Africa Adventure Vacation we offer this amazing super 28 Days birding trip in Uganda. This trip can be taken by all categories of birders; from the old, the young, the hardcore and twichers. Our bird watching trip is led by experienced birding guides with a vast knowledge of birds and other wildlife.
The 28 Days birding trip in Uganda trip starts from Entebbe in the central area of the country through Lake Mburo National Park that has migrants from Northern Tanzania and then we go to queen Elizabeth National Park which is considered the best birding spot by the African Birding Club. We shall also visit Kibaale Forest National Park which is home to the Green Breasted Pitta, then Murchison Falls National Park which is the no.3 best spot for birding in Africa. Other highlights of this safari are Elgon National Park for the highland bird species, the royal mile and Kaniyo Pabid to see the Puvel’s Illadopsis.
We shall have our breakfast early and we head to Namugabo swamp around Mabamba Wetland to start our 28 Days birding trip in Uganda on a high gear. This area is a new birding spot and it still virgin and an option to the Mabamba Bay. It also houses the Shoebill stork just like the Mabamba Swamp. Other birds to expect here; Spur-winged Geese, Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler, Glossy Ibis, African Pygmy-Goose, Slender-billed Weaver, Purple and Allen’s Galinule, Common and Lesser Moorhen, White Faced and Fulvous Whistling duck, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Gray-rumped Swallow, Lizard Buzzard, African Pygmy and Malachite Kingfisher, Blue Swallow, Northern Brown Throated Weaver Long-toed Lapwing, Blue-breasted and Madagascar Bee-eaters, African Reed Warbler, Greater Swamp-Warbler, White Winged Tern, Grey Headed Gull, Black Tailed Godwit, Ruff, Three Banded Plover, African Wattled Plover and Lesser Jacana. Stay at Papyrus guesthouse.BB
Crested Francolin, Brown Parrot, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks, Rufous-chested Swallow, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Temmincks Courser, Common Quails, Black-bellied Bustard, Green Wood hoopoe, Blue-napped Mouse bird, African Wattled Plover, Coqui Francolin, White-winged Warblers, Black-Billed Barbets, Red-necked Spur, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, African Grey Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, Lilac-breasted Roller, Southern Red Bishop, and Yellow-throated Long Claw among others. The small swamps in the park house the Papyrus Gonolek which you can see on a lucky day.
Other birds you will see on your way to the park include; Crested Francolin, Northern Black Tit, Chin-spot Batis, Common Scimitar Bill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Trilling Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Great Blue-eared Starling, and Marico Sunbird.
Along the Zebra Track expect to see Coqui Francolin, Rufous-chested Swallow, Red-necked Spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s courser, African Wattled Plover, Yellow-throated Long Claw, Rufous-napped and Lapped Larks, and Southern Red Bishop.
We have a chance to see the migratory brown chested plover. Stay at Acardia or Rwakobo Rock.FB
On this day, we shall do a morning walk birding along the trails of the park escorted by a ranger. We shall see a lot of other wildlife like Zebras, topis, elands, buffaloes and many others. Other birds to look out for on this trail are; the Red Faced Barbet, Coqui Francolin, Tabora Cisticola, Lesser Blue Eared Starling, Buff Bellied Warbler, Red Headed Weaver, Black Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Sulpher Breasted Bush-shrike, Green Capped Eremomela, Brown Chested Plover, Bare faced Go-away-bird, Red Billed Wood Hope and many other acacia associated birds.
Later in the day after our lunch, we shall do afternoon birding looking for the Black Crowned Night Herons, Giant Kingfisher , African Finfoot and White Backed
On this day we shall have an early breakfast and do a birding on our way out of the park as we head to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. This park is one of the best in Uganda if not in the whole of East Africa. It is home to over 23 Albertine Rift endemics and is number one birding destination according to the African Birding Club.
The bird we are most likely to see on this day are; Black-billed Turaco, Western Green Tinkerbird, Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Green-Broadbill, Mountain Greenbul, Stripe Breasted Tit, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, White-naped Raven, Montane Oriole, African Golden Oriole, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Narrow-tailed Starling, Waller’s Starling, Strange Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Blue-headed Sunbird, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Grey-headed Sunbird, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Pink-footed Puffback, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Black Bee-eater, (Western) Bronze-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Owlet, Elliot’s Woodpecker, African Broadbill, Archer’s Ground Robin, Black-billed Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, East Africa Swee, Yellow-crowned Canary, Thick-billed Seedeater, Streaky Seedeater, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Regal Sunbird, Mountain Masked Apalis, Red-throated Alethe, Ashy, Dusky-blue and Chapin’s, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Oriole Finch, Mountain Buzzard, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Handsome Francolin, Barred Longtailed Cuckoo, African Wood-Owl, Rwenzori Nightjar, Scarce Swift, Bar-tailed Trogon, Dusky Tit, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-throated and Collared Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, Montane Sooty Boubou, Toro Olive-Greenbul, Ansorge’s Greenbul, Equatorial Akalat, Olive Thrush, Red-faced Woodland Warbler. Stay at BroadBill or Bakiga Lodge.FB
We shall carry our packed lunch on this day and spend the whole day birding Mubwindi Swamp. Some of the species to expect are; The African Green Broadbill, the beautiful Regal Sunbird, Grauer’s Scrub-warbler, Rwenzori Batis Black Headed Waxbill, and African Hill Babbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Fraser’s Eagle-Owl, Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, Regal Sunbird and Strange Weaver . Stay at BroadBill or Bakiga Lodge.FB
we shall check of the lodge early on this day with our packed lunch as we head to Buhoma sector of Bwindi. We shall do birding the whole day as we drive to Buhoma. Some of the species we expect to see on this day are;
Mountain Wagtail, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Dwarf Honeyguide, Red-tailed Greenbul, Chin-spot Batis, Black-billed Turacco, Many-coloured Bush-shrike, Ayres’s Hawk-eagle, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Black Bee-eater and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Narina Trogon, Honeyguide Greenbul, Red-throated Alethe, Gray Apalis, African Shrike-flycatcher and Red-headed Malimbe and the Dusky Twinspot.
Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Black Saw-wing, Chubbs’ Cisticola, Grey Apalis, Augur Buzzard, Petit’s Cuckoo Shrike, Pink-footed, Northern Puffbacks, Red-tailed, Little Grey Greenbuls, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Red-throated Martin, Rwenzori Hill Babbler, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Yellow-throated Leaf Love, Crested Guinea Fowl, African Crowned Hornbill, East African Swee (Yellow-bellied Waxbill), Yellow White-eye, Dark-capped Bulbul, Yellow-bellied Kite, Yellow-rumped, Regal Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Lead-colored Flycatcher, Black-necked Weaver, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Speckled-rumped Tinker birds, African Stonechat, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Stripe-breasted Tit, Montane-masked Apalis, Red-faced Woodland, Montane Yellow Warbler, African Harrier Hawk. Stay at Buhoma Community home stay or Haven lodge.FB
If you choose to do Gorilla tracking during your 28 Days birding trip in Uganda, you will go the park headquarters for briefing before you do the Gorilla Tracking. The Mountain gorillas are endangered species and they are very few left in the world and can only be seen in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. You will get a tour hours experience with these gorillas on this day. Stay at Buhoma Community home stay or Haven lodge.FB
Today we do birding in search of the following species; the Bar-tailed Trogon, Equatorial Akalat, Short Tailed Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Bocage’s and Luhder’s Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puffback, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Red-throated Alethe, Chapin’s Flycatcher, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, African Broadbill, Fine Banded, Elliot’s and Buff Spotted Woodpecker, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Waller’s, Stulman’s and Narrow Tailed Starlings, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Blue Headed, Blue Throated, Little Green and Blue Throated Brown Sunbird, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Black Bee-Eater, Black-billed, Brown-capped and Black Necked weaver. Stay at Buhoma Community home stay or Haven lodge.FB
We shall me checking out of our lodge in Bwindi and head to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth National park is the second biggest national park just behind Murchison Falls National Park. Onn our way we shall be birding and here are some of the species you expect to see; the Larks, Pipits, Harlequin Quail, Blue Quail, Amur Falcon, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Terek Sandpiper, Crimson Rumped Waxbill, Small (Common) Buttonquail, Black Coucal, African Crake, Martial Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Sulpher Breasted Bushshrike, Brown Snake Eagle, African Moustached, Broad Tailed and Grey Capped Warbler, Temminck’s Courser, Senegal and Wattled Lapwing and Golden Breasted Bunting. Stay At Pumba Safari Cottages or Parkview Safari Lodge.FB
We shall start our day at around 6.15am and spend the whole day in the grasslands of this park during our 28 Days birding trip in Uganda. Later in the afternoon we shall do a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. This channel connects Lakes George and Edward. You will have a chance to see a lot of other wildlife other than birds like the Hippos. The bird to expect here are; the African Skimmer, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh, Green, Wood and Common Sandpiper, Lesser Black Backed and Gray-headed Gull, Plain Martin, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, Grey Plover, Lesser Swamp-Warbler Terek Sandpiper most of which visit during the winter. Stay At Pumba Safari Cottages or Parkview Safari Lodge.FB
On our second day in Queen Elizabeth National Park. We shall check out of our lodge and bird queen Elizabeth national Park and we head out of the park heading towards Kibaale Forest National Park. W shall be looking out for the species we could have missed on the previous day and other wildlife species. Here are some of the species we expect on this day; Black Bee-eater, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Green Crombec, Purple Banded Sunbird, White Tailed Anti-thrush, African Emerald Cuckoo, Red Chested Cuckoo, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Mountain Wagtail, Shining Blue Flycatcher, Red Chested Owlet, White-napped Pigeon, Red Capped and Blue Shouldered Robinchat. Stay at Chimpanzee Guesthouse or Primate Lodge.FB
We shall do early morning birding in search for the Green Breasted Pitta, White and Red tailed Ant-Thrushes, Masked Apalis, Toro Olive-Greenbul, Black-billed Turacco, White-naped and Olive Pigeon, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Purple-headed, Glossy-Starling, Brown, Pale and Scaly Breasted Illadopsis and Green Crombec.
Chimpanzee tracking has three sessions, morning, midday and afternoon at 3pm. We shall do the 3pm tracking session after our lunch. On this trail we shall definitely see more birds and a lot more primates other than just the chimpanzees. Stay at Chimpanzee Guesthouse or Primate Lodge.FB
Our Birding safari will today take through the lash forests of Kibaale National Park the entire morning. Here are some of the species you will see today; Green-breasted Pitta, Red-chested Owlet, Crowned Eagle, White-naped, Afep and Olive Pigeon, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Western Nicator, Blue-throated Sunbird, Olive Sunbird, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Crested Guineafowl, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Green Sunbird, and Purple-banded Sunbird.
We shall have a hot lunch and later head out to Bigodi wetland area for afternoon birding. This swamp forest is home to several papyrus endemics that we may see on a lucky day, birds like White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek and White-collared Oliveback.
Other bird to watch on this 5km trail are; African Marsh Harrier, African Harrier-Hawk, Black-headed Paradise Flycatcher , Willcock’s Honeyguide, Grey Greenbul, Red-faced Cisticola, White-chinned Prinia, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Grey Parrot, Black-billed Turacco, Yellow-billed Barbet, White-breasted Negrofinch, Brown-eared Woodpecker and Red-headed Malimbe. Stay at Chimpanzee Guesthouse or Primate Lodge.FB
Bihingamy Wetland is located in the Sebitoli section of Kibaale forest National Park. This area is a swampy low land with sections of forested scrubs and tea plantations. On this birding trail we shall see; the White Collard Olive Back, Red Headed Blue Bill, Dusky and, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Lesser Honeyguide, Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, Red-capped Robin Chat and Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Equatorial Akalat, Luhdher’s Bush Shrike. Cabanis’s and Joyful Greenbul as well as White-spotted Flufftail, Green-backed Twinspot, Scaly Illadopsis, Uganda Spotted Woodpecker, African Emerlad Cuckoo, Petit’s Cuckooshrike and Olive-green Camaroptera.
We shall later in the day go to Fort Portal for a hot lunch and late proceed to Semliki National Park. Stay At the UWA Bandas or Semliki River Lodge. FB
We shall have early morning breakfast and head to the Semliki Valley Forest for whole day birding. We shall carry our packed lunch. This national Park is an extension of the Ituri forest, it is home to the Guinea Congo biome endemics. This day will gives us birds like; the Congo Serpent Eagle, African Piculet, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Black-winged Oriole Black-throated Coucal, Nkulengu Rail, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Maxwell’s Weaver, Lemon-bellied Crombec, African and Rufous-sided Broadbill, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Crested Malimbe, Blue-billed Malimbe, Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike, Black-collared Lovebird, White-bellied Kingfisher, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Piping, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf, White Crested, Black-casqued Wattled, and White-thighed Hornbill, Zenker’s Honeyguide, Long-tailed Hawk, Pale Fronted, Chestnut Breasted and White Breasted Negrofinch, Capuchin Babbler, Yellow-throated Nicator, Yellow Throated Cuckoo, Eastern Bearded Greenbul ,Fiery Breasted Bush Shrike and Red-billed Helmet Shrike. At the UWA Bandas or Semliki River Lodge. FB
On this day, we check out of Semliki and head to the Murchison Falls National Park area via Masindi. We shall do slow drives and keep stopping to check out various birding spots to look out to any special birds or birds we could have missed. Stay At Masindi hotel or New Court View Hotel. HB
On these two days, we shall start our birding at 6.30am to increase our chances of seeing more skulking birds. The birds we are likely to see on these two days are: Blue Breasted, African Dwarf and Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Brown-eared and Yellow Crested Woodpecker, Dusky long-tailed Cuckoo, Crowned Eagle, Forest and Chestnut Capped Flycatcher, Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Yellow and Grey Longbill, Forest Robin, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Crested Malimbe and Red-headed Bluebill, Black-headed Paradise Flycatcher, Little Green Sunbird, Green Sunbird, White-Breasted Negrofinch, Lemon Bellied Crombec, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Narina Trogon, , Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Chestnut-crowned Eremomera, Tit Hylia, White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow and Grey Longbills, Olive-bellied Crombec, Yellow-mantled Weaver, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Green Crombec, Spotted, Plain Greenbul, Western Black-headed Oriole, Dusky Long-tailed and African Emerald Cuckoo, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Xavier’s, Ictrine, Slender-billed, White-throated and Toro Olive Greenbul.
Murchison Fall is one of the best if not the best birding Spot in Uganda. On this day we shall transfer to the park and check into a lodge of our choice where we shall stay for two nights. Special birds recorded here include; Grey-headed Oliveback, Red Winged Pytilia, Black-bellied Firefinch, Lesser-masked Weaver, Fox’s Cisticola, White-headed and black billed Barbet, Northern Crombec, Singing Cisticola and Grey-headed Bush Shrike. Stay at Paara Safari lodge or Hornbill Bush Lodge. FB
Continue with your 28 Days birding trip in Uganda with a morning game drive to see other wildlife as we do birding as well. We are likely to see lions, antelopes, giraffes, leopards and Hippos. In the afternoon we shall do a boat cruise to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. This whole day may reward us with species like; Shoebill, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Spotted Morning-Thrush, Marabou Stork, Red-throated Bee-eater, Black-headed Gonolek, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver and White-rumped Seedeater, Rock Pratincole, African Darter, Silver Bird, Beautiful Sunbird, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal and Water Thick-knees, Black-headed and Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Osprey, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Secretary Bird, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Pied Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eaters, Goliath Heron, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Vinaceous Dove and Grosbeak Weaver, Buff-bellied Warbler and Giant Kingfisher. FB
We shall check out of the lodge and head to Budongo forest area with our concentration being Kaniyo Pabidi in the southern sector of the Murchison falls national park. Here we shall be mainly looking out for the Puvel’s Illadopsis. We however expect to meet with various species of forest birds. Here are some of the notable ones; Crested Guineafowl, White-crested Turaco, Buff-throated, Little Green Sunbird, Crested Malimbe and Red-headed Bluebill, White-thighed Hornbill, Green-breasted Pitta, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Dwarf & Chocolate-backed Kingfishers, Yellow-crested & Brown-eared Woodpeckers, Blue-breasted, Black-throated & Black-capped Apalises, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, the elusive Lemon-bellied Crombec, Crested & Red-headed Malimbes, Chestnut-crowned Eremomela, Yellow & Grey Longbills, Olive-bellied Crombec, Yellowbill, Western Black-headed Oriole, Yellow-spotted, Hairy-breasted & Yellow-billed Barbets and the Green Hylia. This forest will gives us extras like the chimpanzees and many other primates like Blue & Red-tailed Monkeys and Black and white Colobus.
We shall check out of the lodge and head to Mountain Elgon National Park via Northern Uganda and Sipi Falls area. We shall do birding enroute. Stay at Mountain Elgon Hotel. FB
On this day we shall do a simple hike while birding on this volcanic mountain. This area has a Red fronted Parrot that has only been recorded here and Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Other species include; Olive Pigeon, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Slender-billed, Mountain Greenbuls, Oriole-Finch, Forest Wood-hoopoe, Red-winged, Slender-billed, Waller’s and Stuhlmann’s Starlings, Grey-throated Barbet, Moustached Green Tinker bird, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike and Sharpe’s Starling.
We shall head to Jinja the colonial town but we shall keep stopping to look out for the White Winged Warbler and the Papyrus Gonolek especially around the Mpologoma River. Stay at Sunset hotel Jinja. HB
We shall have breakfast and head out to Mabira forest. We expect to see the near endermic Weyn’s weaver. Other species to see here are; African Pied Hornbill and Forest Wood-Hoopoe, Blue-breasted, White-bellied, Dwarf and Shining-blue Kingfishers, Yellow-throated and Speckled Tinkerbirds live in the canopy and Toro Olive Greenbul and Green-tailed Bristle bill, Fire-crested Alethe, Forest Robin and Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat. You will later drive to Entebbe to end your 28 Days birding trip in Uganda
28 Days birding trip in Uganda includes;
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