Bird Watching Uganda, Watching Rift Endemics – 14 days

Bird Watching Uganda, Watching Rift Endemics - 14 days

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Day 1: To Lake Mburo,

Birding rift endemics start with a transfer to Lake Mburo Park. Birding along Impala track and afternoon boat cruise for water birds
Overnight tented camp, Safari lodge or camping

Species of interest: white backed night heron, Rufous belied heron, White winged warbler, Papyrus Gonlek, papyrus canary, African fish eagle, Pied King fisher, Bateuler, Brown snake eagle, etc.

Day 2: Mgahinga Park, Albertine Species

Watching birds, around Lake Mburo swamps in the morning and Echuya forest enroute to Mgahinga National park.
Overnight: safari lodge, tented camp, guest house –  two nights

Albertine Species: Mountain wagtail, Black bee eater, Bar tailed trogon, Regal sunbird, olive pigeon,white tailed ant-thrush, Banded prinia,Mountain capped apalis, Handsome francolin ,Chapin’s flycatcher, sooty flycatcher.

Day 3: In Mgahinga Park, rift endemics

Bird watching Mgahinga National Park not only gives an opportunity to see endemics but takes you through different vegetation zones and offers spectacular views of the Volcanoes.

Endemic species: Rwezori Turaco, Strage weaver, Archer’s robin chat, Doherty’s bush shrike, White tailed blue flycatcher, Dusky Crimson wing, Red faced woodland warbler.

Day 4: To Ruhija, Bwindi forest endemics

Morning, transfer to Ruhija birding through Echuya forest, bamboo zone and Ruhija surrounding in the afternoon.
Two nights stay in a tented camp or cottages.

Rift Endemics: Regal sun bird, Red faced woodland warbler, Chubb’s cisticola, Short tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Rwenzori Batis

Day 5: Mubwinde swamp, swamp specialties

Go bird watching to Mubwindi swamp birding through the forest trails, searching for forest species and rift endemics.

Bwindi bird species: African Green broadbill, archer robin chat, African green broad bill, collared apalis, black faced apalis, Rwenzori night jar, Chapin flycatcher, yellow eyed black flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, striped breasted tit, dwarf honey guide.

Day 6: To Buhoma, Bwindi forest species

Transfer to Buhoma birding through the Neck and water loop trail in the afternoon

Bwindi Endemics: Black bee eater, handsome francolin, Ruwenzori turaco, regal sunbird, red throated alethe, kivu ground thrush, short tailed warbler.

Day 7: Gorilla trekking

Gorilla tracking is a tough but rewarding exercise, one need to be physical fit as it may be demanding at some point due to elevation gains. For those with extra energy bird the Buhoma surrounding in the afternoon.

Day 8: Waterfall trail, Bwindi forest trail

Watching Forest birds starts right at the visitor centre, following the road leads you to different forest trails, take up the waterfall trail for a 2-3 hours birding ending at the three water falls searching for forest species.

Endemics of Bwindi forest: Chapin flycatcher collared apalis, black faced apalis, yellow eyed black flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, Short tailed warbler, Kivu ground thrush, Purple breasted sunbird, rufous flycatcher.

Day 9: To Semliki Reserve, Fort Portal town

Morning transfer to Fort Portal town through Ishasha sector searching for tree climbing lions.
Check in at a booked hotel late afternoon.

Day 10: in Semliki Park, Semliki forest

Bird watching in Semliki forest, driving down the valleys early morning, watching birds along the main road and Ssepaya hot springs trails will give an introductory birding of Semliki forest.
Return to hotel late afternoon.

Day 11: In Semliki Park, Semliki rarities

Go Watch birds in Semliki forest: return early morning for a full day’s trip using Kirumia trail, the birding offers you opportunities to see rarities and other species of the Ituri forest. Return to hotel for dinner and over night.

Bird species: Spot breasted ibis, long tailed hawk, Nkulengu rail, piping horn bill, red billed dwarf horn bill, black dwarf hornbill, African piculet, lyte-tailed honey guide, red rumped tinker bird, yellow throated nicator, Sassi’s olive greenbul, fiery breasted bush shrike, forest scrub robin.

Day 12: To Kibale Forest, Bigodi Swamp

Bird watching in Bigodi swamp not only for swamp specialties but also have opportunities to watch 8 species of primates namely the blue monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed colubus, white and black colobus, L’Hoest monkey, vervet monkey and Olive baboons.

Magombe swamp species: Red tailed bristle bill, white collared olive back, yellow billed barbet, white napped pigeon, grey winged warbler, black billed turaco, papyrus canary, white winged warbler, blue shouldered robin chat, white spotted flufftail and red winged francolin.

Day 13: In Kibale Forest, primate walk

Kibale forest not only gives you excellent birding opportunities but is famous for Chimpanzee tracking and chimpanzee habituation experience, has the highest numbers of primates therefore offers primate walk activities.
Watching birds in Kibale forest is along Ngogo road, the main road ending at Dura Bridge and in the forest trails

Key species: Bar tailed tragon, fine banded wood pecker, red faced crimson wing, Nahan’s Francolin, Africa Pitta etc

Day 14: End of Safari

Transfer to Entebbe or Kampala.