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7 Days, Uganda Classic Birding and Wildlife Safaris

7 Days, Uganda Classic Birding and Wildlife Safaris, Luxury Birdwatching Tour

Trip Highlights: Uganda, a land locked country with over 1000 species of birds makes it a bird watchers paradise. In terms of size, Uganda is the richest country for birds in Africa. Explore this birding paradise using the 4x4 vehicles.

 Day 1: Arrival - Birding in Entebbe's Botanical Gardens
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our tour manager local and be transferred to Hotel Lake Victoria. If you arrive in the early hours of the day you will have an opportunity of birding around Entebbe Botanical gardens.

At Entebbe Botanical Gardens Look out for Slender billed weaver, brown throated weaver¸ Jackson's golden - backed weaver, yellow backed weaver, swamp fly catcher, broad billed roller, black and white casqued hornbill, splendid starling, black headed gonolek, orange weaver, Verreaux's eagle owl, red chested sunbird, Ross's turaco, pied hornbill, grey headed gull, long-tailed cormorant, common squacco heron, yellow billed duck, pied kingfisher, giant king fisher, crowned hornbill, open billed storks, great reed warbler, sedge warbler, and grey caped warbler.

Lunch, dinner and Overnight Hotel Lake Victoria

Day 2: Birding at Heritage Trail
After breakfast drive 10 km north of Entebbe for birding at Heritage trail which was established in early 2000 due for its diversity of birds.

Over 170 species have been recorded. Look out for white-headed barbet, brown twin spot, tambourine dove, black headed bush shrike, white spotted fluftail, little ringed plover, verreaux's eagle owl, Richard's pipit, klass' cuckoo red fronted lovebird, double toothed barbet, emerald cuckoo, yellow bill, wattled lapwing, and many others.

Lunch, dinner and Overnight at Hotel Lake Victoria

Day 3: Mpigi Swamp - Mabamba Swamp
After an early breakfast drive to Mabamba swamp 50 km west of Kampala. Stop en route in Mpigi swamp for papyrus rarities. Look for a white winged warbler, papyrus gonolek, yellow backed weaver, northern brown-throated weaver, blue-headed coucal, and other swamp specialties. Continue to Mabamba swamp.

Mabamba Wetlands in the Mpigi swamps is an easily accessible birding hotspot on the shores of Lake Victoria. It offers the best opportunity to see the rare and globally threatened Shoebill Stork. The wetlands also support many other species of birds. The Papyrus Yellow Warbler and the Blue Swallow are also found here. Other species are Gull-billed Terns, White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Terns, Grey-headed Gulls, Goliath Heron, Pygmy Geese, Swamp Flycatcher, Slender-billed Weaver, Lesser Jacana, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Afep Pigeon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Papyrus Gonolek, and White-winged Warbler. The Sitatunga a very hard to see antelope has also been sighted in these swamps.

Most of the birding is done on a canoe. Have lunch at Speke Resort. Dinner and Overnight at Speke Resort Munyonyo

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Depart early in the morning after breakfast for Queen Elizabeth National Park as you bird en route. Have stop at Mbarara for lunch.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda's most popular game park and certainly one of its most scenic. It stretches from the crater-dotted foot hills of the Ruwenzoris in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the South, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from savannah and wetlands to the gallery and lowland forests. This remarkable diversity is reflected in its bird list of over 500 species, the largest of any protected area in Africa. They include the Grey Crowned Crane, Martial Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Rupell's Griffon Vulture, Sooty Chat, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Marsh Tchagra Broad-tailed Warbler, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-headed Gonolek, and Black-lored Babbler. The park also supports a large population mammals like Hippos, Elephants, the elusive Giant Forest Hog and Uganda Kob has over 500 recorded bird species. An excellent variety to be seen here include pelicans, skimmers, kingfishers, thick-knees, storks, martins, swallows, weavers, raptors, canaries, kites and other grasslands specialties.

Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Birding in the park begins early in the morning after breakfast on the open savannah. Return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy birding at Kazinga Channel by use of a boat, which joins Lake Edward and Lake George. Return to the Mweya Safari Lodge for Dinner and overnight stay.

Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Mburo National Park
After an early breakfast, visit the birds hide near the lodge and then drive for Lake Mburo National Park. Your drive is punctuated with several stops to see the barefaced go away bird, crowned plover, watt led lapwing, southern red bishop, variable sunbird, African harrier hawk, larks and many others. Enjoy the fabulous long horned Ankole cattle as you bird. Enjoy free songs of the morning dove, Dendrick's cuckoo, grey-capped warbler, black-headed weaver, among other birds.

Lake Mburo National Park is a relatively small and new park gazetted in 1982. Situated between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara, the park is composed primarily of grassland, wetland, and Acacia woodland. Lake Mburo has markedly different flora and fauna to other national parks and reservations. The swampy area offers one of the best places to locate the papyrus specialists such as White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Papyrus Canary and the Papyrus Gonolek. In the acacia dotted landscape, one can easily locate Rofous-bellied Heron, black-throated Barbet, Green-capped Eremomela, Southern Red Bishop and Long-tailed Cisiticola. It is a good place in the country to see gigantic eland, impala, zebra, topi, rock hyrax, warthog, hyena, and crocodile.

Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 7: Lake Mburo National Park - Entebbe
Leave at dawn to get the African fin foot at Lake Mburo before it disappears into the papyrus beds floating on the lake. Return to the camp for breakfast. Drive back to the camp and look out for the brown chested lapwing, lilac breasted roller, carmine bee-eaters, black bellied bustard, helmeted guinea fowl, handsome francolin, rufous napped lark, vultures, eagles, kites and the like.

Return to the camp for lunch then you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for departure.

End of Safari.

Prices and Costs
Package Cost Shall Be Provided According To Group Numbers and Period of Travel

Cost Inclusions:
• Accommodations
• Meals as stated in the itinerary
• Airport transfers
• Park fee and sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
• Ground transportation in a 4wd

Cost Excludes:
• International airfare or flights of any kind
• Meals not noted on the itinerary
• Insurance of any kind
• Visas
• Excess baggage charges
• Airport taxes
• Items of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, bills, soft drinks etc)

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