Uganda Forest Birding Holiday – 12 days

African Fish Eagles

African Fish Eagles

Day 1: Botanical Gardens, Introductory Birding,

Uganda forest birding starts with an introductory birding at the botanical gardens, shores of Lake Victoria and the Kajansi ponds before transferring to your booked hotel.

Key species: Great blue Turaco, White & Black casqued Hornbills, Grey crowned crane, compact weaver, Hadada Ibis, Open billed stork, Woodland Kingfisher, Papyrus gonlek, Grey heron and Pied King fisher.

Day 2: Forest Birding, Birding Mabira Forest

Go birding Mabira forest gets you early enough at the forest centre, where you register and later enjoy a full day forest birding.
Mabira forest species:Purple throated cuckoo shrike, Nahan’s francolins, Forest wood hoopoe, Green tailed bristle bill, Joyful greenbul, Tit hylia, Grey long bill, Great blue turaco, Weyns weaver, African harrier-hawk, Hairy breasted barbet, Brown eared woodpecker, White-headed saw-wing.

Day 3: Budongo Forest, Birding Busingiro sector

Budongo forest, transfer from Kampala to Busingiro sector for an afternoon forest birding, depending on time of arrival, start birding from visitor centre areas and continue along the main road. Dinner & overnight in Masindi town

Forest birds: African Dwarf Kingfisher, chestnut capped flycatcher, western black headed oriole, Sabine’s spine tail, white breasted negro finch, Yellow crested woodpecker, Yellow footed flycatcher, Lemon bellied crombec, Piping hornbill, Sabine’s spine tail

Day 4: Budongo Forest, Royal Mile

Budongo Forest birding, early rise with a parked lunch and head for the royal mile enjoy a full day bird watching along the forest road ending at the Forest Bridge. Returning at hotel before dark

Budongo Forest species: Ituri Batis, Nahan’s francolin, Chocolate backed king fisher, Brown twin spot, White spotted fluff tail, Jameson’s wattle eye, white breasted negro finch, Grey headed sunbird, Red headed bluebill, Green sunbird, Little green sunbird.

Day 5:To Kibale – Forest Species

Birding forest species, transfer to Kibale forest and check in at a booked hotel, enjoy the rest of the afternoon birding around the hotel gardens and if you are at Primate lodge then bird along the forest main road

Kibale forest birds: Black billed turaco, Yellow billed barbet, Great blue turaco, Haily breasted barbet, Vanga flycatcher, Brown throated wattle eye, Western Nicator, Yellow bill.Red bellied paradise fly catcher.

Day 6: Swamp Walk, Kibale Forest

Birding Kibale forest park, early morning walk in Bigodi swamp, Chimpanzee tracking and forest birding in Kibale National park in the afternoon

Forest species: White coloured Olive back, Red Tailed Bristle bill, Yellow billed barbet, White bellied crested fly catcher, Joyful greenbul, Black billed Turaco, Blue shouldered robin chat, Green breasted Pitta, white spotted Fluff tail

Day 7:To Semliki, Semliki Rarities

Birding in Semliki forest starts early morning with a parked lunch drive down the Semliki valleys for forest experience, visit Ssepaya hot spring and bird Kirumia trails the rest of the day
Return late afternoon to Fort portal town and check in at a booked hotel one night.

Semliki Rarities: Spot breasted ibis, Grey throated rail, Capuchin babbler, Congo serpent eagle, Piping Hornbill, Red billed dwarf hornbill, White crested hornbill, African Piculet, Red bellied Malimbe, Zenker’s honey guide.

Day8: To Bwindi Park – Forest Species

Transfer to Bwindi Park early morning, birding Buhoma surroundings in the afternoon.

Albertine species: Banded prinia ,Narina tragon, Magie Manikin, Grey headed Negrofinch, Black billed weaver, Black necked weaver, Stuhlmann’s starling, Pink footed puff back, Bocage’s bush-shrike, Ludher’s bush shrike Narina tragon, banded prinia, blue headed sunbird, Ross’s Turaco, Black billed Turaco

Day 9: In Bwindi Park – Albertine Rift Endimics

Trekking Mountain Gorillas (optional US$ 500) other wise full day bird watching along the water fall loop searching for rarities and rift

Rift endemics: Red throated alethe, Black bee eater, Short tailed warbler,Purple breasted sunbird, yellow eyed black fly catcher, Red faced woodland warbler, Blue headed sunbird, Brown capped weaver, Strange weaver

Day 10: Ruhinja – Bunyonyi

Birding Bwindi forest starting with the neck, Ruhija surroundings and Bamboo zone before transferring to Bunyonyi for dinner and over night stay.

Albertine rift 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 11: Back to Kampala

Depart Lake Bunyonyi early morning birding at interesting point’s enroute to Kampala and check in at a booked hotel for a night stay.

Day 12 Departure

Transfer to EBB airport for your home flight