Covering: Entebbe Mabamba Swamp, Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Buhoma, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Semuliki Forest, Kirumia Trail, Masindi, Murchison Falls National Park, Royal Mile,

Day 1: Entebbe Mabamba Swamp

After breakfast leave for the nearby Mabamba Swamp famous for the fossil-living Shoebill seen from a boat launch. Otherbirds may include Lesser Jacana, African Marsh Harrier, Red-chested Sunbird, Swamp Flycatcher, Yellow-backed Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, Northern Brown-throated Weaver. 

Shoebill, ©chege wa kariuki

Overnight at Central Inn, Entebbe

Day 2: Entebbe -Lake Mburo National Park

After Breakfast transfer to Lake Mburo National Park  Birding here may bring out such birds like Cattle Egret, Hamerkop, Hadada Ibis, Black Kite, Lizard Buzarrd, Bateleur, Long-crested Eagle, Grey Kestrel, Grey Crowned Crane, African Wattled Plover, Speckled Pigeon, Emeraled Spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Turacos, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Cuchoos, White-browed Coucal,

African Finfoot, ©chege wa kariuki

Blue-naped Mousebird, Kingfishers, Rollers, Hornbills, Barbets, Woodpeckers, Larks, Swallows, Cisticolas, Flycatchers, Babblers, Sunbirds, Shrikes, Black-headed Gonolek, Starlings, Weavers, Finches, Waxbills among others.

Overnight at Lake Mburo Safari Lodge

Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park

Red-necked Francolin, ©chege wa kariuki

Whole day birding in the park and may see Lappet-faced & African White-backed Vultures, Saddle-billed & Wooly-necked Storks, Crested Francolin, Ross’ Turaco, Broad-billed Roller, Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike, Long-toed Plover, Double-toothed Barbet, Red-headed Lovebird, White-backed Heron, African Finfoot and with luck a Black-faced Barbet a star of the park.

Overnight at Lake Mburo Safari Lodge

Day 4: Lake Mburo National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Ruhija.

Black Bee-eater, ©chege wa kariuki

After breakfast leave with our packed picnic lunch and bird as we transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s southern part Ruhija. On our way up keep an eye for the Rwenzori Double Collared Sunbird, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher among others.

Overnight at Trekker’s Tavern


Day 5 & 6: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Ruhija

Birding today will be spend in search of the endemics, localized among other common birds. Some of the specialties includes Black-billed Turaco,  Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Montane Masked Apalis, Regal Sunbird, Rwenzori Hill Babbler, Stripe-breasted Tit, Strange Weaver, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Rwenzori Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Graur’s Rush Warbler, among other commons such as Tambourine Dove, Great blue Turaco, Black-billed Turaco, Yellowbill, Speckled Mousebird, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Black Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Red-throated Wryneck, Woodpeckers, Black Saw-wing, Mountain Wagtail, Greenbuls, Red-faced Cisticola, Chubb’s Cisticola, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Cassin’s-grey Flycatcher, African Blue-flycatcher, White-tailed Blue-flycacher, Bronze Sunbird, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Starlings, Weavers, Yellow Bishop, Streaky Seedeater, Black-crowned Waxbill among others.

Overnight at Trekker’s Tavern


Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Buhoma

After morning birding transfer to northern part Buhoma where we hope for more endemics such as Woodhouse’s Antpecker, Narrow-tailed Starling, Red-throated Alethe, Short-tailed Warbler, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Black Bee-eater, Grey-throated Tit-Flycatcher, plus Green Hylia, Bar-tailed Trogon, Thick-billed seedeater,  Banded Prinia, Olive Pigeon, Yellow Steaked Greenbul, Olive Woodpecker, Grey-headed Sunbird, Black-billed Weaver. We will track the Mountain Gorillas if not Rihija.

Overnight at Egangi Lodge


Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast with your packed lunch, leave Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Ishasha sector arriving in the late afternoon. On our way will look for Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher. Look out for birds like African White-backed Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Helmeted Guineafowl, African Crake, Ring-necked Dove, White-browed Coucal, Little Swift, White-rumped Swift, African Palm Swift, Little Bee-eater, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Spot-flanked Barbets, White-headed Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Flappet Lark, Sooty Chats, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, Winding Cisticola, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Swamp flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Common Fiscal, Grey-backed Fiscal, Black-headed Gonolek, Black-crowned Tchagra, Fork-tailed Drongo, Starling, Weavers, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Red-billed Firefinch, Bronze Mannikin, Golden-breasted Bunting among others and mammals like Elephant, Waterbuck, Topi, Uganda Kob, Buffaloes, Warthog among others.     

Overnight at Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning breakfast and set off for a game/bird drive in the park. In the afternoon go for the launch (boat) trip on the Kazinga Channel, to see a variety of wildlife, hundreds of hippos, crocodiles, and birdlife from a boat for two hours. Look out for birds like Pelicans, Green-backed Heron, Storks, African Spoonbill, Martial Eagle, Common button Quail, Kittlitz’s Plover, Senegal Plover, Wattled Plover, Larks, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Babblers, Sunbirds, Weavers, Widowbirds among others.

Look out for mammals like Uganda Kob, Bushbuck, Defassa Waterbuck, Buffaloes,  Elephants, Warthog, when lucky a leopard, spotted Hyena and Lion among others.

Overnight at Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kibale National Park

After breakfast and set off for a game drive/birding heading towards Kibale. Look out for birds like African White-backed Vulture, Lizard Buzzard, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, White-browed Robin-Chat, Lesser Striped Swallow, Rufous-napped Lark, Flappet Lark, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Zitting Cisticola, African Blue Flycatcher, Babblers, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Sooty Chat, Black-headed Gonolek, Grey-backed Shrike, Common Fiscal, Starlings, Pied Crow, Piapiac, Fork-tailed Drongo, Weavers, Widowbirds among others.

Overnight at Primate Lodge

Day 10: Kibale National Park

This is the main park we’ll be looking for Green-breasted Pitta among others like White-tailed Ant Thrush, Speckled Tinkerbird, Buff-throated Apalis, Little Greenbul, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Black Bee-eater, Sabine’s Spinetail, Grey Parrot, White-breasted Nigrofinch, Yellow-spotted Barbet. While here we will visit the Bigodi Swamp in the afternoon and birds such as the White-winged Swamp Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek and we hope to come across a Red Colobus Monkey.

Red Colobus Monkey, ©chege wa kariuki

Overnight at Primate Lodge

Day 11: Kibale National Park

Chimp, ©chege wa kariuki

Today we will after breakfast head out in to the forest tracking for Chimps.  More time spent birding after the tracking and afternoon spent in search of missing birds.

Overnight at Primate Lodge

Day 12: Kibale National Park- Semuliki Forest

After an early breakfast, depart for Semuliki National Park getting there in time to bird the trails around the hot springs. After this whole day of birding, drive to Bundibugyo township where you will spend your nights. Look out for birds like Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Olivaceous Warbler, Green-backed Eremomela, Blue-billed Malimbe, Black Bishop among others.

Overnight at Rainbow Hotel.


Day 13: Whole day birding Kirumia Trail

After breakfast, proceed for a whole day birding the Kirumia trail. Look out for species like Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater, White thighed Hornbill, Black-casqued wattled Hornbill, Piping Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black dwarf Hornbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Cabana’s Greenbul, Icterine Greenbul, Xavier’s Greenbul, Lowland Akalat, Jameson’s Wattle-eye, Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher, Sunbirds like Grey-headed Sunbird, Maxwell’s Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-bellied Malimbe, Orange-cheeked Waxbill and you open your eyes wide, as you may be chanced with an African Piculet and others.

Overnight at Rainbow Hotel.

Grey Crowned Crane, ©chege wa kariuki

Day 14: Transfer to Masindi

After an early breakfast, proceed for the whole day’s drive to Masindi. Look out for birds like Western banded Snake Eagle, Lizard Buzzard, Turacos, Kingfishers, Cuckoos, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Lesser Striped Swallows, Joyful Greenbul, Stonechat, Stonechat, Sunbirds, Common Fiscal, Starlings among others.


Overnight at Masindi Hotel.

Day 15: Masindi – Royal Mile

After early morning breakfast, proceed to bird the Royal Mile Look out for species like the White-thighed Hornbill, Ituri Batis, Narina Trogon, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Purple-headed Starling, Dwarf Kingfisher, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, a selection of Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Yellowbill, Forest Flycatcher, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Fraser’s Ant Thrush, Red-tailed Ant Thrush, Western Black-headed Oriole, Purple headed Starling, Purple Starling among others.

African Dwarf Kinfisher, ©chege wa kariuki

Primates like Blue Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Black-and-White Colobus Monkey among others.

Overnight at Masindi Hotel.

Day 16: Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park

After an early morning breakfast head for Murchison’s Fall National Park with an early morning en route in search of Puvels Illadopsis, later heading further into the park.

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, ©chege wa kariuki

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 17 & 18: Murchison Falls National Park

Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, ©chege wa kariuki

In the park where we hope to see birds such as Red-throated Bee-eater, Africa Palm Swift, Palmnut Vulture, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Wattled Plover, Violet-backed Starling, Black-headed Batis,  Northern Crombec, Black-billed Wooddove, Silverbird, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Black-crowned Tchagra, Fox and Crocking Cisticola, Copper’s Sunbird, Northern Red Bishop, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Senegal Thickknee, Yellow-billed Shrike, Rock Pratincole, African Darter.

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Day 19: Murchison Falls National Park -Kampala

Transfer to Entebbe for dinner and to the airport for your outbound flight.

The Cost is Inclusive of:

  • Transport with exclusive use of a 4×4 safari Land Cruiser from the 1st day to departure day as per itinerary inclusive of fuel.
  • Pick up and drop off on arrival and departure at the airport.
  • Accommodation lodges as per the itinerary with all three meals a day
  • Services of a tour leader and or driver.
  • Parks, reserve, and conservation areas entry fee
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Boat trips in Mabamba and Kizinga Channel
  • Drinking water available from the van cool box

The Cost is Exclusive of:

  • 1 Gorilla permit (Subject to availability), which is USD 600 per person.
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit (Subject to availability), which is USD 150 per person.
  • Medical and travel insurance including luggage.
  • Beverages
  • Items of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, gifts among others
  • Visa, airport tax
  • Tipping of driver and or tour leader.

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