4 Days Birding Safari in Murchison falls National Park

  • 4 Days Birding Safari in Murchison falls National Park


4 Days Birding Safari in Murchison falls National Park takes you to one of the best birding destinations in Uganda for a short trip. If you are planning a bird watching trip in Murchison falls national park, you must do both game drives and boat trips at the bottom of the falls to enhance your opportunity to spot several birdlife including the savannah forest birds, water bird species and Albertine Rift endemics. The Murchison falls national park is also a major destination to see shoebill storks which are best sighted in the dry season from January to March.

The commonest birds in Murchison falls national park include; the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Marabou Stork, Black-bellied Bustards, Secretary Birds, Open-billed Storks and Widow Bird however, when you bird closer to the river; you are most likely to see Swallow-tailed and Red-throated Bee-eaters more so around the Nyamusika Cliffs, ducks, geese, stilts and plovers while in the Woodlands, you will see the Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers; Francolin; Cuckoos; Grey heron; Hamerkop; Shrikes; Flycatchers; Woodpeckers; Hornbills, Crombecs and Warblers.

4 Days Birding Safari in Murchison falls National Park Highlight

  • Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls national park
  • Day 2: Full day birding in Murchison falls National Park
  • Day 3: Full day Birding the Royal Mile
  • Day 4: Bird Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Drive Back to Kampala

Safari Experiences

  • Birding near the top of the Murchison falls
  • Bird the Royal mile in Budongo forest
  • Birding along the northern banks of River Nile
  • Spot several Albertine endemics

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls national park

Meet your birding guide and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park with stopover in Masindi for hot lunch. After, continue with your journey to the park and drive to the top of the falls in search for birds like Red-throated Bee-eater, raptors, Crested Francolin, Rock Pratincole, Narina Trogon, waxbills, finches, White crested Turaco, White-headed Barbet, Silverbird, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Red-cheeked Cordon blue, sunbirds and canaries, among others. Check in your booked lodge for dinner and overnight stay

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2: Full day birding in Murchison falls National Park

Have an early morning breakfast and head to the park for full day game drive/ birding safari experience. Expect to see birds like Abyssinian ground hornbill, African jacana, African quailfinch, Black-billed barbet, Black-headed gonolek, Black-headed lapwing, Blue-headed coucal, Denham’s bustard, Eastern grey plantain-eater, Giant kingfisher, Goliath heron, Malachite kingfisher, Palm-nut vulture, Piapiac, Red-throated bee-eater, Shoebill, Silverbird, Speckle-fronted weaver, Squacco heron, Swamp flycatcher, White-browed sparrow-weaver. In the afternoon, you will have lunch and go for a boat cruise at the bottom of the falls to see more water birds and several aquatic wild animals including the hippos, crocodiles among others. Other animals you may encounter on this day are; the graceful Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, Jackson’s hartebeest, defassa waterbuck, warthog, lions, buffalo, elephant, oribi and others.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Full day Birding the Royal Mile

Have breakfast and drive to Budongo Forest’s Royal Mile for bird watching. You will see birds like the African Crowned Eagle, Hugli’s Francolin, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Purple headed Starling, Dwarf Kingfisher, Black-throated Apalis, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Forest Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Whistling Cisticola, White-thighed Hornbill, a Selection of Tinker birds and Barbets, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Black-capped Apalis, Greenbuls, Fire-crested Alethe, Red-tailed Ant-thrush, Rufus-crowned Eremomela, Grey-throated Flycatcher, Western Black-headed Oriole, Brown Twinspot among others. On a lucky day, you may come across some primates like black-and-white colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Masindi Hotel

Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4: Bird Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Drive Back to Kampala

Have your breakfast and drive to Ziwa rhino sanctuary to see several birds like Abdim’s Stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Black-crowned Waxbill, Black Cuckoo, African Black Crake, African Black-headed Oriole, African Blue Flycatcher, Black-and-white Manikini, Black-bellied Bustard, African Broad Bill, African Darter, African Fish Eagle, African Golden-breasted Bunting, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, African Golden Oriole, African Goshawk, Black-headed Weaver, African Scop’s Owl, African Green Pigeon, African Grey (domestic), African Citril, African Crowned Eagle, African Grey Hornbill, African Hawk Eagle, African Hoopoe, African Jacana, African Marsh Harrier, African Morning Dove, Black-headed Heron, Black Kite, African Open-billed Stork, African Paradise Flycatcher, African Pied Wagtail, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Augur Buzzard, Black-winged Bishop, Black-winged Stilt, Barn Swallow, Barred Warbler, Bat Hawk, Bateleur, Black-and-white Shrike Flycatcher, Black-and-white Cuckoo, Black-crowned Tchagra, Black-headed Gonolek, Black-shouldered Kite, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Cardinal Woodpecker, Blue-naped Mouse Bird, Blue-spotted Dove, Booted Eagle, Great Blue Turaco, Broad-billed Roller, Bronze Manikini, Brown-backed Srub Robin, Common Fiscal Shrike, Common Greenhawk, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Brown Parrot, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Cattle Egret, Chinspot Batis, Common Bulbul, Common Chat, Common House Martin, Knob-bellied Duck, Common Kestrel, Common Ringed Plover, Common Waxbill, Coqui Francolin, Crested Francolin, Crowned Hornbill, Curlew Sandpiper, Grey-crowned Crane, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Dark-caped Yellow Warbler, Double-toothed Barbet, Dusky Tit, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Eurasian Hobby, Eurasian Nightjar, European Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widow Bird, Flappet Lark, Fork-tailed Drongo, Foxes Weaver, Giant Kingfisher, Goliath Heron, Grassland Pipit, Great Egret, Great Reed Warbler, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Egyptian Goose, Great Sparrow Hawk, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Greater Honey Guide, Heuglin’s Francolin, Intermediate Egret, Green Crombec, Green Wood Hoopoe, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Grey-backed Fiscal Shrike, Grey-headed Sparrow, Grey Heron, Grey Kestrel, Grey Woodpecker, Hadada Ibis, Hammerkop, Helmeted Guineafowl, Isabelline Shrike, Klass’s Cuckoo, Large Brown Snake Eagle, Red-throated Wryneck, Northern Black Flycatcher Lesser Striped Swallow, Namaqua Dove, Red-rumped Swallow, Levaillant’s Cuckoo, Laughing Dove, Lemon Dove, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lesser Blue-eared Starling, Lesser Honey Guide Lesser Kestrel, , Lesser Masked Weaver, Pin-tailed whydah, Plain Martin, Purple Heron, Little Bittern, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Little Sparrow Hawk, Little Swift, Little Weaver, Lizard Buzzard, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Long-crested Eagle, Long-tailed Cormorant Long-toed Lapwing, Malachite Kingfisher, Marabou Stork, Marico Sunbird, Martial Eagle, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Northern Wheater, Nubian Woodpecker, Olive Sunbird, Pied Kingfisher, Puvel’s Illadopsis, Red-billed Fire Finch, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, White-headed Mouse Bird, Red-chested Cuckoo, Rupell’s Long-tailed Starling, Sacred Ibis, Saddle-billed Stork, Red-eyed Dove, Red-faced Crombec, Red-headed Bluebill, Pallid Harrier, Piapiac, Pied Crow, Red-headed Malimbe, Red-headed Weaver, Red-knobbed Coot, Red-winged Starling, Red-necked Falcon, Ring-necked Dove, Ross’s Turaco, Ruff, Rufus-billed Heron, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Sand Martin, Scaly-throated Honey Guide, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Sedge Warbler, Semi-coloured Flycatcher, Senegal Coucal, Shikra, Shoebill Stork, Western Black-headed Oriole, Soot Chat, Sooty Falcon, Speckled Pigeon, Speckled Mouse Bird, Speckled Weaver, Spotted Eagle Owl, Spur-winged Lapwing, Spur-winged Goose, Standard-winged Nightjar, Western Banded Snake Eagle, White-bellied Tit, White-fronted Bee-eater, Thick-billed Honey Guide, White-headed Barbet, White-headed Saw Wing, White-chinned Prinia, White-rumped Swift, White Stork, White-winged Tern, Willow Warbler, Wood Sandpiper, Woodland Kingfisher, Steppe Eagle, Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike, Superb Starling, Tambourine Dove, Tawny Eagle, Tree Pipit, Variable Sunbird, Village Indigobird, Vinaceous Dove, Violet-tipped Courser, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Wattled Lapwing, Yellow-rumped Tinker Bird, White-browed Coucal, White-browed Robin Chat, White-browed Srub Robin, White-crested Turaco, White-faced Scop’s Owl, White-faced Whistling Duck, Woolly-necked Stork, Yellow-backed Weaver, White-backed Night Heron, Yellow-billed Shrike, Yellow-billed Stork, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Yellow-fronted Canary, Yellow Wagtail. Then setoff for either Entebbe or Kampala to end your 4 Days Birding Safari in Murchison falls National Park with lots of memories.

4 Days Birding Safari in Murchison falls National Park include;

  • Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Park fees
  • Game drive
  • Bird watching experiences
  • Boat trip
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • English speaking Guide
  • Park Ranger Fees

4 Days Birding Safari in Murchison falls National Park excludes;

  • International flight
  • Drinks, tips and gratuities
  • Visa and personal insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.
  • Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package.
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