7 Days kibale birding safari

SUMMARY

This 7 days Uganda Birding Safari, offers an exceptional nature and bird watching experience through Uganda’s best spots; Kibale National Park with a variety of birds, Semuliki national and Queen Elizabeth National Park, renowned for Acacia Associated Birds. From the shores of Lake George and Edward,through wetlands and forest.

TRAVEL SCHEDULE

Day 1: Travel to Kibale National Park
Day 2: Kibale Forest Birding and Chimpanzee Tracking
Day 3: Kibale transfer to Semliki National Park
Day 4: Semliki National Park
Day 5: Semliki transfer to Queen Elizabeth
Day 6: Savanna and Water Birds
Day 7: Return to Kampala

DETAILED ITINERARY

 DAY 1: Kibale Forest National Park

Leave early morning for Kibale Forest National Park driving through the green country side, past forest reserves and tea plantations. Kibale Forest is the most magnificent of Uganda’s tropical rain forests and one of the most rewarding areas to explore. The park boast of 372 bird species of which 60 percent are recorded Uganda’s Forest Birds. We check in the lodge and after we go for lunch.

Afternoon birding, Kibale forest birds include; Grey winged robin, Blue shouldered robin chat, Yellow spotted barbet, Black billed turaco, White-napped pigeon, Green-breasted pitta, Red chested fluff tail, African pitta, Joyful green bul, Cabanis Green bull, Grey throated fly catcher, Masked a pail, Nathan’s franclolin, Tinny sunbird, White collard olive back among other. The forest is also home to 13 primate species. Back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Ndali lodge

DAY 2: Kibale Forest birding and Chimpanzee Tracking

After early morning breakfast, we go for early morning bird watching so as to look out for White tailed anti-thrushes, purple-headed, glossy-starling, Brown illadopsis, Masked Apalis, Green breasted pitta, white Napped pigeon, Toro olive-green bull, Bleck billed turaco, Buff-spotted woodpecker, and Green combec. After come back to the lodge for lunch.

Afternoon embark on a Chimpanzee trek in the Forest. Do not forget to carry your binoculars as the chimps tend to foliage in the tree canopies. The chimp trek may yield sightings of other primates like the Colobus monkeys, Baboons, Red tailed and Velvet monkeys among others.

Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge.

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Ndali lodge

DAY 3: Kibale transfer to Semliki National Park

After early morning breakfast we check out with Ndali lodge and drive to semliki National Park for more adventure birding. We will check in to Ntoroko lodge and go for birding the whole day. Semliki is known for congo serpent eagle, black throated coucal, Grey throated rail, Long tailed hawk, spot breasted ibis, Capuhin babber, Yellow throated nicater, Northern bearded scrub robin, Red chested owlet, Western bronze and very many others. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge.

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Ntoroko lodge

DAY 4: Semliki National Park

After an early morning breakfast you will go for birding for the whole day in the forest. Kirumira trails have become the most popular trail because of it richness in diversity of bird species.  You have need packed lunch due to the whole day activity. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge.

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Ntoroko lodge

DAY 5: Semliki transfer to Queen Elizabeth

After breakfast check out with Ntoroko lodge, drive South wards to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is the second largest Park in Uganda.  It has an excellent variety of birds which can be viewed and these include; Pelicans, skimmers, Kingfishers, Thick-knees, Storks, Martins, Swallows, Weavers, Canaries, kites, and many grassland specialties. Evening birding is usually very productive. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge.

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Ishasha Tented Camp

DAY 6: Savanna and Water Birds

After early morning breakfast go for game drive in the open savannah, an ideal opportunity to spot the savannah birds. Return for lunch at your accommodation unit. In the afternoon, launch cruise on Kazinga channel, connecting Lake George and Edward, best known in the region for it’s diversity of bird species which include; African skimmers, Green backed Heron, African spoonbill, African crake, Water thick-knee, three baned plover, marsh, green, Wood and common sandpiper, grey headed gull, plain Martin lesser swamp-warbler and Yellow -billed Oxpecker. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge.

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Ishasha Tented Camp

Day 7: Return to Kampala

After breakfast, check out of your rooms and head back to Kampala for your scheduled flight back home.

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

END OF OUR BIRDING SAFARI

Tour includes

  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water
  • Meal as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Service of an English-speaking bird guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour excludes

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs
  • Tips