12 Days Birding To Pearl of Uganda

Day 1 semuliki
This safari begins and ends from kampala or Entebbe at 8am, after breakfast, you are picked from your hotel and drive through fort portal Bundibugyo to reach the park. The journey offers you beautiful sceneries of the mountains of the moon and plantations, arriving time for the afternoon birding at the entrance of the park. The entrance passes through beautiful Borassus savannah and extensive grass lands that harbour bird species such as common scimitarbill, African grey hornbill, Crested francolin, Helmeted guinea fowl and many more. Have dinner and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge.

Day 2
Early in the morning take breakfast, and with packed lunch go for full day birding on the Kirumira trail or forest. This early morning birding rewards you with species like African scops Owl,Pearl spotted Owlet and Night jars. The Forest being a home to some of the Congo biome species this birding will also reward you with birds like, African piculet, Zenkel, Red billed, Nkurengu rail, honey guide, Black chested cuckoo, red rumped tinkerbird, Rufous sided broadbill, Green tailed bristle bill, White bellied, dwarf and Pygmy kingfishers, piping, white thighed, black and white casqued, and African pied hornbills, fire crested alethe, red bellied and blue billed malimbe, black wattled, black bill and white crested hornbill, swamp palm bulbul, forest scrub robin, Leaf love, red breasted sparrow hawk, and others. Over night and dinner at Semuliki safari lodge.

Day 3
In the morning after breakfast,with packed lunch to embark on another birding on either the main road Sempaya trail or the Kirumira trail, depending on the previous’ day results. The choice remains in the hands of the group.Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and over night at semuliki safari lodge.

Day 4 Sebitoli kibale
After breakfast in the morning, transfer to Kibale National park- Sebitoli birding site which is recommended as the best birding site arriving early afternoon for lunch at the park.Then embark on birding Looking out for specials like, African black duck, Joyful, cabanis, Toro olive and Cameroon sombre green buls, Brown and scaly breasted illadopsis, Green-throated Sunbird, Green-breasted Pita, African pita, -headed Sunbird, Brown-capped Weaver, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puff Back,  and many more. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge/ Kanyanchu tourist centre.

Day 5
In the morning after breakfast go for guided birding in the Kanyanchu area where you will watch out for birds like the African go-shwak, the majestic crowned eagle, masked apalis, grey parrots and many more. Picnic lunch in the forest and the afternoon head to the Bigodi wetland sanctuary through the magombe swamp to see birds such as papyrus Gonolek, papyrus canary, mosque swallow and brown headed Tchagra. Return to Ndali lodge / Kanyanchu for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 bwindi
Early in the morning,after breakfast,drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, watch out for birds and game enroute reaching late afternoon.Have lunch at the park,then go birding Buhoma area. Dinner and overnight Gorilla forest camp/ Buhoma community Bandas.

Day 7
Very early after breakfast move into the forest on the water fall trail for birding. Look out for birds such as Kivu ground thrush, Mountain Buzzard, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater,  Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, African Hill-Babbler, Dusky Tit, Ashy Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher,  Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher,  Chin-spot Batis, Rwenzori Batis,  Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, white bellied Robin-chat and slender billed starling moving along the main track as you descend to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon move along the long trail to bwindi for more birding. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla forest Camp/ Buhoma community Banda.

Day 8- Buhoma
Early in the morning go for birding on the longtrail to Mubwindi and also the short trail in the afternoon. Watchout for birds like the Montane Oriole, Waller’s starling, Blacke –billed turacos, barbets, Carruthers’ Cisticola Red chested Flufftail,Cabanis’s Green bull, Dwarf Honey guide, Oriole Finch and Bar tailed trogon. This bird search offers you an opportunity to view for gorillas too. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla forest Camp/ Buhoma community Banda.

Day 9 Ruhiija.
At sunset,go birding in the ruhija area and watchout for birds like the Red-tailed and Shelley’s Greenbul, Grey-throated Barbet, Common Buzzard, Black Bee-eater and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Red-throated Alethe, African Shrike-flycatcher Ayres’s Hawk-eagle,  and many more. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla forest Camp/ Buhoma community Banda.

Day 10 Lake Mburo NP
After breakfast in the morning, drive towards Lake Mburo NP via Kabale. Lunch in mbarara ,then proceed to mburo national park and Bird along the entrance road to Rwonyo in the late afternoon to watch out for acacia associated bird species like mosque swallow, black bellied bustard and Rupell’s long-tailed starling.Have over night at Rwonyo Rest Camp/ Mantana Tented camp.

Day 11
Morning after break fast, drive along the lake side track and Kigambira loop towards Kampala, Watch out for birds like Green-capped Eremomela, Austral migrant, black cuckoo-shrike Tawny, African Hawk, Batelour and others enroute. Lunch on the way arriving kampala early evening for dinner and over night at serena hotel / Sheraton Hotel.

Day 12
You will be transferred to Entebbe international airport to catch up with your Flight
The safari package includes:
• Transportation by a 4wd vehicle
• Full board accommodation
• Park fees
• Full time English speaking Driver/guide.
• Enrooted lunches
• Game drives
• Airport transfers.
The package excludes expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, personal insurance, tobacco etc.




Compiled by Jackie
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