7 Days Ultimate Bird Watching Safaris in Uganda

  • Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Overview

Wildlife Uganda Safari

This ultimate birdwatching safari in Uganda is designed exclusively for those who intend to enjoy serious birding. You will be provided with exceptional access to key birding sites where you can scope out Ugandan endemics, rarities, and elusive, secretive bird species. The guides are skilled in calling birds with their lip whistles and will do everything possible to meet your expectations. They will focus on getting you the birds that you need, so bring your list of most-wanted birds along.

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • Two days of gorilla trekking trips
  • Full time English-speaking driver / guide
  • Birdwatching canoe and cruise excursion
  • Park and guide fees and relevant government taxes
  • Airport transfers and ground transportation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 11.

  • 7 activity days
  • English
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According to the package you select, you will be accommodated in budget, mid-range, or luxury lodges in all the locations visited. The accommodation provided is on a shared basis.

Day 1 - Entebbe - Lake Mburo National Park

After being picked up, you will drive to Mabamba Swamp, which is 50 kilometers west of Kampala. Along the way, make a stop at Mpigi Swamp to see the papyrus rarities. If you are lucky, you may also spot the white-winged warbler, papyrus gonolek, yellow-backed weaver, northern brown-throated weaver, and the blue-headed coucal among other swamp specialties.

At Mabamba Swamp, you will go on a canoe birding safari in search of the Shoebill, a bizarre avian creature and the only remaining representative of its family. Here you can watch it preens as it shows off its grinning, wooden clog-like bill.

Afterwards, you will be transferred to Lake Mburo National Park, an extensive area of wetland. This place has a rich population of highly-sought out birds including the green-backed woodpecker, African finfoot, brown-chested plover, southern ground-hornbill, spot-flanked, red-faced, and black-collared barbets, just to name a few.

Accommodation for today is the Eagle's Nest for budget package, Mburo Safari Lodge for mid-range package, and Mihingo Safari Lodge for luxury package.

Day 2 - Lake Mburo National Park.

Today is a full game-viewing along Lake Mburo National Park. Measuring only 370 square kilometers, which is small compared to its neighboring parks, this place is home to an abundant wildlife, diverse flora and fauna, and has a total of five lakes within its boundaries. Here you can see animals such as impalas, slender mongooses, and secretive bush rats, which are not found in any other Ugandan park. This place is also home to the unique Burchell’s zebra.

Around 300 species of birds have also been recorded to be residing here. This park is believed to be the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as topi, impala, and several acacia-associated birds.

Accommodation for today is the Eagle's Nest for budget package, Mburo Safari Lodge for mid-range package, and Mihingo Safari Lodge for luxury package.

Day 3 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today, make your way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This “impenetrable forest” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to approximately 320 mountain gorillas, which make up half of the world’s endangered population of these creatures that can be tracked. Moreover, this diverse region also provides shelter to around 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons, chimpanzees, elephants, and antelopes.

This is also a go-to place for avid bird watchers being inhabited by over 350 species of birds, including 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species.

Accommodation for today is Buhoma Community Rest Camp for budget package, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge for mid-range package, and Gorrilla Forest Camp for luxury package.

Day 4 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today is set out for another intense bird-watching activity. You can expect sightings of about 350 recorded different species, with 23 endemics, which is 90 percent of the Albertine Rift endemics, such as the blue-headed sunbird as well as the short-tailed warbler in addition to seven IUCN red data listed bird species.

Accommodation for today is Buhoma Community Rest Camp for budget package, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge for mid-range package, and Gorrilla Forest Camp for luxury package.

Day 5 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The following day is reserved for Uganda's pride, gorilla trekking safari. Guests who want to continue looking for birds around the lower trails may do so and they will be accompanied by a local bird guide.

Those doing the gorilla trekking will first have a briefing at the park office before setting out in the wilderness in search of these great apes. They sometimes tend to be elusive but often can be found within an hour by the tracker guides. Enjoy a close encounter of them feeding, grooming, and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing playfully from branch to branch.

Accommodation for today is Buhoma Community Rest Camp for budget package, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge for mid-range package, and Gorilla Forest Camp for luxury package.

Day 6 - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today, you will visit Queen Elizabeth National Park. Depending on weather conditions, you either pass through the Ishasha sector, where you can see the famous tree-climbing lions, or drive through the beautiful sceneries of Rukungiri District. The latter one being another bird's paradise where species such as grey-capped warbler, African long-crested eagle, augur guzzard, Mackinnon’s fiscal, and black-headed waxbill can be spotted.

Named after the Queen of England who visited this park in 1954, this is the second largest national park in Uganda, characterized by its diverse flora and fauna. It is inhabited by over 95 mammal species and approximately 612 species of birds. Wildlife to be spotted includes warthlogs, lions, leopards, hyenas, giant forest hogs, as well as elephants. Whereas, specialty species include the harlequin, african crake, white-winged warbler, martial eagle, African skimmer, Verreaux’s eagle-owl, papyrus gonolek, Amur Falcon, Ovampo sparrowhawk, and lowland akalat.

Accommodation for today is Mweya Lodge for budget package, Katara Lodge for mid-range package, and Mweya Safari Lodge for luxury package.

Day 7 - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Entebbe

Make the most of your last day with yet another birdwatching safari and game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. In the afternoon, go on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel where you can see yawning hippos in water, water birds, buffaloes, elephants, zebras, the Ugandan kobs, topis, water bucks, bush bucks, reed bucks, duikers, mongooses, swamp antelopes, and spotted hyenas among others.

Kazinga is a narrow neck of water that connects Lakes George and Edward, with excellent photographic opportunities for waterside birds and abundant hippopotamuses. Here, you can also chance upon aquatic birds such as the white-faced whistling, spur-winged plovers, squacco heron, and fish eagle. Afterwards, drive back to Entebbe International Airport (EBB).

  • Canoe birdwatching at Lake Mburo National park
  • Game drive and a bird watching at Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Morning game drive and a boat cruise at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Walinah Ellis

    Walinah, aged 31, grew up in Kasese. He has been guiding for over six years now, and started as an informal guide from his humble background doing small village cultural excursion around his home area in Kasese for tourists who were interested in getting an insight in his tribal group, the Bakonzo. He is a tour guide and professional driver leading groups to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Rwenzori Mountain National Park, Semuliki National Park, and now Murchison Fall National Park.

  • Kyombe Deo

    Kyombe Deo, aged 49, is an experienced guide with over 21 years in chimpanzee trekking and community habituations. As a proffessional chimpanzee guide, he draws his experience from Kidepo National Park, Murchision Falls National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park. During his free time, he likes being around chimpanzees and trekking their movements from the morning to the evening.

  • Remmy Kityo

    Remmy Kityo, aged 35, is a passionate tour guide and professional driver with over ten years of experience in primate trekking, birdwatching, cycling, and community walks and habituation. His experience cuts across borders covering the entire East Africa's best national parks and all tourism attractions the east has to offer. Being with a passion for nature has helped him to connect with people from diverse cultures. Finally, he is a jolly person and always feels privileged to take people on safari.

This safari tour takes place in three of Uganda's most popular national parks - Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Three meals a day are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • 1 birdwatching canoe
  • 1 cruise excursion
  • 2 days of gorilla trekking trips
  • 6 nights accommodation on a budget, mid-range, or luxury basis
  • Airport transfers from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • All meals
  • Daily game drives
  • Full time English-speaking driver
  • Ground transportation
  • Guide fees
  • Park entry fees
  • Relevant government taxes
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on drinks and tips
  • Visa fees

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Kampala, Uganda

    "I tried MAK Global Consults Tours & Travel in July 2016, and the experience I got was worth giving a try. I recommend anyone to use their services."

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Kampala, Uganda

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