Join us as we go in search of Uganda’s most treasured wildlifeUganda’s on this mixed Birding/Safari/Ape Trekking Tour!
This tour has been specially crafted to accommodate the interests of a birding group looking to enjoy the special species and Albertine endemics of Uganda, as well as being able to see African Big Mammals and also Gorillas and Chimpanzees in a 9 Day period. Loaded with regional endemics, this tour will engage you in a birding, big mammal and great ape experience of a lifetime. The locations and destinations have been specially selected to give you an opportunity to visit some of Uganda’s top locations that are filled with pure wildlife gems. The tour will take you far and wide crossing different habitats and giving you a feel of Uganda’s beauty. The focus is on mainland Uganda as we traverse from Lake Victoria all the way to Western Uganda and back.
Brief Tour Itinerary
Day 1 – Mabamba Swamp
We kick off our first day of the tour with a Papyrus Swamp for a good chance of seeing the elusive Shoebill. We’ll also be on the lookout for any other wetland species such as the Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-billed Duck, Common Greenshank, White-winged Warbler, Swamp Flycatcher, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Malachite Kingfisher, and Carruther’s Cisticola to name a few!
Day 2 – Lake Mburo National Park
This day will be packed with with game drives, birding sessions and a leisurely boat cruises on to Lake Mburo. Species to look forward to are the White-backed Night-Heron, African Finfoot, African Darter, African Fish Eagle, Northern Brown-Throated Weaver, Striated Heron, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Common Squacco Heron, Pied Kingfisher, Palm-nut Vulture, Black Crake, Purple Gallinules, White-faced Whistling Duck, Knobbed-billed Duck, Spur-winged Goose, Red-faced Barbet, Black-collared Barbet, Crested Barbet, Abyssinian Ground-hornbill, Long-tailed Cisticola and Brubru among many others!
Day 3 & 4 – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Over the next two days we’ll be searching for rare Albertine endemic species as well as looking for beautiful forest species such as the Regal Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Ludhers Bush-shrike, Petits cuckoo-shrike, Bar-tailed Tragon, White-tailed crested-flycatcher, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Elliot’s Woodpecker, Purple-throated Cuckooshrike, Willcock’s Honeyguide, Xavier’s Greenbul, Kivu Groundthrush, Graure’s Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Strange Weaver, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Dusky Crimsonwing, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, White-browed Crombec, White-naped Raven, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Sharp’s Starling, Mountain Masked Apalis and Rwenzori Apalis among many many more!
Then on Day 4, it will be a special one to say the least! You’ll get the chance see the Critically Endangered Mountain Gorilla. After you’ve had breakfast, we’ll drive to the park headquarters to get a full briefing before we are unleashed into the virgin tropical rainforest which is home to half of the last remaining population of Mountain Gorillas in the wild. It’s always a truly
special experience seeing these calm habituated Great Apes, where no doubt it will leave you emotional. Once you’ve finished your trek, you can opt to have a well-earned rest back at the lodge, or go on an evening bird walk to look for more Albertine endemics.
Day 5 & 6 – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Over the next couple of days, we’ll spend the whole time on a game drives whilst also searching for savannah species to boost our now impressive checklist! We’ll also take to the lake on a leisurely boat ride on to the lake in search of any interesting wetland species. Special species to look forward to are the Grey-backed Fiscal, Red-winged Pytilia, Short-tailed Eagle, Red-capped Lark, Flappet Lark, Palm-nut Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Ruppell’s Vulture, Hooded Vulture, Long-crested Eagle, Black-bellied Bustard, Crowned Plover, Red-and-yellow Barbet and Pin-tailed Whydah, Saddle-billed Stork among many more!
Day 7, 8 & 9 – Kibale National Park
We’ll be spending off the last days of the tour at the world famous Kibale National Park. Renowned as ‘The Primate Capital of the World’ for it’s incredible primate population – 1450 individual chimpanzees and 13 species of primates overall but the best part is that it holds an impressive bird list of 335 species! Such species to look forward to includes the Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, White-browed Robin-chat, Red-chested Sunbird, White-Headed Saw-wing, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Black Bee-Eater, Blue Malkoha, White-chinned Prinia, Speckled Pigeon, Green-breasted Pitta, African Pitta, Abyssinian Groundthrush, Dusky Crimsonwing, Black-capped Apalis, Collared Apalis, Purple-breasted Sunbird and many more!
You’ll also be going trekking in search of the now Endangered Chimpanzee. These incredible apes share 98.7% of our own DNA and Kibale is one of the best places in the world to get sustainable chimp trekking.
Lesser Masked Weaver, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Regal Sunbird, Gravers Broadbill, Kivu Ground Thrush Handsome Francolin, Ruwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Nightjar, Stripe-breasted Tit, Black Bee-eater, Grauer’s Broadbill, Red-throated Alethe, Mountane Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, Grauer’s, Swamp Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Archer’s Robin-chat, Blue-headed Sunbird, Dwarf Honeyguide, White-backed Night-Heron, African Finfoot, African Darter, African Fish Eagle, Northern Brown-Throated Weaver, Striated Heron, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Common Squacco Heron, Pied Kingfisher, Palm-nut Vulture, Black Crake, Purple Gallinules, White-faced Whistling Duck, Knobbed-billed Duck, Spur-winged Goose, Red- faced Barbet, Black-collared Barbet, Crested Barbet, Abyssinian Ground-hornbill, Long-tailed Cisticola, Brubru, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-billed Duck, Common Greenshank, White-winged Warbler, Swamp Flycatcher, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Malachite Kingfisher and Carruther’s Cisticola