The 11 Days Bird camping safari provides you the chance to explore various landscape from streaming river valleys, marshy areas to grassy savannas,…
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The 11 Days Bird camping safari provides you the chance to explore various landscape from streaming river valleys, marshy areas to grassy savannas, teeming with wilderness.
The safari takes you through most of the popular savanna birding locations like in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks. Uganda is home to over 10% of the world’s birds & 50% of Africa’s birds hosting over 1062 different bird species including some of the rarest birds.
The birding safari starts with taking you to Lake Victoria shores & Botanical gardens to explore & sight some of Uganda’s water birds which include Collard sunbird, Orange, Slender Billed, Black Headed among others. It continues to Murchison falls which lies in the northwest of Uganda & is home to over 451 bird species.
Embarking on a bird drive in this park you stand a chance of viewing lots of open savannah grassland birds plus plenty of game. The safari stretches to Queen Elizabeth National park which is classified as an important birding area by Birding international.
Queen Elizabeth National park is home to over 600 bird species & this is the greatest of any East African national park. The safari then proceeds to Lake Mburo National park to explore more birds in the bushy thickets, open & wooded savannahs. This park has an impressive bird list with about 333 bird species recorded namely African fin foot, Great snipe, Abyssinian ground horn bill to name a few.
- Ground transportation
- Amazing bird viewing
- A good old fashioned genuine tented mobile safari.
- Nature walks
- Bird & game drives
- Safari boat cruise
- Camp fire
- The birding of lifetime.
DAY 2:- Entebbe Birding trail
In the early morning after your breakfast at the campsite, embark on a whole day birding around Entebbe area starting from the Botanical Gardens where you look out for the Olive Bellied, Green Throated and Collard sunbird, Orange, Slender Billed, Black Headed, Yellow Backed. Return to campsite for Lunch & then in the afternoon proceed to Uganda Wildlife Education Center for more birding to stand a chance to sight Golden Backed weaver, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoo, Ashy Flycatcher, Green Crombec, Gabor Goshawk & on a lucky day the Bat Hawk can be seen anytime flying over, Palm Nut Vulture, Ross’s and Great Blue Turaco, Grey Woodpecker among others. In the evening retreat back to your designated campsite for relaxation, dinner & overnight.
Day 3:- Entebbe to Murchison Falls National park
After your early morning breakfast at the campsite, embark on a drive northwest to Murchison Falls National park with lunch en-route. This park is the largest & oldest in Uganda and is bisected by the Victoria Nile. Murchison falls has about three different eco systems namely; savannah which is woodland and grassland, riverine, tropical forest and woodland together with many water ecosystems. The park is also home to over 74 mammal species which include Lions, , Reedbucks, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Hartebeest, Oribis, Water bucks, Uganda Kobs, Chimpanzees and also hosts over 449 bird species including the rare Shoebill. Actually this is the 3rd best birding site in Africa according to African Bird Club. On arrival proceed with a bird drive as you enter the park heading to your designated private campsite for relaxation, dinner & overnight.
Day 4:- Murchison falls birding trail & Safari boat cruise
An early morning call from the one of the camp assistant will get you up before the sunrise. Grab yourself an early morning bush breakfast at the camp and get ready for a half day bird drive on the northern part of the park which will take you up to the Albert delta point. Northern Carmine Bee-Eater, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Red-throated Bee-eaters, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, White Browed Sparrow Weaver, Silver bird, Buff-bellied Warbler Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal Thick-knee, Osprey, Water Thick-knee, Black-headed Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Hauglin’s Francolin, Black Billed Wood-Dove, Vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Spotted Morning-Thrush, White Rumped Seed Eater, Red-throated Bee-eater, Beautiful Sunbird, Speckle-fronted and Golden-backed Weavers, Shoebill, White rumped canary to name a few. Return to campsite for relaxation, bush lunch as you prepare for the afternoon safari boat cruise on the white Nile. Embark on a safari boat cruise for about 2-3hrs that brings out the spectacular water birds and the best of Murchison falls National park. The cruise takes you to the base of the falls. Victoria Nile has a huge concentration of hippos, crocodile, and variety of bird life. Look out for birds like the Yellow Billed Stork, Egyptian Plover, Red Chested Bee-Eater, White Faced and Fulvous Whistling Duck, Rock Pratincole, Wire Tailed Swallow Goliath among other. In the evening return to your campsite for relaxation, dinner & overnight.
Activities; Birding & safari boat cruise
DAY 5:- Murchison falls to Fort Portal
After an early morning bush breakfast cross the white Nile and embark on a long 9hrs drive to Kibale forest. This is not an ordinary journey, it’s a rewarding drive which involves driving through the lush countryside dotted by amazing features of earth movements including the sights of the Albertine rift valley from Butyaba escarpment. The farmed landscapes bring out the typical African villages in Uganda. Lunch will be en-route in Hoima town then proceed with the drive which will see you arrive in Fort portal in the late afternoon overlooking the mystical Rwenzori mountains at the campsite with permanent ablution.
Day 6:- Fort Portal to Queen Elizabeth
In the morning grab yourself breakfast and head to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is the 2nd largest National Park in Uganda, with its varied habitats this park boats of about 600 species of birds. On this day, you will do birding as we get into the park looking out for special savannah species like the African Moustached and Broad Tailed Warbler, Black and Senegal Coucal, Brown Backed and White Browed Scrub Robin, Hollub’s Golden Weaver. Arrive at your designated campsite for relaxation & bush lunch. In the afternoon you take a 2 hours safari boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. This is a natural channel joining Lakes George and Edward, and is one of the most productive birding cruises on the planet. Schools of hippos, huge families of buffalos, elephants and other Antelopes come to take water in the hot dry afternoons. Lots of birds are found here including the African Skimmers, African Spoonbill, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, African Crake, many migrants including the Grey Plover, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull and many more, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh, Green, Wood and Common Sandpiper, Lesser Swamp-Warbler, Collard Pratincole, Yellow-billed Ox-pecker to name a few. In the evening return to the campsite for dinner & overnight.
Activities; Birding & safari boat cruise
Day 7:-Southern Queen Elizabeth birding trail
After an early morning bush breakfast, carry with you packed bush lunch & head out for a whole day birding drive towards the Ishasha sector birding all way through. A drive in this Sector exposes us to the Red Backed Shrike, Red-necked Spurfowl, Arrow-marked and Sharpe’s Babbler, White-backed, Rupell’s Grifon, Palm Nut and Hooded Vulture, Violet-backed Starling, Brown, Black-Chested and Western banded Snake-Eagle, Holub’s Golden-backed Weaver, Greater and Lesser Honeyguide, Trilling, Grassland Pipit, Cardinal Woodpecker, African Wattled Lapwing, Pintail Snipe, Common Drongo, Blue-naped Mousebird, Double Toothed, White Headed Barbet and Spot Flanked, Yellow Fronted Tinkerbird, African Cuckoo Hawk and many more savannah genus. As you proceed with the drive keep in mind that this part of sector is famous for rare tree climbing lions and thus on a lucky day, you may come spot some lions in tree branches. Return to your designated campsite for relaxation, dinner & overnight.
DAY 8:- Queen Elizabeth to Lake Mburo
Wake up with the sunrise, have you last bush breakfast in Queen Elizabeth whilst watching the camp assistants dismantle the tents & viewing the stunning sceneries of the park. After embark on your drive to Lake Mburo national park whilst birding. This is one of the most accessible national parks in Uganda and one you can explore on foot with an armed ranger. It harbors several species of mammals which do not exist in the southern hemisphere of Uganda and among these are the Zebra, Impala, Eland, Topi, oribi. Here you are at the epitome of savannah birding with special species like the Green – backed Woodpecker, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Temmincks Courser, Common Quails, Green Wood hoopoe, Blue-naped Mouse bird, Bare-faced Go-away Bird Coqui Fancolin, Green Capped Eremomela, Yellow Bellied Apalis, Nubian Woodpecker, Black Cuckoo-Shrike Brown-chested Plover, Lilac-breasted Roller, Coqui Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, African Wattled Plover, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks, Spot-flanked, Red-faced and Black-collared Barbets. Lunch is en-route and you arrive in the late afternoon at your private campsite, for relaxation, dinner & overnight.
Day 9:- Lake Mburo Birding trail
Before sunrise, rise up for your bush breakfast at the campsite and then head out for whole day birding in the remarkable Queen Elizabeth National park in search for Savanna birds like the Temminck’s Courser, Martial Eagle, Rupell’s Griffon, White Headed, Lappet Faced Vultures, Harlequin Quail, Blue Quail, Common Buttonquail, African Crake, Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Black Headed Gonolek, Amur Falcon, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Lowland Akalat, Greater and Lesser Flamingo. Whilst birding you will also stand a chance to spot great game like Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Cape Buffalo, Lion and many others. Return to the campsite for your bush lunch & in afternoon embark on a safari boat cruise on Kazinga channel for more birding. Return in the evening for relaxation, dinner & overnight at your campsite.
Activities; Birding & Safari boat cruise
Day 10:- Lake Mburo to Kampala
Wake up with the sunrise, have you last bush breakfast & embark on another walking safari for morning birding. In the mid-morning return to campsite full bush breakfast & embark on a game drive on your way out of the park to Kampala. Lunch is en-route & arrive in the late afternoon depending on traffic for dinner & overnight
DAY 11:- Kampala to Entebbe
This is our last day on the safari and we get to do a walking safari in Kampala as you do your shopping whilst sighting the city. Later we travel to Entebbe airport depending on your flight details!
Activities; Walking safari
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NB:- Minimum age on scheduled departures is 12 years old
• Ground transportation in customized safari vehicles
• Service of Professional guide, ranger guide, safari camp chef, camp assistants
• Game drives
• Safari boat cruises
• All activities as specified in the itinerary
• All meals and mineral water whilst tented camps
• All entrance and camping fees within the national parks and reserves
• Visa fees
• Travel insurance
• Tourism levy & conservation fees
• Some meals, Drinks & activities as requested from guest
• Items of personal nature e.g tips, telephone, laundry e.t.c