7 Days birding and wildlife safari Uganda

  • 7 Days birding and wildlife safari Uganda


Uganda is one of the best birding destinations in Africa. Uganda has about 1060 bird species recorded here and this 7 days birding and wildlife Safari Uganda will take you to some of the best places to explore Lake Mburo national park, Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Queen Elizabeth national park. You will get a highlight into the 1060 bird species of Uganda.

7 Days birding and wildlife safari Uganda Highlights

  • Birding in Entebbe around Lake Victoria (Shoebill viewing)
  • Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable national Park
  • Bid Watching in Lake Mburo national park
  • Queen Elizabeth Game drive and birding safari

Itinerary Brief

  • Day One: Mabamba Bay to Lake Mburo
  • Day Two: Lake Mburo National Park to Ruhija in Bwindi
  • Day Three: Birding Ruhija in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day Four: Birding Ruhija and Transfer to Buhoma
  • Day Five: Birding Buhoma and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day Six: Birding Queen Elizabeth National Park and Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel
  • Day Seven: Birding Back to Kampala Via Fort Portal

Day One: Birding Mabamba Swamp And Transfer To Lake Mburo

We shall head out to Mabamba to to start your 7 Days birding and wildlife safari Uganda in search for the shoebill stock and very many other swamp species like; 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.

We shall transfer to Lake Mburo in the mid morning and do birding o the way. We have an optional night game drive on this day to look for nocturnal animals and birds.   Stay at Acardia or Rwakobo Rock. FB

Day Two: Birding Lake Mburo And Transfer To Ruhija In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

We shall wake up in the morning and do early morning birding before other visitors flock the park to do other game drives to scatter and scary away the birds. In the mid morning we shall transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park. Here are the birds to expect on this day;

Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, Crested Francolin, Brown Parrot, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks, Rufous-chested Swallow, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Temmincks Courser, Common Quails, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, African Grey Hornbill, Black-bellied Bustard, Green Wood hoopoe, Blue-napped Mouse bird, African Wattled Plover, Coqui Francolin,  White-winged Warblers, Black-Billed Barbets, Red-necked Spur,    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.

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 BroadBill or Bakiga Lodge. FB

Day Three: Birding Ruhija In Bwindi Impentrable National Park.

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, 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, 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, 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

Day Four: Birding Ruhija To Buhoma Via The Neck

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, 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,  Grey Apalis, Augur Buzzard, Petit’s Cuckoo Shrike, Pink-footed, Northern Puffbacks, Red-tailed, Little Grey Greenbuls, Chestnut-throated Apalis, 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

Day Five: Birding Buhoma And Transfer To Queen Elizabeth National Park

We shall do early morning birding and later in the afternoon we shall head to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Some of the species we expect to see are;  the Bar-tailed Trogon, Equatorial Akalat, Short Tailed Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Bocage’s and Luhder’s Bush-shrike, 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, the Larks, Pipits, Harlequin Quail, Blue Quail, Amur Falcon, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Terek Sandpiper, Crimson Rumped Waxbill, Small (Common) Buttonquail, 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, 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

Day Six : Birding Queen Elizabeth National Park

We shall start our day at around 6.15am and spend the whole day in the grasslands of this park. 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

Day Seven: Return To Entebbe Via Fort Portal

After breakfast, depart leave Queen Elizabeth National Park for Entebbe. Have a stopover at Mubende for lunch and Arrive in Entebbe in the late afternoon. We shall do birding on the way as we end 7 Days birding and wildlife safari Uganda.

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