the afternoon, you will make a boat trip on the Victoria Nile up to the bottom of the falls. The boat is an ideal platform to make photos of the birds. Accommodation is still at Pakuba Safari Lodge, with two meals of the day included in the price.

Day 6 - Murchison Falls National Park

Today you have on the schedule an early morning adventure on the Nile on a private boat trip to the delta. Game drive in the afternoon or visit the top of the falls are available as well. This willbe your last night at Pakuba Safari Lodge and you will have breakfast and another meal of the day included.

Day 7 - Murchison Falls National Park- Hoima

After an early transfer to Budongo forest, you will go birding through the jungle. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Hoima town were you will spend the night. Budongo Forest is also home of many butterflies and chimpanzees.

You will be accommodated at Hoima Cultural Lodge, with breakfast included.

Day 8, 9, and 10 - Hoima - Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, you will go drive to Kibale Forest. You can take a walk through the forest around the lodge in the afternoon. Optionally, it is also possible to go on a night walk through the forest to see the animals of the night, like bush babies.

Kibale Forest is a spectacular jungle, with 13 primate species including chimps, baboons, black and white colobus, red colobus, grey cheeked mangabey, and L'Hoest monkey.

On the ninth day, you will go on a chimpanzee tracking trip in the morning or in the afternoon, and you will also do birding in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. It is also possible to visit the local people or the crater lakes, as an optional activity.

During your stay in Kibale Forest National Park, you will be accommodated at Chimps`Nest. Breakfast is the meal of the day that is included in the price in here.

Day 11 - Kibale Forest - Semuliki National Park

You will be transferred to Semuliki National Park, where you will visit the Sempaya Hot Springs and make a walk through the jungle for birding. Semuliki is a unique place and the only lowland jungle in East Africa, part of the Congo ecosystem.

Today you will be accommodated at Rwenzori View Guesthouse, breakfast is the included meal of the day.

Day 12 - Semuliki National Park - Semuliki Wildlife Reserve - Fort Portal

Today you will be transferred to Semuliki wildlife reserve for a boat trip on Lake Albert, and you will go to Fort Portal afterwards. Semuliki is an interesting area, partly forested and partly savanna. The shores of Lake Albert are well known and populated with shoebill stork in abundance.

Today you will be accommodated at Rwenzori View Guesthouse, breakfast is the included meal of the day.

Day 13 - Fort Portal - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. On your way, you will pass the equator where you will make a stop. Game drive for birding or optional guided walk on the Mweya Peninsula in the afternoon are also available

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best places in Uganda to see lions. Expect to see elephants, lions, many hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, and maybe leopards. Here, the accommodation is at Kasenyi Safari camp or Enganzi lodge, with breakfast included in the price.

Day 14 - Queen Elizabeth National Park

After game drive in the morning, you will go on a boat trip on the Kazinga channel in the afternoon. The boat is an ideal platform to make photos of the birds. The Kazinga channel is one of the highlights of Uganda and has the highest concentration of hippos in the world. Like the previous day, accommodation is at Kasenyi Safari camp or Enganzi lodge, with breakfast included in the price.

Day 15 - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

After the last birding session through the park, leading to Maramagambo forest, you will be transferred to Buhoma, in the afternoon. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a unique jungle, with many monkey species, and one of the two places in the world where you can find mountain gorillas! You will be accommodated at Buhoma Community Rest camp, with breakfast included.

Day 16, 17, and 18 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park you will do some birdwatching and you will also dedicate one day to a gorilla trekking trip, as an optional activity, if you want to. You will also go on a short trip to Ruhija. Birding in this unique area with a lot of Albertine endemics is extremely interesting.

During day 16 and 17 you will continue staying overnight at Buhoma Community Rest camp, with breakfast included, while in your last night in Bwindi, you will camp at Gorilla Mist camp where you will be served breakfast, which is included in the price.

Day 19 and 20 - Bwindi Impenetrable - Lake Bunyonyi

Birding in Mubwindi swamp and after transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest and most beautiful lake of Uganda. You will sleep on one of the beautiful islands. Possible activities here are nature walks, go for a birding walk, go for canoeing, take a swim, or visit the local community. All the above activities are optional.

During the second day in lake Bunyonyi, you can do birding on the island and along the lake shores. Optional boat trip on the lake is also available.

You will be accommodated these two days at Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort, with breakfast included in the price.

Day 21 - Lake Bunyonyi - Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, you will be driven to Lake Mburo National Park where you will have a boat trip for birding on the lake in the afternoon. It is possible to do a night game drive with high chances of seeing leopards and nocturnal birds, as an optional activity.

Lake Mburo is one of the two national parks with zebras and the only national park with impalas in Uganda. There are no elephants and lions, so walking safaris are possible here.

Mburo Safari lodge is your last accommodation venue of the safari. The included meals while accommodated here are breakfast and another meal of the day.

Day 22 - Lake Mburo National Park - Entebbe

Early in the morning you will go on a last game drive or game walk in Lake Mburo National Park. After that, you will be transferred to the Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your departure.

  • Boat trip on Lake Albert
  • Boat trip on Lake Mburo National Park
  • Boat trip on the Kazinga channel
  • Boat trip on the Victoria Nile up to the bottom of the falls
  • Chimpanzee tracking trip
  • Short trip to Ruhija for birding in an area with a lot of Albertine endemics
  • Stop at the equator for photos and shopping
  • Trip to the source of the Nile
  • Visit the Sempaya Hot Springs and take a walk through the jungle
  • Visit to the botanical gardens in Entebbe
  • Visit to the Mabamba swamp, a large and accessible wetland on the shores of Lake Victoria

This safari take place in various national parks and wetland areas in Uganda. Uganda offers the best of everything from east and west Africa. An unique combination of the large animals like elephants, lions, buffaloes, leopards, giraffes, zebras, hyenas, warthogs, hippos, and crocodiles from the savannas and the forest animals like chimpanzees, gorillas, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, patas monkeys, blue monkeys, forest elephants, forest buffaloes, and giant forest hogs.

Most tourists arrive at Entebbe’s modern and efficient international airport, with its breathtaking location on the shores of Lake Victoria. Just 40 kilometers away, sprawled across seven hills, there is the capital city of Kampala. A modern and bustling cosmopolitan city, which reflects the ongoing economic growth and political stability that has characterized Uganda for the last 20 years.

There is more to Uganda than wildlife: the mighty Nile, with its spectacular Murchison Falls, the setting for some of the world’s best white-water rafting. There are the snow-capped mountains of the Rwenzori, and the Virunga Volcanoes, and Mount Elgon, both with a lot of hiking opportunities through a beautiful scenery. Uganda has a few beautiful big lakes like Lake Victoria and Lake Bunyonyi. And apart from that, Uganda has the reputation of ‘Africa’s friendliest country’, with the tradition of hospitality and a remarkably low level of crime and hassle directed at tourists.

Uganda is a cultural melting pot, with 30-plus different languages belonging to five distinct linguistic groups. The country’s most ancient inhabitants, confined to the hilly southwest, are the Batwa and Bambuti Pygmies. They left behind a rich legacy of rock paintings, such as those at the Nyero Rock Shelter near Kumi. The cultural core of modern Uganda are the Bantu-speaking kingdoms of Buganda, Bunyoro, Ankole, and Toro. According to oral tradition, these centuries-old kingdoms are offshoots of the medieval kingdoms of Batembuzi and Bacwezi. Three former kings of Buganda are buried in an impressive traditional thatched building at the Kasubi Tombs in Kampala. Other cultures in Uganda are: Karimojong, Maasai, Bakonjo, and the Bagisu.

The most important birding sites you will visit during this safari are Mabamba Swamp, Entebbe botanical gardens, Mabira Forest, the Nile in Jinja, Kaniyo Pabidi (Budongo Forest), Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Bigodi Swamps, Semuliki National Park, Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kazinga channel, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mubwindi Swamp, Lake Bunyonyi, and Lake Mburo National Park.

You will be served daily breakfast, included in the price in all venues where you will be accommodated. Some half board accommodations will also offer a second meal during the day, accordingly to the itinerary. I you want to be given full board meals, there is a supplement 30 USD per day that you will need to pay.

  • Go on a night game drive with high chances of seeing leopards and nocturnal birds in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Go on a night walk through the forest to see the animals of the night, like bush babies in Kibale forest
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
  • Guided walk on the Mweya Peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Take nature walks, go for a birding walk, go for canoeing, take a swim, or visit the local community in Lake Bunyonyi
  • Visit the local people or the crater lakes in Kibale Forest National Park
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Birding in the most important national parks and wetland areas of Uganda
  • Boat trips on the Nile and the Kazinga channel for optimal birdwatching
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Daily meals as mentioned in the itinerary and bottled water
  • Entrance fees to the included national parks
  • Game drives in Murchinson Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
  • All optional activities
  • Insurances
  • International flights
  • Gorilla permits - 600 USD in high season and 450 USD in low season
  • Meals not mentioned and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication
  • Visa for Uganda

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Kazinga Safaris will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.%

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Kampala, Uganda

Kazinga Tours was started in 2006, by Felex Musinguzi from Uganda and Vincent van ‘t Hof from the Netherlands. They organize safari trips to Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

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